I use these resources extensively. I will add/replace products when/if finding better ones.
Drop me an email if you have any questions on how I use these tools!
- Making Social Media Marketing Less Time-Consuming
- Creating Content
- Staying Focused
- Get Organized
- Learning New Stuff
- Keeping Your Computer and Data Safe
Social Media Marketing
No doubt about it. Social media marketing can easily become a time-suck. Luckily I've found tools to easily find quality content, share it, and track response.
I use TweetAdder to search Twitter for creative freelancers. TweetAdder is also a huge time-saver for following the ones I do find.
I use they $74 five Twitter account version. You probably just need the $55 starter version. You can upgrade at any time.
Tool for finding quality content
I love Feedly! Feedly puts together news from many sites into one single stream.
From my stream of 70+ sources I pick the news I think most interesting to my followers.
Nowadays it takes me about 15 minutes per day to find enough quality content. I use Feedly both from my smart phone (recommended) and in my browser.
I use the free Feedly version. There is a $5/month Pro version, but at the moment I don't see any reason to upgrade.
Tools for publishing content the easy way
For one-offs and first-time posts I use Buffer.
Buffer integrates nicely into Feedly, which makes sharing stuff from my Feedly stream to Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and sometimes LinkedIn, a breeze!
Quality content I stumble upon while surfing the net I add to Buffer with Buffer's Android App or their add-on for Google Chrome.
I've set Buffer to publish fresh post three times per day. This way fresh posts are published daily on all my social media accounts.
If a post is especially well-received I move it over to SocialOomph.
I'm on Buffers $10/month “Awesome Plan.” There is a free version.
My primary reason for upgrading was unlimited buffer space (otherwise limited to 10).
For recurring posts I use SocialOomph.
In addition to rescheduling especially popular posts, I use SocialOomph to schedule posts deserving a rerun, evergreen posts, and self-promotional posts.
SocialOomph lets you upload an unlimited number of posts, and it then rotates the posts as long as you want. This way I'm sure some quality content is tweeted every day. I only use SocialOomph for Twitter.
At the moment I rotate 168 posts over a four-week period.
There is a free version. I use the $25*/month SocialOomph Professional version.
SocialOomph has a ton of features, but my main reasons for upgrading were:
- Reccurring posts
- Bulk upload tweets – saves a ton of time
* Upgrade to SocialOomph Pro within 30 days after registering for the free version, and you get Pro for $25/month.Track the response
All of the above tools for social media marketing tracks the response in some way.
Creating ContentPretty images for your blog posts
I have used iStockphoto for years. It's my go to place for royalty free photos and illustrations.
Staying FocusedBlock distractions
Cold Turkey will temporarily block you from social media sites, games, programs and any other addicting websites. Imagine how fast you could do your work without all those distractions!
Get OrganizedTaking notes
I've gone all digital on note taking, and Evernote is my choice.
Save your ideas, things you like, organize, plan stuff, and then access it all from anywhere. Evernote synchronizes all your notes across all smart phone, tablets, and computers. Write, take pictures, clip web pages, record yourself, attach files, sketch, or any combination there of.
The free version is great! My main reason for going Premium was that I needed offline notebooks on my smart phone (great for traveling).
Learning New StuffBooks
I read, or listen to, marketing, business, and personal development literature. Some books that stand out from the crowd:
Small Business, Negotiation, Influence:
Finding Your Personal Strengths:
Keeping Your Computer and Data SafeFile backup & sharing
I couldn't be happier with Dropbox. From start it has worked without a glitch, and has continued to do so.
Dropbox creates a folder on your computer. Everything you save in the Dropbox folder is immediately synchronized with the Dropbox cloud and with other computers you use. You can also share files.
Since two years I'm on the Dropbox Pro 100 GB plan, $8,25/month (billed annually.)
Tip: Not ready to go Pro. Sign up for a free 2 GB Dropbox account instead. Sign up via my button, and get 500 MB of bonus space!No trojans, viruses, and other malware!
I'm a bit obsessed about keeping my devices safe. Even if a bit pricey, I use security products from Norton since 2008. They give me peace of mind.
I use “Norton 360” for my PCs, and “Norton Mobile Security” for my Android smartphone. Also, with Norton 360 comes “Identity Safe,” which is a browser extension that remembers, secures and automatically enters your usernames and passwords.
Tip: Buy Norton 360 via below links and save $30 -$40 (US only.)
- Norton 360 2014. 1-year protection for up to 3 PCs. Was $89.99. Now $49.99.
- Norton 360™ for PCs, Norton™ Internet Security 5 for Mac® and Norton Mobile Security for iPhones®, iPads® and Android™ smartphones and tablet. 1-year protection for up to 5 devices. Was $99.99. Now $69.99.