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 storytelling app called Steller.
Steller is a free storytelling application which lets you create photo and video stories with an emphasis on design. – the next web. It focuses on telling a story through pictures and text. The simple, yet structured layout options allow even a beginner to produce a professional standard of work.
Once your story is done, you can publish it to your favorite social media channel or embed it on your website.
Steller is available for download on both Google Play and App Store.
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 app TouchRetouch.
The app is designed to deal with unwanted content in photos, wanting having to resort to Photoshop. It allows you to remove small items from your photos by drawing over them with your finger. Repair minor imperfections on your face, some small spots from dust on your camera sensor, or other point-like spots by just tapping on them.
TouchRetouch is available for $1.99 for iOS and Android
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 Adobe Spark, a free suite of apps which allow both web and mobile users to create and share visual content – like posts for social media, graphics, web stories, and animated videos.
It comprises three separate design apps: Spark Post, Spark Page and Spark Video.
Spark Post is aimed at letting you create professional graphics in minutes.
Spark Page is focused on helping you craft web stories. That means you can use it for things like magazine-style travel stories, photo albums, online newsletters, reports, or anything else that you want to present on the web. It’s basically a simplified web editing platform, with tools that let you mix text and imagery in a highly visual way.
Spark Video lets you create animated videos. Note, this isn’t a tool for filming content – instead, you combine text, images, icons and themes in a presentation, then speak your voice over the story in order to create the video.
Here’s how I used Spark Post to create a quick and easy quote graphic for Instagram:
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Follow CoSchedule‘s best design practice to create even better graphics.
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 isTwitonomya freemium tool which yields insights on your Twitter followers, influence and interests.
Here’s a snapshot of my @mention analytics.
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.
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 photo-editing app called Ribbet.
Ribbet is a free online photo editor and collage maker with beautiful filters, seasonal effects, touch-ups, stickers, and fonts. You can quickly improve sharpness, crop, resize and rotate your images. You can also upload up to 5 photos at once to create a collage effect.
The interface is simple and intuitive and I really like that Ribbet is easy to use but provides all of the essential photo editing functions. If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to edit your photos then I highly recommend you check out this tool.
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 free stock photo site called Pikwizard .
As regular readers know, I am obsessed with visuals in marketing, but it’s hard to find medical related stock images that haven’t been used ad infinitum. I was really pleased to hear about Pikwizard and find a super selection of medical-themed images. The site is particularly good for aesthetic procedures and dentistry-related images.
Pikwizard hosts over 100,000 completely free images, with over 20,000 of those exclusive to the site. Adding new images to their stock library daily, the site’s ultimate goal is to get to more than 1 million images!
This week’s cool tool recommendation is Freerange which provides free high res stock photos for commercial and non-commercial use.
The photos either come directly from in-house photographers and archives or they are contributed by a growing community of photographers. Images provided directly (in-house) by Freerange Stock originate one of two ways. They are either digitally photographed on Canon DSLR cameras or they are a high resolution (4000 dpi) Nikon scan of an original 35mm slide. Once the image is acquired, the photo is sharpened, color corrected, cropped and keyworded. Some images are manipulated in Photoshop to make them more effective. Then the original is archived and a 2400×1600 version is optimized and output, then posted on the live site.
It’s certainly one of the best sources of stock photos I’ve come across – and it’s free! Try it today.
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 I’m recommending Infogram, a free infographic and data visualization tool.
Infogram’s Basic (free) plan is intended only for non-commercial use, such as personal projects, blogs and presentations, within the limits of fair use. Its Business plan allows you to remove Infogram’s branding and add your own logo (it offers a reduced price for nonprofit and educational organizations.) The Basic plan includes 37 chart templates and allows users to generate up to 10 three-page projects based on their data.
The continuing growth of visual platforms, such as Pinterest and Instagram, confirm that incorporating visual content into your social media strategy is a must. Not only do these platforms drive more traffic and shares, but research has also shown that tweets and Facebook posts with images encourage more engagement. You should also add an image to every single blog post you write and use images to break up the tedium of text.
Whether it’s growing your brand identity or improving medication adherence through instructions, visuals are a key to interacting with and empowering patients. But when it comes to using images don’t be tempted to reach for the nearest stock photo.
These days there’s no excuse for using boring stock images you can find all over the web. In this article, you’ll learn my favorite recommendations for sourcing images you can use to enhance your social media posts – and best of all they’re free!
1. Freepikoffers users, high-quality graphic designs: exclusive illustrations and graphics 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.
What I really like about this site is many of the images are quirky and fun — no cheesy stock images here!
3. ISO Republicprovides over 3,000 images under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This means the pictures are completely free to be used for personal or commercial purposes with no attribution required.
4. Life of Pixis a collection of free high resolution stock images donated to the public domain by the Leeroy Advertising Agency in Montreal.
Their sister site Life of Vids offers royalty-free videos, clips, and loops for you to use to your heart’s content.
5. Morguefile is a free photo archive “for creatives, by creatives.” The photos have been contributed by a wide range of creatives from around the world, ranging from amateur photo hobbyists to professionals.
6. Pexelsprovides 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 under Creative Commons license. Use the site’s list of popular searches to find the most in-demand stock videos.
7. Picjumbo is free stock photo site created by designer and photographer Viktor Hanacek in 2013.
Users can click through the different categories of over 600 free high-resolution photos, with the option of upgrading to Premium for new unpublished images to power your social media marketing. No attribution is required.
8. Pixabayhosts over 650,000 free stock photos, vectors, and art illustrations free of copyrights under Creative Commons. On the home page, you’ll find a small, curated collection of images and a search bar for more targeted results.
Pixabay also has a collection of stock videos for use in your marketing.
9. Rawpixel prides itself on having the most diverse collection of stock photos on the web. It wants to change the face of stock photography by creating design resources that reflect today’s society as it really is. To this end, it has started the (one) world face project with the ultimate goal of photographing people from every nation in the world.
10. Unsplashgives you access to a bank of 50,000+ free-to-use photos. You can subscribe to receive ten new images every ten days directly into your inbox.
Creating compelling visual content can be a powerful way to connect with your audience. People connect more emotionally with images than text, and in an increasingly crowded digital landscape, when our minds are attracted more readily to content that draws our eye, images can break through the online content clutter to quickly communicate your marketing messages.
Spend some time this week perusing these sites and download a selection of your favorite images to your desktop. Then get creative with the help of an image editing tool such as Canva and edit your chosen images into something more interesting for your brand. Save these images to a Dropbox folder so you now have your own library of unique images to draw on each time you write a new piece of content or post something to social media.
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 I’m recommending Fotor, a free image editing tool.
Fotor is quick and easy to use (A paid version is available that contains more features and is ad-free.) You can use it to create a variety of images, including photo collages for social media, making as many edits as you need from an extensive menu of edits. Fotor even provides an area where you can experiment to the side of your canvas. It includes ready to go graphics, icons and studio-quality video templates.