A couple of quick tools for you to use to engage your audience is to get some creative visuals up and running in your email blasts, presentations, walk in/out animations, sound effects, and videos. One great service is Pond5 which has a very large royalty stock media marketplace for you to find engaging content to enhance your meeting or conference visuals.
Another free service is Flickr.com where you can find all sorts of cool pictures with creative commons licenses which means you can use them without paying for the image. You usually have to give credit to the artist usually by showing the images author, title, and specific license.
Another fun way is to use “The Commons” in advanced search and find cool old images to enhance your project.
The Commons on Flickr have some real treasures in this public photography archive.
Another tool you can use with Flickr to make sure you are following all the copywrite is to plop the URL of the photo into this site Imagecdr.org and it will generate embedding code to cover your butt.
Check out MeetingsPodcast Flickr Stream to see some photos we have shot.
- Creative Commons 101: Using Images on Your Blog (blogworld.com)
- Find Creative Commons licensed Images, Videos with Creative Commons Search (madrasgeek.com)