29 Social Media Tools Recommended by the Pros

social media toolsAre you looking for ways to enhance your social media marketing?

Do you want new tools to simplify your job?

We asked a group of social media pros for the hottest social media tools they use today.

Check them out to see if these social media tools are a good fit for you!

#1: RivalIQ

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Jay Baer

Figuring out precisely what works in social media is a tricky (yet entirely necessary) proposition.

I’m always seeking to improve clicks, shares and social media engagement on my own content as well as our Convince and Convert clients’ content.

Recently, I started using RivalIQ to get at what’s working in social, and this easy-to-use, reasonably priced analysis platform produces a steady stream of insights while saving me a ton of time.

Here, I set up a collection of consumer products companies (RivalIQ calls them a “landscape”) for a strategic plan we’re building. With just a click or two, I can find the top 50 Facebook posts (by engagement rate or total engagement behaviors) among these companies over the past 7, 14, 30 or 90 days.

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RivalIQ provides competitive intelligence.

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LinkedIn Opens Blogging Platform to All: This Week in Social Media

social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news. To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week?

LinkedIn Influencers Publishing Platform Opens to All LinkedIn Members: LinkedIn is slowly opening up its publishing feature to all members. “Now members have the ability to follow other members who are not in their network and build their own group of followers.”

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LinkedIn is also “adding new influencers who are excited to share their insights and experiences directly with LinkedIn members.”

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Klout Morphs Into Content Platform: This Week in Social Media

social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news. To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week?

Klout Adds Content Aggregation: The “new content platform helps Klout users be better content creators. (It) also allows you to schedule your posts so they can be delivered when people are actually listening.” Klout has reportedly been sold to Lithium Technologies.

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“The Create tab helps you find great articles and posts worth sharing with your audience.”

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Dial Into Google Hangouts By Phone: This Week in Social Media

social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news. To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week?

With UberConference You Can Dial Into Google Hangouts: With the UberConference app, you can now call into Google hangouts from your phone.

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Facebook Paper App: This Week in Social Media

social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news. To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week?

Facebook Introduces Paper App: “A new app that helps you explore and share stories from friends and the world around you.”

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“Paper makes storytelling more beautiful with an immersive design and full-screen, distraction-free layouts.” Facebook has “also made it easier to craft and share beautiful stories of your own.”

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Facebook Updates News Feed for Pages: This Week in Social Media

social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news. To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week?

Facebook Tweaks Algorithm for Pages: With this latest change, “page admins can expect a decrease in the distribution of their text status updates, but they may see some increases in engagement and distribution for other story types.”

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“The best way to share a link after this update will be to use a link-share.”

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Top 10 Social Media Blog Finalists 2014: This Week in Social Media

social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news.

Finalists: Top 10 Social Media Blogs 2014

We received over 600 nominations for our fifth-annual Top 10 Social Media Blogs contest (the blogosphere’s biggest contest for social media blogs).

The list of 22 finalists is pretty impressive! See for yourself below.

The judges: Our judges include Lee Odden (author of Optimize: How to Attract and Engage More Customers by Integrating SEO, Social Media and Content Marketing and CEO of TopRank Online Marketing), Denise Wakeman (founder of the Blog Squad™) and Neal Schaffer (author of three books, including Maximizing LinkedIn for Sales and Social Media Marketing). They are currently finishing up their reviews of these sites.

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Here are the finalists (in alphabetical order):

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Vine Web Profiles: This Week in Social Media

social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news. To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week?

Vine Introduces Full Profile on the Web: “Log in at vine.co to view your home feed and like, comment and share videos just as you do” on Vine’s mobile apps.

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“Now you can share your profile with others so they can see your posts.”

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Top 10 Social Media Marketing Posts: This Year in Social Media

social media researchIt’s not always easy to stay up to date with social media.

Here’s what was really hot in 2013.

As you scan these articles, you’ll find great ideas you can put to use today.

Here are 10 of our most popular articles of 2013.

Top 10 Social Media Marketing Articles

#1: New Facebook Marketing Research Shows What Works: The latest research on Facebook marketing shows interesting trends and opportunities. Use this to update your Facebook marketing with the latest findings.

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Read more about this research to help you improve your Facebook marketing.

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