Top 5 FREE Tools For Social Media Management

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With 2019 approaching fast, you may already be in the mood for setting goals already. Thing is, New year goals are meant to be broken aren’t they?

That may be said for personal goals, but as for marketing goals, there is no better time than right now for setting a strategy to attack 2019 with full force.

Organisation.

This is one of the keys to your brands marketing and if you are still plodding along without a social media management tool, then you are wasting valuable time and effectiveness of your social media campaigns.

If budget is tight for your small business, and you don’t want to cough up for a paid tool, or the budget doesn’t allow you to employ a social media manager, you need to know the top FREE tools to help you manage, schedule, and optimise your social media campaigns.

Social management tools will help you manage multiple social profiles in one place, schedule posts in advance, track analytics, run contests, optimise your brand awareness, and the list goes on and on.

Now here’s where you luck begins, We have rounded up a list of the top five free tools for social media management for you to try out and integrate within your 2019 marketing strategy.

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#1 – ZOHO SOCIAL

Zoho Social will help businesses large and small manage multiple social profiles, work with other team members, research relevant keywords, and schedule posts all from one dashboard.

This tool has many of same features that the others have, but they also have:

  • Facebook lead ads
  • Advanced reporting features
  • SocialShare browser plugin
  • CRM integrations

Zoho Social caters to marketers and agencies alike, giving you the choice to choose between the business or agency plans. The FREE plan allows you to manage 1 brand, and includes the URL shortener and SocialShare browser plugin. Pricing for the paid plans ranges from $8.33 to $125+ which is more suitable for larger marketing agencies.

#2 – Friends+Me

Friends+Me is another heavy hitter in the social management tools area. Although this platform mainly focuses on GooglePlus features, it also supports many other social platforms. Friends+Me seems to get great reviews from users, and has a well-designed website with plans available based on the size of your business. And yes, of course there’s a FREE plan.

The FREE plan is not exactly robust, but it still includes the following:

  • 2 Post publishing queues
  • Schedule 3 posts per queue
  • Link shortening capabilities
  • Browser extensions
  • Zapier Integration
  • Standard help support
  • Can be use for social platforms like Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and LinkedIn

Instagram and Pinterest are supported as well, but you will need to upgrade. Paid plans range from $7.50 up to $259, all depending on your decision to pay monthly or annual billing plans.

#3 – Hootsuite

Hootsuite is an all too familiar social management tool that helps to manage the company’s social strategy. This platform is quite easy to use, and you can put together a post content calendar, set reminders for posting times and a whole lot more.

So what is included in the FREE Hootsuite plan?

  • Schedule up to 30 posts in advance
  • Generate leads with social contests
  • Manage 3 separate social profiles all in one place
  • Basic analytics for tracking followers
  • Two RSS feed integrations
  • Various growth and content statistics

#4 – Buffer

 Buffer is no stranger to marketers, especially those in social media. They are a respectable management platform that allows you to manage social profiles with so much ease. With similar features to Hootsuite,

Buffer features include the ability to easily schedule content while using the internet with their Google Chrome extensions. Buffer also uses follower activity to suggest the perfect moments to post fro full effectiveness.

There are various options for larger businesses and agencies, but the FREE plan will do more than satisfy your social media management needs. Here’s what the FREE plan includes:

  • Manage 3 separate social profiles all in one place
  • Schedule up to 10 posts in advance
  • Utilise Buffer’s browser extensions and mobile apps
  • Feature, Create, and schedule content using Buffer’s image creator and GIF/Video uploader

Sadly, to access link shortening and tracking, as well as the RSS feed feature you will need to upgrade to a paid plan. No need to break the bank though, Buffer’s paid plans range from $10 up to $399 per month.

#5 – Social Oomph

Social Oomph has a wide range of features they offer for multiple social platforms. These features include the common scheduling and analytics, to a DM Twitter inbox cleaner to help manage all of your follower conversations.

Social Oomph offer a wide range of unique features for social platforms Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Pinterest management. They also provide the ability to manage and schedule your blog posts.

Whilst Social Oomph does have a great FREE plan, the features are limited and mainly focus on Twitter management. With the FREE plan you can do things like schedule tweets, track keywords, shorten URL’s, and manage up to five Twitter accounts. Like other tools, some of the more sophisticated features require a paid plan. It’s pay to play I’m afraid, if you want to manage multiple social platforms.

We know there’s a lot to think about and choose from here.

Luckily, all of the tools have FREE plans for you to experiment with to find the social management tool that works best for your strategy. Honestly, you can’t really go wrong moving onto a social management tool, it will save you time, and possibly make you even more money! Remember, there’s always an option to scale up when you need to.

Don’t wait for 2019 to bite you in the ass, check out these FREE social media management tools you can try today! (Links Below)

#1 – Zoho Social

#2 – Friends+Me

#3 – Hootsuite

#4 – Buffer

#5 – Social Oomph


Any FREE tools that we missed?Let us know in the comments below…

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