Well, we have come to the final lesson in the Understanding HootSuite crash course.
Here are the quick links to each previous class:
I sincerely hope that you’ve learned a lot about HootSuite over the last few days and that you have had some time to explore a few of its powerful features, so that you can use it to monitor manage your social networking activity and improve your social presence online.
Today we’re going to jump right in and go over some quick tips and tricks that you can use to make using HootSuite more fun, flexible as well as to help you improve your social media results.
– First a Beauty Tip
With HootSuite’s built-in themes you can change the look of your dashboard to suit your personal preferences. Currently you can choose from 3 themes; Blue Steel, Classic and Magnum. to change your theme offer over the “Settings” tab in the vertical menu on the left side of your dashboard, click on “Preferences” and pick a theme from under the themes tab.
– Column Width
You can quickly adjust the width of the columns in your streams on the HootSuite dashboard for any of your social networks by using the handy slider located in the top right hand corner of your dashboard. It will adjust the number of columns in view as well as automatically adjust width of the columns to fit the available space.
– Drag and Drop Columns and Tabs
HootSuite lets you drag and drop columns and tabs, so that you can quickly reorder them the suit your needs. All you have to do is click on the tab you wish to move and drag it to its new location.
– Drag and Drop Mentions
To quickly mention someone in a Tweet all you have to do is click on your profile image then drag and drop it into the compose message field at the top of your dashboard.
– Save as Stream
When you use the HootSuite search feature from within your dashboard to look for topics and keywords you can quickly save the search results as a stream on your dashboard by clicking on the “Save as Stream” button. This way you can continue monitoring the topic for as long as you like. When you are finished monitoring the topic you can simply delete it by clicking the down arrow located in the upper right corner of the stream.
– Add a List
Adding Twitter lists to your HootSuite dashboard can help you track and monitor people and topics that interest you. To add a new list click the + Add Stream button on the left-side of the dashboard and choose the Lists tab from the pop up window. From there you will have the option to import list’s that you’ve already created in your Twitter profile or create a brand new list.
After you have created a list you can edit it by choosing preferences from the drop-down menu in the upper right-hand corner of list stream. This will allow you to add and delete people from your list, to help refine your results even further.
– Saving Drafts
In HootSuite it is possible to compose messages in advance and save them for easy access. To do this simply enter in the message in the Compose box, choose the social network you want to send it from and then click on the floppy disc icon located at the bottom of the box near the Send Now button. To access your drafts click on the down arrow next to the floppy disc icon. From there you can choose to send or delete your drafted messages.
– Filtering Columns
To help reduce clutter and find the information you need quickly you can filter the columns in your streams by keyword or Klout score. This can be a big help if you’re researching a specific topic or looking for people who meet a certain criteria.
– Geo-Locate Search Terms
HootSuite has a built in geo-located search that you can use to filter your search results according to distance so that you can messages posted only from people in your area. You can search by industry, keywords and brand mentions all based on your location. This can be extremely beneficial especially for off-line business owners who are looking for new customers or trying to spread awareness.
– RSS Feeds
With HootSuite, you can take an RSS feed from any site and update it to your social network accounts automatically. To do this, go to “Settings” on your vertical menu bar, choose RSS/atom and click the + button to add a new feed. A box will pop up allowing you to add your feed URL. From there you will also be able to schedule your feed to post on your social networks automatically.
These are just a few of the tips and tricks that I have found useful while using HootSuite. You can find plenty more tip’s on the HootSuite blog or by performing an online search for the keyword ‘HootSuite tips’. With thousands of members logging into HootSuite every day there’s no shortage of tips and advice available.
Bottom line, HootSuite is an extremely powerful tool and it can have a bit of a learning curve as I’ve mentioned before, but it truly can help you take control of all of your social networking activities and expand your social presence online.
As we close this final lesson I would like to thank you again for joining me for this short course. I sincerely hope that you have enjoyed your lessons and learned a lot about how to use HootSuite’s powerful set of tools to monitor and manage your social profiles!
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about how to effectively use HootSuite to your advantage. If you haven’t signed up yet, it’s time to try HootSuite pro for 30 days – sign up now at www.HootSuiteRocks.com