If you’ve never heard of this odd application before, never fear (I was just introduced to it a few months ago)! Once you get started, it’s a piece of cake. For those of you that love organization, it’s a wonderful tool for you to manage all of your social media platforms in one easy place. Although there are a few different types of HootSuite accounts, the version we will be investigating will be the basic account.
So let’s start with the basics. All you need to do is go to hootsuite.com and create an account. This doesn’t require much but an email, name and password.
Once you’re logged in, you’ll start by adding a social network. As you can see, the three networks you are initially offered are Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. By clicking on “add a different social network”, you are given many more options, such as: Google+, foursquare, WordPress, MySpace and mixi.
Choose the account you wish to sync first, allow HootSuite permission to that account and voila! You should see something like this:
You can either compose or schedule a message by clicking in the “Compose message” box. You will need to select your account by searching in the box which is right next to message composition. To schedule, choose the calendar icon and pick your desired date and time.
If you would like to make any changes or view your scheduled items, choose the arrow icon located on the far left Dashboard.
To add on additional accounts. Select the “+” tab at the top of the page. You will then see the option to “Add Stream.” With the basic account, you are allowed up to FIVE different streams. (Other accounts will allow for more streams depending on the price.)
You should now be able to complete the basic functions of HootSuite! Can I get a woot, woot?! If you’d like to learn more, you can always check out the free online tutorial they offer every member or contact us and we’d be happy to help. Good luck!