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Social Media Savvy: 10 tools we use to stay productive and happy (pt. 3)

Milena Regos
Special to the Bonanza

This is the third and final series of our articles on Top 10 tools to use in 2015 to become more productive and happy.

In series one, we discussed Evernote, Asana and Last Pass. Series two covered Feedly, Pocket, Google Drive and Dropbox.

1. Buffer

Buffer makes it super easy to share any page or article you’re reading. Keep your Buffer topped up and they will automagically share posts for you through the day without overwhelming your network. It connects with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn. There are also nice analytics built into it.

Buffer’s Daily app is an excellent add on to the already powerful platform. It feeds you fresh articles daily based on your topics of your choice that you can easily share with your network.

Why we like it: Save time and share awesome content with your networks without inundating them all at once.

Price: Free or Premium

2. Hootsuite

Hootsuite is the cockpit for your social media marketing efforts, it connects to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Google+, YouTube. It’s excellent for team collaboration and multiple accounts management.

Why we like it: Save time, get organized, improve your social media marketing, monitor and measure. This is a must for everyone serious about their social media efforts.

Price: Free or Premium based on accounts and team size

3. Shoeboxed

Every small business owner wears many hats and one of them is to be an accountant or a bookkeeper. Meet Shoeboxed. It turns your receipts into reports, records mileage, scans business cards and more.

It’s a paid service but if you keep track of the time it will take you to do all these tasks you’ll see the return-on-investment quickly. It easily integrates with QuickBooks so your accountant/bookkeeper will love it.

Why we like it: Get rid of the clutter, save time on unimportant tasks and focus on your business.

Price: Free or Premium

4. Disconnect

The most important thing you can do for your happiness and your business is to completely disconnect on a regular basis. This doesn’t mean turn off notifications on your phone but rather taking an extended vacation to a place with no internet or going for a day hike in nature and not bringing any devices with you.

“Workers report spending slightly more than half (51 percent) of their work day receiving and managing information, rather than actually using information to do their jobs” (Source: Buffer).

We are overloaded with information and our brains need a well deserved time off. A daily meditation session is recommended but don’t skip out on longer vacations.

Why we like it: It keeps us sane and it’s a great tool to increase creativity, happiness and business success.

Price: Free or Premium for longer vacations

Milena Regos is principal and founder of Out & About Marketing, an Incline Village-based digital marketing and social media consulting firm. She can be reached for comment at milena@outandaboutmarketing.com. This post first appeared on http://www.outandaboutmarketing.com.


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