Best Social Media Automation Tools

Social Media Automation Tools

The Benefits of Social Media Automation

Imagine every time you just did ONE thing online such as:

  • Write a Blog Post
  • Upload a video to YouTube
  • Post to a Facebook Page or Group
  • Post something on Instagram…
  • ANYTHING!

…that ALL your various Social Media accounts automatically were updated too. It’s kind of mind-blowing but it can be done. It just takes time to set up but then runs on Auto-pilot.

First I want to show you a platform that does all this for Free then I’ll add some Low Cost options that take some of the set-up work out of the equation.

The benefits of course are not just repurposing the same content across multiple platforms instantly but also to backlink to your original content to help your posts and videos rank higher in Google etc.

What is IFTTT?

IFTTT

IFTTT stands for IF This Then That.

It’s a platform that lets you create automations called applets that connect different services with a command.

For example, take the appletSave Your Instagram Photos to Dropbox.

It would use the command: If you post a photograph on Instagram, Then save a copy to Dropbox.

If you head over to All Services, you can see the full listing of services (applications, networks, features, tools, etc.) that IFTTT connects to.

There are all kinds of weird and wonderful connections available. But here are three applets that can save you time on social media:

If you can’t find the applet you need, then you can always create your own as Kristi Hines explains here.

Standout automation features:

  • Provides hundreds of pre-made, time-saving applets
  • Allows you to create your own applets

IFTTT Pricing Overview

IFTTT basic plan is FREE to use but does have paid options.


Social Pilot

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Product Details

Manage all of your major social media accounts and improve your social media efficiency on one platform with automated post scheduling and many other unique features.

SocialPilot is a social media scheduling and marketing tool for small businesses and individuals! Schedule your posts to social media networks like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google My Business, Pinterest, Instagram, TikTok, Tumblr, and more.

SocialPilot Pricing Overview

SocialPilot pricing starts at $30.00 per month, per user. There is a free version as SocialPilot offers a free trial. See additional pricing details by clicking button below.


CrowdFire

Product Details

Crowdfire is a powerful social media tool used by businesses and individuals all over the world to drive social media engagement and growth.

Crowdfire works with Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, WordPress, Etsy, Shopify, Medium, 500px, Vimeo and many more platforms.

With Crowdfire you can curate content, schedule posts, track conversations and measure performance from a single dashboard.

CrowdFire Pricing Overview

Crowdfire does have a Free ‘try it out’ option. Prices for solopreneurs and small businesses start from $7.50 per month

SyndBuddy 2.0

Product Details

SyndBuddy 2.0 is the latest version of a Social Syndication app. with a difference – instead of YOU doing all the work your fellow SyndBuddy members will do it for you!

All you have to do is type in the URL of the video, page, blog post you want socially syndicated and it is added to a queue to be actioned by others.

It’s a credit-based system (more on that below) but it comes complete with another automated software that allows you to syndicate other members content yourself, totally hands-free, and thereby earn credits. However, this is entirely optional.

SyndBuddy Pricing Overview

You can choose your preferred Plan but it IS a one-time price and comes pre-loaded with 2000 credits which is a LOT! You simply purchase more credits as and when you need them.

Pricing for 2000 credit package will be $97 One Time

Top 5 Autoresponders to ponder on…

Autresponders Review

Autoresponder Overview

An important part of successful affiliate marketing is the ability to stay in touch with your buyers, or potential buyers, and having an autoresponder facilitates that.

It took me personally a long time to accept the reality of that and there’s no doubt that I lost out financially by prevaricating and not using one from the get-go.

There are many ways in which you can use an autoresponder:

  • You can pre-set the time when a person on your mailing list will receive a message from you. Write ONE email that ALL your subscribers receive. (That is the main point)
  • You can set up different levels of communication and switch people from one level to the other ( for example, switch them from one list to another after they have made a purchase)
  • You can program the responder to send messages based on what and where people take action on your website or via your emails
  • You can email your list on an ad hoc basis whenever you choose OR set up an automated sequence of pre-written emails from the moment they sign-up and receive over time ( set and forget).

There’s plenty of choices when it comes to autoresponders. In this post, I have included five of the top players in the market. Read on to find out more about them:

Aweber Review and Pricing Details

Aweber Review

AWeber has been around for two decades and is perceived as the industry leader right now because they were kind of the first to the marketplace but they have a comprehensive set of services that you can test with a one-month free trial. Here are the main features of AWeber:

  • A designer tool for automatically creating branded templates for your business or ‘brand’
  • Drag and drop campaign editor for automating marketing funnels
  • Unlimited emails and over 700 templates to choose from
  • Subscriber tagging and targeting
  • Sign up forms and pop-ups
  • Subscriber segmenting based on preferences, actions, and location
  • Email marketing API and integration with online tools
  • Split testing and performance tracking
  • Over 6000 stock photos
  • Deliverability rate (messages delivered to the Inbox instead of spam)
  • Free trial

Aweber Drawbacks

At a starting price of $19/month, AWeber costs more than some of its competitors.

Aweber Pricing

  • $19/mo for up to 500 subscribers
  • $29/mo for up to 2.5k subscribers
  • $49/mo for up to 5k subscribers
  • $69/mo for up to 10k subscribers
  • $149/mo for up to 25k subscribers
  • Custom quotes for over 25k subscribers

AWeber accepts monthly, quarterly, and annual payments. By paying quarterly or annually, you can save 14% and 14.9% on your bill respectively.

Mailchimp Review and Pricing Details

Mailchimp Review

Like AWeber, Mailchimp has been around for a long time and has a large customer base and appeals to first-timers for sure. The marketing platform is simple to use and offers a full set of services. However, they are seriously ‘anti-affiliate’ so handle with care. Mailchimp features:

  • Pre‑designed templates and drag‑and‑drop builder
  • Segmentation, tagging, and behavioural targeting
  • Automation based on date, events, and relationship with the customer
  • Product follow-up and retargeting
  • A/B Testing
  • Scheduled and instant social posting
  • Facebook and Instagram ads
  • Unlimited landing pages
  • Hosted, pop-up and embedded forms
  • Audience insights and lookalike audience finder
  • 300+ app integrations

MailChimp Drawbacks

Probably the most ‘strict’ when it comes to affiliate marketing. One Strike and you’re out if you post an affiliate link in an email!

MailChimp Pricing

$9.99/mo for up to 500 subscribers
$19.99/mo for up to 1.5k subscribers
$29.99/mo for up to 2.5k subscribers
$49.99/mo for up to 5k subscribers
$74.99/mo for up to 10k subscribers
$129/mo for up to 15k subscribers
$159/mo for up to 20 k subscribers
$189/mo for up to 25k subscribers

ConvertKit Review and Pricing Details

ConvertKit Review

ConvertKit focuses on the needs of content creators (i.e. bloggers, designers, etc.) and offers cool options for automation and analytics. ConverKit features :

  • Unlimited, customizable opt-in forms
  • Unlimited email sends
  • Templates for landing pages
  • Customizable visual automation for funnels
  • Single window for editing forms (no need to switch between multiple tabs)
  • Subscriber targeting with segments, tags, name, or date ( there’s a learning curve on this but when mastered you are ‘supercharged’)
  • Custom template design without coding
  • 70+ Direct integrations and API
  • Free trial

ConvertKit Drawbacks

The smallest package is for 1k subscribers

ConvertKit Pricing

  • $25/month for up to 1k subscribers
  • $41/mo for up to 3k subscribers
  • $66/mo for up to 5k subscribers
  • Custom price for over 5k subscribers

Plus Point: ConverterKit offers free concierge migration to their platform for customers having over 5k subscribers

GetResponse Review and Pricing Details

GetResponse Review

GetResponse offers a feature-rich marketing platform that has tools for marketing automation, webinars, forms, and landing pages. The general consensus seems to be that it is more ‘user-friendly’ than other platforms with features such as:

  • Customized messages based on customer interests
  • Triggered emails based on time, customer actions, etc.
  • Unlimited messages per day and automation templates
  • Drag-and-drop message management
  • Funnels for leads, sales, and webinars
  • Lead scoring
  • Free trial

GetResponse Drawbacks

The smallest package is for 1k subscribers

GetResponse Pricing Details

GetResponse offers three packages – Basic, Plus, and Professional – and three payment cycles – monthly, yearly and 24-month. Here are the prices for the Basic plan (paid yearly)…

  • $12.30/month for up to 1k subscribers
  • $20.50/mo for up to 2.5k subscribers
  • $36.90/mo for up to 5k subscribers
  • $53.30/mo for 10k subscribers
  • $118.90/mo for 25k subscribers

The Basic plan includes one sales funnel, unlimited lead funnels, landing pages, templates, Facebook ads, and e-product sale, along with the autoresponder and email marketing options.

Active Campaign Review and Pricing Details

Active Campaign Review

Active Campaign has a wide range of options for internet marketers, including marketing automation, email marketing services, machine learning, lead scoring, and a Gmail extension, to name a few. Here are some of the features Active Campaign has to offer:

  • Email scheduling and automated email funnels
  • Triggered emails based on engagement, visit, and purchase.
  • Audience segmentation
  • Sign up forms
  • Unlimited lead magnets

Active Campaign Drawbacks

A bigger price jump from 500 to 2.5k subscribers than some of its competitors.
Doesn’t offer landing page support.

Active Campaign Pricing

Active Campaign packages vary by the number of subscribers, the available features, and cycle (monthly/yearly). Here is the pricing for the Lite package (paid yearly)

  • $9/month for up to 500 subscribers
  • $39/mo for up to 2.5k subscribers
  • $69/mo for up to 5k subscribers
  • $111/mo for up to 10k subscribers
  • $179/mo for up to 25k subscribers
  • $239/mo for 50k subscribers

Active Campaign also offers Plus, Professional, and Enterprise packages. The Plus package contains everything in the light package, CRM with sales automation, SMS marketing, lead and contact scoring, etc.

My Autoresponder Review Conclusion

At the end of the day, it all comes down to ‘Inboxing’ – your emails arriving in your subscriber’s Inbox and not their ‘Spam’ folder. The top email providers such as GMail are on the lookout, constantly, for spammy emails.

Unfortunately whatever Autoresponder service you choose there are spammers using it too and the AR companies want to ban them and their primary goal is to keep their inboxing rate high and spammers are not good for business. ‘Deliverability’ is what an Autoresponder’s reputation is built upon.

This is why you should not risk being perceived by them as a spammer and getting your account banned – even losing your ‘list’ that you spent so much time, effort and money to build.

But there are many things you can do, or NOT do, to minimise the risk of your emails being perceived as Spam, as well as not linking directly to affiliate offers and instead create a ‘bridge’ page on your domain.

Best Video Animation Software?

BEST VIDEO ANIMATION SOFTWARE? Let’s check some out…

Personally I pass on the latest ‘must have’ video animation software!

There are way better options out there if you are serious about creating cool animated videos. Why settle for software that’s promoted as being unique and special when in fact there are way cooler video animation software and apps out there? I have some example for you below.

If you are NOT serious about that aspect of video creation why waste your money on what is essentially a second rate animation app. with no proven track record? Sure the sales page looks great and we are all suckers for a good deal and smart sales copy…

I get it! It looks cool – as did all those other video creation tools that (maybe) you bought but don’t actually use any more – if you ever did! I personally no longer use Explaindio, VideoMaker FX or Scribd and Sparkol – if you DO then more power to you and respect. Personally I’ve moved on.

So here are the three best animated video software tools I own and use. Tools that have a track record of updates and that have been created by a team of professionals that know what they are doing and not just as the latest ‘shiny object‘ to entice wannabe marketers with a low price point – often here today, gone tomorrow!

BEST VIDEO ANIMATION SOFTWARE #1

I LOVE this particular software and have been using and upgrading for years! CrazyTalk 8 by Reallusion. I’ve been a user since way back to CrazyTalk 3.0 and the best thing I can do for you and show it in action below, something I created for a recent product of mine. Have you ever seen video animation software like this before? Not expensive either with a built in library of around a dozen characters, motions, backgrounds, accessories ( e.g. wardrobe add-ons) with more available to buy from the Reallussion Store. Built in music soundtracks too

Crazy Talk - best video animation software

Apart from the ‘WOW’ factor of CrazyTalk I like the fact that I can import an audio file – created and edited using the free Audacity app. – so it speeds up the video creation process and looks way cool plus it’s not just lip synching, you can animate the whole face with add-on ‘motions’ – I think I’ve bought them all but head-wise I tend to stick to my 2D favorites. I frickin’ LOVE this way cool video animation App! Here’s an example… (one I prepared earlier 🙂

While I like the 2D heads there are a number of very realistic 3D heads too, plus the ubiquitous cat!

Best Video Animation #2

Now Powtoon has been around for a while and let’s be honest it makes ‘Animation Studio’ look like a lightweight. They have a free version ( comes with a Powtoon watermark, bottom right, which is not too intrusive) and produces great animation. Start from scratch or choose a template and edit it. There is a bit of a learning curve but don’t let that put you off you’ll soon be creating an animated masterpiece.

From animated Explainer style videos, infographic videos to video ads Powtoon is a great software, constantly updated and I first came across it around 5 years ago and it does way more now than it did then.

CrazyTalk Animator

Best Video Animation #3

Also from the Reallusion software stable this is NEW! If you have an iPhone 10 you can even sync the software on your computer with an app. on your phone and create your own expressions – simply amazing….

But even without the app. this is another great bit of software with built in heads and like CrazyTalk 8 comes with a library of heads and FX with more available for purchase from their store.

Funnel Builders – My Low-Cost Top #5

best funnel builders

Funnel Builders? Whether you want to build an Optin Page that goes to a Thank You Page on Submit or build a Sales Page with Upsells and Downsells it’s all about Funnels! Today, with these tools, it’s much easier with no need for coding and techy skills…

BUT, and this might seem unusual, I am NOT including Page and Funnel Builders and tools that require a high monthly or annual fee. The reason is simple…

I hate paying for stuff month in month out when one-time payment options are available. Sure, sometimes it’s unavoidable but in this case, mostly not.

So tools like ClickFunnels and Unbounce are OFF my shortlist as are LeadPages and Convertri. I’m not saying they are bad, just VERY expensive – especially if you are just getting started online.

Another thing about many of these recurring payment Funnel Builders is that your pages and funnels sit on THEIR site and servers and NOT yours so if you stop paying then your sites and funnels are G O N E ! I like to have total control of my online assets, thank you very much! Being held financial hostage by a software company does not sit well with me!

NOTE: In the Pros and Cons I focus on the Important Stuff – important to me anyway – rather than list all the various Features of each Page Builder – get clued up on all the various Features, Bells and Whistles by going to their sites to find the best fit for you…

IN A NUTSHELL: I see no reason in ‘reviewing’ a crap funnel building App or Theme or Plugin OR the super pricey ones. All of these below get my endorsement, it’s just a question of which one is right for you in YOUR business…

Funnel Builders: Igloo Page Builder Review

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  • Build Pages in Cloud? Yes, and host on their servers if you choose or download to host on yours
  • Build Pages in WordPress? No, but build in the cloud and import into your WordPress site via Plugin (included)
  • Download as HTML Pages? Upload to your own Hosting or Amazon S3 etc. no WordPress required
  • Templates included? Yes, pick a ‘style’ from multiple options and build different pages in your funnel. More Templates available with Upgrade
  • Membership Site Builder included? Yes via second plugin (included)
  • Training Videos and Support Yes. Good Support and dedicated FB Group
  • Pricing Details: $87 – no WordPress Integration. $97 – WordPress Integration (1 site). $127 – WordPress Integration (20 sites) + WordPress Membership site plugin + templates, Dynamic Variables, Text and Image animation + Sound FX.[RECOMMENDED]
  • Summary: ALL One-Time Pricing!

*This button takes you to the Lowest Price Options I have found to date*


Thrive Architect Plugin Review

  • Build Pages in Cloud? No, strictly WordPress
  • Build Pages in WordPress? Yes, via Plugin ( on any Theme)
  • Download as HTML Pages? No
  • Templates included? Yes, over 300!
  • Membership Site Builder included? No, but can be purchased separately. Included in Annual Payment option
  • Training Videos and Support Yes, lots of Tutorials and Support is First Class
  • Pricing Details: $67 including one year of Support. OR $228 annually to access ALL their Plugins and Themes. Future payments are for Support and Updates so your call should you choose to cancel re-billing
  • Summary: Thrive is Internet Marketing focused. They have nice themes for sure but their focus is on cool Marketing plugins.

Divi Page Builder Plugin Review

  • Build Pages in Cloud? No, strictly WordPress
  • Build Pages in WordPress? Yes, via Plugin ( on any Theme) or via dedicated Theme
  • Download as HTML Pages? No
  • Templates included? Yes, lots + access to Library to save your own designs or purchase those of other users
  • Membership Site Builder included? No
  • Training Videos and Support Yes, lots of Tutorials and Support is First Class
  • Pricing Details: $89 to access and use all their Themes and Plugins for one year with ongoing Support and Updates. $249 Lifetime
  • Summary: Elegant Themes are a well respected and well-known company. Buy with confidence.

OptimizePress Page Builder

  • Build Pages in Cloud? No, strictly WordPress
  • Build Pages in WordPress? Yes, it’s a dedicated WordPress Theme or via Page Building Plugin (included)
  • Download as HTML Pages? No
  • Templates included? Yes, over 100 (more in upgrades)
  • Membership Site Builder included? Yes, Membership Template and Plugin included
  • Training Videos and Support Yes, lots of Tutorials and Support is First Rate
  • Pricing Details: $97 one-time – upgrade to use on more than 5 sites or 20 sites with extra options
  • Summary: OptimizePress blew the IM world away when it first came on the scene over 5 years ago and has been constantly updated ever since.
  • for proven Support & Upgrades

Elementor Page Builder

  • Build Pages in Cloud? No, strictly WordPress
  • Build Pages in WordPress? Yes, it’s a dedicated WordPress Plugin
  • Download as HTML Pages? No
  • Templates included? Over 300 + 50 Widgets and more
  • Membership Site Builder included? No
  • Training Videos and Support Yes, lots of Tutorials and Support is First Rate
  • Pricing Details: $49 one site, $99 for three – Free Trial option available (Lite version)
  • Summary: Recent arrival on the well-supported and proven Low-Cost Page Builders scene.

Stop The Press: Funnelvio

Funnelvio Review
  • Build in the Cloud? Yes, Cloud-based
  • Build Pages in WordPress? No
  • Download as HTML Pages? Yes
  • Templates included? Over 200
  • Membership Site Builder included? Yes
  • Training Videos and Support Yes, Tutorials. Support is untested
  • Pricing Details: To Follow – but a one-time investment
  • Import External Pages? Yes, clone any page on the web!
  • Summary: Recent arrival on the scene. Page Import facility is a great feature.

And let’s not forget that an Optin Pages OR Sales Funnels can be built with any free Website Builder ( it’s just a question of linking them together right) – but there’s no denying that cool tools like those above make it WAY easier for non-techy folks to have the results that look like you paid a PRO big bucks to do it for you!

Funnels And Funnel Builders Explained

Click Magick Review – Track Your Links!

Click Magick Review and Pricing Details


So why this Click Magick review?

Look! Here’s the mistake I used to make ( and see a 99% of Marketers making today) : I would throw up content onto the Web. Sure, I’d get traffic and sales but I had NO idea ( pre Click Magick) where the traffic ( and sales) came from. I eventually realised that this was not only dumb and simply my being lazy. Plus it had a massive impact on my knowing where to focus when I had no idea where my click throughs came from:

  • My YouTube videos?
  • My Blog posts?
  • My Facebook Page or Groups?

Maybe you use other platforms on the web to drive traffic to your Money Pages: Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr etc. That’s up to you and what you are comfortable with online.

The point is that if you are spending an equal amount of your valuable time on every aspect of your Traffic Plan but have no idea which aspect is getting you results and which is a Dead Duck then you are in Marketing Limbo and working in the dark. So don’t be as dumb as I was!

Why Track Links & Clicks Anyway?

We can use various free tools such as Google Ananlytics or various statistics programs on our hosting account to get an idea of how many page views we get over time and where they come from – and that’s all well and good.

But as it becomes harder and harder to stand out in a very crowded internet simply from search engine rankings and ‘organic’ traffic many savvy marketers invest in paid traffic to generate leads, views and, all being well, sales.

Now paid traffic can come from any number of sources – ‘Pay Per Click’ ads on Google, Bing, YouTube or Facebook and more to drive traffic anywhere you choose.

Driving traffic to Optin Squeeze pages to build a list of subscribers by purchasing Solo Ads is another. The issue here is how do you differentiate between random traffic and the traffic you have paid for?

Not knowing will cost you money it’s simple as that. That’s where Click Magick comes into the frame.

Click Magick Free Trial

Click Magick has a ‘no restrictions’ 14 Day Free Trial and the training videos to get you up and running fast are comprehensive

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Click Tracking Alternatives

Pretty Links Plugin

The Pretty Links (Lite) plugin for WordPress is free and is more of a redirect link tool. Very good at what it does however it will tell you how many times a link you have created using the plugin has been clicked so has some value.

What is the Best Video Creation software?

Best video ceation tools

Not to be confused with Video Editing software in this post I want to look at the myriad of Video Creation software, tools and online apps available today, both free and paid to create cool videos even if you don’t want to appear on camera. The focus is on tools for Video Marketers as opposed to creating a funny wedding video montage…

While new video creation tools come on the market regularly I will focus on those that have a good track record, active support and receive regular updates.

screen capture tools

Video Screen Capture

What is the best video creation software for screen capture style videos? Many Video Editors allow you to capture what you are looking at or doing on your computer but there are other tools that do similar without the need for an editing program. Some of these also have the option to take the feed from your Webcam to create the type of Screen Capture you’ve often likely seen with the small talking head sitting in the bottom right of the screen – P.I.P ( Picture in Picture).

Video Screen Capture Tools


Adobe Spark is a Free image and (short) video slideshow creation tool (with watermark) upgrade for $12 month.


Screencastomatic is browser-based so nothing to download. Up to 15 minutes of recording time ( with watermark) via the Free version. Upgrade to DeLuxe $18 p.a. or Premier $48 p.a. for extras such as editing options, ‘speech to text’ captions and unlimited recording time.


Loom free version allows you to store up to 100 videos on their server, upgrade for more, videos are shared via a link but are also downloadable so you can save to your computer and post/upload elsewhere. 5 minute recording time max, last time I checked.


Create by Vidello (PC & Mac software) could also feature in the slideshow creation section below as it has more than one function, most importantly a built-in Video Editor, video resizing for different Social Media Platforms, massive Library of stock images and video, add animated emojis, create .gifs and more, making it a great all-rounder tool @ $127 one-time price.


best slideshow creation software

Slideshow Video Creation

Probably the style of video, certainly for ‘sales’ videos, that we are all most familiar with are those slideshow-style videos, primarily text-based. And for good reason – it’s weird, isn’t it? We listen to what is essentially an Audio but still read the text on each slide as they appear!

Kind of like watching a film and still reading the sub-titles when turned on, even when they are in the same language as the film’s audio That’s the power of video right there. Attention-grabbing!

So taking it a stage further and creating slideshows with images PLUS text can be useful and kind of attention-grabbing.

Video Slideshow Creation Tools

What is the best video creation software for slideshows? If it’s OK with you I’ll bypass Microsoft’s PowerPoint, Apple’s KeyNote and the Open Office equivalent, Impress which, once you’ve built your slides can be exported in video format and instead look at groovier, easier options…

Easy Video Sales Letter (EVSL) is a true Sales Letter Video Builder in the traditional sense but what I like about is that you choose your style, paste your ‘script’ and your slides are auto-generated. From $97 and monthly fee or annual @ $197.


Animoto – I’ve had a Pro account with them for years but handed it over to my sister as she loves making great slideshows for friends and family rather than ‘Review’ or Sales Videos. Free Month Trial.


And there are many Animoto style clones out there: good bad and indifferent but this post is aimed at Video Marketers and I don’t want to turn it into a ‘list’ of every freakin’ option out there 😎


Content Samurai recently relaunched as Vidnami builds amazing videos incorporating text, images, and video clips. Paste in your script and Content Samurai creates a slideshow with related images which you can then edit or add new ones from the enormous stock image and video clip Library that’s built-in, add Voice-over and synch. Highly Recommended – Free Trial.


Best animation video tools

Animated Video Creation

What is the best video creation software for animated videos? I have to be honest and say that I particularly love video animation apps and software and they are the ones I use the most often.

Once again there are dozens of video animation tools out there, from the next to useless to professional ones that take months to master such as Adobe After Effects.

Instead, I’m focused here on video animation tools and apps that suit video marketers looking to create great-looking videos with minimal technical skills.

Animated Video Creation Tools

Powtoon has been around for a while and received several updates. Free option (with Branding) then from $16 monthly – but PRO option @ $19 per month ( if paid annually) is the best deal when getting started.


Biteable is browser-based and you can create multiple styles of videos from an enormous library of templates that you can edit to make uniquely your own, Free option is very limited re templates access and output is watermarked plus you can’t download your creations. Upgrades start at $20 per month and up depending how many videos you intend to render per month + access to 85,000 Stock video footage library.


Render Forest like Biteable this video creation app. lets you pick a ‘Story Board’ with multiple animated scenes. Choose the scenes you want to include, edit the text and render it into your final video. Free option available with watermark, low resolution and 3- minute max. length. Upgrades start at $9.99 per month and up depending on how many videos you want to create per month, length of videos etc. Also includes video intro templates and other tools.


Animaker is a very popular animated slideshow creation app. – cloud-based. Free version comes with limited tools and max. video time of 2 minutes. Various upgrade options to increase video length, unlock extra tools and render in HD are available – monthly or annual fees.


Vyond aka GoAnimate creates cool animated slideshows too. So it often is just a question of which ‘style’ of animations the tools use as each has its own look. Free 14 Day Trial then from $49 per month (50% discount if paid annually) but you have to upgrade to Premium to remove their branding which strikes me as being unfair.


Crazy Talk is a personal favorite – import your audio file into one of their ‘Talking Heads’ or create your own. Play with the ‘mood’ animation with 1-click, add backgrounds and FX – Free Trial.


Create Studio is a new arrival and the animations vary from animated text and imagery or a combination thereof with ‘drag and drop‘ simplicity of use, and Pixar ( think ‘Toy Story’) animated characters. You can even import videos you have created using other tools and add some animated ‘magic’.


Doodle Video Creation

What is the best video creation software for Doodle Videos – also called ‘Whiteboard Animation’ videos. These tools and apps were once the ‘Latest Thing’ when they first came out but the novelty seems to have worn off of late. That said if they are a fit for what you want to to create in your video marketing campaigns here are my suggestions…

Doodle Video Creation Tools

Videoscribe by Sparkol is one of the best whiteboard animation programs that allows you to create your own whiteboard videos easily and quickly. It’s an online App. and available at a low competitive price. You can add images, type your text, adjust speed and zoom in and out, the rest is taken care of by the software creating the ‘doodle’ FX. Free trial available then $6.50 per month or $75 per year


Explaindio is downloadable software ( Mac or PC) and I could also have included it in the Slideshow and Animation sections too as Explaindio is a multi-tool when it comes to creating videos not just Whiteboard/Doodle style. Free 14 Day Trial ( on Email submission) then $67 per year.


Doodly lets you create unlimited whiteboard, blackboard, greenboard, and even glassboard doodle videos. Just select a doodle image. Click and drag it to the canvas, and Doodly will automatically draw the image for you. And that’s it. From $20 per month ( if paid annually) but occasionally offers one-time payment deals.


Easy Sketch PRO is another well established Doodle Video Creation Tool focused purely on Whiteboard style animations. One-time price points start at $37 ( with branding) or $67 without.


Moovly is another app. that could have been included in other sections of this post. As well as Doodle animation videos Moovly provides loads of different video style templates to edit and make your own. Free Trial ( with branding) then from $25 a month ( if billed yearly)


Of course, there’s nothing to stop you mixing it up and using the output of more than one tool and mashing them into one video. For that you’ll need a video editor and, in another post, I’ll be looking at the best Video Editors, free and paid.

Best PLR Sources and Sites for Click Bait

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So What Is PLR Content Anyway?

PLR stands for private label rights. Purchasing the rights to use something that’s already been created and can be used as-is, but to have the option to dress it up as your very own and package it in a way that makes sense for your audience or customer. In the case of content, that means you can edit it, put your name on it as the author, add images, bundle it with other content, elaborate on it to make new content, etc…

In short, it’s content that you didn’t have to write or create, but it’s yours to use as if you did.

Most PLR packages will come with easy to understand terms and rights. Make sure to double-check the rights for the package you purchase before you use it.

Use PLR to Create Lead Magnets and eBooks

You can buy a done-for-you PLR ebook, add a bit of customization (or use it as-is if you want), and offer that as the opt-in incentive to join your mailing list. It’s a great shortcut if you’re just getting started creating your first website and your first mailing list. Heck, it’s a great shortcut even if you’re building your two-hundredth website and mailing list.

If you don’t come across any PLR ebooks in your niche, but you do find some article bundles and packages, just grab those and combine the articles together to create your report.

Or you can set them up to drip with your auto-responder and call it an e-course, or a tip series, or however you want to word things so that they make the most sense for your audience.

The problem is that there’s a LOT of ‘Crap’ PLR out there!

These are my PLR Ports of Call when looking for content I can give away for free in exchange for an email address ( just remember that the ‘free’ stuff has to be ‘niche’ related and, at least in part, address the ‘problem’ your audience needs help with)…

With over 76,000 members, IDPLR stands as the largest PLR membership site since 2008. The membership option is how this site stands out from other PLR sources, and the paid membership will grant you unlimited access to all products without having to pay for every single download.

The membership options range from 3 months1 year, to lifetime. The one-time fee of $89 gives you full access and no renewal fees

Currently, there are over 12k PLR products in different categories and various licensing types – all the categories are being constantly updated.

The overall quality of the products inside is kind of average, and this works best for those who need a lot of PLR products on a small budget.

Available product categories:

– eBooks
– Articles
– Videos
 (training, tutorials, courses,)
– Graphics (banners, product covers)
– Software (WordPress plugins)
– Audios (tutorials, training, music)
– Templates (landing/sales pages, WordPress themes, niche websites )

License Options:

– Private Laber Rights (PLR)
– Resell Rights (RR)
– Master Resell Rights (MRR)
– Giveaway
– Personal Use

Pricing:

3-month membership – $39
1-year membership – $69
Lifetime – $89



OTHER PLR OPTIONS

Or Go The Whole Hog!

The difference between Nicheology and all of the above is that not only do you get access to ‘fresh’ content every month – across multiple niches – to use on your Squeeze Pages in exchange for an email address, BUT also full products to sell as your own to those new happy subscribers!

Sell those products at whatever price you choose and keep ALL the revenue.

My personal favorite tactic is to sell them at a ‘low’ price to generate immediate income and a financial commitment from your new subscriber before taking them to a pricier offer – my own or a High Ticket affiliate offer.

The in-house jargon for that is a ‘Tripwire’ purchase:

A tripwire is an irresistible, low priced offer that’s sole purpose is to convert an audience into customers. This small offer helps accelerate the buyer’s journey by letting customers dip their toes in without having to make a big purchase.


Thumbnail Blaster Review, and Walkthrough

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Thumbnail Blaster Review and Bonus details. Thumbnail created using Thumbnail Blaster by Blastersuite

Thumbnail Blaster Review

If you know me you’ll know that I love playing with Graphics in PhotoShop and so my YouTube thumbnails always look cool. I know that a funky looking Thumbnail is as important as my video Title – even more so to some extent…

BUT I also know that a funky Thumbnail is more likely to get clicked in YouTube or Google search – which will increase my CTR (Click Through Rate) and that ALONE will get me higher rankings! Click Bait Thumbnails are a Zero Brainer!

NOTE: EVERY Thumbnail you see here or in the videos on this page was created with Thumbnail Blaster!

Thumbnail Blaster Review Video

OK so you’ve been checking out Thumbnail Blaster and arrived here via a Google Search or my Thumbnail Blaster Review videos on YouTube – was it my Thumbnail that encouraged you to click? 🙂 Or perhaps via my Facebook Group or maybe you are a lovely, lovely person who is a subscriber on my email list of savvy marketers (details below this post).

The Thumbnail Blaster Sales Funnel

It’s always good to know what to expect when a new product is launched. What are the OTO’s ( One Time Offers) or Upsells that you are presented with as you go through the product’s sales funnel. Here’s the nitty gritty…

  • Front End: Thumbnail Blaster including ‘Split Test’ option”
  • OTO #1: Template Club – 20 new Templates/month + BONUS: 20 VIP templates
  • OTO #2: Pro Version – Multiple accounts. A.I. Image Analyzer and save your Templates for future editing ( the ‘save’ option is a Biggy!)
  • OTO #3: Agency Upgrade – Agency rights including Agency website

Thumbnail Blaster Samples…

I’ve been using this tool for months now. Let’s be clear – the 100+ templates are fully editable – so much so that you can make them uniquely your own really easily and even a Photoshop junkie like me is seriously impressed…

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Price increases are sure to follow so grab this at the best price while you can HERE

Create by Vidello – Review

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So What’s The Deal With ‘Create’ by Vidello?

Review: Create by Vidello and just launched by Sam Bakker and Josh Ratta has been a long time coming, so has it been worth the wait? Let me walk you through the product, compare it with other video tools and you, dear reader, decide.

Why Review ‘Create’ by Vidello?

Primarily because I know that some of the Top End video tools – like Camtasia – are not cheap. Plus the fact that lower cost options are either not a realistic solution for anybody serious about creating professional videos or have limitations ( or worse – bugs!) and I can seriously say that I have tried and tested so many over the years, not just for myself but for my Video Marketing membership and subscribers. Basically I can tell the difference between sh*t and Shinola.

For those of you that don’t get that colloquial reference another might be that I know the difference between a solid tool, with great support from an established trustworthy team and some new, here today gone tomorrow, ‘shiny’ object.

For example their are great screen capture tools out there such as Screencastomatic and EZVid and Loom and the like which while good at what they do are NOT video editors.

Similarly apps that create ‘montage’ style videos such as Animoto or Explaindio and new ones. it seems, coming out every week are cool but the fact is that to have full freedom as a video marketer you need to have a video editing tool to pull all that other stuff together if you choose.

How Does ‘Create’ by Vidello Solve The Problem?

In a nutshell ‘Create’ by Vidello is a Video Editor and Screen Capture Tool that I can actually use! On Mac or PC, and edit multiple media files into one cool video to download and then use wherever I want:

  • On my Blog (here)
  • On my Ecom site
  • Upload to Social Media Sites
  • and of course YouTube and other platforms

My Fast ‘Create’ by Vidello Review…

CAN IT COMPETE WITH WHAT I DO IN CAMTASIA?

NOT a Camtasia replacement!
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BONUSES

Funnel Writer: Create scripts for your videos in minutes with ‘funnel writer’ app.

Delicious Flat Icons: White-label rights to repackage & resell in your own apps, websites

Udemy Kickstart: Discover how you can start generating monthly ncome with simple training videos.

White Label – 50 High Quality Video Backgrounds: Use these moving Background Videos to create more engaging Green Screen videos

‘Create’ by Vidello Details

  • Desktop app fully compatible with both Mac OS & Windows. 
  • Full feature drag and drop timeline editor.
  • Make cuts, resize duration by dragging, move media onto different tracks, add new tracks, zoom in and out of timeline, lock media, hide media, delete media.
  • Screen recorder – Record whole desktop, or select area of screen with drag and drop editor, or use quick presets. 
  • Web cam recorder – Select webcam device and record.
  • Audio recorder – Choose microphone.
  • Add shapes, text with gorgeous presets100+ looping animated & static emojis100’s of gorgeous icons30 premium audio backing tracks
  • Pixel perfect export in Full HD 1080p and even up to 4k!
  • Export and publish to YouTube & Vidello.
  • Canvas resize – Adjust canvas area for whatever type of video you want to create.
  • Perfect for “square” instagram & FB timeline videos or just resizing to 1280p for YouTube or even 4k!
  • Import any kind of media, video, images, audio.
  • Converts MOV to mp4.Media settings
  • Opacity, one click align, one click scale to canvas area!
  • Fade in and out transitions, fade audio in and out,
  • Canvas area guidelines, grab and move, zoom in and out of canvas with scroller or manually select zoom percentage, mask media on canvas for real video preview.
  • Guidelines – Snap and lock on canvas and timeline.
  • Easily save projects
  • Keyboard shortcuts – Delete, Copy/Paste, grab canvas, duplicate, move position using arrows, cut media.
  • Easiest video editor and super intuitive app for video creation and editing!

‘Create’ by Vidello – OTO 1

Pro features including:

  • Full media library (Instant access to over 1.5 million royalty-free images & videos. Add directly into your videos from within the Create app!
  • Audioflow(200 plus premium tracks, logo sting audio & 100’s of sound FX)
  • Gif creator – inside Create app (Export videos to gifs)
  • Text to speech creator  – inside Create with multiple languages & accents.
  • PRO Developer Rights
  • Hundreds of text fonts
  • Export templates 

‘Create’ by Vidello – OTO 2

This upgrade includes 50 high quality ‘Done For You’ templates. Users can preview, download & import these templates into create and use them to enhance their videos right away. Each one of these templates helps a business to create a better looking sales video, more enhanced training videos or more engaging viral videos. 

Not only do users get access to 50 unique ‘Done For You’ templates immediately but they also will receive 15 brand new templates every single month there after for an entire 12 months.

‘Create’ by Vidello – OTO 3

Create Agency Suite:

  • Create & Manage Client Folders 
  • Ready-Made Agency Video Templates
  • Ready-Made Lead Generation Funnel
  • Ready-Made Sales Scripts
  • Ready-Made Client Contracts
  • 20+ Local Business Voice Overs
  • 5 Outsourcing/VA Licenses
  • Step By Step Agency Training
  • Special Agency Facebook group

‘Create’ by Vidello – OTO 4

Member by Vidello is the perfect complimentary software to ‘Create’. It allows users to add videos they made from ‘Create’ then add them into their own protected membership website.

With Member by Vidello users get their own fully hosted membership platform. The membership software is integrated with the most popular payment platforms and includes multiple levels, themes and member management. This is the very first time ever this software released to the public.

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MaticPress – Where Have You Been All My Life?

For most of us our first steps into Internet Marketing began with building a WordPress site or two. I do wish MaticPress had been around then – oh the grief it would have spared me!


Back in the day building a WordPress site was usually the easiest way to get our ‘foot in the door’ when it came to getting Local Businesses as clients.

But the biggest headache, once we had a few sites up and running, was keeping them updated….

  • Updating to latest version of WordPress
  • Updating plugins
  • Clean up Databases
  • Create new Posts
  • Respond to Comments
  • and on and on…

In fact it became such a tiresome job I actually ‘fired’ most of my Local Clients!

MaticPress quite simply lets you do all of the above and more from ONE cloud based Dashboard!

My V. Quick MaticPress Walkthrough

And. yes. you get Agency License so can give access to any VA’s or other Team Members.

Click here for all the details

That alone makes this a No Brainer for anybody building WP sites for themselves or clients but there’s more…

You also get the Premium ‘PowerPress’ theme, easy ‘drag and drop’ builder including 12 sub-themes for 12 Local niches. Never buy another WP Theme again.

MaticPress Invoice Manager. Create, customize and manage unlimited ‘branded’ client invoices the Professional way.

Client-Getting Training. How to land new clients like a Pro and scale up to full ‘Agency’ status and outsource the actual work.

Check out Early Bird Pricing here

For the first time ever, you can now land clients and manage, update, secure, design, and market WordPress sites in one place in just minutes.

If you have been using WordPress for a while or are just getting started. Or if you want to ramp up your Web Building services to a Full On Pro Agency basis this will not only save you time, money and reduce the technical knowledge required it is also a serious ‘Biz-In-A-Box’ opportunity.

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PS. My 100 Pre-built Blogs Bonus has been removed as when I went through it again the quality was poor and outdated. Sorry 🙁

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