Creating content is taking up more and more time, whether it’s personal or business.

Writing an important email.
Posting hot tweets and memes.
Creating a presentation deck.
Publishing a blog post.

Commenting in a bajillion amazing Facebook/Slack/Telegram groups even though there are real things on our real to do lists, but isn’t social media so much more fun?

… And so on. It’s taking up a lot of time, isn’t it?

Here are three apps to save you time and improve your content. Take it from an agency that’s publishing 100 blogs in a month. We know how to save time where it counts.

Grammarly

Red is bad.

How much time a day do you spend proofreading? With important emails, social media statuses, and commenting taking up more time than ever, there’s only so much we can blame on autocorrect. Have you ever had to delete a tweet because you made a typo? (Seriously, it’s 2019, why can’t we edit tweets yet? We’ve shared a load of tips on marketing with Twitter with the features that are available, though.)

Grammarly connects to your Chrome browser and automatically lets you know you’ve made a typo or grammar mistake. It’s more powerful than spell check and easier to use. They have a mobile app, too.

This free app will save you time, mental bandwidth, and protect your reputation. There’s nothing like hitting send on an important email and then realising you spelt something wrong. (Even content professionals make these mistakes now and again!)

And since we work with both US and UK clients, I love that it’s easy to switch which language Grammarly checks!

Zoommy

Fantastic images are important but depending on your skills, budget, and topic they can be annoyingly expensive, hard to find, or too time-consuming to do in-house for every bit of content you produce.

And as more and more free commercial stock image websites pop up, even the search for the perfect free image is getting more convoluted.  Enter Zoommy. It checks several free stock libraries at once, saving you the time of browsing them all separately.

That’s over 130,000 free photos in one place.

It does cost a few bucks, but if you don’t want to pay just go to the homepage where it links to 50 sources that you can just browse manually.

If you don’t want the app, we’ve shared our top collection of free image sites to help you find great images, quickly.

Google Docs with Voice Typing

You don’t have to be an amazing writer to publish effective content. We’ve said it before – it even came up in our recent live Q&A on digital marketing: content isn’t just blogging. It’s video, audio, visual. Your apps, podcasts, slideshows, Tweets, and other pieces of content count too.

If you find it easier to talk about something than to write about it, using the voice typing option in Google Docs could cut down your production time. You can use dictation to brain dump all of your ideas, create an outline, and share what you know without overthinking things.

Menu > Tools > Voice Typing

Or dictate and delegate! You could even use a dictation app and hand over the editing and formatting to someone else. We regularly help clients polish what they already wanted to say. Even after years of experience, I find it difficult to turn off my internal editing urge when I’m writing my own content. When I dictate, I’m not worried about my spelling or the sentence structure or even how it’s going to be laid out. Instead, I can simply focus on what I have to say and what the reader needs to know.

Another great dictation app is dictation.io. I’ve also found using a dictation app extremely helpful in practising for video content.  When you have to talk about something while it’s being typed by the app, it forces you to think carefully and avoid fillers like “um” and “uh”. You can test how long it takes you to say a certain amount of words, too, which is good for planning video scripts.

Make Sure You’re Writing the Right Content

How do you write, publish, and share content for your business? Not sure how to get the results you want with content marketing? We offer a free digital marketing consultation, so you can get feedback on what you’re doing and what you could do next.

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Anna Simmonds
Anna Simmonds

Anna, Head of Social, knows her beans when it comes to social media. She keeps her finger on the social pulse, funnelling her knowledge and experience into creating engaging social media campaigns. She’s also pretty decent with a camera and Photoshop.