16 Social Media Tools The Experts Swear By

by Social Fresh on Jun 25, 2014
Looking for more insights on the tools top social marketers use?
Check out the Social Toolkit Podcast, from Social Fresh Conference, for weekly expert interview and unending digital toolkit recommendations.

16-tools-experts-swear-by

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 (our social media conference) speakers.

The answers covered a wide set of solutions that every social marketer should know about. From some of the oldest tools, Radian6 and Tweetdeck, to some of the most popular, Buffer and Simply Measured, to several tools that you probably do not know about.

Check out full list below. If we missed your favorite social media tool or software, be sure to let us know in the comments.

1. Buffer

buffer

Matthew Knell, @MatthewKnell
We’re big fans of Buffer because of its simplicity and it’s ability to plug into a bunch of other content aggregation / curation tools (Feedly, Pocket, Mention) to make content easier to find. Their addition of Feeds is a huge one for sites like ours with lots of content, and their Business has pretty great Google Analytics integration.

2. Simply Measured

simplymeasured

Kristy Bolsinger, @kristy
Simply Measured. Hands down. They just keep creating valuable assets in their reporting suite. Easy to use measurement and engagement tracking, and now with GA integration you can gain a pretty holistic POV on your digital efforts.

3. Oktopost

octopost

Tom Martin, @TomMartin
I’m becoming a big fan of Oktopost because it lets me differentiate between clicks & conversions at the social media post/tweet level.

4. Swarm

swarm

Ryan Boyles, @therab
Swarm. Foursquare is evolving geo-social again in interesting ways reminding us context is king in social media and networking!

5. Tweetdeck

tweetdeck

Kevin Vine, @KevinTVine
It would have to be Tweetdeck, although I know that’s not the most creative answer. It just does what I need it to do.

6. Twibble

twibble

Jason Keath, @jasonkeath
RSS to Twitter publishing options. Incredibly simply and great for blogs that just want to make sure each posts goes out to their network simply. Lots of bonus features. Replaces some key abilities that we use to depend on Argyle Social for before they shut down in May of 2014.

7. Contactually

contactually

Clay Hebert, @clayhebert
I love @Contactually. It’s a powerful address book, a great lightweight CRM, and it also reminds me to call my grandma regularly. :)

8. Grapevine6

grapevine6

Justin Mastrangelo, @JustinPGH
Grapevine6 monitors popular content and then recommends posts via email that might be interesting to my most important LinkedIn connections.

9. LinkedIn

linkedin

Eric Boggs, @ericboggs
I get more value out of LinkedIn than any other tool or platform. It is a fantastic prospecting / sales resource for B2B marketers.

10. Ghostery

ghostery

Justin Kistner, @justinkistner
I’m using the Ghostery plugin a lot these days to see if clients have Facebook or Twitter ad pixels in place.

11. HubSpot

hubspot

Schneider Mike, @SchneiderMike
I love Hubspot because I love to attribute a dollar to a lead to a source.

12. Hootsuite

hootsuite

Adam Q. Holden-Bache, @AdamHoldenBache
HootSuite. Easy to use. Inexpensive. Lots of functionality for the price.

13. Sysomos

sysomos

Chuck Hemann, @chuckhemann
Sysomos. The platform makes it so easy to garner insights about key stakeholder behavior.

14. Radian6

radian6

Christi McNeill, @ChristiMcNeill
For work, my favorite is Radian6. That hasn’t really changed much over the past few years. It continues to do exactly the job it needs to do…no fuss.

15. Qwaya

qwaya

Victoria Gibson, @VictoriaGibson1
Qwaya, a Facebook Ad Creation Tool – as a Facebook Ads Specialist it saves me a TON of time!

16. Path

path

CC Chapman, @CC_Chapman
Path is still my favorite because it keeps me connected with my closest friends.

—-

What is your favorite social media tool or software? Let us know in the comments and tell us why.

Post Author

Your secret weapon to social media success. Social Fresh is a social marketing conference that takes place twice a year....

  • http://flavors.me/40deuce 40deuce

    Thanks Social Fresh team and our good friend @ChuckHemann for adding Sysomos to this list of other great tools!

    Cheers,
    Sheldon, community manager for Sysomos

  • http://www.dayngrzone.com/ Dayngr

    Love that Radian6 is there!

  • Jon Hart

    Not sure why you’ve included LinkedIn as a tool but thanks for a good article.
    One of my favourite tools is Pyne for iOS. It allows users to a quick poll response on any subject. You can get around 50 responses from random users, plus comments, within 24 hours, which is perfect for sanity checking your ideas.

  • http://socialthreesixty.com/ Chad Egeland

    Some amazing tools on the list, many new ones I am eager to try out now.

  • http://mysocialgameplan.com/about Jonathan Payne

    Buffer all the way…

  • Kerry

    Sound like some good tools to investigate

  • Ben Olive-Jones

    Great list, nice seeing ol’ faithful Hootsuite listed. My company, M-Brain, has a new social media monitoring tool, M-Adaptive. We’d love to hear what you think about it?

  • NicoleMillerbooks

    You rock, Jonathan. :)

  • NicoleMillerbooks

    Great list! :) Thanks for curating this awesome post, Social Fresh! You guys are incredible!

    Also special thanks to Matthew for the Buffer love. :)

    Cheers!
    Nicole
    Community Champion at Buffer

  • Gina Mortimer Storr

    So glad to see that I am using at least 4 of these with Buffer being my fav……

  • http://www.sarah.cl/ Sarah Friedlander

    You guys missed out on Sprout Social!

  • bertom

    Anyone tried SocialSensr?

  • http://thomasfrenkiel.nl/ Thomas Frenkiel

    Please add one: IFTTT. It’s so easy to make sure all blogposts get shared on the right platforms – fully automated – and that my Instagram photos are actually visible in the Twitter timeline. That, and the fact that I get a weekly list of the people who started following me in my e-mail, makes IFTTT a very important social media tool. Please add it to your list if you agree :-)

  • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

    I love Crowdbooster. I use their analytics for Twitter.

  • CentsToMe

    Great suggestions!

  • http://www.megfarrington.com Meg Farrington Web Design

    So many I haven’t tried.. thanks for sharing this list!

  • lscarpello

    CoSchedule (blog editorial calendar that syncs with social). I feel like it’s an amazing secret I stumbled upon. It’s so much more than a WordPress plugin!

  • https://adamdmason.wordpress.com/ Adam D. Mason

    Its nice to see that #1 in my toolbox is #1 on your list.

  • http://www.stephinthyme.com Steph K.

    Great list! Highly recommend Tailwind – an amazing Pinterest marketing tool.

  • http://www.stephinthyme.com Steph K.

    Great list! Highly recommend Tailwind – an amazing Pinterest marketing tool.