Five Free Online Tools I’m Thankful For

The holidays are busy enough without having to spend time doing tedious tasks. Thankfully, there are some great online tools that do a lot of those tasks with ease. As a communicator, I am thankful for tools that help me use my time more efficiently.


I am a Buffer loyalist. Buffer does what other scheduling services do in a much cleaner, highly customizable format. Not only does Buffer schedule posts for you across a number of social networks, but it lets you customize your schedule so that you aren’t dumping all of your content at once. With an easy-to-use interface, it cuts out clutter and time spent scheduling and posting your content to social media.

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Headline Analyzer

The importance of strong headlines is something anyone who’s ever written a pitch or sent a newsletter understands. The Advanced Marketing Institute came up with this tool that analyzes the words in your headline using what they call Emotional Marketing Value as a gauge for how likely your headline is to appeal to your audience. It automatically cuts your submission at 20 words, which encourages you to avoid bulkiness as well.


SumAll is analytics simplified. Nothing beats Google Analytics for custom tracking, but I love SumAll for tracking a broad range of services in one simple interface. It puts the stats from just about any tool, from social networks to email lists to financial services into a format that is easy to read and compare.

Cliche Finder

This writing tool is highly useful for eliminating common phrases and cliches that can make writing lack individuality. It may appear primitive, but it will find more than 200 frequently used expressions with one click of a button.

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If you could have all of your social media feeds, favorite news sites, and blogs in one place in a readable format, why wouldn’t you? Flipboard does exactly that by putting all of your content in a magazine-style set up on your iPhone and iPad. You can also create your own magazines using whatever content you like, making it a great way to share your blog posts, products, and content you love!

What tools are you thankful for?

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!



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