Let’s face it. Social media marketing is hard work. Sometimes you feel like a one legged man in a kickboxing competition.
Over the last few years it has become an integral part of your business and marketing.
You use social media to source leads, keep in touch with your old clients and even serve your current customers.
The only problem?
The Internet never sleeps.
But you can’t be online 24/7.
On top of it, there are multiple social media platforms fighting for your attention at any give time. (I can think of at least ten from the top off my head!)
If you’re a blogger or a small business, you cannot imagine hiring dedicated staff for social media management. Even if you can afford it, you may still not want to.
Where 40% of small business owners are most likely to outsource TV/radio ads and 35% are likely to do the same with SEO only a measly 5% want to outsource social media marketing and email newsletters.
So how on earth are you supposed to manage staying on top of things; interact and engage with your followers while scheduling all those posts on each of these accounts?
Before you decide to go on a digital sabbatical, here’s some good news.
Enter social media dashboards.
If you’re an avid social media marketer, you’ve probably heard of a social media dashboard before. These online tools help you combat the time-sucking vortex that social media can sometimes be.
What is a social media dashboard?
Simply put, a social media dashboard makes social media management super-easy. It syncs all your social media accounts in one convenient place.
In its truest sense, a dashboard also allows you to see all your social media analytics at one place, thus eliminating the need to manually go into each account and check what happened in the past week.
A robust dashboard will let you connect with all major social media platforms out there. At the bareminimum, most good tools will sync Facebook, Twitter, Google + and LinkedIn.
5 benefits of using a social media dashboard
Let’s be honest. How many times have you logged in on Facebook to schedule posts on your business page only to find yourself lost in the sea of posts after 30 minutes? And suddenly, you realise you haven’t retweeted something you were meaning to. You rush to Twitter and the same story repeats. A dashboard will save you ton of time. Because on its own, each social media platform can be a time-suck. With a dashboard, you are keeping things in perspective.
You want to keep a tab on what your competitors are upto. Who’s talking about them? Who’s following them? How’s their engagement? All tracking-related questions that you can answer with simple search inside the tool.