Share What Ya Know!

By: Dr. Gina Luttrell

Editor’s note: This blog is part of a series of guest posts from social media students at Eastern Michigan University. Follow the conversations at #LRNSMPR and @ginaluttrell.

Social Media is about sharing. Every one of us knows about an app, website, download, or tool that we can’t even live without. This series is dedicated to sharing what we know with others so that they can be in the know too!

This past week I found three very, and I mean very, cool sites for anyone in the PR, SM, marketing or advertising fields. You may already know about them, but if you don’t be sure to check them out!

Those of us who have had to manage a budget, big or small, know that a good bargain can make your day. Sit back, because I’ve got three great deals!

First up –PHOTOS! Not just any photos though – FREE PHOTOS!

Simply put, photos are expensive. Yet, as practitioners we need good stock images when creating blogs, collateral material, SM posts, website pages and well, just about any type of content we create. I found two awesome and amazing photo sites this week.

If you are looking for something off the beaten path, say a girl with really, really, big eyes (see above) then look no further. Ryan McGuire’s Gratisography provides fun, light-hearted images in his unique photo style. You can even find an image of a man brandishing a banana as a gun. And who doesn’t need that? License? CC0. High-res? Yes.

Second fav photo site I found this week: Pixabay! All images on Pixabay are released into the Public Domain under Creative Commons CC0. Therefore, the images can be modified and may be used freely for any application – also commercially and in printed format. Now that’s something to cheer about. Attribution is appreciated, but not required. Pixabay is much more traditional by way of stock images. All high quality, all CCO. Can’t go wrong there!

Finally, fiverr  is my latest, greatest, find. Fiverr is a global online marketplace offering tasks and services, beginning at a cost of $5 per “gig” performed. The site is primarily used by freelancers who use fiverr to offer services to customers worldwide. So, if you are a PR pro looking for an infographic, look no further. Need some copyediting, a video, or even a database created? Fiverr has someone who can help you.

Pros:

Excellent for small business – free and low-cost, quality work is always budget friendly

No negotiating with Fiverr. The price for the gig is the price.

Free stock images, need I say more? Oh, plus CCO.

Cons:

Quite, frankly, I can’t think of any!

Written by Dr. Gina Luttrell, Eastern Michigan University

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