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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How to Enhance Your Instagram Web Profile for Improved Exposure

social media how toDoes your business use Instagram?

Have you checked out Instagram since they released user profiles on the web?

Previously, the Instagram website only let users edit their account information (and also hosted the company’s blog).

But all that changed with the recent introduction of web profiles.

Here’s what marketers need to know.

Why Instagram Web Profiles Matter

These new profiles act as an extension of the Instagram mobile app, with users now being able to comment, follow, like and view other photos on the web.

Brands, marketers and users alike can use these web profiles to encourage engagement and interaction outside of the mobile app.

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An example of the new Instagram web profiles.

For community managers, it’s a plus to have the ability to update and manage your accounts on the web. Having said that, Instagram web profiles aren’t necessarily a game-changer.

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5 Ways Marketers Can Use Instagram

social media how toHave you noticed how more marketers are using images in their social media marketing?

Would you like to know how your business can use the popular sharing site Instagram?

In this article, I will show you five ways to use Instagram to enhance your marketing.

Why Instagram?

In the last few years, the use of Instagram by companies has skyrocketed. With millions of users, Instagram has become the perfect opportunity for brands to get quick messages and photos to their target audiences.

When Instagram started out, it was simply a way to post pictures with your fans and did not have a lot of marketing value.

However, in the last few years Instagram has proven to be an effective platform for marketers to reach a new audience in a way the audience wants to be marketed to: with visuals and short messages.

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Search for "marketing" on Instagram.

When creating your marketing strategy, do not forget about this great—yet underutilized—platform.

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3 Ways to Grow an Instagram Community

social media toolsIs your business effectively using Instagram?

Are you making the most of your community on Instagram?

Forty percent of top brands have adopted Instagram as part of their marketing strategy.

Instagram helps give your business a personal touch through visuals, so it’s important to bolster your community as best you can for continued growth and interaction from your audience.

Here are three tips on how to strengthen your community management efforts on Instagram.

#1: Use Tools to Manage Your Account

Instagram’s interface, whether on mobile or web, doesn’t offer the best options for brands to effectively engage with their community. Before the launch of the web version of Instagram, many tools were developed to fill in the gaps left by the network.

There’s Statigram, Instagrid, Webstagram, Nitrogram, Simply Measured and many other helpful tools for making the most of your Instagram community.

Let’s focus on just two, Statigram for community and giveaway management, and Nitrogram for measurement.

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24 Must-Have Social Media Marketing Tools

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: Unlock to Share Plugin

My favorite social marketing tool of all time is the unlock to share plugin. What is it? It’s a simple plugin that “unlocks” additional content when your web visitors share your stuff on Facebook, Twitter or Google+.

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Make your site go viral by requiring the user to share your link to unlock content.

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10 Creative Ways to Use Instagram for Business

social media how toAre you thinking about putting your business on Instagram?

Are you looking for content ideas for this increasingly popular mobile social platform?

Read further to discover how you can use Instagram to give your business extra visibility and better engage with the Instagram community.

What Is Instagram?

Instagram is a free mobile photo-sharing app with 80 million users and counting. It has seen many changes lately.

Instagram was acquired by Facebook in April 2012, launched a redesign on iOS that includes a new “Explore” tab and is rumored to be developing a web presence (so that users can see photos online, not just on the mobile app).

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A view of Instagram's interface in iOS.

Social media management platform HootSuite also recently announced the addition of Instagram to its app directory. This gives HootSuite users access to almost all of Instagram’s features, which include searching, viewing and liking content, adding comments and sharing photos to other social platforms.

Clearly, Instagram is an up-and-coming photo-focused social platform not to be ignored. So what can your brand do with it?

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5 Ways to Grow Your Exposure With Instagram

social media how toWondering if the rapidly growing Instagram photo sharing community could benefit your business?

As teens quickly migrate to Instagram, could their photo sharing addictions include your pictures?

Instagram was the smartphone photo sharing tool of choice long before its acquisition by Facebook and the release of an Android version. And it’s growing faster than ever.

What Is Instagram?

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Instagram makes sharing pictures easy.

Instagram is a free application for iPhone or Android that lets people take photos, apply filters to change the look of the photos and then share them. Users can share them on Instagram while also choosing to share them to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Foursquare.

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Facebook Mobile for Business: What You Need to Know

Do you take Facebook with you on your mobile device?

Turns out 543 million people access Facebook while out and about!

To explore the marketing implications of mobile Facebook users, I interview Mari Smith for our new Social Media Marketing podcast.

More About This New Show

Social Media Marketing Podcast w/ Michael Stelzner

The Social Media Marketing podcast is a brand-new show from Social Media Examiner.

It’s designed to help busy marketers and business owners discover what works with social media marketing.

In this premier episode, I interview Mari Smith, author of The New Relationship Marketing and co-author of Facebook Marketing: An Hour a Day.

Mari shares insights into Facebook mobile and the opportunities this new mobile environment gives businesses today.

You’ll learn about how to get your Facebook content seen by the large mobile audience and you’ll also discover the best Facebook advertising options.

Share your feedback, read the show notes and get the links mentioned in this episode below!

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You can also subscribe via iTunes, RSS, Stitcher or Blackberry.

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22 Top Blogging Tools Loved by the Pros

social media toolsDo you blog?

Looking for exciting new tools to simplify the blogging experience? If so, keep reading.

We decided to get the scoop on today’s hottest blogging tools.

We asked 22 pros to share their favorite new finds. Here they are…

#1: InboxQ

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Mitt Ray @MittRay

A great blogging tool I discovered a few months ago is InboxQ. I like it because it helps me come up with better blog topics. This tool helps you find questions people are asking on Twitter.

InboxQ lets you create campaigns with different keywords. Usually the best thing to do is to create campaigns with keywords from topics you specialize in. So when someone asks a question with those keywords, you will be updated about it and you can answer the question.

You can work on these questions and come up with better blog topics in your area of specialty. For example, I have two campaigns: one on white papers with keywords like white paper, whitepaper, etc., and the other on social media with keywords like social media, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, etc.

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