How many times have you said or heard “we need visual content?” We get the memo and we will still talk about it. The demand is not faltering anytime soon, but my trusty visual content toolbox is helpful especially when I want to create visuals multiple times a week. Not every one has to be intricate. I am no website developer nor did I take classes (with the exception of Photoshop I & II years ago!) so if I am able to develop graphic busting skills with these tools, you most definitely can! As I like to say, fear not. Get ready to actually incorporate quality visuals in your content strategy! I recommend these tools for community managers too.
This is ridiculously easy. Quozio lets you put in a quote and name, choose a background, and voila! You can even install it in your bookmark so you can copy and paste a quote from your browser. It’s epic for featuring your clients or brand advocates.
Chances are you’ve heard of Made with Over app. If you don’t have it, you need it. They offer different, stunning typography to add to any photos. Sometimes I’ll use my iPhone pictures or email pictures from my computer (free images or personally designed backgrounds) with Over. Tip: try to use more than one kind of font or don’t forget you can just use symbols.
I like to highlight great quotes our community members have shared during discussions but you can do that with any tool!
Pixelmator for Mac
Pixelmator IS phenomenal. I use this majority of the time and it only costs three lattes ($15) right now in iTunes with a free trial. It’s a simplified, very intuitive (and cheaper) photo design program compared to Photoshop. I make custom Facebook banners (you really should if you can) here among other things (pictures to share on Facebook, Pinterest, or put on my website). It’s very easy to select the exact size you want, create and manipulate any image and layer it up! They offer beautiful and easy to understand tutorials. Even Dino Dogan announced Pixelmator as the answer to his prayers in “How to Create an Infographic with no Discernible Talent Whatsoever.”
- Want an image with no background? Clear the background and save in PNG. I didn’t know that for a while. Dummy me!
- We often see images with text in marketing now. Use the Marquee tool (the dotted line rectangle) to create shapes, fill with colors, then use the text tool to simply place text. You can open an image first and decrease opacity of the color to make it see through. I used to wonder how people did that. Sharp.
- Copy and paste your logo on top of any image you create for personal branding so when it gets shared and travels the digital playground, we are aware it came from your brand. If it’s a picture you already own or took, with no intention of manipulating, you can just open it in Pixelmator to put on your logo.
There’s a reason why memes are compared to genes. Those things spread wildly (sometimes by natural selection)! Not everyone is a fan of marketing with memes, but remember you can create (a classy) one without a generator. For example, you can find an old black and white picture from a vintage movie. Create a color bar at the top/bottom, type a witty caption over it, and you’ve got a cute meme. If you like the “creepy” faces, you’ll appreciate the glorious gallery of choices in the SMS Rage Comic app which I have. They also make for fun texting!
Now we know what Hubspot does. I present you, to read, a heavenly guide to creating visuals in Powerpoint. Don’t even consider it a task – it’s very cool.
Community managers, part of our job is to make content interesting – as well as giving attention to the community – so these tools can be utilized to facilitate conversation (and feature) for our respective communities.
I intended for this to be far from intimidating. Along with a mobile and computer, and your fearless attitude, you’re gold! What else do we need in this visual content toolkit for Dummies?