Blog Tip of the Day

Everyone always talks about how important social media is to building any kind of brand these days, from a Fortune 500 company to a fresh, new lifestyle blog. The reality though, is that for many of us (me completely and 100% included), it’s extraoardinarily difficult to manage a comprehensive social media program when you’re working, or have a family, or just want to have a life. I mean, major corporations have entire teams of people whose sole job is to monitor Twitter. It’s tough when it’s just you and you have a million other things demanding your attention throughout the day (just me?). Beyond actually publishing stuff on Twitter or Facebook, you then start wondering, “Are all my efforts actually working?”

So today, I wanted to share six different services and/or ideas with you that might help make your social media life a little easier — especially if you’re a blogger! You can click on any of the services below to learn more about them. Here they are:

(PS — You can also get lots more info on social media over at The B Bar!)

SPECIAL SHOUT OUT: Thanks to Meg Biram, who gave me the heads up on Pingraphy earlier this week. It inspired me to write this post, and in just a few short days, has been such a godsend! Thanks, Meg!

RESOURCES:

Finding the Best Time to Post to Social Networks 
The Best and Worst Times to Share on Facebook, Twitter
The Best Times to Send Emails, Tweets, and Text Ads
Bitly data shows the best times to post links to Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr
When is the Best Time to Post on Instagram?

{Image Credit: Glitter Guide}

59 comments

  1. christin said: replied:

    WAIT a service that schedules pins!?

    13 Sep 2012 | Reply
  2. Carlene RD said: replied:

    I use these with my media clients- it is a huge time saver! Nice collection.

    13 Sep 2012 | Reply
  3. Artsy Forager said: replied:

    Was just thinking the other day how nice it would be to have a Pin scheduling service.. and voila! I read this. Thanks so much for this post! Hoot Suite has been a god-send for me, especially since my hubby’s been working a Wed-Sun schedule for the past 9 months and I blog M-F. HS has made it so easy to maintain a social media presence when I’m spending time snuggling with the hubby! ;-)

    13 Sep 2012 | Reply
  4. Thanks for the great tips!

    -Tara
    http://madmaxandfamily.blogspot.com

    13 Sep 2012 | Reply
  5. Helping us all crack the code. Thanks again for another informational post Victoria!

    13 Sep 2012 | Reply
  6. bestofbklyn said: replied:

    Great tips- especially the pin scheduler- had not heard of that one!

    13 Sep 2012 | Reply
  7. Kathy said: replied:

    Pingraphy?! Whoa. Mind blown.

    13 Sep 2012 | Reply
  8. thanks, Yoda.

    13 Sep 2012 | Reply
  9. Very informative! Thanks!

    13 Sep 2012 | Reply
  10. Comfy Cozy Couture said: replied:

    Thanks for sharing! I knew about all but hootsuite so I am going to have to check that out!! There is another site IFTTT that you can schedule to post to Fbook/Twitter/etc as soon a you post a new blog post, etc which I really like! Also, do you know about Pinerly It? It is great and you can use it to pin things and it will track your repins, likes, etc! Hope you’ve had a great week! XoXo

    13 Sep 2012 | Reply
  11. Pingraphy?! This is news to me too. I had high hopes for Pinerly, but found it pretty useless since there was no scheduling. Thanks for the tip!

    13 Sep 2012 | Reply
  12. Tiffany @ Savor Home said: replied:

    Fab info my friend.. Wish I would have been the one to think of Pingraphy!

    13 Sep 2012 | Reply
  13. erin gerlach (@erincg) said: replied:

    so generous for you to provide these insights to others! (i already follow them all… with the exception of the pinterest scheduler. LOVE!)

    http://www.thesparkle.net

    13 Sep 2012 | Reply
  14. Melinda's Musings said: replied:

    Thanks for sharing these really useful sites. I’m excited to try out Pingraphy! Now I don’t have to sneak pins in at work anymore!

    14 Sep 2012 | Reply
  15. Michelle P said: replied:

    Pingraphy!! Wow – thank you, I’m so glad I dropped by for your tips!

    @creatocrat

    14 Sep 2012 | Reply
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  17. Anna @ IHOD said: replied:

    What a helpful post! Thank you so much for sharing Victoria!
    Looking forward to trying out pinography!

    15 Sep 2012 | Reply
  18. Drew Elizabeth said: replied:

    Up early this morning to work on my new blog! This advice is so handy, especially for someone starting out! Thanks :)

    15 Sep 2012 | Reply
  19. Liz said: replied:

    Thanks! Great info for a new blogger!

    15 Sep 2012 | Reply
  20. ashley said: replied:

    such great advice! i need to try hootsuite. i’m all over bit.ly and scheduling posts, but scheduling Facebook posts and tweets?? gamechanger.

    15 Sep 2012 | Reply
  21. Chiara said: replied:

    I understand this completely. I am actually a social media manager for a restaurant franchise based in Dallas….and the only one on my team, but wear a lot of hats. When people need me to do something, sometimes i feel like im treading water because social media is so time consuming!!!!

    16 Sep 2012 | Reply
  22. Mabel and Zora said: replied:

    Super helpful! We already implement a few of these, but it was such a great slew of tips!! Thanks so much for spreading the love ;)

    16 Sep 2012 | Reply
  23. Rena said: replied:

    You just changed my pinning life!!! These tips also reaffirmed other things that I do! Thank you so much for the help….fyi…..saw this link on Pinterest LOL!

    hugs
    Rena
    http://www.curvesandcoffee.com

    16 Sep 2012 | Reply
  24. You have the best tips Victoria. I hope you have a book in the works! :-)

    17 Sep 2012 | Reply
  25. Martha Rogers said: replied:

    Thank you so much. I never understood what any of these were except Pingraphy which I’d never even heard of. Going to try these out now since you made it easy to understand.

    18 Sep 2012 | Reply
  26. What an amazing post! A couple of these are new to me and I’m excited to try them out! Thanks for the help!

    Laura @ A Little Bit of Lacquer

    19 Sep 2012 | Reply
  27. Maddison said: replied:

    Wow these tips are amazing, thank you so much! x

    20 Sep 2012 | Reply
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  29. dea win said: replied:

    I absolutely love your site. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge on social media. I absolutely love your media kit post and now pinterest! I am truly a fan!

    1 Nov 2012 | Reply
  30. Sarah Forslund said: replied:

    These are great tips! Thanks so much for sharing!

    9 Nov 2012 | Reply
  31. kate said: replied:

    OMG scheduling pins – incredible! Thanks for finding this amazing service! Love you blog! :)

    xo, Kate

    9 Nov 2012 | Reply
  32. kristina said: replied:

    Thank you so much! Your post is awesome. Just signed up for Pingraphy!

    21 Nov 2012 | Reply
  33. Janell Beals said: replied:

    Am I the only one overwhelmed at yet more “tools” to become yet more successful with social media! I’m beginning to question it all, it’s such a fast paced game and in the end is it worth it…depends on priorities and what you want out of life I’m thinking.

    20 Dec 2012 | Reply
  34. Rachel Ramey said: replied:

    Thank you for sharing! (Appropriately, I found your post via Pinterest.)

    27 Dec 2012 | Reply
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  36. Charlene Castellanos said: replied:

    Such great info. I absolutely appreciate the great tips.

    30 Jan 2013 | Reply
  37. Marissa Cox said: replied:

    I just wanted to say how helpful and informative your blog tips are. I edit and write for a couple of websites, but have just set up my own personal blog in Paris so am currently wading through the blogging minefield – these tips are proving invaluable. Thanks!

    6 Feb 2013 | Reply
  38. I thought the pin scheduler was amazing too, until my developer shared major concerns about security. You have to sign in with your pinterest username and password, which isn’t necessary and is cause for concern. My developer tried to reach out to the company to talk about that but have not had success in getting a response. Just something to think about – it didn’t occur to me until she mentioned it… Could be a pinterest hacker’s dream.

    7 Feb 2013 | Reply
  39. lexichelle said: replied:

    I just found your blog because of this series and I am loving it! Thank you SO much for pingraphy! I’ve just recently started using bufferapp.com–it might be worth checking out as well. Anyway, thanks again!

    20 Feb 2013 | Reply
  40. Kristi said: replied:

    This is great. I am so so excited about the Pingraphy!! YEss!! Thanks for sharing! :) ~ Kristi

    11 Mar 2013 | Reply
  41. Kara said: replied:

    These are a freakin’ game changer! What a great post! Consider me a new follower.

    17 Mar 2013 | Reply
  42. Nathan Copeland said: replied:

    Thank you for sharing these Victoria! I need all the help posting things that I can get!

    21 Mar 2013 | Reply
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  44. Kate said: replied:

    This is insanely helpful. THANK YOU!

    26 Jun 2013 | Reply
  45. Sue - The Spin Cycle said: replied:

    I am all over Pingraphy right after I finish this comment. LOVED this post…will be tipping it on Sverve. {are you on Sverve? I’d love to endorse you for social media!}

    10 Jul 2013 | Reply
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  47. Zori said: replied:

    Thanks for this list! I also totally recommend bit.ly

    30 Aug 2013 | Reply
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  50. Monja said: replied:

    Thanks a lot for sharing these interesting tips! I really have to get more into social media and update my accounts more frequently so totally needed that :D
    Happy New Year!

    28 Dec 2013 | Reply
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  52. Carlysa said: replied:

    Great Tips! A dew services I didn’t know about. I love Hootsuite.

    7 Mar 2014 | Reply
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  54. Kim said: replied:

    Pinerly is no longer. Sorry to burst the bubble of people everywhere (and all the happy comments).

    Or at least it’s not free anymore and isn’t accessible to the average blogger! It’s now called ViralTag and only has a $250 level now. It used to allow you to pay a limited amount for limited access to reports.

    If someone knows otherwise, I’d love to know.

    16 May 2014 | Reply
  55. stela said: replied:

    Hi and thank you for the great post!

    I was wondering, which social media is the most effective in your opinion?

    would very much appreciate if you could reply!
    thanks!

    http://www.ohmightycoffee.com/

    22 May 2014 | Reply
  56. Stacie said: replied:

    These are so helpful. I prefer bufferapp over hootsuite but amazing none the less. Great free social media calendar also keeps up organized. We write down everyday for a month what days are dedicated to which kinds of posts and we get them all buffered in advance. Here is what we use: http://www.colorvaleactions.com/free-social-media-calendar-planning-posts

    16 Jun 2014 | Reply

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