Need high quality and relevant images for your newsletters? We found several websites that claim to provide royalty-free images. That's right - they're saying you can use images from their sites without paying any fees.
Adding stock images to your MSP website and email newsletter can give it an added spark. If you have a tight marketing budget and are looking for options, check out our favorite free stock image sites (be sure to read each site's license and terms to make sure you comply).
Chock full of beautiful photos, Pixabay.com offers a wide array of choices. The search function allows you to search by category and color. This includes options for black and white photos or photos with a transparent background. It also allows you to download the photo in either a horizontal or vertical frame. Downloading is simple. It involves clicking on the image, selecting a size, and responding to a small security pop-up.
With high definition calendar-worthy photos, Unsplash.com offers an uncluttered, simplistic website that allows you to view large images one at a time. With a search option in the upper right hand corner, it is quick and easy to find what you’re looking for. When downloading, the image appears as a page with a URL accompanying it.
Negativespace.co provides crystal clear images appearing a dozen at a time. When downloading, a .jpg appears on your tool bar that you can then cut and paste into your newsletter. The website can be tricky to navigate due to several different search bars, one which immediately takes you to depositphotos.com, a pay-per-image website.
With good resolution and intriguing photography, StockSnap.io ranks high in ease of use and variety. The quality of each photo varies but it is a site well worth visiting.
Pexels.com offers beautiful photos and a wide variety to choose from. With images containing several tags, searching and downloading is effortless. If you download directly, you are given a URL. With one more click it will download and open directly on to your screen, providing you with a .jpg image.
All of these stock images are different sizes, which could present a formatting headache. Use an email newsletter tool that has an automatic image resizing feature built in, like Presstacular. It lets you upload an image from your computer and position it perfectly in your newsletter with a few simple clicks. No more formatting headaches!
You can even link the image to any web page to encourage readers to visit your site.
A final note: be sure to read the full license agreements for these stock photo sites to avoid any misunderstandings on how you are allowed to use their images. You don't want any unwelcome surprises from an attorney.