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When starting out online there are SO many things to learn and discover, unfortunately most of them come with a price tag. Some of the price tags are pretty big, others not so  much.  Over the next six weeks I am going to introduce you to 6 free tools that I have used and some I still use to this day. To discover if your business is really going to work you don’t necessarily have to spend a ton of cash.

The first tool I am introducing you too is a graphic/picture editing tool.

Everyone enjoys taking pictures and posting them on social media and business web sites too. How wonderful it would be to have an effective and efficient photo editor that allows you to edit and enhance all your photos, is absolutely free with nothing to install or download and works in every browser – well that is exactly what PicMonkey is all about.

PicMonkey is an innovative photo editor that allows its users to create spectacular graphics, touch up facial features and any other element of a photo, and add magnificent filters as well as personalized text. This state of the art tool is remarkably easy to use, and gives photo editing and image creating a whole new name and a whole new gorgeous perspective. BN - SMA PicMonkey

A web based app that can be used for free to edit all your photos and even create designs and images, PicMonkey affords small business owners with a spectacular tool to enhance their marketing and advertising campaigns and add luster and class to their business website with superior graphics and photo creations.

We all know how important it is to market and advertise products and services and surely attractive, eye-catching product photos and images on your website and in all your customer communications can assist in developing successful business campaigns. PicMonkey is truly an invaluable resource for business blogs and websites. With its ease of use and its capability of quickly editing photos and producing images for blog posts and for enhancing your business website, it is fast becoming the most favored photo editor available on the web today.

With PicMonkey you can do everything you need in a fraction of the time and, because it is web based, you do not have to worry about a time consuming or difficult download or installation process and you can feel confident knowing that it works perfectly on Windows, Mac and Linux.

This program truly is a cool little tool and provides all the features you need for the creation and editing of top of the line photos and images. If you are looking to create images or edit and enhance photos whether for your website or perhaps even your social media platforms such as Facebook, Google+, or Twitter, then PicMonkey is the ideal tool for you. I use it on a regular basis just to resize graphics, something that used to frustrate me a lot because I really had no idea how to do it.

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Cropping with PicMonkey Works! Finn loves to have his pictures on Facebook.

Here are two examples:
I wanted to put this picture of Finn on Facebook, but without all the of the car in the picture.  With PicMonkey I can simply upload my picture, click on “crop” there on the left and using their drag function remove as much or as little of the picture that I want!

 

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PicMonkey a Super Easy Solution to Embellish Your Graphics AND Filling out all of the information in all your “bios” helps you get “found”.

 

 

 

Example number two:

I have signed up for a new membership site, one where it is important that I recognize people and they recognize me.  The head shot I selected was way too big, I needed to crop some of it away and make it smaller.  In this case I used both the “Crop” and “Resize” functions. This really is a handy tool as most sites are VERY specific about the size of the head shot they want posted to your profiles.

Overall, PicMonkey is the absolute best photo editor on the web today. It’s fast, it’s easy, and it’s free and it is, by far, a superb productivity tool that every small business owner should use and take advantage of. They offer a free trial for 30 days for their “Royale” level, however I only use the totally free version.

Now that you have created a great graphic you want it to be found, Right?  Tagging your photo/graphic with a longtail keyword makes that happen. This is a tool I use consistently in order to find the keywords that will bring traffic to my web properties.

Check it out…   http://clickherenow.co/LongTailPro

Next week I’ll be posting on the topic of autoresponders. 🙂

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When you initially sit down to get something done, or even when you just start thinking about it… Do you get that feeling of overwhelm, you have no idea really what to do or where to start. Well pat yourself on the back, you are not alone. We all feel that way at some time or other when learning something new or taking on new tasks. I remember years ago when I first started learning about Social Media Marketing, I can vividly remember thinking Oh My Gosh!! This is a Huge subject.

When you create your own process for learning something new you can apply the same procedure over and over again each time you need or want to take on a new task. Many people have asked me over the years how do I do it, keep learning all this new stuff? It was after I was asked that question a number of times before I actually sat down and thought about it.

Here is my procedure for creating the time to learn all the new things that are happening in Social Media Marketing…

schedule_clipart 450x3001) set a daily schedule, figure out the best time for you to spend time on this new task

2) focus on one thing at a time – as much as possible turn everything else off. An example for me is that I must turn off all my other computer programs. When learning something new on the computer I even close down all the other windows and just have the one open that I need.

3) put yourself on a timer – in the beginning it may be very challenging if you believe you need to learn everything all at once. Well guess what unless it is a super duper simple task we never really learn everything at the first go round. Understand that it may take a while, remember you never learned how to operate your computer in one session. Do yourself a favor make the initial time periods short. When I first started writing articles my timer was for only 15 minutes, however I would not allow myself to do anything else. If I did not work on the article then I would just sit and look at the screen. I have Never spent the entire 15 minutes looking at the screen using this method, I have always been able to write something.

4) write out specifics for each procedure – sometimes it may be a task or learning that you will not repeat daily, when you have something written down you will save yourself the stress of having to remember.6a0128763842f6970c0176153dbd12970c-800wi

5) start with the end in mind – what will you gain by finishing the task or learning the new skill. Remind yourself “what’s in it for me!” When you think about that it can be a lot easier to keep yourself on task.

As I continue to learn and share all about social media marketing I realize that these procedures and process are what enable me to keep learning and to be able to respond to the questions from my clients with ease.

Did you catch any of the interviews from the ”Best Client Summit” just click the Link and see what all the excitement was all about: http://justclicknow.ca/BCSummit

Would love to hear your comments and ideas right here on the blog.  You are my inspiration!

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