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Ahron BurstinWhere to Find Free, High-Quality Stock Images For Commercial Use

Stock Images are a great way to liven up your online material. However, to many people they’re synonymous with cheesy and inauthentic photos…

Cheesy Stock Images

…well maybe except this one.

A good stock image has the power to significantly improve the aesthetic appeal (and conversion rate) of your content. It can reinforce a message, help form a connection with users or even just add a bit of excitement to what is normally a bland or text-heavy page.

The power of a high quality image is something we can all agree on, after all they do say that a picture is worth 1000 words. Something else we can all agree on is that we don’t want to have to break the bank in order to get access to these pictures (which has been the case for many years *cough* iStockPhoto *cough*).

Well, we’ve got good news right here in this post. Over the last few years a large range of sites have popped up that provide free stock images for commercial use, and we’ve put together a guide that will help you find the one that’s right for you.

Plus some growth tips on putting the pictures you find to good use, so lets jump in!

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Ahron BurstinGrowing Your Fanbase on SoundCloud: The Ultimate Guide For Artists

Growing Your SoundCloud Channel

Bryson Tiller’s now-platinum album TRAPSOUL only moved 24,000 units when it came out in October 2015.

Then 2016 came, and the record went platinum with its lead single – Don’t – racking up well over 200 million YouTube views.

So what changed?

Well let you hear it straight from the horse’s mouth. Here’s what helped Tiller bridge the gap and break out as an artist, in his own words:

SoundCloud definitely is key to my success, for real. I always knew that SoundCloud would be so… dope.

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Ahron BurstinThe Ultimate 2017 Instagram Idea List: 80+ Tips for Effectively Marketing Your Brand

80+ Instagram Marketing Ideas & Tips

With its 500+ million active users, Instagram is the world’s second-biggest social network. This is a remarkable achievement considering the app is exclusive to mobile phone users.

Even more remarkable than this is the vast number of brands marketing on Instagram. From socialites like Dan Bilzerian and Kim Kardashian to corporations like Mercedes and Warner Bros, just about everyone is now tapping into this network to grow their business.

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Case in point: as of 2016, 48.8% of all brands were already on Instagram. In 2017, this number is expected to reach 70.7%. Marketers are talking with their money, and they’re saying that Instagram is an essential part of the marketing mix (And a major reason for Facebook’s increased revenue!)

The question is, how can you use this growing platform as an effective marketing tool?

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Stuart McKeownGuide to All Facebook Image Sizes in 2017

Facebook Photo Sizes in 2017

Every day I see brands uploading terrible quality images to Facebook. Images that aren’t properly optimized to meet Facebook’s image sizing are a needlessly common occurrence that can tarnish an otherwise stellar Facebook page or post.

In this post we aim to give you the knowledge you need to not only post images that are appropriately sized for every Facebook image type, but also to ensure that the images you post are of the highest quality (including what size images to use in your Gleam campaigns).

Did you know that using images properly can boost your engagement on posts by up to 300%?

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Stuart McKeownHow to Run a Successful Contest on YouTube

YouTube Contest Guide For 2017

Did you know that one of YouTube’s first viral videos came from a contest? It’s odd, but true: the Diet Coke & Mentos Geyser experiment, a community-organized challenge, featured this entry from user renetto (check it out below in glorious 240p).

This video went viral when it came out, and has around 15 million views to date. To give you some perspective, Justin Timberlake’s 2-song medley, “Let Me Talk To You/My Love” also came out in 2006… And has 50 million views.

Now, you might say: that doesn’t mean anything. J.T. got way more views… And that’s true.

But it’s also true that “renetto” had no marketing budget, no hot Billboard single and no star power behind his video… And still managed to get 30% of an international hit’s views with no marketing.

That’s the power of a historically great contest for you. The Diet Coke & Mentos Geyser challenge had no prizes; no social media backing; it didn’t even have paid ads or a marketing budget.

None of this stopped it from working like gangbusters.

Now, things have changed since then. In modern marketing, companies like Ford, Intel and Warner Bros. all use contests to market. This speaks to how popular the strategy has become.

But one thing has remained completely unchanged in the last 10+ years.

YouTube contests still drive sales, leads and user engagement like crazy… Especially if you know the simple, replicable steps to running a successful contest.

Fortunately for you, that’s exactly what you’re about to learn in this article – starting with…

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