Free Tools to Make Crafting Social Media Posts Easier

From scheduling and reporting software, to project management software and CRMs, there are plenty of heavy-hitting tools for social media managers, but sometimes it’s the small things that make the day-to-day of your social media plan run smoothly. Here are a few simple tools that make crafting our posts—writing copy, creating images, and hashtagging—a little bit easier.

Emojipedia

In 2019, 92% of online users reported using emojis. To say that they’re everywhere is an understatement! When used correctly, emojis can help your business appear more approachable and conversational. If you’ve decided that your brand voice is one that might use the occasional “face with tears of joy” emoji (?) in your copy, Emojipedia is the tool for you. 

Emojipedia makes all 3,304 emojis searchable by relevant keywords so you don’t have to spend valuable time squinting at your phone trying to hunt them down. It shows you (in conveniently enlarged images) how each emoji will appear on 14 different platforms. Emojipedia also groups emojis into categories so that you can easily find ones you might not have thought of, and keeps tabs on change logs of new emojis coming to different platforms and operating systems.

Hashtagify

If you’re stumped when it comes to hashtagging your posts, look to a hashtag generator to set you on the right path. Hashtagify generates relevant hashtags based on keywords you search for, and even gives you insightful popularity metrics. The free version is limited to Twitter analytics, though with a paid monthly plan you can unlock a tool that will generate hashtags by letting you input your tweet, plus an Instagram hashtag generator.

For free help with your Instagram hashtags, Influencer Marketing Hub will generate hashtags by analyzing the Instagram photo you’re planning to post. Be warned that this generator mostly suggests obvious attributes of your photo as hashtags and doesn’t provide the popularity analysis that Hashtagify does, but sometimes having a jumping-off point is all you really need to get going.

The Stocks

We all find ourselves in need of a well-chosen stock photo from time to time. The Stocks is a ready-made list of searchable sites for royalty-free stock photos, videos, free fonts, and other free design tools we all need in a pinch. Click through their lists of sites to find one – or several – to search. Some of our favorites are Unsplash and Pixabay.

Wanting to put your own unique design spin on your photos? No list of tools would be complete without the mention of Canva – an all-in-one design platform that lets you create quality graphics without the cost and learning curve of Photoshop. Head there for design inspiration and a full library of templates in the right dimensions for any collateral you need to create!

These are just a handful of the tools that can help you create social media posts that hit the mark every time. There are plenty of online tools to choose from (you can find more of our favorite digital marketing tools here), but ultimately the best tools are those that make your day-to-day content creation more enjoyable, creative, and efficient. We hope these are a good starting point!

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