3 Tools to Create a Social Media Hub

social media toolsAre you using user-generated content in real-time?

Do you want to display all of your social media updates in one place?

Streaming social updates to a social hub encourages your audience to share more, in real-time.

In this article you’ll discover three tools that pull your social conversations to a single hub.

Why Use a Social Media Hub?

Using social channels independently simply won’t do the job anymore.

Social media—including your website or blog—rely on interaction, so why isolate each conversation? Bringing them together in a single place (a hub) has a bigger impact and motivates your audience to converse across platforms—carrying your message to an even wider audience.

Social hubs bring a whole new dimension to your social media marketing. You can use them for everything from displaying cross-platform updates on a big screen at a live event to embedding multiple social media timelines in your website.

Below I tell you about three tools you can use to create a social media hub for your business.

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3 Social Media Tools That Help Marketers Save Time

social media toolsHow much of your day is spent on recurring social media activities?

Are small tasks taking up too much of your time?

When you know where tools can help you most, you can decide which tools best suit your needs.

In this article I’ll address three time-consuming areas and share social media tools to help you save time.

#1: Streamline Daily Tasks

Not every task is created equal. It would be so helpful to have an organizational tool that lets you work more efficiently and effectively, wouldn’t it?

HootSuite, Sprout Social and SocialFlow are all tools that fill the bill. They help you streamline some of the more basic items on your daily list so you can have more time to spend on your growing to-do list.

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Use dashboards to help with updating social channels daily.

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How to Create Awesome Online Videos: Tools and Software to Make it Easy

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Do you want to use video to market your business online?

Are you looking for video tools to get you started?

With today’s tools, creating professional video is easier than you think.

In this article you’ll discover tools and resources to create videos that you can use to market your business right now.

#1: Do It All on Your Apple Device

The newest versions of Apple’s iPhone and iPad let you shoot 1080p, HD-quality video using iMovie—their free, built-in moviemaking software. iMovie is fairly simple to use and lets you to create slick videos and upload them to YouTube or Vimeo on the spot.

Before you jump into moviemaking, first make sure you have a method for holding the iPhone or iPad steady. (Nothing is more distracting than a shaky camera!) Use an after-market tripod attachment or add-on to ensure you get steady shots with your mobile device.

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5 Free Content Tools to Enhance Your Social Media Marketing

social media toolsAre you looking for new ways to grab your fans’ attention?

When was the last time you changed the way you share news and updates?

When you present your content in new, engaging and interactive ways, it stands out in a constant stream of competing information.

In this article you’ll discover five free tools to help you avoid the same tired ways of sharing content.

#1: Make Your Images Interactive

ThingLink‘s fun, dynamic, visual format draws attention to your updates.

You can add text or multimedia overlays to any of your photos or images, but what makes this tool more interesting than others is that the results are interactive.

Viewers hover over icons to watch a video, listen to an audio file, link externally, complete a poll and more.

Home Depot uses ThingLink images to share room and home décor DIY suggestions and tutorials. For example, they overlaid this photo of a DIY Sawhorse Table with the prices of all the pieces you’d need to make it and links to a blog detailing the process. The links become visible when you hover over the image.


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4 Tools that Measure Google+ Page Performance

social media toolsAre you keeping tabs on your Google+ performance?

Do you need new tools to help you?

The right tools make it easier to see if Google+ is a viable marketing platform for your business.

In this article you’ll discover four tools to track the analytics behind Google+, identify your key audiences and boost engagement.

Why Google+

Google+ has over 300 million users, the ability to search social content and almost double the engagement of Twitter. In fact, Google+ is a close second behind Facebook.

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Find out how you can measure your Google Page performance.

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5 Tools to Monitor Your Online Reputation

social media toolsDo you know what people are saying about you?

Are you checking your company’s social mentions daily?

Finding and addressing negative reviews and comments can be a challenge.

In this article I’ll share five tools that help you monitor what people are saying about your company, products and staff.

Why Monitor Your Online Reputation?

It takes time, effort and an elaborate strategy to build a solid company reputation, but everything you’ve worked to build can be undone in just a few hours.

Negativity spreads like wildfire, especially in an environment that’s open 24/7. Any online content, positive or negative, impacts how people view your business.

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It’s important to monitor your online reputation in real time. Image: StockPhoto.

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4 Blog Tools to Get Your Articles In Front of More Blog Readers

social media toolsDo you want more blog readers?

Are you looking for creative tools to increase your exposure?

When people share your blog content with friends, they help build your readership.

In this article you’ll discover four often-overlooked tools that encourage social sharing to draw more readers to your blog.

#1: Reveal Content After Shares

When a person clicks a social share icon on your blog, your post shows up in their news feed where their friends can see it. This explicit endorsement (social proof) of your content draws in new readers.

After all, those friends probably have similar interests. When they see a trusted friend recommend your blog post, they are more likely to click through and read it.

If you want more shares—to get that all-important social proof—you have to ask for them, right? Including a specific call to action in your blog posts is an effective way to get shares, but have you thought about adding an incentive?

Social Locker is a clever WordPress plugin that allows you to show part of a post, and then ask your readers for a social share in order to see the rest. It’s a win-win exchange. Your reader gets access to additional content and you get the social shares you need to reach more people.

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Social Locker lets you reveal content after a reader shares.

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5 Browser Extensions to Improve Your Social Media Marketing

social media tools Do you use browser extensions to manage your social media?

Are you looking for more browser-based tools?

There are a number of options to help community managers kick normal workflows into hyperdrive.

In this article, you’ll discover five web apps and extensions to turn your browser into a productive social media machine.

Why Web Browser Apps and Extensions?

With a bit of retooling, browsers can become the perfect place to manage your social networks and services by building a personalized combination of apps and extensions to handle the unique needs of your online presence.

It’s up to you which browser you use, but I suggest Chrome. Not only is it the most widely used browser (at 56%), it’s also the platform where the most exciting web development is happening right now.

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Chrome has the most development going on right now. But the Safari, Firefox and Opera browsers are brilliant too.

So keep reading for five social media tools that teach an old dog (your browser) some new tricks.

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How Google Helpouts Can Grow Your Leads and Your Business

social media toolsDo you share your expertise online?

Have you heard about Google Helpouts?

Imagine having the ability to generate leads and make money with your existing expertise, but on Google’s dime.

In this article, I explore Google Helpouts and how you can take advantage of this emerging tool to position yourself as an expert.

What Are Google Helpouts?

Google has taken their incredibly popular Hangouts technology and wrapped it in a shell that opens a whole new service channel for small business owners and consultants.

Back in November 2013, Google quietly rolled out Helpouts. This is a new marketplace to connect people who need help with those who can provide assistance, over live video.

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