The importance of visual marketing can’t be overemphasized. Marketing with stock image sources is a must if you want to stand out from the crowd. They allow people to connect to your message more easily, remember it more clearly, and increase the likely hood of engagement dramatically. In fact, content with relevant images gets 94% more views than content without relevant images and Facebook posts with images see 2.3 times more engagement than those without images. Check out this infographic that displays more key stats on visual marketing.
If you’re not already using visuals, you need to start now. But, just throwing a picture on a tweet isn’t going to cut it. That image needs to be high resolution and visually engaging. People need to look at it and instantly understand it while simultaneously thinking, “I like that!” Before they know it, they’ve liked and shared it with their friends. That’s the power of images.
The problem many confront is where to get those stunning images. We don’t have time to be searching all over the Internet or producing them ourselves. Luckily there are many excellent sources for stock images–and a lot are free! Below is a list of sites I use for my blog and when building websites for clients. Plus, a bonus of two more lists to really expand your reach.
Stock Image Sources
- Pixabay.com (my current favorite)
- Unsplash.com (10 new photos every 10 days)
- Picjumbo.com (totally free)
- Gratisography.com (free with a large selection)
- Superfamous.com (patterns, landscapes, funky/modern)
- Deathtothestockphoto.com (free photos in your email every month)
- Morguefile.com (all free)
- Recitethis.com (free images for quotes)
- Pexels.com (large variety and free)
- Shutterstock.com (huge selection, paid)
- Dreamstime.com (free and paid)
- Stockfresh.com (paid; photos and vectors)
- Bigstockphoto.com (paid; photos, vectors and videos)
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