Are you looking for new social media tools?
Want to know what the experts are using?
In this article you’ll discover nine social media tools to save you time and improve your marketing efforts.
#1: Schedule Repins Using BoardBooster
Use BoardBooster to schedule Pinterest. There are several features which you can use daily within BoardBooster, one of the favorite is the “looping” ability.
This feature lets you set a board to repin an older pin from that board, and then delete the original pin or the new pin based on which one performed better.
Whether you’re a community manager, a social media marketer, a PR pro or a digital strategist, chances are good you could use a sounding board once in a while.
Joining a group of likeminded professionals is a great way to bounce around ideas, ask and answer questions and share industry news and tips.
Luckily, there are lots of communities out there where both new and seasoned pros can go to talk shop and get help—whether your preferred network is Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Google+!
Here’s a list of 30+ of the best groups to check out.
Top Twitter chats
A Twitter chat is where a group of Twitter users meet at a pre-determined time to discuss a certain topic, using a designated hashtag (#) for each tweet contributed. A host or moderator will pose questions (designated with Q1, Q2…) to prompt responses from participants (using A1, A2…) and encourage interaction among the group. Chats typically last an hour.
Imagine a business networking event—but without a dress code and with a keyboard instead of a bar. The same social customs apply—courtesy and respect—and it’s a great way to meet new people with similar interests. There are Twitter chats in almost every industry imaginable. Here are some of the best for marketing and social media.
Wednesday at 2pm EST
Founders: Kelly Lux and Jenn Pedde
Tweets per chat: 400+
This chat’s been around since early 2010, and still going stronger than ever. It’s one of the best weekly chats to talk and mingle with other community builders and managers.
Sundays at 9pm EST
Founder: Mack Collier
Tweets per chat: 1500+
This is another chat that’s been going on since the early days. It’s a fantastic chat to discuss the latest trends and get blogging tips.
Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EST
Founder: Marsha Collier
Tweets per chat: 1500+
Not just limited to social media, this Twitter chat is great for all things customer service. With a ton of loyal regulars who come back each week, it’s a great way to start building relationships with other customer service pros and get inspired to “wow” your customers on and offline day in and day out.
Wednesdays at 11am EST
Founder: Maria Duron
Tweets per chat: 1000+
This is a great chat for all things branding and digital marketing.
Tuesdays at 12pm EST
Tweets per chat: 50+
One of the newer chats out there; it’s a good one if you are interested in enterprise tech, big data, social business and community platforms.
Tuesdays at 8pm EST and Thursdays at 11am EST
Founder: Adrian Segar
Tweets per chat: 2,000+
Social media works at it’s best when it connects the online offline. This is a great chat to participate in to share event planning tips.
Tuesdays at 2pm EST
Founders: Michele Weisman
Tweets per chat: 360+
Started by Likeable Media, a social media agency, this chat is all around social media and digital marketing topics.
Tuesdays at 8pm EST
Founders: Viveka Von Rosen and Martine Hunter
Tweets per chat: 540+
If you are specifically focused on Linkedin, this chat is a great place to go for tips and best practices.
Tuesdays at 8pm EST
Founder: John Sternal and Chrisanne Sternal
Tweets per chat: 500+
While not specifically on social media, this a great chat if you are doing social media or digital marketing for a small business.
Mondays at 4pm EST
Founders: Rachel Miller and Brian Fanzo
Tweets per chat: 150+
Another newer chat; a great one on social business.
Thursdays at 12pm EST
Founders: Daniel Newman and Brian Fanzo
Tweets per chat: 600+
This chat is great for those in the cloud computing and Big Data industries.
Fridays at 2pm EST
Founders: Sherrie Rohde, Dom Garrett and Jonathan Brewer
Tweets per chat: 600+
Part Twitter chat and part Google Hangout on Air, this is another great group for community managers. You can tune into the Google Hangout on Air as well as ask questions on Twitter every Friday at 2pm EST.
Mondays at 9pm EST
Founder: Atomic Reach
Tweets per chat: 3,000+
This is a great chat for both content marketers and community managers, as it dovetails nicely into both areas.
Tuesdays at 2pm EST
Tweets per chat: 1,100+
Hosted by @Paper_li, this is another great chat to check out if you specialize in small biz.
Tuesdays at 9pm EST
Founder: Pam Moore
Tweets per chat: 750+
Started by Pam Moore, this chat aims to separate itself from the whole host of other social media chats by only focusing on the new and freshest perspectives.
Wednesdays at 12pm EST
Tweets per chat: 2,500+
I couldn’t write a post all about Twitter chats without mentioning Buffer’s chat. One of the newer chats on the scene, it’s definitely a great one to participate in.
Thursdays at 10pm EST
Founder: Aaron Kilby
Tweets per chat: 1,800+
This chat focused on the online media side, not-so shockingly from the name.
Wednesdays at 9pm EST
Founder: Kelly Lieberman
Tweets per chat: 900+
The original Twitter chat about Pinterest, this chat shares its passion for Pinterest through discussions of best practices, new uses, tools, personal/professional use and more.
Top Facebook Groups
Facebook Groups make it easy to connect with specific sets of people, like teammates or coworkers. Groups are dedicated spaces where you can share updates, photos or documents and message other group members, which makes them great for networking as well as sharing.
There’s a ton of conversations happening at just about every hour of the day within these Facebook groups, some of the best ones I’ve found.
Group size: 1,500+ members
Started by David Spinks, CMX’s Founder, this Facebook group is the world’s largest, dedicated resource for educating, supporting and empowering community professionals. It’s a great place to meet other community managers, ask questions and share knowledge.
Group size: 500+ members
If you have ever been to a Social Fresh Conference before, you know they create a Facebook group before each of their flagship conferences. Many of these groups have remained fairly active months, if not years, after each conference. It’s a great place to connect with other social media managers and ask questions/share knowledge around social media management and marketing best practices.
Group size: 2,100+ members
If you work in editorial or news media, this group is a must-join. It is a massive community and focuses on all things related to social media in news. Plus, the community moderators make a point to emphasize and enforce all chat is off the record.
22. Secret Team
Group size: 9,200+ members
While certainly not just about social media or community management, this is a great community, founded by Chris Brogan, for any entrepreneur, consultant or freelancer to join. The group only has three main ground rules.
- You can help others be more successful
- You’re open to talking about ways to improve yourself.
- You don’t try to sell the heck out of your fellow teammates.
Group size: 9,400+ members
This is another great hybrid group for both community and social media managers. You can mingle with other CMs, ask questions and share tips in more closed, focused environment.
Group size: 19,000+ members
If you are looking for your next top hire or looking for your next gig, this group is a must-join. The core purpose of this group is to share social media jobs all around the world. However, there is definitely a US biased in this group.
Group size: 8,000+ members
This group is solely for social media managers to assist each other with questions, share best practices and talk about the latest trends.
Group size: 300+ members
The whole purpose of this group is provide a safe space to ask any question related to social media. This group os where you can ask any social media questions you’re afraid to ask elsewhere. With safety in mind, all conversations that take place in this group are considered off the record and confidential.
Group size: 1,100+ members
Who doesn’t like wine and social media? This is the group for all social media managers who either work in food and wine or are just major foodies. Unlike some other groups mentioned in this post, this group skews very international and especially Australian-centric.
Bonus: Social Media Club
Group size: varies
Chances are if you live in a bigger city, you have a Social Media Club. Many of these clubs have their own local Facebook groups. This can be a great group to join to mingle with other pros in your specific area.
Top Linkedin Groups
If Linkedin is more your fancy, here’s a list of a few groups where you can mingle with other social media professionals.
Group size: 140,000+ members
Started in 2008, this one of the most established groups on Linkedin. It’s a great place for social media professionals in all areas to share business tips and discuss the latest trends.
Group size: 12,000+ members
This is a group for both community and social media managers to talk shop and share tips for how they use social media to engage with their respected communities.
Group size: 690,000+ members
This group is for any and all digital marketers. It covers everything from social media and PR tips to online advertising and analytics.
Top Google+ Groups
Last but certainly not least, here’s a list of a few Google+ communities where you can mingle with other social media professionals.
Many Google+ communities are quite active as a place to meet and engage with people on topics you’re interested in.
Group size: 59,000+ members
This is a great group specifically for social media marketers and digital PR pros to mingle with one another, chat about the latest trends and share interesting campaigns and case studies.
32. B2B Social Media
Group size: 1,800+ members
As it sounds, this is a group for social media managers in the B2B space. It’s specifically focused on sharing actionable tips, resources and campaigns relevant to B2B companies.
Group size: 400,000+ members
With more than 350,000 members, this community, which is run by Google, is a goldmine for small business owners looking for tips for how to stand out online. They share a bunch of insider tips and often run AMAs and Hangouts on Air with certified advisors in a variety of topics.
How to get involved
With so many great groups online, it can be hard to decide which ones to join and participate in. Regardless of which groups you end up participating in, any of the ones mentioned above can give you a significant advantage when it comes to networking with others in your industry, staying on top of industry trends and just having a place to brainstorm and ask for feedback.
Here are a few tips for how to get the most out of the groups that you join:
- Start small. Choose 2-3 groups total to participate in so you don’t get overwhelmed.
- Spend 10 minutes about three times per week in each group. That could be reading and “liking a post,” commenting, asking a question, etc.
- A good ratio to strive for is 80% commenting and/or sharing others’ content to 20% your own stuff. Spending too much time in the group talking about yourself or sharing your own content might not work as well to help you make connections as being interested in others.
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There are tons of amazing resources online for social media marketer to meet and learn from other pros. If I missed your favorite spot to ask and answer questions and get involved with the social media community, I’d love to hear about it! Share it below so we can keep making this resource even better for all of us.
1. Buffer – social media dashboard
My biggest time-saver has been using media management dashboard where I can manage all my social media profiles from one central place. At Buffer, we’re aiming to build a simple, clean, and intuitive tool to help with just this, and we’re so inspired by other dashboard tools like Hootsuite and Sprout Social. All are great options.
- You log in once to manage everything
- You can perform multiple actions in the same spot—sharing, scheduling, analyzing
Which networks it supports:
Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+
Tools similar to Buffer:
2. SumAll – social media reports
Once you connect your multiple social networks to SumAll, it’ll start pulling data and insights from your accounts, dropping the numbers into a central dashboard of analytics. You can then check up on these stats by visiting the app, or you can ask for a daily or weekly email with all the info.
- Reports come to you—no additional clicking or hunting
- Choose the stats that matter
Which networks it supports:
Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr
Tools like SumAll:
3. Feedient – centralized social media streams
Still in open beta, this tool collects your social media streams and displays them all from within the Feedient app. Feedient uses columns to show each channel’s content, similar to how Tweetdeck organizes feeds and lists for Twitter management. You can rearrange and organize as you’d like, and you can engage with the shares and updates from right within the app.
- Browse multiple social streams in one location
- Quickly engage with the updates you want
Which networks it supports:
Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Tumblr, RSS
4. SocialHunt – digests of your favorite people’s activity
One helpful way to save time when managing multiple social accounts is to cut down on the number of times you must visit each network individually. One area of assistance here is pulling updates from your most valued accounts out of social media and into your inbox. Social Hunt connects with Twitter to give you the updates from people you choose—with digests sent immediately, every three hours, or daily.
- Never miss an update from a user
- Monitor a group of chosen profiles (people, brands, etc.)
Which networks it supports:
Tools like Social Hunt:
5. SocialCount – tracking social shares for your content
For a quick and simple way to check the share count of your site’s content, plug your main URL into SocialCount and see the results. SocialCount gives you the top shares for each unique article on your site, aggregating data from Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
- Enter one URL, get all the results
- See which articles do well across multiple channels without having to constantly monitor multiple social channels
Which networks it supports:
Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn
Tools like SocialCount:
6. BuzzSumo Alerts – notifications when you & your content go viral
I’ve found great use with BuzzSumo in performing keyword and idea research for blog posts. Their Alerts tools has some great applications for managing multiple social media accounts as well. Instead of visiting each social network to spot mentions, you can tell BuzzSumo to email you any time your name or company name appears in highly-shared blog posts.
- Easily keep up to date on the virality of your brand
- Gauge the quality of your content as it appears on social media (without needing to even be on social media)
Which networks it supports:
Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest
Tools like BuzzSumo Alerts:
WordPress social sharing plugins. WordPress is home to over 35,000 plugins and there are over a few thousands social sharing plugins that you can choose for your WordPress blogs.
I hope you are looking for the best WordPress social sharing plugins for 2015 because in this article, you will find not the top 5 or 10 but 30 of the most popular social sharing plugins and those that you can use today (yes, right now) on your WordPress blogs.
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This post is really long, reaching the 2,000 words! To make reading much easier, I have divided this post into three parts (which I truly hope you like them):
- General WordPress social sharing plugins
- Pinterest sharing plugins
- Instagram sharing plugins
As a business consultant myself, I am a firm believer that social media in 2015 (and beyond) will focusing a lot on visual and therefore, I have included social sharing plugins for both Pinterest and Instagram.
General WordPress social sharing plugins
What is the best WordPress social sharing plugin?
These plugins are all-in-one plugins that allows you and your readers to share it across multiple social media platforms in just a few clicks.
1. Digg Digg
Created by Joel and Andrew from Buffer, this is one of the most popular WordPress social sharing plugins out there. It supports many forms of layouts, floating sharebar and major social media platforms as well. What makes Digg Digg super popular among bloggers is because it is extremely easy to setup.
Even for a free WordPress plugin, it comes with many juicy features which are important for many (including me). Shareaholic offers both floating and non floating social sharing buttons and it also has related posts feature inbuilt with it. Creating a free account with Shareaholic will enable you to access to many social analytics reports.
I usually buy a lot of plugins on a monthly basis but this is the only social sharing plugin I bought which is for social sharing only.
When I saw several authority sites using this plugin, I was stoked.
I was wondering what is so good about it and it is on sale on CodeCanyon for $14.
I bought it, took me 24 hours to configure it from scratch and boom, I was one happy kid on the block.
Make no mistakes. Easy Social Share Button for WordPress is one of the most setting extensive plugins I ever seen. You have the ability to configure everything according to your liking. It also has social sharing templates taken directly from Mashable, Upworthy and CopyBlogger. All you need to have those settings up is to select and save (done in 5 seconds).
One of the old timers in WordPress social sharing plugins, Flare is still used by quite a few websites. The main selling point for Flare is that you can configure and set it up under 60 seconds. With the free price tag, you just can’t go wrong with it.
Filament is created by the team behind SlideDeck and Hello Bar. Yes, Flare (above) is apart of Filament as well. This tool serve as a 3-in-1 pack which includes Flare for social sharing, Passport for increasing social followers, and Ivy to make texts shareable directly from your blog.
The attraction point of using Filament is the ability to provide you with analytics taken directly from your blog and by analyzing your followers. I often consider this as a Google Analytics for social.
Probably the top 5 most downloaded WordPress social sharing plugins I have seen until date (yes, with over 2 million downloads from WordPress repository). The developers had put a lot of effort into this plugin as setting it up is easy and this plugin offers social analytics too!
This WordPress social plugin is more than just a sharing tool. It offers content discovery (related articles), analytics and conversation tools to take your social media marketing to the next level. For your information, this plugin is a monster with over 2 million downloads.
Don’t let the name cloud you from the truth.
This plugin works on both floating and non floating section. It comes with shortcode feature (which is awesome) and over 20 different social media themes to choose from.
I call this simplicity at its best!
Handcrafted by the guys behind WPBeginner and OptinMonster, you know that you’re in good hands. This is also one of the earliest social sharing plugins I used on all my sites because the codes are so damn clean, aka faster loading speed.
Even though it has some slight limitations, this is still a powerful and easy to use plugin for any WordPress users.
Looking for social media icons that are supporting retina display functions? This is one plugin you need to try out. It is really light (lighter is better for loading speed), simple and optimized for performance.
This is another popular WordPress social sharing button for many bloggers. This plugin is really slick as it’s easy to configure. Settings are very much straight forward and customization is highly achievable.
Slightly different from the rest, this plugin allows you to place social media icons on the sidebar of your blog. it has 4 popular icon packs to choose from and this is an awesome way to double your followers in no time.
Did you know that this plugin has a whopping, 3.4 million downloads from WordPress repository alone? One of the biggest reasons (for me) is that is looks awesome. The stock feeling and numerous social media platforms to choose from are huge plus points. There’s also a colour panel to customize the plugin colour.
Looking for a cheaper WordPress social sharing plugin? This plugin only cost $9 from CodeCanyon and to be honest, it is one of the cheapest and most affordable ones I have ever seen!
This plugin allows you to create powerful social share buttons and floating share bars on your WordPress blogs.
At the price of $11, you’re getting 24 hours support from the developer team, full responsive social sharing plugin and retina ready display. It also comes with an unique feature CSS3 animated effects for a nice finishing touch.
Created by the guys behind WordPress, JetPack sharing button is definitely one of those tools you need to have if you are a developer. Easy to use and highly customizable, you can’t go any wrong with this.
Created by the StudioPress team, this is a powerful social plugin for WordPress users. What makes it powerful?
- Easily customizable
- Multiple social media platforms to choose from
The only disadvantage? It works as a widget only.
This is a simple WordPress sharing plugin that does the job properly all the time. It creates a vertical sharebar to the left of the blog post to help boost social shares.
SumoMe is already a household name when it comes to it’s awesome plugin. I love working with SumoMe because it doesn’t require a plugin to work (even though you could install it). At this point of writing, it has 10 features which includes social sharing.
Choosing the share icons to be visible before post, after post, floating or mobile view is 100% possible without a plugin thanks to SumoMe. It comes with an even awesome price tag as well, $0.
20. Social Locker
Do you notice some authority sites are using social locker to increase their engagement rate, boost followers and make their posts go viral?
Social Locker is a WordPress plugin that locks your most valuable site content behind a set of social buttons until the visitor likes, shares, +1s or tweets your page. It is a great tool to have especially when you want to double your engagement rate on social media. You can get it from CodeCanyon for only $24.
Another powerful (but highly affordable) social media sharing plugin for bloggers. Social Fans allows you to displaying your social accounts fans, subscribers and followers number on the sidebar. For only $16, you can easily create beautiful (and show off) your followers on social media gracefully.
When you need things to be done correctly (in this case, building a social sharing plugin), WP Social Sharing plugin is what you need. Simple to configure and responsive to mobile devices, this a very simple WordPress plugin that even beginners will find it useful.
WordPress plugins are created to help users like you and me solve our daily challenges. The same goes to social media sharing plugins and this is where Simplified Social Sharing comes into play. With this plugins, your readers can share it across over 50 different social platforms. Need less-complicated settings? Setting up this plugin is easy and it literally works out of the box.
WordPress social sharing plugins for Twitter
Let’s face it, I know there are many Twitter junkies out there and personally, I dig in to Twitter every day.
How about putting some firepower for your Twitter marketing? Here are some WordPress social plugins specially focused for Twitter.
ClickToTweet is managed by the team behind the popular WordPress plugin, CoSchedule. Now, you can start sharing posts into tweetable contents and they can be tweeted out in just one click.
Brainchild of the man behind BloggerJet, TweetDis is a powerful alternative to ClickToTweet. What I really love about TweetDis is the ability to customize the whole Twitter sharing experience. There are 12 different designs you can create and even further customize them.
The examples of TweetDis are used through this blog post.
WordPress social sharing plugin for Instagram
Do you know that there are social sharing plugins created specially for Instagram? With the influence of Instagram as a powerful image sharing platform, here are 5 plugins you can use to power up your Instagram marketing.
This plugins allows you to integrate images from your Instagram account into a widget or into content areas using short codes. It also allows you to display a link back to your Instagram account along with detailed stats of the photos uploaded. Visitors could also view your images using a slideshow which is totally awesome!
If you are looking for a plugin that is optimized for mobile devices, you don’t have to look any further. This WordPress plugin is a flexible Instagram solution that lets you display your images in a grid or a carousel and visitors can also view the images in lightbox mode. Just like Simply Instagram plugin, you can display images using a widget mode or short code.
If you are looking for an Instagram plugin that does all the basic jobs, this is the plugin for you. With this plugin, you can display widgets to showcase your Instagram stats. The best part for this plugin is that it supports WordPress multisite feature.
If you are an Instagram addict and want to take it off to the next level on WordPress, you definitely need this plugin.
This plugin allows you to display images in thumbnail grids, lists, full screen mode, and more. It can pull images from the popular Instagram feed, hash tags, multiple users, and location. Plus, it comes with a responsive design which is plain awesome for mobile devices.
Make no mistake; this is a powerful Instagram plugin that focuses on speed and usability. This plugin caches images on your website to ensure that they are delivered to visitors quickly. It can also pull images from an Instagram user or from a hash tag.
It has supports for high pixel density devices and visitors can brows images using a lightbox gallery. All aspects of the widget including the image size, column count, and follow button can be customized accordingly which increased the usability and features by over a mile when compared to the rest of the competitors.
Do you have a favorite social sharing plugin for WordPress?
Of course, I certainly hope that you find this post useful and you’ll be able to find the best WordPress social sharing plugin that works for you. Feel free to tell me what you think or share your favorite social sharing plugin for WordPress using the comment form below.
With Buffer‘s free plan, you get all the major engagement stats for every update you post on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn. My favorite feature—and one I’m always stoked to see!—is the Top Tweet/Top Post badge that pops up when an update goes above and beyond the average performance.
One of our favorite Twitter tools, Followerwonk shows you detailed breakdowns of your followers and activity. Click on the Analytics tab, enter a Twitter username (either yours or someone else’s), and view information on followers and following. See stats like when your followers are online, when you typically post, and how your followers fall into categories like social authority, activity, total tweets, and follower count.
This Pinterest tool helps with much beyond analytics. You can schedule pins, promote pins, and gain new followers all through Viralwoot. The analytics on the free plan shows you new followers, new repins, and new likes, and paid users have the option to receive pin alerts when content from your website gets pinned.
A complete Instagram management tool, Iconosquare includes a user-friendly Instagram analytics section that shows big-picture views of posts, likes, comments, and followers, as well as breakdowns for the last seven days or last month, plus scores for love (the likes on your photos), talk (the comments on your photos), and reach (how many likes come from outside your followers).
From the main analytics dashboard, you can click to receive a summary snapshot of your main stats sent to you via email.
Another spot for Instagram stats, Collecto offers an overview of the main engagement stats for your account plus a quick view of your most liked, most commented, and most popular photos of all time.
The No. 1 use for Google Analytics is for analyzing website traffic. And as part of the analysis, you can dig into the referral stats on your social media marketing as well. Click through to Acquisition > Social, and you can check out how many visits your site receives from each of the major social networks. If you choose to add goals to your GA tracking, you can see the direct impact of social on the goals and paths as well.
The analytics at SumAll come from a huge number of assorted, connected apps. You can wire up your major social media accounts – Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and more – and SumAll will send out a daily or weekly email with insights on how things have changed day-to-day and week-to-week. All the info is saved to a web dashboard, too, for easy viewing any time.
Free plans on Quintly let you access analytics for up to three Facebook pages, offering stats on the main engagement metrics (likes, comments, shares) plus stats on follower growth. When you add multiple pages, you can quickly see at-a-glance how the pages compare on the graphs.
The robust features at Cyfe let you create a custom dashboard filled with stats from dozens of marketing tools. Their social media section lets you sync up all the major networks and pull overview reports or individual reports for the accounts you manage and the accounts you want to follow.
Another Pinterest-only too, Tailwind helps with optimization and scheduling of pins, and it gives you some keen insights into both your Pinterest profile and the Pinterest popularity of your website. Check out how many times content from your blog has been shared on Pinterest, and see which of your boards is most popular with followers.
The free plan at Beevolve lets you create and send social media messages with direct tracking on the dollars-and-cents ROI. Tell Beevolve how much it cost to create your content and how much you expect to receive per visitor, and Beevolve will handle the rest—sending the message, analyzing the response, and emailing you the report.
For hashtag campaign tracking, Keyhole offers a wealth of statistics that can help you sort the popularity and success of a branded hashtag (or any other hashtag you choose). You can save a hashtag search so you can quickly and easily refer to it later on.
Working with your profiles and pages across the major social channels, Klout puts together a score from 0 to 100 on your influence on social media. One interesting aspect to note about the score is how the contributions break down across your various connected networks. With this, you can see which networks are making the biggest impact for you.
The Riffle browser extension adds an overlay to the Twitter profiles you visit, showing stats like retweets per tweet and favorites per tweet as well as info on the top hashtags, mentions, and urls that appear in one’s Twitter timeline.
A quick-and-easy Twitter analytics tool, MyTopTweet (from the creators of Riffle) shows you the top 10 tweets for any Twitter user you wish. The Top 10 is ranked according to number of retweets. It’s quite useful to see your own top tweets as well as the content that has done well for others in your industry.
Enter your brand name in the HowSocialble search box, and you’ll receive a social score for Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and LinkedIn (more networks can be unlocked with a free or paid account). The score factors in activity around your brand name over the past seven days.
A fully-featured Twitter management tool, SocialBro offers a free plan for Twitter users with fewer than 5,000 contacts. With SocialBro insights, you can receive a report on the best time to tweet and community insights into the demographics of your followers. Paid plans offer further features like expanded analytics.
Type in any keyword, hashtag, or username, and TweetReach returns a snapshot of analytics on your search, including charts and graphs for reach, exposure, activity, and contributors. It’s quite useful for checking in on mentions of your Twitter username and tracking branded hashtags and industry keywords.
19. WolframAlpha Facebook Report
A fun tool built by the team behind the Wolfram Alpha search engine, the Wolfram Alpha Facebook Analyzer shows you all sorts of fun and useful demographic information for your Facebook profile.
6 social media analytics dashboards from the social networks themselves
Several of the major social media networks have their own built-in analytics that offer some great insights into your activity on the network. Here’s how to dig into each of the analytics offered by the social networks themselves.
1. Facebook Insights
Available for all Page admins, Facebook Insights show you the full stats behind your posts, your fans, and your reach. Additionally, from the Insights tab, you can set up a list of Pages to Watch, which gives you information on the performance of other Facebook pages.
To access Insights, click the Insights tab in the menu bar across the top of your Facebook page (the menu bar is visible only to admins of the page).
Quick tip: You can click on the “people reached” text at the bottom of any individual post in your Page’s timeline to see a pop-up of the full stats for that post.
Twitter provides a 28-day overview of how your tweets have performed in all the major engagement areas—retweets, mentions, favorites, and clicks. One of the most useful bits of analysis here is seeing the impressions of each tweet. You can export all the data and run some pretty neat reports for yourself.
Clicking on any individual tweet in your list will show a complete breakdown of every element of engagement on the tweet, including clicks on URLs, clicks on your username, clicks on images, expanded details, and a bar chart for engagement over the first 24 hours and the past 24 hours.
To access Twitter analytics, log in to Twitter and go to analytics.twitter.com.
One of the best sources for Pinterest analytics resides at Pinterest itself. From the Pinterest analytics dashboard, you can see insights into every relevant aspect of your Pinterest marketing. The dashboard shows growth in impressions and followers, audience stats, and website engagement. You can click into more in-depth reports for each of these and see which posts and boards have performed the best.
To access Pinterest analytics, log in to Pinterest and go to analytics.pinterest.com. Pinterest analytics is available to business accounts; you can convert a personal account to a business account for free.
4. LinkedIn analytics for individuals
As a LinkedIn member, you can click to see who’s viewed your profile, which shows way more than just the profiles of the people who viewed you. LinkedIn collects tons of information on these profile views and shares it in charts and graphs that show how your views have changed over time, which similarities exist among those who view your profile, and suggestions on who to follow and how to fill out your profile to maximize your new opportunities.
For the curious, there’s even a section that shows how you rank in your current organization in terms of profile views.
To access LinkedIn’s profile views data, log in to LinkedIn and go to Profile > Who’s Viewed Your Profile from the menu bar at the top of the page.
5. LinkedIn analytics for businesses
Much like Facebook’s Insights tab, LinkedIn’s analytics include an overview of all the posts on your business page as well as a breakdown of your followers and follower growth.
To access LinkedIn analytics, log in at LinkedIn and go to your business page. Click on Analytics next to the Home link at the top of the page.
6. Google+ Insights
A smooth and simple view of information for your Google+ page, the insights at Google+ show you visibility, engagement, and audience overviews. There’s not a whole lot of room to drill down deeper into these stats, which makes them great for quick-and-easy snapshots.
To access Google+ Insights, log in at Google+ and visit your company page. Click the Manage Page button that appears at the top. Scroll down to the Insights section.
Social Media Marketing has become a very critical & unavoidable part of every marketing campaign these days. It’s effectiveness is proven for all sizes of business. However, as your brand & user base grows across multiple social platforms, it becomes really difficult to manage multiple SMO campaigns at higher level.
Variety of Social Media Marketing Tools comes very handy in such situation.
You still have to create high quality content manually (no excuse for that) but these tools can literally take care of many other tasks with highest efficiency and improve your productivity dramatically.
Based on features & ability to perform certain tasks, we have selected these 44 Social Media Marketing Tools that are widely used in market. Let’s have a look at each of them with details:
Social Media Management Tools
These tools allows you to manage small, big & enterprise size SMO campaigns from single application. These are built for individuals & teams to collaborate on multiple projects.
Enhance your social media management with HootSuite, the leading social media dashboard. Manage multiple networks and profiles and measure your campaign results.
Features: Management, Marketing, Social Selling, Customer Service, Team Collaboration
- Pro: $8.99/mo
- Enterprise: on request
Buffer makes it super easy to share any page you’re reading. Keep your Buffer topped up and they automagically share posts for you through the day.
Features: Schedule posts, Short links, Share buttons, Multiple Networks & Profiles
- Personal: $10/mo
- Business: $50/mo and more
Sprout Social is a social media management tool created to help businesses find new customers & grow their social media presence – It’s a management & engagement platform for social businesses.
Features: Engage, Publish, Analyze, Monitor, Social CRM, Collaborate, Help Desk
- Deluxe: $59/mo
- Premium: $99/mo
- Team: $500/mo
Boost your social media productivity — it doesn’t have to be a manual time-consuming process! Easily schedule updates, find quality people to follow, and monitor social media activity!
Features: Schedule posts, Find audience, Follow back, RSS to social post, Submit via email
- Free: 7 days
- Pro: $36/mo
- Twitter Only: $14/mo
Wildfire provides powerful, easy-to-use social media marketing tools for pages, messages, ads, promotions, monitoring, analytics and more.
Features: Social landing pages, Promotions, Ads, Social messaging, Social analytics, Campaigns, Team collaboration, Monitor & respond
- Not disclosed, available on request
Measure your social ROI, identify leads and integrate into existing marketing tools with Viralheat’s unified marketing suite.
Features: Monitor, Analyze, Publish, Sentiments, Workflow Management, Understand Social Leads, Compliance
- 5 profiles: $9.99/mo
- 20 profiles: $29.99/mo
- 40 profiles: 89.99/mo
Netvibes is the all-in-one dashboard intelligence platform for real-time social media monitoring, social analytics, brand sentiment, reputation management, team management, company intranets and community portals.
Features: Monitor, Share, Search, Track, Tagging, Alerts, Analytics, Push publishing
- Basic: free
- VIP: 2 €/mo
- Premium: $649/mo
- Team: on request
Postling is your all-in-one inbox for all social activity about your business. Read and respond to comments left on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other major social networks.
Features: Social inbox, Scheduled publishing, Reply by email, Reputation management, Suggestion engine
- 5 accounts: $10/mo
- Additional: $3/account/mo
CrowdBooster measures and optimizes your social media marketing, providing powerful, easy-to-use analytics and recommendations on Twitter and Facebook.
Features: Schedule posts, Find, engage & follow, Sharing & collaboration
- Bronze: $9/mo
- Silver: $49/mo
- Gold: $119/mo
SocialFlow uses Real-Time data and business rules to determine what and when to publish to your social media properties for both owned and paid social posts.
Features: Optimize, Streamline, Promote, Content support, Engagement, Auto publishing at relevant time
- Available on request
HubSpot’s Social Inbox plugs into your contacts database, color-codes your customers and leads, helps you prioritize your engagement, and delivers real social ROI.
Features: Social InBox, Socialmonitoring, Smart publishing, Manage content, Social ROI
- Basic: $200/mo
- Pro: $800/mo
- Enterprise: $2,400/mo
Social Media Monitoring Tools
These tools particularly help in monitoring your brand in the social world. Real time mentions & discussions about your brand allows you to quickly & directly connect with your audience & maintain your brand reputation by engaging in dialog with them.
Media monitoring made easy with Mention. Create alerts for your name, brand, competitors and be informed in real-time of any mention on the web and social networks
Features: Monitor in real time, React to mentions, Analyze stats, Work in team
- Starter: 29 € /mo
- Growth: 99 € /mo
- Company: 299 € /mo
Social Mention is a social media search engine that searches user-generated content such as blogs, comments, bookmarks, events, news, videos, and microblogging services.
Feature: Search in real time, Analyze
It is a search engine of social networks that searches user-generated content such as news, videos and images on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more.
Features: Real time search
It is a free social media monitoring tool that helps you to measure and track your brand’s magnitude via 36 social media metrics.
Features: Measure mentions, Monitor online reputation
- Free: 12 metrics
- Basic: $9/ 3 months
- Plus: $19/ 3 months
- Max: $99/ 3 months
IceRocket is an Internet search engine which specializes in real-time search. It returns results results from blogs, twitter & facebook.
Features: Mention search, Trend tool
Socialbakers is a popular provider of social media analytic tools, statistics and metrics for Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, YouTube and LinkedIn.
Features: Social analytics, Content builder, Social listening, Ad analytics, Deep analysis for FB, Twitter, YouTube & G+
- Varies from $120/mo to $1,000/mo & more
Nutshell Mail helps you in saving time for monitoring & managing Facebook, Twitter & more. A free summary of your social media activity — delivered to your email inbox on your schedule.
Features: Social updates in email, Mentions, Likes, Comments, Rating & reviews from local websites as well
Heartbeat is one-stop solution for Social Media Tracking, Manage Conversations, Workflow on Facebook, Twitter, Blogs etc..
Features: Monitor conversation, Measure metrics, Engage with influencers
- Start from $500/mo
It’s a Real-Time Monitoring tool for social media with Analytics and Email Alerts. Twitter, Google+ and Facebook Search Without Logging in.
Features: Live updates, Detailed analytics, Sentiment
- Free: 2 email alerts
- Basic: 3.49 € /mo
- Standard: 8.49 € /mo
- Professional: 19.49 € /mo
Social Pointer is Real-Time Social Media Marketing Tool. This tools enables you to monitor your brand, listen to the conversation, and respond in real time.
Features: Monitor, Listen, Respond
Social Media Reporting Tools
When it comes to social media, data is the key. In most cases there is so much of data related to your customers, demographics, bran mentions, cross channel application and signals – that it becomes impossible to make any sense out of this much information. These tools make your life easier by presenting all the data in easily consumable manner.
Simply Measured’s leading social media analytics provide in-depth measurement and reporting across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and many more.
Features: Analysis & bench marking, Monitoring & research, Detailed reports
- Social: $500/mo
- Professional: $800/mo
- Enterprise: available on demand
Get more done with nimble social media reporting. Deliver social media reports that prove value and get the recognition you deserve.
Features: Management, Brand monitoring, Social matrix, Conversation tracking, Team collaboration
- Pro: $99/mo
- Agency: $249/mo
Social Report is social and web analytics dashboard, a place where you can track all of your social accounts, networks, websites, short links, and blogs.
Features: Analytics, Publisher, Buzz discovery, Team management
- Starter: $9/mo
- Standard: $39/mo
- Advance: $79/mo
- Pro: $159/mo
Locowise is the professional’s comprehensive social media analytics and reporting tool of choice for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and many more.
Features: Social metrics, Content analysis, Benchmarking, Publishing schedule
- Insights: $120/mo
- Advance: $300/mo
- Pro: $400/mo
Cyfe enables you to monitor brand mentions, track number of Twitter followers over time, view Facebook demographics, and more.
Features: Social media dashboard, Overview, Analytics, Demographics
Powerful social media management, monitoring and analytics software, chosen by brands all over the world to efficiently engage with their social customers.
Features: Monitor social web, Real time engagement, Analytics & reporting, Teamwork, Publishing, Workflow automation, Social CRM
- Basic: €500/mo
- Professional: €1500/mo
- Enterprise: €3000/mo
Sendible is a social media management, monitoring & analytics platform that helps companies manage their social media presence more efficiently.
Features: Engage with social inbox, Mention monitor, Social CRM, Measure efforts, Multi Posting, Reputation management
- Solo: $9.99/mo
- Startup: $39.99/mo
- Business: $69.99/mo
- Corporate: $99.99/mo
- Premium: $499.99/mo
Talkwalker is one of the most powerful search & analytics engines for Social Media – click here to access the free social search & analytics !
Features: Monitor mentions, Alerts, Analyze campaigns, Benchmark & compare, Reporting
- Basic: 500€/mo
- Corporate: 1000€/mo
- Enterprise: 2200€/mo
Social Media Analytics Tools
Rather then performing a certain task, these tools are more useful for number crunching & data analysis. You can take some critical decision about your SMO campaigns based on the insights presented by these tools. All major social network platforms offer in-built analytics data which gives in-depth analysis of your account.
Social reports inside GA help you measure the impact that social media has on your business goals and conversions. Integrated web and social data provides a holistic view of your content and community.
Features: Network referrals, Social conversion, Landing pages, Social user flow
Platform Insights features analytics with in-depth data about the health of your Google+ Sign-In integration. From measuring user growth to visualizing the viral spread of interactive posts, Platform Insights helps uncover trends and optimize your integration for improved acquisition and engagement.
Features: Users, Post views, Clicks & CTRs
By understanding and analyzing trends within user growth and demographics, consumption of content, and creation of content, Page owners and Platform developers are better equipped to improve their business with Facebook.
Features: General page matrix, Page performance, Likes, reach, clicks, Comments, Engagement, Demographics
With Pinterest Analytics, see what people like from your profile and what they save from your website. Get new data about your audience, too, so you can learn what your customers really want.
Features: Know which pins are working, who are the people saving from your website, audience demographics, device they use, and more.
Measure and boost your impact on Twitter. Measure engagement and learn how to make your Tweets more successful, explore the interests, locations, and demographics of your followers.
Features: Tweeted activity, Followers, Twitter cards
Trackur is a social media monitoring tool designed to assist companies and PR professionals in tracking what is said about brands on the internet.
Features: Analytics & insights, Brand buzz, Influence & sentiment
- Plus: $97/mo
- Premium: 197/mo
- Ultimate: $477/mo
uberVU is a real-time social media marketing platform that shows brands what they need to know, now.
Features: Emerging trends & topics, Real time conversation, Schedule responses, Smart schedule, Find & connect influencers, Sharing volume & stats Sentiment level
- Starts at $499 & more
Features: Track, Benchmark, Optimize, Centralized analytics
- Pro: $99/mo
- Pro Plus: $199/mo
- Agency: $399/mo
Social Media Crowd Promotion Tools
Although it’s always good to execute your social promotions in a natural way, many business owners & marketers prefer to use crowd promotion platforms to boost their social media visibility. If done in proper way, it can get you rapid exposure in your niche and boost your search engine rankings as well. But sometimes you might end up with high ratio of irrelevant and low quality audience on your social profiles, which never converts to lead or customer.
Important Note: Search engines started to track down & punish reciprocal links before few years. Similarly, it’s going to detect reciprocal social activity in near future for sure. Thus, it’s advised to use these services with caution.
Common Features: Social promotion, Boost social presence & reach
FaceBook: Get more likes, shares & followers
Twitter: Get more tweets, re-tweets & favorites
Google Plus: Get more likes, comment & shares
Price: Works on number of credit you buy, you can use each credit to get certain number of likes, follower or shares.
Here we are, with 44 most popular Social Media Marketing Tools & their details. Choose the one that fits in your marketing objectives & budget.
Search engines are now giving very high importance to social signals & it’s actually being used to judge the quality of your content & website, which ultimately results in Higher Search Engine Rankings & more exposure for your website – both on Social Networks & in SERP Results as well.
December 3, 2014 | Categories: Social Media, Social Media Tool | Tags: Social Media Analytic Tools, Social Media Management Tools, Social Media Monitoring Tools, Social Media Promotion Tools, Social Media Reporting Tools, Social Media Tools | Leave a comment
The Huge List of 39 Blogging Tools
Tools to brainstorm blogging ideas
The crowdsourced answer website can help lead you to the types of questions that real people are asking, questions that you can answer in-depth with a blogpost. Search for your keyword, and follow topics related to your blog’s focus.
Enter a topic or a URL into the BuzzSumo search box, and you’ll get a wealth of information on the content that performs best for social media sharing. BuzzSumo can be super useful for fleshing out an existing idea to find the perfect angle or in taking a broad look at the content that does well (and the blogs who do it best) in your niche.
3. Quick Sprout
Enter a URL into Quick Sprout, and you get an analysis of the site’s performance and content. The “Social Media” tab shows you which posts from the site have been home runs, and you can take inspiration from the highlights on the list.
Enter a subject into the Portent tool, and you’ll get a sample blogpost title, complete with helpful and witty breakdowns of why the title might make for a good read. Refresh as many times as you’d like for new ideas.
HubSpot’s title maker works similarly to Portent’s. With the HubSpot tool, you can enter three keywords, and HubSpot will give you five titles—a week’s worth of content—to work with.
The trending topics section on your Twitter homepage can be a super spot for grabbing ideas from the latest news. You can tailor your trending topics to go uber-local (the big cities near and around you) or even receive fully tailored tweets that take into account your location and those you follow. (Click the “Change” link at the top of the Trends section on your Twitter homepage.)
Similar to Twitter’s trending topics, LinkedIn Pulse pulls content from the channels you follow on LinkedIn and the people in your LinkedIn network.
For additional trending topics on social media, you can check out Facebook’s Trending section and Google+’s What’s Hot page.
Tools to organize your ideas
We like to add all our blogpost ideas into Trello, turning each idea into a card that we can spec out with notes and move from list to list with a simple drag-and-drop.
For super fast idea collecting, you can drop everything into Evernote—notes, snippets, photos, webpages, and more. The tagging system in Evernote is incredibly robust, so you can keep your ideas with a simple tag in a number of cool ways—by topic, by idea stage, and more.
10. Google Calendar
Calendar tools like Google Calendar can be repurposed as editorial calendars. If publishing one post per day, you can save your ideas as all-day events and move them around the calendar as needed. If you plan on scheduling multiple posts, add a calendar event to the specific publish time. Zoom in and out to see what you’ve got planned for a given day, week, or month.
Place your ideas into a to-do list where you can schedule when blogposts might go live and break down the blogpost writing process into manageable steps. Todoist lets you collaborate on shared tasks with a team, too.
Another useful to-do list tool, Wunderlist can help you keep your ideas sorted into tasks and subtasks. Even consider adding a listicle idea and creating subtasks for each of the list items you want to add.
When your ideas come with files, Dropbox is one of the best spots to store and share things like pdfs, Word Docs, design files, photos, and more.
Tools to create well-optimized content
14. Google Trends
Is your blogpost idea a popular one? You can run the topic through Google Trends to see search volume for the different keywords and phrases you’re considering using.
15. Keyword Planner
How do you frame your awesome idea into a far-reaching blogpost (that people can easily find)? Check for popular keywords. Google’s Keyword Planner lets you enter a series of keywords, and Google returns results on search volume and popularity as well as related keywords that might spark an idea for you.
An alternative to Google’s Keyword Planner, Keyword Tool returns up to 750 suggestions for every keyword you enter.
(For yet another keyword tool alternative, take SERP Stat for a spin.)
SEO plugins can help you fine tune your idea and blogpost into a specific keyword or phrase that will help with search results and help keep your blogpost focused. With Yoast’s plugin, you can type in the keyword that you’re after, and Yoast tells you how many different spots on the page the post appears and a nice green dot for when you’re ready to go.
Tools to help you write easier and faster
18. Google Docs
Many bloggers go straight to the writing editor in their blog software (WordPress, Ghost, etc.). You can also consider writing in Google Docs for collaborating with others and tapping into the extra power of Google Docs’ spelling and grammar tools.
19. Egg Timer
A super simple timer, tell Egg Timer how long you want to work—15 minutes for research, 40 minutes to write a draft, etc.—and Egg Timer will count down the time. When time’s up, a popup appears and the timer sounds.
One of the most straightforward and fun time tracking tools you’ll find, Toggle lets you add a task, push the Start/Stop button, and check back in to see a full dashboard of stats on how you spend your time. It could be really useful for bloggers who want to focus on the time they spend writing, researching, and editing.
A really interesting free marketing tool, Hemingway analyzes your text for readability, highlighting sentences that are a bit too complex or dense. The readability for the list post you’re reading now: A seventh grade reading level.
Copy and paste your article into Grammarly’s online grammar checker to how it performs against checks for spelling, sentence structure, punctuation, style, and more. The initial score is free to see. The specifics of what to change (as well as suggestions from Grammarly) come with their paid plans.
This helpful tool is baked right into the WordPress editor. To access the Distraction-Free editor, click on the four-way arrow icon in the top right corner of any WordPress post you’re writing.
Download the Desk app (currently Mac only) to write straight from your desktop in a clear and uncluttered editor (with markdown support), then connect directly to WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, Facebook, and a host of other online publishing sites.
Tools to create beautiful blog visuals
Every month, receive an email with links to a new collection of free, high-res lifestyle photos. The site offers a premium subscription as well to be able to access and search its full archive.
One of the 53+ places we scour to find free images, PhotoPin lets you search millions of Creative Commons photos from Flickr.
Grab screenshots and annotate with notes, arrows, and icons. Skitch connects directly to your Evernote account so you can save all the screengrabs you take.
28. Meme Generator
Sometimes a simple meme says more than any other image could. Meme Generator lets you create a meme from scratch or use an existing meme character to add your own saying.
Probably our most-used image tool at Buffer, Canva makes image creation super easy (especially for non-designers) with their premade templates, custom image sizes for every social media channel, drag-and-drop interface, cool fonts, and more. Most every original image you see shared from our social accounts was made in Canva.
Photoshop is the king of image software. Gimp is like a free version of Photoshop. Most all major features are there, and amateur designers can get all sorts of things done with layers, masks, photo effects, and more.
31. Share as Image
Turn text from any webpage into a shareable image with the Share as Image browser extension and bookmarklet. The Pro plan ($8/month) even lets you add custom branding to the image and choose from a huge number of background photos and fonts.
Tools to distribute your content far and wide
We wrote about the topic of content distribution tools in more depth in a separate blog post as well. Click through that post for even more ideas for tools and resources to try when promoting your content.
Once your blogpost is written and published, you can set up an easy sharing schedule with Buffer. Schedule your new article to go to your social channels multiple times with different headlines or images attached to each update.
Emotional Marketing Value checks for emotional words in your headline, and the analyzer tool returns a score of EMV words compared to total words in the headline.
34. Click to Tweet
Built by the team at CoSchedule (which also makes a helpful WordPress calendar and scheduler), this WordPress plugin makes it simple to highlight snippets of your blogpost for readers to easily share on Twitter. For sites not running WordPress, consider a tool like clicktotweet.
In a single WordPress plugin, Filament contains a group of useful features including Flare, a social share button plugin that makes it easy for others to share your blogpost on Twitter, Facebook, Buffer, and more—even spots like Hacker News and Reddit. Other Filament apps include: MailChimp subscribe form, Google Analytics tracking, all-in-one profiles, code management, and share highlighter.
36. Digg Digg
Digg Digg was built by our Buffer engineers a couple years back, and it’s been a staple on the Buffer blog ever since. What we’ve found most helpful with Digg Digg integration is the flexibility of where you can place the share buttons: floating to the left or right of the article (see our Open blog), pinned to the top or bottom of a blog post (see this Buffer Social blog), or manually wherever you wish inside your theme.
There’s a great list of social sharing plugins reviewed here, if you’d like more options.
Signing up for webmaster tools can reveal a lot of SEO opportunities for your blogposts. For instance, see where you rank in search engine results for certain keywords, then build links to your most popular keyword posts to increase the rankings even more.
MailChimp is one of the biggest and best (and free) ways to send email to your list of contacts. You can set up automated campaigns that deliver each new post that you write, or you can create campaigns from scratch. MailChimp offers free accounts for those with fewer than 2,000 contacts in their list.
Run A/B tests of your headlines with this WordPress plugin from KingSumo. If the cost is a bit steep ($99 lifetime charge), you can try out the other Sumo plugin, SumoMe, which offers some handy tools for growing an email list, analyzing your blogposts, and sharing content to social media.
Over to you
What are your favorite blogging tools? Which ones did I not include here that you would add to the list?
I’m always keen to learn more about what tools are out there. Please do share in the comments if you have any tips or tools to talk about!
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1. Symbaloo is an easy-to-use social bookmarking interface that is meant to be set as your personal homepage. You can organize your favorite places on the web into a collection of visual icons right at your fingertips. Your favorite bookmarks are turned into tiles, and you can click your way to the newest content. This is a good application if you already have an idea of where all of the best content is published.
2. Scoop.it allows you to discover the web’s best content by linking to other content curators. You can add your own insight on content through the interface, and easily share your findings and commentary on social media. Scoop.it is formatted into a magazine-style layout, all while connecting to a community and generating traffic to your own website.
Cost: $12.99/month for Social Media Publishing, $79.99/month for SEO and Branding
3. iFlow’s content discovery platform allows users to curate and and create topics that are relevant to their niche. Following the “flows” gives you streaming and continuous updates on your topics of interest. Sort through the topics and choose content that best fits your brand’s message.
4. Curata is a little on the pricey side of content curation, but it’s a powerful tool where you can discover, organize and share your curated content. If you have large amounts of high volume content to scan, Curata might be worth the investment.
5. Pinterest: Perhaps one of the most widely used content curation tools out there, Pinterest has exploded with visual content over the last few years. There’s no shortage of content on this platform, with more than 30 billion pins to date. You can shift through content by category, or type in keywords to try your luck.
6. ‘Feedly: Feedly isn’t a new curation tool on the block, but it serves its purpose. It’s best suited for curating blog posts, since it doesn’t pull graphics or images. Despite the lack of visuals, you’ll still pull some top notch content from Feedly that’s sure to fuel your curation needs.
7. ContentGems: With 200,000+ RSS feeds in its archives, you’re bound to find content that tickles your fancy on ContentGems. Using a list of keywords, ContentGems lets you view content at the click of a button on their website, or you can have content emailed to you direct. You can easily share your insights on all the major social media platforms, and even your WordPress website.
Cost: The price depends on how many interests you’re looking to field. Two interests per month costs nothing. However, you can have up to 120 interests for $99/year.
8. MyCurator for WordPress: For those who are using WordPress, MyCurator is a source of inspiration for regularly curating content. It’s a plugin that pulls interesting articles and blogs from around the web. MyCurator’s Get It Bookmarklet inserts the content right into a draft post, where you can start adding your own
unique spin right away.
Cost: Individuals are free; Business Plans are $30/month.
9. Swayy: Swayy is a quick and convenient content curation interface. It lets you share the best infographics, articles, videos and blogs with your audience. It gauges the best shareable content by audience engagement and reaction.
Cost: The price of Swayy ranges from free all the way up to $119/month.
10. Trap.it’s claim to fame is being an intelligent content curation tool. The more you use Trapit, the smarter it becomes. The idea behind the platform is to set “traps” in order to catch all of the good stuff that you don’t have to hunt for yourself. Trapit pulls data from over 100,000 journals, blogs, magazines, podcasts and video feeds. It’s geared toward business-oriented users and is currently in demo.
Cost: Required to request a demo
11. PublishThis is a platform that is focused on curating content based on topics and categories instead of keywords. It has advanced tagging capabilities and indexes 100 million content items per month from 300,000 sources. With that much content at your fingertips, you’ll easily find engaging content to share with your audience. However, like Trapit, PublishThis is currently in demo mode.
Cost: Required to request a demo
12. Spundge is a content curation tool that helps you showcase your expertise with relevant content. The platform is set up in a format that’s similar to Pinterest, showcasing notebooks that are categorized by keywords. You then use “firehoses” to stream your content into an RSS feed. Over time, the quality of your results will improve once Spundge learns what you’re looking for.
Cost: Free or go Pro for $29 per month
13. Learnist is an education-based curation tool where experts can share their insights. Boards are created by industry experts to help educate the audience of Learnist. This is a place where you can gain knowledge straight from a source of experts. You’ll learn something new every day.
14. Keeb: While you’re surfing the internet, you can activate Keeeb in your browser to clip any kind of content, from individual sentences to video clips. These clips are known as Keebs, and you can rearrange your keebs based on topic or interest. Open your keebs to the public to maximize your brand exposure.
15. Slideshare: You don’t exactly organize content with Slideshare, but it’s a great tool to share content and gain new exposure. Slideshare is full of content marketing ideas, and there’s plenty to learn about content curation on the platform as well. Uploading content to Slideshare is super simple, and you don’t even need Microsoft Office to create a Powerpoint presentation. You can use Google Drive to create a slideshow and save it as a .pptx file. Your audience will never know the difference.
16. Storify is an engaging visual platform for social storytelling. Users can build custom story displays for engaging audiences. You can create stories on different categories such as design or business.
A WordPress plugin for Storify is also available. The plugin embeds your curated stories, videos, and images into posts or pages. From there, you can engage your audience with new content quickly and efficiently – and they don’t even have to leave your website.
Cost: Sign up is free or you can inquire about the enterprise plan
17. List.ly allows curators to gather and organize content into convienent lists. With these lists, users can vote the content up or down. You can create lists of practically anything with Listly, and there’s a WordPress plugin for it as well.
The WordPress List.ly plugin embeds your lists directly onto your website, giving you the ability to edit or add to your lists directly from your blog. Building lists via WordPress is also great for your website’s SEO, as you’re constantly putting out new content with the plugin.
This tool from fanpagekarma.com will analyze you and your competitor’s Facebook profiles and give you insight and analysis on how to increase
your daily social reach. Get your page analyzed today and see how you can improve your social media performance!
Facebook’s enormous user base is both beneficial and a hindrance to your marketing capabilities. On the one hand, it has a massive market to target, making it easy for your business’s Facebook Page to cultivate a loyal audience. With more than 1 billion Facebook users, this comes as little surprise.
On the other hand, however, you might have to compete with so many other businesses that your content gets lost in the shuffle. As I’m sure you’ve heard, News Feeds had problems showing timely posts as they are more regularly dominated by older stories.
Whatever the case may be, it’s very likely you’re going to need more proactive means in order to exist as more than a blip on your potential customers’ radars. Facebook Ads are already a cost efficient way to show up in users’ News Feeds. Another way to get heard on social media is to use Facebook promotion applications to increase your Facebook Page’s presence. They generally do a great job in raising awareness about your content.
In this post, we’ll highlight some of the best Facebook promotion apps you can use for your Page. Here we go!
- Agora Pulse – Welcome to Agora Pulse, the complete toolbox for Facebook and Twitter! This platform allows you to engage fans with easily customizable promotion applications.
- Antavo – Antavo makes attracting and keeping customers easy and fun! This platform instantly makes contests, sweepstakes, and giveaways available to you. Take a tour or try it free!
- ContactTab – ContactTab allows for a direct contact form for fans to send messages to your business.
- Fan of the Week – Ready to choose your Fan of the Week? This application likes and nets you more fans, encouraging everyone who supports your brand to participate.
- Fanappz – Fanappz give you the power to turn fans into loyal customers. Launch a viral campaign, a trivia game, and more by choosing from an assortment of promotion apps from within the Fanappz suite.
- FenixApps – Looking for a platform that offers community managers something special? FenixApps provides four different applications to raise your Page’s visibility!
- GroSocial – How fast can you create a giveaway? We’re betting not less than 60 seconds. GroSocial is used by more than 50,000 businesses creating Facebook promotions with ease!
- Heyo – Heyo is one of the easiest ways to create campaigns for Facebook! Best of all, they are mobile-optimized, guaranteeing your potential customers see your promotion while sitting at a desk or on the go.
- Hi! Social – Hi! Social transforms your online visitors into customers using gamification, promotional banners, and competitions. The simple creation process has you attracting new fans in no time.
- Kontest – Games, quizzes, photo contests, and more are here! Kontest helps you liven up your page, collect valuable data on your fans, and analyze your efficiency for improved performance.
- Livechat – Livechat allows you to chat with your fans more easily and increase engagement. Your fans can interact with your Livechat-enabled site through Facebook, making for more serviceable communication.
- MarketingGum – You’re about to create your most successful promotion yet! MarketingGum creates promotions that stick, with any format (quiz, contest, contact form) you want.
- Pagemodo – Make your own customizable Facebook Page with Pagemodo. Post visually stunning updates and content to make your brand stand apart from other News Feed information.
- Promojam – You can generate leads, collect user data, and BE SOCIAL with Promojam! There’s no code to hassle you with the setup, and affordable pricing makes the ROI even more attractive.
- PromoSimple – PromoSimple’s fully-customizable Facebook tools enables you to make sweepstakes and contests on the fly! Choose from a variety of custom designs and get started (free of charge; no credit card required!).
- SocialAppsHQ – SocialAppsHQ has everything you need to communicate with and engage fans! This platform has the largest collection of apps and quick configuration with your Page.
- Static HTML – The Static HTML app by Timothy Mensing and Jason Padvorac that helps your customize your own page tabs. Give it a whirl!
- Tabsite – Tabsite crafts powerful promotions for Facebook and mobile platforms. This platform powers more than 100,00 businesses in their promotion efforts with applications designed to incite engagement.
- Tapfusion – Tapfusion creates a vast array of apps for your Facebook Fan Page. Unlimited fans are at your fingertips when you employ the simple integration and speedy service of Tapfusion!
- Votigo – Votigo provides top notch Facebook sweepstakes applications! Upon entering a sweepstakes competition, your fans have that much more incentive to spread awareness about your business.
Phew, those were a lot of applications! We hope you’ve enjoying listing them out with us. Keep us notified of any Facebook promotion apps we should post up to help keep our list accurate!