One of the most frequent questions I'm asked is “how do I manage all my social media?” This quick thirty minute video with Jason Wiser of Webination Station will give you a lot of great tips on how you can manage your social media as well as the tools that I use. Jason asked me questions about how to manage multiple social networks and I answered!
List of resources from the Hangout:
Buffer – my main social media secret weapon! I use Buffer to post my content at optimal times on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+ pages that I manage. I love to use the Chrome extension and add content as I find it, select the account and it share accordingly to the schedule I set up.
Buffer also has fantastic analytics which tell you how your content is performing so you know what to do more of and what to change.
It's easy to set up and easy to use. The folks at Buffer are responsive via email and social media. Tell them I sent you if you sign up.
I need to write a Buffer tips and tricks post but in the meantime if you want more information on Buffer check out this article.
Tweetdeck – my personal favorite for managing Twitter.
Social Bro – Disclosure: I have a sponsored account with Social Bro. Social Bro is for Twitter Management, I use it with Buffer to run a report called “Best Time to Tweet.” I share that information with Buffer and update it once a week to reach my Twitter followers when they are online. You can also find targeted people to follow and create a great online community for Twitter.
Social Bro has a ton of reports and ways to connect and build your Twitter account. I try to hit this once a week to follow people back and find new people to follow.
Google Alerts – easy to set up and get to keep an eye on the social media conversation about your brand, your keywords, influencers or even the competition.
Hootsuite – Does many of the same things as Buffer. A few features unique to Hootsuite that I like are the drag and drop calendar and the ability to schedule a spreadsheet of content. They did a nice job with the update to their Hootlet Chrome extension.
Many people love Hootsuite as their favorite tool. I just personally prefer Buffer. Try both and see which one you like.
My friend Mike Allton writes about Hootsuite so I'm going to share his Pinterest board for Hootsuite tips.
Friends +Me – Great for sharing your Google+ content to other platforms. I use this to post to Twitter from Google+. If you do this, keep in mind that you need to have the top line of your Google+ post be the text for your tweet. You can select where you want to share the post with certain hashtags or you can use #noshare and not post that item from Google+, it's easy to customize.
I hope you found this helpful and got a tip or two that you can use for your social media. Jason is just getting started with his podcast/Hangout series, make sure you follow him so you don't miss his next Hangout.
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Great post Peg. My brother and I were just talking about this, this morning so this was perfect timing. I am a blogger who uses G+ a lot but there doesn’t appear to be an app that allows me to post from my G+ personal profile and to twitter and Facebook and/or Facebook Page. Am I missing one? Seems like Hootsuite and Buffer are for pages, is that correct?
lechuga44 You can use Friends+ Me to post from your Google+ personal profile to Twitter and Facebook. https://friendsplus.me
It works really well and you can +mention them on Google+ if you have questions. They are wonderful and helpful.
These are great. Will check them out. I tried to use the Hootlet extension this morning and had trouble with tit, but. I’ll try again.
annelizhannan That’s sweet of you to say. The video is a quick 30 minutes and I hope you get some good ideas from it.
GloriaMiele You had problems with the Chrome Hootlet? Bummer, it might have been Chrome. Definitely try again, it has a lot of nice integration with Twitter.
So glad you liked it!
Hi dear guys and girl. I understand and agree that trying to manage all the social media platforms one at a time each day can be time consuming and frustrating. However I feel that tools like “Buffer”, “Social bro” and “Hootsuite” are killing social media. These tools are hurting our business because social media has and always will be about interacting one-on-one with our prospects.
I have never bought a product or even looked at a site that has been posted by Hootsuite, my thinking is that if you are to lazy to engage with me then I do not want you as a sponsor or a supplier. Imagine what it would be like if 50% of all social media posts are from the above mentioned tools, who will read them, another tool?
Get two social media platforms, preferably one that rewards you for using it and engage with the person as if they are standing in front of you.
china4all You failed to mention that you promote your own product that is one social network, John.
The reason that you use Buffer or Hootsuite is so that you can share things at optimal times and have times when you are working without being online. Tools do not replace interaction and engagement. Also, if you were looking to connect and meet people, why would you comment here without using your name?
PegFitzpatrick china4all Hi Peg, if I did not use my own name then how do you know my name is John? I failed to mention my social network because I feel that this is not the place or time to do promotion. As a professional affiliate and network marketer, I feel that it is my duty to help people to become successful in their business.
Mass mailing using apps is not the way to go dear girls and guys, nothing irritates a prospect more than being posted by an application.