sprout_social_logo This is one of a series of posts about Sprout Social that I am publishing throughout this blog, you can find the full list of posts here. I highly recommend that you check that set if you haven’t already.

Reading this just now reminded me that I need to get onto my next Sprout Social Post. Meanwhile – I thought I would share this.

Seems like I am not the only act in town that thinks so highly of this product.

Let me cut to the chase – the article ends with this comment.

The intuitive use of Sprout Social sets it apart from the competition. It’s a simple, effective way to manage your social media efforts.  However, every product is never without its short-comings. Google integration and publishing is NOT available on Sprout Social. So, posting to Google+ takes additional effort on the marketer’s part to increase their social media gamut. Sprout Social is not a be-all, end-all social media management system, but it is mant to conduct a good percentage of your efforts. With the reporting, messages, and publishing efforts of the platform, it’s a great tool for social media ROI and engagement.

I agree – “Sprout Social is not a be-all, end-all social media management system” – but then what is ? And surely the lack of “Google integration and publishing” is a Google API question (I think – must go and check that …). Will post more info when I find it.

But that all said – do click through and take a read – the writer goes into a tonne more detail than I ever will in my posts – and since it comes to you via Social Media Today – well – it must be right – no ?

             
sprout_social_logo This is one of a series of posts about Sprout Social that I am publishing throughout this blog, you can find the full list of posts here. I highly recommend that you check that set if you haven’t already.

Before you get started – you might want to check this post first.

The home page of Sprout Social is a veritable forest of goodness that you need to get your head around.

This post is JUST about the Home page that you are presented when you first log on. As I build out this series, I will cross reference to the other aspects of the application so that you get the full picture of what it can do for you. Continue reading

             
sprout_social_logo This is one of a series of posts about Sprout Social that I am publishing throughout this blog, you can find the full list of posts here. I highly recommend that you check that set if you haven’t already.

Before you get started – you might want to check these introductory ideas first.

There is no doubt that the complexity of the world is increasing each and every day – and part of that is the job of monitoring, managing and making sense of all of those confounded networks that you are signed up for that are supposedly generating business for you = but still – somehow you really really just do not KNOW.

I have been looking at Sprout Social since October. Continue reading

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As I am accelerating the content of my blog, in an attempt to keep up the pace of at least a post per day, I am also reorganizing my site and deciding what I really need. About two weeks ago I made my home page a single column, blog post summary and every other page I stuck under the title ‘Stuff’ while I thought about it.

Now – bit by bit I have moved some of the ‘stuff’ back out to the top level, but the vast majority of the site remains – and will remain – under a new heading called ‘The Ps’.  I will get to that one day – but for now when you hit the home page for my blog, you see the blog, a ‘Contact Us’ page, sitting side by side with ‘Socially Yours’ – which is where – for now – I am parking all those handy dandy widgets that social sites have – that two months ago were streaming down the right hand side of my home page – and in all honesty slowing everything down.

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Now I Know – Sprouted.

So why am I bringing this up in the middle of this steady stream of business commentary and ‘future think’ ?

Well, funnily enough I have been trying out a system called SproutSocial – which I discovered a while back. As I always do with stuff that catches my eye – I signed up – and even mentioned on this blog that I had just been reading about it on Venture Beat.

So now – three and a half months later here I am again. Still using it. Interesting huh ?

This is the introduction to a series of posts about Sprout Social. I am using this tag to bring all the posts together – I am that impressed with them – but more of that later. For now click through – take a look – and more to come – I promise.

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If you don’t know Sprout Social – maybe it’s time you did.

Read what Venture Beat have to say about them.

You get a free 30 day trial, costs $39 per month to manage up to 10 profiles.

And the user list includes;

Yahoo, Microsoft, Mailchimp, Fender and Benjamin Moore.

Here’s a list of what they say they do :

  • Publish and schedule updates across social channels with a single click
  • Monitor your brand and competition across social channels and the web
  • Connect with highly targeted customers through Discovery tools
  • Measure success with robust reporting and analytics
  • Collaborate with our team, tasks and permissions tools

Enjoy

So SproutSocial brings all conversations from multiple social networks down to a single stream, with full conversation history in one place. Multiple users can dip their toes in that same stream without crossing wires, and queue up content to be released at optimal, spaced times.

“For people who aren’t used to a bunch of information on the screen, something about the efficiency of our interface resonates,” says Howard.