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The Creatorpreneurs Newsletter Issue #22 – Online Billboard Advertising

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Hey Creatorpreneurs!

Would you like to save some time when it comes to advertising online?

If you think about all the time you’ve spent creating your products, getting a list of potential customers, and deciding what to advertise and when to post it… ugghh…well, you’re probably done thinking about it, right?

But you won’t make any progress in your business if you don’t take one last important marketing step: Create an Ad!

Today, we’ll show you how to make a “billboard” ad in The Graphics Creator. You’ll get help finding a billboard image and designing a colorful ad to go on your billboard (make sure to see the Creatorpreneurs Academy Tip below).

Have you seen the “Placeholder” tool in the Graphics Creator? Let us show you!


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The Placeholder tool can be used to place images perfectly on book covers, design mockups, and even billboards for virtual advertising!

Watch the quick video and you’ll discover everything you need to know about the Placeholder tool, as well as how to find a billboard image you can use.


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In the video above, you found out how to search for a blank billboard image and use the placeholder tool to add your own design.

You can also use a placeholder on picture frames, pieces of paper, flyers, computer/phone screens, and many other mockup templates or images.

In fact, the online Graphics Creator includes book covers, boxes, wall art, computer screens, and other mockups with placeholders already included (plus templates to design images to put on them).

Just click and drag your finished design right onto any one of them!

Here’s an example of a finished book cover mockup:

If you don’t have the online software but use the downloadable software instead, you can get the templates, book covers, and mockup designs right here.


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So now you know how easy it is to “map” a design directly onto a placeholder. Ready to find out how to create your advertisement (this video shows you how using the Ad Creator templates)?!

Check out the video:

Have a great day!

Marc and Lisa


Grow your business… Visually! The Graphics Creator is the perfect way to take your small business blog or website to the next level.

 

How to Find Motivational Facebook Cover Photos and Designs

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hand holding phone showing mobile Facebook account

Facebook is a huge community where social engagement is the desired outcome. Like any initial interaction, making a good first impression is of utmost importance. Using motivational Facebook cover photos will get you noticed.

Fortunately, you can find motivational Facebook cover photos and images easily, if you know where to look. You can get them from design marketplaces or freelance designers, or create them with graphics apps and photo editors.

In this article, I’ll show you where to get a variety of Facebook covers as well as help you make your image or photo unique.

What Should I Put as My Facebook Cover Photo?

Your Facebook cover image is the first thing your visitors will see, so it’s essential to choose an impactful image, especially if it is on your Facebook business page or in a group. There are many good cover photo ideas for online businesses, many of which can be used for your personal profile page as well.

Just plugging in a beautiful photo might not be enough. Instead, why not get a little creative and use an attention-grabbing idea.

Facebook Cover Photo Ideas:

  • Images with Inspirational Quotes
  • Inspirational or Motivational Cover Photos
  • Photo Quotes About Life or Business
  • Happy Life Quotes or Messages
  • Calls-to-Action
  • Emotional Appeals
  • Brand Logo and Designs
  • Questions (to start a conversation)
  • Personal or Business Introduction
  • Creative Design

Because there are many options, the best idea is to test a few of them to see which one grabs a user’s attention. This is easy to do with a call-to-action or question since you are looking for a direct response.

If trying out the other cover image ideas, you may want to create a survey or post asking your visitors to give you their responses. If the inspirational cover photo is for a Facebook group, these are great ways to engage your group members.

Where Can I Find Facebook Cover Photos?

There are many places to get or create motivational cover photos, graphics, and images for your Facebook timeline cover. Where you decide to get these depends as much on your budget as your personal preference or company brand. The best Facebook covers will come from the places I mention below.

Take a look at the choices:

1. Stock Photo Sites

There are numerous websites where you can grab free stock photos. The problem with this approach is:

  1. It won’t be unique– Thousands of people have used this image before
  2. It won’t contain your business logo or brand images– So what’s the point really?
  3. It may not be the ideal size– Facebook is very specific about the best cover photo size being 820 pixels wide and 312 pixels tall. Although you can modify the photo size on Facebook, it can still end up not fitting within those parameters.

However, there are many inexpensive or even free photos to be found.

Here are some of the best stock footage websites to find them on:

  • Pexels
  • Vecteezy
  • iStock
  • Depositphotos
  • Shutterstock
  • Getty Images
  • Stocksy

2. Graphics Apps and Photo Editors

There is a multitude of software apps that let you easily make Facebook images without hard-to-learn, costly graphics programs like Photoshop or Illustrator. The ones listed below have a free version to get you started.

The Graphics Creator

This is the only design software that lets you download a free version (for Mac and Windows) to keep on your desktop. You can use the free templates or add a variety of templates. The wonderful thing about this software is that you can use ANY template you like by resizing the canvas to the Facebook cover photo ideal size of 820 X 312.

There are no limitations… you can use the thousands of built-in fonts as well as the hundreds of graphics and images that come with the free software. You might also like to add stylized templates and graphics through unique collections and/or import your own logo, photos, and graphics.

You don’t need design skills to create visually appealing designs! There’s also an online, browser-based version you just log into.

Facebook Cover Photo with call-to-action
Laughingbird Software’s Facebook Cover Photo with call-to-action

Pixlr

A fast and easy photo-editing tool, Pixlr offers you a free option that can be upgraded with an additional collection of editing tools and even AI-powered image background removal. So you can upload the photo you want to use on your cover image and add overlays, filters, and stickers to make it your own.

3. Design and Art Marketplaces

Another great place to find inspiring Facebook covers is through popular marketplaces that offer predesigned inspiring covers that you manipulate to create your own version.

Etsy

Although Etsy is well-known for selling crafty and artistic goods, it also has a huge offering of modifiable design templates. Individual sellers have pre-designed packages waiting for you and you can choose the style you want for your business. There’s typically a one-off price for each template set.

The downside is that you need to learn to use the software in which they created the templates, typically either Photoshop or Canva. So you can’t just buy the templates without having an understanding of the software needed to edit them.

Creative Market

Creative Market is different than Etsy in that it sells digital goods only. So, they have a huge variety of individually designed template packages to choose from. For example, you might find the motivational Facebook templates you’re looking for in a larger pack of social media designs.

Once again, the templates must be modified with the specified design tool it was created with.

Bundle of Modern Facebook Cover Templates from Creative Market.
Bundle of Modern Facebook Cover Templates from Creative Market

4. Freelance Designer Marketplace

Another option to get the cover designs you want is to hire a graphic designer. But since hiring an individual designer can be quite expensive, here is another idea… purchase a Facebook design from an individual designer through a discount marketplace.

Fiverr

You’ve probably heard of Fiverr. They’ve been around for many years and, yes, actually started by offering services for only $5. Now, most design services are a bit more expensive but you can hire a designer for far less money than going to a graphic design agency.

Just read the reviews and look at samples before you choose someone to create your graphics for you.

99 Designs

Similar to Fiverr, you can choose from a designer across the world. Here’s the difference: You can hire one directly or you can start a contest in which creators will submit their ideas for your Facebook cover photos and you can pick the best design.

How Do I Make My Facebook Cover Unique?

If you have a Facebook business page, great value should be placed on representing your brand and capturing the attention of your target audience. You can do this by making your visuals unique.

You can make your Facebook cover stand out by using your own graphics and images. If you use design templates, edit them creatively and add your brand logo and unique images.

How to Create a Facebook Cover Image

There’s no doubt that you’ll save a lot of money if you make your own social media graphics and covers. And there are design programs that make it easy, so you don’t have to be a graphic designer. Although you can get access to free downloadable design software or a free browser-based online trial, you may want to upgrade (typically for a small fee) in order to get all of the features and/or templates and graphic elements.

When you’re ready to get started, you’ll have access to unique templates and graphics with which to create your masterpiece. In most template-based design programs you will begin by choosing a template. Then set the canvas size to 820 X 312 for your cover design, and start creating. Import your brand logo design or other brand images.

Don’t forget to make certain your inspirational Facebook cover photos also look good on mobile devices.

It’s easy to make your own cover and graphics, but it never hurts to follow simple design tutorials. You’re welcome to begin with this video:

Best Quotes for a FB Cover Photo

As discussed above, quotes are a popular and positive way to express yourself or your business on your Facebook timeline image. Inspirational quotes or thoughts, quotes about life, and even quotes about self all make for gripping Facebook cover images.

Here are 10 of the best inspirational quotes for your motivational Facebook cover:

  • “If you want something you’ve never had before, you have to do something you’ve never done before.” – Drina Reed
  • “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” – Alan Kay
  • “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle
  • “Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.” – Simone de Beauvoir
  • “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau
  • “Keep your face always toward the sunshine… and shadows will fall behind you.” – Walt Whitman
  • “A positive attitude gives you power over your circumstances instead of your circumstances having power over you.” – Joyce Meyer
  • “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anais Nin
  • “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw
  • “I never dreamed about success, I worked for it.” – Estee Lauder

These are great quotes but there are thousands of other ones that might fit your brand or message perfectly. For instance, good morning quotes are positive and uplifting, just like you want your Facebook cover to be!

Final Thoughts

You can find motivational Facebook cover photos in a variety of places online. But keep in mind that your cover is the first thing your audience will see when coming to your Facebook page.

Thus, it’s important to make it unique, no matter whether you create a single image yourself or hire a graphic designer!

The 10 Best Facebook Groups for Creative Entrepreneurs

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Facebook Groups

Why do you, a creative entrepreneur, need to find and join the best Facebook groups? Because you know that slapping up a company Facebook business page is just not enough to get the quality engagement you need.

You want to be a part of communities that fulfill your creative business needs.

The Creatorpreneurs Newsletter Issue #21 – Hiring Help

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Feeling a little overwhelmed by all the work that needs to be done for your small business? Are you constantly working harder but getting less completed?


Lisa and I have been doing it all for eons here at Laughingbird.

But there comes a time when doing it all yourself starts to get in your own way. It’s slow and time-consuming.

Fortunately, you don’t have to do everything anymore!

There are plenty of affordable services, software, and freelancers out there that can make things MUCH easier on you.

In today’s Creatorpreneur Newsletter, we’ve put together a list of 5 excellent resources for you to look into that could help you get more done.

Don’t be afraid to take the plunge and start growing your business …with a little help.


CREATORPRENEUR TOOL OF THE WEEK!

WordHero

I personally love this AI writing tool and use it almost every day! It’ll help you write blogs, article intros and conclusions, Facebook ads, eMail copy, and more! There are over 60 tools in this affordable copywriter.


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How to Hire a Social Media Manager:

In this video, I’m going to show you how EASY it is to create your own Ads (using The Graphics Creator software), then hire a Social Media Manager (for pretty cheap!) to show those ads around the InterTubes for you. 😁


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Getting help from Fiverr:

Fiver is one of the best places to outsource for help. You can work on your own business while your Fiverr person is doing something else! It’s like duplicating yourself – you’ll get more done in less time:

Hire an influencer to show off your products or services to their followers:

Have influencers market your product or services!

Get some help with video creation

Video and Animation help

Look around the Fiverr site. You’ll most likely find the help you need.

(Tip: Make sure to look for those with more than 50 reviews and click on the “pro” toggle switch to find A1 professional help)

Automation with Zapier.

https://zapier.com/

Zappier (rhymes with ‘Happier’) is my very favorite automation tool.

Zapier connects your apps and services. You can connect two or more apps to automate repetitive tasks without coding or relying on developers to build the integration.

It’s a mega timesaver. For example, if you write an article and post it, Zappier will help you REpost that article to Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn without you having to manually do it.

Using automated tools and hiring help from Fiver can make you more productive.

In the long run, you’ll save time and money!

With these tools at your disposal, you can focus on more important things …and get more done.

Have a great Creative week!

–Marc & Lisa

The Creatorpreneurs Newsletter – Non-Designer or Designer? Issue #20

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mandalas, colorful, abstract @ Pixabay

Hey Creatorpreneur!

Designing just for fun? Or just having fun designing?

No matter the reason you’re here creating your own graphic designs, you probably hope to whip out a stunning design… fast. Whether you consider yourself a non-designer or a graphic designer, your end goal is to make an amazing design that people will take notice of.

The Graphics Creator has the templates to get you started. If you’re a small business creating graphics for advertising or social media ads, you can make designs quickly using the pre-designed templates. Just replace the text, change fonts, or swap out background images.

But if you want to get more creative, for business or not, the Graphics Creator has the power to help you create what you envision.

Let us show you!


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Hoping to create a powerful image for an invitation, book cover, gift certificate, or social media post?

Watch how Marc designs a look-alike Stephen King book cover with The Graphics Creator (and totally WITHOUT Photoshop). This proves that the only thing limiting you is your willingness to take action 🙂

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE!

Want to design a book cover image (or virtual product design, invitation, background image, etc) like Marc?

Get the EBook Cover Creator and Mockup Templates shown in the video!

And now that you know what amazing designs you can create, get more help making them below!

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So, to design the best graphics, even if you’re not a designer, you really must know some design basics. Yes, the Graphics Creator makes it easy, but sometimes designs can get “overworked”, becoming cluttered and losing their point of interest.

Here’s an article that will quickly take you through the essential design principles you must have in every design:

Graphic Design Basics

And just in case you missed this article, here are some Easy Ways to Make Money on YouTube.

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Now that your imagination is spinning, it’s time to take action!

Here’s how to start:

  1. Get the eCover Creator templates (or find the cover designs inside the online Graphics Creator)
  2. Review necessary graphics design basics
  3. Choose a template
  4. Begin modifying your design by choosing the background first… this will help you create the rest of your design by picking out the background colors with the color picker tool
  5. Then modify the text, select a font, and add a new object or graphic as your focal point.

If you’re not sure how to do some of this, just go back to the getting started tutorial videos to see how easy it is to select, drag and drop!

Can’t wait to see what you create! Be sure to share your design, or ask questions if you need help in the Laughingbird community.

Have a great day!

Marc and Lisa