3 Social Media Tools That Help Marketers Save Time

social media toolsHow much of your day is spent on recurring social media activities?

Are small tasks taking up too much of your time?

When you know where tools can help you most, you can decide which tools best suit your needs.

In this article I’ll address three time-consuming areas and share social media tools to help you save time.

#1: Streamline Daily Tasks

Not every task is created equal. It would be so helpful to have an organizational tool that lets you work more efficiently and effectively, wouldn’t it?

HootSuite, Sprout Social and SocialFlow are all tools that fill the bill. They help you streamline some of the more basic items on your daily list so you can have more time to spend on your growing to-do list.

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Use dashboards to help with updating social channels daily.

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8 Essential Elements of a Social Media Marketing Strategy

social media how toDo you need help getting started with your social media marketing strategy?

Do you know what to include?

Goals and objectives guide your social media strategy to help you successfully connect with your customers.

In this article I’ll share what you need to include in your social media marketing strategy so it works from day one.

#1: Identify Business Goals

Every piece of your social media strategy serves the goals you set. You simply can’t move forward without knowing what you’re working toward.

Look closely at your company’s overall needs and decide how you want to use social media to contribute to reaching them.

You’ll undoubtedly come up with several personalized goals, but there are a few that all companies should include in their strategy—increasing brand awareness, retaining customers and reducing marketing costs are relevant to everyone.

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First, set your goals and objectives. Image: Shutterstock.

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10 Social Media Tips to Enhance Your Marketing, From the Pros

social media how to Are you serious about kicking your social media marketing up a notch?

Do you want tips that will help you stay ahead of the social media marketing curve?

Here’s some great advice from ten social media pros.

In this article I share 10 social tips from the pros to improve your social media marketing in 2014.

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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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31 Must-Read Social Media Marketing Articles

social media reviewsAre you looking for rich and insightful blog posts to boost your social media marketing?

We asked our writers to share their favorite social media blog posts.

What follows is a gold mine of content you can apply to your marketing in 2014.

#1: Enlarge Your Digital Footprint for More Effective Online Marketing

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Andy Crestodina

I love this post by Barry Feldman because it emphasizes content promotion (which is all-important) and includes a comprehensive list of specific actions.

It’s a great overview for beginners. But the pros may also find a few tactics they aren’t using.

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Enlarge Your Digital Footprint for More Effective Online Marketing.

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17 Social Media Books That Will Make You a Smarter Marketer

social media reviewsAre you looking for a few good books to improve your marketing?

Wondering what books your peers are raving about?

Look no further.

We asked our authors to share the social media marketing books they’ve recently enjoyed reading–ones with useful relevant takeaways.

In this article, you’ll discover 17 books to help you improve your social media marketing recommended by social media pros.

#1: Your Customer Creation Equation

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Andy Crestodina

I love Brian Massey’s Your Customer Creation Equation. It’s a concise, clear-sighted overview of visitors and actions. It explains the how and why of conversions and measurement. And it’s all done in simple terms with relevant examples.

your customer creation equationBrian also covers social media, but in the context of conversion. He reminds us that conversion does not necessarily lead to action. So he encourages us to take a practical approach to social media by focusing either on conversation or content, depending on our business. Smart!

There are different types of websites with different types of visitors. Each type has its own “formula.” You need to first understand what type of site you have before you start work in the “laboratory.”

The key to optimizing your conversion rate is experimentation. Noticing a theme? Brian even calls himself a “Conversion Scientist.” He’s clearly a strong advocate of testing.

Andy Crestodina, principal, strategic director at Orbit Media.

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45 Social Media Tools and Tips to Improve Your Marketing

social media tools Are you looking for some practical tips and tools to help with your social media marketing?

Do you find it difficult to keep up with how quickly social media is evolving?

In this article, I outline a collection of technology tools and tips you’ll want to consider using to improve your presence across social media.

Why Tools?

It takes a lot of time to create quality content, engage on social profiles and sustain online relationships that support your business goals.

Larger businesses and corporations often have teams of people dedicated solely to these tasks.

For smaller businesses that don’t have the luxury of staff or financial resources, there are tools to help. But there are also efficient shortcuts and tips to help you get more out these technology tools.

By using some of these tips to strategically choose your tools, you can get more out of your social media marketing.

Here we go.

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26 Tips to Create a Strong Social Media Content Strategy

social media how toAre you looking for ways to strengthen the impact of the content you create?

It isn’t always easy to generate the buzz you’re looking for.

Knowing what to publish, when and where can greatly increase the visibility and reach of your content.

In this article, you will find 26 topics, an A-Z guide, with key points that will help you create a social media content strategy that resonates with your audience.

#1: Align Content Development With Social Media Metrics and Goals

Understand the goals of your company’s social media content delivery to help you develop a more attainable strategy.

Jayson DeMers suggests, “First you need to know what to measure. The end goals dictate the measurement metric.”

He offers metrics for four social media goals:

  • If you’re looking to generate traffic, your metric should be: unique visitors from social websites where you’ve run your social media campaigns.
  • If you’re looking to create a following, your metric should be: subscribers, followers on your social channels (Facebook, Twitter, etc.).
  • If you’re looking to generate interaction, your metric should be: quantity and type of commentary (Facebook comments, Twitter replies/mentions).
  • If you’re looking to generate revenue (which is the ultimate purpose), your metric should be: the precise dollar value of every lead a social post generates.

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