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Monday Morning Cool Tool: SocioViz

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 SocioViz – a web-based Twitter analytics platform.

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Use it to:

  • search for any keyword, hashtag, emoji or user mention filtering by date, location and language. Setup your historical searches or collect posts in real-time.
  • Identify conversation peaks, hashtags, words and emoji most used, most active and influential users.
  • Analyze conversation to hear what people are saying about your brand, competitors, and industry.

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It’s a very detailed tool and best of all it’s free to sign up for an account. This short video gives you an overview of what you can do with it.

 

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18 Top Tools For Your Healthcare Blog

I love discovering new tools and apps which help make our social media marketing activities more manageable and more productive.  Each Monday  I share one of favourite social media management tools with you to try during the coming week. Today I want to put some of those tools together in this post organized around the theme of blogging. These tools will help you create, edit and promote your blog content more effectively.

So let’s get started right away with tool #1.

1.  Bit.ly

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Bit.ly is a tool which creates shortened links to track the performance of your content once you promote it. Use it to create a custom short link for each post you create and share.

2. Buzzsumo

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Buzzsumo is a useful tool to explore which pieces of content are popular on social media around a certain topic. Use it to brainstorm popular topic ideas based on keywords related to your topics. You can also input your own domain name (as I have done in the example above) into the search bar and see at a glance how often and where your content is most shared.

3. Canva

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While the quality of your content is a vital factor for successful blogging, how you present your information is also very important. Visuals are a key component of a successful blog. 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.  Use the pre-set blog template to create header images for your bog.

4. ClickToTweet

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Click to Tweet is a cool free tool which generates one-click tweet boxes or links that can be shared through your website, your blog, or via email. It’s a powerful way to increase social shares and highlight quotes, stats, and key takeaways for your content marketing. It’s also available as a handy Chrome extension.

5. Emotional Marketing Value (EMV) Headline Analyzer

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According to Copyblogger, on average, 8 out of 10 people will read headline copy, but only 2 out of 10 will read the rest. Your headline is the first (perhaps only) impression you make on a prospective reader.  Use the EMV headline analyzer to calculate the emotional value of your headlines to create titles which will resonate with your audience.

Bonus Tool: Download a list of 90 headline power words here.

6. FreePik

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FreePik offers users, high-quality graphic designs: exclusive illustrations and graphic resources. It operates on a freemium business model which means, the majority of the resources offered at Freepik can be used for free, only having to credit the author of the illustration to Freepik. In addition, for a small fee, you can subscribe to the Premium plan and use the illustrations without any accreditation whatsoever.

7. Hemingway Editor

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A proofreading tool which clears your copy of all unnecessary copy. Just paste your text into the editor and you’ll get an analysis that highlights lengthy, complex sentences, adverbs, passive voice, and common errors.

8.IM Free

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This site contains images (mostly from Flickr) organized by themes such as inspiration, recreation, and ambient. On the site, you’ll also find free templates, icons, button makers, and more.

9. Life of Pix  

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Life of Pix offers free, high-quality images that are available for personal and commercial use. Each comes with a helpful color palette so you can plan your visuals accordingly.

10. Lumen 5

This is a cool tool that enables you to turn your blog posts into slideshow-type videos in minutes. The free plan includes unlimited videos, access to 10 million video files, and 480p-quality video with the Lumen5 watermark. You can also upload your own logo. Upgrading to the Pro plan ($49/month) lets you remove the Lumen5 branding, upload your own watermark and outro, and more.

Simply input your blog post’s url and Lumen 5 will import the text and images from that post and auto-create your video. You can then edit it, swap out images, upload other images and add music before you hit publish.  The video above is one I created with  Lumen 5 from an original blog post

11. Pexels

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Pexels provides over 3,800 high-resolution photos, collated from other free image sites — making it one of the largest free image directories. Pexels has also added a large library of stock videos to its site also under the Creative Commons license. Use the site’s list of popular searches to find the most in-demand stock video.

12. Pikwizard

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Pikwizard hosts over 100,000 completely free images, with over 20,000 of those exclusive to the site. The site has a good selection of medical-themed images. The site is particularly good for aesthetic procedures and dentistry-related images.

13. Photofunio

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With PhotoFunia you can edit photos online for free in a matter of seconds resulting in high-quality photo collages. As the name suggests, this tool is a lot of fun to use. It helps you make a mark with your photos by incorporating your photos into mock-ups of background images including billboards, magazine covers, and movie posters.

14. Snip.ly

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Similar to Bit.ly, this url shortner tool allows you to enhance every link you share (whether your own content or someone else’s) with a call to action (CTA). When people click on the Sniply-generated link, they can view the article you shared and see a CTA.

15. Stencil

If you like sharing quotes on your blog you can take advantage of their ready to add quotes feature. It will save you a lot of time. You can save, download or share up to 10 images per month, for free.

16. Text Readability Consensus Calculator

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This tool takes a sample of your writing and calculates the number of sentences, words, syllables, and characters. It then takes the output of these numbers and plugs them into 7 popular readability formulas to help you find out the reading level and grade level of your materials and help you to determine if your audience can read what you have written.

17. Quora

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Quroa is a question and answer platform where you can either ask a question about your topic or simply do a search using your topic keyword to find what people are asking about that topic. It’s a super place for market research.

18.Unsplash

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Unsplash gives you access to a bank of 50,000+ free-to-use photos. All photos are licensed under Creative Commons Zero, which means you can copy, modify, distribute and use the photos for free, including commercial purposes, without asking permission from or providing attribution to the photographer or Unsplash.

Do you have any favourite tools to enhance your blogging? I’d love to hear about them if you do.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Related Words

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 Related Words a tool to help you find words that are related to a specific word or phrase.

Here’s how it works using the search term “social media” to illustrate.

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Use this tool to help brainstorm content ideas and keywords for your social media marketing.

 

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Filmmaker Pro

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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 Filmmaker Pro, an app that lets you edit landscape, portrait, and square video clips.

A unique feature of this app is that it lets you install custom fonts.

It’s available for free for iOS,

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Tweriod

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 Twerioda  Twitter tool that helps you identify the best times to post on Twitter for your audience of followers.

Use the tool to pinpoint the days and times of the week when your followers are online to maximize the reach of your tweets.  Here’s a snapshot of my account showing me that engagement is highest on weekdays between 4 pm and 5 pm; 6 pm and 7 pm and 10 pm and 11 pm.

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Try it for yourself and adjust your tweeting schedule to reflect the results. Use a tool like Hootsuite or Buffer to schedule your tweets according to the optimum times for your audience on Twitter.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: ImageQuote

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 ImageQuote –  a super easy tool to create quote images for sharing on social media.

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You can choose from high-quality background collections or use your own photos for images. Then choose from 50+ creative font choices to customise your text. When you’re happy with your image you can export it to Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter for easy sharing.

 

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Trendsmap

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 Trendsmapa real-time map of the latest Twitter trending hashtags and topics from anywhere in the world.

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Click on a word, zoom into your area of interest, and explore. You can also jump directly to  Locations or Top tweets.

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Tapping into cultural trends is all about marketing in the moment. This works because people are most interested in “what’s happening now.” This tool is super useful to help you keep tabs on trending topics on a daily basis.


You might also like to read How To Leverage A Cultural Trend

 

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Missinglettr

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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 favorite tools with you at the start of each week. This week I’m recommending blog promotion tool Missinglettr.

Missinglettr turns each of your blog posts into a 12 month social campaign, which is then dripped out to your social channels.  It creates a whole sequence of social content and branded imagery (fully cropped and optimised for each of your social accounts). Simply review and edit if needed.

You can choose from a default evergreen (6 or 12 months) or blast (2 weeks or 2 months) campaign or create own based on the number of posts, duration and posting days. Over the next 12 months, your campaign content is automatically sent to each of your social profiles, driving traffic back to your site and increasing engagement across your social channels.

Pricing starts at $22 per month, but you can try out Missinglettr with a 30-day trial to see if it’s the right tool for you. 

 

 

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: PickFu

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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 favorite tools with you at the start of each week. This week I’m recommending a Split Testing tool called PickFu.

This tool uses polls to give you real-time feedback – an objective third-party point-of-view on your project. You can also use it to slice and dice responses by age, gender, ethnicity, income, education.

Basic polls are simple:

  • ask a question about one or two options
  • get 50 responses from the general population
  • each response includes a vote and written explanation
  • see age and gender of each respondent
  • usually done in 15 minutes or less

With the free plan, you have the simplest features and the results are publicly viewable.  You can upgrade to keep results private and add more features.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: GTmetrix

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 website speed test tool –  GTmetrix.

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GTmetrix has a suite of features and options to make optimizing your website clear and easy. It gives you insight on how well your site loads and provides actionable recommendations on how to optimize it. You can also use the tool to analyze the page load of your site from 28 servers in 7 different regions around the world.

How fast your website loads is critical – a good site will load in 2 seconds. Research shows that a single second delay in site load time can reduce your conversions by 7 percent. If your site is taking longer than that, consider that around 40% of people will leave a website if it doesn’t load in 3 seconds.

The faster your site, the better. Google announced back in July 2018, page speed will be a ranking factor for mobile searches too.

Visit https://gtmetrix.com to try out this tool’s features.