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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Crop Video

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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 video editor crop.video.

With this tool, you can turn landscape video into cropped vertical or square video for optimised viewing on social media.  Use it to adjust each shot separately, remove unwanted shots at the begining and end of your video and add subtitles or your logo.

With the free version of Crop Video, you can export one shot without a watermark, and the size, length, and quality of your exported video are limited.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Listen Notes

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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 Listen Notes  – a free podcast search engine.

With this tool, you can not only search the whole Internet’s podcasts, but you can also curate your own podcast playlists. (Note that the Listen Notes search engine is designed to help you find content such as people topics, not specific shows.)  If you’re researching a specific person or topic, the search tool can help you find related episodes from a range of podcasts. You can then add results that interest you to a playlist.  After you create a playlist in Listen Notes, you receive a playlist URL that you can copy and paste into your favorite podcast app so you can listen to that playlist. You can also use the URL to share the playlist.

More cool features include the clipping feature which lets you annotate, save, and share audio clips from podcast episodes.  You can add individual episodes to Listen Later playlists and bring these playlists to your podcast player apps via RSS.

The tool is totally free and if, as many people are these days, you are a podcast fan, you will want to add this tool to your toolkit.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Easil

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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 graphic design tool Easil  an online graphic design tool with templates that are especially useful for Instagram and Facebook stories.

Easil is a simple, browser-based system with pre-made templates that you can adapt in seconds with simple drag-and-drop tools.  The vertical image templates are especially good and make this tool great for stories.  The website also hosts a blog with super helpful design tips.

The free version of Easil is for individuals and limits the types of files you can download. For example, with the free version, you can’t download a GIF or PDF. The Plus service costs $7.50 per month, and the Edge service costs $59 per month.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: StreamYard

This week’s cool tool recommendation is live streaming app StreamYard.

StreamYard is a live streaming studio which runs in Chrome and Firefox on your laptop or desktop. You can use it to stream directly to Facebook, YouTube, and other platforms.  StreamYard is great for live interviews. You can have 6 people in the stream. Up to 10 people can enter the broadcast studio so you can swap people in and out if you’re doing a dynamic talk show.

Other cool features include the ability to show viewer comments on screen, add a call to action, upload your logo, images, GIFs, and even videos.

 

StreamYard has both free and paid versions of the product. You can remove the StreamYard logo and upload your own. You can also add overlays and backgrounds, and use the restream integration. Full details are on the pricing page.

 

 

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Word2cleanhtml

This week’s cool tool recommendation is Word2cleanhtml, a free converter tool which cleans up HTML pasted from Word documents.

How it works

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The tool strips out invalid or proprietary tags, which Microsoft Office puts in its HTML and gives you a well-formatted result that you can paste directly into a web page, ebook or content editing system.

 

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Iconosquare

 

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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 Iconosquare, a smartphone app for managing your Facebook and Instagram presence.

Features Include:

Instagram analytics: visualize how your community is growing, see how many followers you gained and lost, identify your most engaging media and more.  For Business profiles, get also access to Stories insights, to community demographics and to reach and impressions data.

Facebook analytics: see how your number of fans is growing and how many fans you gained and lost, access demographics of your community, visualize the reach and impressions of your posts, see your most engaging publications etc.


Instagram Post Scheduler: plan ahead and schedule all your Instagram posts in advance from your computer. Upload photos and videos, type captions and get notified on your smartphone when it’s time to post.


Instagram Comment tracker: monitor comments received on your Instagram posts. Reply to them, mark them as read and delete inappropriate ones.

Multi-Account Management: schedule and manage for all your Instagram accounts and Facebook pages from within the app.

Get On: App Store | Google Play

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Videoshop

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 I’m recommending Videoshop a free stand-alone video recorder.

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Because the app enables you to record and edit video in one place, you don’t have to use several different apps to create your video. Features include the ability to integrate your favorite songs to your video, add subtitles and noises like applause sounds. You can also adjust video speed to slow or fast, merge multiple clips into one and choose transitions to animate between video clip.

Videoshop is available for free on iOS or Android.

You might also like to read 7 Best Video Marketing Practices and Resources For 2019

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Twodio

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 I’m recommending Twodio – a free iOS app that allows you to tweet recorded audio.

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Here’s how to use it

To use the app, you first need to authorize it to use Twitter. Then you simply hold down a button to record up to 30 seconds of audio. When Twodio tweets your recording, it appears as a waveform.

I really like this tool to add variety to your Twitter activity. The moving waveform is eye-catching and encourages people to stop and check out your tweet.

Check out how I used it this morning to tweet about this tool. I woke with a  sore throat but was so eager to try it out, I recorded it with a scratchy voice 😉

You might also like to read Become a Social Media Ninja With These 25 Smart Twitter Hacks

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Quik

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 I’m recommending Quik for mobile – a free video-editing tool.

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This tool is easy to use and has both basic and advanced features. The basic video editing features include adding photos, videos, music, and text. You can choose a custom theme with transitions and graphics, adjust the font, filters and graphics and personalize your story with text overlays and title slides. The interface makes it easy to reorder, trim, zoom and rotate photos and video clips.

You can also add a soundtrack – choose from more than 100 free songs or import your own music. What’s really cool is that you can start your soundtrack at any point in the song and Quik automatically syncs transitions to the beat of the music.

Your videos can be saved in HD 1080p or 720p, shared to social media, or sent via a private Quik link text or email.

This really is a super tool and well worth checking out.

You might also like to read 7 Best Video Marketing Practices and Resources For 2019

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: CC Search

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 I’m recommending  CC Search — a tool that allows openly licensed and public domain works to be discovered and used by everyone.

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CC Search searches across more than 300 million images from open APIs and the Common Crawl dataset. It goes beyond simple search to aggregate results across multiple public repositories into a single catalog, and facilitates reuse through features like machine-generated tags and one-click attribution.

There are six main Creative Commons licenses you can use when you choose to publish your work under CC terms. The six CC licenses are based on four conditions. The four conditions and the six licenses are described here.

Looking for more places to find images for your marketing? Check out this list of 10 Places To Find The Best Free Images For Your Healthcare Marketing.