Creating a lead magnet and growing your email list isn’t exactly the easiest task, and neither is recycling your existing content. And that’s where Designrr really shines; it basically combines both tasks.
Designrr software is an excellent one as it helps you create lead magnets, as an eBook, by repurposing Facebook posts, blog posts, and PDFs to boost both your traffic and leads by reaching new audiences.
In a matter of two minutes, and with no prior design skills, you can easily create an eBook or a blog post in five steps. Then, your creation is saved to the cloud, where you can make, store, and download all your materials.
Sounds super, right? Continue reading this Designrr review to find out more about all the possibilities and options you can explore with this brilliant tool.
What Is Designrr?
A software application developed by the content marketing software company, PageOneTraffic, which is owned by Paul Clifford. Its main aim is to minimize the design processes involved in the creation of different kinds of media. This includes:
- Blog Posts
- Show Notes
- Dynamic Flipbooks
But it’s way more than just a design tool. It can also be used for repurposing material by turning one media type into another by letting you import content. (More on this later.)
This is basically a two birds one stone kind of deal as it allows you to leverage existing content in different channels and minimize the need for fresh content production. You also can:
- Create a PDF from a blog post
- Convert a flipbook into a PDF
- Make a cheat sheet from a podcast
Who Should Use Designrr?
Typically, this is the part where one is hesitant. Is this tool or software for me or not? But Designrr really leaves no space for wondering as they have a clear list of who should use their software. These include:
- Content Marketers
- YouTube Creators
- Podcasters Course
- Creators eBook
- Creators Marketing
- Agencies Video Creators
- Brand Marketing
- Podcast Services
- Webinar Marketers
- Small Businesses
As a matter of fact, plenty of users can utilize its extensive options as you can create so many new projects with the software. So, if you’re an online business of any sort, you’ll definitely be able to put Designrr into good use to reach new audiences with different content formats and lead magnets.
Now let’s delve into the things that you can enjoy and create using Designrr. Your new project could involve the following features:
- Ability to create an eBook
- Free templates that are optimized for conversion
- Cloud-based operation with no software install
- Saving your customized elements for later use
- Video transcription services (in the Premium and Business plans only)
- Importing from content you already own, including blog posts, Facebook, Dropbox, Vimeo, Word Doc, and YouTube.
How Do I Use Designrr?
To start making lead magnets and repurposing content, you go through a pretty straightforward process. Simply put your credit card details and email address. Then, you receive a login link and credentials, through which you can access the main Designrr dashboard.
Designrr greets you with a welcome video that explains its functionality, and when closed, it prompts you with a series of welcome notifications that further explain the functions.
1. Creating a Project
On the uppermost right corner, you’ll find a “Create New Project” button that prompts you to import the content you want to customize. You can choose any file type, from Word Docs and PDFs to audio clips or custom URLs. Alternatively, you can create something from scratch.
Once you’ve imported the content, you can begin choosing a design from the 200+ ones that Designrr has to offer. Although they’re not all completely different from each other, I liked the fact that they make small changes to give you a very customizable experience.
When you select the template, you’re taken to a summary screen where you are prompted to name your project and define a footer URL, which would be your website. Finally, you get to the part where you tweak your design.
2. Design Editor
I feel like a Designrr review needs a separate review to cover the features and options you’ll find in the design editor. So, I’ve decided to talk about the editor in general, and then add more details.
The Big Picture
Designrr really takes a huge part off of the editing and design processes, but that doesn’t mean it’s completely hands-free, you just get to do the fun parts. Those necessary changes are based on the content you import.
The controls are easy to understand and resemble modern page builders. There’s a sidebar that you use to navigate to different sections of the editor where you’ll find elements you can use on the page.
Since Designrr allows inline editing, you can click elements on the page and execute changes directly. What’s more, all you have to do is click on the background to open the appropriate sidebar settings where you can change or modify it.
Finding out that Designrr imports all the content with the correct formatting, like bullet points and headings, was a huge relief. However, it’s not exactly perfect as it might make some unnecessary changes, like making bullet sizes larger than the body text for no reason.
But that’s alright as the Designrr editor makes it easy to apply one typography change to all similar items. You’re also free to add as many images as you want without worrying about alignment, but the spacing between them and the text may not always be ideal.
Finally, the editor gives you plenty of themes to choose from. However, picking one actually makes a bit of a minor change instead of affecting the entire color scheme, which is a little confusing.
By all means, you can still change the color scheme for specific elements or use the “apply for all similar elements” setting to make changes globally. This only adds to the convenience of using this intuitive and user-friendly editor.
Every element you create has its own editing settings, which gives you so much freedom in terms of flexibility and degree of customization that you can apply to each individual element. This helps you create an eBook that fits your own vision in every possible way.
It’s worth mentioning that this degree of freedom comes with responsibility; so, keep in mind that if at any point you wish to remove formatting, it’ll be quite a hassle. The editing options that you get for each element are as follows:
- Repaginate: When you remove elements or change font sizes, you could be left with empty spaces on the page. This option reformats the document seamlessly to remove any white-space without messing up the alignment of every element.
- Edit: This option gives you editing options for fonts, adding icons, inserting links, and merging blocks. However, the edits you execute using this option won’t be applied to the entire eBook, so if you want to do that, you should use the inspector panel to execute global changes.
- Lock: The lock option allows you to move containers up and down using the keys, which is useful when you want to make very subtle changes in alignment. When unlocked, you can simply drag and drop the container.
- Clear Formatting: This removes all formatting (bolding, italics, underline) from the paragraph.
- Format: You can use format to change between a paragraph and HTML-style heading sizes.
- Delete: This option deletes the element without a prompt. If you accidentally click on it, you can use the undo button (the anticlockwise arrow at the bottom of the sidebar panel).
- Save Element: If you use a lot of branded content, you’ll find this option very useful. It allows you to save the element in question to reuse it later.
- Move Element Up/Down: These two options simply send the element one block up or one block down, so you can easily make this change without accidentally messing up the entire formatting of the eBook.
- Hyperlinking Images: This option allows you to make a hyperlink from an image as well as justify it.
This is the tab that you’ll spend most of your time on if you import a document. There are plenty of things you can do from this tab, so I’ll mention the most notable ones:
- Applying background colors to blocks and images (pages or paragraphs)
- Adding spaces between text or images inside the blocks by using padding
- Adding margins below or above sections of a text
- Creating effects, like a shadow, on text blocks to make them stand out
- Choosing from various built-in fonts or from almost a thousand Google fonts
- Adding cool borders to divide your content into sections
- Editing images inside of Designrr
This tab is ideal if you’re creating an eBook from scratch, and you want to make major edits. It enables you to do the following:
- Add ordered lists, tables, labels, definition lists (dictionary style), and quotes by dragging them across
- Embed YouTube image grids and videos
- Drag a table of contents element that Designrr would then automatically populate utilizing the headings of your document
With some experimentation, you can create some extremely professional-looking eBook designs.
3. Publishing Designs
At the bottom left, you’ll find a publish button that displays publishing options. These include exporting as PDF, Mobi (Kindle), ePub, and the old, familiar HTML. I’d recommend having a pretty stable connection if you want your exporting process to be successful on the first try.
The things I’ve covered above are the basics of Designrr. With the more advanced plans, namely Premium, Business, and Agency, you get a very unique feature that’s definitely worth talking about: transcriptions.
This is a proprietary software within the platform, which gives you very fast transcriptions without human interference. All you have to do is pick the audio/video import option, and it’ll get down to business. It’s pretty accurate, even if your audio’s sound quality is pristine.
Depending on the plan you choose, you get a certain number of minutes that you can use to transcribe different audio content. The output is not the most accurate, but not something that can’t be fixed with no more than quick proofreading.
These tools also allow you to download the text, export it as an SRT file, or insert more screenshots according to your own preferences and what you see fit. Finally, Designrr takes you through the same process we’ve described earlier to allow you to customize your content.
Things That Could Use Improvement
Although Designrr is the best tool you can use to create an eBook, it still has some drawbacks or features that need some work.
1. Lack of Multiple Selections
Despite this being a small issue, the fact that the Designrr editor doesn’t allow multiple selections could be very bothersome if you want to delete several elements or move all of them without messing up the spaces between them, or having to re-do these spaces all over.
Picture this, you’ve made two lists, each with seven or eight bullet points. Then, for any reason, you wanted to delete them. You’d have to remove each element on its own, making 14 clicks -not the best UX if you ask me.
2. Only Monthly Subscriptions Available
While using a tool like Designrr might be useful for someone who wants to turn plenty of their content into some sort of lead magnet, having to pay at least $29 per month to create one or two eBooks from old blog posts isn’t exactly the most cost-effective method.
And this is talking about the most affordable subscription option. Other Designrr upsells are only more expensive, but admittedly, give you a plethora of useful extra features.
Creating Lead Magnets Step-by-Step: An eBook
In this part of the article, I’ve prepared a comprehensive guide on how to create your very own eBook in order to use it as a lead magnet. The whole process is quite easy and intuitive, but you should understand all the capabilities in order to maximize the potential of Designrr.
1. Importing Content
With Designrr, you can import any type of media, and by any means you choose, or you can create a new project entirely. Not only does it support standard file uploads, but it also enables you to pull content from live pages or social media pages -whether you own them or not.
It goes without saying that you should request permission from the content creator if you pull content from a source that isn’t your own, of course.
It’s no secret that too many modern design tools don’t cater to your movement’s freedom and almost immediately suffer from alignment issues. Enter, Designrr’s “Free Element Dragging,” which you can enable from the settings. It allows you to place an object in a specific spot.
Although this is most helpful when it comes to placing images, it can still be used for any element.
3. Creating 3D Cover Images
The ability to create cover images in 3D is a huge bonus that isn’t provided by most tools in the same category. It’s perfect for viewing lead magnet previews and can be created from your project overview screen.
All you have to do is hover over a project and click the “3D” text to open the cover maker. Then, you’ll see a popup that prompts you to pick between a few different cover style options, including hardback, flat style, and paperback covers.
Naturally, there’s a monthly expense to any online tool that helps your business grow. However, the issue with Designrr is that it doesn’t provide a lot of value except if you use it frequently throughout the month.
There are five monthly pricing plans, each exceeding the one previous to it with a couple of features that make using Designrr more seamless. Also, each plan comes with a 7-day free trial, so you can take your software for a test drive.
The first is the Designrr Standard plan at $29/month. It comes with pretty much all the basics you’ll need, including a hundred project templates, unlimited eBook creator, page numbering and table of contents generator, and importing from Web, MS Word, Google Docs, and any Facebook page.
The second is the Designrr Pro plan at $39/month. It beats the Standard one with an ability to export to Kindle, iBooks, and ePub. It also allows you to clone projects and create a new Flipbook from any PDF.
Thirdly comes the Designrr Premium plan. Its extras include 4 hours of transcription service/m, more than 200 cover designs, a 3D cover image tool, and exporting to any website that uses HTML embed code.
For $99, you can purchase the Designrr Business plan, which gives you 8 hours of transcription service/m, allows you to clone projects, and create custom templates.
Finally, you can opt for a Designrr Agency Premium plan. For $249, you get 25 transcription hours/m, 5+ users, onboarding concierge, and 24/7 support.
It would have made a lot more sense if Paul Clifford had created a Designrr lifetime deal, or allowed purchases on a credit system or even a reduced annual cost. But, if you intend to use it more than just once or twice a month, Designrr is definitely superb for generating magnet leads.
If you’re looking for other ways to create a lead magnet, you should also check Beacon. Although it’s a little expensive at $49/month, if you want to remove the beacon logo and export it to PDF, it allows you to create elegant eBooks and is super easy to use.
You could also check Canva. It comes at much more affordable price levels, which suits small business owners and designers. However, its eBooks don’t look as good as a Designrr eBook, despite its simple image editing capabilities.
Finally, if you’re an Apple user who’s making products for other Apple users, you should definitely opt for iBooks Author. Apart from being extremely professional, its software is 100% free.
Are eBooks Legit?
Whether you mean legal or absolutely fantastic, the answer is yes. eBooks are visual, and visual data is the bee’s knees in our day and age. They’re one of the best ways to convey a message, spread or review information, or deliver a vision in a simple way.
Hopefully, this Designrr review has helped you form a better idea regarding who and what the software would serve.
To grow your email address list as fast as possible, you’re supposed to create highly targeted lead magnets for all the high traffic posts on your website. However, this requires a lot of time, investment, and commitment.
With Designrr, you won’t need to put that much effort into repurposing content, and you’ll be free to finalize the look and theme of your template. It’s especially great for creating an eBook, but it can be used for several other media types to create lead magnets that guarantee email list growth.