Just a few days ago, a question from a blogger slid into my Instagram DMs. They asked: Where can I create Facebook post mockups like the ones in one of your older blog posts?
I use a few different approaches when it comes to creating mockup posts, not just Facebook posts, but also posts for Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and other places. For the most part, the tools and resources I’m about to mention are completely free, and the mockups are so much easier than you’d think to put together.
Let’s take a little look at how and where I create Facebook post mockups …
What Is a Facebook Post Mockup?
To start with, let’s get the basics out of the way.
A mockup is basically a mock version of something — in this case, a mock version of a Facebook post.
It is a Facebook post that looks like it has been posted on your Page, but hasn’t actually been posted on your feed. It’s a “fake” post.
Facebook post mockups can be used in a wide variety of ways, but I use them in my blog posts as a way of showing what I mean.
In 40 Things You Can Post on Social Media to Promote Your Nuisance Wildlife Business, you can see that I use mockups as examples of content suggestions.
I do this because studies have shown that people retain more information from a visual than they do from text.
“When people hear information, they’re likely to remember only 10% of that information three days later. However, if a relevant image is paired with that same information, people retained 65% of the information three days later.”
Also, long chunks of text are super boring, don’t you think?
By using mockups, you can easily convey a message to your readers — and it gives you an image/visual piece of media to include in a blog post to break up any potential long chunks of text.
And now, I’m going to share with you the tools and resources I use to create free Facebook post mockups …
1 – Zeoob
This is the site that I, personally, use the most for social media mockups.
Zeoob offers Facebook post mockups alongside a range of other tools, including Instagram post and chat mockups, Facebook chat mockups, Twitter mockups in three different formats, Snapchat post and chat mockups, and chat mockups for both iPhone and WhatsApp format.
In short, if you’re in the market for a fake social media post (or message/chat), Zeoob is the site for you.
You can customise every single part of the post/chat, and it’s all completely free — no attribution required. All you need to do is add your details on the left hand side of the screen and watch to see what the post will look like on the right hand side.
You don’t need to pay for anything to use Zeoob, or sign up for anything, and there are no watermarks on the downloaded images.
2 – Mediamodifier
This is another great site for mockups, very similar to Zeoob, but to get Mediamodifier for free you’ll have to put up with a watermark splashed across your images.
To get rid of the watermark, you’ll be looking at paying $9 per month if you pay for the whole year upfront, or $19 per month on a month-by-month basis.
That does sound like a lot, but there are lots of other design and mockup tools on the site that you can use. These include Pinterest Pins, t-shirt designs, business cards, YouTube video cover art, greeting cards, book covers, and a bunch more.
3 – Creative Hub [Facebook]
I’m going to be honest with you, I’m not the biggest fan of Facebook’s Creative Hub user interface, so I don’t use it anywhere near as much as I should. The same goes for Business Suite, too; it’s a great tool, but I use it for the bare basics (scheduling) and nothing else.
You can create mockups or ad templates in Facebook’s Creative Hub, though. You can’t save the post as a PNG or JPG file when you’re ready, unfortunately; you’ll have to settle for screenshotting it.
Maybe I’ll have a little play around with this Facebook tool a little more and let you know what I think of it.
Have you used it yet? What do you think of Creative Hub?
4 – Business Suite [Facebook]
Actually, while I’m on the subject of Facebook, here’s another method of creating fake Facebook posts …
Use Business Suite!
Simply create and then schedule a post, take a quick screenshot of it, and then delete it so that it doesn’t end up on your page.
(Unless you want it to, of course.)
I mean, it’s not a perfect method, but it is one more method of creating a Facebook mockup post.
You can also use this method to create Instagram mockups, providing your Instagram and Facebook accounts are all linked up.
5 – Procreate (+ Apple Pencil)
I have the Procreate app on my iPad, and I also have an Apple Pencil. Sometimes, I can take a screenshot of a post that already exists on Facebook and then edit it so it looks the way I need it to.
This is the most long-winded way to create Facebook post mockups, in my opinion.
I will only use this method if I need to make a few tiny tweaks to an existing, already-published social media post that I’ve taken a screenshot of.
6 – Photoshop
If you’re a dab hand at Photoshop, Procreate, or other forms of digital art, design, etc., you could consider creating a mockup template that you can repeatedly use and tweak to suit.
You’ll also find that there are a lot of websites offering free (and paid-for) PSD files for social media post mockups.
Search for “Facebook post mockup PSD” or similar in Google — there are literally hundreds, maybe thousands to choose from.
Where Can I Create Facebook Post Mockups? ~ Summary
- Creative Hub [Facebook]
- Business Suite [Facebook]
- Procreate (+ Apple Pencil)
Which of these tools do you use? Or are you planning to use?
Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek at my little blog today. I hope you’ve found this post helpful, but as always, slide into my DMs on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram if you have questions.
Enjoy the rest of your day!