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What's Hot In Social Tools (#SWChat)


Social tools and social platforms are evolving at an incredible rate with new tools popping up all the time. "What's Hot In Social Tools" will be appearing as a regular event on #SWChat for the community to share what they are using, how they use them and what new social tools / platform are new to the market.

Event Question

Just one question.....

Q1) What social tools do you use for business use and why?

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Social Tools List

  1. brat rapid annotation tool - online environment for collaborative text annotation
  2. Yammer - collaborate securely across departments, geographies, content and business applications
  3. Scoopit - Shares ideas that matter on beautiful topic pages
  4. Twylah - brings your brand message into focus, extends the life of your tweets, and helps you get discovered beyond Twitter
  5. RebelMouse - creates your social front page, building a dynamic site around what you share
  6. Bufferapp - shares your great articles, pictures and videos automagically through the day
  7. Triberr - website for bloggers interested in increasing their reach
  8. IFTTT - a service that lets you create powerful connections with one simple statement: IF This Then That
  9. Connectedhq - contact management without the work
  10. Nimble - solution to offer small businesses the best features of high-end CRM systems combined with the power of social media
  11. eGrabber - automated list building tools for B2B sales & recruiting
  12. Listly - help bloggers & brands curate, crowdsource, and engage readers via live embedded list content inside blog posts
  13. Hootsuite - a social media management system for businesses and organizations to collaboratively execute campaigns across multiple social networks from one secure, web-based dashboard
  14. LinkedIn - manages your professional identity and builds and engages with your professional network
  15. Mylearningworx - crowd sourced hub for online learning covering everything from business skills to hobbies, lifestyle and leisure
  16. XeeMee - a social presence management tool, helping you organize, grow and optimize yor social presence
  17. Twitter - a real-time information network that connects you to the latest stories, ideas, opinions and news about what you find interesting
  18. Oracle Social Network - a secure private network that provides a broad range of social tools designed to capture and preserve information flowing between people, enterprise applications, and business processes
  19. IBM Connections - a social software platform that enables organizations to engage the right people, drive innovation, and deliver results
  20. Tweetdeck - your personal browser for staying in touch with what's happening now, connecting you with your contacts across Twitter, Facebook, MySpace ...
  21. Facebook - a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them
  22. Google+ - making sharing on the web more like sharing in real life
  23. Sendgine - the missing link between email and project management
  24. Basecamp - a web-based project management and collaboration tool
  25. Bottlenoseapp - provides live social intelligence for marketers by analyzing activity across all the major social networks
  26. Sproutsocial - a social media management tool created to help businesses find new customers & grow their social media presence
  27. Socialbro - tool to manage and analyze your Twitter Community
  28. Slideshare - an online slide hosting service
  29. Yoono - is allows you to connect and share with all your social networks and instant messaging services in one place
  30. Evernote - helps you remember and act upon ideas, projects and experiences across all the computers, phones and tablets you use
  31. Springpad - a web app allowing users to save, organize, and share collected ideas and information
  32. ManageFlitter - a web-based application that assists Twitter users with their unfollower and general account management
  33. - an online tool to manage your community, monitor engagement, track campaign and discover leads on Twitter
  34. Pinterest - a content sharing service that allows members to "pin" images, videos and other objects to their pinboard
  35. oneQube - a modular #cloud platform for the #social #enterprise
  36. Klout - a tool that measures social influence across the web
  37. Kred - a visual history of your Social Media Influence
  38. Google+ Communities - an online community tool to talk about the stuff you’re into with people who love it too
  39. TweetLevel - a Twitter measurement tool 
  40. Storify - an online tool making sense of what people post on social media
  41. Google Alerts - are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your queries
  42. PeerIndex - an analytics tool measuring interactions across the web to help you understand your impact in social media
  43. Awareness Social Marketing Hub - a tool letting serious marketing teams extend their brand messaging and campaigns to social networks
  44. NutshellMail - tracks your brand's social media activity and delivers a summary to your email inbox on your schedule
  45. Postling - a tool that makes it easy to manage all of your social media from a single interface
  46. Tweetseeker - an advanced Twitter search tool designed with powerful filtering capabilities to remove less relevant or less-interesting Tweets
  47. Topsy - a realtime search engine powered by the Social Web
  48. Socialmention - a social media search engine that searches user-generated content 
  49. Rapportive - shows you everything about your contacts right inside your inbox
  50. Google Hangouts - a video chat service enabling both one-on-one chats and group chats with up to ten people at a time
  51. Crowdbooster - offers social media analytics with suggestions and tools to help you improve your online presence
  52. MarketMeSuite - a social media marketing dashboard that allows businesses and teams to manage their social media

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True Value Of Social CRM (#SWChat)

Thanks to everyone who took part in this weeks Social Workplace Twitter Chat event (#SWChat).

True Value Of Social CRM

This weeks #SWChat was a Guest Event with Garick Chan from Nimble.

Garick is the Sr. Community Manager for social business relationship manager, Nimble. He also serves as Board Advisor for Social Media Club - Los Angeles as well as a number of involvements in local tech and startup communities.

He's spoken on various topics around social media for Social Media Camp - San Diego as well as being a panelist for a USC Annenberg Digital media class and speaker for UCLA's Career-Week 2012.

Event Statistics

  • No. of Tweets = 1400
  • No. of Contributors = 122
  • Reach = 330,000
  • No. of impressions = 3,600,000


Full Transcript Report via @hashtracking

Questions Asked

Q1) What's the ROI for businesses looking to invest in Social CRM? 
Q2) What advantages does Social CRM have over standard CRM solutions?
Q3) What is it going to take for businesses to get the ball rolling on Social CRM?
Q4) For businesses looking for better customer engagement, how does Social CRM fill this need?
Q5) New social tools appear regularly. Can Social CRM really keep up? 
Q6) <not asked>
Q7) Which departments will benefit most from a Social CRM program and for what purpose? 

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Social Business Planning & Tools (#SWChat)

Thanks to everyone who took part in this weeks Social Workplace Twitter Chat event (#SWChat).

Social Business Planning & Tools

This was an UnChat event, where questions were posed by participants. Questions today were submitted from @AceOfSaves, Millie LeTori and Shirley Ayres

Event Statistics

  • No. of Tweets = not available
  • No. of Contributors = 34
  • Reach = 55,326
  • No. of impressions = 930,121


Top 10 Tweets

Questions Asked

Q1) Are businesses doing Social Business Planning and if not, should they ? via @AceOfSaves
Q2) What does #socialmedia mean for future work styles, flexible working etc ? via Millie Letori 
Q3) What advice/resources/tools would you recommend for people totally new to using #socialmedia channels ? via @shirleyayres

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There's just too many social tools right?

Having presented numerous times to various management and executive boards on the need of Being Social in the workplace, it might not surprise you that at some stage we always end up talking about tools. And the fact that there are just too many of them.

"We have 3 different Wiki platforms, which is the one you would advise we use?"

"Which workspace solution is the easiest to use?"

"We are using Blog type A, but Bob in accounting says that Blog type B is better. What do you think?"

These are typically some of the everyday questions that pop up that I have to deal with.

There are two approaches to the "too many tools" issue:

  1. Implement a Corporate Social Governance Model
  2. Provide Social Tool Comparison Tables

Implement a Corporate Social Governance Model
This is the simplest approach, but often the hardest to implement. It does mean the business and IT department need to work closely together (sometimes a challenge in itself) to ensure the single Wiki, the single blogging platform, the single workspace solution etc... meets the needs of the business.

Provide Social Tool Comparison Tables
This is a much more difficult approach, but definitely the easiest to implement. Create a centralised knowledge resource hub where users can compare functionality of similar social tools so they can make an informed decision on which is the right tool for them (see example below):

So the options are simple. Give the users no choice and therefore no confusion or debate, or provide the facts so users can make the right judgment call.

Don't allow "There's just too many social tools?" to be an excuse for not evolving your workplace!