Relay That – Builds Professional Marketing Creatives

Relay That – Builds Professional Marketing Creatives

Relay That – Builds Professional Marketing Creatives

Relay That – The Easy Way to Create Powerful Ad Creatives

Relay That is a clever, easy to use design platform for creating visually appealing and consistently high-converting images that are automatically and instantly resized for many different ad formats including banners, skyscrapers, and many social media formats.

Relay That helps you to get inspired with a library of ready-made color palettes, font pairings, and headline suggestions to help you to kick-start your campaigns. With Relay That you can easily handle multiple brand workspaces and move effortlessly between campaigns.

This is a package that is ideally suited to Social media managers, digital agencies, and all types of small business owners trying to raise their  marketing efforts to a higher level without a massive learning curve or incurring large design agency costs.

Relay That – Pricing & Plan Details – a range of plans to suit all types of organisation.

Relay That have a clever pricing structure based on a single payment with no monthly fees. You add more users as you need them thus enabling you to scale the package as you grow or your needs increase.

The entry point for the package is $49 which buys you up to 5 “workspaces” and is available as an offer from AppSumo at the time of writing. Visit the Relay That website for more details: https://www.relaythat.com/pricing

Relay That Review Summary

This is a major breakthrough in content creation, ad making and creative production software that doesn’t cost a fortune or need an IT specialist or design team in order to operate it. The software is great for visualising how a site’s existing content could be repurposed for use in marketing and Social Media campaigns. It is relatively cheap to acquire and very easy to use – we recommend Relay That as being at least “worth a look” for anyone who needs to produce ads or other content using client’s colours, images and messaging – here’s the link for you to take a look: https://www.relaythat.com/ See other graphics tools here: http://www.thedigitalmarketingdirectory.com/graphics-tools/

Relay That

Ads & Creative creation platform

Where To Find It

https://www.relaythat.com/

Paid/Free?

Paid with scaleable options

Free Trial Available?

No

Price

Plans start at $49/ one off payment.

SlideShop – Slide Template Library

SlideShop – Slide Template Library

SlideShop – Slide Template Library

SlideShop – Powerpoint Templates & Tools 

Slideshop is a great idea that has been effectively made real by a team of talented designers and, no doubt, a team of first class marketing and technical colleagues. Collectively they have put together the most comprehensive and impressive library of slide show templates I have ever seen with ready to run examples for almost every business or other requirement you can think of.

Their templates are organised into categories and, once you subscribe, you can browse the thumbnails, take a sneek peek and sample slides from within the set, until you find the one you want. 

With access to this enormous resource you can effectively communicate your objectives and performance with professionally designed  presentation templates, slides, and data visualization tools. Slideshop claim to have in excess of 90k+ professional presentation templates and tools, plus a library of over 300k Stock Images.

Slideshop – Pricing & Plan Details

There isn’t an option of a free demo with this product, and I think I can understand why. Once you have downloaded a template with all its image and graphics collateral, its yours. Its on your drive and can’t be touched by nyone other than yourself or your team, SlideShop can’t get it back if you decide not to subscribe once the trial is over. This is one ocasion when a free trial is not appropriate – they do however provide a free sample download so you can see an example of what you would get if you took out a plan. That’s probably enough for most people to see the quality of the product on offer.

There’s only one option quoted on the website, $49/month if paid annually or $79 if paid monthly – quite a saving for the annual plan.

I suppose my slight reluctance to recommend Slideshop unconditionally is that the plans do not reflect the real world usage of this type of product. Imagine that you need to produce a slide deck, your company or organisation has a standard “look and feel” so you have limited scope to use non-standard templates. If no such restrictions apply then SlideShop will give you plenty of choice but, again, once you’ve found the look that you were seeking you’ve got it and will probably stick with it for a while so paying a subscription every month may seem overkill and a bit of a waste. What you could do, of course, is join for a month and get it all done during that period. 

SlideShop

Where To Find It

https://slideshop.com/

Paid/Free?

Free & Paid Options

Free Trial Available?

No

Price

Plans start at $49/month if you pay annually.

Venngage – Free Infographic Maker

Venngage – Free Infographic Maker

Venngage is one of the major players in the Infographic maker business and has become a favourite with many users due to its high level of features and the availability of a free account with not too many restrictions attached to it.Venngage Infographic maker templates

Of course we all know the value of using images to explain something, to educate your audience or just to pass on information. The problem has been that in order to make a decent looking job of it you needed to pay a graphic designer – and the good ones don’t come cheap.

As the web has developed it has become even more important than ever to provide your website visitors with a choice of information in a variety of formats including text, video, audio and as images. Yes, of course you still need those well-written articles, after all that’s what Google and the other search engines use to work out what your webpages and your website is all about. Text based content however is no longer enough in itself and websites offering a strong graphic and video content tend to do much better in search results.

Infographics have become poplular because they are, in effect, an article in an image. The infographic layout presents data in a graphical way that enables people to take in what is being said quickly – reducing the amount of time they have to spend reading text based content.

I am no graphic artist but I’ve managed to produce a number of very good quality infographics using the completely free of charge templates that are supplied by Venngage, even with the free account.

The finished article can be published in various different formats and sizes and used as required. Formats supported include .pdf, .png and interactive .pdf (paid accounts only).

As to the cost of Venngage, it is realistically priced and if the free account doesn’t work for you then it is not too big a jump onto the Premium account at $19 per month. If you want to unlock all the toys in the toy cupboard that’ll cost you $49/month but it is a powerful tool and highly recommended if you need that level of functionality. There are discounts for paying quarterly or annually.

All in all, Venngage is probably the main player in the infographic maker marketplace, alongside Piktochart perhaps, and I would recommend that you take a good look at both before jumping in with a paid plan.

 

 

https://venngage.com/

Venngage

Where To Find It
https://venngage.com/
Product Type
Infographics maker
Paid/Free
Paid with limited free option
Free Trial Available
Free account available
Price
$19/month entry level.

Ashampoo Snap 10 – Screen Capture and GIF Maker

Ashampoo Snap 10 – Screen Capture and GIF Maker

Ashampoo Snap 10  lets you capture and edit any screen content to create screenshots and videos.

Ashampoo Snap 10

Using Ashampoo Snap 10 you can capture and edit anything you see on your screen. There’s also an animated GIF making tool included, as well as movie editing facilities.

The latest version of Ashampoo Snap 10 features many significant improvements and clever enhancements. The new video editor can trim recordings to size without any loss of quality and helps split longer clips into individual episodes. Web site captures can now be orgsnised more easily by including their URLs. It’s a brand new experience with enhanced sound recording, video watermarking and smarter editing tools. It’s true to say that Ashampoo Snap 10 probably has everything you need in a single program!

There is no shortage of software to do this kind of thing, much of it available for free, so although Ashampoo Snap 10 is a top end package with many features, you probably only need it if the features it offers are so important to you that you need a paid-for package. We suggest taking the free trial to find out more before making up your mind.

One of the most recent additions to Snap 10’s lineup is the ability to create screenshots of 3D fullscreen games. Now if you need to do that it’s probably worth the asking price on its own – but do you really need it or do you just want to play with it?

The software seems to be well supported and there is an informative website to provide support. However, the lack of training videos on the site is noticable and is something that we almost take for granted these days – particularly strange with Ashampoo being a company that specialises in supplying video related software; practice what you preach and all that.

Having said that, a trawl of YouTube will probably get you going and there are very good help files available online via a link in the package so I wouldn’t let the lack of training videos necessarily put you off. Ther’es no doubt that Snap 10 is a well produced and well-supported piece of software.

Ashampoo Snap 10 is available for $49.95. There is a free 10-day evaluation period, which can be extended, so it is well worth taking time to check it out before deciding whether or not to buy it. It will probably do everything you want and more – but can you justify the price, only you can decide!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ashampoo Snap 10

Where To Find It
https://www.ashampoo.com/en/gbp
Product Type
Animated GIF builder/video Editing/Screen Capture
Paid/Free
Paid, Various Options
Free Trial Available
Yes
Price
$49.95

Snappa for Great Looking Graphics

Snappa for Great Looking Graphics

Snappa is a graphics toolkit that makes creating great looking graphics simple, quick – and free!

I suppose it is inevitable that Snappa will be compared to the mighty Canva, probably the market leader in this field. That would be a fair comparison and there is no doubt that, point for point, feature for feature, Canva does just have the edge – it has more facilities and templates included in its free subscription.

Canva does still require a reasonable grasp of graphics in order to get the best from it though and many people who need graphics for their website just don’t have that skill set. It is for those people that I think Snappa is probably a better fit. It really is possible to churn out great graphics for almost every online purpose, very quickly and easily.

There is a template in Snappa for just about every purpose I can think of, including Ad layouts for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and so on, as well as blog post images and a range of popular banner sizes and styles.

Snappa graphics tools

There’s a really useful video on the Snappa website that shows how a typical graphic can be produced in less than 60 seconds – it may take you a while to get to that level but the point is that really professional looking graphics can be quick and easy with Snappa. Here’s the video – judge for yourself:

Snappa is free to use and, although there is a Pro upgrade most people wouldn’t need it in order to create the kind of graphics that most of us need regularly. Even if you did decide to go Pro it only costs $10/month and gives you some nice additional features including access to a very comprehensive image library.

 

 

Snappa

Where To Find It
https://snappa.io
Product Type
Grphics platform
Paid/Free
Free plus paid upgrades
Free Trial Available
Yes, unlimited
Price
$10/month opens up more options.

Flickr – Free images for your website

Flickr – Free images for your website

Flickr is a very popular site for finding royalty-free images and boasts of having over 13 billion photos in its library and a community of over 120 million users.

That’s a lot of photographs, and a lot of people!

Well I, for one, have no reason to doubt the good people at Flickr, and even if the above are rough estimates one thing is for sure – they sure do have a lot of images! Here’s one I found, by a photographer called Zolakoma, which I really like. Here’s the link if you want to see more of this photographer’s work: https://flic.kr/p/ag4sP7

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Flickr is owned by Yahoo and in order to use it you have yo sign up for a (free) Yahoo account. That’s all easy to do and well worth the effort because there really are a lot of very good images in there. However, if I have my super-critical hat on, there is a lot of not-so-good stuff in there too but try to bear in mind – it’s FREE.

Don’t expect a Shutterstock-like selection of top-quality artwork and images, Flickr is really all about photographs that have been submitted by its community and who do not get, or expect, and remuneration. Some of them are very good and the search facilities are very useful in finding what you want. For anyone that needs a lot of images for their blog or website, Flickr images could save you a lot of money.

You can download the images you want, for free, and use them, for free – what more could you need? If you do use Flickr images on a website, Flickr ask that you post a link back to them plus an acknowledgement of where the image is taken from, all of which is fair and reasonable.

There is a Pro version of Flickr, priced at just $5.99 per month or $49.99 per year, which gives you a few extra goodies but does not change the availability of the images that you need.

All in all, Flickr images are a welcome alternative to the library images you get from the other, paid for and often quite expensive, image libraries – why not give it a shot?

Flickr

Where To Find It
https://www.flickr.com
Product Type
Image library
Paid/Free
Paid/Free, Various Options
Free Trial Available
Yes – its always free
Price
Pro version $5.99/month.