I thought I had tried most of the social media management dashboards out there. As a small business I am always looking for the best value and the most bang for my buck..and the bucks of my clients. every time..
There are any number of choices out there. I was really unsure of which app or dashboard I really felt comfortable with:I liked one piece of one app and another bit on another app. None were exactly what I wanted or had the ease of use and layout I was looking for until Market Me Suite.
I needed a group of tools that would handle a variety of status updates, sort followers, cull the unfollowers and give me a good view of all I am working on.
What a stroke of luck to get the Market Me Suite almost as soon as it became a free app. I admit I wasn’t sure at first what this platform could offer? Could this be all I needed?
Too good to be true? You decide!
Not just for twitter updates: MarketMeSuite easily handles LinkedIn and Facebook too. With the ability to add team members to each and every account you have more flexibility in how you schedule all your updates.
From the marketing dashboard, through the multiple profiles, unlimited team members and brand management to the scheduled Twitter and Facebook; these are only a few of the spectacular array of tools. The TROOL-Y cool Smart follow and unfollow algorithm.. *pause to catch my breath* , the language targeted tweeting and the LinkedIn integration amazingly I’m not done.. there is also Reply campaigns, auto RSS tweets,email @mention info,there is integration for Ping.fm and for CRM -Zendesk a button to create ‘twickets’, you can even post to all accounts, schedule from your iPhone, Blackberry or Android and a slew of other goodies.
With only one platform handling all these tasks I have more time to get it all done without having to jump through hoops and check on 3 or 4 or more disconected apps.
Best of all there is no BUCK required! I get to keep my buck in my wallet for all the other expenses you incur in the day to day operation of your business
To answer my earlier question is this too good to be true: Not by half! The creators and the awesome peeps at MMS Like CEO @TammyKFennell and the lovely and always helpful @Nikki_Peters are amazing and have a wonderful inclusive outlook..
Tammy says “A lot has happened since the humble beginnings of an idea on a page. In a short time, we’ve transferred MarketMeSuite into the go to application for marketing small business on social media. We’re incredibly proud of what we’ve built, and we’re working harder than ever to make sure the future brings even more innovation.”
Market Me Suite [MMS] was established October of 2009, but launched in February of 2010 once the app was ready.
On the 26th September 2011 this premium app went free! and this post explains why:
MarketMeSuite allows businesses and teams to manage their social media, and create targeted leads.
“We believe the viral element lies in you, our happy users” said Tammy Fennell. This sentiment struck a chord and I am more than happy to offer my take on this superb product.
What are YOU waiting for??? Go get your dashboard NOW
I’ve been part of the Google+ beta since day two. As someone who is already quite comfy using Facebook, Twitter and to some extent LinkedIn; I was surprised to find G+ to be a much different platform. It is not a quick update and move on, not a basic ‘here’s what we did today’ like FB or a B2B discussion like LinkedIn.
Google + is a rich and scenic romp through all areas of interest, not just the tech world as one might think; though there is a propensity towards the Technorati and Geek Elite that proliferate here. I am deeply entranced by the many articles and full page posts that these wunderkind contribute day after day: The speed with which they zoom through the info in the main stream, digest it all seemingly in an instant and then offer up all kinds of tips and tricks for navigating G+ is awe-inspiring.
Google+ is still in beta and will really flourish once the general populace trickle in, use it for a bit and get the vibe. This is a very different animal. It’s a social platform that gives me, a 55 year old woman, a comfortable area to add my thoughts, photos, video or anything else I want to share with whomever I choose. I can share with one friend, one circle, my extended circles or make it public. On days where I only want to soak up the surrounding info, I can read long knowledge packed posts,and surf through the photo albums others have posted.
I am making it a priority to make an effort at posting to the public stream almost everyday.
I think that would be fantastic if everyone were to post publicly at least a few times a week, if not everyday! After all this is a knowledge and diverse interest sharing social platform, which will flourish when all are adding their unique take to the stream.
For those of us in the Social Media Arena; being in early has allowed me to roam at will sussing out the coolest shortcuts, popping into some monumental discussions, viewing some marvellous photos by renowned photographers and discovering the best of the best to add to my circles.
The beauty of circles being that you can check out your heroes with no need to be vetted or accepted. You don’t have to be on the list, so to speak. In effect you can take a peek into the hearts and minds of all the greats in any area you chose without any fear of rejection. I have to say it is a delicious little thrill when you get notified you have been circled back!
That brings me to Hangouts!!! How I love them! I have been able to meet some TROOL-Y amazing people that I would never have had access to on Facebook. From +Michael Mozart of Fail Toys fame and +Traveller the esteemed young hacker to +Robert Scoble a true icon, and +Tom Anderson whom I consider a real mensch; and finally +Katherine Gramman Community Manager for Google+ Hangouts. These incredibly interesting people are all there, for those who are quick enough to catch the hangout in time to jump on board.
Initially I found the hangout can be a bit of a challenge to get the hang of, as it is both a chat and a visual medium. You must be prepared to be on camera. The window actually starts with Check your hair and mic… Join the hangout…
I lurked on the edge of a few hangouts before I took the plunge. In fact I had just taken a plunge into our backyard pool and had thrown on a fresh après swim dress before I boldly dove in to the 1st hangout -I did check my hair and my mic! I thought they could only see from my chin up..
Within seconds, one of the men in the hangout asked if I was in fact naked?
My bare shoulders made it appear as though I was au natural. Mortified, I only lasted about 3 minutes. I’m sure there are many woman who understand my angst!
But the sheer magnitude of the different people I could meet drew me back. I was hooked and when visibly not naked, I could now talk with truly fascinating people and not only read their exciting articles I could add my thoughts as well. How cool.
On the mobile side, I received a few invites to phone hangouts known as huddles. A bit less exciting than a hangout but still a great way to connect with a group all at once.
Unfortunately, because I use an iPhone and an iPad I do not have access to some of the technology and can be somewhat limited in how much I can do on Google+ when not at my desktop. I’m looking forward to the day that is no longer an issue.
On the bright side I have been extremely impressed by the incredibly fast response times of the whole Google team. I have only had a couple of issues with G+ whose team members have always been available to lend a hand. The Google+ team offer advice and fix issues sometimes almost as fast as they come up.
My sincere thanks go out to +Natalie Villalobos Community Manager for the Google+ Project who is always offering suggestions and links to helpful articles.
I began my social media journey on Facebook late in 2007 as a way to keep in touch with my children, have great conversations with my more distant friends and started many of my clients using fan pages for business. I know I will maintain a presence on Facebook for a long time to come.
Twitter was a much later adoption. I am such a chatterbox, I was worried I would be stifled if relegated to 140 characters! Suffice it to say I adore making new friends on twitter as well.
LinkedIn is most definitely the most business centered platform and I find it to be in a league all its own. There are many different groups and ways to connect to other businesses that are closely relevant to yours.
Google+ has now captured my heart with its ease of access to fabulous articles, incredible people, the simple management of my circles and it has opened a whole new area of learning for me.
I hope you join me on this excellent G+ journey: Just be sure to get dressed before you hangout!
I love the Twitter platform.
Why 140 characters?
Excerpt from How Twitter Was Born Dom Sagolla @dom
‘The service was only a few months old when the group acquired Twitter.com and re-branded. Back then, we had no character limit on our system. Messages longer than 160 characters (the common SMS carrier limit) were split into multiple texts and delivered (somewhat) sequentially. There were other bugs, and a mounting SMS bill. The team decided to place a limit on the number of characters that would go out via SMS for each post. They settled on 140, in order to leave room for the username and the colon in front of the message. In February of 2007 @Jack wrote something which inspired me to get started on this project: “One could change the world with one hundred and forty characters.” ‘
People are so fascinating and you get a glimpse into their random thoughts, which can be funny, heart wrenching and some times just plain baffling! Always interesting and a great jump-off point for a conversation, or an idea which may work well for your business. This platform alone has totally changed the way business interacts with the consumer. People to People transcends the old corporate style of directors and CEO’s being so far removed from the everyday
Elaine Lindsay is hands down THE Google+ Expert. Her passion and relentless promotion of Google+ is contagious. Elaine gets right to the features and benefits of the social network always leaving you with an invaluable nugget that makes you want more. Elaine is the Google+ guru I turn to, always.