6 Simple Photo Tools for Creating Social Media Visuals

social media toolsAre you including images in your social media content?

Looking for easy-to-use tools to help you create images for your content strategy?

If the idea of using Photoshop makes your head spin or hiring a graphic designer isn’t an option, there are many easy-to-use, low-cost alternatives available to you to create social media graphics.

In this article, I’ll show you 6 easy tools that will help you create compelling graphics for social media.

#1: Use PicMonkey’s Online Photo Editor to Take Your Images From Good to Glorious

PicMonkey‘s free option has a wide variety of frames, special effects and font types to choose from.

With a touch of a button, you can crop and resize your photo, and add text to your images.

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Choose from a wide variety of free fonts on PicMonkey to create appealing images like this one with PicMonkey.

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7 Ways to Grow Your Blog With Pinterest

social media how toWould you like more traffic to your blog?

Are you looking for creative ways to use Pinterest to benefit your business blog?

Pinterest offers a robust path to help you build your blog.

You can use Pinterest to find content for your blog, grow your audience and increase your website traffic.

In this article, I’ll show you 7 easy ways to use Pinterest to grow your business blog and engage further with your online audience.

#1: Create a Blog Think Tank

Are you constantly clipping articles, studies, posts and pictures and placing them in an idea folder—online or off? Pinterest is tailor-made for doing this quickly and easily online.

Create secret boards for your blog post ideas and use them as placeholders for images, videos, quotes, etc. that you want to blog about in the future. Curate boards for single posts, a series you’re working on, even potential guest bloggers.

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You can use secret boards as placeholders for content you may want to use in the future.

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4 Pinterest Tools to Grow and Measure Your Pinterest Presence

social media tools Do you need help measuring your Pinterest activity?

Are you wondering which tools can help you grow your followers on Pinterest?

In this article, I’ll show you 4 tools to help you analyze and grow your presence on Pinterest.

Why Pinterest Tools?

The average Pinterest user follows nine brands and spends just over 15 minutes on the platform.

That means to compete, you have to be able to serve up fantastic images, measure the impact of your efforts and connect with new followers on a regular basis.

If you don’t have a large budget to sink into your Pinterest strategy, integrating the time-saving shortcuts and functions of a few affordable tools can work wonders.

Here are four tools worth consideration…

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16 Social Media Marketing Tips From the Pros

social media how toAre you looking for the latest social media marketing tactics?

Do you want to know what the social media marketing pros are doing today?

Keeping up with the latest social media changes is not always easy, and our social media marketing tactics may need to be refreshed.

We asked 16 social media pros to share the best marketing tactics worth doing today.

Here’s what they have to say.

#1: Host Social Media Events

Mari Smith

Mari Smith

You can build a loyal, raving community by hosting online events that put the focus on your fans.

A fun and effective online event is hosting a “Fan Page Friday”—it’s essentially a virtual networking party where you allow all your fans to share links to their own pages on your page.

The event can last as long as 24 hours or more and is a great way to discover new businesses, get more fans, and build tremendous community while increasing your EdgeRank (news feed visibility), too.

Many page owners launch a Fan Page Friday event every week; however, I find it much more effective to host one about every four to six weeks, as it has a bigger impact. On my last virtual party, several thousand page owners participated, many of whom picked up as much as a hundred or more new fans as a result.

Be sure to include a hashtag like #FacebookFriday and schedule your initial invitation to go out very early in the morning. Then add another couple of invitations throughout the day.

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Facebook Friday is a great way to build your community.

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Pinterest Business Accounts: The Definitive Guide to Getting Started

social media how toPinterest has given businesses the ability to create business-specific accounts.

Now is the time to stop thinking about Pinterest as a personal playground for cooks and fashion lovers.

Pinterest should be an important part of your B2B or B2C social media marketing strategy.

This article will show you what you need to know to set up a Pinterest Business account.

Differences Between Personal and Business Accounts

Although the outward appearance of a business account is the same as a personal account, there are some key differences between personal and business accounts on Pinterest that you should be aware of.

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5 Tips for Creating Pinterest Images That People Love to Share

social media how toDo you want to get more from your Pinterest marketing?

Are you looking to get more traffic, pins and repins?

If you want to make the most of Pinterest, you need to create images.

A great image can increase traffic, get you more pins and repins and improve your presence on Pinterest.

Below are 5 tips to help you create a Pinterest-friendly image.

#1: Use Relevant Labels on Your Images

Great Pinterest marketing starts with the images you publish on your blog or website. One of the first things you need to do is use a relevant label for the images you publish.

When someone pins an image from your website or blog post, the label that automatically appears in the description is the name you give your image. When you give your image a good name, it’ll automatically have a good description when someone pins it.

If someone pins your image without changing the image description, your image will still be effective.

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6 Ways to Drive More Pinterest Engagement

social media how toAre you engaging your fans on Pinterest?

Pinterest has been growing at an amazing pace. Recently, comScore reported that Pinterest grew by 4377% since May 2011.

This is because people like to be engaged with images.

The good thing about Pinterest is that every new post is an image around which a lot of engagement can be driven. So there’s great potential to drive a lot of engagement on this social media network.

Here are 6 ways to drive more engagement with images on Pinterest.

#1: Run Competitions

People love taking part in competitions, whether it’s to win a coupon, money, get their two minutes of fame or just for fun.

On Pinterest, you can run competitions where the winner is the user who pins the best pictures or has the Pinterest board with the best collection of pins. You could also do something creative like Peugeot Panama.

Peugeot Panama takes a picture of one of their cars and divides it into pieces. They pin one of these pieces of the picture onto a Pinterest board and ask their followers to pin the rest of the pieces onto one of their boards and share it with Peugeot Panama.

Their Pinterest followers have to go to Peugeot’s Facebook page or website to find the missing pieces of the picture. Usually the first 5 people to complete the picture win a prize.

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Complete Any Puzzle was a very creative Pinterest competition run by Peugeot Panama.

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