COM0015 Blog 1- Tools & Sources

All I can say is there are so many tools and sources it makes me dizzy!

Who do you trust, what is fake,  where do you find the best sources and tools. How many do you follow and actually usE? In the ever-changing world of social media, the tools and sources are changing just as fast, you better keep up. As a social media marketer, it is important to stay on top of the changes. This is a great article about social media tools and what works well. Take Your Social Media to the Next Level.

This Social Media course has introduced me to some really great tools. Evernote has been my go-to for writing blogs, content, assignment and discussion. There are a lot of great tools within Evernote, fonts, layouts and you can save your work for future use. Grammarly has been a lifesaver in all my writing and it is free! Hootsuite, I can spend hours on, learning and discovering all it can do. It is my tool for scheduling posts and monitoring. Picmonkey is great for making posts for Instagram and Facebook, there are so many templates and images available. And the best part is it  Picmonkey is a free program with so many possibilities. Bitly is great for shrinking web addresses and they always work. These are just a few of the tools I use and I am sure the more I discover about social media. the more  I will discover more great tools. I am interested in trying some more other scheduling tools and learning about tools I can use to organize my business and my life.

I have a few great sources for social media information.  My 2-millennium sons are a huge source of information about social media, market trends and what is really cool right now. They both serve as my editors and give me great advice on all my posts, blogs, content and writing. This course has also introduced me to some great sites to trust for current information on social media and business. Buffer, Social Media Today, Forbes are just a few I follow on my social media platforms. Forbes has great articles on running a business, social media updates and inspirational advice on life. I also follow other social media marketers and marketing companies on all platforms for a source of content ideas. I have also met with colleagues to discuss customer issues, brainstorming and some days just vent. Following my customer’s competition is a great source to find out what is new in their markets. On those days I wonder if I am on the right track and just need a kick in the you know what, I turn to  Gary Vaynerchuk and Tony Robinson for some inspiration and guidance.

I’m just always looking forward. I spend very little time, looking backward”
– Gary Vaynerchuk

I am excited to learn more about social media tools and sources others have been successful with and ones to stay away from. What have you trusted and what have you thought was fake information?

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