5 X/Twitter Alternatives for Building Conversation and Community Online

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Twitter has gone through some serious changes in the past year. As a result, some users are moving away from the platform and looking for alternatives. 

The platform changed hands on October 27, 2022, and was rebranded to “X” in July of 2023. Along with the ownership change came significant changes in the user experience.

The biggest and arguably most frustrating change was that previously verified users now need to pay for their blue checkmarks. In addition to that, other glitches, hiccups, and policy decisions on the platform have been increasingly unnerving to users. 

What users once enjoyed as a safe space to discuss trending topics and breaking news quickly became a platform with a major misinformation problem. That got worse when Twitter began suspending journalists and media outlets whose position or opinions did not align with their new owner Elon Musk. 

As a result, many Twitter users have chosen to leave the platform in search of other social media networks. If that sounds familiar to you, you’re in the right place. 

In this post, we’re discussing five alternatives to Twitter where you can engage in relevant and timely conversations with peers and members of your audience. Let’s jump right in.  [continue reading…]

11 Designs With a Minimalist Aesthetic

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Whether you’re scoping out some design trends on Instagram, TikTok or Pinterest, chances are, you’ve come across that minimalist aesthetic. Popular design accounts everywhere are posting crisp modernist sans serif fonts, clean solid color backgrounds, and those super cool minimalist layouts that utilize plenty of negative space.

Famed designer Dieter Rams once said that “good design is as little design as possible,” and this is couldn’t be a more perfect summary of minimalist modern design! Generally speaking, the less the elements the better. Most design schools even make their students do exercises where they will strip down a graphic to only the absolute necessity of elements. Because, the argument suggests, every single element should have a purpose.

Thankfully, you don’t need to be a graphic designer to enjoy minimalism in design. With our software Snappa, we have literally thousands of templates that incorporate modern clean design, thanks to our expert design team! So what better time than now to curate some design that embodies that aesthetic.

So without any further delay, here are 11 designs with a minimalist aesthetic that will suit virtually any type of business!

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4 Types of Social Media Posts That Will Drive Engagement (2023 Update)

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Social media is an interactive space where brands and influencers share their creations with the world. One great way to capture your audience’s attention is to create an engaging online space where they can connect authentically with your brand.

These days, it’s easy for social content to get diluted or buried in the noise and activity of all the platforms. That’s why intentionally creating engaging content that starts a conversation is so important.

In this post, we’ve curated a list of 4 different types of engaging social media content that will help drive interaction and stand out to your audience. [continue reading…]

7 Ways to Use Your Headshot in Your Designs

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Whether you’re creating visuals for your own business, personal blog or Instagram, a great way to personalize your content is by including images of your face. Let’s face it (pun intended), people want to see the person behind the account! In the world of social media, this isn’t just a good practice, but a proven science. A previous study done by researchers at Georgia Tech has determined that out of 1.1 million photos they studied on Instagram, images that include human faces have a 38 percent higher chance of being liked than ones without. Additionally, they have a 32% higher chance of attracting comments from your followers. Engagement is the goal of every social media user, so what better way to create it than posting yourself every now and then?

Most business owners have already put time and money into doing headshots with a hired photographer, so why wouldn’t you want to get your moneys worth out of them? Showing a picture of yourself not only humanizes you, but creates a sense of empathy and connection with your followers.

Thankfully, there are a ton of fun and unique ways to incorporate your headshot into your content.

So let’s jump right in!

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How to Find Video Ideas That Get Views

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Both B2B and B2C brands alike are realizing that YouTube is a marketing goldmine. It’s a content-first platform that yields plenty of benefits of both content marketing and social media marketing, all while leveraging a captive audience who turns to YouTube for everything from education to entertainment.

The hard part, of course, is coming up with new YouTube video ideas (and content ideas in general!) that will keep your audience engaged.

That’s what we’re going to look at today, so you can always keep the content flowing without the risk of running out of ideas! [continue reading…]

The Best FREE Graphic Design Resources

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In the vast world of graphic design, the sheer number of decisions one has to make can be overwhelming. To avoid that decision fatigue, we’ve compiled some of our favorite graphic design resources to make things easier!

So together, let’s explore some of the best graphic design resources available.

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How to Write a Good Blog Post Using Visual Content (2023 Update)

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If you have a business with an online presence, it’s essential to have a blog where you can deliver high value to your customers on a regular basis. Still, some businesses struggle with keeping readers and bringing in new ones.

There are many issues that can drive readers away from your blog, like an irregular posting schedule or content that doesn’t resonate with your visitors. Maybe you aren’t clear enough on your audience, or what they want to hear from you.

The best online blogs take the user experience and customer journey into consideration. They provide high-quality images and relevant content that make reading enjoyable.

Including visual content in your blog strategy can help to improve its overall performance. In this article, we’re sharing some key tips for how to create a great blog post with eye-catching visuals.  [continue reading…]

The Best Google Display Ad Sizes

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Choosing the best Google Display Ad image sizes can make a significant difference in your ad campaign.

When it comes to creating visuals for Google Ads, there are many different size variations to choose from. But, there are a few specific sizes that tend to perform the best across mobile and desktop platforms.

Before we jump into the details, let’s talk a little bit about what Google Display Ads are and why they matter for brands with an online presence. [continue reading…]

9 Striking Bold Fonts to Try Today

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Whether you’re trying to emphasize certain words, create hierarchy in your designs, or make easy-to-read titles for your IG posts, bold fonts are your new secret weapon! Having a range of text styles in your design will create a more engaging visual experience. A bold font is just that, a simple but powerful way to create a dynamic design.

Thankfully, our software has some incredible bold font options to choose from. So we’ve curated 9 bold fonts for you to try on any project today! These are all free to use, and perfect in any use-case, whether being used for a logo, blog heading, or web page.

So let’s jump right in!

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6 Ways to Detach From Work on Your Summer Vacation

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We’re well into the months of summer, which means that summer vacations are underway. And while many people look forward to these vacations all year— whether they hit the beach like most people, or they try to fly somewhere like Alaska for cold weather like me—, many have also found it increasingly difficult to fully enjoy their trips.

This can be a huge source of discord amongst the entire group during the trip, especially if one person is needing to rush back to the hotel to finish up an assignment or answer an email, even if they had noted that they’d be on vacation then. Whether you’re employed with an always-on team or a freelancer, it can be incredibly difficult to just step away.

As someone who has been there, I never want to do it again, and I know you don’t either. So if you have trouble detaching from work, here are a few tips to successfully take time off from work and enjoy your summer vacation. [continue reading…]