Softwares for social media are something that are a necessity for any company that has a social media presence. When it comes to having a presence on social media, the first thing that comes to mind is normally the presence of an actual person that represents the brand online. A lot of companies these days try and achieve this by hiring someone just to handle their social media accounts, but more commonly they will hire an agency who will use software as well as real people to manage their social media accounts.
You’ve probably heard the saying that good things come in small packages. But did you ever believe it? That’s what I used to think. Until I found this software that was created to help with social media. The size of it was a shocker. But there’s much more to this package than meets the eye.
Those who rely on Twitter to get their message across will find much to like about TweetDeck. TweetDeck is a free application that enables you to manage multiple (unlimited) Twitter accounts from a unified interface. You can create your own customizable social media dashboard that allows you to send and receive tweets and manage and monitor your Twitter profiles. You can use TweetDeck as a web app, Chrome app, or desktop app. TweetDeck can be set to post scheduled tweets, build Tweet lists, and more. And the extra special part is that it’s always free.
Platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google My Business, LinkedIn, YouTube, Pinterest, & TikTok
G2 Ranking: 4.6 out of 5
Loomly is a social media management tool for branding and content creation.
Compared to other social suites, Loomly isn’t a fully integrated solution as of yet. Due to its core focus on content creation, they unfortunately lack features larger businesses find valuable such as listening and monitoring.
Loomly does have a visual calendar and content suggestion feature to assist social media managers in their curating strategy. While they do not currently have a social inbox, they do provide social monitoring and client management features.
There isn’t an influencer search option, but we still think Loomly is a solution that might make great sense for some solopreneurs and small businesses.
Pricing is from $26/month – $269/month, billed annually.
Platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google My Business, LinkedIn, YouTube, & Pinterest
G2 Ranking: 4.3 out of 5
SocialPilot is a fully integrated social media management tool geared towards digital agencies or medium sized businesses who manage multiple clients or multiple accounts.
If your team is mostly interested in creating workflows with permission settings, collaboration tools, and custom reporting for clientele, SocialPilot is worth a look. While SocialPilot does provide the basics, their tool also includes a full social inbox feature allowing them to engage with their audience in addition to auto posting.
They do not have an influencer search feature but they do provide a social monitoring and listening feature which is becoming an important hero feature required amongst most businesses as we shift focus to remote environments.
Pricing ranges from $50/month – $150/month.
Platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google My Business, & Pinterest
G2 Ranking: 4.4 out of 5
Sendible is a social media management tool best targeting digital agencies looking for an end to end solution that includes a CRM.
Sendible has a Smart Queue feature similar to e-clincher’s Auto Post, allowing social media managers to repurpose content. Utilize their Social Inbox and social listening tools to monitor keywords, competitors, and mentions of your brand. While there isn’t an influencer search, Sendible does have a CRM system that enables users to interact with influencers and communicate in real-time.
Pricing ranges from $29/month – $399/month.
Platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Instagram Stories, Twitter, LinkedIn, & Pinterest
G2 Ranking: 4.3 out of 5
Buffer is a well rounded and easy to use social media tool offering publishing social media posts with one queue, engagement, analytics, and team features.
Buffer is considered an intuitive, streamlined social media management platform trusted by brands, businesses, agencies, and individuals to help drive meaningful engagement and results on social media channels.
While you can’t upload hundreds of posts and recycle them, it does integrate from an RSS feed that enables you to publish posts from blogs. Buffer connects to a product called Reply, granting users to a Social Inbox.
Buffer does not feature an influencer search and has a limited client management support system, but it is a very easy to use tool simplifying the content planning process. It also allows for user permissions and creating a user workflow.
Pricing ranges $72/month – $1440/month.
Share to anywhere
Prices: Free, $9, $29, $59, $259 per month (with a 15-day free trial)
Description: Friends+Me has a strong focus on Google+ but also allows you to schedule your content to the other major social platforms (except Instagram).
Unique value: Friends+Me supports scheduling for Google+ profiles, collections, communities, pages, and even GSuite Google+ and allows you to set up automations to re-post your Google+ posts onto your other social media accounts, which is great for marketers who focus on Google+.
Social media management, simplified
Description: Crowdfire has been adding new features over the years. Besides scheduling content, it also allows you to manage your Twitter account (follow and unfollow) and suggests articles for sharing.
Unique value: Crowdfire stands out from most social media management tools in that it lets you connect your blogs, YouTube channel, and online shops and will create social media posts for every update you have on your sites.
Seamless social media posting for all your profiles
Prices: $19/ $39/ $79 per month (with a 14-day free trial)
Description: SocialBee is a social media management tool that promoses to bring you more leads with less effort. Its core functionalities allow its users to add, organize, and share content across several social channels from one place: Facebook (Pages, Profiles, Groups), Twitter (Profiles), LinkedIn (Profiles, Pages), Pinterest (Boards), Instagram (Profiles), and even on Google My Business. And it even integrates with Buffer.
Unique value: Oneof SocialBee’s most-loved features is the possibility to recycle evergreen content while keeping it fresh by using post variations. You can use SocialBee to posts consistently, while having an overall balanced mix of content in each category. More than that, the quality of support and is another valued asset of SocialBee.
Social media is increasingly becoming more and more visual. Canva is an excellent tool for anyone managing social media accounts to use. You can create designer-level marketing assets using any of the thousands of ready-made designs they have available to you. Now, you can even connect your social channels and publish or schedule directly from Canva. They have a free version available, which gives you decent access to great pre-made templates. The pro plan gives you access to all of the templates for only $12.95/month.
Smarter social media management
Prices: $3, $11, $24, $59, $129, $299 per month, and enterprise pricing
Description: Post Planner wants to help social media marketers with three key jobs: find high-quality content, plan the perfect publishing calendar, and post consistently. It curates and rates content suggestions and allows you to create a content-type-based schedule (more below).
Unique value: With its Find tool, Post Planner makes it super easy to find content that has proven to engage people.
Also, instead of just picking your time slots in your schedule (to form your sharing plan), you can select the content type for each time slot and Post Planner will fill the slots with your chosen content accordingly. (You can also schedule posts outside of this plan.)
Smarter visual marketing
Prices: Free trial with limited features, $9.99, $799.99 per month, and enterprise pricing
Description: Tailwind is a social media management tool for Pinterest and Instagram. Apart from helping you schedule posts, monitor conversations, and measure results, Tailwind provides recommendations for improving your Pinterest and Instagram performance.
Unique value: Tailwind is great for Pinterest and Instagram marketers as it provides a range of features that are specific to these visual platforms, such as Pinterest content promotion and Instagram UGC content management.
#1 marketing platform for Instagram
Prices: $9, $19, $29, $49 per month, and enterprise pricing
Description: Unlike most social media management tools, Later focuses mainly on Instagram (though you can also connect your Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter profiles).
Unique value: The strength of Later is its visual content calendar, where you can easily drag-and-drop images to schedule them. It also has a free link tool that you can use on your Instagram profile to link to a shoppable Instagram feed or various websites and blog posts.
If you are in social media, you need certain types of software to do certain tasks for you. Some of them are definitely staples. If your business relies on social media, you need at least one or two of these.