As your Social Media campaign progresses it becomes increasingly difficult to manage and control all your various different social media activity. How do you reply to tweets in real time whilst maintaining your presence in a LinkedIn Group? Luckily there are some excellent tools out there to help you stay ahead of the social game….and some of them are even free!
The two popular (free) aggregators are Hootsuite and Tweetdeck. Both enable you to incorporate your Twitter, Facebook Page and LinkedIn profile into one easy-to-use interface and both have mobile applications to help you maintain your accounts on the go. Within Twitter itself both of these tools enable you to separate your activity (Mentions, Outbox, DM’s etc) into streams allowing you to view all of your Twitter activity in one shot.
As you first evolve into social media management tools there is no need to look beyond Hootsuite or Tweetdeck. There are advantages and disadvantages of both so which one should you use? It’s entirely personal preference as to which program you feel more comfortable with. What is certain however is that if you want to take your Social Media activity to the next step, an aggregator is essential.