How to bulk upload to Hootsuite Fast (w/ pictures)

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Why do people curate?

People curate so they can provide high-quality articles to their audience. You give them as much information as you can in order to help them. It creates loyalty, and they will keep coming back to your website.

There are many steps, but, once you start using it, you will never go back to doing it manually. I promise. 🙂

Tools:

  1. OneTab
  2. Google Chrome
  3. Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets
  4. Hootsuite Pro
  5. Follower Wonk
  6. Feedly account (free is fine).

How to find the best times to publish

Sometimes it’s hard to find the best time to publish. You can find this information by going to follow or walk. I’m pretty sure there are other tools out there that will help you find this information. If you find something that can be alternative to this, please mention it in the comment section.

Make sure you find the best times to publish for Facebook and Twitter for your audience. Choosing the best time to publish it so the majority of your audience will be online and will get to see your update in real time. Most people do not try and check all their updates. They only see whatever is shown to them on the screen because most have a lot of updates.

Steps

1) Open up feedly and select the urls you want to add.

One thing I like to do is search for websites similar to my niche. Once I find these websites I go look at the blocks. I then add the seeds into Feedly. I name them according to whatever I need for them to be labeled

Feedly Curation Folder

2) Get all links you’re interested in

I used to have a big problem with this. I hired a VA especially for my content curation because it can be a tedious task. Not only is it a tedious task, but it is also time-consuming. The time you spend doing this task correlates to how fast your Internet speed is and how fast your computer is.

Loading all links

Don’t tell anybody, but here is a tool I use. As a power user, I use the “OneTab” tool. This tool grabs whatever tabs you have on your browser, and it’ll compile it and put it in a clear list. This stops your computer from slowing down and increases its speed. This is especially useful for people like me who have a lot of ideas and have a hard time organizing them.

3) Install OneTab on Chrome

Going back to feedly, you can hold down the control key and then press each link you want to open. Instead of right clicking or doing this manually, this will open up each tab without you leaving the current.

Press one tab extension

Once you are happy with the number of links you have collected, press the OneTab icon on the top right-hand corner of the screen.

You will see OneTab will merge all the links together and add them as a list on its tab.

4) Export!

Now, you will have these beautiful links that put in your spreadsheet. Click on the import/export link which is located on the top right-hand corner of OneTab. Once you press this link, it’ll show you a box of all the links. Copy this and paste it on your spreadsheet.

Compile all list into one-tab

My long list of content

Export URLs

The link is at the top-right hand corner

 

Copy and paste to text file

5) Copy and paste to your notepad (.txt) file and save it.

6)Open up Microsoft Excel and open the (txt) file.

Open in Excel

Make sure it's in .txt format

Since it is a txt file, excel will ask you how you want it to be formatted when importing the file. Follow the steps below.

text import 1

Step 2

Step 4 text

7) Rearrange the column according to Hootsuite’s format.

ctrl x

8) Add your comments and upload

Once you have your beautiful list of URLs, now is the time for you to comment on them. You could comment on them however you want; although just inputting the title would not be the best way to comment on them. Your audience wants you to be authentic. Therefore, you would want them to think that you read the article.

You must learn how to skim articles and be able to see the main point of them. What I usually do is skim the article, find the most useful point, then comment on it. This comment will be my tweet.

9) Add Dates

Choose date and time in column one.

When you’re choosing a date and time for column one, select the date and time in which you want this content to be published. After that, click the drag button. It won’t change the time, but it will change the date. You could change the time by adding another. Now, all you need to do is put some more content on that tab.

 

date section

 

10) Once you arrange the columns, save the file as a CSV file and upload it to HootSuite.

bulk upload in hootsuite

 

Tips:

Know the optimal time to send a tweet. You may send a tweet three to six per day. You don’t have to do all the way to six tweets. But if you are a big company, definitely do six tweets. But if you are starting out, three tweets would be enough.

For Facebook, I would recommend sending two posts per day unless you have really humorous posts to where they have a tendency to go viral. You don’t want your Facebook audience to get sick of your posts and unfollow you.

A better way to know is by testing. Nobody can tell you how you to do anything because each business is different. It is up to you to research more about your audience so that you could cater to them.

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1) Get our links using feedly.

2) We used Onetab to compile them all into a neat list

3) We saved this list as a txt file and upload it to excel.

4) We rearranged the columns according to Hootsuite’s standards and uploaded it into their bulk uploader.

 

Did you get that?

Good! If you have any questions, feel free to comment below and I’ll be sure to clear things up for you!

 

If you found this helpful, please help spread the word through social media. Thanks!

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How to give other users access to your Facebook page

If you need someone to manage your Facebook page, it’s best to give them access to manage it than give them your personal username and password. Here are the steps on how to give other users access to manage your Facebook page.

Note:
Users who have liked the page are the only ones that are allowed to be added as a moderator of that page.

1) Log into Facebook and go to your Facebook page.

2) Click on the Settings > Page Roles.

facebook page settings

3) Put the name or email address of that person in the box shown in the picture.

Facebook page settings

Which role would you like to assign this person? Here is a table to help you decide.

Facebook page user roles

 

Once you hit save at the bottom, the person invited will receive the notification that they have been given access to that page.

 

Tumblr vs Medium

For a long time, the blogging platform options have been Blogger and WordPress. Each has had its pros and cons, but as technology has developed around the blogging world, new options have emerged. One size doesn’t fit all needs on blogging platforms and new, nuanced options have been a long time coming! Today we are coming Tumblr versus Medium. Both are exciting blogging venues for different reasons. As you read the comparisons, consider what format and platform will best serve your needs!


Tumblr

Tumblr’s microblogging platform has almost 300 million blogs with over 134 billion blog posts! The short, multimedia post-heavy formatting of Tumblr lends itself to the quick and easy post and getting your name out to a large group of people quickly. The uniqueness of Tumblr is the meshing of the microblogging platform with the social media networking allowing for a high scheduling capacity with strong engagement.

Tumblr is a fun and easygoing platform and far less formal than other platforms. This speaks to the audience, while diverse, it is an audience that is fun-loving, less formal, and want to speak their mind freely without being censored. When blogging with Tumblr, you need to expect to give equal weight to the visual as well as your words — videos, photos, and music — to reach and retain an audience among Tumblrs.

Tumblr’s intuitive and easy posting has helped it make it one of the most popular blogging platforms, you can even post from your email or any device, quickly and easily. It also makes it easy to find people with similar interests and focus. When blogging, your first 20 tags will show in a search, providing a wide net for growing an audience. Tumblr’s feature, Ask Me Anything, has been a great addition to the Tumblr options, giving you the chance to ask or be asked questions from the audience, increasing engagement with you and what you are promoting! Anyone can find you because the search options are wide on Tumblr. You can search with text, names, and tags, widening the potential audience growth.

Tumblr also allows you to create themed, secondary blogs for different campaigns, changing the look and feel of each campaign you are working on. Tumblr provides a large array of free or premium themes, giving you the chance to create a unique format to reach a wide audience. You can easily measure your success by the number of reblogs and likes your posts receive. If you want more in-depth analysis, use Google Analytics to assess your page.

Tumblr is an amazing platform with flexibility and depth. However, it does have its own set of drawbacks. Contributors are allowed only one primary blog with one contributor. You can set up secondary blogs with a variety of contributors to accomplish this goal, but if you are looking for a format to have only one blog, this might not be the right platform for you.

Tumblr is also considered to not work as well with SEO and doesn’t really allow for long blog posts. It works best for the highly visual, multimedia-heavy, short posts. Consider your goals and desires before choosing Tumblr’s unique platform.

Tumblr’s support network provides a comprehensive list of possible issues with a ways to troubleshoot yourself. If you can’t find an answer, you have to fill out a contact form to receive a response to your issue. It doesn’t provide phone or chat support.


Medium

Medium’s format is night and day to Tumblr’s format. Medium started in 2012, making it one of the youngest blogging platforms around. It focuses on a clean, minimalist look that is not customizable. There is one standard style.

Medium is a unique blend of part publisher and part social network and self-describes as “the perfect place to read and write.” The creative team at Medium and a variety of freelancers (Medium users) collaborate to create articles and feeds centered around high quality articles. It also provides the opportunity to edit and share feedback before publishing with select individuals you have granted editorial access to.

Medium’s focus and design centers on rewarding the excellent, high-quality content. Metrics look differently on the Medium format by focusing not exclusively on page views and likes, but on reads and read ratio. How many people have clicked on your article and how many have read it all the way through. Those with the most read ratios get pushed into the feeds. Medium is all about rewarding the quality of the content! Medium’s articles average interactions of 2.5 minutes while typical news articles average 1–1.5 minutes. A significant difference!

Medium’s audience is highly professional and well-educated with a whopping 95% of their readership being college graduates with 43% making six-figure incomes.

The readers are largely young with 70% falling under the age of 50. Tech and business professionals flock to Medium’s unique platform.

Medium’s support options are more diverse than most with Twitter, email, contact form, and submit request formatting all available. It doesn’t provide phone or chat support.

Medium’s star is a slow rise because its focus is much narrower meaning your audience is smaller. Medium’s internal numbers show a 25 million user interaction, which is significantly lower than most blogging or social network platforms. It is a platform with a much more specific audience which needs to be weighed as you choose a platform, and if it will advance your goals.

Tumblr and Medium are night and day differences of social media and blogging platforms. Each cater to goals more focused on different objectives. Write out your personal objectives and the audience you hope to reach before connecting to a format.

Hootsuite vs Buzzbundle

The more we have to juggle and remember, the more likely we are to drop the ball. This is part of being human, and if you are managing social media, you know how important it is that those balls don’t get dropped. Posting frequently matters. But you are only one person!

If you are tired of juggling social media management on your own, Cool College Helpers is here to break down two of the most popular social media management systems and help you decide which one will work the best for you: or.

Hootsuite

Picture from Marketing Land

 

 

Scared yet? Well, once you’ll learn it, you’ll find that you can’t live without it.

 

1. Good for watching your brand

  • Use the Brandwatch app on Hootsuite to keep track of your brand across a myriad of web traffic such as: blogs, social media, news, and review sites.

2. Good for customer support

  • Allows you to respond to people’s questions through Twitter

3. Social media profiles supported by Hootsuite:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Facebook page
  • Google Plus
  • WordPress
  • LinkedIn
  • Instagram
  • Tumblr – You can only eavesdrop. You can’t leave comments 🙁
  • Youtube *new*

4. Team work! Hootsuite allows a team to work together on social media.

  • Assign and leave note tasks to team members

hootsuite assign

5. Scheduling

  • Bulk Scheduling with the use of spreadsheets

  • Autoscheduling for maximum impact

hs autoschedule

  • Scheduling can be viewed in different layouts (daily, weekly, monthly)

 

  • For an extra $4.99, you have access to the Hootsuite Suggestion App

 

In mobile:

6. Search users by scores 

  • Hootsuite took away this option. Now you need to use a free widget, which takes a little more time to figure out their klout score.

7. Reports

  • Reports are done on a credit basis
  • With the Pro package, you receive 50 credits per month

8. Mobile App Availability

Hootsuite has its iOS and Android apps so you can be on social media wherever you go. The Hootsuite Suggestions app is available through iOS only.

9. App Directory

You can integrate free and paid apps! Some of the most popular ones are:

  • Youtube
  • Evernote
  • Mailchimp
  • SurveyMonkey
  • Reputology
  • Trend Spotter
  • Tailwind for Pinterest
  • Sound Cloud
  • Flickr
  • App.net

…and plenty more!

You can use the apps below so you can manage everything on your dashboard. Imagine never having to leave it so that you don’t ever miss an important conversation!

9. Their customer Support is awesome

I always have some sort of question to bombard them. If you take a look at their feed, most people do the same! Their team is always answering questions from people. Night or day, there is always someone who’s going to answer.

Their reply:

10. The Costs

    • Free option — no bulk scheduling, minimal reporting of analytics, can only integrate 3 accounts. 🙁
    • Pro — $14.99 a month, but if you sign up for the year, you score 30% off for a year which is $9.99 a month.
    • Enterprise – Contact Them 🙂

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BuzzBundle

1. Become an eavesdropper

  • You can listen into people’s conversations.

2. Social media profiles supported by BuzzBundle:

  • Blogs
  • Forums. Yes! Forums!
  • Facebook groups
  • Facebook pages
  • Yahoo
  • YouTube
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn

3. Interface works like

  • If you know how to play with the other Powersuite programs, this will be a piece of cake to learn!
  • Each column can be filtered by reach, date, popularity, or favorites.

4. Unlimited, free reporting

  • Reporting is free and they have reporting templates you can choose.

5. Scheduling

  • Easy to use calendar
  • No bulk scheduling available

6. Auto updates

Every time you open the desktop app, the software will automatically pull up any updates and install them. Their updates only takes a few seconds and they do not need any rebooting like some apps.

7. Supports answers within 24 hours

Whenever you have a problem with anything, there is a button that says, “Send Project to Support”. You don’t need to explain to them what specifically happened because you are sending them your log automatically. This makes it easy and stress-free whenever contacting support. I enjoy this feature.

 

buzzbundle send to support

 

8. Keyword Monitoring

You can monitor your selected keywords (and even add a website) with the social media networks that Buzzbundle integrates with. Not only will you see future posts, but you will also see posts from previous years. I sometimes saw posts that were dated back all the way from 2002.

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9. No mobile App

Sadly, buzzbundle does not have a mobile app. Also, in order for the scheduled posts to publish, you need to make sure that you save your work, and open the app on the days where your posts are going to be published. Nevertheless, if the app is closed, all your published posts will not be published.

8. What will it cost?

After reviewing what each of these formats provides, I hope it has helped you filter what you need in a social media management tool. Be sure to get what is going to work best for your needs, like the social media profiles you work with and your monthly budget.

 

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Both products have a 30-day money back guarantee 🙂

What do I use?

I use both. I use both because I’m a digital marketer and I love tools like these.  I use them in tandem with my social media monitoring so I find them really helpful.

Disclaimer: Please note that I use affiliate links in the URLs above. You will not incur any additional costs whatsoever, although I will receive a small commission. I don’t believe in recommending products that are not at all helpful. If you have any questions about this, feel free to contact me! 🙂