If you want to make the most of your time in social media, then it pays to have some social media tools to help you manage your accounts, track analytics and more. The good news is that there are many tools to choose from and some of the best are even free to use. Let’s explore these 5 free tools.
1. Hootsuite Hootsuite is a very popular tool for managing your posts. It allows you to: -Manage multiple social profiles -Schedule your messages and tweets -Track mentions of your brand -Analyze your social media traffic It has over 4 million satisfied users and it’s very easy to use. It’s free to use but it also has paid upgrades if you want more features from your account. Learn more about plans and pricing here.
2. Bufferapp Bufferapp essentially does the same thing as Hootsuite. It’s just another option. It’s also has a free and a paid version. One unique feature to Bufferapp is the browser plug-in that allows you to add articles as you read them on the Web direct to your Buffer for scheduled posting later. There is also a Bufferapp plugin for your website that you can use to make it easier for others to share your content with Buffer. You can learn more about Bufferapp in this article on Social Media Sun.
3. Empire Avenue Empire Avenue is like a social media tool and a game rolled into one. Dubbed the “social media stock market”, this site allows you to connect all of your social media accounts and gain value based on the activity on those accounts. But it’s not just about how much you post so spamming your networks won’t help. It’s about how the users engage with your content. Empire Avenue can be a fun way to see how your networks are performing.
4. Ifttt.com If this, then that- it’s a powerful concept. Ifttt.com works by allowing you to connect your accounts and create formulas to automate certain tasks on social media. You can save these recipes and you can even share them with others. Alternatively, you can choose from pre-selected recipes on the site already from other users and just fill in your info and allow it to work for you. Ifftt is an interesting concept that may take some time to get used to but many savvy Internet and social media users will find it easy to jump right in and start learning to make it work. It allows you some freedom from your accounts because it will automate tasks for you. Just don’t forget the importance of still logging in regularly. Also check regularly to make sure all of your recipes are working properly.
5. Who Unfollowed Me? “With a few simple clicks you can easily check your unfollowers, see who is not following you back and who you are not following back.” This is a great tool for those who want to dump people who follow just to unfollow (for the follow-back) and if you just want to clean out your account. With these great free social media tools, you can get the upper hand on your accounts and run them successfully without feeling chained to your computer. What are some of your favorite tools?