5 Free Content Tools to Enhance Your Social Media Marketing

social media toolsAre you looking for new ways to grab your fans’ attention?

When was the last time you changed the way you share news and updates?

When you present your content in new, engaging and interactive ways, it stands out in a constant stream of competing information.

In this article you’ll discover five free tools to help you avoid the same tired ways of sharing content.

#1: Make Your Images Interactive

ThingLink‘s fun, dynamic, visual format draws attention to your updates.

You can add text or multimedia overlays to any of your photos or images, but what makes this tool more interesting than others is that the results are interactive.

Viewers hover over icons to watch a video, listen to an audio file, link externally, complete a poll and more.

Home Depot uses ThingLink images to share room and home décor DIY suggestions and tutorials. For example, they overlaid this photo of a DIY Sawhorse Table with the prices of all the pieces you’d need to make it and links to a blog detailing the process. The links become visible when you hover over the image.


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Twitter Chats: How to Create a Successful Tweet Chat

Are you familiar with Twitter chats?

Wondering how Twitter chats can help market your business?

To learn more about Twitter chats and what they can mean for your business, I interview Pam Moore for this episode of the Social Media Marketing podcast.

More About This Show

Social Media Marketing Podcast w/ Michael Stelzner

The Social Media Marketing podcast is a show from Social Media Examiner.

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

The show format is on-demand talk radio (also known as podcasting).

In this episode, I interview Pam Moore, founder of Marketing Nutz, an agency specializing in social media marketing. One of Pam’s areas of expertise includes Twitter.

Pam shares why businesses should host Twitter chats and the marketing benefits of running them.

You’ll discover how to get started, where to find participants and ways to promote your Twitter chats.

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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

Mitt Ray

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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5 Steps to Hosting Successful Twitter Chats: Your Ultimate Guide

social media how toHosting a Twitter chat is an amazing way to interact with your fans and followers, to better understand and grow your community quickly, as well as promote your brand and business.

I’ve seen the networking and promotional power of the Twitter chat, so I made up my mind to dig deeper.

It’s challenging to describe everything I learned in this one article, but I’ll do my best.

Here’s the all-in-one guide to prepare for and host your Twitter chat.

Why Twitter Chat?

A Twitter chat is a public Twitter conversation around one unique hashtag. This hashtag allows you to follow the discussion and participate in it. Twitter chats are usually recurring and on specific topics to regularly connect people with these interests.

Bloggers connect using #Blogchat hashtag.

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15 Ways to Bring Social Media to Events

social media how toDo you host events or informal gatherings?

Social media enables event attendees to connect in powerful ways. Social media can help promote events and empower attendees to share.

This article will reveal 15 ways you can infuse social media into your events.

Creating Pre-Event Buzz

#1: Registration Buzz

You don’t have to wait until the day of your event to create a buzz—it can start at the registration stage. Services such as Eventbrite let your attendees share the event with their networks as they register.

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Content Tools: 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?

Storify Is Now in Public Beta: This is a curation tool that gathers content from various social media platforms to create your own story. You can then create a widget of this story to embed it in your website. And now anyone can create an account to “Storify” an event or social media conversation.

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22 Hot New Social Media Tools Worth Exploring

social media toolsAre you looking for the hottest new social media tools and services? We asked our team of Social Media Examiner writers to share their best new social media discoveries.

What follows is an amazing list of social media tools you’ve likely never heard of—covering a wide range of categories:

  • Tools for pictures, video, audio and screen capture
  • Tools to measure and track results
  • Tools to manage content
  • Blogging tools
  • Twitter tools
  • Other social media tools

Try them out. And be sure to report back here with your thoughts.

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