3 Social Media Tools For Small Business 2013

Social Media Tools For Small Business 2013There are so many Social Media platforms out there now.. and even more 3rd party programs/tools to help manage them.  I’ve spent hours upon hours over the last couple of years trying new social media management tools as well as the social networks themselves. It’s not that easy to find ones that are affordable that can do everything you want them to.

Often I find one only has a couple of the features and not nearly all of the ones that I am looking for. Unless you can afford to spend $300, even 500$+ a month on really expensive ones, then take a look below at some more affordable programs that I have narrowed it down to.  I’ve recently cancelled Hootsuite & OnlyWire.com to try out some of these other ones.

3 Social Media Tools For Small Business 2013

1.) Sendible –  Social Media Management,  Publishing, Scheduling,  Automation,  & More

  • Publishing options include Subject/Title, Photos/files (photos post great and not as a link they have to open), Ability To add YouTube videos, tags, and Scheduling. 
  • Groups – You can group together different services and send out a message to the group you created (So I have groups for messages that go to platforms that have hashtags and ones that don’t)
  • It actually has all of the options for Facebook such as Post A Question, Post a Coupon, upload photos to albums, and that helps save a bunch of time.
  • Google + pages, YouTube (post to youtube as well) , Instagram (like, comment, share options in feed), slideshare, and much more.
  • Brand & Keyword Monitoring & Monitor Yelp Reviews
  • Quick Reports and Custom Reports (including best times to post, engagement probability, clicks, and volume)
  • Automation (RSS, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn) SMS & Email Automation
  • Text Message Campaigns (not the cheapest but not too expensive either)
  • Priority Inbox (combines mentions, messages, and notifications from social networks to respond to)
  • Affordable Pricing (See Images In Gallery)
  • Assign Messages To Team Members
  • Bookmark Extension To Easily Find Content To Schedule & Post

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2.) Circloscope – Google Plus Uncircle Tool

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  • Chrome Extension, simple, and works 
  • Automatically will detect all of the people that aren’t circling you back and you can uncircle them all in one click
  • Can choose specific circles or people to uncircle
  • CHEAP! One time charge of 5$
  • Fast response, you just buy it and email the developer and he sets it up for you

Circloscope premium in Chrome webstore: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/circloscope-premium/mechgkelogghhgmpmbpofjijifdppppl

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Circloscope Page on Google+: https://plus.google.com/109096245971703802400

Developer Profile on Google+ (Ehsan Ahmadi Gharacheh): https://plus.google.com/115932955064831083806

3.)  Simply Measured – Reports, Analytics, & Data Collections

  • Free Reports – They have free report options as long as you send out a Tweet/Post for them
  • Blog Performance reports, Social Reports, Influencer Reports, Traffic Source Analysis, & a bunch more.
  • Great for employers, clients, & campaigns to see what is working the best.

I have a call scheduled with Simply Measured this week so get in touch at the end of the week if you would like to know more about it.

Click Here To See The Report In Your Web Browser: http://bit.ly/11POtag

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 Onlywire & Hootsuite Updates

onlywireI recently stopped using Hootsuite & Onlywire to test these other ones out. Here’s the email I sent back to OnlyWire.com in regards to my cancellation:

Issues I experienced: 

  • Very shortly after I hooked up two different onlywire accounts with the google logins, both gmail accounts were giving your account may be in danger, change your password errors. That happened shortly after the first post went out in onlywire on two different accounts for different businesses.
  • The RSS option is decent but it turns the links into onlywire links which is not good for social media. People won’t click on those links and know it’s automated.
  • The onlywire plugin once installed (on two different sites) was better but still didn’t get a lot of clicks. Both sites were slowed down tremendously by the onlywire plugin and posts wouldn’t show up for 1-2 hours at times.
  • Both the RSS/wordpress plugin should have the ability to put a tag (s) into the posts so when it goes to sites with hashtags they can be categorized and get more clicks (google plus and twitter for sure)
  • If I do one blog post a day then it will only give me 25 days of the month to post to the services before the limit fills up. On my northsandiego.org site when it’s active there are 3-6 new posts a day so that doesn’t go very far and I would be forced to upgrade if I wanted all of the posts to go out
  • A lot of the services had issues connecting on both OnlyWire accounts. Google connection issues, reddit, and there were a handful of the services that you couldn’t even sign up for anymore so I ended up wasting a good hour or two setting those services and running into all sorts of errors till i figured out they just don’t work at all
onlywireWhat I would change
  • Do one plan for like 10 a month and another for 20 a month. The 15-20$ a month plan could be unlimited messages
  • Fix the WordPress plugin, I could be wrong but i think what’s causing the slow issue is before the WordPress post goes out, it goes out to all of the Onlywire services which take time, so if the plugin was switched to have the post go live first then do that, it will be a lot better
  • Don’t put the services on there if they don’t work
  • Fix the links for the RSS

The OnlyWire Customer Service team was quick to respond though and if they make changes in the future I will take another look into it.

hootsuiteHootsuite I still recommend (especially since it’s free for up to 5 accounts) and may return to it in the future. If they add Google+ Personal Pages I will upgrade again. But let’s dive into the list of a couple programs I am currently using.

I will always be looking into others to see what combination will work best. If you have any you are using that you want to add just put them in the comments!

If you are looking to get on board with the huge growth of video then send me an email at Matt@mediacurb.com or fill the form out below. I am currently doing video ranking work (so they show up in Search Engines).

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Using StumbleUpon For Writer’s Block

StumbleUpon LogoWe all face the dreaded writer’s block, especially those who are trying to provide fresh original content on a daily and weekly basis. This comes up quite often for myself and I’ve found that StumbleUpon can help get a few sparks going to start the fire.

StumbeUpon is becoming one of my favorite ways to find articles. It’s idea is quite simple in that you sign up, pick your interests, and then hit the “Stumble” button and you will get a random article based on the interests you chose. All of the articles that come up are ones that have been submitted or “Stumbled” into existence on the network.

You don’t always have to provide fresh original content that rolls of the top of your head. Content curation is always an option when you run into writer’s block or even if you don’t have writer’s block it’s always a great way to provide readers with material. You can find an article (which is what stumbleupon is for) and then provide your opinions/expertise on that article and link to it so your readers can view the article in full. This can be done in a matter of 5-10 minutes.

Either way whether you curate the content or just use it to get some ideas going it’s worth taking a look at if you aren’t signed up.

Here is the method I use for WordPress:

  1. Keep hitting the Stumble button until I find an article I find worth sharing (sometimes it’s just a funny article)
  2. Highlight the text that I would like to share from the article
  3. Hit the “Press This” Button I have in my toolbar that every WordPress site comes with (click here to go to the Press This post)
  4. Save as draft
  5. Open up WordPress, write my little piece on the article and post it! Done

A couple of other uses:

  • Submitting articles to StumbleUpon. Install the Stumble share button on your posts or go to http://www.stumbleupon.com/submit. I spent a good couple of hours submitted quite a lot of pages, posts, and whatever I could off of this site and within about 4-5 days there were over 500 hits that came from StumbleUpon…. So I HIGHLY recommend doing this.
  • Finding great content to share through Social Media. You can really find some great articles by people that don’t have the resources to show up everywhere on the internet. This is also good because they get exposure to their content but also it won’t be the same exact thing that 2 thousand people shared that day.

Have you used StumbleUpon before? How much traffic does it bring in for you? Or if you have any other resources you use to overcome writer’s block please share in the comments.

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Adding Facebook Recommendations Bar To Your Website

I kept seeing a nice Recommendations bar pop up on websites. After attending an SEO/Wordpress meeting and keeping up with how internal links and time spent on the site helps with SEO I decided to get this going last night. I looked into it further and it was actually ran by Facebook. It seems there are a couple of different ways to have this on your site.  I went with the easiest one I could which is not by Facebook. I will give you a step by step on how to add it the way I did. Please note this is for WordPress only.

Adding Facebook Recommendations Bar To Your Website:

1.) Install/Download the Plugin. If you search for it in WordPress it’s “Facebook Recommendations Bar” By Alex Moss. Here is the link to the plugin as well http://3doordigital.com/wordpress/plugins/facebook-recommendations-bar/

2.) Now you will need to create an actual Facebook App. Log in to Facebook and go to https://developers.facebook.com/apps

3.) Click Create New

4.) Type in the name of your app. The one I did for this site I just called it North san diego. The namespace is the URL friendly version so I did north-san-diego. Fill those 2 out and hit continue.

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5.) Now you will be brought to the different options for your app. Put in the domain name under App Domains. I just hit “news” for the category and left the sandbox mode disabled.

 

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6.) Below there are different options for your app. All I did was entered the URL of the website in the “Website with facebook login” and under the “mobile web” section. Then hit save changes at the bottom. Note** I did mess around with some of the other settings and it gave me errors when I tried it. So I just stuck with the easiest way to get it to work. With the plugin in this post all you need is the App ID #.

 

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7.) Now go back into WordPress and open up the Facebook Recommendations Bar settings.

8.) Enter in your Facebook App ID #

9.) I left the Enable FBML checked. Then you just have a couple of options. I checked posts/pages. I kept the Verb the same. Read time will be how long the visitor to that page is on there before the pop up box comes up. I changed it to 15 seconds but you can change it to whatever you would like. Then the number of recommendations I left it at 2.

 

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10.) That’s it! Just go to a page/post on your site and it should work. Mine does interfere with the Wibiya Social Share Bar across the bottom. I believe if you use the plugin that Facebook has itself you are able to customize manually where the box goes. I will write another post if I end up doing it that way.

 

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The bar itself is pretty cool. You can like the post right off of the bar. I will see what happens with it and what articles it recommends to me and some of the other bloggers on the site. I will write a follow up post with information about that. Happy Blogging!

 

Facebook Page Not Showing Up Unless Logged In

Hello everyone! It looks like I’m only going to be able to get one blog post up a week for a little. Last week I had a client/buddy that was having the issue of the Facebook pages not showing up if you were not logged in to view them.

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s what it is supposed to look like:

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Instead it was just pulling up the Log In screen to log into Facebook and not recognizing it. However if you were logged into Facebook then typed the URL in it would show up. I quickly saw in the settings under Manage Permissions that the country restriction was not default and they had typed in “United States” and had that there. Even though that SHOULD work it didn’t. The specific Facebook page this occurred on was less than 15 miles away from me.

If you have set up a bunch of pages for people and have used that country restrictions you should log out of Facebook and double check that they show up. It should stay default like the picture here:

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That’s it for this week. If you have any Social Media Questions you would like the answer to get in touch with me through the contact page and I would be more than happy to help.