36 Free Image Creation Tools

36-Free-Image-Creation-3In July’s Maureen’s Marketing Moment, I shared how important images are in marketing and provided you with 14 free stock photo sites.

So, now that you have the images, what should you do with them?

How about creating a logo for your new business? Or designing an infographic to share tips on Facebook? Or perhaps you simply want to build the perfect Facebook Page cover photo. Whatever you want to achieve, chances are one of these 36 tools will make it easy. So what are you waiting for? Start Creating

P.S. I created the image for this blog post using Quozio, one of the 36 tools.

Giving Back Program Recipient is in the News

We’re excited to see one of our Giving Back Program recipients, FamilyGreenSurvival, recently featured on Fox 40 News.

Led by Founder and President Gopal Kapur, this organization donates nutritious, easy-to-prepare foods to local food banks and community service organizations as part of their BagOfLife Program.

“As a newly formed nonprofit, we know it’s important that we routinely reach out to donors as well as the general public so they will understand our program,” said Kapur. “We were looking for an easy-to-use program that we could tailor to our needs, and we found our solution with Constant Contact.”

“However, there is always the problem of having funds to do important things when you are a newly formed nonprofit,” said Kapur. “We are so thankful for the Giving Back Program which included a donation to our nonprofit to cover six months of email marketing. And the training that Maureen did was also very helpful. As a major training company ourselves, we understand the value of good training. Maureen was very prepared and made starting Constant Contact an easy task.”

Thanks for the kind words, Gopal. And congratulations on all the press you are getting for your good works. You deserve it!

[Apply for the Giving Back Program at bit.ly/givingbackprogram.]

Why You Should Use Images in Your Marketing

In this post, we’re sharing a short (60-second) video explaining why images are a critical component of your marketing.

Ready to use the power of pictures in your marketing? Fortunately, there are a number of websites that offer stock images for free. Check out these 14 Free Photo Websites.

YMCA Northern Utah logoWhen starting email marketing, the YMCA of Northern Utah originally did not use Constant Contact as their email service provider. As their email lists grew, however, they knew they needed more support.

So they turned to Constant Contact and the Dudley & Nunez Communications Giving Back Program. “It was great to have Maureen hold our hand and help us get set up with Constant Contact,” said Adrienne Shaw Smith, Marketing and Events Manager.

In addition to the training, the Giving Back Program provided a custom branded template and a monetary donation to the YMCA. “We’re really appreciative of these benefits,” said Shaw Smith. “As a nonprofit, every dollar we can save means more we can spend on our programs,” she added.

Glad to hear you’ll now have more to spend on the kids, Adrienne. Thanks for being part of our Giving Back Program.

Celebrate Your Community!

CC-cake-group-6-24-14-300x250Are you so focused on obtaining new customers that you’re neglecting your loyal customers, i.e., your community?

If so, you’re making a big mistake. Obtaining a new customer is 6 to 7 times more expensive than retaining a current customer. And did you know that repeat customers spend 67% more than new customers?

These are two compelling reasons for you to make time to celebrate and show appreciation to your “tribe.”

And on that note, be sure to enter our Dudley & Nunez Community Celebration this month. (Enter on the righthand side of this webpage throughout the month of April 2015.) There’s nothing to buy, no hidden obligation, and no strings attached to this giveaway — just a simple entry form for you to fill out. This celebration is a token of our appreciation to those who read our newsletter, attend our seminars/webinars, or consult with us.

Thanks for being part of our community!

Say it with Pictures!

Poppies and mountainAre you including images in your marketing? If not, you need to start leveraging the power of visual content. Studies show that 90% of information transmitted to the brain is visual, and visuals are processed 60,000 times faster in the brain than text. Read More

Below are four free (or almost-free) sources we use.

Canva

Calendar pictureFor $1, we created this picture to promote the launch date of our Giving Back Program, using the online design software of Canva.

 

Freeimages

Previously called stock.xchng, freeimages.com allows users to contribute, share, and download high-resolution photographs and illustrations free of charge. When Celia and I launched our partnership on a shoestring budget, we found most of our website photos through this site.

Big Stock (Pro Images)

If you want to shop for the perfect image from millions of photos, check out Big Stock. You receive one free image a month. If you want to purchase images, you may do so from their website or directly from within a Constant Contact account.

Aviary

Aviary is a free third-party image editing tool built right into Constant Contact. After selecting a free photo in Constant Contact, you can crop it using Aviary–and even add your own quote.