RSS to Social Media

One of the easiest ways to automate your social media is to take an RSS feed and plug it into your Twitter and/or Facebook profiles. RSS feeds can be made from just about any kind of dynamic content: From blogs to news sources to video channels.

This technique can save a lot of time, but should also be used with a bit of caution. Avoid spamming your feed with RSS content. If you want to build a real audience, it helps to mix in a bit of automated content with hand-written content.

Start by identifying the feed(s) that you want to push to your social media accounts. You can use your own feed, or you can use any feed from anywhere on the internet. Make sure that if you’re using someone else’s feed, you check your Tweets regularly to make sure that you really feel good about what’s going out in your name.

Here are four of the best services to use for RSS to social media automation.

Twitterfeed

Twitterfeed is one of the original RSS to social media services on the web. They support Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
To get started, create an account, then click


Fill in the details about the RSS feed you want to add.



Click “Advanced Settings” to specify more details about how you want Twitterfeed to use your RSS feed.


Select which social network you want to post your RSS feed to.


Then authenticate the account you want to post to.


It’s that easy! Twitterfeed is 100% free, so just about anyone can use it to automate their RSS to social media postings.

ConvertSocial

ConvertSocial is a social media integration, automation and management suite with a wide range of different features. They have a 30 day free trial account, after which you’ll have to pick one of their paid plans.
>To get started with automating your social media posting, create an account, then click “Add/Edit Services.”



>Go to the RSS tab, then click “Add” next to “RSS Auto Poster.”


You’ll then be able to adjust your feed settings. Note that automating your social media is a paid feature. You won’t be able to access the settings screen until you’ve subscribed.

Hootsuite

Hootsuite is one of the largest social media integration sites on the web. They also have a special feature that allows you to post an RSS feed to your social media sites.
>To add an RSS feed, log into your Hootsuite account. Then click “Add an RSS Feed.”



Click the “+” button next to your RSS feed screen.


Then specify how you want your feed to be setup. You can add the feed URL, specify the account to post to, specify how often to check for update, specify how many posts to post at each time and pre-append text to the tweets.


If social media integration is important to you, using Hootsuite for both your automation and your integration will make managing your whole social media strategy much easier.

Dlvr.it

Dlvr.it is a very basic service that allows you to quickly and easily post your RSS feed to Twitter and Facebook. There aren’t a whole lot of advanced features. You get the social media automation, quickly, no more and no less.
>Start by creating an account. It’s a simple process: Just enter your email and password.



Then type in the URL of the feed you want to add.


Choose which social media site you want to add your feed to.


Then authorize Dlvr.it to post to that website.


Social media automation allows you to constantly update the content of your website, without always having to put in many hours of work.

Make sure you create a coherent strategy that’ll allow you to keep your users engaged, while mixing in a bit of automated content that your readers will still love.

Top 10 Online Collaboration and Document Sharing Tools

The most successful businesses in the world all rely on strong teamwork. In the past, a “team” meant people sharing the same office. In today’s virtual world however, a team can be as diverse as a group of people from Poland, New York, India and London all working together. Whether you have virtual staff, outsourced staff or just co-workers who work from home, having the right tools makes all the difference. Having great online collaboration and document sharing tools will enable you to all work together and eliminated wasted time. Here are ten of the top online collaboration and document sharing tools. If you’re running an online business, these can really help you bring your team together.

Tool #1: Basecamp

http://basecamp.com Basecamp (Used by Westwood Virtual Associates team) is one of the top project management tools on the market for small businesses. It allows you to create multiple projects, track milestones, assign to dos, see daily progress, communicate through discussions and more. It’s perfect from tracking what needs to get done by who and by when.

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Tool #2: Doodle

http://doodle.com Need to schedule a meeting? Instead of emailing availability back and forth, just use Doodle.com. Use Doodle with Google Calendar, iCal, and Outlook, and create polls in Doodle’s convenient calendar view. Your personal profile for 1:1 meetings: Show your co-workers and friends when you are available. A user-account remembers your polls for you and lets you connect your calendar. Best of all? It’s free.

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Tool #3: Pidgin

http://www.pidgin.im If you work with a diverse team that has a wide range of communication mediums, having Pidgin can save you a lot of time and headache. Pidgin allows you to communicate on Google Talk, AIM, MSN, Yahoo! Messenger, ICQ and a lot more.

Many industries tend to only work in one medium. For example, the CPA affiliate marketing industry runs a lot on AIM. Programmers on the other hand love IRC. Having Pidgin makes managing virtual communication a cinch.

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Tool #4: Mindmeister

http://www.mindmeister.com Mindmeister allows you to create and share mindmaps on the web. These mindmaps can then be shared with other people on your team, who can also edit and add to those mindmaps.

A lot of research has been done on how mindmaps work with the brain. People retain mindmaps much better than linear notes. They’re a versatile tool for taking notes, making plans or brainstorming.

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Tool #5: Google Docs

http://docs.google.com Google Docs allows you to collaborate on documents with others in real time. Any document that’s shared with other people can be accessed by them at any time. The moment you make any changes to that document, the changes will be reflected on the other person’s screen. You can literally take notes in a document and have those notes appear in real time halfway around the world. For documents like word files or spreadsheets, Google Docs is a fantastic sharing tool.

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Tool #6: Dropbox

https://www.dropbox.com Dropbox allows you to create a shared folder that can be accessed by everyone on your team. Any files added to Dropbox will automatically be uploaded to Dropbox. It works just like any other folder on your computer, except the upload is automatic. You don’t have to worry about sending files to others or backing anything up – It’s all done for you. Likewise, any new files uploaded by co-workers is automatically downloaded as well.

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Tool #7: Google Drive

https://drive.google.com Google Drive is Google’s version of Dropbox. It aims to provide much of the same functionality as Dropbox, as well as contain all your Google Docs files.

At the time of this writing, Google Drive provides about double what Dropbox does for the same price. That said, Google Drive doesn’t quite have the same functionality as Dropbox yet. Only time will tell which is the better tool.

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Tool #8: YouSendIt

https://www.yousendit.com If you need to send a large file quickly and don’t have time to get someone to signup for and install Dropbox, use YouSendIt. This allows you to send large files (up to 250 MB) for free. Most email clients only allow you to send files up to 25 MB. If you’re sending a large document or file, YouSendIt makes it easy. All you need to do is upload the file and YouSendIt will send the other person a link with your file in it.

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Tool #9: Skype

http://skype.com As far as real time team collaboration goes, there’s no better tool than Skype. Skype has just about everything you could want from a messaging and chat service. First, you have text chat. That’s great for quick messages and requests. You can easily call team members if you need to talk about something more complex. Video chat enables even better communication. Screen sharing lets you show others exactly what you’re talking about. If you’re looking for a versatile tool to communicate with the rest of your virtual team, Skype is often the best answer.

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Tool #10: Hootsuite

http://hootsuite.com One of the toughest things to co-ordinate online is a social media strategy that’s run by multiple people. For example, let’s say you’re running a contest. The prize announcements are handled by one person, the updates by another and the personality by yet another person. How do you co-ordinate it all? Hootsuite makes this easy. Hootsuite allows you to access all your social media accounts all in one screen. You can schedule posts to go out in the future rather than post them all right now. Best of all, the account can be managed by multiple people. For example, the person responsible for the prize can upload tweets about what the prizes are without sending them. The person responsible for the personality can look over the announcements and rewrite them to make sure they’re in line with the brand. Then and only then are the tweets sent. If you’re managing a multi-person social media strategy, give Hootsuite a try.

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These ten online collaboration tools will make managing any kind of virtual team a whole lot easier. Whether you’re running a two-person business or a business with hundreds of staff, the tools available here can help you streamline your processes and increase productivity.

Have a collaboration or document sharing tool you like to use? Please leave a comment below on what works and what doesn’t in your workflow.

Hootsuite – The Largest Social Media Integration Site

HootsuiteHootsuite is the largest social media integration and management platforms on the internet. It’s sent over 700 million messages to date and has over 3 million registered users. It accepts a wide range of social media platforms, including Google+, Facebook, Twitter, FourSquare, Mixi, WordPress and more.

Hootsuite was founded by Ryan Holmes in 2008 and was valued at $200 million in its last fundraising round, as of March 2012.

Hootsuite’s features include:

  • Easy view of all your contacts. Hootsuite will display their follower and following count, as well as their Klout score all in one screen.
  • Self-branded analytics reports. You can do complex analytics reports, put your own logo on it and send it to your clients as a self-generated report.
  • Schedule messages to be sent days or weeks in advance.
  • Create a wide range of different feeds and view them all on one screen. You can create feeds from mentions, retweets, direct messages and more.
  • Share your Hootsuite account and social media accounts with different members of your team. This makes execution of a complex social media strategy much easier. (Requires paid subscription.)

Hootsuite is used by many world class organizations. It’s used by TheGap, Facebook’s own social media team, Obama’s white house administration, the South by Southwest conference and more.

Here’s how to use Hootsuite to manage your social media.

Step 1: Sign Up for Hootsuite

Start by filling in the signup box on the front page.

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Step 2: Add a Profile

Add a profile. To add a Twitter account, click “Add a Twitter profile.”

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Click “Connect with” Twitter to create the connection. You can also choose to add a less mainstream social network on the left.

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Hootsuite will need authorization before it can link up your accounts.

 

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Step 3: Browse Your Feeds

To browse your feeds, select the social media account from the top subnavigation bar.

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The various feeds associated with that account will be displayed. You can drag and drop these feeds in any order you like.

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Step 4: Adding a Stream

To add a new stream, click “Add Stream” in the upper left corner.

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Then choose what kind of stream you want to add.

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The new stream will be added to your dashboard.

Step 5: Publishing and Scheduling

To access the publisher screen, click “Publisher” in the left sidebar menu. Hover over any symbol on the left to make the menu popup.

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Click “Compose a Message” to begin scheduling messages.

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The message box and the scheduler will pop up. Just write your message in the box, then choose when you want the message to go live.

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Step 6: Analytics and Reports

To create a new report, click “Analytics” from the left sidebar.

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Once you’re in the reports tab, click “Create New Report.”

 

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Then select the type of report that you want to create. Some reports are free to create, while others require payment.

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You can then brand the report yourself, so that your name and your company’s logo appears on top of the report.

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Step 7: Contacts

To access your contact list, click “Contacts” from the left navigation bar.

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All your contacts will be listed, along with their follower count, following count and Klout score.

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Now you know how to use Hootsuite to view multiple feeds, schedule posts for the future, generate branded reports and browse your contact list in an information-friendly manner. Hootsuite is free for the most part, with only a few features requiring payment. If you’ve never tried it before, why not give it a shot?

Overview and Current Pricing Levels for Hootsuite

Hootsuite is a social media promotion and management tool that allows you to manage many different social media accounts all in one place.

Let’s say you have accounts in Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. You run a growing business and have to monitor the buzz and social sphere regularly. Instead of having to log into each network separately, Hootsuite will aggregate all your feeds for you in one place.

In addition, you can also post messages to all these different social networks all at once. You can even schedule to be posted at specific times.

Here are some of the main features of Hootsuite, as well as details on its pricing structure.

Note: These prices are valid as of October 2012, prices are subject to change.


Monitor Mentions

When people are talking about your brand, service or product, what are they saying? Are they recommending it or complaining?

With the “monitor mentions” feature, you can easily see who’s talking about you and what they’re saying.

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Update Multiple Networks

Hootsuite allows you to update multiple social media networks all at the same time. No logging in and out or managing different tabs. The whole process of posting to 5 different social networks can take as little as 10 seconds.

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Comprehensive Mobile App

Hootsuite has a comprehensive mobile app that allows you to view streams for each of your social networks, as well as send messages while on the go.

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Customizable Streams and Views

Want to view a stream of just Facebook photos? You can. Want to view just a stream of mentions on Twitter? You can.

Your panels and views are fully customizable. You can add streams to monitor or delete streams you’re monitoring with the click of a button.

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Schedule Your Messages

You don’t have to be at the computer every time you want to send a message. In fact, you can batch upload all of the week or month’s updates all at once with the scheduling feature.

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Track Statistics (Pro Subscription)

Want to know how many people are clicking through to your links? Hootsuite has its own analytics system and can also integrate with Google Analytics.

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Team Member and Task Collaboration (Pro + $15 / Member)

If you have a social media team that needs to work together on product launches or brand management, Hootsuite can support that with its team tools.

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Hootsuite Pricing Structure

Hootsuite has three primarily price levels: Free Pro and Enterprise.

The free version gets basic analytics, 5 social profiles, two RSS feeds and has to view advertisements.Hootsuite

The pro version sees no ads, can connect to unlimited social media accounts, has unlimited RSS feeds and a much higher level of analytics.

Furthermore, Hootsuite also has an enterprise level solution, meant for large businesses with large brands they need to manage.

The enterprise solution includes 30 team members, high level of support and several other exclusive features. The enterprise solution is $1,499 a month.

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These are the main features of Hootsuite and its prices. Ready to get started?

How to Use Hootsuite: Reading Updates, Posting & Scheduling Updates and More

Hootsuite is essentially an improved way of viewing and posting to your social networks, all in one place.

Using Hootsuite, you can schedule messages to be posted at different intervals. That means that you don’t have to spend time every day posting messages if you want to post messages every day. Just set it up once and Hootsuite will do the rest of the work for you.

You can also monitor all your social media activity from one place. All your feeds, customer feedback, responses from your posts and so on can be monitored in one place.

Here’s how to use Hootsuite.

Step 1: Select Your Social Media Account on Hootsuite

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If you have multiple accounts setup, start by selecting which account you want to view.

Step 2: Viewing Streams on Hootsuite

 

The first screen you’ll be presented with is your streams screen. Each panel consists of a different stream of information.

In Twitter, your Home Feed is the tweets of the people you’re following. You’ll also have panels of direct messages, mentions and sent tweets.

In Facebook, your News Feed is the main feed, followed by a photos feed, your wall posts and an events feed.

Each social network has a few different kinds of streams.

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Step 3: Adding a Stream on Hootsuite

Adding streams allows you to customize how your Hootsuite dashboard looks. To add a stream, click the “+Add Stream” button in the top navigation bar.

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Then select which social network you want to add a stream for. Finally, select what kind of stream you want to add and click “Create Stream.”

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Step 4: Posting a Message on Hootsuite

To post a message, click “Compose Message.”

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Type your message in the expanded message box.

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To add a link to your posting, click “Add a Link.”

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To schedule your message to be sent at a later time, click the scheduling button.

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A scheduling menu box will appear. Schedule the time you want to send your message and click “Schedule.”

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To choose which profile(s) to send your message out to, click the “Click to select profile” box.

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Then choose one or more profiles that you want to send your messages to.

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Congratulations! You now know how to view updates, view different streams, add streams, post messages, schedule messages and send messages to multiple social media accounts at once on your Hootsuite account.