Top Social Media & Microsoft Office Resources
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Social Media Resources
We want to share some tools that we use on a daily basis. (Note – some of these tools may be affiliate links, but we won’t recommend any tools that we don’t personally use).
HootSuite is my tool of choice for managing my Twitter account. I use HootSuite to view my Twitter lists, engage with my contacts and to schedule content updates. I have also added other social media accounts to HootSuite (LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+ Page)
Tweriod analyses when you and your followers tweet so that you send your tweets when others are listening.
Tweepi allows you to tidy up your followers, remove anybody who is not following you back and follow anybody who is following you.
Friends+Me will share content from Google+ to other social networks by checking your Google+ business page or personal profile at regular intervals. If new posts are found, they’re reposted to any social networks you’ve chosen. You can add one social network for free – upgrade costs from $2 / month.
Chrome Do Share, a plugin for Chrome allows you to schedule updates to your Google+ personal profile (you can’t use HootSuite to schedule to your Google+ personal profile) but you will need to have Chrome open when you want the updates delivered. When you are on an interesting webpage that you want to share, you can click the Do Share button and click the Share option to the left of the link. You can choose to schedule or post immediately.
Steady Demand is a free tool to audit your Google+ Page. You can use it to tell at a glance which posts have mentioned others and used hashtags. You can also check your competitor’s pages.
UberConference, allows you to call into a Google+ Hangout from your phone.
WordPress.com – allows you to create a free blog. Easy to set up and use – a great way of getting started with blogging.
WordPress.org – an open source way of creating a hosted website with a blog (you need to pay for hosting). Easy to maintain, well indexed by Google search and loads of themes and plugins are available to make the website look and behave to match your requirements. By the way, we have a course to help you use it!
Akismet – A tool to remove spam comments from your blog. If you use WordPress.com for your blog you will automatically use akismet. If you use WordPress.org, we would recommend paying the small monthly fee to activate akismet on your site (approx. £3.40 / month).
Google Analytics – The essential tool for analysing how visitors interact with your website. A free tool that we would say is essential for anybody with a website to understand how successful the website is.
IrfanView – A free image viewer/convertor that has some basic image editing and optimisation features.
Inkscape – a free and open source software vector graphics editor.
Gimp – a free photo and image editor, a bit like Photoshop. Lots of features but can be tricky to learn.
Canva – A simple, drag-and-drop, design software that’s completely online and free to use.
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Mailchimp – allows you to manage email marketing lists. The free account allows you to send up to 12,000 emails to up to 2,000 people.
Audacity – free software for sound recording.
iPadio – A free smartphone app (IOS and Android) for recording and posting or streaming audio to the web.
Eventbrite – list your events and sell tickets to them.
Skype – free video calls/video conferences and internet based phone calls.
Google Drive – free cloud storage solution where you can store files and collaborate with others on projects. Integrates with many Google Apps.
Dropbox – free cloud storage solution. Store your files online so that you can reach them anywhere you have access to the web.
GotoMeeting – hold online meetings and webinars
Google Apps for Work – a suite of online tools including customised email and website creation for your business.
Presentation/ Video Creation Tools
VideoScribe – Create your own whiteboard-style animations with no design or technical know-how.
PowToon – Free software for creating animated presentations and videos. An alternative to using Powerpoint. Paid premium account removes watermark.
Screen-cast-o-matic – Free online screen recorder.
Prezi – Free cloud based presentation software. Create zooming presentations that will make your message memorable.
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