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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Grammarly

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favorite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is Grammarly a free writing app available as a Google Chrome Extension.

Adding Grammarly to Chrome means that your spelling and grammar will be vetted on Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Tumblr, and nearly everywhere else you write on the web. I use it all the time and find it super useful.

Click here to download the app.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Page Analytics

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favorite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is Page Analytics  a Google Chrome Extension.

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The Page Analytics Chrome Extension allows you to see how vistors interact with your web pages, including what they click and don’t click. You can use these insights to optimize your website layout, improve user experience, and increase conversions.

Click here to download the app.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Aviary

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I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is Aviary a simple graphics editor that you can use from your browser window or as an app for your phone.

Use Aviary to fine-tune your photos with a full range of filters and one-touch tools for adjusting lighting, focus and color. You can also erase blemishes and brighten whites in a tap, or personalize your pictures with stickers, frames and overlays.

Go to aviary.com to download the app, or use the desktop version and let the magic begin. 

 

 

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: PicMonkey

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is Picmonkey  – another super easy design tool to enhance your social media and content marketing.

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Picmonkey is a “freemium” tool with the option of paying for extras, but I’ve accomplished a lot with the free version.  Some of the features I like most include themed seasonal overlays and Photoshop style cosmetic enhancement features. I often use Picmonkey for quick resizing and enhancement of images before I post them online.

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Visit www.picmonkey.com and try it for yourself!

 

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Canva

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is Canva, a super easy design tool to enhance your social media and content marketing.

Canva is one of my every-day go-to tools when I am creating visuals. It’s so easy and quick to use it with a multitude of layout options, fonts, images and illustrations to choose from.  And best of all it’s free!

How to use it

1. Sign up at canva.com. The sign-up process is quick and easy.

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2. Next click on “Create a design” and choose the platform for which you wish to create a visual, for example, blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Your image will be automatically resized to fit the size dimensions of each platform.

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3. Click on “Layouts” to select a layout for your graphic. There are tons of layouts to choose from. When you find one you like, click on it and it will automatically populate the blank screen for you to work with. You can change out the design at any time by clicking into another layout template.

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4. To add an image, select “Elements” which allows you to choose from a variety of shapes, illustrations, and photos from Canva’s royalty-free library. Note that not all images are free, some are priced at €1 each.  You can also upload your own images to use.

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5. To add text, click on “Text” and simply drag and drop your heading, subheading and body text. You can also choose from some pre-designed fonts, most of which are free.

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6. Selecting “Background” allows you to choose different background colours and textures.

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7. When you’re happy with your design, you have the option to embed it or share it from Canva straight to a social media platform, share a link for others to see the design, or edit it if you wish. You can also download it to your computer in jpeg, png, or pdf format.

And finally here’s one I made earlier…

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Canva is so easy and versatile to use, I highly recommend you give it a go to enhance your visual marketing.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Twitonomy

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is Twitonomy a freemium tool which yields insights on your followers, influence and interests.

Here’s a snapshot of my analytics — and yes, I do tweet a lot!

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You can also get search analytics on any hashtag, user or keyword. With the pro version you can download tweets, mentions, RTs, favorites and reports to Excel & PDF documents — a useful reporting tool.

 

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: ColorZilla

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is ColorZilla.

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With ColorZilla you can get a color reading from any point in your browser, quickly adjust this color and paste it into another program. Colorzilla allows you to get the color of any pixel on the page. You can also pick a color from a palette and get the CSS code for each color.

ColorZilla is available as both Firefox and Google Chrome extensions.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: RiteTag

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is RiteTag, a useful Chrome extension which gives you instant feedback on your hashtag choices as you type them.

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How It Works 

RiteTag shows you how hashtags are performing on Twitter and Facebook before you post content. Once you log in to RiteTag using your Twitter or Facebook credentials, it checks the hashtags you begin typing in real time and color codes them:

  • If your hashtag is green, it means the hashtag will help your content be seen now.
  • If your hashtag is blue, it means the hashtag will help your content be seen over time.
  • If your hashtag is gray, you should select a new hashtag because it has low levels of engagement.
  • If your hashtag is red, you should select a new hashtag because it’s so popular, your content will disappear into the crowd.

RiteTag is available as a Chrome Extension. Download it here. 

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Quuu

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is Quuu, a hand-curated content suggestion platform that connects to your Buffer queue.

How It Works 

Select from over 300 interest categories to receive suggestions that matter to you and your audience. With the free account, you can choose up to 5 interest categories, get suggestions automatically sent to your connected accounts two times a day (six for a paid account).  Relevant suggestions will be queued to your Buffer where you can choose to manually curate posts yourself or Quuu will post for you.

It’s free to sign up at http://www.quuu.co

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: BeFunky

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is photo-editing tool BeFunky.

There is so much you can do with this tool to enhance your visual marketing assets, including creating collages, adding “one-click” photo effects (there are over 300 photo effects and filters to choose from) and an array of graphics (eg speech bubbles). The basic account is free to use and provides users with access to a library of 125 digital effects.

Try it out for yourself at www.befunky.com