Free Tools and Apps – Perfect for Small Businesses

It’s great when you find a new app or tool that will help you with your social media efforts. But how do you know if it’s really going to work for you? It can be time consuming in it’s self trying out all the free tools available. Here’s a few of my favourites in no particular order.

Buffer – I’m a huge Buffer fan. Essentially it’s a scheduling tool and its basic free plan allows you to add up to 3 social accounts with 10 posts per account per day. Buffer has built in analytics and the option to add RSS and website feeds so you can add content straight your Buffer queue. 

Planoly – this is a scheduling tool for Instagram, now with its new auto post feature. It’s free if you have one Instagram account to post to. Simple and easy to use on both the mobile and desktop.

Later – another scheduling tool that allows you to post to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. The basic free plan allows you to add one account per social platform with basic analytics. 

Feedly – for all your favourite blogs. Great for sharing directly to Twitter and Facebook. 

Pixabay – an excellent source of free images. This is always my first stop for stock images.

Wordswag – this is probably one of favourate apps. Add your own text over an image to create interesting quotes. Wordswag is linked with Pixabay so you can access the free images through the app. 

Typorama – very similar to Wordswag, with lots of backgrounds to choose from. You can select different text styles, filters amd overlays. You do need to pay to have the Typorama watermark removed.

Legend – bring your text to life. Simply add your own words over image to create an animated video.

Canva – I’m not sure what I used to do before Canva? You might need to give yourself some time to get the hang of Canva. Once you do though you can have fun and get creative with your social media posts. Fonts, colours, images, backgrounds the choices are endless. It’s a great time saving design tool with the added bonus of stock images for $1 per image.

Lumyer – a great app for adding moving detail to your images ie: sparkles, fireworks, confetti, flowers and more…. Adding a little more interest to your images.

Hope you’ve found this post useful, do you have any apps or tools that you love to use? Feel free to share them with me below.

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