If you want to see what was on my list last year, check out My Social Media Management Toolbox: 10 Tools That Will Upgrade Your Marketing Game.
Social media management is only a tiny part of what I do for Eazl and, for that reason, I’m always looking for new tools, apps, and knowledge that will make me more productive and effective with online marketing initiatives. Last year, I put together a list of the tools I use regularly for social media management and I’ve changed the way I do things since then so I thought I’d update my toolbox for you.*
One thing you’ll notice from the list I put together below is that we’ve been investing heavily in Instagram, at least compared to January 2016. I’ve planned this out for a couple of reasons: our work is highly visual so it fits well there and I enjoy using the platform, which keeps my use consistent.
- Social Media Follower Management App
The app that I use is currently no longer in the marketplace, but find any free app that allows you to see recent unfollowers and followers so you can easily manage your Instagram and Twitter accounts (including catching those annoying users who follow only to receive a follow back and then promptly unfollow).
Apps like this are such a time saver and they enable growth on social media accounts by keeping the number of accounts you follow reasonable and providing analytics on the growth of your account. Plus, it’s super convenient that you can use it on your mobile device!
Remember to try to only follow accounts that are actually relevant with content you actually want to see.
2. Repost It! App for Instagram
I’ve been using this app for a few months now and I really like it. It’s great for sharing posts in between accounts. In our case, I’ll sometimes cross promote between my personal account and the Eazl account.
3. Boomerang App
I love the new dynamic that Boomerang brings to Instagram! I use this app most often when we’re doing something out and about for Eazl, like filming or traveling. I’d like to start featuring more people in my Boomerang posts but haven’t worked it into my process yet.
4. Eventbrite Organizer App
We don’t host as many events as we used to and I’d like to change that as we move into the second quarter of 2017. The organizer app is great for keeping an eye on sign ups while traveling or during a heavily scheduled week. I really don’t like having to log into my account every time I want to check our RSVP numbers.
5. Instagram Stories
I am loving Instagram stories (especially because I REALLY don’t like Snapchat…I REFUSE to become a Snapchatter) and it’s the perfect way to get your content prioritized over other users’ content. It’s kind of like a reminder…”Hey, remember us? You followed us on Instagram a while back and you should come check out what we’ve been posting lately.”
I also like how casual Instagram Stories can be. It’s really about showing users what you are experiencing at the moment and doesn’t need to be anything fancy, however, I recently saw a fun, interactive, and thoroughly planned out campaign that a retailer published via Instagram Stories and it inspired me to think outside of the box in the future.
Now, before you go “poo-pooing” bots, they are the future so you better get used to them. With Likestagram, you can target the bot to like posts with hashtags of your choice. That way, you’re bringing in new views to your profile from users that are relevant at a higher rate than would be humanly possible otherwise.
Of course, you want to pair your Instagram growth through Likestagram with your traditional digital marketing efforts and make sure you have good and consistent content to post.
I like to go back to Likestagram and edit my hashtags to reflect my three most recent posts so visitors feel like they are in the right place when they arrive after the bot has called their attention to us.
7. Facebook Retargeting Pixel
I’ve been building my pixel power on Facebook for about a year now and the audiences I’ve created with my pixel a finally becoming large enough to use in my retargeting campaigns.
The retargeting pixel, in my opinion, is the only feature that makes Facebook actually useful to businesses. They’re lucky they have that because I would otherwise drop Facebook from my marketing mix without a second thought about it.
I trust Mark Zuckerberg about as far as I can throw him. If you aren’t from the west, that means I think he’s super shady.
I know, Instagram is now owned by Facebook and I am using that platform a lot…it just doesn’t have that Zuckerberg stink of a platform that was originally launched to rate women’s appearance on college campuses (barf).
- Social Media Examiner
I’ve actually followed Social Media Examiner since it started and I started social media management. That was around 2010. I have yet to find another source for up to date content about social media marketing that is as good or as useful as they are. So, I continue to use it as the main source for staying up to date with the social media bit of digital marketing.
I don’t have as much time as I used to so I skip to only the most relevant posts for my use case and I use Feedly so all of my news is in one place.
*Note that I still use all of the tools mentioned on last year’s post except for Crowdfire (that one didn’t stick).
See any tools that you love that I’ve now failed to mention twice in my lists? Leave a comment below!
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