We know that there are tons of articles and blog posts about visual content creation giants, such as Canva, PicMonkey and Adobe Spark. But what about the little guys? Strong, yet powerful, to deliver awesomeness packaged in visual way. Here are 5 great, lesser-known visualization tools that you can use to enhance your content.
Visme is an online tool for creating a variety of engaging visual content,including infographics, presentations, web content, reports, and even short animations. Visme has a large variety of pre-made templates that can all be customized. And you don’t need a graphic design degree to be able to take advantage of all the perks offered here. Visme shines because of its simplicity, with easy drag-and-drop tools and a large library of high-quality images, icons, and fonts. Visme is very often used to visualize data for presentations. All you have to do is come ready with the numbers, and Visme allows you to easily create your data visualization.
Flixel is one of the coolest new tools out there. They’ve coined the term “cinemagraph”, an image where only one section is animated. Although you need to have your own video to create the image, Flixel will isolate a frame and allow you to “paint” motion over it to make it move The end product is pretty magical, and you can use it to enhance social media campaigns, emails, blogs, websites, and even banner ads. Flixel claims that their banner ad campaigns even get 5.6X higher click-through than still image ads.
One look at their website and you can already imagine the cool things you can create with Ceros. You don’t need to be a professional designer to use this tool. Their interactive content maker gives total creative control to the marketer and designer, and with the easy to embed code, you don’t need a developer either.
Similar to Canva, Snappa is a ridiculously easy graphic design tool. You can create all types of marketing graphics using their 10,000+ photos and patterns, 3,000+ icons and graphics, and 200+ fonts. You can even add special effects and schedule or post in real time your graphics to social media. Snappa makes it easy by providing you with the exact image dimensions for all time of visuals: social media, ads, email, blogs, and even infographics. They come in clickable presets that take the guesswork out of creating a large variety of graphics.
Thinglink is one of those tools that makes you think “why didn’t someone think of this before?!” Thinglink lets you make interactive images with links to share on social media. You can upload your own images, add icons, and link back to your website or blog. It’s easy to customize so you can match the look and feel of your website.
Infogr.am offers you tools for displaying lots of data in fun and engaging ways, through infographics, charts and visual maps. All you need is a good data set and they take care of the rest. You can update your data from multiple sources, pick a template to visualize it, and share and embed into any website. Easy peasy.
Admittedly, this is a bit of shameless self-promotion. But DEEP is an amazing tool for visual content creation. While most tools ask you to bring your own data, DEEP provides all the data and design, no researcher or graphic designer needed. Our easy to create and customizable widgets enhance your text stories with facts, figures, and beautiful design.
There are so many visual content creation tools out there. These seven can be used by marketers, publishers, and bloggers who don’t have official design training.
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