3 FREE Tools For Content Creation

3 Free Content Creation Tools

Hey there did you know there are so many FREE Tools available online to create engaging social media content. Why spend thousands of dollars when you can create awesome content for FREE simply and very easy with no design experience. Here are 3 Tools I use almost daily.

 1) Pablo By Buffer

Buffer is awesome. Now Buffer has a social media creation tool named Pablo. Create stunning images for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Pablo has thousands of images to choose from or you can upload your own. Create header images for blog posts, inspiring quotes with amazing backgrounds, or add some juice to that next Social Media Post with a call to action image. Check out some of the creations I’ve made with Pablo.

Pablo By Buffer

2) Pic Monkey

Pic Monkey is a free website to create and edit pictures. Create your own Facebook Heading, Twitter Cover or Photo Collage. Crop pictures and resize pictures or add a font overlay to an image. Fix those blemishes on head shots or add something funny to your picture. Do you need a design for the holidays? Pic Monkey has hundreds of themed content to create the perfect holiday card or social media post. There are hundreds of fonts and backgrounds to choose so you will be sure to find something perfect. Upload your own overlays and backgrounds as well, get creative.

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3) Giphy.com

Are you seeing all those moving pictures on social media. Make your pictures move with Giphy. Giphy has millions of Gif’s to choose from to fit exactly what you are trying to say. Do a happy dance! Tell someone Thank You! That look that explains exactly how you are feeling right now. Create your own Gif’s with their creator tool or even better upload a few pictures and create your own branded slide show. Some people don’t have time to read a blog, or watch a video, but know one passes up a 3 second GIF. Turn any Gif into a video for sharing onto instagram. We all love stickers right? Search the millions of stickers to say “Happy Birthday”, “Job Well Done” or tell that special someone you “Love Them.”

Giphy.com

Creating content for Social Media does not have to be complicated. There are easy to use tools and some great ways to make your content fun and entertaining. What are some FREE Tools you use to create content. I love to for you to share them with me.

Mateo Garcia

President

#beNICEmedia

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How We Are Making Money From Home, For Real No Gimmicks

Make Money From Home

Hey what’s up it’s me Mateo. This is a the first blog post on how my wife and I have been able to make money from home with our laptop and home computer. We wanted to share a brief breakdown of what we do that pays us, who pays us, and how we got started. We will share more details of our day and new job opportunities over the next few weeks.

Traci makes her income from two online companies. She is able to do 99% of her work from her laptop. The other 1.0% of the time is an occasional phone call with the two different companies she works for to check in, go over upcoming projects and sometimes just to catch up!

Job #1 mahalocases.com

Traci handles e-mail customer support. She helps customers with their phone case orders they have made online. The daily job tasks can range from confirming an order number, responding to unhappy customers, placing re-orders, or even explaining why it takes more than two days for an order to get to Kazakhstan.  The job is actual work, with customer service skills, and compassion involved. The great part of the job is she can do it from her laptop wherever and whenever she wants. She does not have a set schedule on when the job needs to be done, as long as it’s done and the inbox is never backed up. It’s typically 15-20 hours per week of billable hours. Mahalo Cases treats her well, respects her as a team member and she truly enjoys helping people get their awesome phone cases.

Traci applied for this job via upwork.com She applied for several jobs, had the customer service experience and interviewed well for the position. It started out as a temp position through upwork, but it turned into a direct contract position with Mahalo Cases.

A Positive Customer Experience, Thanks To Traci

Job #2 is SiteJabber For Business

Traci is the community manager. She helps businesses with their customers reviews, and manages the Twitter account for sitejabber4Biz. This job is able to be done 100% via e-mail and through biz.sitejabber.com She helps businesses respond to customer reviews and maintain their online reputation on SiteJabber. SiteJabber is a review site for web based businesses, kinda like Yelp for the web.  Traci typically has be available from 9-12 daily to respond to customer requests and then check the inbox again late in the afternoon for anything that may need immediate concern. This job is about 20-25 hours per week. Traci loves the way they make her feel a part of the team. She enjoys doing this job and is excited about more work from this company in the future.

Traci applied for this job on Angel List. She had the experience with Mahalo Cases, and they gave her a positive recommendation. Traci interviewed for this position and it was about a two week hiring process.

Traci taking a pic from her work station!

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I make money from a few different jobs. Social Media Management, Small Marketing Projects, Web Design, Fiverr Gigs and Advertising.

Social Media Management

I post themed content, build a targeted audience and engage the businesses community on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google + and LinkedIn. Managing these accounts takes me a few hours a week per business. This is my main source of consistent income. It’s fun to do and I love helping grow their social media brand. Clients pay $150-500 monthly depending on how much they need and what services are included. Services include e-mail marketing campaigns, website updates, blogs or additional advertising with beNICEmedia.

These jobs were created by staying in touch with my previous clients and referral partners from my mortgage business. My first few clients were Realtors, Loan Officers, Title Companies and Appraisers. I currently have people reach out to me on Social Media to find out what we do, and this starts a conversation about Social Media Marketing.

Projects

Another way I make money is doing quick projects for sales people and small businesses. These projects range from creating a Facebook page, setting up an e-mail marketing campaign, or organizing a database. These jobs usually take less than an hour or two to complete. I attracte new clients weekly, and have repeat requests from clients. The price for these services range from $50-300 depending on the time involved and the job completed.

A few of the projects started from referrals of a few of my social media management clients. Once I complete a project for a client I stay in touch with them on Social Media and E-Mail. They usually hire me for additional work or send me a couple referrals.

Love Working With These Clients!

Web Design

I also make money setting up simple web pages and landing pages for sales professionals and small businesses. Most of these are created thru Wix.com. A few of them are hosted on a server by the client or others stay on my free Wix network. I do 2-3 of these a month, with fees varying from $75 to $300 depending on what the client wants and time involved.

Fiverr Money

Fiverr Gigs are another way I earn money online. Fiverr is an online platform where businesses can find quality services at an amazing price. These services include social media requests, viral campaigns, Twitter and Facebook marketing. The gigs start at $5 bucks but my average sale is around $10 per gig. Most gigs take less than 30 minutes to complete. I’m currently doing about 20 Gigs a month.

Positive Reviews Are The Key To More Gigs

Fiverr has a built-in audience of businesses that need help with their marketing. I have received gigs from people searching on Fiverr and seeing my positive reviews. I also share my Gigs on Social Media with the positive reviews included in my posts.

HERE IS A FREE GIG for anything on Fiverr

 Advertising

I also make a little money from advertising. I receive $50-75 per month to share or mention a business or product on my social media platforms or websites. These are typically sales professionals or start ups looking for a little Social Media Boost. Google AdSense and Youtube has been earning about $8-9 per month as well, it’s small but grows every month.

As you can read above none of these jobs are get rich schemes or jobs that for no effort you get a paycheck. There are ways to make money online or working from home, but it happens the same way as a traditional job. Start a job search, present your skills in the best way, interview for the position, get hired, show up when required, get the job done and get paid. Instead of working for one company we work for several.

It is possible to work from home, make a living and be happy with what you do. There are thousands of opportunities to use your skills, help yourself and earn money in a more flexible environment if you choose to do so. If working from home or earning a living online is a goal of yours I want to let you know that it’s real. Unfortunately there is not a book to buy or online course that can be purchased and just collect monthly earnings. Making a living online takes effort and hard work.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Would you be interested in a blog about ways to get started on your own? or How to get your first Fiverr gig? or How to stand out when applying for work at home jobs?

Are you earning income with a part time or at home job? I would love to know your story! Leave a comment or send me an e-mail. – Mateo

Followers To Clients

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How I Convert Twitter Followers To Clients?

Hey there. What up, its Mateo! Do you want to convert Twitter followers to customers? Are you finding out it’s not as simple as tweeting your website hoping people visit and buy your products or contact you for services? I’m going to share what has been successful for me. How I utilize Twitter and convert followers into paying clients. I’ve shared some Twitter Tips before, but hopefully this will give some additional insight to grow your business on Twitter and every social media platform.

This is a no-brainer but I see this over and over again, it’s imperative to have a complete Twitter profile. It should represent you personally, your business, product or service. Take time, don’t rush it. Complete contact information, and profile description. All web links should be working, contact information accurate, Twitter cover picture and profile picture.

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Each and every business is different. I’m going to discuss my business and who I connect with. I connect with startups, small business owners, and sales professionals. Whatever product or service you are selling duplicate my strategy with your target audience. A local yogurt shop in Los Angeles is typically selling to consumers within a geographical area around their business. A business selling healthcare products online will have a larger and different target audience. Have you identified a target market and audience? Keep this in mind when connecting with others on Twitter.

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It’s important to be active and tweeting. Have a full day of tweets scheduled or be sure to manually tweet a minimum of 6-7 times a day. What do you tweet? A mix of content related to your business. Have a theme for twitter and the content you tweet. I tweet social media marketing tips from Influencers like @buffer @jeffbullas or @SMExaminer. I also share my original content of blogs, projects I’m working on, funny gifs, and my client’s tweets as well. I do my best to tweet 10 times a day. I aim for 6-7 of those tweets to be non promotional or sales content, but rather content that appeals to my audience. The other 2-3 Tweets are about me, blogs I have written, links to sign up for the Re-Tweet club or join my E-mail list to get my blogs before they go online. Tweets from your business account should include this mix. Share interesting content related to your industry and mix in some tweets about your business! If you run a gym or are a personal trainer tweet about your local community, healthy food recipes, exercise tips, inspiring quotes along with current sign up specials or promotions of your business. To save time tweets can be scheduled with a great application like BufferApp or Hoot Suite.

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Once you’ve scheduled a full day of tweets, start following people! Search #hash-tags on Twitter related to your business. I search #crowdfunding #startups #smallbiz #RealEstate #Chandler #Arizona #Tempe. Searching # hash-tags related to your business is an easy way to find people already talking (tweeting) about what you do! a401a7a1-f795-4628-9a6e-270315d2694f

 

Follow these accounts, favorite a few tweets, or even Re-Tweet (RT) a few tweets you like. Every time you follow, RT or favorite a tweet the person you followed, RT or favorite will receive a notification directly to their phone. In some cases this person will follow back, favorite your tweet or at the very least glance at your twitter profile to see who you are. When someone follows back, create a list on Twitter to keep track of this follower. Twitter lists can be public or private and is a great way to keep up with your most important Twitter connections. When businesses or sales professionals follow me on Twitter I check out their Twitter profile. If they have a small following and not tweeting often I add them to a Private List on Twitter I have created called “LEADS”. These are people or businesses on Twitter, but may need some help. I like to help. I also thank each follower with a quick tweet.

“Thanks for following. Really cool of you, I wish you continued success!”

Add your own voice to this make it you! Now don’t start tweeting and directing messaging (DM) this prospect telling them how awesome you are they don’t care. They are still just a random follower at this point that has possibly been identified by you as someone that may need your help, buy your product or possibly turn into a Customer. Continue to build your following on twitter. Don’t be afraid to follow people using the #hashtags related to your business. When you follow people you will get followers as well that you might want to add to your “Lead List.”

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When a follower is on my “Lead List” I check out what they are tweeting. It’s easy to do! Just go to your “Lead List” you created on twitter to stay in touch with your potential leads. What are they tweeting? Is there a tweet you can favorite, respond to or possibly RT. It’s OK to favorite a couple tweets and if there is a tweet that you really like go ahead and RT it! Remember when you favorite a tweet or RT a tweet your “Lead” is going to get a notification that you did this. This is a great way to get them to notice you without asking for anything. They will be happy with the RT and Favorite. This lead may even return the favor and RT you or at the very least check out your profile again to see what you are all about. Do this for a week or two before you make any direct sales contact. It’s possible they may even reach out to you as well and start asking questions. After a week of checking out this lead, send them a Direct Message on Twitter and make it personal (not an automated tweet via some service). If a “Lead” I’m following is developing a mobile app for example. I will DM something like this…

Hey there how is the app coming along? If there is anything I can help with or a specific tweet you would like me to share? Let me know I’m happy to do it  – Mateo

This is great way to make direct contact and let the lead know you exist, you want to help and you are not asking for anything. If there is not a response to your DM that’s OK most may not get a response. Continue to keep an eye on their tweets and a few days later send them a similar message as a mention @

@oliverwhalenmtg Hey there I wish you continued success. If I can help with anything let me know. Have an awesome day!

Don’t go for the knock out sales pitch immediately people will un-follow you and identify you as a spammer. In any relationship online or offline building trust, adding value, being sincere and timing of the prospect wants or needs has to be established before a sale is made. This is even more important online. Stay in touch with your leads in a sincere way, they know what you do and if and when they need your help you want to stay top of mind. Asking a stranger on the street to fill out a form or listen to a 5 minute sales pitch doesn’t happen, it’s not going to happen on Twitter either. Being a real human interested in others and providing value will drastically increase your business and convert your Twitter followers to customers.

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This interaction is not going to guarantee a client or sale but now that Twitter follower is a warm prospect who knows you exist. Use your Twitter list to network with your potential prospects. It could take days to turn these leads into clients or it may take years. Interacting, showing genuine interest and staying in touch can turn your followers into customers. These simple strategies will increase your success not just on Twitter but all of your social media platforms. There will always be the “overnight success” or new hot product that goes viral, but for the rest of us it takes good old fashioned networking and hard work to convert followers to customers. What are your most successful Twitter strategies? I would love to hear them. Let’s #beNICE to Each Other!

Mateo

Marketing basics for your business

4 marketing pillars

Hi there how is everyone doing? I received an e-mail from a friend of mine the other day who is an Artist. He asked me about getting more visitors to his website and just wanted some quick advice to get his business going. Below is the e-mail I sent him. It helped him, and hopefully it will help you too! I almost forgot check out some of his work HERE

Jared,
Hey there here are a few tips and some tools that I use for my business. There are 4 basic Marketing Tasks that are a must.

Database, Social Media, E-mail, Website/Blog

I’m not sure what you are doing right now for your business so I apologize if you already do some of these things, but if you don’t hopefully this will help.

Database

I use a free site mailchimp.com for my List/Database These are people who know me and may work with me, have worked with me before or have inquired with me in the past. I look for new people to add to my database daily. These are people that may buy from you or tell someone to buy from you. It’s important to stay in touch. If you don’t have a contact list or database start making one now. Add me to your contact list. You can go through your contacts in your e-mail and cell phone and probably come up with a good size contact list. Use your e-mail address book to organize these at first. You can then export them to a CSV format to upload into MailChimp.  Mailchimp is free if you have under 2000 contacts. You can use Mailchimp to create e-mail newsletters, campaigns and events to send to these contacts. You can always send a few of these contacts a touch base e-mail first to be sure they want to be on your contact list!

Social Media

You have to be on all of the social media platforms and have a presence. I spend time following others and searching for other people who may be interested in what I do follow them and like some of their stuff and they will follow back. Remember social media is more about being social with others and not selling them anything. Take some time each week to connect with other artists people who have purchased your work before, local galleries. Whoever you think your audience is or other social media accounts that your audience follows. I see that you are selling the Equality Stickers.  Post a couple tweets with pics of the stickers with a link to your website. Then on twitter search for example the #hashtag #lovewins then follow all the accounts that have tweeted this. A big amount of people will follow back and who knows maybe a couple more visits to your site.

“Doing this one time is no guarantee that it will automatically get a bunch of sales, but this is a strategy that you can do when you have time”

E-Mail

Start building a contact/database and send these people an e-mail at least once a month. It could be some new art you created a special, holiday e-mail, or a blog post checking in. It doesn’t have to be spammy it could just be some cool info. Use Mailchimp to send this. It will keep track of who opened, who unsubscribed, and who viewed the e-mails. It’s pretty cool.

Blog on Website

The same e-mail you put together to send to your contact list can be posted as a blog on your website.

Content

It’s cool to post recycled content in my opinion on Social Media. So if you have a few popular posts from a couple months ago. Post them again. Bufferapp helps with this. You can load some post into bufferapp to go out at a later time. You can also post other peoples content, not as your own, but if there is an artist you like or some cool pic that you think others will like share and post some of that stuff to. As a business you want to buy brain cells on social so if your social media profiles are always posting cool shit original, curated, and others then they will check out your profile and see what you do and hopefully go to your website too!
A Cool Viral App www.headtalker.com free to use. Check out it out. Its a cool Social Reach Campaign to get more visitors to your website. Start a campaign and I will help get it supported.

Ok man I think I took up to much of your time. There are so many things that can be done, but these are a few that I focus on. If I can ever help with anything or offer any advice let me know.

Mateo

 

Optimize Your Personal Facebook Page

Be Sure to Link up your personal Facebook Page with your Business Facebook Page, Join Groups and Add your Website Links to your Personal Page. 

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beNICEmedia would love to help you with your Marketing, and Social Media for your business.  Our company #beNICEmedia can help you gain brand awareness, build an audience, but most importantly new clients for your business. Marketing is changing. Your business has be engaging, networking and interacting where your clients are spending their time. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or whatever their favorite social media platform might be. We would love to help. Your contribution to our campaign will help in so many ways. I started beNICEmedia 6 months ago, with an idea, a dream, and a personal reflection of my strengths and weaknesses. I was a very successful mortgage loan officer for  over 17 years, and I was able to build my business with keeping an up to date, database, e-mail marketing, and a daily social media routine. These daily, weekly, and monthly tasks helped me build a consistent stream of business that earned income to take care of my family. But I was no longer in love with the mortgage business anymore. I was in love with making relationships, social media, and helping others. During my mortgage career my competitors were spending thousands of dollars on events, print ads, mail outs, TV, and Radio advertising looking for that next wave of business. There is a better way. I decided why not offer what I learned marketing my mortgage business as a service to other sales professionals and small businesses. So beNICEmedia was born. I have been very fortunate to work with several businesses on a monthly basis, and in a consulting role over the past several months.  What I have noticed is a lot of us are conditioned to do the same thing that worked years ago or what the person or business before us has done. The cost for Marketing via traditional mediums we thought worked no longer do, along with cost associated with it. Social Media Marketing, Database, and E-mail is the cheapest and biggest return for your dollar. beNICEmedia wants to help businesses change the way they attract, and keep customers. Social Media provides a direct daily connection with potential clients, but just like any relationship it takes time to build that trust. beNICEmedia provides that time needed to small business owners. By contributing to our campaign, you will help share the impact of social media networking, grow your business along with helping beNICEmedia continue to grow and expand. Let’s #beNICE to each other.

Marketing Tips for 2015

How was your first week of 2015. Do you have some of these tips in your plan for this year?