...The only problem is, infographics that look like they were simple to make are often anything but. Creating something beautiful and instantly understandable in Photoshop is often beyond the limits that time allows. Which is why it's occasionally useful to use a quick and dirty infographics tool to speed up the process.
We've selected our favourites here. They're all free, or offer free versions. Let us know which ones you get on best with...
Quick, name a CMS! Let me guess, you said WordPress. Maybe Joomla? ExpressionEngine? TextPattern? It doesn’t really matter. We all know the big names...
... If there’s one thing I’ve learnt it’s to pick the tool that’s right you, and for the job at hand. That’s why I keep looking at new tools, new options.
That is why, every so often, I’ll try out a new CMS, just for fun. Recently, I tried three which I thought were worthy of note.These CMS options are relatively new to the market, but they already show promise. In the right situation, they could be more appropriate than your old favorites. Let’s give them a whirl, see what they can do…
With all the changes that Twitter has undergone in the past few months, it’s understandable if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed. Here are the three most important recent changes that marketers need to be aware of in order to stay ahead of the curve
Twitter’s one-click video is now open to advertisers and brands, Adweek has discovered. Twitter confirmed that the more desirable video format has been expanded beyond Amplify media partners who started using such easy-play videos in March.
Naomi Assaraf's insight:
This Twitter video change is awesome, but the author of this article forgot one critical change when comparing to Vine videos on Twitter: Not only can you have longer vids, but there's *no need for a link*. For whatever reason, links turn people off. This can tremendously help increase engagement. I'll be watching excitedly!
Facebook keeps catching MeUndies.com with its pants down when it comes to ad policies on the social network. But the underwear e-tailer is having too much fun and experiencing too much success to stop. In April, Los Angeles-based MeUndies.com's ads employed pictures of scantily-clad models, but Facebook banned them.
Naomi Assaraf's insight:
I'll be letting them test the language flags for me and I'll be following along for free, and without any red flags for my clients.
Rumors are that Google might be planning to kill Google+ or at least put it into a Walking Dead-like “zombie” mode, as TechCrunch characterizes it — and something Google denies. There are some good reasons for Google to do this, and potentially, it could allow Google to better fight on the new social battlefield, […]
Web Design Basics Love these five web design basics:
* Learn TYPE Design. * Pick Great Fonts That Fit Your TONE. * Pick 3 Color Palette & STICK TO IT. * Photos = RIGHT SIZE. * When In Doubt, Give It SPACE.
This last tip is our favorite. Nothing we hate more than claustrophobic web design. Problem is claustrophobia is easy to create. We all WANT to do so much.
When I was an Ecommerce Director we studied our links carefully. We found that 5% of our links received 90% of the clicks. That equation turned out to be a fractal. No matter how small we cut it, no matter how we shifted the design, a small % of the links dominated.
This means MOST of what WE, as designers, think is important isn't. We learned to be Google - Vicious about what we added. Adding meant something had to COME OFF the design. This strange User Interface math means you have more ROOM than you realize.
Find what matters and LINK IT. Design what matters and eliminate the flotsam and jetsam so you have SPACE around what matters since it is that SPACE that signals IMPORTANCE to your visitors. .
Make sure your infographics don't fall flat. Learn what essential elements you need to increasing sharing.
The hard truth about creating content online is the amount of time you put into it isn't always proportional to what you get out of it. We all hope that everything we do is a grand slam resulting in traffic, leads, and reporters clamoring to talk to you.
But that's not always what happens.
Luckily, there are few things we can do to infographics to hedge our bets a bit. So, we put together the following infographic on making highly shareable infographics -- helping you rake in more views and conversion opportunities. Follow these tips, and your infographic will be much more likely to get shared.
...Ok, great, so hashtags are important, but the question that you, as a business owner, need to be asking yourself is, with so many people using hashtags for so many different purposes, how can you get the most out of hashtags in your social media strategy? This is an excellent question.
After all, how do you know which hashtag to use? Which hashtag will get you the most exposure? How do you register a hashtag for your business?
This post will explore seven different hashtag tools that you can use to answer these questions and more....
Hiring talent with ‘Klout’ is a double-edged sword. Some employers believe influencers make excellent candidates because they are natural sharers and outspoken community builders that can add a ton of value inside an organization and out. Others are deeply concerned about the risks of hiring influencers. According to one prominent [...]
Naomi Assaraf's insight:
Honoring some top #Social talent, and so happy to see so many friends on this list! :)
Sharing your scoops to your social media accounts is a must to distribute your curated content. Not only will it drive traffic and leads through your content, but it will help show your expertise with your followers.
How to integrate my topics' content to my website?
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Creating engaging newsletters with your curated content is really easy.