Building a website can feel like an overwhelming task. Where do you start? How will it grow? What kind of tools should you use? <i>How to Use Social Media Tools</i> is designed to answer these questions, including information about the various social media channels out there, how to use them to communicate with your audience, and how to create an engaging destination site. How to Use Social Media Tools will lead you through the process of creating a website that helps consumers learn more about the products or services offered by your organization.
It’s time for a Social Media tune-up. Whether you’re a novice or a social media expert, this book is the perfect guide on how to use social media tools. With tons of tips on getting more out of Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn, this guide will help you efficiently utilize these tools making them work for you.
The Modern Social Workflow
To understand what tools are necessary for a successful social media campaign, you have to look at the process. It’s helpful to look at social media management as a loop with four separate steps:
- Content creation. You need to come up with a steady stream and fresh ideas. Afterward, you need to sit down, organize these ideas, and create content. This can include blog posts, videos, infographics, and more.
- Content publishing. Once your content has been created, it needs to be shared with the world. Many tools allow this process to be automated. You need to take the time to decide if you want to use strictly free channels, or if you want to pay for additional exposure.
- Listening & response. Good content will open the door for conversation between your brand and its audience. You need to be prepared to listen to their responses and engage with them. Listening also means staying up-to-date on the latest trends. You should take advantage of them to create timely and relevant content.
- Content analyzing and comparing. The final step is carefully taking a look at your results to see what’s working and what isn’t. If you don’t know whether or not your efforts are working, you could be simply spinning your wheels.
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Using a Variety of Tools
Successfully managing every step of your social media process takes a variety of tools. You need to make sure they work together, complementing their strengths and shortcomings.
Generally, there are three kinds of social media tools. Listening platforms, publishing platforms, and competitive analysis platforms. Separately, each tool tackles social media from a different angle. Together, they can help your brand achieve all your social media and business goals.
Listening platforms include suites like Salesforce Marketing Cloud (which was previously known as Radian6). These platforms are able to monitor many different social media platforms to find out what’s being said about your brand. You will also be able to gather information on the latest industry news and trends.
This information will help you a great deal when it comes time to create content. You’ll know what’s relevant to your audience, and what they care about. You can’t rely completely on listening platforms, however. In order to get a fuller understanding of the industry, you’ll need a complete competitive analysis. These tools will be discussed shortly.
Publishing platforms help you spread your content to the world. After you’ve created your content, the last thing you want to do is spend time posting it. Platforms like HootSuite and Percolate allow you to share content easily, posting across multiple platforms at once. You can easily set a posting schedule, making it easy to share content regularly.
Competitive Analysis Platforms
While other tools are focused on users, social analysis tools focus on brands and industries. You will be able to track metrics that matter to your business. This includes analysis on first-touch, multi-channel, content, and timing.
Most importantly, you’ll be able to analyze your competition’s content. This is what makes competitive analysis platforms like Unmetric so valuable. You’ll be able to get a strong understanding of what’s working throughout your entire industry. You can find trending topics and untapped niches with ease.
Unmetric has gives users the access to the social media performance of over 30,000 brands across 30 industries covering all the major social networks. With one of latest features called Inspire, marketers can search through millions of pieces of content just like you would use Google to search for answers to your questions.
Just key in any word like “Super Bowl” , “Christmas” or “Selfies” and posts and tweets which contain the word show up in matter of seconds which can be sorted in order of date or engagement. The feature is a boon for marketers as they can easily find content that works and draw inspiration for a campaign.
Free tools are also worth discussing. There are lots of social media tools available for free that provide good business value. Here’s some of the best, according to Huffington Post:
- Google Alerts.
There’s also a great deal of native tools offered by Facebook, Twitter, and more. These tools let you do a variety of things, like scan for mentions, consolidate social media accounts, and schedule posts.
The problem is that none of these tools are all-inclusive. They capture incomplete bits of data, and won’t have as many options as other tools. They’re a good place to start, but not sufficient to give you the whole picture.
It’s also worth noting that these tools are completely free for your competition as well. Using them will help you stay afloat, but it won’t give you a competitive advantage. If you want an edge, you’ll have to use more advanced tools, like Salesforce Marketing Cloud for listening and publishing and Unmetric for intelligence and benchmarking.
Are Social Media Tools Useful for My Business?
With their power, social media tools are necessary if you want to build a presence on any platform. And building this presence is well worth it. Social media’s reach is staggering. Here’s an average of active users of some of the biggest social media platforms:
- Facebook: 890 million.
- Google+: 359 million.
- Twitter: 288 million.
- Instagram: 300 million.
The good news is you don’t have to be on every single platform. Pick one or two that make the most sense for your business and start there. It’s better to have a strong presence on a single site than minimal presence on a dozen.
Simplify and organize your life. Make staying in touch easier and more effective for you and your clients or employees. Social media is a vibrant and growing part of most everyone’s life – the only question is what tools will work for you.