Trending Now

Tools I use to amplify social campaigns

SOCi

I am surprised how much of a one-man band I have become through social media thanks to a little help from my friends. Here are the top social media applications I use in order to help lead my clients and my own brand through all the background noise and into the spotlight.

Meet SOCiSOCi

It’s no longer okay to just drop links into your social media stream from Mashable or the Huffington Post. In a world in which everyone is dropping the same generalist links into their feed, curation needs to change its focus from social sharing (I’m smart because what I read is smart) to social engagement (I’m smart because I know what you wants to read and can provide it). Social sharing is no longer just about dropping links in the same way that being a DJ is no longer just about dropping tracks, it’s about feeling the crowd and stoking them up into a dance frenzy. What is it called when you stoke your followers into a dance frenzy? Engagement!

That is where SOCi comes in.

SOCi is a platform that allows you and your team to sort through piles and piles of content from across the social mediaphere, including content on Facebook using keywords and categories in order to collect the best, most relevant, news and content that is as close to bespoke to their needs short of writing it all yourself.  The SOCi platform is an enterprise platform, best suited to agencies and medium and large companies, allowing property management companies, for example, to harvest all the online content best suited to the needs of both the residents and prospective residents over some or all of the rental properties.

So, with SOCi, you can separate the content discernment process, collecting all the best evergreen and time-sensitive content into libraries that can can be stored and then used as content for one or all of the properties, depending on whether they have a pool or not, whether they’re in a particular city or region or not. You can break what can be unwieldy world for each individual building manager into something that one or two people can manage for dozens of properties — at least in part.

There can always be a hybrid in which a SOCi team can take care of the general and location news (there’s a block party coming to Pentagon City, for example) while the building’s office team can take care of things like the time, date, and location of the next pool party or ice cream social. SOCi is really a very interesting and powerful tool that thinks differently and thinks better about what social needs to be for businesses in order to show a return on investment while minimizing the overhead of a huge social media team.

socialoomph birdSocialOomph

The reason why I can never quite SocialOomph and always re-subscribe is because it solves a problem for me that I can’t solve with anything else: endlessly distributing evergreen content that my clients and I want and needs to share all the time, over the course of forever, with no end, across at least a few social media platforms.

I use it personally to make sure I never forget #followfriday every Friday, my clients use it to make sure that their Facebook Pages and Twitter profiles periodically have “about us” and “hire us” and “what we do” and “sponsored by” content to their social streams while they just focus on adding content, driving engagement, and informing their friends, followers, and Likers about timely, now-now-now content instead of needing to spend much time with the “commercials.”

What I like about this tool is that the queue is never empty, you can recycle the evergreen content. Also, you can just create tweets or posts, add the hashtags you want, and then just collect them into a text file, one complete tweet per line, and then upload that. You don’t have to deal with the elaborate insufferable upload templates that HootSuite, GaggleAMP, and others make you fill out, with post dates and all that crap.

All I need to do is upload the tweets and the Facebook posts and tell SocialOomph at what frequency I want the posts to trickle out and on which profiles and platforms I want them to post. SocialOomph takes care of the rest. And, there’s a checkbox that allows me to make the queue bottomless so that each tweet or post gets put back to the bottom of the queue after it’s used, meaning you can set it up once and then forget about it and as long as you keep paying SocialOomph, it’ll work.

Better yet, if you stop paying SocialOomph, they won’t kill your projects or data, they’ll just put them on hold. The moment you resubscribe, you’ll be able to start everything up again. I like SocialOomph for that because I just exactly that — I guess I unsubscribed for whatever reason — and I freaked out only to realize everything was fine, I just needed to get back onto the paid bandwagon and everything returned back to normal (to the chagrin of some of the folks I always endlessly automatically #followfriday every Friday without fail).

BufferBuffer

Everyone loves buffer and you probably already use it. What I love about Buffer (and I am a loyal paying member): suggested content (I use it), RSS sharing (I use this all the time, to recycle these articles deep into the future), and because Buffer is smart and, unlike HootSuite, it tries to tailor your shares to become as platform native as possible.  Buffer tries to follow the link on the tweet that you cross post to Facebook to find a good photo to display, then it tried to convert the Twitter-native @chrisabraham to Chris Abraham and then it removed the link from displaying inline on Google+ and Facebook, turning content that while optimized for Twitter looks fugly on Facebook and G+ into content that generally looks as good on Facebook and Google+ as it does on Twitter.

This means that you can finally create Twitter-optimized content only, along with references and @references and have it not look bad on other platforms. I don’t know if they tout that very much but it’s a game-changer, though there are sometimes some rendering SNAFUs.

HootsuiteHootSuite

I pay for HootSuite but I really only use it for one thing: queueing up posts to post automatically on Google+ because SocialOomph doesn’t work with G+ (does it yet, I might be wrong here) so I keep on using HootSuite and paying the fee if only for that feature, though it’s not nearly as durable, infinite, and awesome, to me, as is SocialOomph (if you have any other solutions, please let me know).

That’s it for now. Please let me know what your favorite tools are (and why) in the comments because I really love to discover new tools and, after doing a cursory search, there are a metric bazillion of them.

Good luck and go git ’em, Tiger!

Good luck and go git 'em Tiger!

Chris Abraham

Chris Abraham

Chris Abraham, digital strategist and technologist, is a leading expert in digital: search engine optimization (SEO), online relationship management (ORM), Internet privacy, Wikipedia curationsocial media strategy, and online public relations with a focus on blogger outreachinfluencer engagement, and Internet crisis response, with the digital PR and social media marketing agency Gerris digital. [Feel free to self-schedule a 15-minute call, a 30-minute call, or a 60-minute call with me] A pioneer in online social networks and publishing, with a natural facility for anticipating the next big thing, Chris is an Internet analyst, web strategy consultant and adviser to the industries' leading firms. Chris Abraham specializes in web technologies, including content marketing, online collaboration, blogging, and consumer generated media.  Chris Abraham was named a Top 50 Social Media Power Influencer by Forbes, #1 PR2.0 Influencer by Traackr, and top-10 social media influencers by Marketwire; and, for what it’s worth, Chris has a Klout of 79 the last time he looked. Chris Abraham started doing web development back in 1994, SEO in 1998, blogging in 1999, influencer engagement in 2003, social media strategy in 2005, blogger outreach in 2006, and Wikipedia curation in 2007. Feel free to self-schedule a 15-minute call, a 30-minute call, or a 60-minute call. If you want to know the services that Chris offers check out Services If you want to work with Chris use the Contact Form You're welcome to follow me via Social Media You can learn more about Chris over in About Chris writes a lot so check out the Blog Chris offers webinars so check Events

Join the Discussion

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top