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How TinyLetter Is Making Us Fall In Love With Email Again

How TinyLetter Is Making Us Fall In Love With Email Again | Top Social Media Tools | Scoop.it

Thanks to TinyLetter and the demise of Google Reader we're all emailing like it's 1999...


...TinyLetter is to MailChimp what Tumblr is to WordPress: It's newsletters for dummies. "I think my mom could use TinyLetter," claims Kiefer Lee. Unlike MailChimp, which caters to businesses and offers all sorts of testing and analytics features, TinyLetter provides just the basics. Writing a message is just like writing an email in Gmail, meaning the process takes only as long as crafting the body text.


Getting people to subscribe to letters is just as easy. TinyLetter provides an embed code for those who want to put a box on their website. Or interested readers can head straight to a letter's TinyLetters landing page, which consists of a short description, a place to subscribe, and a link to previous messages, all against one big, bold, and beautiful image.


Oh, and unlike MailChimp, it's free. The service does have a limit on subscribers to a given newsletter, but the company works with very popular mailers on that....

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A cool newsletter tool worth exploring.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, November 19, 2013 2:22 AM

Good look at a useful newsletter and email tool called TinyLetter. Worth exploring.

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What A Bonsai Tree Looks Like Suspended In Space

What A Bonsai Tree Looks Like Suspended In Space | Top Social Media Tools | Scoop.it

On Tuesday, a bonsai tree boldly went where no bonsai tree has gone before. Azuma Makoto, a 38-year-old artist based in Tokyo, launched two botanical arrangements into orbit: “Shiki 1,” a Japanese white pine bonsai tree suspended from a metal frame, and an untitled arrangement of orchids, lilies, hydrangeas, and irises.


The project, called Exobiotanica, was a collaboration between Makoto, his 10-person crew, and Sacramento-based JP Aerospace, an organization that sends vessels into space. ”I wanted to see the movement and beauty of plants and flowers suspended in space,” Makoto told T Magazine at the launch site, Black Rock Desert in Gerlach, Nevada, best known as the site of the annual Burning Man festival. “I am using brightly colored flowers from around the world so that they contrast against the darkness of space.”...

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ET call home! Sometimes creativity takes your breath away.

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Top Alternatives to Prezi and PowerPoint - the ultimate list

Top Alternatives to Prezi and PowerPoint - the ultimate list | Top Social Media Tools | Scoop.it

If you are tired of looking for great alternatives to Prezi – look no further, because I have the ultimate comprehensive list of PowerPoint alternatives right here.  No more boring presentations. With this list you can pick the perfect presentation tool or software for your presentation (be it on stage in-front of an audience or online for sharing).


We tested these 10 different alternatives to Prezi and PowerPoint and summarized what we thought about each one.


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Several excellent social media presentation tools you should check out.

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Darleana McHenry's curator insight, July 18, 1:48 PM

I am always looking for alternatives to make great presentations :-)

Gerardo Varela's curator insight, July 19, 12:26 PM

Las mejores alternativas de presentación

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, July 25, 11:49 AM

It is obvious that a commercial alternative (eMaze) says that eMaze itself is the best option. isn't it?



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10 Facebook Tools for Business & Marketing in 2014 | CodeCondo

10 Facebook Tools for Business & Marketing in 2014 | CodeCondo | Top Social Media Tools | Scoop.it

I’m not a very huge fan of Facebook, and hardly even use it, but there have been some tools that I’ve been able to experience during my journey that I think you’ll find useful and appealing.


I was inspired to put this together after I published my Twitter tools post, earlier last week. I had fun putting together some of the new, and cool stuff that has been entering the market, and this list was not an exception. It’s all about creativity, innovation and the passion to help people in some form....

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Really useful list of Facebook tools from Alex Ivanovs.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, May 14, 2:16 AM

Alex Ivanovs shares a really useful list of 10 Facebook tools.

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Search Engine DuckDuckGo Is Taking On Google By Doing The One Thing They Won't Do

Search Engine DuckDuckGo Is Taking On Google By Doing The One Thing They Won't Do | Top Social Media Tools | Scoop.it

They won't track you and it makes their searches better.Named after the playground game duck duck goose, the site is not just banking on the support of people paranoid about GCHQ and the NSA.


Its founder, Gabriel Weinberg, argues that privacy makes the web search better, not worse. Since it doesn't store your previous searches, it does not and cannot present personalized search results. That frees users from the filter bubble – the fear that, as search results are increasingly personalized, they are less likely to be presented with information that challenges their existing ideas....

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DuckDuckGo is the little search engine that could.

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Jesse Soininen's curator insight, April 7, 4:20 AM

Are You living inside the machine made filter bubble? Try DuckDuckGo

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8 Incredible Tools To Boost Your Social Media Productivity

8 Incredible Tools To Boost Your Social Media Productivity | Top Social Media Tools | Scoop.it

Social media related activities can take up hours of your time.And let’s face it, your time is precious.


Fortunately there are plenty of tools on the market that can help save you time when it comes to managing your social media marketing.


By utilizing these types of tools correctly you can spend more time doing other things that can help your business.In this post I am going to show you a selection of these tools that cover off a number of different social activities that you can use to boost your productivity...

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Eight social media cool tools you really should know.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, March 31, 1:08 AM

Adam Connell reviews 8 powerhouse productivity tools for more efficient social media. Recommended reading. 9/10

Gas caroline's curator insight, March 31, 3:59 AM

8 outils à mettre en place simplement et rapidement.

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SMToolbox: Social Analytics from Zuum | Social Media Today

SMToolbox: Social Analytics from Zuum | Social Media Today | Top Social Media Tools | Scoop.it

In social media we have no shortage of data; our key challenge is to understand the data and to create insights that will help us improve what we do. Generating actionable insights from social data has been the core focus of the Zuum team. This week in the SMToolbox, we take a look at their tool and how Zuum's reports and analytics can benefit social media marketers.


Zuum bills itself as a social content strategy tool; in essence, it is a social analytics tool, but with a difference. The Zuum team are really focused on helping you to understand what causes things to happen in the social world. Thus, if you see a spike in engagement or rapid growth in followers, Zuum will help you identify what caused these particular changes. Zuum also allows you to compare your company's performance with that of other brands and gain insights that will help you improve your own performance....

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, March 23, 12:23 PM

This social media measurement tool is definitely worth a look.

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16 Blogging Resources to Improve Your Blog | Social Media Examiner

16 Blogging Resources to Improve Your Blog | Social Media Examiner | Top Social Media Tools | Scoop.it

Do you blog regularly?Are you looking for tools to make the process easier?Blogging is hard work and it takes a lot of time to do it well. Wouldn’t it be great if you could streamline parts of that process?In this article, you’ll find a list of tools, apps and advice you can use to find your groove and take care of blogging business....

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, March 14, 1:23 AM

Patricia Redsicker offers an excellent list of ways to find and organize new blog ideas, add the perfect images, optimize your content, and share your articles. Recommended reading. 9 / 10

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3 Free Website Analysis Tools You Should Be Using | Business 2 Community

3 Free Website Analysis Tools You Should Be Using | Business 2 Community | Top Social Media Tools | Scoop.it

Getting the upper hand on your competition can be difficult and even more so when you’re not sure how your own website is performing. There are many tools available online that help you see how you’re doing with your SEO, and most importantly where your website needs to improve. All website owners should take advantage of these free tools to discover your website’s strengths and weaknesses, and to see how you compare against your competitors....

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, March 10, 1:48 AM

Three excellent free website analytical tools: My Site Auditor, SEO Report Card and Woorank.

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25 Sneaky Online Tools and Gadgets to Help You Spy on Your Competitors

25 Sneaky Online Tools and Gadgets to Help You Spy on Your Competitors | Top Social Media Tools | Scoop.it

Even before you entered into the world of “business”, you were watching your competition. Whether it was in a classroom or on a sports team, you not only wanted to keep up, you wanted to know where the marker was set so you could go one step further. It was about finding new opportunities and setting new goals based on someone you aspired to beat.


At this time, when search is so important and detailed, and the Internet has grown so extensively, you have tons of different factors to consider when spying on your competition. This is where marketing tools come into play.In many cases, tools that help you monitor your own web performance also can help you gather data on your competition. So, you might be using some of these tools already, without using the features that help you evaluate your competitors. Here are some of the best tools out there...

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A superb post and list of top notch competitive intelligence tools shared by Kissmetrics.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, March 8, 3:16 AM

Every once in a while a terrific article like this comes along. In this post from Kissmetrics, you'll find an excellent summary of 26 tools to help you gather competitive intelligence. Recommended reading. 10/10

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Pinterest and Branding | Social Media Today

Pinterest and Branding | Social Media Today | Top Social Media Tools | Scoop.it
It’s no secret that consumers love Pinterest. The network has soared to 70 million users, who spend more time there than any other social site. Yet some marketers wonder whether Pinterest can drive business value. Read on to learn why Pinterest is the marketer’s dream.
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25 Content Marketing Tools for Curation, Creation, Promotion & Distribution | SocialTimes

25 Content Marketing Tools for Curation, Creation, Promotion & Distribution | SocialTimes | Top Social Media Tools | Scoop.it

Content marketing is going to be bigger than ever this year. Ninety-two percent of marketers are already using content marketing. More than half of B2B and B2C marketers are increasing their content budgets in 2014. While the fundamentals of good content will never change, the tools and tactics — even the way people consume content — continue to evolve, and documenting your content strategy impacts your overall success. Check out this comprehensive guide to tools for creating and curating, promoting and distributing content — customer information included.A growing number of companies recognize the importance of original content for their marketing.

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Essential curation and creation tools with the addition of Scoop.it.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, February 24, 4:14 PM

Great list of resources with the obvious addition of Scoop.it as an essential curation and publishing tool.

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New Chrome plugin helps marketers get an amazing 42% reply rate on cold prospecting email

New Chrome plugin helps marketers get an amazing 42% reply rate on cold prospecting email | Top Social Media Tools | Scoop.it

Marketing automation company Autopilot is releasing a new prospecting tool for sales and marketing that's generating up to 42 percent reply rates on cold email tomorrow. That compares to a traditio...

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At $199 / mo this tool will be a valuable asset for many mid to large size business.

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30 Terrific Tools for Small Businesses

30 Terrific Tools for Small Businesses | Top Social Media Tools | Scoop.it

What are the right products and vendors to use for my business?  At Docstoc, we have over 30 million registered members, and our small business owners & operators have always asked us this question. 


Sometimes we didn’t have the answers, so we built a free service, ExpertCircle to help business operators discover the best products and vendors other professionals use.  Here are my personal reviews on 30 of the top terrific tools for small businesses, feel free to add your own reviews and thoughts on these products by clicking the links....

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You'll find many of the small business social media and social marketing tools you need in this list.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, February 14, 2:39 AM

for many small to mid-sized businesses, these are the social media and social business tools that matter. Check them out and pick the best ones for your toolkit.

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20 WordPress Plugins for a More Powerful Blog | Buffer

20 WordPress Plugins for a More Powerful Blog | Buffer | Top Social Media Tools | Scoop.it

We’re quick to grab any and all WordPress plugins that can give the blog an extra edge or can wire up a feature we’d love to test. Whenever we dream something up to try on the blog, the first place we turn is WordPress plugins. We’ve collected quite the list of favorites. How about you?


As we’ve tried and tested new plugins on the blog, you’ve likely noticed new pieces and parts popping up on our pages—slideups, social share buttons, CTAs, and more. We get asked quite often about which plugins we use. So we thought we’d share!


Below is the list of plugins that power the Buffer blog, along with a handful of others that are on our to-try list....

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These really are top WordPress plugins you should explore.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 16, 11:04 AM

Kevan Lee shares an invaluable list of WordPress blogging plugins to consider.

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16 Top Social Media Tools The Experts Swear By

16 Top Social Media Tools The Experts Swear By | Top Social Media Tools | Scoop.it

Keeping up on the freshest social media tools and software is a pretty difficult challenge for the average social marketer.


New tools are being released all the time. Old ones are retired or acquired or lose that one key feature you really needed them for. And testing every new option is not realistic.


To help you weed through the options out there for measuring, publishing and monitoring, we reached out to past Social Fresh Conference speakers....

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16 top social media tools tools chosen by the experts. There's a few new ones here for you to check out.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, June 28, 2:39 AM

Useful list of favorite social media tools and a few new ones you may not know.

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Elsie Whitelock's curator insight, July 17, 9:30 AM

Some tools for you to check out.

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30 Simple Tools For Data Visualization | Fast Company

30 Simple Tools For Data Visualization | Fast Company | Top Social Media Tools | Scoop.it

There have never been more technologies available to collect, examine, and render data. Here are 30 different notable pieces of data visualization software good for any designer's repertoire. They're not just powerful; they're easy to use. In fact, most of these tools feature simple, point-and-click interfaces, and don’t require that you possess any particular coding knowledge or invest in any significant training. Let the software do the hard work for you. Your client will never know.....

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Great resource for blogging, PR and content marketing.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, April 17, 1:47 PM

A superb list of visualization tools, well described from Fast Company. Recommended. 8/10

Marianne Naughton's curator insight, May 17, 9:03 PM

Enhanced Data Technologies

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Top 20 Social Business Tools You Can Use On the Go to Stay Ahead of the Game | UpCity

Top 20 Social Business Tools You Can Use On the Go to Stay Ahead of the Game | UpCity | Top Social Media Tools | Scoop.it

...No matter where you are, it’s imperative that you connect with both your customers and employees on the go. To provide excellent customer service, put quality behind your brand, and demonstrate that you are with your customer every step of the way, you and your employees have to connect with them on nearly every level. Local marketing,social media, and content are just a few of the channels you can optimize with tools to stay connected.


In this post, we’ve gathered the top 20 social tools that keep your team alert and on task.

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20 more social media tools to consider for your toolbox.

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Michelle Gilstrap's curator insight, April 2, 11:52 AM

Excellent list of social tools. Many I didn't know and suggest that everyone give this a review.

Carmen Saunders's curator insight, April 2, 7:23 PM

Great tools for business on the go!

Olga Senognoeva's curator insight, May 6, 3:52 AM

В списке - знакомые инструменты для курирования.

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Pikock: a Website Creation Tool for People Who Can't Code

Pikock: a Website Creation Tool for People Who Can't Code | Top Social Media Tools | Scoop.it

French company founded in 2012, has just launched an all-in-one website creation platform that allows users to build and launch sites that automatically adapt to a range of devices without needing to know any code at all.


While drag-and-drop website tools are nothing new, they often take a bit of manual tweaking – or you later find that a subsequent update has broken part of the site, or certain elements don’t play nicely together. Pikock claims, however, that it doesn’t just focus on being easy to use.....

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Take a look at new website building tool Pikock. Worth exploring if you're looking for a quick inexpensive tool.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, March 24, 1:35 AM

Intriguing new web building tool worth a test drive.

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Top 10 Social Media Management Tools to Help Simplify Your Marketing Strategy

Top 10 Social Media Management Tools to Help Simplify Your Marketing Strategy | Top Social Media Tools | Scoop.it

Overwhelmed with the myriad of social media activities such as Facebook insights to interpret and topics to Tweet? Then it’s high time to take advantage of ways to simplify with some popular management tools.


Social media management tools can help us get (and stay) in control of our marketing efforts. Here’s a list of the Top 10 (in no particular order) and an explanation of each to show what they do and which ones may be a good fit....

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, March 23, 12:46 AM

10 super social media tools, several of which you may not know.

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32 Do's and Don'ts for Your B2B Pinterest Strategy | Tailwind

32 Do's and Don'ts for Your B2B Pinterest Strategy | Tailwind | Top Social Media Tools | Scoop.it

As we’ve discussed before, Pinterest can be an excellent platform for all kinds of companies to market their brand in a unique way. However, sometimes, developing a good Pinterest strategy can be tough. To help on your endeavor, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of 32 “Do’s” and “Don’ts” for your Pinterest marketing strategy....

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Looking at starting a Pinterest marketing program? Start with these excellent tips from Tailwind. Recommended reading. 8/10

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, March 14, 2:03 AM

Learn the 32 most important "Do's" and "Don'ts" to keep in mind when developing your B2B Pinterest Strategy. Recommended reading for marketing and social marketing strategists. 9/10

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Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Ideas for Teaching With Comics and 5 Free Online Tools for Creating Them

Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Ideas for Teaching With Comics and 5 Free Online Tools for Creating Them | Top Social Media Tools | Scoop.it

I've been thinking about comic strip creation tools quite a bit lately so I decided to share a handful of ideas for teaching with comics and the online tools that students can use to create them.

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Richard Byrne's tools or teachers work for PR, content and marketing pros too.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, March 9, 2:56 PM

The value for PR, content pros and marketing in this post is the list of five cartoon creation tools. Very creative, very cool.

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7 Business Apps Every Professional Should Download

7 Business Apps Every Professional Should Download | Top Social Media Tools | Scoop.it
Good mobile tools don't just provide access – they think ahead and plan for contingencies. Here are seven business apps every professional should download.
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Great list, several new, all but one free.

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29 Social Media Tools Recommended by the Pros | Social Media Examiner

29 Social Media Tools Recommended by the Pros | Social Media Examiner | Top Social Media Tools | Scoop.it

Are you looking for ways to enhance your social media marketing?


Do you want new tools to simplify your job?


We asked a group of social media pros for the hottest social media tools they use today. Check them out to see if these social media tools are a good fit for you!...

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Epic post and superb list of social media tools from Cindy King at Social Media Examiner.

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BlairEvanBall's curator insight, February 26, 4:47 PM

There continue to be so many choices. New ones are popping up all the time.

Figure out what are your goals and objectives in using these tools?

Who will be using these tools?

How practical are these tools?

When can I set time aside to use these tools?

Will these tools in the long run make me more productive?

Will these tools give me the results me and my team are looking for?

 

Be clear about your goals and objectives, but be flexible about the process in getting there.

 

Ali Anani's curator insight, February 27, 12:18 AM

Grasp 29 tools to examine the rewards of social media

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Top 25 Up-and-Coming Tools to Manage Your Business Twitter Handle – UpCity

Top 25 Up-and-Coming Tools to Manage Your Business Twitter Handle – UpCity | Top Social Media Tools | Scoop.it

What types of social content does a business publish for its consumers? How does a business manage its social media presence? These sorts of questions take time for a business to research and learn the answers, depending on the budget and industry. Now more than ever, businesses must utilize social media platforms to foster customer engagement and brand loyalty.


Twitter is one example of a pillar social network where your business can actively bring more traffic to your website. Twitter experienced a staggering number of changes within the past year. The company is setting up its first round of trials with retargeted ads, testing redesigns on its home interface, and more updates are on the way! There is no better time than now to start spreading your site’s influence on the Twitter platform.


With the abundance of new tools out on the market, a multitude of strategies are available to become an influence on Twitter. In this post, we’ve gathered the top 25 up-and-coming Twitter tools to aid in managing your company’s account. Give these tools a test run for maximum efficiency in your social media strategies!...

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Excellent set of tools for your Twitter toolbox from Upcity.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, February 19, 2:57 AM

John Ayansor shares an excellent list of Twitter management tools. Several were new mo be and you'll find lots to test drive and get better results on Twitter.

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Social Media Strategy:  Try these 25 up-and-coming Twitter tools for maximum efficiency in your social media strategy.

Elsie Whitelock's curator insight, February 27, 9:59 AM

Some many new tools.

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Landing Page Software: Leadpages Versus Unbounce

Landing Page Software: Leadpages Versus Unbounce | Top Social Media Tools | Scoop.it
Landing page software is essential if you want to build high converting landing pages. We compare Leadpages with Unbounce in this article.


...We have written a few posts on this site about how to drive relevant traffic to your website, but once you get people there you need to consider how you are going to convert those that are relevant to your business.


If you don’t have a lot of traffic, you have a traffic problem not a conversion problem. However, if you do have a lot of traffic but you want to improve your conversions, then landing page software will help....

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Ian Cleary reviews two top landing page tools.

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