The Importance of Using Simple Backgrounds in Your Designs

Importance of Simple Backgrounds

Sometimes, less really is more.

You can easily spot an amateur PPC copywriter, for example, by too-long and complicated sentences. It’s not hard to tell that a social media practitioner who is posting five times a day on every platform doesn’t really know what they’re doing. Similarly, a designer who tries to do too much in an image is a graphic designer who likely won’t get you the results you want.

Simple backgrounds are key to creating clear, high quality images that your audience will be able to see, register, and respond to no matter where they see it. Even though it can be tempting to add element after element to every image you make, it’s best to opt for a conservative approach.

Not sure why? Let’s take a look at exactly why using simple backgrounds in your designs is so important.

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13 Helpful Resources for Color Palette Inspiration

Color Palette Inspiration

When it comes to graphic design, color plays an important role. In fact, selecting a great color palette is one of several graphic design tips we advocate.

But if you’re not a designer, you might be a little low on design inspiration.

Not to worry…

In this post, we’ve curated a killer list of resources for color palette inspiration. From color palette generators to color palette ideas, now you’ll never run out of colors ever again.

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7 Things You Need to Know About the New Facebook Page Layout [2019]

new facebook page layout

If you’re managing a Facebook page, you might have noticed that your layout changed sometime in May. That’s because Facebook was experimenting with a few new layout variations.

Now it appears that Facebook has finalized the new layout and rolled it out across the board on all business pages. Love it or hate it, the new layout is here to stay.

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21 Amazing Sites With Breathtaking Free Stock Photos (2019 Update)

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Photography has always been an integral part of design. Unfortunately, we’ve grown accustomed to seeing cheesy stock images of people in suits shaking hands. Not only are a lot of these stock photos tacky, but they cost a lot of money.

Thankfully, there’s been a growing number of websites with beautiful stock photography popping up all over the web. Best of all, they’re free!

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The Complete Guide to Social Media for Nonprofits

Social Media for Nonprofits

Most resources that you find online detailing how to use social media for marketing are all geared exclusively towards B2C for-profit businesses who are actively looking to sell to their target audience. 

While some of those best practices and general principles pretty much apply to across the board, plenty of workers already know first hand that marketing to a potential paying customer is completely different from running social campaigns for nonprofit organizations.

The basic goals of social media marketing are the same for nonprofits and other types of organization: Increased exposure, improved brand awareness, and relationship building with your target audience. That being said, there are crucial differences that you’ll want to consider and a few tips you should use for maximum results that are exclusive to nonprofits. 

Ready to get the most out of your marketing efforts? Let’s take a close look at social media for nonprofits.

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8 Types of Social Media Marketing Images All Brands Should Use

If you put 100 social media marketers into a room and asked them about the hardest parts of the job, the vast majority would agree that the difficulty of coming up with the sheer amount of content needed to stay relevant was at least in their top 5. 

Quantity does matter, after all; most brands need to post at least 3x per week per platform (though no more than once per day per platform) to keep engagement up. 

That’s a lot on its own for an ongoing basis, but the fact that you need to do this for Facebook, Instagram, Stories, Pinterest, Twitter, and any other currently-popular app becomes overwhelming. Because of course it’s not just about quantity; the quality needs to be there, too.

And that’s where diversity in social media images comes in. You want to include more images into your posts, since they’ll result in an average of a 37% increase in engagement on Facebook and can’t even be shared on Pinterest and Instagram without them. So you need enough images to keep your audience engaged, but you also need diversity so that they stay interested and you’re able to generate enough content without grasping for straws.

We’re here to make that a little simpler for you. In this post, we’re going to look at 8 types of social media marketing images you should include into your social calendars to mix it up for everyone involved.

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7 Easy Design Tips for Social Video Thumbnail Images

Social Video Thumbnails Images

Video is the hottest thing on social media right now. Businesses and organizations of all shapes and sizes are relying on video to better connect with their target audience, delivering their messages in new, user-friendly mediums that are engaging and dynamic.

There is, however, a lot that goes into video creation– more so than just uploading images or conventional text posts. Video takes longer to create, and you have to consider factors like the best length, formatting, and much more. It’s no surprise that sometimes small-but-crucial details get overlooked. 

One of these details is social video thumbnail images.

Many social media platforms that have native video allow you to set an image that will be displayed before the video starts, including both YouTube and Facebook, and every business, brand, or marketer should be taking advantage of this. 

If you aren’t sure where to start (or if you’re looking for some new tricks!), keep reading; we’re going to take a look at 7 easy design tips for social video thumbnails that will increase your clicks. 

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The Proper YouTube Description Template & Tips to Get More Views

YouTube has content that’s been created from bursts of creativity alongside carefully calculated strategy. People come to watch videos meant to entertain them and educate them alike, and brands put an endless amount of effort into doing just that.

There’s a gap in YouTube marketing, however, that many marketers and businesses are missing, which is weakening their overall effort, and that’s their YouTube descriptions.

Even though the focus is geared towards the videos you’re creating on YouTube, the descriptions still matter a great deal and for several different reasons. In this post, we’re going to take a look at the best YouTube description template you should be using, how to alter it to fit your channel, and description tips to get more views. 

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How to Design the Perfect Header Images for Your Social Media

best header images

Back in the good ol’ days, brands only really needed to worry about one image on social media: their profile picture. Images were used in posts, but not often, and header images either didn’t exist yet or weren’t popular.

We’ve come a long way since then, and header images are now a must-have for all businesses and organizations using social media. Profiles look downright empty without them, and the last thing you want your audience to see when they visit your pages is “wow, they’re not really trying all that hard.” 

Designing the perfect cover photos for social media isn’t all that difficult with the right tools and ideas in place. In this post, we’ll take you step-by-step through the process so that you can immediately give your profiles a visual and branding boost. 

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The Best Facebook Video Format: What You Need to Know

The Best Facebook Video Format

Your Facebook videos require a lot of creativity and a lot of time to make, especially once you start looking at creating multiple videos back to back. They’re easily worth it, as 71% of Facebook users increased their social video viewing in the last year, and 60% more are expected to do within the next. Native videos are also prioritized in the algorithm more than other content, and are given much higher reach than outbound links or potentially even text-only posts from your Page.

We’re enormous fans of Facebook video marketing here at Snappa, but we’ve always noticed that after all the work it takes to create a great Facebook video campaign, there’s one place that businesses often forget to pay attention. That’s the video ad format.

In this post, we’re going to take a close look at the best Facebook video format that you can use, why it matters, and how to get the best results from your videos every time. [continue reading…]