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Have you ever found your Twitter account overwhelming?  I know I do!  With over 1,100 followers, when I open my management program(s) it looks like a chaotic mess!

But it doesn’t have to be.

I want to share with you 3 programs that will help you effectively manage your Twitter account.  Trust me, when you get done reading this and set everything up, you will feel like you control a small army!

When I started to really work my Twitter account (@memktgservices), I gained new followers so fast I could not keep up personally responding to each of them!  Then came the dilemma of how to organize all of them and read what each had to say.  Through trial and error and some suggestions from peers, I have spent the last 2 months trying out different programs.  I have my favorites now that I call “old reliable”, so let me introduce you to…

Buffer.

I love this program!  Buffer makes it so easy to share Twitter content.

With Buffer, you can load in all your Twitter profiles (if you manage more than one) and you can input your posts and it automatically posts for you at the optimum times.

Buffer also has extensions for your internet browser so while you are reading articles across the web, you can add them to your “Buffer” with the click of a button.

Buffer has a free and a paid option ($10/month).  I suggest you try it out!

Now let’s meet…

This is a favorite program of many.  Once you really start working your Twitter, you won’t have the time to personally tweet each new follower and tell them “thank you”.  You can use Social Oomph to tweet for you, analyze your followers and send them a direct message.  I use this for that last feature.  I am on the Social Oomph “Auto DM and Follow” plan.  This is a paid feature.  For $3.97 every  other week, Social Oomph sends my new followers 1 of 6 direct messages that I have set up and automatically follows everyone who follows me.

I can see you asking, “what if I don’t want to follow everyone back?”.  I don’t either.  I periodically go into Twitter and see who I am following and just unfollow those who I do not want to follow.  There will be a lot of spam out there, so you will need to do this weekly.

After you’ve set up your list and your direct messages to your new followers, you will need to meet…

Sprout Social. 

 

Sprout Social is my favorite program to use to manage my clients’ Twitter accounts.

There are different levels to Sprout based on what you need.  They give you a 30-day trial to try the program out.  The do not have a free option.

With Sprout, you can look at each account’s feed or you can use the smart inbox, which is what I do.  It’s one big feed with every new follower, message, reply and retweet.  It’s so nice to not have to go to each account to manage it.

You can also get reports on your account and their reports are the most detailed ones I’ve seen yet.

This program makes you feel like you are in control of a small army.  Having everything in front of you makes it easier to see who you need to reply to and any list activity.

I saved the best and most important feature of Sprout for last…scheduling.  Anyone who deals with a lot of tweeting knows you don’t want everything to go every.single.minute.  With the scheduling feature, you can schedule out posts for weeks, therefore taking the daily tweeting pressure off.  Once you schedule everything, your Twitter can go on auto-pilot and all you have to do is sit back, watch and respond!

Here is a bonus 4th program I cannot live without…

ManageFlitter.

ManageFlitter is amazing!  You can see who is not following you, see if there are any fake accounts following you and search for new followers.  It’s unfollow option is great – you can see when someone last tweeted or when you followed them.

It’s a great program with both free and paid options.  I suggest you check it out.  You can click here to get started (this is my affiliate link – I love them so much I am doing affiliate marketing for them).

If you have a Twitter account, what is your favorite program to use to manage it?

Questions about Social Media and how to manage it more effectively?  Contact me and let’s talk!

About the author

Mandy Edwards Mandy is the founder of ME Marketing Services, a social marketing company located in Statesboro, Georgia. A proud graduate of the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia she has a thorough marketing background of over 12+ years covering sales, event planning, local store marketing, advertising and now social media. In the fall you can find her along with her family at Sanford Stadium cheering on their beloved Georgia Bulldogs. Mandy has been mentioned in Forbes and Crain's Chicago Business and was named to the Statesboro Herald's Top 20 under 40 for 2013.

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  • http://www.MissingSecretToParenting.com denny hagel

    Awesome Mandy! Great information that will certainly help my time-management issues! Thanks!!

    • http://www.memarketingservices.com memarketingservices

      You are welcome!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=620357072 Lorii Abela

    Very informative Mandy! Thanks for sharing.

    • http://www.memarketingservices.com memarketingservices

      You’re welcome Lorii!

  • http://www.angelikavorderstrasse.com Angelika Vorderstrasse

    Great information! Learned something new today. Thanks!

    • http://www.memarketingservices.com memarketingservices

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • http://www.thecommoncents.com/blog Joyce M Washington, CPA

    I had been looking for something to help me manage my lists better. many thanks! :)

    • http://www.memarketingservices.com memarketingservices

      Glad I could help :)

  • http://www.paulinemagnusson.com Pauline

    Thank you! I knew there had to be a way to make lists of followers, but I wasn’t sure what it was. Hoping this will help improve the efficiency of my Twitter time! :)

    • http://www.memarketingservices.com memarketingservices

      It’s an awesome tool to use!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003405790081 Germain

        This is such a helpful post Mandy, tahkns. I’ll be referring people here as a great time-saver! I’ve heard of TwitList, but haven’t ever gotten around to trying it. Thanks for mentioning it, I’m moving it to the top of my to do list!

  • Suzanne Jones

    Great information. All I use so far is Hootsuite and it is powerful I look forward to checking out your recommendations. Thanks!

    • http://www.memarketingservices.com memarketingservices

      Let me know if you have any questions!

  • http://www.susanmyersbiz.com Susan Myers

    Love the Twitlist Tip. I will be trying that one next! :)

    • http://www.memarketingservices.com memarketingservices

      It’s awesome!

  • http://micheletremblay.com Michele

    I have thought about hootsuite but haven’t taken the plunge yet. I guess maybe now is the time. Thanks for this great post.

    • http://www.memarketingservices.com memarketingservices

      You’re welcome!

  • http://adamsorganizing.com Elise Adams @AdamsOrganizing

    Gonna check out TwitList–sounds fun! And I am a permanent fan of HootSuite…it’s invaluable! Great overview of these MUST HAVE management tools!

    • http://www.memarketingservices.com memarketingservices

      Thanks Elise!!

  • http://www.kimgarst.com Kim Garst

    You covered all my faves ;-)

    • http://www.memarketingservices.com memarketingservices

      They’re awesome, aren’t they?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001669020015 Anastasiya Day

    Thanks for sharing your tips! Have a great day :)

    • http://www.memarketingservices.com memarketingservices

      Thanks Anastasiya!

  • http://www.sherievenner.com Sherie

    This is a great post, Mandy! I didn’t know about TwitList Manager, I am going to check that out! I love the idea of lists, will get on that right away! Thanks!

    • http://www.memarketingservices.com memarketingservices

      You are so welcome!!

  • http://www.WinningAtRomance.com Gina Parris

    Love it! I haven’t used social oomph at all, but it seems cool. I love the hootesuite.

    • http://www.memarketingservices.com memarketingservices

      Social Oomph is great for sending direct messages!!

  • http://www.sangtastikonline.com SangD

    You are a blessing! I am working on my twitter lists right now….what a time saver! :-) Thank you for great content and sharing with the world!

    • http://www.memarketingservices.com memarketingservices

      You are so welcome!!!!

  • http://www.patriciaogilvie.com/ Patricia Ogilvie

    Actually, I can hardly wait to test these out! thanks and great job today!

    • http://www.memarketingservices.com memarketingservices

      Thanks Patricia!

  • http://entrepreneursuccessprinciples.com Edmund Lee

    Those are definitely great applications. I use SocialOomph and Hootsuite, these applications make life easier with Twitter. Thanks for your great tips Mandy!

    • http://www.memarketingservices.com memarketingservices

      You are welcome! I love Social Oomph!

  • http://www.el3mentsofwellness.com CarlMason-Liebenberg

    I had never heard of TwitLIst Manager..must check it out! Thank you for sharing!

  • http://www.swallowtailconsulting.com Lorrie

    Perfect! I am sharing this with my social media group. thanks!

  • http://www.tamara-writes.blogspot.com Tamara McRill

    Hootsuite is definitely a must-have, don’t think I could manage Twitter without it. Will have to check the other two out–thanks for the tips!

  • http://www.mikemcdonaldfitness.com Michael McDonald

    I’m going to have to look into these. I use Hootsuite but not the others. I also like Bufferapp but I’m sure there are many others out there too.

    • http://www.memarketingservices.com memarketingservices

      I love Buffer too!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1614951249 Jennifer Herndon

    This is such a helpful post Mandy, thanks. I’ll be referring people here as a great time-saver! I’ve heard of TwitList, but haven’t ever gotten around to trying it. Thanks for mentioning it, I’m moving it to the top of my “to do” list!

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