With the increasing number of social-networking site, managing and keeping in eye on all social media platform is becoming a challenge. Thanks to various social-media tools which are helping bloggers like you and me to manage our social-media properties in effective way. Here at ShoutMeLoud, I review many of those tools which are not only worthy to mention but is a solution to our biggest problem.
Today I will be sharing my experience and review of Hootsuite which is a popular social-media tool. I run a group of blogs and for the same reason, I have to manage more than 10+ properties on Facebook, Twitter, Google plus. Not only I have to ensure that I update them daily, I also have to listen to what people are talking about it. To update my social media platform daily, I use a blend of automation and manual work. If you are in the same situation like me, where keeping all your social media profile updated is a task; Hootsuite is one tool you should grab right now.
A look at Dashboard
I recently ( 2 months back) started using hootsuite which is a web client for twitter and it’s free. I have lots of Twitter profile . One for my personal Twitter profile and others are domain specific twitter profile. Hootsuite comes out as a complete social media dashboard for users like you and me, who have multiple profiles. Here are some of the notable features of Hootsuite which will make you to use it right away :
Hootsuite review: Why you should use hoot suite
Hootsuite is one of the first few multi social-networking client which also integrated Google+ social networking site. Hootsuite supports all popular social networking sites like Facebook, Google plus, Twitter, LinkedIn to name a few.
Hootsuite offers free and pro version and if you have not more than 5 profile, you can stick to free version else you can opt for pro version, which offers some advance features like Google analytics, Facebook insights which is very useful for companies and small business, for for a budget conscious blogger like me, free account is good to start with.
Getting started with it is very easy, and all you need to do is start linking your Twitter and Facebook profile. It will pull up all the pages, and you can add them on hootsuite dashboard. One of the best part about their dashboard is it’s smooth running. You can quickly browse from one tab to another and like Google plus, you can compose messages for your social media profile from any page.
Here we will see some of the basic features of this useful app in our Hootsuite review post.
Manage multiple social account
Hootsuite will let you manage multiple twitter profile. It has tabbed system which can be used to quickly switch between multiple twitter profile with one click. You can monitor @replies @Dm with one click. You can also reply from specific mentioned twitter profile and the best part is nothing is confusing.
Auto share your Latest blog post
One of the feature that you going to enjoy the most on Hootsuite is social media automation. You can add your blog RSS feed and using hoot suite you can auto-publish your latest post on above mentioned social-networking sites.
Hootsuite have a publisher tab which is useful to schedule your Tweets and keep your social media profiles active. You can also configure auto tweet of your blog post under publisher tab. Here is a nice video by Chris borgan talking about this publisher feature:
Tweet scheduling is very important feature which every one should use. If you read my previous post on why you should tweet your post multiple times, you will understand how it helps in driving lots of traffic. I usually schedule my blog post tweets for after every 8 days.
Single tweet from Multiple Profile
Hootsuite also let you tweet the same link from multiple twitter profile at one go. This is very helpful in case if you planning to make a link viral. Provided people follow your tweeted links on all the profile.
Now, this is one feature which doesn’t comes with their free plan (Sigh!), but this feature is useful when you are Blogging in group or for small businesses, media agency who have multiple people managing profiles. Infact, Social media agency can use their team collaborating feature to assign pages, profile to their team.
Another useful feature is using custom URL for your tweet. You can get a short domain name, which is related to your brand and use it to shorten your link. Basically, this feature will let you use your own domain name for shortening URL’s. Though, this feature is only available in pro version, which also comes with statistics.
Here are some of the pros of Hootsuite:
- Neat and easy to use interface
- Support multiple Twitter account
- Support Facebook profile, Pages, Groups
- Support LinkedIn profile, groups and companies
- Support WordPress.com Blog (Useful way to create a database blog for your updates via Hootsuite)
- Social sharing statistics
- Tweet Schedule
- One dashboard monitoring for multiple profile
- Autotweet your blog post
- Collaboration feature for team and groups.
The only thing which I don’t like about hootsuite is, free plan is limited to 3 social profile which is good for a blogger, but for people with more than 3 profiles need to opt for pro plan which is $8.99/month. Though, you can take advantage of their risk-free 30 days pro trial account, which will give you hitch of their amazing features.
There are some more features which you will love about Hootsuite, and I will suggest go and try this twitter application to make most out of it.
Are you using Hootsuite? How’s your hootsuite review and feedback? Which feature you like the most about Hootsuite and which is your favorite Twitter Application?
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