8 Things I Learned from 8 Weeks on TikTok

As I write this, TikTok is #1 on the Apple App Store and #6 on Google Play. The wildly popular social media platform features very short video clips with lipsyncing, original music, musings, comedy, dancing and much more. You can watch for hours or jump in and make your own videos. Watch my quick overview of TikTok here. I don’t …

Up your video game with these fun tools

As you guys know, I’m creating a new half-day course and guide to teach people how to make cool videos. Here are three of the new resources I’m writing about in the guide this week. Create Fake Texting Stories Since texting is so much a part of our lives, making an eye-catching video of a texting conversation is a great …

Using Canva for Brochures

Continuing on the theme of #BethBuysAHouse, here’s a quick and easy way to create a brochure that looks like it was professionally designed. My favorite graphic design tool, Canva, has thousands of templates you can use with a click. Their magazine templates are wonderful for creating rich brochures. I wrote and designed our “house story” within a couple of hours …

Using Magisto and Animoto for Quick Videos

Two of my favorite video tools are Magisto and Animoto, and I use them all the time to stitch together images and video clips to create share-worthy short videos. Both are available on both smartphones and the web, and both have pretty good versions starting at $60 a year. This is part of the series called #BethBuysAHouse. The posts all …

How To: Video Postcards with PicPlayPost

PicPlayPost is one of my favorite tools to make a quick video to share news, the energy of an event, testimonials… all kinds of stuff. In this series of posts I call #BethBuysAHouse, I created this video as if I was a real estate professional telling potential buyers about the houses I thought they’d be interested in. All I did …

Another reason to be mad at Facebook

People who place ads on Facebook know that they can upload a database of names to put their ads directly in front of their contacts. I was going to try it to advertise my book to my followers, but because I have mostly business emails in my newsletter database, I figured that I wouldn’t be able to hook up the …

What you need to know about the Facebook hack

Another day, another security breach. But this time it’s with the ubiquitous Facebook, and the breach may end up involving other apps that let you login with Facebook. Here’s a summary of what you need to know. (And here’s another reason to be mad at Facebook this week.) What Happened? Back in December, Facebook noticed a spike in unusual Facebook …

Photo Apps for Special Editing Needs

As smartphone prices sneak higher and higher, the biggest beneficiary is the camera. Snapping a quick pic with your phone can produce a beautiful shot for even the most untalented photographers. But sometimes you still need a little extra editing to make a photo pop. Here are some great apps for very specific looks. NOTE: Add to my list! Which …