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Beam is a new mobile app created by the GetResponse Development Team. It lets you create simple template-based animations or images - called beams - that you can then share on your social media.
You can use Beam for a variety of purposes. Got a discount you'd like to announce to your Facebook Group? Want to promote a special offer in your store? Got a new product on the shelves and want to show it off? Or maybe you're developing some new content and want to build excitement for it with a "Coming soon" type teaser? Do you want to share regular posts with tips or messages to build a positive relationship with your followers? Beam is a great way to communicate all of that and more through simple, elegant graphics that will catch your audience's eye more effectively than a text post. They're quick to make and share, which makes them a convenient tool when you need a low-effort but effective ad. Additionally, you can add descriptions to each beam if you need to include extra text to clarify anything, and those descriptions can include hashtags so that your post can reach even bigger audiences and entice new followers.
To create a new beam:
If you haven't added your social media accounts before creating the beam, the app will take you to the Social media accounts page to add your Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram profiles. Learn more how to integrate your social media profiles with Beam
It's possible to use Beam without setting up an account right away. When you open the app, you will see a login screen with 3 access options:
The guest option allows you to check out the app and create beams, but you can't share them without connecting the app to your social media profiles. You can't save your beams as drafts, either, and they won't stay in the account if you leave the app without logging in through Google or Facebook.
You will need to connect Beam to your social media profiles in order to share your beams online. To do that:
to share your beams on your Facebook or Instagram, you need to do it from inside their apps. Currently those apps don't allow external sharing, so Beam will open them separately to let you share your beam from inside your profiles. Facebook Pages and Groups do allow direct sharing, as does Twitter.
To connect Facebook Groups and Pages, add your personal profile first. Once you do, you'll see the possibility to add Facebook Pages and Groups in the Social media accounts section.
the animation style comes with the template and you can't edit it. Animation beams can come in two types:
In this article, we will describe what you can edit in your beam and how to do it. You can edit the following template elements in Beam:
Once you're happy with each change, tap the tick icon to save it and move on to the next element.
Double-tap the text inside the template to replace it with your own.
Then, to format it, tap on it once to activate the editing options. These include:
you can't import your own fonts into the app.
Tap the image to activate editing options. These include:
Once you select an image, you will see a screen that allows you to adjust its size. You can do that by moving it around the grid to choose how to crop it, and by sliding up and down the percentage scale below. Optionally, tap the circular arrow icon to adjust image orientation.
If your template includes shapes, like a frame for example, tap them if you wish to choose a different color the same way as in text.
To edit the background, tap the Background tab under your beam. Depending on the template, you will get one of two options:
Tap the Play icon under the beam to see an animated preview before sharing.
With Beam Pro, you will get access to extra features such as:
To upgrade to a paid account and gain access to more features:
Beam will then take you to the app store (Google Play for Android or App Store for iOS) where you can complete the purchase. The stores will guide you through the steps and manage the process on their end.
To re-use a beam you already shared:
If you're not ready to share your beam right away, you can save it as a draft. To save a beam as a draft:
The beam will appear in your Beam gallery in the Drafts section.
You can do that if you're on the Beam Pro package. Go to Settings > Buy Pro to upgrade. Then, to save a beam to your phone, go to your Beam gallery and tap the download icon under the beam you wish to save. Beam will ask you for permission to save files on your device. Make sure to allow it to be able to save the beam.
Once you share your beam, you can keep track of how it's performing. This will give you useful feedback on whether or not your beams are catching the eye and resonating with audiences. If the responses seem lukewarm, this might be a signal to adjust your marketing strategy.
To check your statistics, go to the Beams section and look at the Shared gallery. Under each shared beam, you will see performance stats.
Tap a beam to see detailed statistics. These include:
Facebook doesn't allow external apps like Beam to pull statistics directly from your personal Facebook profile, so you need to check the post statistics for Facebook in your Facebook account. Additionally, Beam doesn't show who exactly interacted with your beams, or the comments on your posts. To check the detailed performance of your shared beams, open your social media apps and check the posts directly in your profiles.
You can remove our badge, or replace it with your own, if you upgrade to Beam Pro. Go to Settings > Buy Pro to upgrade.
To remove the badge:
You can delete beams if you go to Beams to view your gallery. Under each beam, both shared and drafts, you will see a trash bin icon. Tap it to delete a beam from your gallery.
if you already shared a beam, you can delete it from your Beam account, but that doesn't mean that the post will disappear from your social media profiles. To delete a beam from your social media, you will need to open your social media apps and delete the posts from inside your profiles.
To delete your Beam account:
Keep in mind that deleting your account means you will no longer be able to share your beams online. The beams you already shared will stay on your profiles. If you want to delete those as well, you need to log into your social media profiles and delete the posts there.