I found a first-rate performance/productivity tool for you to increase user engagement on your blog, site or social media. Look at this:
Isn’t that a smashing photo? I created the text/photo combination in a couple of minutes and downloaded it for this blog. You could have it on your own blog. Or as a visual tweet. Or on Facebook. Or whatever. It’s pretty well-known that visuals create greater engagement than text alone. Much, much greater. It’s also well-known that visuals communicate a considerable amount more than text. That visuals keep your reader’s attention better than text alone. That visuals get people to stop long enough to actually read your text.
But, back to the photo above. If you got it from the same source as I did, you could put your own words on it. Or a great quote. You could modify the photo.
You could do many things with this and hundreds of thousands of other photos, vector drawings, textured backgrounds, color backgrounds, etc. And you can do that in minutes.
You can then share it directly to social media and/or download it to use on your site or blog.
ShareAsImage.com has a little web-based tool that lets you put some attention-getting text into a background and automatically share it. They provide the backgrounds and the text-creation device. So, for example, it you wanted to share a quote or create a quote from some article you were reading online, you’d just clip the text, hit the bookmarklet for ShareAsText, pick a photo or other background, paste it in, adjust the text block, hit the share or download button and be done.
Boom! You’ve created a tweet with an image. Which will be more likely to be noticed and retweeted than simple text.
But wait. For a couple more days, AppSumo is running a special on the Pro version of ShareAsImage for $25 for a lifetime membership. Considering that at this time it costs $8 per month for the Pro version, that’s an outstanding bargain. (There is a free version that you can try out.)
P.S. Although the photo was marked as public domain, I like to give credit when I know who the photographer is. The photo was by Fré Sonneveld