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Jan 31, 2016

How To Triple Your Tweet Reach







In the following example you will learn how to increase the reach of a tweet substantially!

The trick to this is you will not have to increase your number of followers or even pay for Twitter ads!

For this test my caption, image & link were exactly the same.
The only difference being a single hashtag

In order to get the best results I tweeted each tweet exactly at the same time and day only 1 week apart.

The results shown are taken directly from Twitter Analytics.


The 1st tweet (with hashtag)

Check Out The Social Media Secrets The Pros Don't Want You To Know!

The 2nd tweet (without hashtag)

Check Out The Social Media Secrets The Pros Don't Want You To Know!  

As you can see the only difference is the added hashtag that shows the topic of the tweet.























Tweet #1 received 2 re-tweets & 4 likes                                  

Tweet #2 received 71 re-tweets & 36 likes


Now this is where things get interesting!
You would assume the tweet with 71 re-tweets would easily have the most impressions correct?

I mean we are talking about 71 re-tweets compared to 4!!

Take a look at the results yourself!

Tweet #1
4 Re-tweets with hashtag
17,313 Impressions







Tweet #2
71 Re-tweets
No hashtag






The 1st tweet with the hashtag #socialmedia & 2 re-tweets got 17,313 impressions, while the 2nd tweet with 71 re-tweets and NO hashtag got 15,564 impressions. 

Impressions is the number of times users saw the tweet on Twitter

So how could simply adding a hashtag result in such a massive disparity?

Take a look at the impressions for #socialmedia on twitter over the last 24 hours (Jan 31, 2016)


Information gathered with HashTracking

 




Well everyday users search for a topic by typing in a keyword or hashtag. The impressions for the overall conversation about  #socialmedia are very high.  So this increases the impressions on that tweet as a result. It is proven when 1-2 hashtags are used per tweet, a tweet receives as much as 21 percent high engagement rate.




So by simply using the hashtag in tweet #1 the topic #socialmedia was popular enough to outperform tweet#2 that had no hashtag but more re-tweets.

Now be careful choosing the wrong hashtag or using too many will hurt the engagement rate. Its critical to know the reach of your hashtags. Then you can understand the potential reach and impressions for any topic, which helps you understand the popularity and that results in more potential action for your tweet. 

If a hashtag has a low reach, then you’ll be able big fish in a little pond. If the hashtag’s reach is high, it will be harder to make any impact but your included in a more popular topic. The best method is to use a bit of both; use a combination of specific and general hashtags in your tweets to reach the most people.




Things To Remember.

Your tweets are seen by a small portion of your followers. 
So be sure to recycle your tweets again at different intervals. Be sure to space them out.


The real Potential Reach of a tweet is way  bigger due to re-tweets and twitter's search feature for topics. Use the hashtags correctly and the reach of your tweets will skyrocket!


The Power of a Hashtag


Using an irrelevant hashtag is a waste of time. Almost like using the tag #superbowl for an article about tennis. Be sure you don't abuse the hashtag feature either! 

Using 3 or more hashtags per tweet can drop your engagement by 17 percent. Be sure to research to find the most relevant and beneficial tags to build engagement for your brand.





Choosing the Best Hashtags



Here are some of the top hashtag research tools available online.

BuzzSumo

Find key influencers to help promote your tweets with topics related to your business. See what’s already working to save time.

SocialMention

Real-time social media analysis to find the most relevant and top performing hashtags. Find related hashtags to the current trending topics.


HashTracking

Insights help determine influencers, searchability, historic data, and sharing. 

WhatTheTrend

Monitor global terms on current trending topics.  Track hashtag streams to build engagement.


TrendsMap

Find and track hashtags where thee trending by location, Useful for specific location-based businesses and events to target a more direct audience.


Topsy

Pulls up endless information pertaining to current conversions, indexing, and ranking trends. Then use this to make predictions on performance.



Hashtags are indispensable and must be utilized to succeed on Twitter and to increase your Google visibility. Don't risk tweeting some random hashtag or just try to jump on the current hot trend.

Choose relevant hashtags with popular keywords to get the most engagement.

Maximize performance
  • Use 1-2 hashtags per tweet.
  • Stay away from capital letters when possible.
  • Use trending topics when it makes sense.
  • Sync your hashtags with specific campaigns.
  • Cross promote on social media channels.
Iboom Media is a leading social media firm that prides itself on Real Results and Real Followers.



Jan 28, 2016

How To Crush It On Social Media!

Justin Matthew heads up iBoomMedia providing equal parts leadership, perseverance, dedication, competence and entrepreneurial expertise.


LISTEN to the latest podcast :
How To Crush It On Social Media on iTUNES for methods and insight you won't hear anywhere else.




Justin has the rare honor of being recognized by industry insiders as well as leading CEOs, brands, entrepreneurs and startups. Specifically:
  • World record holder for Google+ Circle Shares
  • Being #4 on the top 100 UK entrepreneurs (along with Richard Branson)
  • #1 power user on the Digital Marketing Shows Power 100
  • KRED key influencer
  • Recognized as one of the top 23 most influential leaders in business today
  • Ranked 83 on Klout and #5 expert worldwide
  • Recognized by social media guru Jeff Bullas as one of the social media Instagram accounts to follow 
LISTEN to the latest podcast :
How To Crush It On Social Media on iTUNES for methods and insight you won't hear anywhere else.




A Work Ethic That Recognizes There is No Finish Line
Coming from the venture capital world as an enviable and successful rainmaker, Justin’s entrepreneurial restlessness led him to become a top seller on Fiverr and then managing one of the top YouTube companies in the world (21st most subscribed channel) with over 3.6 million subscribers today. 

Before that, Justin was an Orlando tennis champion 6 times over NTRP 4.5 sometimes 5.0 and proudly ranked with the U.S.T.A. 

His enthusiasm is contagious, “Social Media is immeasurable—something you can’t put a price on. After achieving viral status on every platform (e.g., YouTube views averaging 3 million per video, G+ posts averaging 33K views), it’s now simply managing clients.

“Goals are really quite simple for me in business: to be the best, be the first one in the office in the morning and the last one to leave.”

Listen to the Create Your Own Life Podcast episode 
How To Crush It On Social Media Today and apply what you hear immediately!




Jan 25, 2016

How To Get Your Brand To Rise Above The Noise!



Very excited to take part in How To get Your Brand To Rise Above The Noise with Forbes contributor Mark Fidelman and branding expert David Brier!





We all invite you to listen to the experts in branding and ask direct questions to leap your product above the rest!

 When
    Tuesday, January 26, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM MST 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST




Grab your tickets here FREE!
How To Get Your Brand To Rise Above The Noise!


Or sign up via the Facebook event HERE




This week’s collaborators don't conform to what’s happening in the industry, they lead the change and provide REAL results for businesses.

Our first panelist is an award-winning native New Yorker, brand specialist, author, speaker, coffee enthusiast, chocolate whisperer and brand identity expert, David Brier, who helps his clients through the power of strategic design and branding that connects.

He has been featured in the New York Times, Forbes, Package Design magazine, The Dieline, Adweek, INC, Fast Company and numerous other publications in print and online.

Our second panelist is a pioneer in the Social Media industry.  Justin Matthew has the #1 circle share count of all time and is the founder of iBoom Media (Google+ themselves ranks #3) and is a Social Media Manager of over 7,000 clients for both individuals and corporations.






 



Subscribe to Mark’s Blab and set your calendar.  This is a not-to-miss event!

[http://bit.ly/RiseAboveNoiseBlab]

When
    Tuesday, January 26, 2016 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 PM EST



Below you’ll find everything to assist you in promoting this week’s Live-Streamed chat, How to get Your Brand to Rise Above the Noise!



With your support, this will be phenomenal.  We have an average of 100+ viewers per episode and with your help in advertising we can make this event a success! Feel free to revise and share content as needed to promote through your email and social channels.



Suggested Social Support:
 

Supported Links


Use this link to direct traffic to signing up for the event:


http://bit.ly/RiseAboveNoise


This link leads people to subscribe directly to the Blab:


http://bit.ly/RiseAboveNoiseBlab


 

Grab your tickets here FREE!
How To Get Your Brand To Rise Above The Noise!

Or sign up via the Facebook event HERE




As you will see this is a very interactive platform that allows viewers to post comments, questions, give high five’s to collaborators as they discuss specific topics as well as promote through social channels.

Jan 16, 2016

8 Free SEO Tools You Should Be Using

The recent updates Google has made has had more of an impact on SEO than anticipated.

To reach the top of the SERPs and stay relevant well into 2016 your website has to be better then the competition and earn its position. 

Many pay a premium for these services when there are some excellent free tools you can take advantage of.

Keyword Research

Having the right keywords will always be important in SEO. 
Since it is so important you should not just count on a single tool.




1. Wordstream




Wordstream Free Keyword Tool has a huge database of more than a trillion unique searches. Easily outperforms some of the paid alternatives in the market.

They actually purchase the data through a number of U.S.-based search industry partnerships like Internet Service Providers, Browser Toolbars and Search Engines



2. Keyword Eye Basic















Keyword Eye Basic results in a keyword cloud of suggestions where keyword size represents monthly search volume and color represents how competitive it is. 
  • Discover what keywords your competitors have visibility for. 
  • Find top content and influencers for individual keywords and phrases. 
  • Find what questions people are asking about your subject matter. 
  • Run a keyword link analysis for any website. 

 

  3. Keyword Planner






Keyword Planner is a free AdWords tool that helps you build Search Network campaigns by finding keyword ideas and estimating how they may perform.

You can search for keyword and ad group ideas, get historical statistics, see how a list of keywords might perform, and even create a new keyword list by multiplying several lists of keywords together. 


This is free tool through Google AdWords , Keyword Planner can also help you choose competitive bids and budgets to use with your campaigns.

 

4. Ubersuggest





























Ubersuggest allows you to instantly get thousands of keyword ideas from real user searches. You can then use the keywords to get ideas for your next blog post, or to optimize your PPC campaigns. Comes in handy for developing long-tail phrases.

Content Tools

These days if you hope to reach the top of any search result you must have quality content. Cheap, spun, or duplicate content no longer is effective.. These tools will help you with your content development


5. Anchor Text Over Optimization Tool


 

 

 The Anchor Text Over Optimization Tool


This tool is used to spot your anchor text diversity and highlight those areas where you are at risk for anchor text over optimization. If specific keywords or keyword phrases were used too often this tool will let you know. 

At that point you can modify the anchor text of specific links to focus more on your brand or remove links that are using that specific anchor text. You can easily identify these links and request changes.

6. Convert Word Documents to Clean HTML



Convert Word Documents to Clean HTML


Convert Word Documents to Clean HTML

Word2cleanhtml cleans up HTML pasted from Word documents.
It applies filters to fix various things that Microsoft Office puts in its HTML and the results can be copy and pasted directly into a web page.

The conversion process is completely automated and most formatting information is stripped out, leaving just the content and the structure (headings, paragraphs, lists etc).

 

7. Copyscape






Copyscape is one of my favorite tools as it lets you enter any URL that detects plagiarism of your articles & finding copies of your web pages online

Many companies purchase their articles.  What if they were copied or stolen from other sites? 
Publishing them on your site can damage your reputation and ruin your search engine rankings. 

Copyscape scans the web for copies of your content, emailing you whenever new copies are found.






8. Title and Description Optimization Tool


























Title and description optimization tool 

This free SEO tool will help you optimize title tags and even tweak meta description tags. Optimizing title tag and description tag is critical if you want to rank better for your keywords, because the title and description tag is what shows up in the SERP.




Written by Justin Matthew

Justin Matthew founder of iBoom Media is one of the top 10 Klout experts in the world and also a KRED featured online influencer. 

Online influencers are social media gurus whose online presence far exceeds 99% of the 1.5+ billion global social media users. 

They come from all over the world and have earned their notable online presence and incredible Kred Scores from all walks of life. 

They are the new breed of celebrities and have the ability to reach hundreds of millions of avid followers with the click of a button. 



iBoom media is a new standard of hard-core social media specialists, a team that was sick and tired of the smoke and mirrors of social media.


iBoom is about what’s real:
REAL people, REAL likes, REAL followers, REAL engagement.
In short, real results.

Visit iBoom today to take your brand your company to the next level!







Jan 10, 2016

Explode Your Twitter With Massive Engagement & Followers



If you love incredibly targeted traffic, gaining tons of new followers and record engagement on your Twitter account then simply read below and be sure to view the examples to back it all up!

Twitter Audit: Find Out If Your Followers Are Real

Are your followers on Twitter a bunch of bots? 

What is the point of having a ton of followers if they never engage or ever see your posts?

Twitter Audit will scan your followers & find out what percentage of them are real people. 

You may have an old Twitter account with many followers that no longer use twitter. 

Also this comes in handy to show a prospective client if you are trying to earn their business or validate your relationship with current clients.

Here how to tell if twitter followers are real!
Simply authorize Twitter Audit to get access to your Twitter account. 

Then it will choose 5,000 random followers and scan them. 

As an example I have used my personal account @jmhhacker and my firm @iboommedia
Also two celebrities Kim Kardashian & Justin Beiber

After it’s finished you will see the percentage of your followers that are real.

It will also tell you how real it thinks you are. 
This is a great tool for people who use their Twitter account to promote something.

If it thinks you are a bot, you can then go over your current method.

As you can see below my personal account which is 4 years old is looking great at 98% real followers













iBoom Media's account is also at 98% real followers 







When you run Twitter Audit on Kim Kardashian's profile you find only 48% of her followers are actually real people. 

Surprised? Don't be as this is quite common for many larger accounts.







Justin Bieber's account came in even lower at only 42% real.

Try Twitter Audit for yourself! Twitter Audit




The next tool PeakFeed keeps me on top of all my social media accounts and even networks by emailing me once a week important stats on followers, engagement rate and even new posts made.

Also before the primary use of peakfeed they also offer a report on how many of your Twitter followers are active accounts. Active is defined as made a tweet within the last 30 days.

So based on the results of this report from Peakfeed you can then make the necessary changes to either eliminate them or plan to prevent this the best you can in the future. 

I just ran my personal account to see how it fared and the results were great to see!

83.6% of my followers were active in the last 30 days in fact 51.7% were active in the last 24 hours which is even better.

Peakfeed can analyze up to 21,200 of your followers so that will be enough to give you an idea of all your followers if your account is larger.

This data tells me that I have an incredibly engaged and real audience and that my current methods used to build and target are working perfectly. 

Get this information for yourself HERE








Get all your brand's key social stats in one weekly email.

 

 


Start by adding your brand's profiles from Facebook, Google, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTube. 

 

Then  add up to two competitors. That way you can make sure you are keeping up or give yourself a way to measure your own growth. All you need is the URL to their profiles.


 



Every week they will email you a simple, concise report that shows your key performance metrics right next to your competitors for all your accounts. 





 

What sets Peakfeed apart is that they let their users name a price that matches how useful the tool is to you! 
So if it is $3/mo or $30/mo that is your choice! Crazy right? I thought so to until I did it myself. 
Get your Twitter Data below.


Recently I was interviewed on the Create Your Own Life Podcast and I share all the methods I used to go from creating my 1st social media accounts to founding a social media firm with 20 staff and 100 clients! I think you you want to listen to this one!


Check it out HERE

Dec 31, 2015

The 2016 Social Media Image Sizes Cheat Sheet [INFOGRAPHIC]





In 2015,  Instagram continued to see their user count, uploads and engagement rate skyrocket. As of today Dec 30, 2015 over 80 million photos and videos are shared on Instagram daily! 
A whopping 80 Billion lifetime! 
Given the fact they have over 400 Million active monthly members this is no surprise!

What does that tell you about creative images for 2016 
considering 63 percent of social media is made up of images!?





That it is critical to keep up with the optimal photo dimensions for all the social media channels you use. Instagram absolutely blew all the other networks away when it came to delivering engagement: 
The top brands’ Instagram posts generated a per-follower engagement rate of 4.21%.  

That means Instagram delivered 58 times more engagement per follower than Facebook, and 120 times more engagement per follower than Twitter.


Check out other amazing engagement stats across the main social media networks regarding  posts with images!


Numerous reports and personal experience shows that more then 75% of brand engagement on Facebook happens on photos. 
What makes this number even more impressive is that only 
62% percent of the posts shared by brands are photos!

Photos receive 53 percent more likes on Facebook than the 
average post and 84 percent more link clicks. 
It’s not just a matter of cutting through the text clutter – 
it’s science! Visual content is actually transmitted to the brain faster than text – some 60,000 times faster, in fact – 
and the vast majority of what our brains process is visual stimuli.

This is not really news to most of us as there is a ton of research reports and statistics showing the value of visual content. 
Now it comes down to the exact image being used and what creativeness went into it. 

I have seen 2 posts both with the same headline posted at the same time and to the same audience but with slightly different images perform wildy different. 

Where 1 post ended up with 143 likes, 30 shares with 20
comments the other had a total of 5 likes. To help increase engagement with your Facebook page and to use the right
type of image that creates engagement check out these tips when creating and posting images.

Share Real People when possible.
Images of real people in legitimate situations 
perform better than stock photos and staged models.

As a brand, who are these real people that you should include in your images? Sure, it could be staff members, depending on the situation (maybe at an event or getting their hands dirty with one of your products), but more often it should be your customers and influencers, the true voice of your brand.


Focus on Faces

This ability of humans to recognize other human faces is so ingrained that it causes us to see faces in places that they do not really exist, such as rock formations,architecture and other 
places, a psychological phenomenon is known as “pareidolia.”
So perhaps a company could arrange products in such a way that people may identify it with a smiling face.Just food for thought!

Why does this matter for social media? 
It proves how powerful the human face is. Rather than posting large group shots far out try to use close-ups to leverage the users natural inclination toward faces.


Be Brief Encourage Short Responses

Most people don’t have time or desire to leave lengthy responses. 
If you make it to where they can in a few short seconds, there’s a higher likelihood that they will. Just ask simple questions and you will increase engagement.

Create Image Galleries

One of my personal favorites when you upload many photos in one Facebook post it creates an image gallery with smaller thumbnails.
Fans just can't help clicking these to enlarge them which creates multiple engagement points on a single Facebook post. Play with the crop of the images to make the click even more enticing – by framing out a key piece of the image, users have to click to see what has been cropped out.


Maximizing Engagement on Google Plus

The Power of Photos 

Photos get high engagement on google plus!
Images have a powerful effect on Google+ engagement in that they create mentions which carry a lot of weight!

For those of you new to Google+ or all together don't use it, Plus mentions are the way of referencing other users on Google+,
by putting a plus sign (+) in front of their user name. The mention is turned into a link to that user’s profile, and the user gets a notification that you mentioned him or her.

It turns out that plus mentions also proved to be a very powerful way to increase your engagement.Mentions increase engagement on Google+ Posts with a plus mention are more likely to be reshared than posts with photos. But to get the mention in the 1st place your best chance is to use a photo!!

Google+ posts with hashtags get twice as many +1's and more reshares but does not seem to increase mentions. Also did you know Google+ posts between 500-1000 characters get the most engagement. A post is .73 times as likely to get a +1 if it’s an event than if it’s not an event (i.e., it’s less likely). A post with a link placed in the text of the post is 1.97 times as likely to get reshared than if it does not have a link in the text of the post. A post with a photo is 2.38 times as likely to get replies as a post without a photo.

So here is a perfect example of the same article posted to google plus with a very similar caption but a different image.

The post below has over 23 Google +1's, 11 shares and 7 comments compared tothe other recieving just one Google+1.

WHY?? Well my thinking was to use an image that invokes an emotional response and with the post that performed the best that was a photo of the current leaderboard of the top .CEO influencers.

You can view that here: Top CEO Influencer Leaderboard


The Other image used was simply the 1st one offered after pasting the link in the caption box. This proves how important it is to not just take your 1st option or to make sure you use many images or a pre chosen image in your blog article.












Keep Tweets Under 110 Characters 

Shorter tweets with around 110 characters get 17% higher engagement,  If you are using all 140 characters in your tweet, your followers will need to edit your tweets before they can add in theirs and retweet. People are lazy and simply won't do it. Try to limit your tweets to between 80–110 characters.

Tweet During Daytime Hours 

Twitter is most generally active during the 11-12 hours of daytime for your audience’s time zone. Between 8am and 7pm, your tweets will have 30% higher interaction. Use twitter analytics to find when your audience is most active Be sure you know where your audience lives is it the USA? United Kingdom or Australia? Obviously that is critical!


Tweet on Saturday and Sunday

If you want engagement, schedule tweets for Saturday and Sunday. Engagement is 17% higher on the weekends than it is on weekdays.

IMAGES IMAGES IMAGES

Twitter’s rich Tweets give you higher levels of engagement for images and videos (e.g., Vine videos). You can get a 150% increase in retweets just by including images.

Check out this example here with a nice image through the use of a website twitter card and 1 hashtag.










Buffer conducted an A/B test of tweets with pictures (A) and tweets without pictures (B). In each test, tweets with pictures won by a huge margin. I like to use the ratio 70/30 70% of tweets with images 30% of tweets without.

In-stream images are not anything new but many do not take full advantage. It’s a lot easier to pop a few words into a tweet than to use images. However, if it’s engagement you want USE IMAGES!

Ask for Retweets 

Less than 1% of brands ask for a retweet. This is a huge missed opportunity. When you ask your followers for a retweet you get 12 times more retweets.

Spell out the word retweet in its entirety, don't use the abbreviation RT. The retweet rate for “retweet” requests is 23 times higher than the engagement rate for “RT” requests.
Don't overuse!

Hashtags

Hashtags double your engagement rate and create higher visibility on Twitter. Only 24% of tweets contain hashtags. Also use only two hashtags per tweet as anymore will cause a drop in engagement.

Include Links 

92% of all Twitter interaction (retweeting, replying, etc.) happens when readers click links. Tweets with links get 86% more retweets! Links and hashtags make it easy for others to interact with your tweets. Since tweets with links have higher engagement metrics, you’d think marketers would be using links a lot more. Include links in 60-80% of your tweets 

Use Strong Calls to Action 

Words like please, retweet, help, follow and how to are focused on the reader rather than on the sender of the tweet.
People are more likley to focus on your tweet at the same time you are asking for an action. Send Three to Four Tweets a Day &  get more quality engagement by tweeting less.

So bottom line the clear winner is Photos average a 35% boost in Retweets. Then Videos get a 28% boost in Retweets with Quotes getting a 19% boost. Adding a number receives a 17% bump in Retweets and Hashtags receive a 16% boost


Don't try to be a hero in 2016. Simply get as creative as you can with images and let them fly! I personally have found the following resources for creating visual content perfect for any situation!


More so then ever before I found that 20% of my time or more was devoted to nothing but testing new tools and research.
The problem is not finding a tool for whatever you may need the issue is finding the best and if possible FREE!
I of course have my premium tools but I have found if you spend a little more time testing you can find nearly anything free of charge or get a few friends to sign up and that will pay for your premium service lifetime!

Tools for visual content creation can be tough as there are a ton of programs, but not all of them are easy enough for some of my staff to pick up and go with. Most can do simple layouts and graphics work in Photoshop but still have to create visuals all the time for the content program.

Check out the following tools that were a lifesaver in 2015

PicMonkey


PicMonkey makes it easy to create customized, on-brand images for social media and your blog. No design experience in Photoshop or Illustrator required. A simple editing panel is intuitive and easy to use. For quick fixes, more complex projects or anything in between, there’s a PicMonkey plan to meet your need.





Use all basic features for free. Core editing tools.
Crop, resize, and all the essential color adjustments.
Basic touch up features. Freshen up your magically blemish-free selfies. 

Effects. Filters and transformations. All ready to be mixed and matched. Textures, frames and overlays. Who knew one click could do so much for your photos? 

Advanced touch up tools Say goodbye to wrinkles and hello to amazing new looks. 1,100+ graphic overlays. Infinitely magnifiable overlays and stickers for any occasion. 2x more effects and filters From lens flare and brush effects to mood-altering filters. 

Premium fonts. Designer-curated selection of fonts—classic and brand new. Edit from Collage. Access to unlimited editing tools in the collage maker. No ads. No distractions, no interruptions, just unlimited creative focus. Try PicMonkey Free for 30 days!
   
Canva


Canva is incredibly popular right now. It’s easy to use, affordable, and has a huge library of photo options available so you can curate, customize, and export all from one platform. Import and image if you like and drag it ito any design for any platform you may need1 Twitter post, Pinterest graphic, Facebook post, Tumblr, Instagram, even documents and facebook ads!








    

Pablo, the free social media image creation tool from Buffer, is very easy to use. Just pick a photo (or upload your own), apply a few effects, choose which networks you’re creating content for, and add some text. Use a quote from Pablo’s quote generator without having to research your own.


Check out the Youtube Video!










Flixel


Flixel is an awesome tool for creating cinemagraphs (e.g., images with one animated portion). It’s easy to isolate still
frames and apply effects to create the exact subtly-animated GIF you had in mind!  Also known as a Living photo (also known as cinemagraph) is a still photograph in which a minor and repeated movement occurs. 



Living Photos are commonly produced by taking a video recording, and using image editing software to freeze most of the frame and preserving motion in part of the subject as a repeating or continued motion.


Flixel is free (limited version) or payed app (about 10 USD) in the AppStore. If you need FullHD output, you have to purchase HD output via in app purchase. Flixel app can be used to capture the source video, or you can import external video (pro version).



















GifMaker is one of my favorite tools for creating a GIF out of still images. 

Just upload your files, put them in order, select your animation
speed and output preferences, and export. 

It’s great for blogs, email, social media, and other use cases where you don’t need a super high quality final file.



GIFMaker.me allows you to create animated gifs, slideshows, and video animations with music online freely and easily, no registration required. Create animated icons and avatars of yourself on Internet forums and discussion boards, share multiple screenshots in one URL, play a gif online with sound, or share your life moments with your friends on Facebook.

You can reduce the file size of a gif, resize a gif, reverse a gif, merge / join two or more gifs into one gif online, or split a gif into separate frames. Regardless of whether you are a professional designer, photographer or simply an amateur, GIFMaker.me is simple, just take photos with your digital camera or mobile phone such as iPhone, touch up them with Adobe Photoshop or other photo editing software, apply filters and effects to your photos with Instagram or other similar programs, then combine them into funny animations with GIFMaker.me

After you created a gif, you can crop, resize, rotate and compress this animated gif file( or any other JPEG, PNG and BMP images ) at ResizeImage.net, you can even remove the background from an image to make it transparent!
Start your free trial

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Rapt Media

With Rapt Media, creating interactive videos has never been easier. Increase your content’s engagement, tell more personalized stories, and deepen engagement by turning viewers into active participants. Marketers can provide a truly personalized viewing experience that keeps people engaged. 

I love Rapt Media because interactive Content is where all the action is going! Today content marketing owns the online space which means actions! Shares, clicks, even views. Engagement is the KEY to it all. Starts the relationship which then grows into a lead and ultimately into a client. Right?!

Interactive content and using it to engaging a target audience should b the goal of any good marketer yet the toughest. A great marketing firm can stand tall when their audience not only views the content but interacts and shares it. 

So what would be some good ways to get your audience involved? Perhaps making them make a choice or answer a question. getting them to think and respond so they don't just forget about it 5 seconds later. The issue creating interactive content is it involves more work but a much larger reward!

In this photo you have the choice to view which trick he does next!



Interactive blows away passive content for educating the buyer.
What types of content are interactive?
Personality test can be meaningful marketing tools often used to help people identify a need, compare their company to benchmarks, or some other type of self-diagnosis. Polls and surveys
Calculators are about money, which for some reason appears to interest most people. Given the right strategy can say something meaningful about your company’s mission.

Contests as some things simply never get old! 
The potential to get creative with contests is infinite. 
Cool contests can literally get the attention of thousands to our brand. A simply form fill to gather customer data.
I personally have run Contests that generated 100's of thousands of authentic reach and created engaging user-generated content.

Infographics with embedded questions

Ion interactive showcases its own software for creating interactive infographics. A menu bar invites readers to navigate the content marketing stats as they wish.


Check out live interactive content marketing examples!









From interactive infographics to contests and calculators, get hands-on with just a few of the thousands of fully-customizable interactive content marketing experiences created, launched, tested and measured using our software platform.

Interactive content offers an opportunity to differentiate your brand and engage your audience.



There are a ton of marketing tools out there for visual content creation. These are the ones I’ve used without any design training. So try them out you will be blown away at what this can do for your business!

Check out these amazing tricks and tips!

Facebook introduced a new auto-enhancing feature for iOS in 2014. Now, when a Facebook user posts an image using the iOS app, it is automatically “enhanced” for clarity, lighting and shadow.

Twitter: Use a 2:1 ratio

You can tweet an image of any size, Twitter’s in-stream preview is always 440 pixels wide and 220 pixels tall (a 2:1 ratio). 
This means that any horizontal image will be cut off at the top and bottom but not at the sides in the Twitter stream.

Creating and calculating the dimensions of an image that will perfectly show off the center of the photo in the in-stream preview is very tricky. We recommend creating 880×440 images to tweet.

When using the Facebook dimension (1200×627) it will work on Twitter as well. The images are not exactly a 2:1 image ratio but they still look great in Twitter’s in-stream preview and save you time!

Tweeted image

Google+: Use “longer” images to increase engagement

For Google+ images, many recommend uploading images that are square; I have found that uploading longer images, similar to an image you’d see on Pinterest works very well for increasing engagement.

Longer images take up more space in the feed and are more likely to grab the attention of a Google+ user.

Because Google+ displays shared photos as 497px wide and scales the height of the image, your image will also look great as long it is at least 497px wide. Check out this example on an image we shared that was an 854×1350 image.








LinkedIn: Add a photo to link posts

You can increase your LinkedIn views by 11 times when you include a photo. Including a photo with the content I share on LinkedIn from the iBoom Media page typically doubles the engagement rate.

For the images we’re sharing on LinkedIn, we’ve found that using square images works the best for increasing engagement, so use the 1200×1200 images you’ve created for LinkedIn.


Pinterest: Use content that stands out in the feed

Of all the social networks, Pinterest could be considered the most competitive when it comes to visuals.

Pins in the feed will have a width of 238 pixels and the length will be adjusted depending on the height of the image.  Have had HUGE success with the pin size 736px wide by 1128px high.



Instagram: Take photos on your phone; enhance them with Instagram

The images you upload on Instagram will be square and 510×510 pixels in your image feed. Your profile picture will be square as well, but a bit smaller at 161×161.

To make the images you take with your smartphone easier to use on Instagram simply change the size of your photo in the camera app. Before you take a picture, select the square orientation.

By taking square photos, you won’t have to worry about cropping out any aspect of your image for Instagram.



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