Being a busy blogger, I have found that it is very helpful to have apps and resources that help me stay organized on the go. This is crucial for any blogger or social media manager since you need to be able to stay connected as much as possible. These are all mobile-friendly options that let me check in any time I need to. Now that’s living life on the go!
Social Media Management
I love, love social media and it is one of the things that I manage through my business. I have found that using a service that has both a web presence and a mobile app is very important and Buffer meets my needs.
Buffer has not only helped me to keep my social media accounts organized, it has also helped me to find great resources that I can re-share on social media. The component that allows you to do this in Buffer is called “Suggestions”. They suggest 25 links to resources daily. Just click on the “Add” button to add to an account’s queue.
Another great thing I love about Buffer is the ability to add up to 15 RSS feeds to resources that I love to read and share. It’s as simple as finding the RSS feed link for a resource, copying the link, and then pasting the link into the designated area in Buffer.
Once I’ve gotten my queue filled, I can then reorder or edit each update. I can even schedule when I want it to be shared to social media or I can set up predetermined times to share content. Then, when I add content to my queue, it will automatically be assigned a time that I’ve already set up.
PRICE: Free, $10/monthly, and Business level pricing varies. Available for Browsers, Android, and iOS.
2. GOOGLE NOW
Organizer for Mobile Devices
I would be totally lost, always late, forget birthdays, and even miss TV shows if it wasn’t for Google Now. It uses a program called “Cards” to help users stay organized. It can be used on either mobile device or computer. I love it so much because it gives me a reminder of upcoming important events.
According to Google, Google Now is:
“…an intelligent personal assistant developed by Google. It is available within the Google Search mobile application for the Android and iOS operating systems, as well as the Google Chrome web browser on personal computers.”
Of the areas that have specific Cards, the following have helped me stay organized:
» Boarding passes
» Relevant websites
» Activity Summary
» Car rental information
» Keeping updated about events
» TV shows
» Upcoming appointments
» Traffic & Transit
» And so much more
Simplify Your Life
You know how you occasionally need something to “trigger” an app to do something daily? Look no further, because that’s just what Trigger does. According to their website, GetTrigger.com, “It helps simplify your life by automating the tasks you do daily. Activate profiles, launch applications, and more.”
According to busy writer and photogrpaher Ayoub Khote, Trigger helps him stay on top of things.
“I like things automated. My phone knows when it’s connected to my home Wi-Fi, when it’s charging, and it knows what time it is. So why doesn’t it do things like lower the volume when I’m at home and charging at night? This is why I use Trigger. It’s easy, flexible, and powerful!”
PRICE: Free. Currently only available for Android-based devices.
Manage Potential Customer Leads
Although Sidekick is the last item in this list, it is definitely not the least. It was created by Hubspot.com as a companion for its highly successful lead genera- tion website software called Hubspot. The focus of Hubspot software is Inbound Marketing and Sidekick is their way of helping you get everything organized.
You do not need to purchase Hubspot to use Sidekick. However, the two work really great together to develop a solid Inbound Marketing strategy. Sidekick allows you to create a strong foundation for your CRM (Customer Relationship Management). It can actually integrate with your email account to allow you to do on-the-spot research for your leads.
The reason it is on this list is because I have really been experiencing great success with it as I use it to research potential customers that are generated via my website signup and email leads.
PRICE: Freemium (Free version is limited, paid is unlimited for $10/month). Available in web browser format and as a mobile app.
What three Google+ resolutions should bloggers make for 2015?
In 2015, the top three Google+ resolutions bloggers should make are:
FIND GOOGLE+ COMMUNITIES
Where your target audience hangs out, then join them. Once you join the communities, make sure that you actually engage with your fellow members. It’s important that you engage because it can help you build a loyal following.
CREATE A BLOGGING HANGOUTS ON AIR SHOW
To share your knowledge. The Hangout show can be simple or complex, short (15 minutes) or long (60 minutes) and it can be whatever format you want (funny, serious, etc.) When you create the show, keep your target audience in mind at all times to see what they want to watch.
USE GOOGLE POLLS TO SURVEY YOUR TARGET AUDIENCE.
Polls are fairly newon Google+, yet they are an easy and quick way to find out what your target audience is thinking. When you create your Polls, keep in mind that it should be simple, easy to understand, quick to complete, and easy for you to implement.