In this week’s Friday Finds, we’re going to take a look at some of the ways that you can beef up your social media strategy. With so many social media tools and tips available online, it can be overwhelming to find the best solutions for you. This week, I’m sharing resources where you can find: 100+ tips on social sharing, 30+ of the best social media monitoring tools for businesses, tips on improving your LinkedIn and Triberr strategies and recommendations for creating a powerful social media bio. You may have read some of these great articles already but (if you haven’t), you’ll want to.
Have You Read this Epic Post of Social Media Tips?
If you don’t already know Adam Connell from BloggingWizard.com, let me introduce you to him. In addition to his own blog, Adam has posted on sites including KISSmetrics, ProBlogger and SocialMediaExaminer. In his post, 100+ Bite-Sized Tips To Get You More Social Shares (And Traffic), he may have out-done himself.
You really should read this one yourself. (I’ve bookmarked it to come back to.) What you’ll find in this post is:
- 4 Reasons Why You Need Social Shares
- 21 Tips to Get More Shares on Twitter
- 15 Ways to Get More Google+ Shares
- 11 Tips on How to Get More Pins & Re-pins on Pinterest
- 25 Ways to get more Shares & Boost Your Organic Reach on Facebook
- 37 Tips on Getting More Social Shares Regardless of the Platform
This is my must-read of the week. In addition to being online, Adam also has this available as a PDF download (sign up required).
What Social Media Monitoring Tools Do You Use?
Having an online presence on social media sites is key to promoting your business online. We’ve all heard of HootSuite, Google Alerts, Klout and Topsy but have you ever heard of:
- Back Tweets (With this free service, you can search Twitter to see what people are tweeting.)
- Mention (The free plan allows you to receive 100 alerts on your Android or iPhone for 1 monitored keword.)
- Pluggio (This free online service can help you manage Twitter including sending Tweets to both Facebook & LinkedIn.)
- NetVibes (This dashboard looks interesting and it includes an RSS reader too.)
- Topsy (This free social analytics tool can help marketers track their brand on Twitter.)
I found those five tools and twenty six more in 30 Best Social Media Monitoring Tools For Business by Stuart J. Davidson on StuartJDavidson.com There are lots of lists out there but of the 31 tools that Stuart listed, I was only familiar with 6 of them. So, you may find something new here to add to your arsenal.
Since I’m always looking for new content to share, (and since I usually start with free tools first), I signed up for Pluggio. While I’m just getting started with it, I like what I see so far. For a quick peek at how you can use Pluggio to find new content to share, watch this video:
What do you think? How many of these tools are you familiar with? Which social media tools are your favorties?
Are You Using Pluggio?
Okay. Even though I was in the midst of writing this week’s Friday Finds, I confess that I got distracted by Pluggio. (I really think I’m going to like it.) While I was exploring it, I did a quick search to see if I could find a helpful review on it and I did.
Ezra Scott, (someone I just discovered yesterday) wrote How To Tame Twitter With Pluggio on UKLinkology.co.uk. As I usually do in my #FridayFinds series, I’m not going to delve deep into Ezra’s article. Instead, I’ll bullet point some of the benefits that he found in using Pluggio to monitor Twitter:
- A minimalist interface
- The Friend Finder function
- The ability to monitor influencers (without having to follow them)
- Schedule your tweets (also optionally post them to Facebook and LinkedIn)
- Adding pictures and links
- Helpful videos to get the most out of this tool
What do you think? Are you going to give Pluggio a try?
What’s Your LinkedIn Strategy?
Up until today, I wasn’t familiar with Brian Smith but (while I was looking for new content to curate using the “Suggestions” feature in Buffer), I came upon his post Secret LinkedIn Strategies of a 10-Year Power User on Zapier.com and I was intrigued by what he had to say.
While you may already be implementing some of the suggestions that he’s using, you’re bound to pick up a few gems here. To give you an inkling of what he covers:
- Personalize your Invitations
- Practice Reverse-Self-Promotion
- Track Who “Listens”
- Double “Connecting”
- “Pruning” your Network
Do You Have a Strategy for Triberr?
Usually, I feature articles, videos and slide shares that have recently been published in this series but I’m making an exception this week. I want to share Ileane Smith’s YouTube video Reach Millions of People on Twitter with Triberr, Although this video was uploaded in September of 2013, her content is still relevant and hopefully some readers here will benefit from watching it.
As an intro, when Ileane Smith (of BasicBlogTips.com) created this video, she had only been active on Triberr for two to three months. In that time, she built a tribe with a reach of over one million. So, what can we learn from Ileane about Triberr? You’ll have to watch for yourself, but (as I often do in these Friday Finds posts), I’ve bullet pointed some of Ileane’s best Triberr tips here:
- Find tribes with diversity (to break up monotony)
- Option of setting up Automatic Sharing
- Prime membership with an Atomic Tribe
Do You Know How to Get a Large Thumbnail on Your Facebook Posts?
Those of you who post to Facebook may wonder why some people have really large thumbnails (484 x 252 pixels display on a desktop and 560 x 292 on mobile) on their Facebook posts. If you want to know how you can do this, check out The Secret to Getting a Large Facebook Link Thumbnail by Louise Meyers on LouiseM.com. Lisa’s post also includes a link to her post on how to fix missing link thumbnails on Facebook too.
How Powerful is Your Social Media Bio?
My last share this week is How to Create A Powerful Social Media Bio by Rebekah Radice on RebekahRadice.com. Rebekah’s post suggests six simple steps to keep in mind when you’re filling out your bio on social media sites. Basically, her recommendations are about:
- Sharing Your Story
- Knowing Your Audience
- Fine-Tuning Uour Message
- Being Unique
- Adding Your Personality
- Being Brief
Rebekah’s post serves as a good reminder that consistency across all your social media profiles is of upmost importance. It’s also important to answer the question “What’s in it for me?”. I hope you get some ideas and inspiration from this one. (I have.)
Over To You:
Had you read Adam Connell’s 100+ tips? Did you discover any new social media management tools or get any new ideas for engaging on LinkedIn? Are you on Triberr? Have you beefed up your social media profile lately? Please feel free to share your favorite tips tools and ideas with us. As I always say, “we can all learn from each other”.
You can connect with today’s featured authors on Google+ at: Adam Connell, Stuart Davidson, Ezra Scott, Ileane Smith, Louise Meyers, Rebekah Radice and me. Also, you can follow Brian Smith on Twitter @ListenBrian.