Tuesday Technology: RelayThat vs Canva

Services for Real Estate Pros with Christine Wade


So, I was scrolling online today and I saw a recommendation for a graphics program called RelayThat...now let's be clear, I have a background of using Photoshop, and have also been spending a lot of time lately using Canva.  I don't "need" another graphics program...but there was one thing that enticed me about RelayThat...


What's that you ask?  Well, you can design one graphic - and then it gives you a bunch of different potential layouts.  I designed this graphic to the right, and then I simply clicked on Layouts, and it showed me a ton of other options...that would easily allow me to design to my taste once - and then just click on one of the others and maybe change out an image or a title, and voila...new graphic within seconds.


Sound too good to be true?  Check this out:




See all those different looks above?  Well I promise you that these aren't even a drop in the bucket!  There are so so SO many options in there once you design your first graphic in the workspace.


That's it.  So far, and granted I just started working with the program, but so far that is the only benefit I see over what some have called the "more difficult to use, Canva".  I hate being told what I can and cannot do...especially on the cannot side, and RelayThat doesn't allow me to just add text wherever I want, I can't send an object to the back or the front (layers are huge in graphic design...and you have no control over them in RelayThat.  


I think that as someone who designs many social media graphics a month, the concept is interesting to bust them out faster with all of the templates that RelayThat can mass-produce for you quickly...but as someone who wants to get the quality and the right messaging on the graphics also...I don't see myself letting my Canva subscription lag anytime soon.


I will most likely keep my RelayThat subscription active for a month or so, and then come back and update this post, maybe all the templates in there will broaden my real design scope a bit...but as of right now, I expect I will be canceling my RelayThat subscription and just continuing on with my Canva Pro subscription thereafter.


I hope this helps someone!  If creating social media graphics for your content has you firmly planted in a field of overwhelm, please  book a strategy session  with me today so we can figure out how to get you unstuck and scaling your business faster!


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BIO:  Christine Wade has successfully owned and operated a Real Estate Virtual Assistant business, specializing in Real Estate Support Services, since March of 2000. I have several accreditations and have received many client testimonials over the years.  I have over 26 years of administrative experience, I am a licensed agent in California (#01442002) and I specialize in on-going, value-based services provided to real estate agents and brokers...long term relationships with my clients are my greatest success stories. I was a contributing author over at RealBlogging.com, you can read my articles that I have written, all directed towards real estate professionals, by clicking here

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Comments (9)

Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Relaythat was something that was brought up in the Zoom call with Ben Kinney as a way for all of us to get our blog posts looking uniform

Mar 23, 2021 08:55 AM
Christine Wade

And it could be good for that :)  I just found it too restrictive - and I know real estate is a graphics heavy market, so I thought I would share my thoughts...

Mar 23, 2021 10:05 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Thank you for this information and tutorial.  We are blessed with a wonderful graphic designer on our team of experts.  And we like her work.  Wishing you a wonderful day! A

Mar 23, 2021 09:51 AM
Christine Wade


I hear you!  I have two assistants that help me with graphics now, but I always like to play with new toys and occasionally get in there and do it myself...it's something I enjoy.  I am only creative on a computer! ;)

Mar 23, 2021 10:08 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Christine and thanks for the information today.  I am older and still have a hard time with some of this.  The Zoom call by Debe Maxwell was good today to learn also.


Mar 23, 2021 12:01 PM
Christine Wade

I am not a super young spring chicken myself - will be 50 in just over a month ;-)  Thanks Will...I wonder if the recordings of those calls are available - would love to watch later but the time never works for me.  I will message Debe and ask.  Have a great day!

Mar 23, 2021 12:15 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have been hearing a lot about RelayThat and will need to check it out myself.  I think there might be a learning curve for me, so I hope that there are plenty of tutorials for me to learn how to use it.

Mar 24, 2021 05:35 AM
Christine Wade

Hi Brian - there's a learning curve with everything, right? :)  Once I realized that I just couldn't do what I was trying to do in there...learning curve was flattened.  It's great for what it does...but if you are someone like me who is used to doing more - you just have to come to grips that this either isn't the program for that, or that you will need to use more than one program to get those results.    Thanks for reading!

Mar 24, 2021 07:37 AM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Thank you for this post Christine, I've been a Canva subscriber for a while and love it. I have to check RelayThat, they do look similar.

Mar 24, 2021 07:26 AM
Christine Wade

RelayThat has this awesome feature of showing you many instant designs after your first one...but other than that, Canva is still a necessity for my designs at least...because I'm a control freak and want to be able to do what I want to do when I want to do it!  lol

Mar 24, 2021 07:40 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Christine - a very informative post.  I have bookmarked it as it is much too much for me to absorb with just one reading.  

Mar 24, 2021 09:35 AM
Christine Wade

Hi Michael...I tend to ramble about tech...I'm slightly geeky ;)

Mar 24, 2021 11:12 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Christine, 

My husband was on the ZOOM call yesterday and liked the idea of using one graphic style for different platforms. 

Mar 24, 2021 12:50 PM
Christine Wade

Yes, I can see how that might be a good use for it. Thanks!

Mar 24, 2021 11:13 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

I attended the Zoom call on Tuesday.  Now I am not that creative but I find it to be a nice program.

Mar 25, 2021 03:38 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

this is really helpful -  I missed the zoom call on Tuesday so I will use your blog post as the motifvation I need to check out Relaythat

Mar 26, 2021 06:18 AM