29 Tools to Enhance Your Business Blog

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Are you looking for cool blogging tools to enhance your business blog?

The right mix of blogging plugins and widgets can make it easier to blog and also help you achieve your business goals.

To help you keep up with the latest and greatest, we asked a group of blogging pros to share the favorite new tools they’ve recently discovered.

Here are the latest blogging tools adopted by these social media pros.

#1: Lucky Orange

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Nichole Kelly

Arsham Mirshah of Web Mechanix turned me on to Lucky Orange. It allows you to watch activity on your site in real time and play back people’s sessions.

I’ve been using it to watch fall-off and landing page activity. It has heat maps so you can see where people are engaging with your pages, and it even has live chat. You can proactively chat with someone who is on a page and let them know you are there to help or people can reach out to you directly when you have chat online.

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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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3 Tools to Better Manage Your Social Media Presence

social media toolsDo you want to make more efficient use of your time on social media?

Are you looking for tools that will help you manage your social media efforts?

In this article you’ll discover 3 tools to enable you to become more efficient and effective with social media.

#1: Glyder – Social Media Marketing from Your iPhone

Glyder is an iPhone app that allows you to share well-designed marketing messages as social media updates using predefined templates.

You no longer need a designer to produce imagery to promote your latest contest, offer or status update. With Glyder, you can choose from a wide range of graphic templates that use tried and tested formats and wording to help get the best conversion for your marketing messages.

Glyder helps you improve the quality of the content you share and be more efficient with your mobile device for social media marketing.

Features

  • Select one of the templates and personalize it by adding your own text, company name/website address and even change the image.

    glyder templates available

    Choose from a wide variety of templates that help increase conversion and sharing.

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Top 20 Social Media Marketing Articles From 2012

social media reviewsHave you kept up to date with the best social media marketing practices?

Are you looking for actionable tips you can apply to your business?

Here are our most popular articles from 2012.

7 New Facebook Changes Impacting Businesses

Did you follow all of the changes on Facebook in 2012?

Facebook made many changes that impact anyone with a Facebook Page.

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The new timeline cover photo for Macy’s.

Several of these changes emerged from Facebook’s fMC 2012 Conference.

The overall message was that Facebook is looking at Pages as a “mission control” point (which is where the MC comes from in the conference title).

Read more for an overview of the changes and how brands can take advantage of some of the new features.

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How to Automate Your Social Activities

social media toolsAre you looking to simplify management of your social activities? If so, then Ifttt is for you.

Don’t be put off by Ifttt’s crazy name. This is one handy tool that you should definitely know about.

Ifttt stands for “If this, then that,” which is a very basic way of explaining the site’s whole premise.

With very little effort on your part, Ifttt will connect your online accounts and services to create triggered events. After setting a trigger from one service, you can create a task to be activated automatically when the trigger goes off.

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Ifttt lets us common people work with scary Internet codes like APIs without ever knowing it.

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3 New Apps to Manage Your Social Networks

social media toolsAre you looking for a better way to manage all of your social accounts?

With the growing number of social networks, it can be a pain to keep on top of them all.

Below I’ve highlighted three tools to help you manage your various social networking accounts from one neat dashboard.

#1: Alternion

Just recently out of private beta testing, Alternion packs a punch with the number of networks and social profiles you can manage.

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Each profile or account is added by logging into the original site and allowing Alternion to access your account.

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Is Klout a Good Judge of Your Social Media Influence?

social media toolsHave you used Klout? Can it really tell you how influential people are online? Can it be gamed? Read my review and decide for yourself.

What Is Klout?

Klout calls itself the “measurement for your overall online influence,” but what are they really trying to do? To understand Klout’s goal, you have to understand influence itself and the difficulty in measuring social media ROI. In the beginning, social media was measured in followers and fans, and for a time, life was good.

But with companies joining social media sites by the tens of thousands, everyone got followed and eventually tricks, software and spam accounts ran wild. Newcomers were able to create large ‘followings’ and social media service clients couldn’t tell who was legitimate, and who had purchased a great ‘friend adder’ software program.

If we can’t count on raw numbers to tell us who’s popular online, then what can we do? Enter Klout.

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How to Turn Your Email Into a Social Media Hub With Posterous

social media toolsIn the world of social media, it’s easy to become overwhelmed in a sea of profiles and status updates. With so many services and so little time, wouldn’t it be nice if posting to your social media profiles was as simple as sending an email? With Posterous, it is.

Posterous allows you to post to 20 or so social media platforms via email. Posting to LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, even YouTube and Picasa is as simple as sending an email. And we’re not talking simple text-based posts either.

With Posterous, you can create full-screen photo galleries, groups for sharing and collaborating or just simply pass on an article you read on the Internet all by sending an email. Add a smartphone and you’ve got a powerful way to create and share content on the road.

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Is Quora the Next Big Social Media Site?

social media toolsAre you considering using Quora? Has all the buzz got you wondering if it’s worth it? Keep reading for my full review.

When I first heard about Quora, the conversation went a little like this:

Jill: “Have you heard of Quora? It’s a question and answer site.”
Jack: “You mean like Yahoo Answers?”
Jill: “No, it’s full of experts who give you the best answers.”
Jack: “You mean like LinkedIn Answers?”
Jill: “No, the community votes for the best answer and they can hide irrelevant answers.”

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