I love finding neat new things on the Internet, especially if I can get something from them for free. And anything that helps me to be more efficient, I like to share with others. So when I recently came across Smore (www.smore.com), I was intrigued. Smore allows you to pull from a variety of templates, fonts and colors, and create a professional-looking, fun flyer to announce special events, sales, or even to use as a newsletter. Here are a few I've done - each only took about 15 minutes to create:
Smore gives you some pre-set blocks and ideas to get started - things like the title section, various offerings, business info - but you can also add elements like links, video, audio, galleries and forms. You can drag the various blocks up or down, and adding pictures is as easy as dragging and dropping. You can change colors and backgrounds. The free template choices are eye-catching, but if you upgrade to one of the paid options you can upload your own backgrounds to personalize your creation even further.
Once you get your flyer just the way you want it, you can share via email (create saved email lists from your contacts), Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest. After you've shared it with the world, you can check the analytics to see how many people have clicked on your flyer. Share the flyer as many times and in as many ways as you like (although there are some email limits). Smore has "badges" you can earn depending upon how many people view a flyer in a certain amount of time. I'm not sure that's particularly motivating for me, but it seems like they are trying to put a bit of a social media spin on the product. Not necessarily a bad thing.
The final designs come out orderly, organized, and easy to navigate. The free option gives you 5 flyers (I goofed and deleted 2 of mine before I realized there was a limit, so be careful), and then prices start at $6/flyer, with subscription plans starting at $19/month. Educators will find a special price of $59 annually - the format is perfect for classroom updates and communicating with parents. There's also a plan to offer special pricing for non-profit organizations in the future.
While I'm going to make the most of my free flyers, I can certainly envision paying as I go in the future. If you're looking for a fresh way to get the word out about most anything, Smore is a great product to try out. To see my most-viewed flyer to date up close and personal: https://www.smore.com/a8qn
Sara Skillen - Certified Professional Organizer®, Certified Organizer Coach®, wife, mom, and serial list-maker. Learning to trust my intuition more every day. Shall we work together?