If you are a digital creator or an online entrepreneur (you run your online business), there are a few apps that can make your journey easier.
And you may not even know about some of these. Even if you do, you may not know all you may achieve with these tools.
In this content piece, I will show you some of my favorite creation tools, and what you can do with them.
Venngage is an online tool that allows you to create simple graphic content, even if you have little or no idea how graphic content creation works.
With this tool, you can create infographic content with just a few clicks on your device. This works for you if you’re an entrepreneur who needs to communicate a huge amount of data to your audience, and you want to do this without scaring them off with charts, graphs, and terribly lengthy notes.
The tool comes with customizable templates to help you meet all your graphic needs within the shortest possible time.
If you’re like me, you probably have a ton of ideas roaming around your mind at the oddest hours of the day.
Airtable helps you make sense of these, and organize them.
For a long time, I battled with keeping up with my content creation ideas and processes, until airtable happened. So here’s how it works.
This tool (as the name implies) is a collection of tables that come in handy when you are trying to get some work done. Think of it as a productivity app with some extra features/benefits.
With airtable, you can collate content ideas, structure them properly, and even create a content marketing strategy right in the application. Think of this tool as a platform where you can do all the planning that comes with content management.
In the app’s home interface, you can plan out your Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest (and other social media platforms) content, bringing into consideration all the nuances of these platforms like hashtags, images to use, captions, etc.
And yes, it comes with a free version you can try out right now.
KEYWORDS EVERYWHERE (K.E)
This tool is for you if you run a blog (or you create website content for yourself/clients), and SEO is a major part of your brand expansion strategy.
Face it. Coming up with content ideas and knowing just the right keywords that will increase your visibility (which people are searching for) can be a daunting task.
K.E is a browser extension that allows you to see what keywords people are searching for. When you install the add-on in your Google Chrome/Firefox browser, simply open up your browser and type in any keyword you want to search for.
If it is installed and active on your desktop, K.E will bring up a column of keywords and key phrases people are searching for on the right side of your screen. You can take the data from this over to another keyword research tool (like Ahrefs or answerthepublic) to conduct further research on the words and check how well they will serve to meet your needs.
GOOGLE DOCS (G.D)
G.D is my personal favorite. Ever since I lost a client’s job after completing it (almost 11k words), I took the tool more seriously and it’s been a lifesaver – literally.
G.D is a major part of Google Suite. This implies that you can use the tool from the time you create a Google account. As is the case with most Google Suite applications, G.D allows you to create, edit, and track your progress in a word document (.docx) in a collaborative way.
What this means is,
A. With this tool, you can create a document and begin working on it immediately, without having to worry that you will lose your data. If you’re connected to the internet, G.D backs up your work to the cloud every time you add a character to the document.
B. You can add people to the document creation page and restrict/monitor their activities. You can add them up as editors, commenters, or just as viewers. This tool is best if you work with a team, and you want everyone to see what you’re doing while you create the document. This way, you can make the necessary edits/changes as you go along.
C. G.D has a highly-interactive feature. As you create documents in the app, you can communicate directly with everyone who has access to the document via back-and-forth chats.
D. G.D integrates with some extra apps (like Google translate and QR Scanner) to give you a more seamless experience. What this implies is that when you have these add-ons installed in your G.D, you do not have to exit the app when you’re working to access the functionalities in these apps.
E. The speech-to-text feature enables you to create your documents without having to type even a word. This makes the creation journey easier for you (not sure this feature is available on the mobile version of G.D).
F. G.D allows you to create different document formats without stress. All you need to do is to type and edit your document, before saving it as a PDF file (that you can upload to Amazon for publishing), DOCX, ODT, EPUB, TXT, or HTML document. Cool, right?
G. With this tool, you also have the option of publishing your content directly to the web.
This tool gives you insight into how good your social media profile pictures are. As at the time of the creation of this piece, it works like a collaborative platform where you submit your photo(s) for positive criticism.
Registered users of the platform (and the application’s AI) vote on your photos and with their votes, your picture(s) are ranked. Their votes are based on some qualities including how competent you look in your photo, how suitable the photo is for the platform you intend to use it, and how likeable you appear in the photo.