Canva for Video

Canva for Video

Do you want to create videos for your online presence? 
Did you know that Canva.com has great video creation tools now? 
Here’s a video walkthrough of the new feature:

If you prefer to read about it – you can do that here:

Ok – here’s the low down. Canva is a free online tool that you may know I love and use for all kinds of marketing materials like social media posts, YouTube thumbnails and channel art, website banners, email tempaltes and more. 
Now they also have video editing. 

What I especially love about it:

Whether you are ready to show your face on video ir not, Canva has gorgeous options for you. 

You can use: 

  • Your own videos
  • Videos from Canva’s stock video library

You can get a free trial of Canva’s paid features by clicking this button: 

Comment below and tell me if this helped.  Have a great day 🙂

Want more help with your online business presence?

Do you need a hand with all the different ways your business can show up online? Video, Facebook, website, Instagram, Facebook ads, email marketing. The list can be overwhelming. 

Book a complimentary chat with me and let’s see if I can help:

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How to create a link in bio page like Manrepeller

How to create a link in bio page like Manrepeller

Do you want to have control over your link in bio on Instagram without having to use Linktree or paying for something else?

You can create a page like the Manrepeller Manstagram page.

In this video I’ll teach you how I do it. I use Divi theme and WordPress.

If you have no idea WTF I’m talking about you can check out Manrepeller on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/manrepeller/

And this is the Manrepeller’s Manstagram page: https://www.manrepeller.com/manstagrams 

You can watch the video here:

Or if you like reading, here are the main highlights:

What is the link in bio page?

On Instagram you can only have one clickable link and that is in your bio. Sometimes people use tools such as Linktree or Later to create multiple links to overcome this problem. 

The solution I like best is to create a page on your website that links to the posts you mention in your Instagram. 

How do I do it?

It’s super easy really.

All you need to do is create a website page with a 3 column layout and then post your Instagram images on that page. You also need to make sure that when someone clicks the image they get redirected to the page that the post is about. Then make sure you use that page URL as your active link on Instagram.

No need to link this page to your navigation; just link it to your Insta.

Make sense?

How did you go?

I’m hoping that went ok. But if you watched that and it didn’t make sense or you really don’t want to do it yourself, my team and I can create one for you. 

Do want us to make this page on your website for you?

My team and I can whip one of these up for you and maintain it too if you like. 

Book a free chat now to discuss how we can help you with your Instagram and website. 

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What to do first to set up your online marketing

What to do first to set up your online marketing

Whether you are online only, bricks and mortar only, service based or product based and whatever mix of those 4, there are some things I recommend ALL businesses set up FIRST. 

Obviously, every business has distinct needs and every industry has different recommendations that I would make. The recoommendations in this post apply to EVERYONE 🙂

This post if for you if you are very new to it all and you haven’t set up very much or you’re wondering what to focus on FIRST.

If you already have a website and Facebook you would probably benefit more from my other post about the next steps after Facebook and website set up which you can read here:

Now, if you’re at the very beginning, what do you need? 

I have explained it all here in this video below:

Or if you’re out on a walk or folding washing you can listen to it here: 

You could share this post to Pinterest via this image:

Or you can read about it here:

#1 Facebook Business Page

Whether you want to be active on Facebook or not, I still recommend that everyone set up a business page for your business. NOT a personal profile, but a PAGE.

If you want to really focus on your website for ownership issues, or you just don’t like Facebook, I would still encourage you to have presence on the Face-beast.

Facebook pages show up in Google searches easily and a lot of people will search Facebook BEFORE they Google search.

If you aren’t really on Facebook becuase you love Instagram more – I would STILL recommend at least having a presence. You will thank me later 🙂

#2 Create a website

A website is a business asset. Everyone “Googles it” these days and if you don’t even have a simple one page site you are missing out on customers.

AND if you ONLY have a presence on Facebook you risk putting all of your eggs in one basket.

Having said that, I made $10k in my business before I had a website so it’s not the FIRST step but it is a VERY.IMPORTANT.THING.FOR.EVERY.BUSINESS. So get a website.

#3 Fonts

If you aren’t cashed up enough to see a graphic designer and get your branding created professionaly I recommend you choose at least 2-3 fonts that you are going to stick to for now. 

One heading font

One sub-heading font and

One paragraph/body font

I recomend you check out Canva and find a design in their templates that you like then use the 2-3 fonts on that design. 

You can always get professional branding later or change your fonts later. Just don’t change then every week or people won’t be able to develop a visual relationship with your business. 

#4 Colours

Just like fonts, it’s important to have some visual consistency in your online presence. 

From that Canva design you liked, you might be able to choose 1-3 colours to stick with for now. 

I recommend Black and White and 1-2 other colours. Even just one colour + black + white. Even just black + white. 

Keep it simple for now. 

And be consistent. 

You can get fancy later when you have more clarity about your business and audience. 

Need a hand to get set up?

I help businesses set up all of these marketing assets: websites, Facebook pages, as well as affordable 101 branding with your fonts, logo and colours. Book in a time for a free chat if you are wondering whether I can help YOUR business. 

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Should I Pay for Canva? Canva Free vs Paid

Should I Pay for Canva? Canva Free vs Paid

Let me just answer your question straight away…should you get Canva for work? Should you pay for Canva? 
I don’t actually know!
But I can help you to see what you will get with Canva for work and help you to decide for yourself. 
If all else fails, I recommend signing up for the free, 30-day trial and if you can’t live without the features once they’re gone, you should probably pay for it. 
In this blog and video, I will show you the paid features and why I love them – then it’s up to you. 

If you like, you can see the Canva for Work features for yourself in this video: ?

The main features I love about the paid version of Canva are the brand kit, the free premium phots, and graphics, animations, being able to export images as a png file with a transparent background, magic resize and being able to upload fonts & access premium fonts.
So let’s run through those features briefly – I go into more detail in the video:

1. Brand Kit

The Brand kit basically allows you to create an easy to access section in every design with your brand colours. This is great for me since I create designs for many brands in my Canva, so being able to access the brand colours for all of my clients in one easy click saves me heaps of time.

Canva for work also lets you upload custom fonts and create a folder of logos.

It will really depend on your level of usage as to whether this feature will make or break the deal for you.

2. Access to premium images and graphics

When you pay for Canva you get access to Canva’s library of premium images and vector illustrations.

This was not a deal-breaker for me because I am a huge fan of Unsplash for gorgeous, free photos and Creative Market for vector designs but I hardly use those two resources anymore. I seem to be able to get all I need in Canva lately.

Scratch that, I do still adore Unsplash for royalty-free, stock photography

But, if you’re seeing a crown on some of the elements in Canva that you want to use or paying for them frequently, you might be better off paying for Canva for Work. 

3. Transparent backgrounds in png

This feature is just a logo and website maker geek out I think but sometimes, you want to put your logo on a social media image without that white space behind it…you can do that if the background of your logo is transparent.

I don’t think I can explain it very well in words so check out the video if this isn’t making sense but basically, you can’t download your designs with a transparent background without the paid version – so if that matters to you as much as it does to me, you might want to pay for Canva.

4. Magic resize

This is one feature I really can’t live without and that I find saves me a lot of time.

If you create a design in one layout – for example as a Facebook post – and then you want to turn it into a Facebook header and an email header, you can do that with Canva for work in one click using the Resize option.

This is gold. Check out the video for a demonstration.

5. Access premium fonts

When you have Canva for work you can upload a custom font and use it inside your Canva designs.

This is really helpful if you are using an unusual or custom font that isn’t available in the Canva selection.

If you are creating a design and you like the look of the fonts with a crown beside them, you might be seeking more from the basic font selection.

Personally, I recommend that brands stick to a Google font for website and branding to make it easy but if you want to stand out in the font world, you might like to play around with some premium fonts.

WTF is Canva?

If you are reading this and wondering WTF is Canva, you need to backtrack a little. 

Canva is a free, graphic design tool you can access on the internet by signing in with an email address. You can check out Canva here: 

5. Access premium fonts

When you have Canva for work you can upload a custom font and use it inside your Canva designs.

This is really helpful if you are using an unusual or custom font that isn’t available in the Canva selection.

If you are creating a design and you like the look of the fonts with a crown beside them, you might be seeking more from the basic font selection.

Personally, I recommend that brands stick to a Google font for website and branding to make it easy but if you want to stand out in the font world, you might like to play around with some premium fonts.

WTF is Canva?

If you are reading this and wondering WTF is Canva, you need to backtrack a little. 

Canva is a free, graphic design tool you can access on the internet by signing in with an email address. You can check out Canva here: 

Personally, I use Canva nearly every day and I like it (mostly). Sometimes, we have a little quarrel (which may involve me losing a whole document of design work and wanting to throw my laptop at the wall) but mostly, I remember to click save and we get along alright. 

If you are a proper graphic designer you are probably not going to like Canva and you should just go back to Adobe. But for the rest of us, Canva is a great, free option to get our online designs created. 

Post your comments below and, if you’re new to Canva, I recommend that you check out the Canva playlist on my YouTube for more tips:

Would you rather eat your shoe than make another design on Canva?

Maybe it’s time to think about getting some tasks done for you. Did you know that I offer Done for You services with my team? It’s totally a thing. So, if you’re ready to get some of that stuff off your plate and onto mine, have a look at some of the Done For You options here:

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Your Divi Website – Part Two

Your Divi Website – Part Two

If you have a WordPress website with the Divi theme and you are getting a bit stuck on a few things, I’ve created a bunch of easy to follow, how-to video tutorials to help smart women just like you. They are all on my YouTube channel but I thought I’d bring them all together here. 

This is Part Two of the Divi Website blog series. Check out the super basics HERE.

Otherwise, have a little browse and see if there are any vids here to help you have a breakthrough.

Video #7 – Easy Peasy SEO

In this video, I’m sharing some super duper basic SEO actions you can do for yourself on your WordPress website. This will help you to show up in Google searches for the keywords of your business. 

Video #8 – Get audio recordings on your website

If you’re keen to share a recording of an audio training you’ve created, like a meditation or a guided visualisation you can do it really beautifully and easily on a Divi site. 

This is also a great in-between if you’re keen to start a podcast but don’t want to wait for it to be set up. 

Video #9 – Divi Layouts

If you want a quick way to make a page that is designed by a graphic designer the Divi layouts are a great option. If you haven’t tried them I reckon you should check this out! 

Video #9 – Changing the social media icons

I created this video before the Instagram icon was a part of the regular settings. So this is a bit techy but you may still find it helpful if you’re on a social media platform that is not covered by the default settings. 

Video #10 – Modify and customise your social media previews

Have you ever tried to share your website to Facebook and the preview image is just totally unrelated or simply not what you want?

In this video, I’ll show you how to change your page previews for instance, when you share a page or post to Facebook. 

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Your Divi Website – Part One

Do you have a WordPress website with the Divi theme?

Do you have your moments with it?

Like moments where you’d like to throw your computer at the wall?

I’m hoping that this series of videos can help you.

This is part one of a collation of the best Divi tips from my YouTube channel.

Enjoy!

Video #1- Sections, Rows, Modules and how to change them

In this video, I’m teaching you how to log in, how to use access the Visual Builder, the difference between Sections, Rows, and Modules, how to edit all of these (a little start), how to save your work and how to exit the visual builder.

Video #2 – Use Layouts and Customise them for quick, gorgeous pages

In this video, I’m showing you how to create a new page, get it instantly set up with a layout and then edit the page so it has your brand fonts, images, and text.

Video #3 – Using the “Edit Page/post” mode

Sometimes you need to make changes to your site that can’t be made from the visual builder. So in this video I’m showing you Edit Mode and the things you can change from there.

Video #4 – Theme Customiser for site wide changes

There are so many ways you can edit your Divi site. Here’s how to use the theme customiser for making site-wide changes, menu changes, navigation changes and more. 

Video #5 – Page settings for social media shares and more!

Today I’ll show you an alternate way to edit your social media previews if you don’t have Yoast. There are lots of other things you can change about your page from the page settings too!

Video #6 – Get your images right

Sometimes when you upload your images into your Divi site they don’t display the same size. Then your page starts to look completely different and maybe not so beautiful. So it’s important that you learn how to get your images right. Here’s how. 

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