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Six Essential Tools to Streamline Your Social Media Marketing

Six Essential Tools to Streamline Your Social Media Marketing

Most brands realize that they should be investing in social media. According to research from Ambassador, 71% of customers that have had a positive experience with a brand are much more likely to recommend it to their friends yet many brands don’t make any headway with their social media campaigns because they become very frustrated managing their social media profiles. These companies often have trouble maintaining multiple profiles, so they give up altogether. They also miss messages or fail to connect with their target customers which makes it very difficult for them to meet their branding goals.

You can significantly improve the effectiveness of your social media marketing strategy by using the right platforms to automate your social media marketing strategy. Here are some great tools that you can use.

Hootsuite

Hootsuite has been one of the most popular social media management tools for years. It has a number of valuable features including:

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  • Social profile monitoring
  • Geosearch tools to learn more about specific areas
  • Suggested content to share with your followers
  • Ability to schedule posts across multiple platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus

Hootsuite is known for its versatility and you can purchase a plan for as little as $9.99 a month if you choose an annual subscription.

Vibbi

Instagram has become a powerful social media platform over the past couple of years. It’s particularly effective for brands that rely heavily on visual content, such as photographers, clothing companies, and other B2C companies that sell to women and web development agencies.

Despite the reach of Instagram, many brands have difficulty building their presence on it. The Instagram algorithm displays content more frequently after it has earned a lot of shares. This makes it difficult for new brands to penetrate the site. Fortunately, they can use Vibbi to build their presence. This platform has a number of amazing Instagram marketing options from which any brand can benefit. You can use the service to boost your follower base or get more Instagram shares.

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TweetDeck

Facebook is still the world’s dominant social networking site, but Twitter comes in as a close second. Twitter currently has 310 million active users, so it should be a core part of your social media marketing strategy.

You should join TweetDeck to more effectively engage with your followers on Twitter. Ian Clearly of Razor Social created a spectacular overview of TweetDeck earlier this year. He points out that you can manage multiple Twitter accounts from your browser and take advantage of live streaming.

SocialOomph

SocialOomph is another great social media marketing platform that has a free subscription option. This service is similar to Tweetdeck, but has some additional functionality. Marketers can use SocialOomph to:

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  • Schedule tweets
  • Track keywords
  • Create and edit drafts of social media posts (if you don’t want to post right away)
  • View follower activity, including retweets and mentions
  • Be able to access Twitter without using your password (don’t worry, SocialOomph keeps it safe)
  • Autofollow anyone that follows you

You can connect up to five Twitter accounts with a free subscription.

Buffer

Buffer is very similar to Hootsuite, but it has some additional features that Hootsuite lacks. The biggest benefit of Buffer is that you can use it to schedule posts on Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Instagram in addition to all social networking sites that you can manage from Hootsuite. You can also use Buffer to get browser extensions, RSS feeds, and mobile accessibility. Individual plans are free while company plans start at $10 a month.

Hubspot

Hubpot is an inbound marketing platform that offers a wide range of benefits. While it’s typically used for organic and paid search marketing, it has a number of features to improve your social media marketing strategy.

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The biggest benefit of Hubspot is that it allows you to directly measure the ROI of your social media marketing campaigns. Most other social media management platforms only allow you to manage the activity on your profiles. Hubspot allows you to identify and terminate paid campaigns that aren’t paying off.

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Published on September 20, 2018

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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