5 Freebie Websites with Stellar Stock Images

5 Freebie Websites with Stellar Stock Images

You need captivating images on your business’ website, blog or email newsletter, but like most of us, you’re not a professional photographer. Without visuals, it’s hard for readers to quickly gather a visual understanding of your content. But don’t fret! There are countless places on the web to get cheap, or even free, stock images to accompany your marketing content. Here is our roundup of the 5 best websites for freebie stock images. 1. FreeImages.com Free Images is exactly as it sounds. The site houses thousands of free images for you to download and use in your email marketing, on your website or blog, or in social media. All that is required is that you create an account. From there, you have access to their diverse range of quality images. You can search for images by typing a basic keyword search, or you can make use of the “Tags” tab, which takes you to a page full of commonly used words like “Business” or “Finance” that will direct you to images associated with those keywords. 2. Pexels.com   This site has some very impressive first-rate photos. Search for the type of image you need and click on the image you like. Then you can download images in a variety of sizes: original, large, medium, small, or you can choose the “custom” option and input your own dimensions. One feature unique to Pexels is their own Photoshop Plugin Subscription. It isn’t free, but it is super cheap at only $4 a month or $2 a month if you pay annually. 3. Pixabay.com Pixabay is another site with totally free images...
Tips And Tricks For Designing An Aesthetically Pleasing Email Newsletter

Tips And Tricks For Designing An Aesthetically Pleasing Email Newsletter

Just as aesthetics in art can draw the attention of an individual, so can the design of an email. In both cases, an individual is drawn in to what the artist or email marketer is offering because the visual appeal has piqued their interest. When you think about building your email newsletter and communicating value to generate leads – aesthetics matter. Incorporating email marketing best practices that are artistically pleasing can improve your readership engagement and generate more leads. Adhere To Your Brand Standards – Always One of the single biggest mistakes a marketer can make is to stray too far from the brand voice of your business. Your brand forms a strong impression in your readers’ minds and makes a meaningful statement about your company. Don’t water down the impact of your brand by incorporating colors, images and other visual elements that veer off the standards you have set to communicate your business through your branding. Keep Typography Consistent Your text choices, font styles, and font color choices have more to say than just words. Identify specific color choices and font styles for your headings, subheadings, bullet points, quotations and other call-out text so that your copy remains visually consistent across all your communications (not just email). Make Your Content “Scanable” Most of us know how short attention spans can be when you’re competing for the attention of readers scanning through their emails. Write your articles in such a way that allows readers to easily scan content so that they are able to identify valuable information quickly. Use subheadings, bulleted lists, quotations and other easily scanable formatting to make...
LinkedIn for Business: 6 Easy Steps to Get More Connections

LinkedIn for Business: 6 Easy Steps to Get More Connections

We all know that having a personal LinkedIn profile and one for your business is essential to your social media goals. But merely setting up profiles and forgetting they exists won’t help your efforts. There are some relatively simple things you can do to make your pages more interesting to your LinkedIn community. First and foremost, you should ensure that your personal LinkedIn profile lists your business as your current employer. When people view your profile, your current employer is among the first few pieces of information displayed, making this an important connection back to your business page. Another step toward boosting engagement is increasing your connections. Having a solid following on your LinkedIn page will help you reach more potential clients; however, procuring these connections isn’t always intuitive. Here are six strategies that will help you increase your professional connections. 1. Compose Daily Status Updates Being active on LinkedIn as a whole will help to increase your connections. The best way to stay present is to make sure you post at least one status update every day. This tip holds true for both personal and business pages. But don’t post just any old thing, share a link about something relevant to your business, industry or community. Having a consistent presence on LinkedIn will give users an opportunity to stay updated on your business, and relevant posts give your followers a reason to visit your page in general. 2. Send a Personalized Message to Connect Once a Day There are two steps to this tip. First, make sure you’re reaching out to potential connections that are personally known to...