When it comes to social media, I’m very picky about the networks and the tools I use. One tool that I use, trust, use daily, and I recommend to anyone/company needing an easy way to manage their social media campaigns is Hootsuite. It does it all, it can manage your Twitter accounts, Facebook accounts, LinkedIn, Four Square, WordPress, MySpace, Mixi, and now Google+ Pages for all users.
On July 18th, 2012 announced that they have made managing your Hootsuites Google+ Pages open to all users. So if you are a free user, Pro User, or an Enterprise User; you can manage your Google+ Pages along with your other social channels.
“Google+ launched new Google+ Pages for brands to have a unique and nuanced engagement experience with audiences.
With Google+ Pages integration, marketing managers and socially strategic organizations are offered new ways of managing connections with customers within the HootSuite dashboard for lead generation, HR recruiting, support, brand awareness and social campaigns.”
To add Google+ Pages to your Hootsuite dashboard, use the side menu and select Add a Social Network, under My Social Networks. Then follow the instructions. That’s all there is to it. Image source: Hootsuite Blog
As I mentioned before, I have used Hootsuite for a while and trust their product with my networks and recommend them to my clients, friends, and family for their social media management needs. With the integration of Google+ Pages for everyone, was a great feature to add and I am excited about what you can do when it comes to managing your Google+ pages.
Because of how busy I haven’t had the time to work on my Google+ Pages. With Hootsuite, it makes it a lot easier for me to do that. I can schedule posts to my pages and respond to comments made by the readers.
Being able to schedule posts, will make it easier for me to post more content to the Evolutionary Designs Google+ Page whenever I find something worth sharing and schedule it to post at a better time. Plus with the update to the Hootlet, if I want to, I can let the Hootlet decide when the best time for my posts to go live.
In the past, I would find an article and I would have to remember to go back and post it when I wanted to to go live. A lot of times, I would forget to back and share it.
As for the actual posting of content, it takes a few extra steps if you want to add images to the post and I really don’t like that (if you use Google+ it will automatically grab images from the article and share it along with the link. )But it’s not a deal breaker. I can manually post the articles I want images to Google+ Pages to save time. If I’m not in a hurry then can do it through Hootsuite.
So are you using Hootsuite? Have you tried out Google+ Pages via the Hootsuite dashboard? Let us know what you think…
Hootsuite has integrated Google+ Pages management and schedule posts open to all Hootsuite users!