3 Promising Social Media Tools to Make Things Easier

Social media tools

Social Media is a hard thing to master, especially for businesses.

Figuring out the time to post, not too early and not too late is hard to master. This is especially true if you want to post during optimized times to get the most viewers. Picking out what to post can also be difficult. Keeping it simple yet informative for your business can drive someone crazy.

Which social media do you post on? Whether you post to all of them or just a few can raise questions as well. You don’t want to post too often to the point where your followers stop following, but you want to post enough to get your business out there to gain followers.

All these variables can all create such a headache.

Social Media Tools

Check out these four amazing tools to help make sense of the social media madness.

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Buffer
Purpose: Social Media Sharing Tool

Buffer can help create less of a headache by posting on social media accounts for you. This is beneficial because you don’t have to sit around the computer on tons of different social media websites. Buffer is a great resource if you have your business on social media.

You can schedule your social media posts with Buffer using three ways:

  • Let Buffer make a schedule for you
  • Create a manual schedule yourself
  • Import an optimized schedule

Share information right inside your browser.
If you download Buffer’s browser extension, you can share on social media without even leaving browser. The next time you find a quote, picture or video and want to share it, you can easily do so with Buffer’s browser extension. Here’s what one Buffer user has to say:

“I’ve tried a ton of different tools, but Buffer is the best solution we’ve found. Before we started using Buffer we were at about 200,000 fans. Today we’re at 1.3 million—and growing.”
~ Paul Szoldra, West Coast Editor at Business Insider

Buffer’s Free Plan
With Buffer’s free plan you will be able to connect one profile and offers:

  • Sharing on Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus and LinkedIn.
  • Scheduling of up to 10 posts
  • The ability to schedule specific times to share.

Buffer’s Awesome Plan
Buffer’s Awesome Plan is $10 per month or $102 per year and includes:

  • The ability to connect up to 10 profiles
  • Sharing on Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.
  • Scheduling for up to 100 posts
  • The ability to schedule different times to post for different days

Buffer’s Business Plan
Buffer offers three different business plans:

  • Small Business Plan: $50 per month or $510 per year
  • Medium Business Plan: $100 per month or $1,020 per year
  • Large Business Plan: $250 per month or $2,550 per year

As with the Awesome Plan, with a business plan, you will be able to:

  • Share on Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.

For more on Buffer’s business plans please see: Buffer for Business.

Nonprofit Discounts
Buffer offers a 50% discount to nonprofit organizations that provide a 501c3 or the country equivalent.

To give Buffer a test run, create a login account at: Buffer.

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HootSuite
Purpose: Social Media Sharing Tool

HootSuite is here to help you accomplish all your social media goals.

Reach Your Target Audiences
With a single dashboard, you can manage more social media accounts like Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, and more.

Reply with a single click in the dashboard and respond to messages, mentions, comments and more across every social media.

Figure out where your followers are through monitoring social conversations around the globe or in your neighborhood, to always know where your supporters are.

Save responses to customers in your archived responses category. This will save you time when you are responding to the same question from multiple customers.

Tune Up Your Listening Ear
Understand how people feel about your business or company, and learn when thing start to go downhill. All of this is possible by tracking trends including negativity, you can use HootSuite and track and identify the problem.

Over 100 million sources in 50+ languages across 25+ social networks allow you to gain access to information on every conversation whether it be on news sites, blogs, forums, and more.

Get notified when a trend goes viral. If a customer’s complaint is going viral, you can get notified instantly if the trend is unusual so you can stay on top of your business. This is what one user has to say about Hootsuite:

“Using Hootsuite, we’re able to serve our customers more effectively and on a personal level. Creating that bond while problem solving results in happy, repeat customers.”
~ Allison Butula, Social Media Manager, Herschel Supply Co.

Hootsuite Plans
Hootsuite offers three different plans to meet your scheduling needs.

Hootsuite Free Plan
With Hootsuite’s free account, you will be able to:

  • Sharing on up to three social media accounts.
  • Scheduling for one post at a time.

Hootsuite Pro Plan
Hootsuite’s Pro Account for business starts at $9.99 per month and includes:

  • Sharing on 50 social media accounts and up to 100.
  • The ability to schedule up to 350 posts.
  • Up to 9 team members

Hootsuite’s Enterprise Plan
Hootsuite’s Enterprise Plan is designed for those needing unlimited social sharing options including corporations, organizations and government agencies. Pricing is available with the request for a demo. This plan includes:

  • Unlimited social media accounts.
  • Unlimited scheduling options.
  • Up to 500,000 team members

For more on Hootsuite’s plans, please see Plans & Pricing.

Crowdbooster
Purpose: To help you measure and optimize your social media marketing

Crowdbooster can help you and your social media accounts by creating better crowd following you.

Get Real Time Updates
Crowdbooster allows you to get your key performance metrics simply and share them with your dashboard. This allows you to see the number of likes, comments, shares, retweets, replies, potential impressions, reach, followers, and more!

Get to Know Your Best Follower
Learn who follows your business or company with Crowdbooster awesome software. Give your best follower some love by sending them something from your business. Learn and track how your business grows online through social media.

Get Recommendations
With data that is powered to give you recommendations on next steps, you are able to keep your followers informed and engaged. This information will provide you with the best time to tweet and post to maximize your business’s online effectiveness.

Work Together in Your Company
Each of your team members can have different abilities. You can choose to let them publish and view, view only, or have no access permissions on each social media type.

Schedule Unlimited Social Media Updates
While you’re sleeping, your social media doesn’t have to be with Crowdbooster. You can load your Tweets and Facebook posts in Crowdbooster to keep your followers engaged, 24/7. What are others saying about Crowdbooster?

“Crowdbooster is an essential part of our social strategy. It’s our clients’ top priority to regularly engage with their extremely talkative communities. The analytics and recommendations Crowdbooster provides are indispensable for learning what messages work.”
~ Mayka Mei, Marketing Manager

Crowdbooster Plans
Crowdbooster offers four different plans to meet your needs:

Bronze: $9 per month

  • Includes one Facebook and Twitter user and 50K fans and followers

Silver: $49 per month

  • Includes up to 10 accounts, 8 uesers and unlimited fans and followers

Gold: $119 per month

  • Uncludes up to 30 accounts, 30 users and unlimited fans and followers.

Custom: Contact for demo and pricing

Crowdbooster does not offer a free plan, but you can take a test run with the free 30 day trial at: www.crowdbooster.com

Next Steps

The next step is to try out any of these amazing tools to make your social media life a little easier.

Your Turn

Do you ever get lost in a social media headache? Do you think these tools may be able to help you and your business? Does your business currently use any of these tools?

Please comment below with any questions or thoughts. I’d love to hear from you!

Disclosure
I am not being or is R & R Web Design LLC compensated for the Buffer, Hootsuite, or Crowdbooster product reviews. In addition, I am not, nor is R & R Web Design LLC, an affiliate in any form.

Chloe Zeabari is a summer intern and writer for R & R Web Design LLC. Currently, she is a student attending Oakland University. She is passionate about sharing ideas through writing to help others. She is able to bring her young knowledge to the table to provide others with new insight.

This article was published on: July 23, 2015 and was last modified May 31, 2016

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