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5 Free Social Media Tools That Will Save You Hours. Marketing yourself or your company on social media can be a huge job.

5 Free Social Media Tools That Will Save You Hours

Many larger companies won’t even attempt to handle it themselves, and will instead pay over the odds for digital agencies to do it for them (it’s interesting how much some agencies charge but, of course, you’re hiring a whole team of experts). When you look at brands like Tesco and their social media, the agency route looks pretty attractive as their social media agency, Zone, do phenomenal work for them. If you can’t afford an agency, you’re other option might be a freelancer, an in-house social media manager or doing it yourself. Why You Should Never Cross-Post on Social Media. Cross-posting, posting the same content across multiple social networks – is something that divides a lot of marketers.

Why You Should Never Cross-Post on Social Media

Those who are against cross-posting have very strong and loud opinions on the subject, and those who are in favour often just get on with their cross-posting with not much care. While it might seem harmless at first, I totally understand why some might choose to cross-post no matter what. However, there are a few reasons why cross-posting isn’t the best choice, and why cross-promoting is a much better alternative. You won’t need that many reasons after all – just three will suffice for now. Why cross-posting doesn’t work Account-specific information: things like events, locations, dates, times and similar information can’t be cross-posted if not all the accounts are relevant.

Sure, a few social networks are pretty similar – App.net is quite similar to Twitter, in the same way that Instagram is (somewhat) similar to Flickr, and so on. 7 Terrific Time Saving Social Media Automation Tools that you have to use! Do you struggle to get all your social media tasks done every day?

7 Terrific Time Saving Social Media Automation Tools that you have to use!

Do you find that you perform repetitive tasks? You have so many things to juggle on a daily basis. You probably have a family or close friends, some hobbies, a job that is no longer 9 to 5 and an ever growing list of tasks to do. Social Media Marketing is also so frustrating. There is no end to it. But there is light at the end of the tunnel. The social media tools are maturing and getting more useful and there is more automation that is available. Top 20 Social-Media Tools to Add to Your Arsenal in 2016.

Social media is here to stay in the marketing world and, by all accounts, it will only further penetrate all aspects of life and work.

Top 20 Social-Media Tools to Add to Your Arsenal in 2016

As we enter 2016, many social-media experts are already forecasting the direction of social media in the new year. To be prepared, it’s that time of year to organize our social-media tool boxes, adding some new tools that can be game-changers in terms of how effective this platform is for certain strategic objectives. Here are 20 recommended social-media tools to add to your game plan, if you don’t have them already. Related: 5 Social-Media Opportunities Businesses Mostly Overlook 1. With the need to include more visual content as part of your social-media posts, you can turn to Canva for high-quality images that fit your budget. 2.

17 Best Social Media Management Tools. Social media can be pretty overwhelming sometimes.

17 Best Social Media Management Tools

Especially if you’re running an agency or managing the social media accounts of other businesses. The Life of a Social Media Manager: How to Spend Time on Social Media. You spend part—maybe all—of your day on social media, hopping from network to network, checking analytics, planning ahead, and performing the sundry tasks of a social media manager job.

The Life of a Social Media Manager: How to Spend Time on Social Media

Would it help to know that you’re not alone with keeping such a varied schedule? That your time on social media is shared by others? I was curious for myself whether my social media marketing manager workload and workflow were similar to someone else’s. Do we perform the same tasks? Do we create similar content? Here’s what I found. Social Media Cheat Sheet 2016: Must-Have Image Sizes! Searching for the ultimate social media cheat sheet?

Social Media Cheat Sheet 2016: Must-Have Image Sizes!

I’ve been looking forever, and can’t find one that’s completely correct. So I made my own! Simple – but accurate! Outdated infographics are still widely posted and shared, despite their misinformation. Here are the updated social media sizes, as of April 3, 2016. Tools to Optimize Your Social Scheduling When You Need a Break : Social Media Examiner. Ever want to take a day off from posting on social media?

Tools to Optimize Your Social Scheduling When You Need a Break : Social Media Examiner

Have you considered scheduling posts for weekends and holidays, or when you just can’t respond? Posting to Facebook and Twitter when many businesses are silent helps you stay top of mind with your followers. Facebook autoposter, Pinterest automation, Instagram automation, Twitter bot. Pablo 2.0: Create Social Media Images, Perfect for Everywhere. Since we launched our Pablo image creation product in the spring, Pablo designers have created more than 500,000 images!

Pablo 2.0: Create Social Media Images, Perfect for Everywhere

FAQ. How Twitter's Expanded Images Increase Clicks, Retweets & Favorites. I recently covered some big changes that Twitter has made, and here is another one.

How Twitter's Expanded Images Increase Clicks, Retweets & Favorites

Twitter just added inline images to tweets so that you don’t need to click a link to see an attached image, but rather the Tweet itself expands. This only works with images uploaded directly to Twitter, which use a pic.twitter.com URL. If you Tweet a Vine video, you’ll also see this inline on Twitter.com or in the official Twitter apps for iPhone and Android.

On top of that, you can easily post any image you find on the web, straight as a fully expanded image to Twitter with Buffer’s browser extension. How to Tweet a picture. Instagram to Twitter Shortcut: Easily Tweet Instagram Photos with IFTTT. Twitter and Instagram broke up in December. No longer could we easily post photos to Twitter via the Instagram app. But now there is an easy way to bring back the love between Instagram and Twitter – this post shows you how to have your Instagram images show up instantly on your Twitter Feed and in the slideshow of images in the Media Gallery. In December, 2012, Instagram removed support for “Twitter Cards”. This initially left Twitter users with just a cropped version of the original, beautiful Instagram image. Twitter Gets Visual - 3 Image Mistakes You Are Making on Twitter.

Twitter is now all about Images. Yep. The platform that shares content in 140 characters or less is promoting images in the newsfeed. Strike one more “win” for the visual web. In this post we look at what is happening with images and photos on Twitter, and some recent stats and tips that will have you rethinking how you think about using images in your social media marketing.

The visual web is here. This will change how you think about visuals. I posted about LinkedIn being visual recently. Twitter Taps Giphy And Riffsy For Its Native GIF Button. In case you thought tweets were too static for your taste, GIFs are finally here to help. On Wednesday, Twitter TWTR finally began to roll out a native button that lets users search and post GIFs, the popular animated images, as part of their tweets. News of the integration surfaced earlier this month after early tests of the feature were spotted in the wild. When users open the tweet compose window, a small icon will show up at the bottom, along with the icons for adding images, a location, and polls. Once they tap it, they can either browse through various popular categories or use the search bar to find a specific GIF. Twitter says it’s progressively rolling out the button to its users, and it will be available on iOS, Android, and the Web. To supply the animated images, Twitter has partnered with two GIF search engines—Giphy and Riffsy.

Be Known For What You Love. 6 Questions to Ask Before Designing Your Company's Social Media Presence. In the entrepreneurial world, there’s a ton of pressure to be on social media. So many business “experts” demand that entrepreneurs sign up for company profiles on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram—the whole gamut of social media platforms. And social media can be a great way to expand brand awareness and engage with current and potential clients or customers. But there’s no use in being on social media simply to check off a box for what every entrepreneur “should” be doing.

In order to make social media work for you, you need to ensure that you have the clarity, resources, and strategy required to build a successful social media presence. Here are six questions to ask yourself in order to move toward that goal. 1. 15 New Social Media Templates to Save You Even More Time. Imagine having a quick and fast way to get up to speed with social media or to get your work done in less time (and with more confidence). When I’m in a pinch or into something new, one of the first places I turn is toward a template.

I’ve built a stash of headline formulas, social media updates, and more to help organize my mind when it comes to working fast and learning something new. Templates can be a lifesaver and a time-saver. I have my favorite go-to templates, and I was also able to dig up a huge number of others, created by some really amazing folks who are generous to help us all work smarter. I’ve collected them here below. Musings on social media and beyond. New Social Media Strategies: The Complete Course for Marketing Ideas. How to Create a Social Media Marketing Plan From Scratch. This post originally published on July 16, 2014. We’ve updated it here with new research and stats and a cool new infographic. When I went rock climbing for the first time, I had no idea what I was doing. My friends and I were complete newbies about ropes and rappelling and every other bit of jargon and technique that goes with climbing.

We saw others doing it spectacularly well. We were thrilled at the thought of reaching the top of the climbing wall; we had no idea how to get there. 15 New Social Media Templates to Save You Even More Time. How to Get 1000 Followers (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc.) Facebook vs. Twitter: Social Media Strategy Differences — Meltwater. During a recent #MarketingMinds chat, participants spoke of the differences between engaging on Facebook compared to Twitter. Although touched upon in the chat, we feel this deserves its own dedicated post. The Sustain­ability Minor culminates in a practical experience focused on service learning, research learning, or intern­ship learning in sustainability. Engagement in community service, research, or other relevant work on sustain­ability offers you opportunities to integrate as well as synthesize sustain­ability theories and principles learned from prior coursework toward advancing sustain­ability across society. Students work closely with their capstone adviser(s) to develop meaningful projects that draw on the students' academic background.

At the end of their project, students produce a report and a poster detailing the project and relating it to sustain­ability concepts. Best times to post on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter - Business Insider. Social Media for Non-Profits: High-Impact Tips and the Best Free Tools. Social media plan. What social media is right for you march 25 15.

The 10 Best Social Media SlideShare Presentations of 2014. One of my favorite visual social networks—and one that probably flies under the radar compared to other visual spots—is SlideShare. Browse through the featured slidedecks, and you can find big ideas and helpful strategies condensed into a couple dozen simple, succinct slides. How to Create a Social Media Marketing Plan From Scratch. Arkansasgives nonprofit toolkit. 4 Event Planning Tips to Extend the Life and Hype of Your Event. You want your event to be like “The NeverEnding Story,” except without that weird luck dragon/schnauzer/Yoda hybrid. Your goal is to put on THE event that everyone talks about for years to come. Some of that comes from planning a rad program with all the innovations of modern technology and event management tools, but you gotta keep the hype going after the doors have closed and your guests have headed home.

These event planning tips are here to keep your happening happening for as long as possible. 1. Network on it Most attendees go to events with networking in mind, especially for conferences and corporate meetings. With MPI’s research in The State of Event Apps predicting an 85% or higher adoption rate for mobile apps by event managers across many industries in the next six months to a year, and already 63% of meeting planners using an app, it makes sense that technology can power this solution. 2. Always Up-To-Date Social Media Image Sizes. What and How Often Should You Post on Social Media? 4 Steps for Creating a Social Media Editorial Calendar. #DgovADA25 Social Media Toolkit. A historic year for the ADA This summer marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which was signed into law on July 26, 1990.

A landmark piece of civil rights legislation, the ADA renewed and enlarged our nation’s founding ideal of equality for all by prohibiting discrimination against people with disabilities in all aspects of community life, including employment, schools, transportation and all public and private places that are open to the general public. How is Disability.gov celebrating ADA 25? Disability.gov is marking the ADA’s 25th anniversary with great enthusiasm on our website and social media platforms.

We encourage everyone to follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, read Disability.Blog and join the conversation about ADA 25 on LinkedIn. How do I use this toolkit? Social Media Boot Camp for Agricultural Businesses — Farm and Food Business. Key Ingredients for Cooking Up an Effective Social Media Campaign. Getting started on Snapchat, one of the world’s fastest-growing social media apps.