1. Follow the Leaders
“There’s no such thing as the ultimate Social Media Strategist
because someone will always be better.”
2. Google Reader
Those social media influencers that I mentioned… have blogs where they share articles and relevant information on social media. Below is a list of the top 20 social media blogs that you should be following. You may be thinking “That’s WAY too many pages to check daily!”, but don’t fret. GOOGLE READER (or any other RSS reader) is your answer. Simply add these top 20 blogs into your reader and you’ll be one informed social media manager!
3. Twitter Management
Once you gain somewhat of a following, Twitter can become overwhelming. There are numerous software programs to help relieve the pain. Twitter management apps such as sprout social, tweet deck, twhirl, cotweet, tweetie, twibble, twitterscan, qwitter, mr. tweet, friend or follow, twinfluence, twitpic, twitalks, tweet cloud, tweet later, twitterfeed, twitter grader, tweetstats, tweetgraph… YOU GET THE POINT!??
Personally I’ve tried TweetDeck, Tweet Adder 3.0, TweetBig, and HootSuite. Of those, Hootsuite is probably my favorite. But it’s completely up to the user and their industry or target audience. It also depends if you’re looking for a free management system or are willing to pay. Me, not willing to pay, not yet anyways.
Check out these lists of top Twitter tools:
4. Facebook Landing Page
You’ve all seen it- Companies with fancy facebook “welcome” pages that urge you to “Like” their page to see certain freebies or important info. Facebook has enabled <FBML> <HTML> pages.
To me, it’s a foreign language. If you’re fluent, more power to you- but for those of you that are with me… There’s an app for that! Pagemodo, mashlab, faceit, and lujure are great apps that allow you to create landing pages without learning the language.
I used Lujure for my page & it was very user friendly & they’re very engaged in customer service & helping lost users like myself. They even complemented me on my page!
Slideshare is a great way to display presentations that you’ve given that demonstrate your area of expertise. It is also a great way to display more detailed information about your company or personal attributes. Personally, I have a Slideshare app on my LinkedIn profile that is about Social Media. That alone has driven more traffic to my account than anything else.
To be a social media manager- or involved in social media for that matter, you must share value with others. One of the best ways to share value is to teach your users to utilize and optimize social media. Share your expertise. One of the best ways of doing that is by hosting a webinar. There are many providers out there including slideshare’s zipcast, go to meeting, megameeting, and fuze meeting. I’ve polled many social media managers, and Go To Meeting seems to be the favorite.
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“No matter how busy you are, you must follow up. If you don’t follow up, you don’t know what you’re missing out on. “
To be involved in social media. You must be just that- INVOLVED. When someone on twitter @mentions you or RT’s you- acknowledge that. When someone sends you a DM- reply! If someone shares or mentions your information, why not RT them directly to your wall? Share quality content and engage your users.
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There you have it- 8 Social media tools I can't live without. What tools do you use to help manage social media? Which ones are your favorite?