14 Social Media Marketing Tools Recommended by the Pros

social media toolsAre you looking for new social media marketing tools?

Do you want to know which tools today’s social media professionals recommend?

It’s not always easy to know which tools are worth checking out or how to use them. We asked 15 top social media marketers to share the tools they find most useful right now.

In this article you’ll discover 14 tools to add to your social media marketing toolbox and why you should consider using them.

15 social media marketing tools from the pros

Find 14 social media marketing tools recommended by the pros.

#1: Quill Engage for Automatic Google Analytics Reports

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Ian Cleary

Google Analytics is full of valuable information, but sometimes there’s too much data to sift through. There are times when it would be easier to have a simple overview.

Quill Engage is a free tool that connects with your Google Analytics account and emails you a weekly summary of your data. It tells you about your site’s traffic growth or decline, where your traffic came from the previous week, which post got the most traffic and much more.

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How to Use Google Analytics Audience Data to Improve Your Marketing

social media how toDo you need to learn more about the Audience reports in Google Analytics?

Do you want to know more about your website visitors?

Understanding the demographics, behaviors and interests of your website visitors improves your online marketing.

In this article I’ll share what data is found in the Google Analytics’ Audience section and how it can apply to your online marketing strategy.

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Take a deeper look into your audience data on Google Analytics.

Note: One way to get the most out of any Google Analytics data is to set up conversion goals. If you haven’t done this already, set up the easiest goal type by reviewing the first point under the Google Analytics Admin header in this Google Analytics Basics post.

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Google Analytics left sidebar menu with Audience section.

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How to Use Google Analytics: Getting Started

social media how to Do you need a deeper understanding of Google Analytics?

Do you know what data each section of Google Analytics offers?

A few important details and settings can improve your Google Analytics reporting.

In this article I’ll share the basics of navigating Google Analytics and what you need to set up now to make the most of its data.

Note: This post assumes that Google Analytics is already set up for at least one of your websites. If you have not set up Google Analytics, you can find a thorough walk-through of the setup process in the Google Analytics Help Center.

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Find out how to get started with Google Analytics right now.

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How to Create Buyer Personas With Google Analytics

social media how toDo you want to learn more about your social media followers?

Have you created social media buyer personas?

You have to know your audience before you can serve them on social media.

In this article I’ll show you how to create buyer personas for your social media audience using Google Analytics.

Why Buyer Personas?

A buyer persona goes beyond the definition of your target audience. You use them to create fictional identities that represent people within your target audience who share similarities.

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Use Analytics data to find information you need to create your buyer personas.

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6 New Google Analytics Features for Marketers

social media toolsDo you use Google Analytics to help you make marketing decisions?

Are you familiar with the latest changes in Google Analytics?

Google recently made the switch to secure search, which has resulted in a larger return of “not provided” keyword data in Analytics reports.

For marketers who used the information to guide their marketing and content, the loss of keyword data has been quite a blow.

Fortunately, Google also updated Analytics with more than 14 new features that are incredibly useful to business owners who make decisions based on how their audience interacts with their website and social profiles.

In this article, I’ll share what’s new in Google Analytics and how you can make the most of these changes to benefit your business.

#1: New Google Analytics Reports

When you log into your updated Google Analytics account, you’ll notice that Traffic Sources and Content have been replaced by Acquisition and Behavior.

The new Acquisition section offers you two new views: Overview and Channels.

The Overview report displays Analytics ABC data for your top channels (e.g., Social, Organic, Direct), sources (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) or media (e.g., Organic, Referral, Email).

Essentially, the Overview report helps you see which channels bring in the most visitors, which channels bring in engaged visitors and which channels bring in visitors who convert into email subscribers or customers.

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See information about visitor acquisition, behavior and conversions at a glance.

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How to Use the New Google Analytics Social Reporting Tool

social media toolsThe new social media reporting tools from Google Analytics provides marketers free social media monitoring and measurement capabilities.

The new reporting features provide the most value when coupled with Google+.

This way, community managers gain insight around off-page activity as Google Analytics and Google+ are happily integrated.

Tracking off-site social activity is just one of the cool new features that community managers will be swooning over.

Check out the other actionable reports outlined below and discover how businesses can best leverage them to determine the value of social media.

This article will cover how to use the new social reporting features inside Google Analytics to help evaluate and measure your social media campaigns.

#1: Social Visitors Flow

The newly added Social Visitors Flow is a visual presentation of how visitors from social properties are navigating your website. Assuming the goal of your social media campaign is to get more traffic to your website, this report quickly gives you insight into which social platforms are sending the most traffic to your site and what your social visitors are doing once they get there.

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