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10 Great Free Tools for Increasing your Visual Marketing

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70% of marketers plan to increase their use of original visual assets.” (Social Media Examiner)

“Facebook posts containing photos accounted for 87% of all network interactions in 2014.” (eMarketer)

The amount of video posted by users (both individuals and brands) increased by 3.6X from January 2013 to November 2014.” (Facebook)

These facts prove that creating visual marketing delights is now a necessity. Here are ten of my favourites…

1. Make your photos look more professional on the move with apps such as Manual, Photoshop Touch and Camera Bag. They all produce top quality images that are perfect for sharing across social media.

2. Create amazing artwork and imagery and even infographics, with Canva, PiktochartPowToon. Easy to use and the results are uber professional!

3. Build your own custom quotes, tips or facts with Instaquote, QuipioRecite and don’t forget to brand your images so if folk share them, they are also sharing you!

One to watch: Strikingly could be the future of the independent small business owner. Create a one page website in less than an hour. I’m testing today and will let you know the results, but if it’s good enough for Seth…it’s good enough for me! :)

What are your favourites?

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Social Media Marketing Report: @smexaminer

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michael stelznerMichael Stelzner is the founder and CEO of Social Media Examiner and author of the books Launch and Writing White Papers. He’s also the host of the Social Media Marketing podcast.

Each year he has provided us marketers with a wealth of information and this year is no exception. In his fifth annual social media study, more than 3000 marketers reveal where they focus their social media activities, how much time they invest, what the rewards are and where they’ll plan their future efforts.

It’s a vital piece of information that you should study before writing your strategy for 2014. You will discover:

  • What social platforms marketers will focus on in the future
  • The top social media questions marketers want answered
  • How much time marketers invest with social media activities
  • The top benefits of social media marketing and how time invested affects results
  • The most used social media platorms
  • Activities social media marketers are outsourcing
  • And much more!

Go to the source page here and check out the report here: SocialMediaMarketingIndustryReport2013

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Giveaway: Free advice sheet for 1 social media platform!

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happy birthdayIt’s birthday week here at Online PR UK HQ and I am feeling generous again!  Yes, I know I’m the one that should be getting a gift, celebrating Online PR UK’s 2nd birthday…But hey! – I’ve loved every minute of this so I’m throwing one out to you!  Nice eh?!

Up for grabs is a free advice sheet for one social media channel. This will include tips to make your channel of choice better, more interesting, more engaging and more interactive. So if you feel that your branded Facebook page could do with an overhaul, or you need another reason to use Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram for your business, all you have to do is  post up a lovely Happy Birthday message on Twitter, Google + or Facebook, pin up a lovely happy birthday picture on Pinterest or Instagram etc. You get the idea!   We don’t care where you post your message as long as you  tweet us a link using our hashtag!


I’ll choose a winner by December 20th and you will receive your advice sheet via email by January 24th!  What you waiting for!?

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