Have you tried HootSuite? I just signed up

Have you tried HootSuite? I just signed up… Thought it was fitting for OWL of Hope ūüôā

HootSuite is a Social Media Management Dashboard. Users can access all of their Social Media accounts from one place, schedule posts and monitor feedback.  I connected my HootSuite account to Twitter, LinkedIn, my personal Facebook account and both of my business pages on Facebook.

There is an option to post to my WordPress blog as well, but I decided not to include WordPress in the feed for a couple of reasons. First of all, I want this blog to be filled with actual content, not short quips I post to Twitter. Secondly, the post was cut short so that the entire sentence did not appear in the title. Thus when I came to WordPress today, I decided to update the post and blog about my experience on HootSuite.

I actually took the virtual tour which helped me to understand the process of getting started. Basically, you can add tabs at the top of your dashboard and on each tab you can add up to three streams. I have a tab for Twitter, Facebook and WordPress. On each tab, I have multiple streams for each Social Media account.

For example, on the Twitter tab I have a stream for New Followers where I can quickly scan what my new followers are posting. I also have a stream for Retweets, so I can see if anyone retweets any of my tweets. And last of all, I have a stream for my tweets.

Each time I compose a new message, I’m given the option to post now, schedule it for a specific time, or to allow HootSuite to send the message for me at the optimal time (whatever that is) according to their automated system. I can also choose which of my Social Media accounts on which to post each composition.

I haven’t set up many posts yet, but I plan to schedule all of tomorrow’s posts tonight and time myself to see how long it takes. I recently listened to an online Social Media Seminar in which the speaker suggested to post once an hour to Twitter, retweeting valuable content from the past at various times of the day.

It makes sense to streamline Social Media, especially in light of the fact that I will most likely be starting a full-time job within the next three weeks. I still want to be able to reach out to my connections and gain the interest of new clients, and this is the perfect option. I believe HootSuite will be more effective for me in the long run: spacing out my content, reaching more viewers at various times of the day, and saving me time by keeping me off of Social Media.

Rachael HartmanRachael Hartman is an experienced writer and author. She has worked as a full-time newspaper reporter, and as a freelance contributor to magazines. She writes high school Sunday school material for Word Aflame Press as well as lessons for Project 7 (P7) student-led Bible Clubs, and blogs for Lady by Design. She enjoys health and exercise, reading, art, and playing with her two dogs Darla and Danny. She owns Our Written Lives of Hope, an online bookstore and publishing house in which she helps others share the message of the hope of Jesus Christ and promotes holistic health. Check out her web site at www.owlofhope.com and link to her on Facebook.

#hashtag – There really IS a purpose behind it

Time to learn about #hashtags. Okay, so I’m a few years behind. So instead of making my way through internet articles to find my answer, I did things the old fashioned way; I asked a Facebook Friend. Now all I need to know is, does it work with a blog?

Rachael Hartman11:02pm 
Rachael Hartman    please help me with my lack of understanding of how hashtags work???
¬†Rachael’s Friend¬† ¬†¬†Haha what do you want to know¬†They’re stupid first of all
Rachael Hartman11:02pm 
Rachael Hartman¬† ¬† ¬†well, what’s the point? what does it do? is it something I should be doing to help my business?
¬†Rachael’s Friend ¬† ¬†¬†It is a way to tie your post in with trending topics. Like on the snow day, people were using the hashtag “icemageddon” or “snowday2014”

Rachael Hartman¬† ¬† ¬†okay, but why? does it show up on other people’s pages that liked those other things?¬†how do you find out what the hashtags are?

¬†Rachael’s Friend ¬† ¬†¬†¬†If you click on a hashtag, it pulls up other statuses with the same tag. It actually started on Twitter and it had to do with trending topics. Like a hashtag right now might be Venezuela
So basically, you can see who is talking about certain topics
But lately, people exaggerate them or make them too specific so that nobody else would have the same topic.
Say you posted a pic of your dogs and posted it with the hashtag #puppylove, and someone clicked on that tag, they’d see other statuses of cute dog pics or maybe young couples in love
Rachael Hartman¬†¬†Ahhh well, to redeem myself somewhat, I did understand the whole exaggeration thing and the joking about the hashtags being overused… But now I get that they actually do have a point thanks!!
Rachael’s Friend¬† ¬†Yeah I use them sarcastically
Rachael Hartman¬†¬†So, can I use this conversation as a blog post? ūüôā

Rachael HartmanRachael Hartman is an experienced writer and author. She has worked as a full-time newspaper reporter, and as a freelance contributor to magazines. She writes high school Sunday school material for Word Aflame Press as well as lessons for Project 7 (P7) student-led Bible Clubs, and blogs for Lady by Design. She enjoys health and exercise, reading, art, and playing with her two dogs Darla and Danny. She owns Our Written Lives of Hope, an online bookstore and publishing house in which she helps others share the message of the hope of Jesus Christ and promotes holistic health. Check out her web site at www.owlofhope.com and link to her on Facebook.