Having had a bit of experience going into this program with some media monitoring tools in my knowledge base due to my job, I was surprised at some of the features that some of the applications held that I’d never had the opportunity to play with in my government position. When given the reigns to try something a bit different I really enjoyed the listening aspect of social media monitoring and what that entails.
However, I have to say that using my own personal side passion projects as the example of how to use these applications helped me explore so much more freely in general. Two applications really stood out for me in terms of what I’m doing and the platforms I use:
Buffer: Schedules later posts for Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook (the only platforms I really use for my purpose) It helps with navigating multiple accounts and still provides a free platform to use the service, along with their other options which are surprisingly affordable for all that it does.
Mention: This isn’t an app that I can use right now, but as I build I’ll make sure to get myself an account to coincide with my social media accounts specifically for listening. I found this one has a free plan that’s more than adequate for my needs.
I also want to mention two more pre loved applications that I learned to use more efficiently:
Instagram Reels/IGTV: For some reason, I found these features intimidating and stuck to the use of grids and stories. But in the ever changing world of social media, it’s not a smart move to ignore any feature – especially ones that hit traction and became popular so quickly. Before you know it, there’s a new feature, and suddenly you’ve found yourself in a position where you are now only using 25% of the application’s features and not growing or maintaining an audience. Now that I know how incredibly purposeful these features are, I’m more inclined to start testing them out asap!
Google analytics: Another service I previously used so marginally. It’s such a user friendly service to use for monitoring web analytics and can easily keep track from the mobile app. I got the opportunity to play around with it a little through the course of this program and really look forward to using it effectively to get some insight into my target audience.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed learning throughout this course and will continue to recommend it to my peers as a great professional development opportunity.
All that to say, the biggest lesson has been to continue learning about ALL apps and platforms. It doesn’t have to be overwhelming if you stay afloat on what the best social tools are for whatever their purpose.