4 of the Top Social Media Marketing Tools You Should Be Using

It may come as a surprise but many people are still tracking their followers, likes, tweets and comments using obsolete techniques. I hope you don’t fall into this category of people.

In this article, I want to take you through the big four of the top social media marketing tools that often get overlooked. When people think social media management, they often think of some of the more popular tools like Hootsuite and Tweetdeck. Yet, while these big names are quite good, there are other tools that don’t get their fair share of the limelight. We’ve spoken with Halalxpert, a leading halal certification producer and a recently famous company for their social media marketing campaigns. Below are their examples of five excellent tools.

1.     Cyfe

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Cyfe is an all-in-one business dashboard tool. Have you ever wanted to have on reporting dashboard where you can plug in any data you want? For example, Google Analytics data, email marketing and yes, social media metrics and data. Well, if you have, Cyfe is just what you have been looking for.

It is possible to white label the dashboards for any audience. With its API access, you can connect anything and everything. You can create multiple sub-accounts and unlimited dashboards.

2.     Curalate

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Curalate unlocks the power of images. We have all experienced that thrilling moment of discovery and then watched it turn into one of frustration. Brands can miss out completely on opportunities because their most aspirational content is disconnected from the point of purchase.

But, it doesn’t have to be this way. What if your customers could easily go from inspiration to action? What if your brand’s locations, influencers and affiliates could easily drive their digital audiences to you? What if you could optimize your brand’s images and video to increase discovery and make your brand better?

Curalate makes all this possible. With Curalate, you can connect visual social media content directly to your products and services making it easier for customers to discover your brand and make a purchase. This reduces customer frustration and drives serious engagement, traffic and revenue for your brand.

Curalate collects all the visual assets that surround your brand, connects the specific products in them, and makes them actionable. And, the best part is you can tag once and Curalate’s discovery cloud allows you to use everywhere which means you can track its full impact on your business.

3.     Social Rank

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You probably already know that the social media analytics tools market is saturated. There are literally hundreds of tools on the market. Most of these tools focus on content and the performance of content, for example; what time of day you should post, what hashtag to use, what content to push out, and so forth.

Social Rank is different in the sense that it allows you to better understand your audience on Twitter and Instagram. Followers are ranked based on:

  • Most Valuable
  • Most Engaged
  • Most Followed
  • Best Followers

4.     Quuu and Buffer

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These two are listed together with good reason. Do you ever wish you had a way to have curated content posted to your social media accounts that is relevant? Or, do you ever struggle finding content that’s relevant for your audience to help establish you as an influencer or a leader/authority of your specific niche? Quuu helps bridge this gap. Fact is, for many small business people, some days you simply don’t have the time to find great content to share with your audiences.

If you fear automated tools, then Quuu is the way to go. Quuu has some built-in automation but is actually hand curated. Quuu staff go out and based on topic categories that you are interested in, they hand curate the content and push it to your Buffer account which then gets pushed out to your social media followers throughout the day. This therefore means that to use Quuu efficiently, you need Buffer.

Buffer is an auto-scheduling tool for social media accounts. Hand curated content makes a big difference because it tends to be more relevant than content picked via a fully automated process. Quuu has a free option that allow you five Interest Categories and up to two content suggestions per day. Paid accounts start at $10 per month for ten interest categories and six content suggestions per day.

Conclusion

As mentioned before, the social media tools market is saturated. Some tools are great while others are simply annoying dashboards that don’t help you accomplish much. Also, some of the tools that are hyped up a lot are not necessarily the best.

10+ BuddyPress & Dating Themes For WordPress 2015

BuddyPress is a powerful, free plugin for WordPress that enables more advanced user handling, including the option to build just about any online community out there. It has been used for dating, forums, facebook clones and much more.

For the past 8 years I have diligently taken advantage of WordPress as a platform for a variety of sites of different characteristics. The fact is that these days there are plugins and themes for just about anything you could ever want from a web application, and if it is not built yet, it will be built if someone thinks of it. Because of that, there are not really any limitations on the variety of websites that can be built with WordPress as the core. That fact has only made it even easier to choose WordPress, even when setting up complex websites. Therefore, I have not hesitated to use bbPress and BuddyPress in addition to WordPress related to more community-based websites.


Sweet Date


Are you looking for a WordPress Dating Theme? If so, this is probably the theme you are looking for. Featuring Facebook Login Integration as well as Membership Subscriptions, you can use BuddyPress as the core and this theme as the perfect extension to WordPress. Everything you would want from a normal WordPress theme in terms of layout, responsivity, and clean, flat modern design. It is WooCommerce ready, and has smart notifications, so you as an administrator won’t get bogged down. Combine this with the unique features of paid dating subscriptions all built by the same developers, ensures a seamless integration between WordPress, WooCommerce, BuddyPress, bbPress and your Dating Theme for WordPress.


 

Social Buddy


This theme is created for Niche Communities, or Social Network sites. It is primarily more professional and sober looking, than themes you’d use for dating or recreational hubs, but for more serious topics this theme can make any website work perfectly in harmony with bbPress or BuddyPress. Fresh colors and have plenty of custom functionalities. Unlike some themes I believe that this issue could also be used for personal blogging.


wOffice Intranet



Are you looking to develop a fully functional, well-founded intranet or extranet? If you base it on WordPress and use W Office with it, you can get quite a powerful package for a relatively low cost. The documentation is great and quite extensive, just as the customization options and possibilities for this theme. Any sort of business needing to take care of data internally for shared use can use this theme to great effect. Set up your client with this theme and you will save a lot of development time compared to the cost of the theme.


OneCommunity

Everything from the original BuddyPress stylesheet has been given a serious haul, and is now up to a modern, clean and crisp looking design style. As with all BuddyPress Themes for WordPress, you can use it to build almost virtually any type of online community, and couple it with bbPress to use forums, you got yourself a Facebook clone,


Salutation

This is a colorful theme which makes use of many eye-catching colors. At the same time it is very simple and clean design, which is perfect for a more personal community, or a more simple and minimalistic type of website, where you still have plenty of opportunities to put your personal touch to this theme, and of course always rely on the powerful combination of WordPress and BuddyPress.


 

WildCommunity

Wild Community is a bold and stylish theme where their design is using flat colors, it is responsive and you can easily translate the theme using its .mo and .po files. Nothing less than perfect for an easy start into the universe of online communities.


ReviewIt

ReviewIt is a rather genious stroke of development, with a great integration of BuddyPress. Truly everything standard from WordPress and bPress have been updated and improved. If you want to create any type of review site using WordPress, this great blog theme fits well with especially personal blogs. There is great focus on your posts and sidebar allows you to come up with different information about you (eg a picture, your social profiles, etc.). The theme is obviously responsive, so it can be used on mobile devices.


Kleo Next Level

 

A beautifully designed and truly modern community theme, Kleo is true to it’s slogan of being next level. You’ll be hard pressed to find anything ordinary about this theme, from the way it handles user integration and display, to the way you set up your theme options with minimal amount of effort and error.


 

Score Review

 

One more excellent theme to use for reviews is the so called “Score Review” theme. Optimized for AdSense this WordPress theme is a great choice for especially game and tech reviews and blog posts, and can be used for much more than simply posting your own reviews, as it includes powerful shortcodes and an advanced review system that is SEO optimized and easy to learn.


 

Community Junction

Looking somewhat ambitious this theme strives to take the best parts of the famous social media platforms out there, and roll those features into the famous and most powerful blogging platform out there; WordPress. Looking at the theme demo it is clear that many things have been updated from the original files, and a large amount of work has gone into making a beautiful, responsive BuddyPress theme.