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A Non-Designer's Guide to Creating Engaging Images for Social Media

A Non-Designer's Guide to Creating Engaging Images for Social Media | Internet Presence | Scoop.it
Learn how to create engaging images for all of your social media pages and profiles - no previous design skills necessary!

A great social media marketer today and an awesome advertiser in the 1960s have much in common.

David Ogilvy, the father of advertising, was famous for spending an inordinate amount of time on headlines. Why? Because that’s the line that people read the most, so it mattered a lot.

Ogilvy was a master at stuff like this — prioritizing what was really important.

If he lived through the age of social media, I’m fairly certain Ogilvy would say something like:

On the average, many more people engage with images as read the copy in social media posts. When you have crafted your social media image, you have spent eighty cents out of your dollar.

Images have never been more important in social. They’re the key to driving greater online engagement, much like a great headline in advertising.

The only issue here is that if, like me, you aren’t über-skilled in graphic design, creating eye-catching engaging images can be difficult. So how can non-designers like me still create incredible images for social media? One way is by learning simple, repeatable design principles.

Here are 3 key design principles that will help you create engaging social images every time! Read more: click image or title.

 

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Via Kamal Bennani, Jesús Hernández
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Learning to be clear with #colors and #fonts.

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Unisoft Informatics System's curator insight, May 3, 2016 8:31 AM
Its very necessary to create engaging images while sharing any update on social media, as it is the first thing visitors see and decide whether to click on the post or not. At the same time not all social media experts are good enough with designing tools, but non - designers social media experts too can create engaging image. Wanna know how? Read here..
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These 39 Sites Have Amazing Stock Photos You Can Use For Free

These 39 Sites Have Amazing Stock Photos You Can Use For Free | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

It can be insanely hard to find high quality, high-res free stock photos for personal and commercial use. A growing number of websites have amazing photos you can use for your work. Some of them cost money. Not everybody can afford those high quality photos. Fortunately most of these sites have images you can use for free.

We’ve curated a list of awesome sites that have great stock images you can use for free. You may have seen some of them already on other stock photos lists. But you will still find this list useful.

Most of the photos you will find on these sites are free from copyright restrictions or licensed under creative commons public domain dedication. You can copy, modify, distribute and use for even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission. However, some photos may require attribution. But they are all free to use. Read more: click on image or title.



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Finding good quality images can be a challenge and a huge waste of time. This is a good source of websites that offer free photos for use.

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33 Cool Apps Help Startups Create Visual Marketing FTW

33 Cool Apps Help Startups Create Visual Marketing FTW | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

We have put together a list of tools that can help you create amazing visual content like infographics, memes, gifs, etc. Must read for every online marketer.

Marty Note

Great list mostly new to me. Missing one of my favorite visual marketing tools Haiku Deck: http://haikudeck.com/ . Haiku Deck is much more than a simple UI on the Creative Commons. If you are SMART you will use Haiku and some of these other #cooltools to create the kind of arresting visual marketing we all need and aspire to daily.


Via Martin (Marty) Smith, scott penton
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Best Places to Find Free Images Online

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If you are frequently sharing images online it’s essential to have a list of go-to websites where you can quickly and effectively find free images. Here's my 16 best!

If you are frequently sharing images online it’s essential to have a virtual rolodex of go-to websites where you can quickly and effectively find free images. Not only that— but it’s important that you have websites in which the legal restrictions are clear and concise.

Below you will find my go-to list of the best sources for finding free photos for sharing online. I’ve also included some of my favorite paid resources as well just in case.

Click on title or image to see the full presentation.



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Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Good to have some sites sorted out, it's a lot of work to have to go through them yourself. Thanks Dustin.

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Heather Thompson's curator insight, May 6, 2014 5:44 PM

Thank  you 

BookChook's curator insight, May 7, 2014 4:57 AM

Some new image editors on this list. 

sarah's curator insight, May 12, 2014 4:10 AM

utile pour nos UD´s.

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How to Find Free Images With Google's Advanced Image Search

How to Find Free Images With Google's Advanced Image Search | Internet Presence | Scoop.it
There are several benefits to complementing your blog posts with a little visual appeal, but photos must make sense and not infringe on any copyrights. Follow these simple steps to find royalty free images using the Google Images advanced search.


The general rule of thumb in the Internet world is that at least one image should be used to complement every blog post you create. There are several benefits to doing this, with the most important being to capture the attention of many more readers by giving your words a boost with a little visual appeal.

However, this doesn't mean just importing the first image you come across. It must first, make sense and correlate with what the post is about and second, not infringe on any copyright laws. There can be consequences that go along with this that you won't want to personally come across. The easiest way to find an acceptable image is to change your Google search settings to filter out anything that could potentially bring you repercussions.

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Via Simply Friday
Marc Kneepkens's insight:

Excellent article. Great recommendations. Don't expose yourself to lawsuits, prevent this following these simple steps.

Finding good images can be a very time consuming process, Googling them is a good idea.

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Fast Moving Targets's comment, September 10, 2013 11:04 AM
Verstandig om te gebruiken. Een fout is snel gemaakt. En dan duur.
Asparikrishna Prasad's curator insight, October 29, 2013 5:40 AM

Lean is about optimization of all the processes in any value stream.

It is about avoiding waste and reducing cost while increase value for the enduser. It is also about reducing cost.

4twenty2's curator insight, November 4, 2013 8:08 AM

Useful instructions here.  I have personally spent hours in google images trying  to find a picture for my blog, only to find that every one I choose has a fee attached.  Adding pictures to text makes it more compelling and enchances every "story"

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The Anatomy of a Killer Landing Page - GetResponse Blog - Email Marketing Tips

The Anatomy of a Killer Landing Page - GetResponse Blog - Email Marketing Tips | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

Ever designed a landing page from scratch? It can be a scary undertaking. There you are, alone against the blank white page. Where do you start? What should you include? What should you not include?

 

It doesn’t have to be so daunting. Even if you decide to forego a landing page template (which can reduce some of that blank page anxiety), there are some common elements almost every landing page has. We’ve rounded them up here.

 

 

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Via Pantelis Chiotellis
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Your #website is your window to the world. Creating a landing page is the first impression for your potential clients where they find out who you are and what you offer. Essential, yes.

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Know Your File Types: When to Use JPEG, GIF, and PNG #infographic

Know Your File Types: When to Use JPEG, GIF, and PNG #infographic | Internet Presence | Scoop.it
If you’d like to know exactly which is the perfect image filetype to use for which images, and save a lot of space and bandwidth in the process while maintaining a quality image, check out the handy reference below for the facts.
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6 Sources of Data – and Inspiration – for Your Visual Content

6 Sources of Data – and Inspiration – for Your Visual Content | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

Six in ten of us are visual learners: people who learn best when information is delivered through the eyes; by looking at images or videos, or reading. That’s just one of the reasons why visual content is so important in today’s content marketing world.

But constantly churning out visual content presents a challenge: you need to find meaningful data to fuel that content and, more importantly, you need to find stories within that data that tie into your brand’s values and strategic goals.

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Make it visual and be seen.

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Top 12 Free Image Sites

Top 12 Free Image Sites | Internet Presence | Scoop.it
One of the best visual techniques in capturing your users' attention is the use of images on your site. They are especially useful to bring a point across, beautify the website and enhance articles...

There are many stock free image sites on the web where you can purchase such images for reasonable prices. However, there are also many sites that let you download such high quality images free-of-charge. Find the best selection the internet has to offer:

1. StockFreeImages– This site belongs to Dreamstime.com and used to be in their free section. In March of 2012, all of the images were ported over to this current site. The images from this site alone has saved me thousands of dollars as I have literally used hundreds of their images for my niche sites. You will need to register one time in order to download and it has a liberal attribution policy (only required where possible). They currently have more than half a million large high-quality images (yes, you read that correctly, it is more than 570K images) for free download. If there is only one site you can choose, you definitely will not go wrong with StockFreeImages.com

2. stock.xchng – This is one of the most well-known and popular site on the internet that has a large collection of free-to-use stock photos. Currently has almost 400K free images to choose from. Registration is a must to use the photos and attribution does not seem to be required at the moment.

3. FreeDigitalPhotos.net – This site has plenty of images that are pretty original and it a very good site to source for new ones. Registration and attribution are required in order to download and use the images. The images, although smaller than most, are still great alternatives to the other sites.

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Marc Kneepkens's insight:

This is a great collection of free sites for downloading images. Even some pay sites too, but with great discounts and pricing. Thanks.

Be careful though and always read their terms and conditions. Don't get tricked into using free images and not following the conditions (listing credentials for example in some cases).

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, September 7, 2013 12:01 PM

It's important to have resources like this available to you.