Hootsuite is essentially an improved way of viewing and posting to your social networks, all in one place.
Using Hootsuite, you can schedule messages to be posted at different intervals. That means that you don’t have to spend time every day posting messages if you want to post messages every day. Just set it up once and Hootsuite will do the rest of the work for you.
You can also monitor all your social media activity from one place. All your feeds, customer feedback, responses from your posts and so on can be monitored in one place.
Here’s how to use Hootsuite.
Step 1: Select Your Social Media Account
If you have multiple accounts setup, start by selecting which account you want to view.
Step 2: Viewing Streams
The first screen you’ll be presented with is your streams screen. Each panel consists of a different stream of information.
In Twitter, your Home Feed is the tweets of the people you’re following. You’ll also have panels of direct messages, mentions and sent tweets.
In Facebook, your News Feed is the main feed, followed by a photos feed, your wall posts and an events feed.
Each social network has a few different kinds of streams.
Step 3: Adding a Stream
Adding streams allows you to customize how your Hootsuite dashboard looks. To add a stream, click the “+Add Stream” button in the top navigation bar.
Then select which social network you want to add a stream for. Finally, select what kind of stream you want to add and click “Create Stream.”
Step 4: Posting a Message
To post a message, click “Compose Message.”
Type your message in the expanded message box.
To add a link to your posting, click “Add a Link.”
To schedule your message to be sent at a later time, click the scheduling button.
A scheduling menu box will appear. Schedule the time you want to send your message and click “Schedule.”
To choose which profile(s) to send your message out to, click the “Click to select profile” box.
Then choose one or more profiles that you want to send your messages to.
Congratulations! You now know how to view updates, view different streams, add streams, post messages, schedule messages and send messages to multiple social media accounts at once.