Creative Apps for Social Media

Around every corner there are new apps and systems in place to help you produce your work. Social groups are another good way to ask about what’s out there. In this new world of sharing, there are others only to happy to fill you in on what you want to know.

First I learned to set bold goals. Then I learned to ask for help.

Charlotte Austin – Adventure Writer, Mountain Guide

I’ve used a bunch of image editing apps, learning a little from each as I grew.

PhotoGrid was among the first. I find it particularly handy for stitching pics together, either side by side (horizontal) or one on top of the other (vertical). It also has some great grid arrangements for multiple images on the one page. It’s video creation function saves up to 50 images in a 15 second video sequence for Instagram or anywhere else for that matter. It differs from Flipogram as it will accept the same photo more than once in a sequence. However Flipogram allows for creation of more than 50 images and in lengths ranging from 5 seconds to 3 minutes.

Apps for writing text over images are plentiful, and my favourites have changed multiple times. WordSwag and Typorama are up there as my top on the move picks. I just discovered another one which animates the text onto the image called Ripl but it’s still limited as to the fonts you can choose from only offering ten different ones. Background images on WordSwag and Typorama both come from Pixabay, so there’s plenty of free quality images to choose from. Canva‘s mobile app is brilliant. They also offer a range of free images, but have a huge range of $1 images to use as well. Canva is really a fantastic suite of multiple marketing materials. Design templates include Social Media Posts and Headers specifically sized for each platform, Documents including magazines and resumes, Blogging and e-Book designs such as Blog Titles, BlogGraphics and Desktop Wallpaper, Marketing Materials like Gift Certificates, Posters and Menus, Event material like Wedding Invitation, Postcards and Photo Collages, and an array of Advertisements for IAB standard sized material such as Leaderboards, Wide Skyscraper and medium and large Rectangles. All in all there are 17 different design categories in Canva, enough to satisfy a busy marketing exec. Creations can also be saved print ready with bleed….Yay!

 

 

 

 

In this Day and Age

Mark Joyner, Founder and Chairman of Construct Zero (www.constructzero.org)

The cool thing about today’s new media starts …. is that many of them understand there is more money to be made in sharing their secrets with you than locking them away. They don’t care that you can become their competitor – because the online world is just too big to care anymore.

To date the world population is 6.8 billion … only 1.8 billion of those people are online, and around 150,000 new people are coming online every day. Barring bandwidth costs, you could contact each and every one of them for free. Converting a tiny fraction of them into your customers could set you up for life.