3 Social Media Automation Tools for Marketers

social media toolsAre you drowning in social media tasks?

Do you need better tools to help you manage your social media marketing?

Automating some of the more repetitive tasks related to social media can help you be more productive and efficient with the execution of your social media strategy.

To save you time and improve your marketing efforts, I’ll show you three social media tools that will deliver your content efficiently.

#1: Be More Efficient on Facebook

Post Planner, an independent application you install within Facebook, is designed to help you deliver content to your Facebook Page effectively. The app offers paid plans and a free trial. We’ve used the free trial for the demonstration below.

Features:

  • Automate publishing of selected content to your Facebook Page based on a time schedule that you predetermine.
  • Identify trending content to add to your queue.
  • Add your blog feed and publish your new posts automatically.
  • Crowdsource content from other Post Planner users. If a Post Planner user creates a folder containing content from the top Facebook experts, this folder is available to other Post Planner users to select content from.
  • View the latest content from your favorite Facebook Pages, Twitter accounts or blogs from within Post Planner and add articles, tweets or posts to your queue.
  • View simple analytics that show you the percentage of people who liked your post, clicked it or commented on it.
  • Target your posts based on a selection of details such as gender, age group and level of education and save the target for future use. Link the targeting to a time zone and Post Planner will adjust the publish time.
  • Post Planner provides a database of thousands of updates you can search to find ideas for your status updates.
  • Upload a bulk file of posts.

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6 Ways to Use Facebook Apps for Business

social media toolsDoes your business leverage the power of Facebook apps?

Wondering how other businesses are using apps to better serve their customers?

Keep reading to discover many ways businesses are using Facebook apps.

Why Facebook Apps?

There are many reasons why you may want to consider using Facebook apps. They can provide communication between your customers and your customer service team, allow people to sign up for and receive your newsletter or provide your customers with special rewards.

Each of these uses can help you create a deeper relationship with your customers and foster brand loyalty. If you use a fangate to conceal the content on strategic app tabs from non-fans, you can also increase the number of likes your Page is getting.

In this article, we’ll explore 6 ways to successfully use Facebook apps to build the reputation of your brand and reach your customer service goals.

#1: Keep Customers in the Know

Email remains a very popular marketing tool and sending interested users email updates in the form of a newsletter keeps them in the know about your business.

Use a newsletter signup app to collect email addresses so you have an additional way to communicate with your customers when they leave Facebook. You can even ask people to like your Page to reveal the newsletter signup form.

Publish status updates to tease newsletter content and then direct your fans to the app where they can sign up to receive the full newsletter.

The popular yoga and music festival, Wanderlust, has events all over North America, all year long. Wanderlust uses a newsletter signup app as a way to stay connected with fans and tell them what’s happening where and when.

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3 Business Reasons to Upgrade to LinkedIn Premium

social media toolsDo you have a free LinkedIn account?

Are you wondering if you should upgrade to a paid account?

LinkedIn is known for providing an amazing connection and networking service, with many of its best and most useful tools available for free.

So why should you consider upgrading to a paid account?

In this article I will share three compelling reasons why you should consider upgrading to a LinkedIn Premium membership.

These three useful features include the Advanced Search, Who’s Viewed Your Profile and InMail.

3 reasons to upgrade

Check out why you may want to upgrade.

While there are a number of different types of paid LinkedIn accounts you can choose from (LinkedIn Premium, For Recruiters, For Job Seekers, For Sales Professionals), LinkedIn Premium is the most balanced paid account type that will generally suit most business owners and professionals.

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3 Tools to Help You Discover and Share Great Content

social media toolsAre you looking for better ways to find new and interesting content to share?

Is finding time to read and share interesting content a battle?

In this article, I outline 3 tools to help you find and share great content while saving you valuable time.

#1: Subscribe to Blogs Using Feedly

Blog posts can be a great source of content, but it takes time to visit each blog and check for new posts every day. Subscribe via email and you get far too many emails or they may not arrive at a suitable time for you to read them. This makes an RSS reader a valuable curation tool.

Google Reader has been widely adopted by content curators, but Google is retiring this product on July 1.

An ideal replacement is Feedly, which lets you easily receive, organize, read and share content from your favorite blogs.

With Feedly, the most recent content from each blog you subscribe to is added each time you open it up. Feedly makes sure you see new content and provides a central place to read and share it from.

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How to Compare Your Facebook Page With the Competition

social media toolsAre you wondering how your Facebook Page compares to competitors?

What can you do to improve your performance?

Insights into how your competitors are using Facebook can help you better understand your audience on Facebook and how they use Facebook.

In this article, I’ll review 5 different tools that can be used to help you compare your Facebook Page against competitors and identify tactics to help you improve your Facebook marketing.

#1: Compare Your Statistics With AgoraPulse Barometer

AgoraPulse provides a free tool called the AgoraPulse Barometer, which performs an analysis of your Facebook Page and compares it against other companies’ Pages (that also used this tool) that have a similar number of fans.

The Barometer calculates the average percentage for several criteria based on your last 50 posts. The resulting report shows the score for your Page in black compared with the average score in red for other Pages that ran this assessment.

agorapulse average percentages

The table gives an assessment of your Page compared to other Pages with a similar fan count.

Information provided in the chart above includes:

Fans Reached. This is the average number of fans who receive your content. Facebook generally shares your content with a small percentage of fans unless you have a very engaged community. The key to increasing this figure is having a community that comments, likes or shares your posts.

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5 Social Media Management Tools You Should Consider

social media toolsHave your social media activities spiraled out of control?

Are you looking for tools to simplify the management of your social media marketing?

Would you like better insight into your audience or the ability to compare your social activities against the competition?

These are some of the capabilities you’ll discover in the five social media management tools listed below.

In this article I reveal five social management tools that just might make your life a bit easier.

Check out what they have to offer and see if they are a good fit for your business needs.

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26 Mobile Apps to Improve Your Business and Networking

social media toolsHave you been spending more of your mobile time using smartphone apps than browsing the web?

Suffice it to say, you’re not alone.

There are more than a million apps available and according to Sunil Gupta,”Users spend on average, 82% of their mobile minutes with apps and just 18% with web browsers.”

In this article, you’ll find apps to consider using to help you with your business and social activities.

Due to the enormous number of apps to choose from, I focused on apps that are convenient and provide social value.

Note: For consistency, all screenshots were taken from iTunes app store. I also looked for apps available on both iPhone and Android—and if not identical products on both platforms, another one with similar functionality would be available (see #3 for example).

Here are 26 apps, an A-Z guide to help you conduct business and network while on the go.

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5 Mobile Video Apps to Boost Online Engagement

social media toolsDo you want to use videos to market your business?

Are you wondering if there are simple mobile apps to make this possible?

In this article I’ll review five mobile video apps and share how they can boost your online engagement.

Why Mobile Video?

Vine, Twitter’s mobile video app, has business and marketing professionals considering the numerous ways video apps can be used to increase engagement.

Ekaterina Walter, social innovator at Intel and author of Think Like Zuck, recently predicted that “2013 will be the year of visual marketing”. Walter based this prediction, in part, on the fact that “…visuals and video done right are highly effective in cutting through the noise.”

This prediction has already proven true with a burst of new video apps and upgrades hitting the market. And some of these offer unique opportunities for savvy marketers.

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3 Social Media Tools That Improve the Sales Cycle

social media toolsDo you want more leads from your social efforts?

Did you know there are great social media tools that make the sales process easier?

In this article, I’ll review 3 tools to help you get the information you need to generate revenue from your social media activity.

#1: Nimble—Nurture Your Relationships and Get Sales

Nimble is a social relationship manager. Through social media you can build a large network of people whom you connect with, but there is likely to be a smaller group of key people who are potential advocates, influencers or customers for your product or service.

The development of relationships in social media is very important for your business.

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