Flash-forward to January 2017: You're ready to launch a new, kick-ass social strategy. However, after a few days you start to realize that social media can be extremely time consuming.
Optimizing your profile, engaging with customers, creating content, sharing content, monitoring keywords, running social media campaigns... the list goes on and on! Managing your social media accounts can quickly turn into a full-time job. Trust me, I know from experience ;)
Luckily, I've discovered a few social media tools that help eliminate some of of the manual work and maximize my time. By simplifying content creation/curation, streamlining processes, and automating repetitive tasks, I can manage my accounts across social networks in a fraction of the time. There are about a million tools out there - You just have to look.
But in the spirit of SAVING TIME... I've put together a list of tools for you. Here are my favorite websites, tools, and apps for social media management:
27+ tools that help with social media management:
Dlvr.it curates content using RSS feeds to automatically deliver a constant flow of relevant content on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and other social media sites!
Feedly helps you discover new podcasts, Youtube channels, blogs or news sites around your interests, and organize them all in one place. From tech to business to design, feedly collects and organizes all the news you rely on to think, learn, and keep ahead.
paper.li uses machine learning and social signals to analyze and collect relevant and engaging content, and share it with your target audience.
Crowdfire is a social media engagement tool for Twitter and Instagram.
Followr is a chrome extension that helps gain followers on Twitter through tasteful social media automation engagement.
IFTTT is a social media automation site that triggers actions across social platforms (as well as a range of other business tools) whenever other key actions occur. Create your own, or select from a library of more than 4,000 pre-made trigger combos.
Examples of what I have set up on IFTTT…
Instagram & Twitter Sync: Automatically posts your Instagram photos as native Twitter photos, instead of a link.
Twitter Lists: Finds tweets with specific hashtags and keywords and adds them to a list.
Apps and tools for designing and editing photos, videos, GIFs and other graphic content for social media and online marketing campaigns.
Designrr is an online tool that creates beautiful ebooks or lead magnets from one or more web pages, removing all the clutter like sidebars, social icons, adverts, navigation so you end up with pure, clean content in your book.
Canva is a free website for designing presentations, social media graphics, email banners, flyers, and more! They also offer how-to guides and thousands of beautiful layouts, making it fun and easy-to-use!
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PicPlayPost makes it easy to combine photos, videos, GIFs and music to create captivating graphic content and collages you can share with your social networks.
SocialOomph helps you get the most out of your social media marketing, with minimal effort. Easily schedule updates, find quality people to follow, and monitor social media activity.
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Asana: With tasks, projects, conversations and dashboards, Asana enables teams to move work from start to finish.
Trello enables you to create boards, lists, and cards to organize and prioritize your projects in a fun, flexible and rewarding way.
Calend.ly is a meeting scheduling application that helps save time by making it easier to find common times to connect, and provides automatic invites and meeting reminders.
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Hootsuite is a social media listening and engagement tool that allows you to create a dashboard across all your social platforms, so you can respond in real time, as well as schedule future social posts.
Sprout Social is a social media management tool created to help businesses grow their social media presence.
23. POST PLANNER
Post Planner allows you to browse recommended feeds to discover new content that you can then save in your personal library and organize the way you want.
Klout helps you make an impact online by creating, curating, and sharing great content. It also measures the level of impact you have across your social networks, which is known as your Klout Score.
The Klout Score is a number between 1-100 that represents your influence. Influence is the ability to drive action. When you share something on social media or in real life and people respond, that’s influence. The more influential you are, the higher your Klout Score.
Buffer saves a lot of time by automatically scheduling and publishing of your social posts - placing them in a queue (based on times you've preselected), and then analyzing the results afterwards.
GaggleAMP is a platform that increases social media reach and drives digital engagement by empowering your brand advocates. GaggleAMP provides employees, partners and stakeholders with the right messaging and content so they know what to share with their social networks and how to engage with prospects and customers.
27. Google Slides
Google Slides is essentially a simplified, cloud-based version of Microsoft PowerPoint. It's free and simple to use, and multiple people can work on the same document together in real time. Choose from a wide variety of pitches, portfolios and other pre-made presentations, then download your final graphics in PDF, PNG, JPEG, and even Microsoft PowerPoint file formats.
LinkedIn Learning is a personalized learning experience that gives users access to the educational materials they need to develop new, in-demand business, tech and creative skills.