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“We are Canva, but more,” explains Visme founder Paymen Taei, founder and CEO of Visme, a design platform for non-designers.  He’s right. Visme is Canva. But on steroids.  Like Canva, Visme is a design platform that allows non-designers (like me) the ability to create vibrant presentations, and videos using pre-existing templates, graphics, and pictures. But unlike Canva, Visme allows users to assemble an entire presentation as opposed to a one-off slide. It’s an accessible software that nonprofits can use without having to hire an outside design agency or hire a freelancer.

In Use:

According to Taei, who began his career as a web designer - Visme was a consolidation of many pain points that his clients were facing. They thought their presentations were ugly and needed him to spruce them up; their knowledge on graphic design was limited and therefore their designs were mediocre; or like many nonprofits – they didn’t have the funds to hire an agency to help them with their brand and creative. From there- Visme was born in 2013.

Like Canva, Visme has a free subscription that includes limited charts, widgets, and templates and up to 100 MB of storage. Users are allowed up to five public projects. Want to create private projects? Need more storage space, or want to access more templates, charts and widgets?  Visme has three other subscriptions that nonprofits can choose from with prices starting at $15 per montn if opting for an annual contract. Visme offers the “Business Plan” subscription to nonprofits at a 25% discount. The Business plan which is normally $29 per month (with an annual contract) comes with a Brand Kit, Analytics, Third-Party Integrations, and the ability to collect and store leads.

Ease of Use:

Visme is great for the non-designer because they have a lot of dynamic pre-existing templates that charities can choose from – whether they’re looking to create an infographic, video, or presentation for donors. They also supply charts and widgets that can be placed within a project. Want to excel beyond the pre-existing templates? Visme offers users educational resources that they can access for free. This includes blog posts, webinars, tutorials, and an online course.

Technology Used:

Visme projects live in the cloud and can be accessed anywhere. They can also be downloaded and exported as a Powerpoint, PDF, GIFs, or HTML-5 file. It all depends on what the user is more comfortable with.

Visme also integrates with third party applications such as Jotform, Youtube, Survey Monkey and Wistia. Using software such as Jotform or Survey Monkey, nonprofits can embed a form, survey, or video right into their presentation which allows for a seamless project.

Recap:

Visme is a “cloud-based visual content creation and collaboration platform” aimed at both designers and non-designers. It includes templates, pictures, graphs, and widgets that users can use to create vibrant and professional creative. Whether it’s an infographic, flowchart or animation – nonprofit organizations can skip the freelancer and create content without the expense ultimately saving them time and money.

Advantages:

  • Nonprofits receive a 25% off of the “Business Plan” subscription that includes access to a Brand Kit, premium templates and unlimited projects
  • Integrates with third parties such as YouTube and Survey Monkey – allowing users to embed a video or survey right into their presentation
  • Presentation can be downloaded or live on the cloud
  • Numerous pre-made templates to chose from that can be customized

Disadvantages:

  • No mobile version yet
  • Some users would like to see more pre-existing templates

My Opinion:

As someone who doesn’t have a creative bone in their body I love the fact that Visme has pre-made templates and visuals that nonprofits can use without spending thousands of dollars on an outside agency. Visme works with many nonprofits and I think even the smallest nonprofit can utilize the perks of Visme whether they opt for a free subscription or a Business Plan where they get a 25% discount. To get the most out of Visme, I would take advantage of their offerings whether it’s their blog posts or live webinars.

While Visme does not have a mobile version as of yet – it is in the works so nonprofits can expect to see it soon. It doesn’t mean that they can’t access Visme on their phones or tablets now – it just may be a bit cumbersome for the time being.

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Danielle Loughnane

Danielle Loughnane earned her B.F.A. in Creative Writing from Emerson College and has currently been working in the data science field since 2015. She is the author of a comic book entitled, “The Superhighs” and wrote a blog from 2011-2015 about working in the restaurant industry called, "Sir I Think You've Had Too Much.” In her spare time she likes reading graphic novels and snuggling with her dogs.