3 Easy Tools To Make Infographics And Quote Graphics

The social web is filled with helpful information and often you will find infographics that allow you to easily and quickly consume everything from statistics to recipes.  Other times a piece of inspiration will cross your feed and evoke a powerful emotion because of the imagery and message. Making these images on your own is easier than ever with online tools. Best part is we’re highlighting three that are free to use.

Note: This blog post has been updated to include a fourth infographic tool as of Dec 2017.

Types of Infographics

Wondering what kind of infographic you could make? Think about the useful, entertaining, or educational information you know or can collect. Maybe you have a step by step blog already that you could repurpose into an infographic. Here is a list of types of infographics you might choose from. In fact, this list might make a great infographic itself someday.

  • How To’s
  • Before and After
  • Lists of Resources or Tools
  • Statistics and Awareness Raising info
  • Checklists
  • Tips
  • Recipes
  • Top ___ Lists

You could get a lot of ideas for more types of infographics on Pinterest.

Before starting on the graphic design, be sure to prepare your content. Start with the text that you will relay on the image. Are there any statistics you want to research? Infographics often contain a variety of images within them. Gather the icons, images and design elements that you want to include and then get ready to create.

How To Make Infographics and Quote Images

I had a lot of fun using three tools (there are many more available) to create quote images and infographics. What I most like about these tools is that I used the free version of them and they were relatively easy to use.

  1. Piktochart is what I used to make the infographic you see below. They have templates that you can populate. It will take a little time, but if you like online software, go for it. You can create a professional looking design without paying for one.
  2. Stencil was super fast because it even supplies you quotes to use.
  3. Canva is my go to tool for images for social media.
  4. Visme.co is a BONUS tool that I newly found and has infographic, social media, presentation templates and more. It’s great for creating infographics like the one we did for 6 entrepreneur growth tactics.

 

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How To Conquer Social Media Overwhelm

conquer social media overwhelmDo you ever feel overwhelmed, frustrated and downright stuck in your small business? You’re not alone. I hear people say stuff like this all the time especially when they want to conquer social media overwhelm.

Overwhelm occurs when you feel like you have so much to do and can’t possibly see how you can get it all done. On top of that, you believe that if it doesn’t all get done something terrible will happen.
Instead of rushing to get things done, it’s time to look overwhelm in the face and understand what’s really going on, make some conscious choices and get organized with some simple tools and dare I say it, some outside “help.”

The key to getting over your overwhelm involves 3 steps:

1. Evaluating and tending to your emotions
2. Making choices in alignment with your values
3. Getting organized (Make lists, and see what there really is to do, what can be delegated)

Discover how to put the 3 step process of curing your overwhelm into action below…

1. Evaluate and Tend To Your Emotions

When you’re in a state of overwhelm, one of the best things to do is stop for a moment and acknowledge what you are feeling. Do your best to use emotion words like sad, anxious, scared, angry, etc. To tend to these feelings, listen to and take note of the chatter you are saying to yourself. Is the self-talk helpful? Or are you saying things like “I don’t see how I can get this all done, I can’t possibly understand this, etc. If so, they make the issue worse. Then it’s time to evaluate, reframe and reword.  Start with asking yourself, “Is that really true?” “What will really happen if I don’t get all this done? Is that true?” Then you can start to tell yourself what you can get done and acknowledge the capabilities you do have.

Give yourself permission to step away briefly from the tasks to get a different perspective. Take a short walk, do some exercise, meditate, run a quick errand. This interrupts the pattern and allows for you to see the situation in a different light.

2. Clarify What’s Most Important To You, Your Goals and Values

Ask yourself, “What’s important?” Then ask “What’s important do first?   Additionally, ask yourself questions like, “What is not urgent?” These questions help clarify what is essential to handle.

Once you get the answers, start to practice making choices that are in alignment. For example, if you have to wash your car, help your kids do homework and prepare for work meetings. The car may not be as important as your kids and work. Can you give your kids a few moments before doing the work? Is there a quick way to prepare for the meetings or are you trying to be a perfectionist? If you’re a perfectionist, this may be the source of the pressure you feel. If you loosen the reigns of your perfectionism, you will have a lot more freedom. Consider this… “done is better than perfect.”

3. Get Organized

Getting organized will give you a sense of being in control. Sometimes that’s all you need to end the feelings of overwhelm. Create a written list of what you feel you need to get done. Just making the list can instantly ease the pressure. When you can see exactly what is on your plate, your brain can create a reality of getting it done. When you haven’t laid it all out visually, you can get consumed by a thought about it that is based in fear and not in reality.

Next, prioritize your list according to what is most important. Include the amount of time that you want to dedicate to that task. If that is not realistic, then you’ll need to make a choice about how important it is. Check the list and determine what you can delegate or get help with. Asking for help can feel like you have a weakness. However, consider this, asking for help is a bold move.  It means you’re serious about getting it done and creating a breakthrough in your success.

Conquer Social Media Overwhelm

When it comes to being able to conquer social media overwhelm this process is super helpful. Evaluate your emotions: Are you simply anxious about technology, afraid you won’t understand it, or simply feels like another thing on your list? Establish what is important about social media and put it in the right priority of your business. If your clients are stable and you have time to supplement your marketing, then you can move social media up the list. Make a list of all the steps you need to go through. Seek out and accept help or social media marketing consulting.

Think of social media as a part of your marketing. Check out the Savvy Social Media Blueprint we make available to help conquer your social media overwhelm and make it work for you.

Transform Today Launches New Book “Social Media Myths Busted: The Small Business Guide to Online Revenue”

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Acclaimed social media and marketing consultant Laura Rubinstein of Transform Today, Inc. has announced the launch of her new book “Social Media Myths Busted: The Small Business Guide to Online Revenue” shining a light on the truth about succeeding in social media marketing.  She interviewed over thirty social media pros including Joel Comm, NY Times best-selling author of “Twitter Power: How to Dominate Your Market One Tweet at a Time” Anticipation is high among Transform Today’s clients and students who rely upon Coach Laura’s winning methods.

Social Media Marketing Book Features Interviews From More Than 30 Business & Marketing Professionals

Make no mistake, today for a small business to find success on social media it takes more than just a love of Facebook or a little bit of good luck.  What it requires is a solid strategy, a method and an ability to avoid some of the very common and prevalent myths about social media that can act as roadblocks.  That’s the message that award winning social media and marketing consultant “Coach” Laura Rubinstein is powerfully delivering both in person and in her new book “Social Media Myths Busted: The Small Business Guide to Online Revenue” set to be released on August 13th.

social media marketing bookSocial media is simply about bringing the humanness into computing and our online lives. Businesses must do this to win over their audience,”  commented Rubinstein.  “Humans crave connection. And social media fills that need in one of the most revolutionary ways ever invented. Yes, that may leave us open to misusers. But through education, good practices and myth busting, social media can be used for good. The more people using it for good the greater impact we can have to making the world a safer, peaceful, inspiring and thriving place for all.  Social media has leveled the playing field for small businesses giving them access to millions they never had access to before.  And my new book is opening up the secrets to social media success in a way that produces results quickly and reliably!”

The book is scheduled to be released in Kindle format on Coach Laura’s birthday August 13th, 2014.  The initial price of “Social Media Myths” is set at $0.99 and is available through a special web link set up for the exciting event at http://SMMBbook.com.

Coach Laura has over two decades of success in marketing covering all areas of the ever changing and dynamic field.  Her innovative, creative and profitable strategies have been widely praised and earned her not only recognition and awards, but also a position writing in some of the industry’s most prestigious publications, including YourTango, GetConnect.com, KFWB LA Business Rockstars and numerous BlogTalk Radio appearances.

There’s a great deal of anticipation leading up to her latest book release.

Emily G., a small business owner from Boston, recently said, “I love Coach Laura’s blog and I can’t wait to read Social Media Myths.  I need to tighten up our social media efforts and get them working for us.  I know the book is going to help!”

For more information be sure to visit www.TransformToday.com.

Social Media Etiquette: Do’s and Don’ts

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Whether you’re using social media for business or personal use, it’s important to know the rules of the road. I’m always amazed at how people feel compelled to act completely opposite of what they would do in real life (IRL).  It’s almost as if some alter-ego is coming out. That being said, social networking is a global communication system so it’s more important than ever to follow common courtesies and etiquette (or netiquette) to ensure the best possible communication, connections and experience online.

The golden rule still applies online. “Do unto others as you’d like done to you” is really all you need to know. The following specific social media etiquette guidelines are specific ways you can apply this rule.

Step In Their Shoes

Before commenting or posting anything, take a moment to think about how the person you most respect would respond to that post. If your reaction anything but positive, stop and rethink your post/comment. Do not post until you have a good feeling about what you’re about to share with the world. If you wouldn’t want the information to printed for the world to see it’s a good idea not to post it. Social media is another term for public publishing platform. It’s not really a good idea to think of it as a private forum.

Don’t Use Social Media as Your Therapist – Careful About Complaining

Don’t use it as a venting mechanism. Complaints won’t get resolved by being a loud mouth about the wrong doing of someone or a company. Be constructive online. You can ask for help, brainstorming, and advice. You can make suggestions, offer resolutions. In other words, use the amazing power of your brain to create solutions.

Don’t be a Pitcher

If you have a business, your inclination might be to use your personal social media accounts to sell your products. If you post too many offers to buy your products/services/books, attend courses/telesummits, you will likely get unfriended. Instead be a story teller. You can accomplish the goal of getting the word out with a story about what’s going on with regard to your business. It’s way more social. If you can’t share a story, then you might consider paid advertisements on the various networks. You can always go to eBay or Amazon if you have things to sell.  You’ll do much better there.

Be Mindful of Others’ Space

You might be tempted to post something about your events, products or services in a thread of comments or on someone else’s timeline. However, this is typically seen as opportunistic and not welcome. Someone else’s timeline is about them. Not you. Feel free to comment, contribute, and praise others. Also, there is this great feature called tagging. It is meant for identifying real people in the photo, not calling attention to those who are not in it. Don’t tag people not in an image you are posting or relevant to it. If you’re going to post an image with others in it, it is common courtesy to ask them ahead of time if they mind you posting it and tagging them.

Become A Hero – Support and Share

If you use social media as a way to support others, cheer them on, and endorse them you become their hero. Someone may be secretly craving a little pick me up, encouragement or help in getting the word out about something you felt was valuable that they posted. Therefore, if you find they have great content, spread the word. Share, retweet, reply and/or comment on their post with how great it is.

Keep It Positive People

Do you enjoy reading people bashing other people? If you want to create a better world, be the change and refrain from perpetuating the problem. Be inspiring, giving and spread love not hate. Wouldn’t it be great to have the majority of the people using social media offering praise for others good work, gratitude for their connections and congratulations on their achievements? If you agree, go post a positive note to someone you care about.

Do Respond Personally

When someone comments or personally messages you or your business pages, be sure to reply to them. Social media is meant to be a two way communication system. It is polite to respond when someone is talking to you. Replying to mentions, messages, and comments is one of the highest compliments you can pay someone on social media. It will also instantly grow your reputation for the better as other see you actively engaging with others in a positive way.

Do Reach Out to Connect Sincerely and Build a Relationship

One of the most awesome things about social media is the ability to connect with people that you otherwise would know. So if you want to reach and “friend” someone, do so genuinely. Act as if you were giving them a virtual handshake, looking them in the eye, and then be curious about THEM.

Be Consistent

Once you decide you’re going to participate in social media plan to be consistent.  You don’t have to live there hours a day, but do check in and plan on posting regularly. You will build a good reputation by being present and consistently offering valuable communications.

Bottom Line on Social Media Etiquette 

Before you do anything on social media, always do a gut check. When you are about to post something on social media, read it to yourself before you click the post button. If your gut says anything other than an enthusiastic yes, it’s a NO. Don’t post it.  I can’t tell you how many times this has really saved me. Trust your gut. Use social media for good and let’s all create a more positive, fun and inspiring place to live and connect.