When it comes to social media, visual posts and images are the cool kids. They’re not only at the party, they are the party. They bring in color and add life to your message. Have you ever had a burst of inspiration and realized, “This is genius! It needs to be shared. With a cool image or picture of Ryan Gosling, naturally.” I get that. I’m no graphic designer, but I know what I like. In fact, I’m quite particular about the look of an image. And after some extensive research of graphic design tools, apps, and software, I’ve found the Ninjas for you. The powerhouses of cool. The Big Kahunas of Word-dom.
Ninja tools + a dynamic message in social media = power, baby. (See how I did that? Algebra has always been my forte.)
You can be a visual social media ninja. Think “brain candy.” Think “motivational goodies on your page.” Think “Share uplifting message or promote my blog/business/cause,” whatever your need is, just know that a creative lollapalooza is happening, and it’s time to get on board!
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Here is the start of the lineup:
WordSwag App (Sadly, only offered to iOS users right now.)
For just a couple bucks, this app can be yours, and Oh, sweet WordSwag, where have you been all my life? This is my absolute favorite right now! This app lets you take your own words, or they have some fun, little nuggets all ready for you to put in different word templates that overlay on your pics or backgrounds they offer. I’ve done this on my own. It takes about 4 different apps, and a lot of work/time to create. But this is a piece of cake! Best part is, they do the work for you. The spacing, layout and design is set. With a few clicks you are in business! Here are a couple examples of things I’ve made today.
Seriously, I love this little app. Once you’ve created your hip design, you can share to all your social media outlets. A word of advice, though, if you are sharing to Twitter, make sure that you save to your camera roll first, rather than having the app share it. You’ll post using a pic.twitter link which is much easier for your followers to see, instead of linking the image through Instagram. (If that was a bit too confusing, email me: email@example.com, and I’ll happily walk you through it.) This is the app you’ll want to use to make your Instagram, FB and Twitter page feel as cool as it looks. I even tweeted about this love!
I just found you, this is real. Not just a summer whirlwind romance. I’m in LOVE! @WordSwagApp
— Woman Enriched (@womanenriched) May 21, 2014
Next on the list is PageModo. Whoa, this guy is the bodybuilder of the Ninja group. He’s got some guts. PageModo makes your pages and images so much easier to design. This site, based on a WordPress theme, has a strong foundation to pull together incredible images, posts and customize your pages. There are several great stock photos available, which has been tricky for me to find great images quickly and inexpensively. Then, you can add your own verbiage, create contests and link to your social media pages.
PageModo offers a free service that you can use liven up your Facebook page, and a paid program where you can manage several pages, plus, and this is the biggie: you can schedule several posts in advance that will automatically be posted for you. This is perfect if you’d like to keep sending out messages, but have limited time or may be traveling.
Again, I’m new to this service, but here are just a few of the items I’ve created.
There are more tools that we’ve got to talk about. But let’s not overwhelm you. Next week I’ll share a couple more things that will help make you a serious social media Ninja. When you post, people will listen. Remember that old commercial? Oh great. I just dated myself.
Now, I want to see what YOU create! You have a creative side. You have inspiring thoughts. Go put them together and share the love! How cool would it be to make a personalized post to say happy birthday to someone on FB? Wouldn’t it be awesome to share an uplifting quote and image with a friend who is having an off day? What about sending a quick love note to your sweetheart with all the mushy stuff? So fun!
I can’t wait to see what you CREATE!