7 Terrific Time Saving Social Media Automation Tools that you have to use!

Do you struggle to get all your social media tasks done every day?

Do you find that you perform repetitive tasks?

You have so many things to juggle on a daily basis. You probably have a family or close friends, some hobbies, a job that is no longer 9 to 5 and an ever growing list of tasks to do.

Social Media Marketing is also so frustrating. There is no end to it. You never feel you have done enough.

But there is light at the end of the tunnel.

The social media tools are maturing and getting more useful and there is more automation that is available.

Here are 7 time saving social media automation tools:

1. Social Oomph
Social Oomph is a social media management tool with some great automation features. One of the best features is the queue reservoir.

Evergreen content is content that doesn’t go out of date.

So when you post blog content that is evergreen it’s important to continue promoting it well after you initially post it.

As your social media presence evolves you get more fans/followers that have never seen your content before and also it is very likely that most of your existing fans/followers didn’t see your content when you first shared it!

When you post evergreen content you add it to your Queue and in this queue you specify how often you want content shared.

SocialOomph Queue Reservoir
Social Oomph will pick items from the queue every 3 hours
When I put an item in the queue Socialoomph allows me to create multiple variations of the tweet so that you are not sending out the same tweet every time.

So for every item I add to the queue I have 3 different variations of the tweets:

{5 Tools to Market Your Business Using Mobile Social Media Apps|5 great mobile social media apps that you should download to-day!|Does your company have a mobile app? Here are some examples to inspire you:} http://bit.ly/1akwk7V

This is how SocialOomph will send out the tweets:

  • Tweet 1: 5 Tools to Market Your Business Using Mobile Social Media Apps http://bit.ly/1akwk7V
  • Tweet 2: 5 great mobile social media apps that you should download to-day http://bit.ly/1akwk7V
  • Tweet 3: Does your company have a mobile app? Here are some examples to inspire you: http://bit.ly/1akwk7V

2. Dlvr.it
When you post content out through your blog you want to promote it across all of your channels all of the time. But you don’t want to have to set up a tweet, Facebook update, LinkedIn update etc as this is time consuming. Dlvr.it automates this. In Dlvr.it you specify the source where you want to pick the content up from and the destination where you want to put it.

You specify the source where dlvr.it picks up the content and the destination where you can it to go
When a new post is created dlvr.it will automatically send out your updates. It current supports Twitter, Facebook (business and personal), LinkedIn (business and personal), Google + (business page). App.net and Delicious. There is also very useful analytics in dlvr.it as well. Because it uses it’s only web address shortener it can track who clicks on your link.

dlvr.it stats
See how often your link is clicked
Dlvr.it is a very reliable and useful tool that will save you a lot of time.

IFTTT (If this then that) allows you to automate a broad range of activities. If a trigger event happens the automation kicks in and the corresponding action takes place. For example, a new blog post is added and a tweet is generated. In IFTTT they have a concept of ‘recipes’. These recipes are individual tasks that can be automated. When you login you’ll see over 4,000 to choose from.

IFTTT Recipes
There are many example recipes to choose from
Each recipe has some ingredients! You have the source of what IFTTT is monitoring and then the resulting action. In the example if a new blog post is added to the RazorSocial queue then a tweet is sent to my account @iancleary.

IFTTT Example
You specify the source and then the destination
If you can’t find an IFFTT task amongst the 4k + examples you can also set up your own combination. Once you set up your IFTTT recipes you can forget about it and the automation kicks in every time.

4. Zapier
Zapier is similar to IFTTT except you set up Zaps. A Zap is an individual automated task. For example a Zap could be a task that monitors YouTube and when it finds a new video then a tweet is automatically generated. There are over 250 services supported. These are the ones you specify where the trigger event kicks off.

Zapier Triggers
Many triggers to select from
You can use from the many Zaps that are available or you can build your own Zap. They are very easy to set up.

Zapier New Zap
Setting up a new Zap in Zapier
Recently we wrote an article about a 24 hour global conference that used Zapier to automate a lot of the tasks related to content distribution. This article will give you lots of ideas in relation to the potential of a tool like Zapier. Read this article here. Another alternative to Zapier is Cloud work. This provides similar functionality but some different applications are supported so it’s worth checking this out also.

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5. Aweber
Aweber is an email marketing tool with some essential automation tasks built in. When someone signs up to your email list you can set up one or a series of automated e-mails that goes to your new subscriber. You can pre build all your email templates and have them all ready to go.

Automated emails go out based on the times set up
The automated sequence of email helps nurture your email subscriber and eventually bring them to a point of sale. This automation is an essential component of your email marketing.

Postplanner is a Facebook page management tool that helps automate the sharing of content to your Facebook page. There is a content discovery engine which allows you to discover the most popular content in your industry and then you can add it to a queue for later delivery. Post Planner will handle everything in the queue and automatically post out based on pre-configured times.

Postplanner Trending
Trending content displayed based on shares or likes
Postplanner will save you a lot of time on Facebook!

7. Buffer
Buffer saves a lot of time by automatically handling all the scheduling of your posts. When you want to catch up on your blog posts read them using Feedly and then share them out on Buffer. Buffer will take any posts that you have scheduled and place them in a queue and send them out based on the next time slots that you have preconfigured. In the following example we are using Feedly on a mobile device to read the content and then buffering the content out for sharing at a later stage.

Feedly and Buffer
Easily find and share content using Feedly

Social media can be so frustrating because you don’t have enough time to complete all the tasks. It can also be quite repetitive. So why don’t you automate the repetitive tasks?

Posted on: December 2, 2014, by : NY Website Design Center