Social media should be an important part of any business plan these days. However, it can be a hard thing to constantly keep up with all the talking and updating that has to be done to run a successful media campaign. What tools are out there to automate the social media aspect of his business plan?
SocialOomph is a tool that can be customized based on your needs. There is a free version that allows you to schedule Tweets and Facebook posts on a main account. For 29.97 a month, you can upgrade to a professional tool that allows for bulk uploading of Tweets and Facebook statuses. There is also integration with Ping.fm which is a pinging tool that will update all the search engines when you update a social media service. The professional tool also allows automation of your status updates and blog posts
TweetAdder is a lot like SocialOomph in the fact that you have the option to either schedule individual updates or bulk upload as you see fit. There is also a recur feature that allows you to rotate through your Twitter lists as often as you would like throughout the day. Unlike SocialOomph, there is a one time fee you pay for a set number of accounts. It is only for Twitter status updates.
Hootsuite is a tool that allows for automating individual status updates or bulk scheduling of updates. Facebook and Twitter are both services that can be automated through the use of Hootsuite. The service is free for up to five accounts with a professional mode that charges a monthly fee.
TweetAttacks is a powerful program that allows you to do a lot of things with your Twitter accounts. It allows you to automate your Tweets as well as send out automatic messages and re-Tweets of Twitter users that have mentioned a pre-determined keyword. That can be a great way to find those who you might want to market to.
If you are into stats, you are going to love SocialSprout. Not only will it automate your Facebook and Twitter accounts, you can also see where your followers are from and why they are connected to you. If you are into a contextual experience, you are going to love what SocialSprout has to offer you. There is a 30 day free trial that then turns into a paid service.
Social media is a great tool, and there are many services out there that allow you to automate. No matter what service you use, you are going to spend less time on Twitter and more time working on your products.