Coming up with social media posts on a regular basis can be time consuming. You can always share other people’s posts, but sometimes you want to create your own content, and while sometimes you can find an image on the internet to use, many of the images on the web are copyright protected or they aren’t exactly what you are looking for. So, what are you to do? Well, we at Square2 Design are always willing to help you out, of course, but there are also a few free or low-cost sites that can be used to create images. They are easy to use and even offer templates, in case graphic design isn’t your thing. Here’s a little description of the three I’ve tried out, but all three offer at least a free trial, so feel free to take them for a spin yourself. Let me know what you think about them in the comments.
Canva (www.canva.com) has templates for social media, but also posters, flyers, postcards, business cards and more. Canva has quite a few layouts, text, and other elements that can be used for free, but then there are also some “premium” elements that can be purchased for $1 each. And, you can upload your own images to be used in your designs.
Canva has version 2 in beta. Canva 2.0 says it’s offering:
- Faster editing with more reliability
- Turn designs into animations, publish direct to LinkedIn – we have 20 new ways to publish your designs!
- Search for templates (no more scrolling!)
- Create designs twice as fast with the new homepage search bar
- A sleek new look and feel
Snappa focuses on social media and digital marketing. They also offer a free plan, which gives you access to their full 600,000+ image library and 5000+ templates. You can only download 5 images per month, though, and if you are connecting to your social accounts, you can only connect to two. For a lot of small businesses, this may be enough. You can certainly supplement by sharing others’ posts and just publishing a standard photo and text post. When your business grows, or you find that it would be worth the money, you can upgrade to a $10/month plan for unlimited downloads and unlimited social media accounts. You can check it out yourself at www.snappa.com.
Promo Republic is a little different than Canva or Snappa. It can even provide ideas for posts based on your type of business and upcoming events or holidays. It also will let you schedule your posts and offers analytics or statistics of your posts. Of course, all of this comes at a cost. They do have a 14-day free trial, but then, after that, at the time of this posting, anyway, their plans start at $9/month, depending on the features you want. Let’s face it, though, time is money, and if the features save you time, it may very well be worth it to you to pay that $9 a month. Sign up for a free trial at www.promorepublic.com.
These, of course, aren’t the only websites out there that can help you with images for social media, but I do think these can be very helpful in creating eye-catching images for your business. If you try any or all of these out, let me know which you like best. If you found another website you prefer, also let us know about that in the comments. I love to learn about new programs myself!