Tag: Social Media Tools

Social Seven: Tools of the Trade – Dropbox and Google Drive

Social Seven – Social Media Podcast

With Erin Cell of Socially Powered and Hollie Clere of The Social Media Advisor




Here are some sharing tools to keep yourself organized: Dropbox and Google Drive. These tools utilize cloud computing, which is not a new concept but is becoming more popular. For those who have teams, you can add your teams to either Dropbox or Google Drive to share files and information. There are pros and cons to both. It might be a good idea to pick just one of these tools or you might find yourself checking both when you can’t remember what you put on which one.
Be cautious when using the cloud, it’s possible to share a virus on one file with all the other files on the site. This isn’t a fault of Dropbox or Google Drive, but it can be an issue. Make sure to keep your anti-virus software current and follow safety techniques when opening and downloading attachments and programs.
One benefit to using these types of tools is that if your personal hard drive crashes, all of these files are kept on the cloud. It can be costly, and sometimes impossible, to recover files from a crashed system.
Those who have a Chromebook will find that Google Drive is even more practical. The best part of Drive is the shareability and being able to share documents with others easily. Users can create documents, spreadsheets and presentations right there in the drive. The files are live and automatically updated. No need to worry about using the most current version since the file is in real time. It auto saves frequently and can be edited right in Google Drive. It can be accessed from anywhere since it is an Internet based tool.
If you have a Gmail account, use just the one account for your mail, your Google drive, YouTube and other Google products. It’s so much easier when everything is connected.

There are other cloud based sharing apps that could work well for you. Educate yourself on all the optimal uses for all of these tools.

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Social Seven: Tools of the Trade – Commun.it

Social Seven – Social Media Podcast

With Erin Cell of Socially Powered and Hollie Clere of The Social Media Advisor




What is the primary function of Commun.it? It is a Twitter tool used for scheduling and managing this social media platform. It can be used to stay connected with new followers, to stay engaged, and to monitor clients and mentions. Users can follow/unfollow and track who is following and unfollowing them on Twitter right within the tool. It will send a reminder to let users know when it’s time to reconnect with someone. Commun.it also offers suggestions on accounts you might like to follow.
We do tend to get really busy and lose track of the last time we connected with someone within our communities. It’s social media. It’s meant to be social. That means stepping outside of your box and actually having online conversations with people and engaging with them frequently. It’s not just a matter of pushing content out. Acknowledge when someone shares something of yours and when you get mentioned. If someone asks you a question, you should at least respond.
Commu.it includes some canned responses that can be used to immediately reply to specific types of engagement. Try not to overdo it, as real engagement is more valuable and effective than automated responding. However, this can be a way to stay on top of the fast pace of Twitter.
These tools also include worthy analytics that can be used for tracking effectiveness and then submitted to clients.
Using Hootsuite, Buffer and Commun.it combined is a fabulous way to optimize your social media content management. Commun.it is an easy to use tool, that is simple, and worth checking out. These tools will help you increase your online engagement, which will help to organically grow your audience.
It’s social people; let these tools help you remain social!

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The Scoop on Canva

Social Seven – Social Media Podcast
With Erin Cell of Socially Powered and Hollie Clere of The Social Media Advisor


The Scoop on Canva!

Canva is a social media management tool. It allows you to create images for your website, social media, business cards, presentations and other branding needs. There is a free version and an upgraded version. There is also the option to select from premium images and pay for different templates and designs.
The crisp colors, cool fonts and other options in Canva are very nice. Plus, you can import your own images and edit them within the site. This helps to really brand. It takes it from a corporate brand to something a bit more personal. Social media users should be using a lot of images.
Canva is now coming out with Canva for work, which will allow social media managers to better organize design elements for their clients. That will enable this group to separate logos, images, fonts and colors by clients and keep everything separate but still accessible on the site.
When you play with different photo editing tools there can be a bit of a learning curve. This takes advanced graphic design knowledge out of the equation. No need to learn Photoshop or be a graphic designer to create something in Canva. When you use this tool, you feel like you are paying for top-notch design elements. Even the templates are affordably priced. You could make 100 different designs or images and store them within the tool for future use.
Also, Canva has all the major social media platform dimensions. It’s automatically formatted whether you want to make a Facebook ad or a Twitter cover image. Users can also create images using custom dimensions as well.
Canva at work does have an affiliate program for early access to this site feature.
Canva also provides learning tools including a design school. These will teach you how to use the tool. For those with writer’s block, there is a stream of designs from other users to help inspire you to make something new.
Those of you who haven’t used Canva before, check it out. Play with the templates. Go through some of the tutorials and try some different things. It’s an awesome tool. It will change your branding and put yourself into your brand for a change.
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