Enhance Blog Images for Social Media Posts (A Quick Guide)

Enhance Blog Images for Social Media Posts

Ever encounter a link on social media with an incredible headline, not clickbait, but something that genuinely intrigues you but the image is not that great or… there is no image at all (GASP!). I know those links kill me. What are they thinking?! Are you doing that… sharing your blog posts without an image? I hope not. Creating content for a blog can be time-consuming, however, the purpose of the blog post is to have someone read it. The reality of a person seeing a link without an image on social media and clicking it is slim to none, even with a killer headline. That’s why we’re bringing you this quick guide on how to enhance blog images for social media posts so you can take every advantage to promote your blog content. Let’s get started!

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Unique Ways to Create Social Media Posts with Stencil’s Resizable Images

Unique Ways to Create Social Media Posts with Stencil

Creating images can be challenging, especially finding new and unique ways to create social media posts. What can you do that hasn’t already been done? It may seem like you may be mimicking what others have done or have seen the same old types of posts. We’d like to show you a variety of different types of posts that you can try to keep customers curious and thirsty for more using Stencil’s resizeable images. Let’s do this!

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Organize Images and Increase Productivity with Stencil

Organize Images and Increase Productivity

Creating images in Stencil is incredibly easy and fast that you’ll create thousands of images. It’s true. I alone have 2,000 saved images in Stencil. Can you imagine when I have to look for an image that I created months ago? Yeah… not the most productive way to spend my time. What if I told you that you can now create images in Stencil and organize them into neat categorized Collections (almost like file cabinets) that you can easily find to use later. That would be amazing, right?! Well, my friend, today is the day that we unveil the Collections release where you can now organize images and increase productivity with Stencil.

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Social Media Marketing Tips for Real Estate Pros

Social Media Marketing Tips for Real Estate Pros

Just like successful local and online businesses, successful realtors understand the importance of social media marketing. We live in a research-driven buying culture, so before homebuyers start seriously looking for housing options or before a seller looks for a realtor, they’re doing their research online. Real estate has a long sales cycle, and prospective clients have to be nurtured. By providing potential clients information and engaging content throughout their research process, you become an invaluable resource, and you stay top of mind when they’re ready to buy or hire.

The 80/20 Rule

Whether you’re on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest, the 80/20 rule should be top of mind when deciding what kind of content to post. It’s simple: 80% of your content should be entertaining, engaging and educational, and only 20% should be promotional. People are on social media to catch up with friends, check out entertaining content and to find useful information, they’ll simply ignore your brand’s social media posts if they’re only full of listings.

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Stencil user Josh deLacy from Real Estate Gals put its perfectly:

“Our success on social media has come from providing helpful content. It’s not about self-promotion–it’s about being a useful resource for our clients online as well as in-person. On social media, we provide articles and information that benefits our audience: answers to commonly asked real estate questions, tips about home ownership, and relevant information about our local Seattle community. Like everything we do, we use social media to build a community, one client at a time.”

Visual Social Media Marketing for Real Estate

Real estate is a highly visual market and that’s great news for your social media marketing efforts. Tools like Stencil make it super simple and fun to create images to complement your content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and more! We’ve put together a list of the types of posts you can add to your social media calendar to increase engagement.

12 Types of Posts to Successfully Engage Your Audience

1. Tips for first time homebuyers
Buying a home for the first time is a daunting task. By providing helpful tips and information to first time homebuyers, you become a go-to resource for potential buyers.

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2. Answers to commonly asked real estate questions
By offering answers to commonly asked real estate questions you can demonstrate your extensive real estate knowledge.

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Stencil Tip: You can use Stencil to create your own graphic for weekly real estate tips! 

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3. Articles related to the housing market
Potential buyers and sellers will be interested in the real estate market. By providing constant updates, you show you’re up-to-date with industry trends.

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4. Photos and information on the neighborhoods you have listings in
This lets you highlight the best features of the neighborhoods you have listings in and puts your knowledge about them on display.

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Stencil Tip: You can create images like this on Stencil for your own Facebook posts too!

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5. Home Staging Tips
By providing home staging tips to potential sellers you show your audience that you’re involved in and on top of all the stages of the selling process.

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6. Home Decor Tips

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7. Information on local events and businesses.
This is another great way to showcase the neighborhoods you have listings in.

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8. Inspirational quotes about homes, family, life and real estate
Inspirational quote posts generate high engagement because people can easily relate to them and they’re easily shared.

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Stencil Tip: You can create beautiful quote images on Stencil. You can even search our 100,000+ quote library by topic!

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9. Information on your upcoming open houses
Information on open houses falls under the 20% promotional content category, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create beautiful images that pique interest.

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Stencil Tip: You can upload photos of your listings and create an open house graphic of your own!

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10. Humorous posts

Humor goes a long way on social media! One Stencil user, Ray Ciampaglia has definitely got the right idea: “Before coming into Real Estate I was a Managing Partner of an online advertising and marketing agency so I know of the importance of online advertising and how imperative social media is to the creation of any brand on any level. Locally or nationally. In real estate, the agent is the brand. Chances are the general public knows of, or has heard of, the agency I work for, so in order for customers to find me as an agent I must do something to stand out. I use social media for just that.

Stencil has allowed me to become much more creative with my posts.

Sometimes I inject humor or some interesting information about the real estate market and sometimes I create motivational quotes. Whatever the type of posting I am creating the goal is always the same. To get my name out there in the public eye and become synonymous with real estate sales.”

Ray created this hilariously engaging post on Stencil:

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11. Photos and information on your current listings
Another example of a 20% promotional category post, beautiful photos of your listings with information, geotagging and industry hashtags will definitely garner likes and interest.

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12. Photos and stories of successful closings and testimonials from happy clients.
Testimonials show potential clients what they can expect from you as a realtor. By showcasing successful closings and happy faces, you’re building trust in your brand.

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Now that you’ve seen how visuals can enhance your content, head over to Stencil and create some of your own! Not a designer? No problem! Here are some simple graphic design tips for the non-designer.

Social Media Marketing Tips for Real Estate Pros

How to Design a Book Cover for Ebooks and More

How to Design a Book Cover for ebooks and more

Writing a book or story can be incredibly fulfilling to a writer. Getting words and ideas out to the world can be liberating. However, the one issue that self-publishing authors always seem to face is promoting their book or story. The first way to promote a book is to have an attractive and relevant cover. You may have heard the old English idiom, “Never judge a book by its cover.” but please take to heart that most people will judge a book by its cover. It’s the first thing they’ll see when browsing for something to read. It has to stand out from the thousands of books or stories on the digital book shelf. How can one choose?! Hopefully, you have an intriguing title and as for the book cover, we’d like to offer a few tips on how to design a book cover for ebooks, Wattpad, and more.

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How to Use Emojis in Social Media Marketing

How to Use Emojis in Social Media Marketing

Every year emojis are becoming more popular and used more every single day. On average, there are over 60 Million emojis sent on Facebook alone every day. The numbers are not just increasing in personal daily use but in business marketing communications. That’s why we think it’s important to talk about how to use emojis in social media marketing to provide value and strategy as small business owners and entrepreneurs.

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How to Drive More Traffic and Sales on Your Ecommerce site with Visuals

How to Drive More Traffic & Sales on Your Ecommerce Site with Visuals

Do you want to sell more products from your ecommerce site? Would you like to learn how to use visuals to drive more traffic and sales on your ecommerce site?

The ecommerce industry is a 1.59 trillion dollar market. But the competition is immense as there are over 12 million ecommerce sites and only 650,000 of them make more than $1000 a year. Hence, if you want to beat these sites and make more, you need to implement a powerful strategy.  

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Why Your Customer Service Strategy Needs a Personal Touch

Why Your Customer Service Strategy Needs a Personal Touch

“Thanks for calling Every Company’s Customer Service. This call could be recorded for quality assurance. Para servicio en español, diga español.”

Humans are smart. First, we replaced horses with cars. Now, we’ve become so advanced as a species that we’ve eliminated the need for human interactions.

Or have we?

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