26 Ways Social Media Marketers Use Smartphone Apps

social media how to Do you use your smartphone to carry out your social media marketing while you’re away from your desk?

Are you looking for apps to make you more productive?

Finding apps to help us perform our day-to-day tasks has become more important than ever.

In this post, I’ll give you 26 tips, an A-Z guide for using smartphone apps to boost your efficiency, no matter where you are.

#1: Access and Review Analytics

The convenience of accessing analytics wherever you are makes it easy to keep up with data-driven projects in real time.

The analytics apps I suggest show your important key performance indicators (KPIs), how users are finding your website, visitor paths and so much more.

google analytics app

Keep a watchful eye on analytics in real time.

Analytics Apps

iOS: Dashboard for Google AnalyticsAnalytiks–Your Google Analytics website stats turned into infographics

Android: Google AnalyticsgAnalytics–Google Analytics

#2: Be Aware of Battery Usage

Where did the time go? Social media marketers find themselves online a lot.

And there’s nothing more frustrating than losing power when you need it most.

Here are some tips (and apps) that can help prolong your battery life:

  • Turn off some default settings such as vibration and sound for typing.
  • Turn off alerts for apps like Facebook and Twitter.
  • Turn off location-based apps, or at least the geotracking features of those apps.
  • Close any apps you aren’t using.

The apps below help by showing you how much battery life you have left and how much battery you’ll need to perform different functions (e.g., phone time, Internet, video, audio).

battery doctor app

Running out of battery power is still the number-one annoyance for smartphone owners.

Battery Apps

iOS: Battery ProBattery HD

Android: Battery Doctor (Battery Saver)Easy Battery Saver

#3: Create, Edit and Share Photos

Photos are some of the most compelling content out there, and a great picture opportunity can happen any time.

Make these shareable moments stand out by applying some quick edits and filters via easy-to-use apps, then share them immediately.

photo editor app

Use photos to grab your community’s attention.

Photography Apps

iOSPhoto Editor by AviaryPhoto Editor

Android: Photo Editor by AviaryPhoto Editor

#4: Deliver Content With the Right Number of Words and Characters

It’s easy to lose track of how many words and characters we’ve been tapping out for our next tweet. Or whether we’ve exceeded the optimal number of characters for search engine optimization. Counter apps take the guesswork out of the equation and allow us to keep our focus on the message.

metacounter app

Keep track of the number of characters and words while composing messages.

Counter Apps

iOS: MetaCounterCount Words & Characters

Android: MetaCounterWord Counter

#5: Experience New Reading Materials

It’s easier than ever to keep up with books on social media (and other nonfiction topics along with great fiction) by using smartphone apps. And while eBook prices are lower than their print counterparts, you can save even more money by borrowing eBooks and audiobooks from participating libraries.

Check out the book apps below and while you’re at it, visit your local library in person or online and find out about borrowing eBooks and audiobooks with OverDrive Media Console on iOS and Android.

overdrive app

Read a good book lately?

Book/Audio Apps

iOSKindleNOOKAudiobooks from Audible

Android: KindleNOOKAudiobooks from Audible

#6: Find How-To Videos Your Followers Might Enjoy

Social media users value how-to videos and when you’re on the go, stopping to search for relevant clips can be somewhat cumbersome. An app that filters videos from across the web and lets you share them on the spot will be a valuable addition to your social media toolbox.

how to videos app

Share helpful how-to videos with your followers.

Video Locator Apps

iOS: How To Videos: Videojug.comHowTo Videos for WhatsApp

Android: How To Videos: Videojug.comHow To Videos from Howcast.com

#7: Gather With Friends in Meetups

Meetups exemplify social networking by helping marketers create, promote and participate in gatherings in our local communities. A meetup app will make it easy to find events by location, interest and date.

meetup app

You’ve got people to meet and places to go.

Meetup Apps

iOS: MeetupHere & Now

Android: MeetupMeetup Manager for Organizers

#8: Hang Out on Your Preferred Social Networking Platforms

If you want to view and manage several of your social accounts at once, you could use the official apps for each platform. But that means you have to check at least three different apps. You don’t have time for that.

Instead use one of these social media management apps to keep tabs on most of your social efforts in one place. You can even manage multiple profiles.

hootsuite app

Use apps to manage multiple profiles.

Social Media Management Apps

iOS: HootSuite for Twitter & Facebook, Everypost for Twitter, Facebook & Google+

Android: HootSuite (Twitter & Facebook), Seesmic (Facebook & Twitter)

#9: Incorporate Thoughts and Quotes Into Your Images

I talked about the importance of visual content in #3. If you want to take your pictures a step further, you can personalize them with quotes or company messaging.

Combining eye-catching images with meaningful text is a big boost for social engagement.

tweegram app

Using the written word plus visual content helps grab attention.

Image-Styling Apps

iOS: TweegramText on Photo Square

Android: TweegramInstaText

#10: Jot Down Memorable Quotes

What happens to those great tidbits we read and hear? Not much if you can’t remember them later.

Capturing, storing, and tagging quotes that are relevant to your business ensures they’re readily accessible when you’re looking for them. Plus you can copy and paste your quote from one app to another.

quotebook app

Capture quotes that resonate with you.

Notes Apps

iOS: QuotebookEvernote

Android: QuotebookEvernote

#11: Keep Up With News

As a social media marketer, you depend on online magazines and blogs. Staying on top of the latest news and trends and sharing the information helps build your influence and reputation in your field. 

These news apps ensure you never miss another breaking story.

feedly app

Keep up with blogs and news sites on the fly.

News Reader Apps 

iOS: Feedly ReaderTidBITS News

Android: FeedlygReader

#12: Listen to Your Favorite Podcasts

It’s easy for social media marketers to feel like we’re working in silos, but with podcasts, we can be part of a vibrant community.

Podcasts are a convenient way to stay in the know, whether you’re driving, sitting at your desk or taking a break in a neighborhood cafe.

Smartphones come with their own podcast apps, but here are few more you can check out.

podcast player app

Listen to your favorite podcasts anywhere.

Podcast Apps

iOS: TuneIn RadioStitcher Radio for Podcasts

AndroidiPP Podcast PlayerPodcast Addict

#13: Monitor Brand Mentions

Timely responses to brand mentions make or break a brand’s reputation. Don’t miss a customer service issue just because you’re not at your desk.

Julie Neidlinger gives five reasons why brands need to monitor mentions:

  • Find out where you’re doing a good job
  • Discover where you need to improve
  • Understand who your audience is
  • Listen to what your customers need or want
  • Figure out where you need immediate customer service

Avoid social media debacles waiting to happen by using apps that help you monitor mentions of your company and personnel. Say thank you or apologize when it matters most—in the moment.

mention app

Avoid social media debacles waiting to happen—monitor brand mentions.

Brand Monitoring Apps

iOS: mentionBuzzcapture

Android: mentionMentions

#14: Notify With Your Own Broadcast Channels

Nowadays everyone can broadcast news by curating topics of interest to your audience and then pushing them out as a channel update. For example, you can create your own broadcast channel; select a name for it (e.g., Social Media In-the-Know); add a headline, photo and text; and wham, you can create your own broadcast news.

Some apps make it possible to promote your channel—for example, you can tweet “Get broadcasts on your phone from ‘Social Media In-the-Know’”—and include a shortened URL link, https://app.net/c/2b3p.

appnet app

Broadcast news that matters to your followers.

Broadcast Apps

iOS: App.netNetbot for App.net

Android: App.netTweet Lanes

#15: Organize Your Social Media To-Do List

To-Do: Come up with an idea for a new blog post, reach out to new followers on Twitter, check brand mentions, find new images. Sound familiar? If your social media to-do list feels like it’s growing exponentially, a reliable organizing app may be exactly what you need.

Lists are a great way to manage projects and workloads, but you don’t always have them with you when you’re away from your desk.

What you need is an app that will keep your list at your fingertips and help you tame the beast. These apps should do the trick. And checking off each item as you complete it feels so good!

workflowy app

Manage social media projects and workloads with organizing apps.

List Apps

iOS: WorkFlowyWunderlist

Android: WorkFlowy AgentWunderlist

#16: Pay or Request Money

If you need to pay invoices or request and receive payment for products and services, apps can make that easier for both parties.

Depending on the app, you can send payment, take checks, track cash sales, send invoices and plug in mobile card readers to swipe cards. Receipts can be emailed or texted to your customers.

paypal app

Bill and accept service payments on the go.

Payment Apps

iOS: PayPalInvoice2go PlusSquare Register

Android: PayPalGetPaid:FreelancerSquare Register

#17: Qualify and Track Leads

These days it’s smartphone or bust—nobody remembers the Rolodex.

Mobile apps are making it so much easier to gather lead information. For example, if you’re an exhibitor at a conference, don’t gather cards in a fishbowl to sift through later. Instead, use an app to quickly enter attendee badge numbers or scan badge QR codes.

If you’re not a vendor, you can still use these apps to capture the same information from people you’re networking with. When you get back to the office, it’s much easier to keep track of your leads.

ileads app

Store leads right in your phone to make the most of your networking experiences.

Lead Tracking Apps

iOSiLeadsLeadSuccess Mobile

AndroidiLeadsAndrolead Lead Retrieval

#18: Report on Group Projects

Project success relies on buy-in from stakeholders, consistent communication and updates. It’s critical that everyone is on the same page and accountable for their roles.

Group project apps can help keep communication open, address problems (with solutions) as they arise, keep workflow on schedule and manage deadlines.

trello app

Make sure your project team is on the same page with mobile organization apps.

Project Organization Apps

iOSTrelloHojoki Project Management

AndroidTrelloBusyFlow

#19: Stay Connected on Free Wi-Fi

Needless to say, conducting business on the go digs into your cellular data plan. Finding places where you can access free Wi-Fi is a necessity, not a “nice to have.”

You may know the free Wi-Fi options in your city, but when you travel it may be tricky.

Instead of wandering around hoping for a connection, save time by using an app that helps you find free Wi-Fi close to you.

As you use public Wi-Fi, remember to protect your private information.

wifi finder app

Find free Wi-Fi locations close to you.

Wi-Fi Finder Apps

iOSWi-Fi FinderFree WiFi Map

AndroidWiFi FinderWiFi map

#20: Take Links on the Go

Remember that link you shortened and shared on one of your social networking profiles yesterday, last week or even a few months ago?

Links can have a life of their own and with a link app, you can check in and see the status of a link. You can even give it a little boost by sharing again on Twitter, email or via a text message right from the app.

Taking your links with you on the go will help you remember to revisit and continue to share valuable content.

bitly app

Keep track of shortened links.

Link Apps

iOSbitly

AndroidBitly ShortenerURL Shortener

#21: Use Your Pinterest Feed to Discover and Pin Content

Finding relevant images to pin and repin to your Pinterest page can be fun and is easily achieved with a good smartphone app.

Apps provide various options like uploading from your camera, editing photos with effects and custom drawing. Pinterest apps make your Pinterest page more dynamic and in the moment.

pinhog app

Pinning apps help social media marketers create engaging pinboards.

Pinterest Apps 

iOSPinUploader for PinterestvFlow for Pinterest

AndroidPinHog for PinterestFaster Pinterest Mobile

#22: View Vine Clips

Some days, even after your morning coffee, you need to jumpstart your creative momentum. Looking at what others have created can provide grist for the mill.

Since Vine clips are short, you won’t feel guilty about spending a few minutes finding new ideas for your own short, shareable video clips or other content.

best vines app

Learn from the best Vine clips.

Vine “Best Of” Apps

iOSBest Vines FreeThe Best Vines

AndroidBest VinesThe Best of Vine

#23: Wow Followers With TV Content

The programs you watch on TV can say a lot about you. “Show, don’t tell,” is another way to look at these TV apps that allow you to post what you’re watching. Some apps also make it possible to clip a significant moment and share it with your followers.

Add TV to your content marketing strategy.

tunerfish app

Media apps make TV part of your content strategy.

Media Apps

iOSTunerfish – Social TV and MoviesConnecTV

AndroidTunerfish – Social TVSocialTVs  – Live Social TV

#24: e(X)ecute Blog Posts

Mobile blogging apps may be the most useful of all.

If you’re traveling and you forgot to schedule or publish a post, you’ll be right on time with a blogging app.

If you’re catching up on your news (#11) and see an update your readers will appreciate, you can blog it right there. No laptop needed.

Remember all of those great ideas you recorded in numbers 6, 10, 11 and 14? You can blog those right now on your phone.

wordpress app

Keep your blog posts on schedule.

Blogging Apps

iOSWordPressTinydesk: WordPress blog editor

AndroidWordPressSimplenote

#25: Yelp Comments and Reviews

Online reviews are highly influential on consumer purchase decisions.

Most businesses watch Facebook and Twitter for customer service opportunities, but there are other places your customers are talking about you. (This is a great time to consider #13, brand monitoring.)

Yelp may be one of the most forgotten customer service opportunities. Yelp tends to have very honest feedback about services, especially negative experiences.

When you see a less-than-happy customer on Yelp, imagine how you could turn that around just by letting the poster know he or she has been heard by responding to their feedback.

Monitor what people are saying about your business with the Yelp app.

yelp app

Ask reviewers how your business can be better next time.

Review Apps

iOSYelpDyce (note related food & drink app, not Yelp)

AndroidYelpYelp Share FacebookMessenger

#26: Zoom Into Videos

Customers love visual content, so it makes sense to engage with them using video in addition to your existing image content (see #3 and #9).

Smartphone video apps offer flexibility and convenience to capture video no matter where you are—in the office or out in the field.

viddy app

Create and share short videos wherever, whenever.

Video Apps

iOSViddyInstaVideoFrame

AndroidViddyVideo Maker Pro Free

Over to You

There’s no lack of smartphone apps—there’s one for everything you need. You’ve undoubtedly found and used different apps than those I listed here.

What do you think? Which of these apps will make your life easier? Tell us what apps you use in the comments below. I know our readers would love to know, and so would we!

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About the Author, Debbie Hemley

Debbie Hemley is a freelance writer and social media coach. She helps businesses develop and maintain social media content strategies. Follow her on Twitter @dhemley & Facebook. Other posts by »




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  • http://beta21.circussocial.com Avtar Ram Singh

    What a massively resourceful, well thought out and structured post. Hats off on the effort you’ve put into this Debbie – this is truly a goldmine for social marketers out there.

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  • deb1221

    Thank you, Avtar. Glad this is helpful to you.

  • owenhemsath

    The bitly shortened I use has the blowfish logo. Is the one you posted a diff company?

  • deb1221

    The image shown is for bitly shortener/android is from a company, ten romans. The bitly app mentioned for iOS is from bitly that shows the scripted bitly in the icon and you can see the blowfish at the bottom of an open screen. Hope that helps.

  • Everypost

    Great list of resources! Thanks for mentioning the Everypost app!

  • deb1221

    You’re welcome! Thanks for reading.

  • Jitendra Padmashali

    Thanks Debbie, As all says…this is one of the complete article all about. In fewer than four years, Smartphones and apps have become the hub of our personal, work and social lives, providing a means to do activities ranging from booking flights to moving money.Crucially, there is now an imperative need to launch app-based services to keep ahead of competition.Smartphone users are downloading a staggering 30 million apps every day,Companies are getting smarter, realising that apps are not just a passing fad or a simple branding exercise, but a key strategy for delivering service and meeting the needs of Smartphone users.

  • deb1221

    Jitendra, Thanks for your comment and insights. 30 million apps every day is indeed, staggering! And, yes as you say, a key strategy for companies.

  • http://www.antoniocalero.com/ Antonio Calero

    Great article. Mobile is a key factor of Social Media: you just need to commute in any large city to see how everyone is hooked to their smartphones checking their Social Media accounts. In this regard, what do you think of Facebook constant delay when implementing new features on their mobile app? Lack of mobile strategy or it is intentional? I personally find it quite frustrating when new features are not rolled out into mobile at the same time as on their desktop platform…

  • Guest

    Thanks, Antonio. Kind of the million dollar question (or should I say, 19 billion WhatsApp deal.) Hmm, come to think of it maybe they’ve had their attention elsewhere?!

    In all seriousness, good question!

  • http://www.skiusainc.com/ Ehtesham_SKI USA Inc

    What all I can say is you nailed it.
    In the last week we had a discussion and talking about the reviews that the business received from its customers. Because many clients are not bothered about the reviews that they receive from their real customers.
    Is review affects customer in the purchase decision and is this beneficial to clients to know what people are talking about your business?

    After reading this I got a concrete answer, YES, it does effect and matters to customers as well as business.

  • http://www.dalydose.com/ Jeff Daly

    Uh hum…Windows Phone.

  • deb1221

    Thanks, Ehtesham. Appreciate your thoughts and comments.

  • deb1221

    Gotcha. That being said, what do you like most about your windows phone for conducting social media marketing on-the-go and any specific apps you recommend. Thanks for adding to the conversation!

  • http://www.dalydose.com/ Jeff Daly

    We do have apps for most social media sites, except for Google+ because Google refuses to even recognize Windows Phone.

    What I specifically like about Windows Phone is that I don’t even have to open an app to make basic posts on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. I can post text and links from the “Share” section of the built-in “Me Hub”. If I need to do more advanced stuff, we have an app called “One Love” that will also let you post across sites, but has more options. I can also share pictures directly from the PhotoHub, which makes it quick, easy and convenient to post while on the run.

    Of course, we have a majority of the apps that you’ve listed for Android and iOS. In some cases, again, I don’t use apps because of built-in functionality. For example, I don’t need a podcast app because Microsoft’s XBox Music has a section for podcast and the Store allows me to search and subscribe without needing an app.

  • deb1221

    Built-in functionality–very cool! As an iphone user, the first time I did an apps article I didn’t include android. Needless to say, a few folks were, “uh, um android….”

    So much to keep up with! Thanks again, Jeff.

  • Lyndsay Peters

    These apps all look great, but I’m a bit wary of that Vine app based on the spammy title.. and if you’re cruising free wifi, best be logged out of your branded accounts. I’m pretty paranoid about who gets my twitter keys, though!

    I’m going to have to check out that photo quotes app.

  • deb1221

    Lyndsay, Thanks for your comments!

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