What’s in Your Tool Kit?
We know that having the right tool for the job can make life so much easier that’s why we put this list together to help you find the tools you need.
PicMonkey is a FREE online photo editor that enables you to do whatever your creative heart desires. It’s fast and lets you do basic edits like crop, rotate, as well as enhance your images with a variety of effects overlays, fonts, textures, frames and more. This is the perfect tool for those with no experience or those with experience; it’s very user friendly. An expanded version is available for a fee, but the free version is surprisingly robust. www.PicMonkey.com
SnagIt is a screen capture tool. Use it to capture images or video that you can then save, share or send. Great for education, business or even for personal use. Highlight what’s important as well as enhance it to better communicate your message. This is a must have tool. www.snagit.com
ClickToTweet is a service that allows you to create buttons or links that you can use to encourage readers to quickly and easily share excerpts or quotes via Twitter. Download their WordPress plugin and quickly create ClickToTweet links in your blogs posts. There are three plans to choose from. The ‘Standard’ plan , ‘Pro’, and ‘Expert’. The standard plan is the free version. Click here to try it, we think you’ll like it.
Clipping magic is an image editing tool that’s used to remove image backgrounds, create masks, cutouts, and clipping paths. You choose the package that best suits your needs. Packages start as low as $2.99 per month. Check out Clipping Magic.
Shareist is a content market platform that allows you to collect, organize and share content. Capture bookmarks and ideas, share them immediately on social media, and save them for building and publishing pages to your blog.
Try it for 30 days free then sign up for one of four packages starting at $10 per month. Check out Shareist.
ShareGrab gives you information on the most viral content on your competitors’ Facebook Pages. Group pages in ‘PODS’ (up to 10 pages per pod). You can have numerous pods. To get an analysis of their posts all you do is click the pod. The top eight most prominent post, among the pages in that pod, will be highlighted. Less popular posts are also provided. Check our ShareGrab.
Pixabay a place to find and share images FREE of copyrights. All pictures are published under Creative Common public domain deed CCO. http://pixabay.com/
Gratisography is a source of FREE high-resolution pictures you can use on your personal and commercial projects. They are also FREE of copyright restrictions. New images are added weekly. Check out Gratisography.
PicJumbo offers free images for personal and business use. This site was created by webdesigner Victor H who understands that every designer needs high quality images so he decided to offer his own for free. Most of the photos are high quality (3888 wide). Use the photos in webdesign, sliders, apps, backgrounds and more. Click here to visit PicJumbo.
PicJumbo also offers a premium membership for those interested in an inexhaustible source of images. Every month a package of images will be zipped to your email for just $6 per month. Interested in Premium membership click here.
Send Out Cards gives you and your company the perfect way to add that personal touch to your marketing efforts. With just the click of a button, you can choose your custom card, add a personal photo, write your message and click send. Their convenient system lets you send that thank you, birthday or anniversary card without the hassle of pen, paper, stamps, envelopes or mailboxes. You can even include a gift from their online gift catalog. Can’t decide on a gift? Choose a gift card from a selection well known companies. It’s convenient, easy and affordable. Check out Send Out Cards.
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Mention is a media monitoring service. Create alerts on your name, brand, industry and your competitors to be informed of any mention on the web and social networks. A good tool to analyze your visibility and to allow you to quickly respond where needed. The ‘Basic’ package is free, but it’s limited. They have 3 other packages, starting at $9.99 per month, that offer more robust monitoring. Visit the Mention website.
Canva gives you everything you need to easily turn ideas into stunning designs. Create designs for Web or print: blog graphics, presentations, Facebook covers, flyers, posters, invitations and so much more. Here’s a link to Canva,
“Quora is a question-and-answer website where questions are created, answered, edited and organized by its community of users.” Great source to inspire content ideas. Quora is free though does require sign-up through your Facebook or Google profile. Here’s a link to Quora.
Instant RSS Search is a Google powered feed engine to help you discover RSS feeds around your favorite topics. RSS Search
Simple Video Press is a video marketing plug in that integrates YouTub + WordPress. This software automates the process of publishing YouTube videos on your website. And it has a bunch of other cool features all aimed at making your life easier, saving you time, saving you money & growing your business. Learn more about SimpleVideoPress.
Twtrland lets you see a visual snapshot of your online presence on twitter and instagram. Unfold influence metrics, audience demographics, close network and much more. Use it to find influencers and build your marketing strategy. Learn more at Twtrland.
Tweetlevel can provide an analysis on a hashtag but also on a particular twitter account. When it analyzes the account it rates each person out of 100 and then assigns a category to the person. Use this tool to analyze your own company/personal profile and your competitors to see where you rate compared with your competitors. Learn more at TweetLevel.
TweetStats provides a graphic report based on timing of tweets. This is a free tool. Check out TweetStats.
Topsy is a social search engine. It’s the go to tool for research on Twitter. They have all tweets since 2006 indexed. Topsy has both free and paid services. Learn more at Topsy.
SocialBro is an analytic and management tool for Twitter. Identify influencers, analyze competitors, track interaction, find out how you’re performing compared to industry peers, learn when the best time is for you to tweet, and more. SocialBro has four plans starting at $13.45/month. Learn more at SocialBro.
NeedTagger is a tool for finding relevant conversations on twitter to engage with. Whether it be customer service issues, product mentions or lead opportunities. NeedTagger offers four plans – Free, Pro, Agency, and Enterprise. Learn more at NeedTagger.
Mention.net is a monitoring tool to track mentions. Create alerts on your name, your brand, your industry and your competitors and be informed of any mention on the web and social networks. Choose from four plans – Free, Lite, Pro, and Enterprise. Learn more at Mention.
Commun.it is a twitter relationship manager. It identifies valuable members and categorizes them into three groups – influencers, supporters and engaged. It will also suggest who to follow or unfollow. Communi.it integrates with Buffer so you can auto-schedule your updates even when you’re offline. Check out commun.it.
CyBranding is a hashtag analytics tool to measure your results, find out which of your influencers are really contributing to your communication (and how), validate and improve your approach, and even study your competitors’ moves. www.cybranding.com
Twitonomy is a Twitter analytics and monitoring tool. Monitor your own account or any other Twitter user, as well as lists and keyword searches. Your profile page will show tweets per day, total links shared, mentions of you in others tweets, the hashtags you use the most, tweets of yours retweeted the most and so much more (and that’s the free version). The free version is amazingly robust and sufficient for most, though marketers and brands may want the added features of the paid version. Twitonomy
Smush.it reduces the size of images by removing unnecessary bytes from image file. it optimizes images without changing their look or visual quality hence it’s called a “lossless” tool. www.smushit.com
Rankur is a platform for social media analysis based on a unique web crawler. It reveals trending topics, opinion leaders, and demographic facts like gender, age group, geo location, and sentiment in text. They offer a free version and 4 advanced fee based plans. www.rankur.com
With Google Alerts you can set up a monitoring system to track anything you want, such as finding out what’s being said about you or your company; keeping track of articles you write under your name; monitoring the competition or simply to keep up to date on any given topic. Google automatically notifies you when new content from news, web, blogs, video and/or discussion groups matches the search terms you set for it. This is a free tool. www.googlealerts.com
Trackur is a social media monitoring & sentiment analytics tools. They do not offer a free version. Rates start at $27 a month. www.trackur.com
Blitzmetrics is a reputation monitoring tool that helps you measure, analyze and engage your fans. They offer a free version and two paid plans. www.blitzmetrics.com
Socialmention provides real-time social media search and analysis. www.SocialMention.com
Timeline Contest Creator allows you to auto-generate status updates perfect for Timeline Contests to drive likes and comments. Publish the contest directly to your Facebook Timeline, all in under 30 seconds. This is a very simple and basic tool and it’s FREE from Heyo. Timeline Contest Creator
Viewbix offers marketing tools to drive more leads, sales, and fans from your videos. Things like clickable logos, calls to action, email sign up , bottom logos, social shares and more. www.viewbix.com
SurveyMonkey is the world’s most popular online survey tool. It’s easier than ever to send free surveys, polls, questionnaires, customer feedback and market research. Plus get access to survey questions and professional templates. They have a basic version that’s free and three paid plans. www.SurveyMonkey.com
Uberflip enables you to supercharge your PDFs into branded flipbooks that are instantly available across mobile, desktop and tablets. www.uberflip.com
Jing is a FREE screen capture program. It provides basic tools so you can create images and videos of what you see on your computer screen, then share them instantly! www.Jing.com
PopUp Domination is a leading lightbox software whos popups can’t be blocked. They offers page level targeting, pre-designed templates, completely customizable, A/B testing, anylicics, works with WordPress or standalone websites as well as many mail list softwares (Aweber, Constant Contact, MailChimp etc…). www.PopUpDomination.com
SnagIt is a screen capture tool. Use it to capture images or video that you can then save, share or send. Great for education, business or even for personal use. Highlight what’s important as well as enhance it to better communicate your message. This is a must have tool. www.SnagIt.com
Camtasia gives you the tools you need to record on-screen activity, edit and enhance your content, and share in high-quality to viewers anywhere. http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia.html
CamStudio is a free streaming video software. It’s able to record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create industry-standard AVI video files and using its built-in SWF Producer can turn those AVIs into lean, mean, bandwidth-friendly Streaming Flash videos (SWFs). You can download and use it completely free. www.CamStudio.org
www.optimizepress.com Starts at $97
SpyFu, originally GoogSpy, is a search analytic company. They show the keywords that websites buy on Google Adwords as well as the keywords that websites are showing up for within search results. They do this via a process called web scraping. in addition, the service gives cost per click and search volume statistics on keywords and uses that data to approximate what websites are spending on advertising. SpyFu is a subscriptions service offering Basic plans starting at $79.00 per month. With their annual plan you can save 47%. That’s huge! www.SpyFu.com
Tabfoundry is a tool to create custom tabs on Facebook. It’s a drag-and-drop tool that you can use to add media, add an e-mail opt-in form so that you can gather leads, or even run a Facebook photo contest. www.Tabfoundry.com
TabSites allows you to easily create and manage custom tabs and run promotions on your Facebook fan page. They offer both a drag and build system or the ability to use a simple engagement app setup process to run promotions and contests on a tab. Powerful features include ability to run Sweepstakes, import your blog, add YouTube Videos, add product slideshows, and more! There is a FREE Basic version as well as three paid plans with added features. The nice thing is they offer a 14 Day Free Trial to take if for a test drive. www.TabSites.com
Eventbrite is a software platform that event organizers use to sell tickets and registrations for their events…small and large. They provides tools to organizers to create registration pages for their own events and promote them across multiple social networks.
There is no cost for the service provided the event is free to attend – there is a service fee when organizers charge for an event. You can also use Eventbrite to discover new events in your area. www.Eventbrite.com
Shareaholic offers tools for sharing Social Media content. Related content tools are intended to they both increase page-views and improve the user experience. www.Shareaholic.com
ViralTal is a tool that enables you to schedule your pins on Pinterest. They offer a 14 day free trial and have three plans to choose from starting at $4.99 per month. www.ViralTag.com
Turn meaningful words into beautiful images in no time with Quozio. This fun FREE tool then lets you share your creations everywhere. www.Quozio.com
Pinstamatic allows you to create great Pinterest Boards in just a few minutes without any editing tools. With this tool you can add notes, quotes, clickable maps, playable music and photos. It’s fun and it’s FREE. www.pinstamatic.com
SlideShare is the world’s largest community for sharing presentations. In addition to presentations SlideShare also supports documents, PDFs, videos and webinars. Individuals & organizations upload documents to SlideShare to share ideas, conduct research, connect with others, and generate leads for their businesses. Anyone can view presentations & documents on topics that interest them, download them and reuse or remix for their own work. www.SlideShare.net
SocialOomph.com is a service that provides free and paid productivity enhancement services for social media users. www.socialoomph.com
Infogr.am is a very basic to for creating infographics. The free version is very limited, but you can upgrade to a paid version with more features. www.infogr.am
Piktochart allows you create infographics in 3 easy steps. No design experience needed. They offer a free version with limited themes and paid versions with added features. Infographics are a great way to tell a story. www.piktochart.com
PicMarkr lets you add custom watermarks (images or text) to your images, online for free. It’s easy as 1,2, 3! This can be very useful if you need to protect your copyrights or want to add comments to your photographs. www.picMarkr.com
Pinwords enables you to instantly add text to your images or to one of the backgrounds provided. This free tool allows you to simply and easily add a message or saying to any image. The options are minimal, but you get what you pay for. www.PinWords.com