We’ve talked about the 11 Killer Apps for Entrepreneurs, and now we’re going to serve you the best social management tools available right now. We all know that social media have become a vital part of being an entrepreneur that’s why we thought these management tools might come in handy for you.
Benefits of Using Social Media Management Tools
So, why use social media management tools? Well, for one it makes posting easier. Just imagine posting to like 5 or more different sites… It takes time! But, with the use of social media management tools, you’ll be able to streamline your posts. You don’t have to go to each different site just to post something – it’s like a one-stop shop!
What Options Do I Have for Social Media Management Tools?
There are a lot of social media management tools out there so we came up with a list that is super efficient and worth your dime, here are some of them:
Mainly a posting scheduler for Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, and Pinterest. Buffer gives a bunch of default time slots (optimized for the most active times on social media of the day) that your posts will be dropped into whenever you add them to your Buffer. It will then automatically send out your posts on various platforms. You can also see the engagement status/analytics of your posts under the “Analytics” tab. Buffer is free but they also offer paid plans for individuals and teams ranging from $10 to $399.
If you’re mostly on Twitter or you're managing multiple Twitter accounts, Tweetdeck is one of the best management tools out there. It lets you customize your dashboard, add multiple Twitter accounts. Aside from that, it allows you to do what you normally do on Twitter – tweet, retweet, reply, favorite and etc. Probably one of Tweetdeck advantages is – you can schedule your tweet through the app. It’s also freemium software so it won’t cost you a dime! (Yay!)
One of the best known social media management tool used by entrepreneurs, influencers, and regular people. Hootsuite is a great tool to market your business and put out and schedule your content on platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, LinkedIn, WordPress, and even Instagram. One of Hootsuite’s best feature is probably its analytics – it gives you an overview and insights of your tweets/campaign. If you like Hootsuite, better check out Hootsuite Pro, it has all you need and a lot of entrepreneurs say it’s worth it.
IFTTT or “If This Then That” is a web-based service where people can create simple conditional statements called “applets”. An applet is triggered by changes that occur within other web services such as Gmail, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest. The best thing about IFTTT is you can integrate it with tons of apps/several internet-connected tools. It’s also free for regular users and $99 for Partner / $499+ for Partner Plus.
If we’re talking about social media, you can’t miss Instagram. Now, posting pictures manually on Instagram can cost you some precious time but, with Planoly cuts that time way down (and is Megan's favorite planner!). Hailed as the “first visual planner” for Instagram, Planoly lets you manage, plan, and schedule your Instagram posts from your computer and mobile phones. Price starts from $0 (Free) to $159/month for teams.
Later is another management/scheduling tool for Instagram. If you really want to step up your game on Instagram (apart from taking the Gram Crackers course), Later is a good option for scheduling and planning your feed on Instagram. Price starts from $0 to $49/month for businesses.
And last from our list – bit.ly. Yes, bit.ly isn’t exactly a social media management tool however, it’s a great supplement for these social media management tools. It shortens link which is really useful (especially on Twitter) and gives an analysis on your link.
Are you using any social media management tool/s? Which one do you think is the best? Share them in the comment section below!