21 FREE Stock Image Resources for Social Media & Content Marketing


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These days, PR and marketing professionals need an arsenal of images to pull from in order to keep pace online. Having the right images to align with a brand’s digital storytelling is not just about making something look pretty to garner a few extra likes, the right images can help to drive conversions and keep companies top of mind.

According to a study by Jeff Bullas,

  • Articles with images get 94% more total views
  • We can expect 45% increase in press release views when a related image is included
  • Facebook ads with images have a 37% higher engagement rate than text ads

Due to the turn-around time, resources needed and cost of doing in-house photography, many brands (and agencies) turn toward stock photography – but the cost for those images – particularly for a commercial license – can easily take up the entire marketing budget.

As an alternative, bookmark the following royalty free image sites and begin to build out a library of images to keep on hand. You may have to do a bit of sleuthing to find images that work, but the time spent rarely equates to the cost of an equivalent image on a paid site.

Royalty Free Images for Instagram & Beyond

A photo and inspiration haven for creators who are crushing their path. 100% free images, use them anywhere you like.

Over 700,000 free stock images, illustrations and vectors.

Free high resolution images you can use for all your projects. Categories: animals, objects, people, nature etc.

Over 400,000 free images and illustrations.

Free do whatever you want, high resolution photos.

A curated collection of free web design resources for all commercial use.

Free stock images in your inbox.

Download free images, illustrations for websites, ebooks, pages etc.

Over 350,000 free images for commercial use.

Free unrestricted stock images and vectors.

Good photos, totally free.

335 Million free stock photos.

Stock images and illustrations at your fingertips. 

Graphic Icons for Content Marketing and Beyond


Icons neatly categorized for ease of use.

267,400 vector icons grouped in 4,597 packs.

Multitude of icons at your fingertips.

411 carefully premium pictograms by Daniel Bruce.

150,000 free icons, access anytime.

Premium icons for free.

Search thru featured collection for your next advertorial.

Discover 3523+ free simple icons on 254 collections.

Please enjoy the list!

About the Author:

Vishal Kalia is Founder/CEO at www.ROGUELINE.co. Rogueline is platform for Fashion Designers to learn about marketing, product, ecommerce, customer acquisition, fund raising etc. He graduated with BS EEE & MBA and has been in marketing and product development for 14 + years.