Over the years I’ve designed dozens of PDF freebies, webinar handouts & worksheets to help my students go through my online training programs via my favorite design tool, Canva.

In fact, my PDF lead magnets have been the primary way I’ve built my email list, added value for my subscribers and introduced them to my programs and services.

The Ultimate Content Calendar is one of those freebies, if you are one of my students or a subscriber, I’m sure you are pretty familiar with it by now. 🙂


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Lead magnets are a huge asset to my business and my subscribers + I get to showcase my expertise in a visually appealing way.

Because here is the thing, anyone can take Word document put a bunch of information in it, export it as a PDF and give it away as a freebie (freebie = lead magnet = freemium, you get the point).

But I want deliver so much more to my audience. 

Whenever a subscriber downloads one of my freebies, I want to package the content in a way that not just positions me as an authority figure, it also entices them to consume the content and take action.

And that’s what good design helps me do.

My freebies are so valuable my audience would actually pay for them (and I’m not just saying that, I know it because they tell me all the time) and I know it would be so much harder to deliver that kind of value without good design.

Exhibit A: My first lead magnet ever…


This is one of the first lead magnets I created back in 2013 and it was pretty popular (I also designed it on Microsoft Word because Canva wasn’t around).

While it delivered great content and it was straight forward, there was so much more I could have done with this freebie to make it stand out and help my audience consume the information easily.


Why Good Design Is A Must For Lead Magnets


I want you to pay attention to this part because you NEED to think through this before you ever create a freebie.

Lead magnets are usually ”the next step” in your relationship with a website visitor or a social media follower.

Which means people are typically giving you access to their email and inbox in exchange for your lead magnet and that is a BIG deal.

So that ”next step” in their relationship with your brand needs to be a glorious experience for your subscribers.

And of course, good design and branding can take great content to the next level.


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Not only does branding and design help elevate the perceived value of your materials, it also shows your subscribers that you took the extra time to design and deliver loads of value AND an amazing experience.

Here’s a fact, 90% of the information transmitted to our brain is visual, which presents an incredible opportunity to help your subscribers retain the information by making it visually appealing OR to make your marketing messages stick.


Breaking Down The Process



So I wanted to break down the process for you in three, easy steps so you too can design your next, beautiful lead magnet easily.

  1. Create a clean, cover photo that entices your subscribers to read on.
  2. Design a content page template that you can easily replicate to organize and style your content.
  3. Tweak your design to flow with your content and export it as a PDF.
  4. (Bonus) Break out into your happy dance!


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Wrap Up

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial episode of #KimTV and I can’t wait to see what you design with Canva!

If you want more details on my brand new course, Zero To Branding, come on over & sign up for the Insider List. 

Oh, and before I forget, let me know your key takeaways or tips & tricks in the comments below.


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