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Fantastic Free Cloud Apps, Part 5: HootSuite
Published on Jul 20, 2011
Read our article, 'Fantastic Free Cloud Apps, Part 5: HootSuite' at 'Time to Start Up,' the small business blog by BizFilings.
We’re getting pretty far along in our Fantastic Free Cloud Apps series. So far, we’ve discussed:DropBox: Simplify your life and your business
Survey Monkey: Create smart, professional surveys with ease
Evernote: Capture anything. Access anywhere. Find things fast
Google Calendar: Never forget another event
We also defined the “cloud,” and looked at some of the ways it can help your small business get more organized and grow.
Next up in the series: HootSuite.
If you have accounts with social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Wordpress, you’ve probably experienced the repetition of posting the same message multiple times to reach your readers on each platform.
Just say no to unnecessary repetition! And say yes to HootSuite, a free app that lets you say what you want to say once, and disseminate it to as many social media sites as you like from one easy “dashboard.”
HootSuite also gives you the ability to shrink URL links (especially useful with Twitter), and include a preview widget to add a visual dimension to your posts.
What else does a free HootSuite account offer?
Custom Analytics: create custom reports you can learn from, as well as share with customers and colleagues
Schedule Messages: Send your posts and tweets during optimal audience times for customers in different time zones and different countries
Mobile Apps: Use it on your iPhone, iPad, Blackberry or your Android. In addition, since it’s a cloud based app, you can access your account from any computer that has an internet connection
Automated Reports: Share reports with any HootSuite user, and schedule them in a variety of ways — from daily to monthly
RSS Integration: Feed from your blog right to the HootSuite dashboard
Custom Dashboard: Fix up your dashboard to suit your own preferences and needs