7 Hootsuite Features That Can Help Your Blog Thrive Today

Hootsuite Features For You

I can’Hootsuite featurest believe it’s been four years since the last time I guest posted here on Inspire to Thrive. It was April, 2013 when I shared the three reasons why I love Hootsuite Pro. I was in my third year of blogging – and I love it now just as much as I did then!

Back then I was busy juggling being a mom and striving to turn my blog into a full time business. Using Hootsuite Pro saved me a lot of time. And it kept my blog and brand floating around the socialverse while I was away from my computer. If you have kids, you know how time consuming tending to mom moments can be.

Fast forward to 2017 and I’m as busy as ever. Only this time I’m juggling a blogging business and a web design business. My children are grown but now I’m chasing after my grandkids and I am my mom’s caregiver. Talk about a full plate, right?

You might be wondering what my busy life has to do with my talking about Hootsuite features in my first guest post and in this follow up. Well, my busy home life is precisely why I use it.

There are days when my mom moments will take me away from my blog. Sometimes even for hours at a time.

While some bloggers might relate to my situation, other bloggers might be juggling school, a full time job or something else in their life that might pull them away from their blog.

But if your blog is your business, the time away can hurt. If we want to have success as a blogger we have to keep sharing content with our target audience or we’ll become a distant memory. You know what I mean?

These Hootsuite Features Can Help Your Blog Thrive

Hootsuite nowTo begin with, I don’t have to tell you how much time goes into managing our social media pages. By the way, don’t you find toggling between tabs on our computer annoying? But I digress.

Besides helping us stay visible in the socialverse, you can also manage your social media pages and profiles in one place.

You can compose a messages, reply to comments, retweet a tweet, like a post, and reply to messages.

And recently, Hootsuite has made some changes giving us more features to their plans. If you ask me, they are truly becoming a one-stop shop for all our social media needs.

Here are some of the changes Hootsuite features made and my favorite features today.

More Social Media Options with Hootsuite Features

There are more social media options to connect to really amp up your social media presence beyond Twitter and Facebook. Now you can connect your LinkedIn profile, groups and companies. You can connect your Instagram and YouTube.

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And now you have the option to connect your Google+ profile or page.

Available Apps via Hootsuite

You are really going to like this. Take a look at some of the free apps that are available in Hootsuite’s app directory and what you can do with it.

Tailwind for Pinterest

You can schedule and publish pins to Pinterest. Manage your editorial calendar. Pin to multiple boards and edit pin descriptions.


With this app, you can view StumbleUpon pages. Discover and share StumbleUpon content. And see how many times your pages/posts are stumbled.


The Commun.It app is new to the app directory. You can prioritize your social tasks. Know who to follow or unfollow and what content to Tweet.


This one is my favorite! With the WordPress.org app, you can view pages and posts. You can moderate comments. Share your posts and pages to your social networks. And finally, you can connect multiple accounts.

There are also premium apps available. There is YouTube Analytics. TrendSpottr for Instagram. There’s a Reddit Keyword Monitor app and the Pocket app.

And they added a new app called Pixel Hunter that let’s you search for free-to-use royalty-free images. And you can even edit the photos and attach them to your post without leaving Hootsuite!

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Campaigns To Build Your Email List

When you upgrade to Hootsuite Pro or higher it has tools to build your email list. For example, you can create contests or giveaways and sign-up pages.

And when you upgrade from Pro you get more Hootsuite features like photo and video contests. There is also a hashtag contents for your Instagram and Twitter followers.

Hootsuite Analytics

Hootsuite analyticsHootsuite wanted to make sure we have everything at our fingertips because there is even an analytics tab to give you an overview of your engagement. You can see how much engagement you get from your posts. How many fans and followers you get on each social media profile or page.

And not only that, you get a breakdown of your inbound messages like comments, mentions, and DMs.

Hootsuite Features You Still Get

Hootsuite features still has fan favorites like the ones included in the Pro plan. The bulk schedule upload composer is a real time saver because we can schedule multiple posts at once.

Here’s what I mean. Let’s say you’re running a giveaway on your blog and you want to post it three times a week at 1pm. You put the details like the date, time, content and link on a spreadsheet, upload it and bam, you’re set.

And we can still get content from our favorite RSS feeds. There’s no limit to how many we can add and we can share them on our social media pages right from the dashboard.

In the even that you have a virtual assistant or building a team, you’re going to love this feature. Hootsuite’s Team plan allows up to three users and you can add team members as your business grows.

Everyone has access to the dashboard so you can assign messages/posts to anyone on your team. And you can rest easy knowing your business is running like a well-oiled machine.

That’s pretty cool, right?

Final Thoughts on New Hootsuite Features

I know it can take some time getting used to Hootsuite. But like every new tool we try, there is a learning curve. But once you become familiar with it, it’s really easy to use and you have more time to work on other things.

If you’d like to give Hootsuite a try, click here to sign up.

Over to You on Hootsuite Features

I would love to know your thoughts about Hootsuite. Have you tried Hootsuite before? Did you know Hootsuite offered these features? And now that you do know about the latest features, would you considering using it?

Let’s get the conversation going in the comments section below! And after leaving your comment, don’t forget to share this on social media.

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  • Ileane says:

    Hi Cori! I’m a big HootSuite fan and I use it to monitor all of my streams including Twitter lists. I love that I can monitor searches too. For example, I set up a column to search for my blog’s url and anytime someone shares one of my blog posts I can see it and quickly thank them or give them a favorite. Thanks for sharing your tips and reminding us how awesome HootSuite is!

    • Cori Ramos says:

      Hi Ms. Ileane,

      I’m a die-hard for Hootsuite, too. I’ve tried Buffer but it didn’t last long. I went right back to Hootsuite after a couple months. 🙂

      Thanks for the extra tip to use searches. That is a great idea! If you don’t mind, I’m going to start doing that as well. I feel bad when I miss a mention and that would help me stay on top of any shares I get. 🙂

      I really appreciate you reading my guest post and your comment! I hope you’re having a great week.


  • Venu says:

    Hello Cori. Awesome post by you as always. I will definitely consider Hoot suite now that I am aware of it. Social Media is a huge thing in blogging and Marketing and Hoot suite features such as building email lists, Twitter integration is a huge plus for me. Creating contests and giveaways are a surefire way to gain lifelong customers and I’m in for it.

    • Cori Ramos says:

      Thank you Venu!

      Have you had a chance to try Hootsuite? I can lose track of time looking at all their reports. One thing that’s gone – and I miss is their suggested content. I hope they bring that one back.

      Thanks for coming by to read this post for your comment.


  • Good to see you here Cori! Love HS Pro; I’ve been so busy with writing that I barely app it these days but if I did hardcore tweeting again, through apps, I am going right toward this option. The lists, and the campaign features really are smashing. Also, being able to post to more accounts or groups gives you a powerful option for supreme leveraging.

    Having used it, definitely well worth the modest monthly price.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂


    • Cori Ramos says:

      Hi Ryan!

      Hootsuite has definitely stepped up its game that’s for sure. What I love most is the WordPress plugin. I haven’t tried it yet but if it does what I think it’s going to do OMG – I’ll be in heaven!

      Thanks for coming by to check out my post here. Hope you’re having a great week!


  • Gaurav Heera says:

    Hello Cori,
    Geat post to read, your article will really help and motivate the bloggers to make their blogs a success online and can earn money online.
    Your article are always interesting to read.

    • Cori Ramos says:

      Hi Gaurav,

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this post and thank you so much for your kind words. 🙂

      I hope this post will encourage you to try out Hootsuite!

      Have a great rest of the week.


  • Hey Cori,

    A best tool to enhance social media management and to manage multiples profiles and networks. Hootsuite is designed for professionals who want to drive more sales and increase engagement and conversion through multiple social media.

    It comes with wonderful features and best for maintaining the different social media websites to work on it very faster and smarter. The free apps via hotsuite are really awesome and work wonder like scheduling and publishing pins in Pinterest, view the stumpleUpon page and commun.it for app directory. Knowing it’s wonderful feature, I really want to try it.

    Thanks for information about Hootsuite.
    – Ravi.

    • Cori Ramos says:

      Hi Ravi,

      Hootsuite has a ton of great features. I didn’t realize how much I could do with it until I researched for this post. That’s how I discovered the Pixel Hunt and Commun.It apps. 🙂

      They have a free 30 day trial – that’s plenty of time to decide if the tool is right for your business needs. If you do try it out, I’d love to hear what you think about it!

      Have a great day and thanks for coming by to read this post.


  • Sanjay says:

    Based on using Buffer and Hootsuite, I stayed back with Hootsuite in 2013 and its been four years with them. The new features they introduced at some regular intervals keeps the product really ahead of Buffer.

    Thanks for the positive article, thought of leaving a comment because it is Hootsuite.

    • Cori Ramos says:

      Hi Sanjay,

      Buffer didn’t do anything for me either. They didn’t have the bells and whistles Hootsuite offers. I haven’t checked Buffer in a while so I’m not sure if they’ve come out with any updates.

      Glad you liked this post and thanks for leaving a comment, my fellow Hootsuite-ter! 🙂 Have a great rest of the week.


  • Emebu says:

    Hey Cori,

    It’s good to see you in inspiretothrive.
    In as much as we all derives pleasures from our family, it is equally a fun to work with the family.

    I have never used HootSuite before, I guess I have to give it a trial.
    However, I know there other apps that can really help people grow.

    Thank you for sharing this with us.

    • Cori Ramos says:

      Hi Emebu,

      It’s nice to meet you. I have to agree with you there. I wouldn’t trade my crazy mom moments for anything but I would love one day of total peace and quiet. 🙂

      You should give Hootsuite a try – if it’s not for you, there are plenty of other tools to help our blog grow, you are right about that!

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts here! Have a great week.


  • Bren Lee says:

    Hey Lisa! Hey Cori!

    Glad to see you talking about Hootsuite again! I tried the premium but I really don’t get too many benefits from it. I do use Hootsuite, however, I really wish they would get with the mobile times. This is one reason why Buffer will be my true love. The mobile app is fab. Hootsuite doesn’t allow all the web capabilities on mobile and since I’m mostly mobile it’s a bummer. I do like all the features you’ve mentioned though.

    Passing this on!

    • Cori Ramos says:

      I agree with you about the mobile capabilities. I’m sure they’re working on it – at least I hope so. 🙂

      I’ve tried Buffer – I use the free version to share my church’s events and announcements. But I just never took a real liking to it. I don’t know why. I guess it’s because Hootsuite was the first tool I used so I got the hang of it right away. I have yet to use all of Hootsuites features but so far, I like what they’re doing.

      Thanks for coming by Bren! I hope you had a great day gf!


    • Lisa says:

      Hi Brenda, Oh yes, we love our mobile apps, don’t we? I love the new features though especially with the images – I will be trying it out again. Thank you Cori for this post. I hope you both have a great day 🙂

  • Ravi Chahar says:

    Hey Cori,

    It’s good to see you here.:)

    Yeah, we all get stuck with the family but somehow it’s important to manage the work with the family.

    I have been using HootSuite for a very long time and it always gives me positive results.

    I have never used its inbuilt apps because I am not active on Pinterest so Tailwind is not for me.

    But StumleUpon and other apps can really help people to grow.

    The analytics can help people to monitor their schedule post response.

    Thanks for sharing with us.


    • Cori Ramos says:

      Hi Ravi,

      They have a ton of apps to help our business grow. My favorite one is WordPress…I haven’t configured the settings yet but I can’t wait to use it!
      I just wish it was easier to post to Instagram (we have to use the app for that) but I’m sure they’re working on it. 🙂

      Thanks for coming by to read my post and for your comment! Have a great week. 🙂


  • Hi Cori, and welcome back to Lisa’s blog 🙂

    Yes, time flies, and I can so well relate to getting caught up with life, including kids, family, and the rest! It sure is a juggle for some of us!!

    Aren’t we glad for sites like Hootsuite, Buffer, etc?! I didn’t know about Pixel Hunter – would check that out, nor have I tried any campaigns as yet. There’s lot more to tap about Hootsuite, so your post is a good reminder to get started!

    Love the new look of your blog, Lisa! I think the CommentLuv issue is still not resolved!

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead, both of you. See you after a few weeks now, once I am back from my little summer break that I take each year 🙂

    • Cori Ramos says:

      Hi Harleena,

      Thank you! You are so right. Once we get caught up with life and its crazy moments, we lose all track of time. It’s funn because when I’m blogging I lose track of time, too. Once I was boiling water for dinner and I forgot about it. When I went to look, most of the water evaporated, hehe. At least I didn’t burn the house down. 😉

      Thank goodness for tools like Hootsuite, Buffer and all the other tools out there to help us run our business at anytime or any place. 🙂

      Have a nice week and a wonderful time off. I might take a page out of your book and have a little summer break myself. That sounds like a great idea!

      Take care!


    • Lisa says:

      Hi Harleena, thank you. And yes, the CommentLuv issue is still being worked on by 2 techies. Enjoy your break Harleena. Thanks for coming by today!

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