6 Must Have Social Media Marketing Tools For Small Businesses
By Alex Neil Posted Jan 16, 2017 in Social Media Marketing
We all know that in today’s day and age, a brand is nothing if it doesn’t have an online presence. And that’s where social media marketing comes in. But doing social media marketing is no piece of cake.
Plus, I’m sure with running a small business, you must find it hard to find time for the more time-consuming aspects of social media marketing. Since you are a small business, you probably don’t have a large team whose sole job is to take care of your different social channels. So, the best way to manage your social media marketing tasks is to use special tools designed for tasks that otherwise take a lot of your time.
The things that these tools help cover are:
- Web Analytics
- Email Marketing
- Social Media Posting
- Lead Generation
- Security & Password Management (It’s hard to keep track of all the account usernames and ter passwords, right?)
- Content Discovery
- Content Marketing
Here is a list of some of the tools that small businesses must have if they want to take some work of their hands without hiring a special team and increasing their brand cost.
I realize that this is more expensive than other cheap social media management software out there, like Hootsuite. But it is definitely more effective and on the whole, a really useful tool if you want to take a lot of time off your schedule. It deals with your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Google+ accounts to properly analyze your marketing data and automatically take care of a whole lot more of stuff that gets ignored if you do it yourself manually.
2- Google Analytics:
If you have a blog or a website, you may have already some knowledge of how Google Analytics works. It basically gives you statistics about your website traffic like your daily views, the countries the views generated from, your daily/monthly comparison and so much more. It is a great way to test out different things about your blog or website to see if they generate more traffic. If you haven’t used this feature already, you need to start doing it now. And the best part is that it’s absolutely free!
One of the toughest things about social media marketing is to keep track of all the posting schedules for different social media channels. Buffer will take care of that for you. You just need to add a post to it and schedule a time for when you want to post on certain social media platforms. It works with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Google+ pages. Trust me, it will save up a lot of effort and struggle on your part. You just schedule a post and it will get posted even if you are having dinner with your family.
If you want to do successful social media marketing, you can’t just focus on you and your brand. You may want to share stuff that other people and brands in your niche have shared with their audiences. But it takes a lot of time to find and curate the content that will be interesting to your audience. So, save that time by using Feedly. You can add websites that post interesting content and Feedly will give you updates when they post something new. You won’t have to visit each and every website that you like just to see if they have posted anything new. It will be just like Facebook’s news feed but instead of posts from Facebook pages, you’ll be seeing posts from the websites that you added.
When you create multiple accounts on different websites and social platforms, you probably often give the same password to each one of them so that we don’t forget it. But think of the danger you’re putting your accounts in by doing this! What if a hacker gets hold of your password? They could get into all of your accounts and then lock you out. You don’t want that, do you? Well, LastPass is what you need. You just need to fill in LastPass password and username and it will automatically fill all of your details in your accounts log in. It will really be the last password that you will need to remember.
IFTTT stands for IF This Then That. It is what the name suggests. It basically works like this: If a certain thing happens, do a certain task. For example, you post an article on your blog, it will automatically share it on Twitter (if you have set up this option). Really it saves a lot of time and you don’t need to remember to share your post every time you upload it.
So, these are just a few tools but trust me, they will save up a lot of your time in your social media marketing.