Updated 28 Feb 2021
Twitter for tech companies: Lesson 7: Bring your social media accounts together – using Hootsuite
This lesson covers more than just Twitter and brings together all you have learnt from previous Twitter lessons.
Hootsuite is a Social Media Management tool which helps you track and monitor your social media accounts. The free version enables you to add up to 3 accounts. For Irish software companies, the most logical accounts to add are:
- LinkedIn company page
- LI personal page (CEO/spokesperson)
There are a number of other social media management tools including Tweetdeck and Seesmic, but my preference is Hootsuite as it allows you to include these most commonly used social media accounts. Other accounts that can be managed by Hootsuite are:
Hootsuite set up
It’s easy to set up, just login and add your social networks. Then add the streams or lists you wish to manage. For example in Twitter, you should add the following streams:
- Each list you created after lesson 6
- Scheduled tweets
- Direct Messages (inbox)
You may wish to delete the home feed which contains the same information as on your Twitter web page.
One of the best things about Hootsuite (and other social media management systems) is that you can schedule tweets. This means that you can send out tweets when you know your target audience is most responsive. And there are tools that help you find out what day and time that is eg FollowerWonk.
Another bonus of using Hootsuite is that you avoid the ads that appear on your Twitter home page and you only read tweets from people you have prioritised by adding them to your lists.
Do you have a preferred management system? Let me know which or how you get on with Hootsuite in the comments section below.
Read more Twitter for tech company posts
Lesson 1: 6 tips on who to follow on Twitter
Lesson 2: Which Twitter strategy should you chose?
Lesson 3: 12 Twitter tips for beginners
Lesson 4: Who to follow on Twitter
Lesson 5: 10 things you should do on Twitter but probably don’t
Lesson 6: Twitter lists
Lesson 7: Using Hootsuite
Lesson 8: Twitter mistakes to avoid
This blog was originally posted in 2017.
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