What tool do you use to tie your social media together?

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Interested in what programs you as innkeepers use to tie your social media together. I can understand that keeping an inn, and a blog, and a twitter, and a FB, and  a pinterest, and, instagram.....etc is a lot of work. What programs do you personally use to keep all of your social media platforms uniform as efficiently as possible? What programs do you most commonly use? Facebook and Blogs are pretty popular platforms that can be shared through twitter , pinterest and other link sharing forms of Social Media- Where do you alot the most time?

 

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Hootsuite is becoming quite popular lately. I might suggest Tweetdeck, this is my "go to" twitter program I like that you are able to post to your major social networks - everything from Facebook,tumblr, to even yes, myspace. It also includes an automatic link shortener, so that your tweets do not have to be so short when posting links to your blog, site, or FB.

Tweetdeck will also "preview" images for links that have images.  Another popular function, which I haven;t utilized but perhaps some of you may enjoy is that you can schedule tweets in advance; this would be helpful if you have a few tweets you'd like to share throughout the week and you just do not have the time to login so often.

I find it funny that noone mentioned Pinterest, which is fast becoming one of the most popular social media platforms out right now. This is a perfect outlet for innkeepers, as it is a great way to share your site, pictures, and recipes. Essetially it is an online pinboard, that can be easily shared to your other platforms as well.

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I've used Hootsuite in the past and really liked it.  For each post you can check off which social media platform will get it.  You can also select a date & time for the post if you want to do all your work in one day & have it spread out over a time period.  

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 I use https://posterous.com/ to link things.  I just email my "whats happening  this week" letter to my posterous email account and it sends it to my facebook, twitter, my b&b website and my blog (which is on posterous).   Free and easy.

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This looks great!  Now to set up and test it out.  Keep your fingers crossed I am not tech savvy! 

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Cam/Maddie - what is the linking tool called?  I had used something and it worked for a while but stopped for no apparent reason.  It was linking my blog, twitter and FB together. 

I listened to a webinar someone put together on the subject and it had so many steps to the process that by the time I had linked it all together all of it would be obsolete!  I need easy

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There, Cambs is so organized, she had the link!

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I just used whatever tool is on FB. Google 'send facebook posts to twitter' and everyone and their uncle has a how to page. I really don't remember!

I don't send blog posts anywhere. If I want them to show up I post them on FB. Some of them ae just me talking, nothing newsworthy!

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http://apps.facebook.com/twitter/

this is the link - wasn't difficult

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When I get around to setting it up, I will probably be using Hootsuite.

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I use Hootsuite occasionally, like others still to be convinced that social media is any use as a marketing tool. I've had 1 booking so far where people said they found us on FB.

 

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Do you mean someone actually keeps their social media together?       I know everyone talks about the importance of social media,  but I guess because of my age,  I don't get it.   

I use Facebook period.   I make regular entries,  but I can't tell that it's made any difference to my bottom line.  I think Twitter is a waste of time.

 

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Proud Texan wrote:

I use Facebook period...I think Twitter is a waste of time.

But I guess there are those who skip Facebook and spend a lot of time on Twitter. I guess if there's a way to post to both at the same time, why not do it.

Regarding Facebook, we try not to post real often as that wears people out, but posting an occasional photo that reminds our Facebook friends of how much they enjoyed their visit here, might cause them to think about coming back to see us again.

It's quick and easy to do, doesn't bombard people with too many posts, and I can see value in it.

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Arkansawyer wrote:

... but posting an occasional photo that reminds our Facebook friends of how much they enjoyed their visit here, might cause them to think about coming back to see us again.

 I would rather use proven methods of advertising.

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Proud Texan wrote:

Arkansawyer wrote:

... but posting an occasional photo that reminds our Facebook friends of how much they enjoyed their visit here, might cause them to think about coming back to see us again.

 I would rather use proven methods of advertising.

C'mon, it takes all of 5 seconds to post a photo of your place on FB and try to engage some potential guests. And it's free! My best photo yet? A bowl of fresh strawberries. How easy is that? It takes me 20 minutes/day to post, chat, share and I'm on to other things.

Just because it's not 'proven' doesn't mean it's not working subtly in the background.

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Madeleine wrote:

Proud Texan wrote:

Arkansawyer wrote:

... but posting an occasional photo that reminds our Facebook friends of how much they enjoyed their visit here, might cause them to think about coming back to see us again.

 I would rather use proven methods of advertising.

C'mon, it takes all of 5 seconds to post a photo of your place on FB and try to engage some potential guests. And it's free! My best photo yet? A bowl of fresh strawberries. How easy is that? It takes me 20 minutes/day to post, chat, share and I'm on to other things.

Just because it's not 'proven' doesn't mean it's not working subtly in the background.

Were'nt you the one bemoaning the fact in another thread that there are never enough hours in the day for personal time? ...you are wasting your time on Facebook.

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Proud Texan wrote:

Were'nt you the one bemoaning the fact in another thread that there are never enough hours in the day for personal time? ...you are wasting your time on Facebook.

What I was bemoaning was the fact that going out for lunch wasn't relaxing because of all the work piling up at home while I was gone. FB isn't that kind of work. If I gave up FB it would give me, maybe, 20 minutes/day. Now, giving up LAUNDRY would give me a few hours!

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Arkansawyer wrote:

Regarding Facebook, we try not to post real often as that wears people out, but posting an occasional photo that reminds our Facebook friends of how much they enjoyed their visit here, might cause them to think about coming back to see us again.

 

Remember that not every FB fan sees every post. So, if you post once/week you might have 20% of your fan base see something. Not necessarily a different 20% every week.

I do about 5 posts/shares everyday. I try to space them out so they don't all show up one after the other.

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I have a thing that links twitter to facebook ie post on twitter and it shows up on facebook. I use it for pictures of things I wouldn't put on my proper "grown up" web site ie im out and about in harrogate and snapped this on my phone and so on.

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One thing I noticed about Twitter posting to Facebook, is that there is no SHARE option for your viewers.  One of our local restaurants is always posting menus and pictures on FB through Twitter.  I can never share them on my page, because there is no option.   

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Yes! That is annoying. I'm always looking for the share button for fun stuff and it's not there. Then I have to go find the original webpage and link to that.

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the reason I do it twitter first (so to speak) is you are limited in your characters with twitter so if it is too long it gets cut off where as facebook is unlimited so doesn't have that problem.

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camberleyhotelharrogate@yahoo.co.uk wrote:

I have a thing that links twitter to facebook ie post on twitter and it shows up on facebook. I use it for pictures of things I wouldn't put on my proper "grown up" web site ie im out and about in harrogate and snapped this on my phone and so on.

I do the reverse...post on FB it shows up on Twitter. Same thing...candid shots I wouldn't necessarily put on the website.

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