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HootSuite Pro – The 3 Reasons I Love It
I’d like to thank Lisa for thinking about me for this post. I’ve been going on about HootSuite Pro for some time now and you’ll soon find out why. Enjoy the read!
Throughout my first year of blogging I was introduced to tons of online tools I “just had to have.” But out of all the tools I’ve seen and been using the one that has helped me keep it together has been HootSuite Pro. Allow me to explain.
Being a work-from-home mom is a split shift between running a home and running a business. It’s a 24-hour 7-day a week job so there has to be a balance. And while I’m reading the latest on a new tool I always ask myself, can I use this while I’m on the go?
I think Lisa summed it up best in her post called The Race To Post, Comment and Share To Success in which see talks about making time to accomplish all of our “things to do” as a blogger.
We all know we have to be consistent posting new and informative content. But in order to maintain traffic and make connections we have to take time to read other blogs, comment, and share.
And how to do I that when I’m sitting in the parking lot waiting for my kids to get out of school or practice?
I had been seeing HootSuite all over the place it was THE platform to access your social media accounts in one place. You would think that should have been good enough for me to sign up but I was okay with having multiple windows open and accessing each social media account separately. That is until it started getting busy.
I Love Me Some HootSuite!
I signed up for the free version of HootSuite. Imagine my surprise when I learn there’s much more to it than just accessing social media accounts. The free version includes adding up to 5 social media accounts, access to an analytics report, message scheduling, and up to 2 RSS feeds.
I finally found a tool that can help me save time and for a work-from-home mom on the go that is just about the best gift I can get. I didn’t hesitate to go Pro and here are the three reasons why I love it.
- You can add as many social media accounts as you’d like. This allows me to see my Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and G+ accounts without opening multiple windows. I can reply quicker to friends and colleagues.
- Unlimited RSS Feeds. This feature is awesome! Now I won’t miss any new posts from my favorite bloggers and I can share the posts at the same time.
- Message Scheduling is an awesome feature for those who are always on the go. Let’s say you have an appointment in the morning but you want to share your post. You can schedule a day and time for your messages to post to your social media accounts. It keeps traffic going to your blog even while you’re away.
But Wait, There’s More
There are some other cool features as well. I’ve recently learned, wait for it…that there’s an app for HootSuite for those of us who use a mobile phone to conduct business and they launched a new feature called HootSuite Conversations that lets us talk to team members or end users in real time.
Awesome tool, huh?
To HootSuite or HootSuite Pro
If you’re still using the free version and haven’t decided on upgrading, like my friend Adrienne says in one of her posts, what the heck are you waiting for? If you’re looking for something to help you save time, this is it.
There’s even a free 30-day trial. I know you’ll love it as much as I do. By the way, I am an affiliate, so if you do decide to purchase using one of these links, I will get commission for it. But trust me folks, I wouldn’t promote something I wasn’t using myself or I thought was a questionable product. HootSuite Pro is the real deal.
Looks like I’ve gone on and one about HootSuite Pro haven’t I. So what’s holding you back from going with Hootsuite Pro? Maybe we can talk about any questions you might have. Not that I’m an expert, but I do love solving problems. Fill in the comments section below and let’s talk.
Social Network Settings Today
Social Media Era
Right Box to select your social network
● Click on the right box and select the one from available social networks you would like to change settings.
● Now click on left box and select the setting you wanna change in selected network.
● Simple enough. Isn’t it? Now click GO button and it will take you to where the specific setting is located.
If a selected setting is not available for your selected network, then you will get a user friendly message there saying you can’t proceed.
Do you think it’s an easy way to manage social network settings?
Have you checked out your Klout account lately? They had made changes about a week or so ago with everyone’s scores and yesterday released Klout Moments.
It appears Klout takes your most liked posts from Facebook or the most commented ones and put them in your moments. I noticed there were no tweets there in Klout Moments. Tweets were under Social Interactions along with more Facebook posts. The biggest surprise for me was that Facebook accounted for 45.96% of my score and Twitter only 45.35%. I really thought Twitter would have been higher for me. LinkedIn, Klout and Google+ accounted for the rest. I was also surprised FourSquare and Instagram did not account for anything.
Klout has changed their algorithm several times and there are those that live by the scores and those that think it’s a farce. I have heard of some people getting jobs because of their Klout scores but mostly work in PR or social media. I personally like the perks that come with Klout. It’s fun to get prizes in the mail like cosmetics, tee-shirts and gift cards for lunches. Some perks are awarded at a score of 40, others need 50, 60 or above. Some Klout users need to have special topics as their Klout to get certain perks. There was one for a healthy drink called Re-Invent and because of my topics I did not qualify
They even categorize the perks now by topics like:
- Food and beverage
- Charity called Klout for Good
I’ve joined several social networks online throughout the past 2 years and I have really come to enjoy the HerSocialNetwork. Yes, it is a network for you ladies by ladies. I enjoy this network because it has a little bit of everything in it. You can see the latest fashions, enter contests, participate in hot topics like yesterdays Submissive vs. Dormat, answer questions and ask questions. It can be fun, light or quite profounding depending on the topics of the day.
It is a network to get inspired and be empowered. It’s for all types of women throughout all walks of life sharing their stories, trials and tribulations. It’s a place where where women can be part of a community and make real connections with other women with like interests. You can learn, share and teach on the network. You can customize your own page on the network and add your favorite photos or a link to your blog. There is a chat feature too on the network just like on other social networks where you can chat with other women. There are forums on the network as well. You can add the Her Social Network badge on your blog. So whatever format you prefer – you have many choices within the Her Social Network. You may also follow the network on Twitter, Facebook and on Pinterest.
There are various groups for you to join too – you can join one or you can join them all:
- Women Bloggers
- Team Jesus
- Career Connections
- Women Who Work From Home
- Book Lovers
- The Birds and the Bees
- Penny Pinchers
- Her Business Owners
- Expert Shoppers
- Sculptured Fitness For Her
So join in today and see what the Her Social Network is all about! If you are already on the network don’t forget to email your girlfriends to join.
You can also see my guest post there today.
Have you noticed the updated Foursquare the past few days? I noticed immediately from my Droid over the weekend. It’s a more cleaner look and easier than ever to check into places. One feature I really like is the restaurant menus!
Once Foursquare knows your location it can suggest places nearby for you to eat and you can view the menu and check out the food, specials and pricing. How neat is that? The other options you have are through their new explore tab: