Let’s face it. Social media networking can be very time consuming, even if you only use one or two of the top social media platforms. For instance, you could be updating your Facebook page, and realize that you didn’t post those tweets you had so carefully written. Or, how about knowing when’s the best time to send out those posts and tweets? And let’s not forget how time consuming finding relevant content to post can be.
That’s where these free tools for managing your social media accounts come in. As you probably already know, I’m a big fan of free, because this blog is run on a shoestring budget. If there’s a free tool I can use, then I’ll sign up for it and give it a go. Here are my top 3 picks for free social media management tools:
Buffer is one of the most popular social media sharing tools available today. While they do have paid plans, the free plan offers a ton of options. You can manage up to 3 social media accounts, and you can schedule a limited number of posts each week. They also offer free analytics to see how well your “Buffered” posts are doing, and also suggest content to fill up your Buffer each week if you’re having problems sourcing it on your own.
If you want to move up to their “Awesome” plan, it’ll cost you $9.99 per month. With this, you’ll be able to connect up to 12 social media accounts and schedule 200 posts.
Probably the most popular of all social media management tools, Hootsuite offers a ton of features for free, but it also has a paid plan starting at $8.99 per month. With their free plan, not only can you create and execute campaigns across multiple social media networks, you can also manage social media conversations, measure campaign results, and track analytics with their robust tracking system. You can’t ask for more when it comes to a free social media manager tool.
Commun.it is strictly a Twitter tool, and it’s my go-to tool for managing my Twitter audience. With the free plan, you can have up to 20 interactions per day, such as following people, unfollowing those who aren’t following you, replying to tweets directed at you, and scheduling tweets. I really like it because it makes some of the more tedious aspects of managing Twitter a breeze by automating replies. There is a paid plan that costs $29.99 per month, which is a bit steep for me. Sometimes, though, they offer a 50% discount on the monthly plan, so I’d jump on that when they offer it because you get unlimited everything and up to 8 Twitter profiles.
What about you? What are your favorite free social media networking tools? Answer in the comments below!