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9 Tools to Improve Social Media Productivity

badge guest post FLATTER 9 Tools to Improve Social Media ProductivityDo you find that the daily demands of social media promotion are increasing? Our time is our most precious asset and social media is great at eating into it! Thankfully, there are several wonderful tools that can help. Here are 9 social media tools that will help you save time and improve your productivity.

1. Manage Your Relationships More Efficiently With Nimble

To be effective on social media you need to engage with people, build strong relationships, and then continue to nurture and maintain those relationships. Nimble is a social relationship management tool that is designed to help you do this.

Nimble has recently become integrated with Hootsuite so you can manage your important relationships directly from the Hootsuite dashboard. If you come across a contact in your Hootsuite stream that you want to nurture, you can easily add this contact to your Nimble acount.

NimbleHootsuite 9 Tools to Improve Social Media Productivity

Then, you automatically have that contact created within Nimble, including their personal information and any other social media profiles that Nimble finds and automatically assigns for these contacts.

Nimble Profile Record 9 Tools to Improve Social Media Productivity

Once the contact is in Nimble, you can monitor their social streams, initiate conversation, or interact with relevant updates. All interactions are recorded in Nimble so you always know who you have and haven’t been communicating with. If you want to be more productive and proactive with your online relationship management, trying using Nimble.

2. Automate Blog Post Delivery With Dlvr.it

There are some social media tasks that should never be automated, and there are others that make perfect sense. Dlvr.it allows you to automate blog post delivery to social networks. Simply specify a source or channel where the content is coming from and a destination to where you want the content to go as soon as it’s published.

dlvrit 9 Tools to Improve Social Media Productivity

In the example above, the source is a blog’s RSS feed and the destination is a Twitter account. Dlvr.it monitors the blog feed so when a new post is picked up by the RSS feed, it will automatically be delivered to the attached Twitter account for publishing there.

With the free account, you can add up to 5 different blogs and send to 3 different social accounts, including Facebook and Twitter. Make sure people are seeing your blog content as soon as it’s published by configuring your own Dlvr.it account.

3.  Automate Scheduling with BufferApp

Sharing great content is essential for building up your audience on social media. But the time that you find this content it might not be the best time to share it. If you spend certain times during the day browsing the news, you may come across many articles at the same time, but don’t want to share them all at once. BufferApp solves this problem by allowing you to queue up your content for sharing at predetermined times later in the day.

BufferContentInQueue 9 Tools to Improve Social Media Productivity

Buffer provides other great features such as analytics on all of the posts you send out.

4. Share Mobile Updates from Glyder

Imagine you are out of the office, when suddenly, you form a great idea for promoting a special offer for your business. Do you ring up your graphic designer and pay for a nicely designed template and then share it on your social media channels when you get back to the office? No! You can just use Glyder instead.

Glyder 9 Tools to Improve Social Media Productivity

Glyder allows you to select a visually appealing template, add in your company details, change the boilerplate text with your specific offer, and then send to a variety of social media platforms.

As I mentioned earlier, time is an important asset in the digital age, so it’s crucial to move quickly when it comes to social media promotions. If you’re able to send professionally designed messages to a variety of social media platforms in less than 30 seconds, you’re able to create real-time value for your business.

Keep in mind that Glyder is currently only available for iPhone, although they are working on releasing an Android application as well.

5. Find More Relevant Content with BundlePost

You are probably already aware of Google Alerts, a free tool provided by Google that sends you email notifications based on mentions of particular keywords on the web. If you are using these alerts to find content to share, you may have found that there is still a lot of work involved in going through every piece of content to make sure it’s interesting and relevant, not to mention the time it takes to create and schedule each post.

Bundlepost helps to automate this process. Your alerts are saved as social media drafts in your account. You can then take a look at these posts and decide which ones you want to share.

BundlePost 9 Tools to Improve Social Media Productivity

Once you’ve decided which ones you’d like to share, the content is packaged up with scheduled times and hashtags so you can export from Bundlepost and import it into Hootsuite. Now, you have a stream of content ready for distribution.

6.  Schedule Pinterest Pins Using Pingraphy

If you are an active user on Pinterest and you want to save time then you should be using Pingraphy. Pingraphy works as a browser plugin that lets you pick images from the web and then schedule them out for sharing at a later date.

Pingraphy 9 Tools to Improve Social Media Productivity

You specify the board on which you want the pins to appear, a scheduled start time for publishing, and how long you want to wait between each pin. Pingraphy will schedule the posting of these pins based on the interval you provide.

7. Find the Right Times to Send Using SocialBro

You can waste a lot of time sending tweets at times when your fans aren’t listening. All your followers will not be online at the same time, of course, but there are times when the majority of them are online. These are the most optimal times when you should post content, so take advantage of them by using SocialBro.

SocialBro does an analysis of when your Twitter followers are online and provides you with options of best time to tweet. The more followers you have online, the bigger the circles and the more optimal the timing.

SocialBro 9 Tools to Improve Social Media Productivity

SocialBro also integrates with BufferApp so that once you’ve identified the right times, you can automatically set those times up with Buffer.

8. Manage Your Comments Using Engag.io

Enagag.io brings conversations and comments into one location so they are easier to track and manage. Anything you or your readers comment or respond to will be pulled into your Engag.io dashboard. It doesn’t matter if the conversation is happening on your blog or other blogs.

Engagio 9 Tools to Improve Social Media Productivity

In addition to blog comments, you can also track conversations on other popular social networks such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Facebook, YouTube, Foursquare, and Tumblr. Plus, you can use Engag.io’s search engine to find conversations you may not be involved in but should be. So, if you are finding it difficult keeping track of all the conversations you are having, Engag.io is the answer to your problem.

9.  Read Content Later Using Pocket

If you want to curate great content for your networks, then you’re likely going to have to read a lot of content in order to pick out the best articles for sharing. You may not have a lot of time to read content at work, but maybe you have some spare time waiting for a bus or in between meetings while you’re out and about. Pocket allows you to highlight interesting content on the web and save it for reading later on your iPad, iPhone, Android phone, or desktop device.

Pocket 9 Tools to Improve Social Media Productivity

Getting to read more content means you’ve more great content to share, which is helpful for everyone in your network.

These are just 9 tools that will help you become more productive with social media. We’d love you to share your tips and tools for social media productivity in the comments below!
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  • Andrew Bournos

    Jay. I find your content spot on and particularly found this article useful. It is concise and actionable. Keep it coming. Glad I follow you.

  • http://www.klaxonmarketing.co.uk/blog Andy Bargery

    I’m a big fan of Nimble. We use it extensively to keep in touch with our clients, prospects and partners on the social web. It’s a great product, but then I would say that as we are one of their channel partner’s in the UK. We started off as a customer though.

    • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

      Hi Andy, thanks for your feedback. I use Nimble on a daily basis and find it very useful also! Ian

  • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

    Hey Rosemary, that’s great. Delighted it was useful for you! Thanks for your feedback. Ian

    • http://rhogroupee.com/ Rosemary ONeill

      Hey not to change the subject, but looking forward to meeting you in person at Social Slam :)

      • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

        Hey Rosemary, you too! It will be fun!!

  • http://twitter.com/leticiapolese Leticia Polese

    Thanks so much for recommending SocialBro, Ian! It’s an honor for us to be featured in Jay Baer’s blog. It’s an awesome list, I can’t live without Bufferapp, Pocket and, for sure, SocialBro. But we’ll definitely try Bundlepost :-)

  • http://twitter.com/juliephayer Julie Phayer

    I’m so excited to test out PinGraphy! I’ve been wondering if there’s a scheduling tool for Pinterest lately :) Buffer is my favorite app that you’ve listed, and I also love IFTTT to manage pretty much everything.

    • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

      Hey Julie, thank you very much for your feedback. I hope pingraphy is useful for your business! Ian

  • http://twitter.com/firebrandsocial Firebrand Social

    Great list. Didn’t know about PinGraphy. I’m a huge bufferapp fan.

    • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

      Thanks for your feedback!

  • http://twitter.com/TamelaJaeger Tamela Jaeger

    Outstanding lists, thank you so much :)

    • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

      Hey Tamela, thank you for your super feedback!

  • http://twitter.com/miriamschwab Miriam Schwab

    Great list! Unfortunately, Engag.io was discontinued on March 4, which is too bad since it sounds like it was pretty cool.

  • http://kikolani.com/ Kristi Hines

    Do you have any alternatives for Engag.io? That sounded like the perfect solution to keeping up with comments, but as Miriam noted, they shut down earlier this month.

    • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

      Hey Kristi, I reached out to William who is the founder to see when we can access engag.io again. I don’t know of an alternative, maybe that’s why it was bought!!!

  • http://www.agencyplatform.com/ Dave Thompson

    Perfect list!
    But a common dashboard where you get most of these facilities would be really helpful. It will save a lot of time and help manage and monitor your accounts better. One such platform is http://www.agencyplatform.com

  • Graciousstore

    Thanks are these list on how to optimize the time we spend on social meis

    • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

      Thanks for your feedback!

  • http://www.gauraw.com/ Kumar Gauraw

    Jay, I enjoyed the whole post though I am excited to know about Engag.io today through your article. Thank you for sharing this awesome post with a lot of very useful tools for bloggers and Internet marketers.

    • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

      Hey Kumar, thank you so much for your feedback. Engag.io was recently acquired so is not providing their service from engag.io at the moment, we’re hoping it will be relaunched with their new company very soon. Ian

  • http://twitter.com/crmhelp Randy Tucker

    Somehow came across this article and realized I have accounts in some that I don’t even recall. @crmhelp

    • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

      Hey Randy, thanks for your feedback, hopefully you get time to check out some of the apps again! Ian

  • tools

    Please tell me that youre heading to keep this up! Its so great and so important. I cant wait to read a lot more from you. I just feel like you know so substantially and know how to make people listen to what you might have to say. This blog is just too cool to become missed. Terrific stuff, genuinely. Please, PLEASE keep it up!

    • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

      Thanks for your feedback.

  • Rauf Zeynalov

    Social Media Productivity is already a must for any business, and definitely reaching out to more people through social media channels, creating Return on Relationship, by connecting to potential customers emotionally, in one word, engendering emotional response, it is essential. Glyder sounds very exciting in terms of keeping up with visual content. SocialBro and BundlePost are already kicking into my favorite app list. This is one of the most useful posts I have read in the last week. Great job, Ian.

    • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

      Hi Rauf, thank you so much for your great feedback. I’m delighted that you found the post useful. Thanks! Ian

  • http://www.assetpoint.com/ Asset Point

    I haven’t used these automation applications, they sure are helpful but I like to do all the work manually.

    • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

      Thank you.

  • http://www.incion.com/ profesional web design

    Very nice social media tools. Nice post. Thanks for sharing.

    • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

      Thank you, glad you enjoyed it. Ian

  • Flirty Lingerie

    Pingraphy will make my day a little less hectic and my pinterest account more beneficial. That said, I appreciate the entire post as it is chocked full of some very useful information for someone who is running our social media all by herself. Sounds like self pity, no, just knowing that time is my biggest asset and social media is both a benefit and a devil. Using my time wisely makes it much more of a benefit. Thanks!

    • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

      Thank you, glad it was useful. Ian

  • Andy Newbom

    Tight list of great tools, thanks ian

    • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

      You’re welcome Andy!

  • michael bian

    Terrific post. Thanks for sharing it.

    • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

      Thanks Michael.

  • JackieBocha

    Great list. Bitrix24 and Asana should be on the list, both are free and are a must have for any social media manager. Especially Bitrix24.