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Keeping Track Of Social Media: 25 Tools That Support Your Activities – Infographic

PrintSocial media is a busy world and is happening across multiple platforms. It is easy to lose oversight on what’s going on, if you don’t have any tools to keep track.

This infographic from The Social Media Strategies Summit takes a closer look at 25 awesome social media tools your brand should be using for posting, tracking your brand, finding trends and see who’s relevant these days. Have a look.

Source: The Social Media Strategies Summit

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15 Tools Successful Entrepreneurs Use – Infographic

The modern entrepreneur or small business owner has a vast number of online services at their disposal. Some of our most successful experts at Expert Circle have hand-picked a few of their favorite services to get the job done. Continue reading

CMO’s Feel Unprepared – Infographic

The ‘CMO Insights Survey‘ found that nearly 40% of CMOs feel they lack the right people, tools and resources to meet their objectives, which is 5% lower than when the survey was run a year earlier. Continue reading

How To Manage A Social Media Crisis – Infographic

Hopefully you’re reading this before you need it. Life is so much easier when you’re prepared isn’t it? This post is intended to help you see a crisis coming and have the tools in place to assist. Continue reading

Content Marketing – Check Out These Tools To Do Better

Content plays an important role in any marketing strategies. You need it for SEO, social media marketing, email marketing, lead generation and lead nurturing. To effectively engaging the right prospects with the correct content, one has to master a solid knowledge of content marketing and match buyer persons with the right marketing materials. Continue reading

The Digital Marketer’s Toolbox – Infographic

Infosys infographic below shows what properties should be in your marketing toolbox and how executives plan to distribute budget within the next year. Continue reading

How To Be Batman In The Small Business World – Infographic

Being a solo entrepreneur has its challenges. When Batman decided to “go solo” and start his own crime fighting business, he knew he needed the right gear to get the job done. This infographic covers some of the must-have business weapons every super solopreneur needs in their arsenal. And the good news is you don’t need to be a billionaire like Bruce Wayne to utilize these powerful small business tools.

Source: Visual.ly, UniTel Voice

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Social Media Command Centers And The Tools That Power Them – Infographic

In the recent months, many major brands have developed what they are calling “Social Media Command Centers.” These centers are state-of-the-art listening hubs that allow brands to monitor their presence on major social platforms and be ultra-responsive to conversations happening about their company. The following infographic, looks at three of the most noteworthy examples of social media command centers and the tools that power them.
Source: Visual.ly, Being your Brand

The Best Tools for Writers & Journalists

The Best Tools for Writers & Journalists.

Richard Bach once said, “A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” From CNN anchors to TNW contributors, those bound by the written word can always benefit from a leg up in the digital age. Here, we give you some of the best apps, tools, and communities for writers and journalists. Whether you’re suffering from writer’s block or en route to becoming the next BBC reporter, we promise: there’s an app for that.

Apps

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Bambuser

Live shots just got a whole lot easier. Bambuser’s live video streaming from your cell phone or webcam allows journalists to share their work via social media. Available from GooglePlay, web features like trending tags and international events enable this app to help live news go global.

Dropbox

Available as an app as well as a desktop service, Dropbox has saved the work—literally—of journalists and students alike since its inception in 2007. Creation of an individual folder that can be accessed with a username and password means that users can access this folder from any platform—and that loss of a laptop no longer means loss of work.

iA Writer

In the words of R. Burroughs, “It is tiny, but it is huge.” Available for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch on the iTunes App Store, iAWriter interacts with iCloud and Dropbox to store Writer documents and make them available on all devices. Features including Focus Mode and Certified Text Editing, plus the official site’s Writer Support network, allow users to focus on individual aspects of text, an editing process that’s decidedly painless.

Soundnote

Gone are the days of transcribing for one quote. iPad’s note-taking device allows journalists to tap one word from a portion of an interview to play back what they may have missed. Users can also share audio notes via email or transfer them directly to their laptops.

Viddy

Available on the App Store and coming soon to Android, Viddy is a backpack journalist’s dream. An advanced camera, added visual and musical effects, and various transitions allow users to create their own video packages and upload them to social media. Co-founder and President JJ Aguhob created Viddy out of frustration, seeking to simplify the editing/uploading process. Anger management at its finest.

Wikipanion

Much as we all pretend to be above Wikipedia…we’re not. That’s why Wikipanion, designed for iOS, offers direct access to Wikipedia servers, offering automatic search results while you type. For international authors, support and search/browse abilities are available in 75 languages. Fabelhaft!

Writing Prompts

Almost all writers have suffered from the “block.” With 60 sketches, 250 scene elements, and 600 text prompts, this Apple app offers prompt generators to keep juices flowing. And with text prompts available in online or offline mode, an Internet connection is no longer required.

Tools

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Audioboo

Is sound social? Audioboo thinks so. Available across mobile and web platforms, this London startup enhances audio on the go, letting users add details including tags and locations and offering easy listening/sharing capabilities. Audioboo Plus is an annual 60 pound upgrade that allows users to post to Facebook Fan pages and be included on the Audioboo iTunes page. Those of the corporate persuasion can join Audioboo Pro, a separate offering that lets companies add multi-contributors to a single account and enjoy extended recording time, among other features.

Evernote

Sketchy memory? A user network of more than 35 million shares your pain. Accessible from almost every device, Evernote allows you to capture anything from drawings to web clippings and make it searchable from your laptop, cell phone, or camera at your convenience. The result is a network that shares project notes, favorite websites, and story ideas, yielding happy news making.

freeDive

Based out of the Knight Digital Media Center at UC Berkley’s Graduate School of Journalism, freeDive serves as a free, open source data-sharing tool. With built-in search and filter applications, tips for effective search results, database building techniques, and acceptance of tips on how to improve, this new tool has great potential.

HootSuite

Businesses have been using HootSuite to manage social media presence for years. HootSuite’s goal is to become a one-stop “dashboard” for all social media interaction. Its latest addition, Conversations, went live this week and is now available in beta version for the free, Pro, and Enterprise tiers of Hootsuite’s customer base. Already 5 million strong, its ability to update all social platforms with a single entry and schedule future postings makes it a journalist’s best friend.

Livescribe

21st century Tolstoys use Livescribe’s paper-based computing platform, centralized by its smartpen, to record what they write and synchronize written notes with the corresponding audio. Available from PCWorld and the App Store, Livescribe’s smartpens—the Echo and the Pulse—offer features including memory storage, built-in speakers, USB connectors, and OLED Display.

Storify

Journalists who need multi-platform sources need look no further than Storify. Users can type in a search prompt on any topic and sit back as Storify collects relevant info from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and more to offer a range of media elements that help craft your story (a search for “Facebook Timeline” offers sources organized by each individual social platform, allowing me to move chosen sources into the main text). The team behind Storify is “building the story layer across social networks,” allowing users to gather sources the digital way.

WordPress

Becoming a blogger has never been quicker. First released in 2003, the free, open source blogging tool is now the most widely used system on the Web. The ability to run multiple blogs from one installation, tag articles, and be on the lookout for grammatical errors makes it a tried and true mainstay. And as tech writer Erik Sherman explains, it is a tool that allows work to be dressed up or down to your heart’s content.

Editor’s Addition: Contently

We use Contently at The Next Web to organize our feature production schedule. It allows me to upload a selection of assignments for each weekend, and writers from various groups can then claim pieces from the pool or I can assign them directly. I can go over changes with the writer and see various revisions come in via the app, and even edit the piece in there before bringing it over to WordPress. If you’re a journalist or editor with contributors to oversee, it’s probably worth taking a look. – Joel Falconer

Communities

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EJC

Aspiring reporters, look no further. A quick look at this online networking community’s homepage reveals job vacancies for a reporter out of BBC Afrique and a link to a toolkit on how to improve emergency journalism. This brainchild of the European Journalism Centre allows users to add multimedia, share their blogs, and join/create groups on relevant topics.

Knight Community News Network

An initiative of J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism, KCNN helps citizen and professional journalists alike launch and operate community news and information sites. Free resources, including learning modules to improve user content and sources for research on citizen media behavior, help aspiring newsmakers create their own stories with the help of working professionals.

Quora

Co-founded by former Facebookers Adam D’Angelo and Charlie Cheever in 2010, Quora users can upvote or downvote submitted answers to questions on almost any topic. Alongside Quora’s own algorithm for ranking the best answers, users also have the power to suggest edits to answers offered by their peers. An official iPhone app was released in September of last year.

The Reddit Edit

The power of Reddit is nothing new. What is relatively new is turning to Reddit as an original news source. Colorway reported earlier this month that despite claims to the contrary, more and more journalists are using Reddit to gather ideas from the site that gets more than three billion page views per month. The result is Reddit Edit, a more polished presentation of categorized news headlines that seeks to court media skeptics—although that number is decidedly dwindling.

Skyword

Primarily a content production platform, Skyword offers writers the chance to create content for various brands and receive bi-weekly payment in the process. Their newsletter links to online conversations on topics such as how to handle critique and features monthly spotlights with “Skywriters” to find out what makes them tick.

Twitter Blog

We’re well aware of the power of Twitter, but not all Tweets are re-Tweeted equal. The website’s blog offers insight into how the platform can be used most effectively to share and promote content. A post published last week (http://blog.twitter.com/2012/09/best-practices-for-journalists.html) outlines four simple strategies for how news outlets and individual authors can increase follower growth and engagement. And if you’re still seeing red after last Sunday’s Patriots/Ravens game, this post (http://blog.twitter.com/2012/09/nfl-week-3-onlyontwitter-edition.html) highlights how hashtags and trending topics spread through constant interaction.

Wired Journalists

They don’t come more collaborative than this. Founded in 2008 to connect journalists online, the brainchild of Howard Owens, Zac Echola, and Ryan Sholin hosts various groups, forums, and headlines for digital writers to use and share information with their peers on topics ranging from bilingual journalists to those who support facial hair awareness.

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About the Author

Lauren Maffeo is an MSc candidate at The London School of Economics and Political Science and Assistant Community Manager at Enternships. She recently worked as a media consultant for Global Poverty Project’s “The End of Polio” campaign. Her essay on a 2011 volunteer trip to Swaziland, Africa, was published on The Wall Street Journal: Classroom Edition website last year and will appear in a forthcoming book on transformative tourism. Her spare time is no less active-she finished her first triathlon this year.

Source: The Next Web

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Business: Best Tools For Freelancers – Infographic

There are 42 million freelancers in the U.S. alone. Although the beauty of being a part of this large group is that you can call your own shots — from having a flexible schedule to picking the best workspace for your style — juggling multiple projects at once is no easy task.

With so many tech tools and apps on the market that promise to get work-life balance in order, software and app recommendations company BestVendor polled 100 freelancers and put together an infographic of some of the most favored apps used by the group.

It’s no surprise that freelancers tend to rely on cloud-based apps, which allow flexibility in storing and grabbing files on the go. Among the top 25 apps on the list include Dropbox, Google Analytics, Gmail, Evernote and Hootsuite.

Meanwhile, some emerging favorites include expense report app Expensify, to-do list app Remember the Milk and Jing, which captures and shares anything you see on a computer screen as an image or short video.

For a full look at which tools are top of mind among freelancers, check out the list below.

What are some of your favorite work-related apps? Share them in the comments below.

Source: Mashable.com, BestVendor

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Implement New Online Marketing and Social Media Tools Into A Current Brand – Infographic

There are many challenges marketing executives face when wanting to promote their products and services online. Not only do they face the challenge of having to evolve using new internet marketing tools, but they must also find ways to incorporate them into their brand.

This infographic explains how many businesses are using new and present methods on how to integrate new online tools into their marketing strategies.

This infographic from Visual.ly comes to us via Ford Knoxville and explores “How Marketing Executives are Adapting to Online Tools”.

Source: Visual.ly, Ford Knoxville, Soshable.com, Other, See Infographic

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