This page includes tools for websites and email systems as well as other forms of social media. Many of the tools can also be used to develop print materials for other than online uses.

If you know of something you think should be included in this list please let us know: Send Mail to communications@lwv-va.org


LWVUS Social Media Guidelines:

http://forum.lwv.org/sites/default/files/social_media_guidelines_-_facebook_march_2017.pdf

LWVUS Writing Style Guide: http://forum.lwv.org/sites/default/files/lwv_style_guide.pdf

Images and Layouts

Some tools for using your images and finding useful ones.

Always Up-to-Date Guide to Social Media Image Sizes – handy information on what size your images need to be to work with various social media.

Landscape – is a free online tool for resizing your images for use with different social media. The big plus is that you simply select the media you want and how it will be sued, then you let it do the work. It allows you to resize the same image for mutliple uses and download each one.

Canva – this is a great free design tool for creating images for social media, presentation, business cards, infographics, and more. “Canva is a free graphic-design tool website, founded in 2012. It has an easy to use drag-and-drop interface and provides access to over a million photographs, graphics, and fonts. It is used by non-designers as well as professionals. The tools can be used for both web and print media design and graphics.”

Piktochart – Specifically for infographics, coming up with those 1 page, easy to understand things like “Why Vote?” Another free program. (online tool)

iPiccy – a free version of the PicMonkey Photo editor. While it does not have all the features of PicMonkey, it has enough to make your job easier. (online tool)

Pixlr – another free photo editor. (online tool)

GIMP – I (Carol.L) like this one best because it is open source software that is on my computer. I am not dependent upon an Internet connection. I have rather unreliable Internet access, so this is a perfect solution.

Social Media Management

There are a lot of different social media management tools available with many different purposes:

Hootsuite – lets you monitor and work on multiple social media networks from one location. It is subject to changes over time for some things, but the basics are there. Useful if you have multiple FB pages and groups to monitor.

Bitly – turn long URLs into something more manageable by using Bitly. If you sign up for the free account, any shortened links you store will let you know how many times that link has been opened.

For Webmasters

Keeping a common look on LWV websites is important. The LWV US provides some very useful resources for the correct use of logos, and colors as well as some other very good information.

Website Toolshttp://forum.lwv.org/category/member-resources/manage-your-league/online-communication-website-social-media/website-tools

And every webmaster should be intimately familiar with the League visibility resources and guidelines.

Visibility: http://forum.lwv.org/category/member-resources/manage-your-league/visibility

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