Do you think you need lots of tools to create contents online? Not really.
I asked 15 online travel experts a simple question: As a busy content creator, which three content creation tools and services do you use to save time, increase productivity, and be a better content marketer?
Read on to discover each travel expert’s top three tools. Responses are listed in the order they were received.
16 Travel Experts Reveal Their Best Content Creation Tools
I am not what happened to me… I am what I choose to become. – Carl Gustav Jung
The three blogging tools that I use are:
- Hootsuite to schedule most of my social media posts
- WordPress Calendar to schedule the blog articles and
- Recently I’ve been using Tailwind to schedule all of my Pinterest photos.
- Facebook’s own scheduler
My personal best content creation tools are:
- Post Planner – A content and planning tool for Facebook and Twitter. The tool also finds proven visual content from popular pages.
- Dropbox – a free service that I use to store all my photos, documents, and videos and have access to them on all devices anywhere as well as the ability to share them easily. Never email yourself a file again!
- LeadPages – The world’s easiest landing page generator. It’s the easiest tool that I use to build conversion-optimized and mobile responsive landing pages without knowing how to code.
- I use Buffer Pro for social sharing which I love. Have used Buffer since the early days, it continually improves its functionality and analytics.
- I use Feedly Pro for my RSS to organise content. You can share direct from the reader and categorise by topic.
- I’ve recently discovered Google Keep which is the best tool I’ve found for organising my to-do lists.
- Tailwind – a scheduling and analytics tool for Pinterest. Pinterest is my largest source of social media traffic, and there is huge potential here to harness the power of Pinterest for large amounts of traffic on your site. The Tailwind app costs $10 per month and allows you to access valuable insights into your best boards, your most popular pins, the best times of the day to be pinning, and it allows you to schedule posts en masse. It’s quick, easy, and highly efficient.
- Canva is a fantastic tool for the creation of photos and graphics. This is a free website application which allows you to easily design any kind of blog or social media graphic – it’s drag and drop and comes with a large range of options for frames, text, shapes, clip art, and allows you to upload your own photography also. I use Canva to create header images for my blog as well as Pinterest graphics to drive additional traffic. The fabulous part of Canva is that there are already pre-set dimensions for the optimal shapes for each social media platform.
- Pixabay.com – a platform and database of royalty-free images which can be used without attribution. Fantastic for when searching for stock photography for a post where you may not have the photograph you need.
- Evernote – I use it on the go to record and organise my notes and ideas, web clippings that inspire me, or blog pieces I may want to reference at a later date, etc.
- Hootsuite – brilliant for helping me keep track of all social media activities in so many ways: keeping on top of relevant news and twitter lists, following my favourite blogs and website RSS feeds, and just generally being able to have all my social media in one place!
- Mac automation tool – This thing is just amazing. It can pretty much do anything you want it to! All sorts of shortcuts that I could never even have imagined live inside this thing. It saves me so much time all the time!
- Editorial Calendar
- Pen and Paper
- Alarm Clock to give me hourly breaks
I use WordPress, a content management system, to manage my website. Using a CMS helps me easily update content and maintain a structure, keeping my pages, posts, and media organized. It provides a clear overview of where I stand.
Additionally, Hootsuite is a great asset. As I am a host of two different travel-related Twitter chats, I use Hootsuite to schedule posts for the chats. This tool also helps me follow the chats and monitor relevant hashtags.
Microsoft Excel and Word are also extremely valuable to me. I create a to-do list each week in Word documents, which helps me keep my priorities straight. This helps me see and outline my goals, both in the long-term and short. I use Excel spreadsheets to track progress. All three of these tools are crucial to productivity and to producing quality content.
10. Renata Pereira – @renatapereiraTV, Renata Pereira TV
- If This Then That – IFTTT
- WordPress for iPad
- Yoast SEO Plugin – Yoast is one of the best SEO plugins for a blog and really helps to maximise my search engine traffic. I love the traffic light system. It’s so easy to use.
- Paint.net – Paint.net has been an invaluable tool for me so far. I’m not a creative designer, and I’m still finding my way with Photoshop. Any creative work I’ve done up to now has been in paint.net which has a lot of the same features as Photoshop and yet is much easier to use and free to download.
- MailPoet – MailPoet allows me to schedule newsletters and post updates to my subscribers automatically which saves a lot of time and effort and ensures anyone subscribing to Ipp&Co. gets the updates straight to their mailbox.
- Word Swagg for quotes
- Canva for graphics.
Hope it helps!
The only tool I use for blogging itself is the TinyPNG plugin to reduce photo sizes.
To spread the word after, I use a combo of Hootsuite and If this then that (IFTTT ), and a Virtual Assistant so I can spend time on high-value activities instead.
I use TweetDeck in scheduling both old and new social media posts. So I make use of the hashtags – #throwbackthursdays or #bedtimereading. And I have three different posting strategies for FB, Twitter, and Instagram so that a follower doesn’t get bored with the postings. May seem very planned, but in the long run, this does help a blogger.
Microsoft Word comes handy in writing down titles of potential blog post ideas. Most times these blog post ideas even materialize, but I still have this list so that it doesn’t clog my mind.
I use apps like Snapseed to edit photos easily on my smart phone so that I don’t lose time in downloading images. My blog as well as the magazine that I edit – (FoodeMag Dxb) are image-focused – so I have dramatically reduced my time in editing pictures using the app.
Flickr to organise and store images as soon as we can so we can remember the details of where they were taken.
Voice memo to record spoken notes on the go. Can then type up the details later.
Trello to organise and plan our posts plus schedule. It helps is track our work and gives a quick overview of where we are.
16. Verushka Ramasami – @Verushka143, Spicegoddess
My blogging time-saving and productivity tools includes:
- Phonto is a photo editing app that I use to add text to my images. I now use one font on all my images for consistency.
- Yoast Plugin on WordPress is great in helping with SEO and in finding the keywords.
- StockSnap for great free images for blog posts.
A big thanks to everyone who contributed to the roundup. Please share if you found it useful!