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10 Social Media Marketing Tools To Boost Traffic

10 Social Media Marketing Tools To Boost Traffic

Social media marketing has become a popular strategy for businesses of all shapes and sizes, and despite many advocating the strategy as “free advertising,” it’s actually one of the hardest marketing tactics to crack.

The truth of the matter is that social media marketing is much more than “build it, and they will come.” To help you with social media success in 2015, here are 10 tools proven to help boost traffic:

1. BuzzSumo

BuzzSumo Tool Review

    First things first; you need to know what to post about, right? BuzzSumo helps you to find out what your audience really want (not what you think they want).

    Launched in 2014, BuzzSumo has become one of the top-rated social media tools in less than a year.

    Simply enter your industry/topic phrase, and BuzzSumo will list the most popular existing articles, infographics and videos by the number of social media shares they have.

    2. PageModo

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    PageModo Facebook Design Tool

      PageModo is a Facebook application designed to help you create cover photos, custom tabs and contests – a must-have for those new to Facebook or those with no knowledge of design.

      We’re all aware that visual imagery and content on social media is crucial for success (if you didn’t – you do now!), so this tool is really useful. Whether you’re looking for a professional feel or looking to have some fun, PageModo has it covered.

      3. Snip.ly

      Snip.ly Social Media Conversion Tool

        Snip.ly is more than just a URL-shortening tool. Snip.ly allows you to create a CTA (call to action) on every link that you share via social media (or anywhere). This is a great tool for generating traffic to your site by simply sharing other people’s articles!

        For every page you share, you can create a customized button with your CTA text and link. It’s extremely easy to use and provides good analytics, so you can clearly identify which campaigns work well and which ones need some improvement.

        4. AddThis

        AddThis Social Sharing Tool

          Are you familiar with social media sharing buttons? They’re visible on almost every article and blog post these days, allowing readers to quickly share interesting content with their friends and followers without leaving the page. That’s what AddThis does, and it does it well.

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          5. Sprout Social

          Sprout Social Social Media Management

            Sprout Social is a social media management tool, which allows you to schedule and publish posts to all your social media channels from one place. Draft, schedule, queue and post messages to Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.

            What’s more, Sprout Social will analyze your followers’ engagement patterns and determine the optimal times to post your content.

            6. Socedo

            Socedo Twitter Leads Preview

              Wish you could qualify leads on Twitter? You can with Socedo – a platform for sales teams that helps them generate relevant leads based on social media data.

              Just enter keywords, hashtags or any other search criteria, and Socedo will return a prospect list. It even helps you automatically favourite tweets, follow prospects and send direct messages to start a conversation.

              7. SocialToaster

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              SocialToaster Tool Explained

                SocialToaster is making great strides in combining gamification for sharing brand-related content with super fans to drive reach and engagement – think of it as a post-modern fan club.

                Existing customers visiting your company’s website, Facebook page, or even physical location can become an official social advocate via a simple sign-up form. Then they connect their Twitter, Facebook etc. social media accounts. Points are awarded for sign-up and connection of accounts – which add up to prizes.

                8. TweetDeck

                TweetDeck Twitter Managemtent Tool

                  This FREE and easy-to-use Twitter management tool allows you to oversee all aspects of your multiple twitter accounts in one interface. Run live feeds targeting specific phrases or hashtag, and schedule tweets to go out at scheduled times.

                  You can even retweet and reply to tweets from your TweetDeck.

                  9. Share As Image

                  Share As Image

                    Images on social media get more shares than text posts, but you don’t have to be an expert in Photoshop to create good visuals for your social media posts. Share As Image is a text photo overlay tool that even the least-creative person in your team could use.

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                    This is dead-simple to use, and it is effective if you’re in a bit of a rush to get some timely content published.

                    10. Picreel

                    Picreel Conversion Tool

                      Okay, so this isn’t really a social media tool, but it works in conjunction with your social media campaign.

                      Let’s say your social media campaign has been successful, and you’ve gained a boost in incoming traffic. But just because people visit your website doesn’t mean they actually convert. In fact, according to Bounce Exchange, 96% of all website visitors will never return.

                      This is why it’s important to optimize your website with tools such as Picreel, which helps you capture visitors when they’re leaving with customizable exit offers and transforming those exits into conversions. Picreel allows you to custom the designs of your offers to fit in with your existing branding and is simple to use (no need for code!).

                      So there you have it, 10 social media marketing tools to help boost traffic to your site. Which one is your favorite? Comment below to let me know about a great tool I might have missed!

                      Featured photo credit: phone via localm2.com

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                      11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

                      11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

                      Whether at work or at school, people these days are under tremendous pressure to perform, perform and perform! Stress and pressure can have adverse affects on the well-being of a person, and need to be controlled.

                      Now, this doesn’t mean you make a dash to your nearest therapist. There are a number of wonderful and smart apps that you can use on your phone. These brain training apps have been scientifically designed to target specific areas of the human mind and control harmful emotions such as anxiety, as well as to improve memory and sharpness of the brain.

                      Here are 11 iPhone apps that you will not only enjoy but also find useful in keeping your mental health balanced at all times.

                      1. Lumosity

                      This app consists of games that focus on improving the user’s memory, problem-solving capability, attention span, and thinking. There are three games in each session, and they challenge the brain by changing every time. The user has to complete the games while playing against a clock.

                      Free of trial. $15 per month for the full version.

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                        2. Fit Brains Trainer

                        This brain training app has 10 sets of games that work on different areas of the brain and improve memory as well as concentration. A user is required to finish a particular task from each category on a daily basis and the app tracks the progress by a color coded graph.

                        Free.

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                          3. CogniFit Brain Fitness

                          Developed with the help of neuroscientists, this fun app improves a person’s cognitive abilities, which includes memory and concentration. The progress made by the user over a period of time can be tracked. Users can also play challenge rounds with their friends. The app also modifies the difficulty level to suit the profile of the user and provide recommendations based on the results. Spending 20–30 minutes a few times every week can give measurable improvement in the performance of a user.

                          First four games free, then $13 a month.

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                            4. Brain Fitness Pro

                            The makers of this app claim that it can improve the IQ of a user, and improve intelligence and memory. The app is fun and is user friendly, and 30 minutes a day can fetch you results in less than three weeks.

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                            Buy for $3.99.

                            5. Happify

                            If nothing else makes you happy in life, this app will. Well, this is what the developers claim at least. This app comes loaded with lots of quizzes, polls and gratitude journals, which work on the fundamentals of positive psychology. The app also helps to control stress and emotions to make you feel better.

                            Free to use.

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                              6. Clockwork Brain

                              You will like the little gold robot that comes in every time to explain the next game you are going to play. While the games are not much different to those offered in apps such as Luminosity, the look and feel reminds me of a workshop from old times.

                              Free.

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                                7. ReliefLink

                                Initially created as an app for suicide prevention, it has found its use as a great app for tracking the mood of the user by taking measure of all things relevant to the user’s mental health. In case the user experiences high emotional stress, the app has a coping mechanism that includes voice-recorded mindfulness, exercises and music for relaxation. There is also a map that informs the user of the nearest therapist and medical facilities for mental health treatment.

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                                  8. Eidetic

                                  Eidetic is a memory enhancement app and uses a ‘spaced repetition’ technique to help users memorize information such as important phone numbers, words, credit card details or passwords. It also notifies you when it’s time to take a test to see what you remember, so that you retain information in your long-term memory.

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                                    9. Braingle

                                    Braingle helps to maintain the sharpness of the brain and improve the reasoning ability of a person through riddles and optical illusions. It is different from other brain training apps that employ memory and reaction based tests. You can also compete with your friends and family members in figuring out the fun riddles.

                                    Free.

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                                      10. Not The Hole Story

                                      If you have a penchant for solving hard riddles, then this app is a must-have for you. Filled with exclusive riddles along with a simple-to-use interface, the app gives you riddles that you have to solve through a book. You will be given hints along the way, and when you give up, the answers will be revealed. This app will encourage you to broaden your thinking and put your mind to a challenging test.

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                                      Free.

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                                        11. Personal Zen

                                        This fun brain training app follows the journey of two animated characters who travel through a field of grass. Personal Zen is a nice app meant for reducing anxiety and trains the brain to focus on the positive aspects. The developer’s advice is to use the app for 10 minutes a day to see the best results.

                                        Free.

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