282 Top Social Media Strategy Tools and Resources by Category.

Social Media Strategy can be overwhelming. Here is a list of top 282 social media tools & resources in 10 categories to help make it easier. Search below for options in (1) Social Media Monitoring & Metrics, (2) Online Data Collection & Analytics, (3) Social Media Content Creation & Data Visualization, (4) Social Content Scheduling & Automation, (5) Social Media & Digital Media Research, (6) Trade Associations, Awards & Conferences, (7) Social Media News & Insights, (8) Social Media Podcasts, (9) Social Media Training & Certification, and (10) Social Media Channels.

Social Media Monitoring & Metrics

  1. Agora Pulse: www.agorapulse.com
  2. Agora Pulse Free (Facebook Barometer, Twitter Report Card): agorapulse.com/free-social-media-marketing-tools
  3. Addict-o-matic: addictomatic.com
  4. Audiense: audiense.com/twitter-analytics
  5. Brandwatch: brandwatch.com
  6. Brand24: brand24.com
  7. Buzzsumo: buzzsumo.com
  8. Cision: www.cision.com/us/social-software
  9. Clarabridge: www.clarabridge.com
  10. Crimson Hexagon: crimsonhexagon.com
  11. Critical Mention: www.criticalmention.com
  12. Ditto: http://ditto.us.com
  13. Geofeedia: geofeedia.com
  14. Hootsuite: hootsuite.com
  15. How Socialble: howsociable.com
  16. Iconosquare: iconosquare.com
  17. Klear: klear.com
  18. Likealyzer: likealyzer.com
  19. Lithium: lithium.com
  20. Meltwater Ice Rocket: www.icerocket.com
  21. Netbase: netbase.com
  22. Nielson Social: www.nielsensocial.com
  23. NUVI: www.nuvi.com
  24. Oracle Social Cloud: www.oracle.com/us/solutions/social
  25. Radian6 (Salesforce): exacttarget.com/products/social-media-marketing/radian6
  26. RankSpeed: rankspeed.com
  27. ReviewTrackers: reviewtrackers.com
  28. Rival IQ: rivaliq.com
  29. Simply Measured: simplymeasured.com
  30. Social Mention: socialmention.com
  31. Social Bakers: socialbakers.com
  32. Socially Devoted Meter: socialbakers.com/resources/socially-devoted
  33. Social Blade: socialblade.com
  34. Spredfast: spredfast.com
  35. Sprinklr: www.sprinklr.com
  36. SumoRank: sumorank.com
  37. Sysomos: www.sysomos.com
  38. Trackur: www.trackur.com
  39. TrueSocialMetrics: truesocialmetrics.com
  40. Twitonomy: twitonomy.com
  41. Viralwoot: viralwoot.com
  42. Visible Measures: visiblemeasures.com
  43. Unruly: unruly.co
  44. Yext Free Location Scan: yext.com/blog/2016/05/grow-business-free-location-scan-app
  45. Zoho Social: zoho.com/social

Online Data Collection & Analytics

  1. Alexa: alexa.com
  2. Bottlenose: bottlenose.com
  3. Google Tools: www.thinkwithgoogle.com/tools/
  4. Compete (Millard Brown Digital): compete.com
  5. Comscore: comscore.com
  6. Conversion Fly: conversionfly.com
  7. Cyfe: www.cyfe.com
  8. Delmondo: delmondo.co/snapchat-analytics-software/
  9. Display Benchmarks: richmediagallery.com/tools/benchmarks
  10. Facebook Insights: facebook.com/help/search/?q=insights
  11. Facbook Page Cost Calculator: shiftcomm.com/facebook-page-cost-calculator
  12. Foursquare Analytics: business.foursquare.com/claim
  13. Google Analytics: www.google.com/analytics
  14. Google Analytics UTM Tracking URL Builder: chrome.google.com/webstore/
  15. Google Tools: www.thinkwithgoogle.com/tools/
  16. Google Trends: www.google.com/trends
  17. IBM Watson Analytics: ibm.com/analytics/watson-analytics
  18. Instagram Insights: blog.business.instagram.com/post/145212269021/new-business-tools
  19. iSpionage: ispionage.com
  20. Keyhole: keyhole.co
  21. Keyword Tool: keywordtool.io
  22. Kiss Metrics: www.kissmetrics.com
  23. Klout: klout.com
  24. Knowem: knowem.com
  25. Kred: kred.com
  26. LinkedIn Analytics: linkedin.com/help/linkedin/answer/26032
  27. ManageFlitter: manageflitter.com
  28. Mention: en.mention.com
  29. Moz Open Site Explorer: moz.com/researchtools/ose
  30. New Share Counts (Twitter): newsharecounts.com/
  31. Nexalogy: nexalogy.com
  32. Omgili: omgili.com
  33. Pinterest Analytics: analytics.pinterest.com
  34. Quantcast: quantcast.com
  35. RiteTag: ritetag.com/hashtag-search
  36. Ruzzit: ruzzit.com
  37. SEMrush: www.semrush.com
  38. SharedCount: www.sharedcount.com
  39. Shopping Insights: shopping.thinkwithgoogle.com
  40. SimilarWeb: similarweb.com
  41. Snaplytics: snaplytics.io/
  42. Social Searcher: social-searcher.com
  43. Soovle: soovle.com
  44. Talkwalker Alerts: www.talkwalker.com
  45. Trendspottr: trendspottr.com
  46. Tweetreach: tweetreach.com
  47. Twitter Advanced Search: twitter.com/search-advanced
  48. Twitter Analytics: analytics.twitter.com
  49. UVRX: uvrx.com/social.html
  50. WordStream: wordstream.com/keywords
  51. YouGovProfiles: yougov.co.uk/profiler#
  52. YouTube Analytics: www.youtube.com/analytics
  53. YouTube Trending: www.youtube.com/feed/trending
  54. Visio Spark Social Media Counts Checker: visiospark.com/shared-counter

Social Media Content Creation & Data Visualization

  1. Accelerated Mobile Pages Project: www.ampproject.org
  2. Adobe Kuler: color.adobe.com/create.color–wheel
  3. Brandr: getbrandr.com
  4. Canva: www.canva.com
  5. Chartbuilder: quartz.github.io/Chartbuilder
  6. Compressor (Pitchengine): c.tiny.pr
  7. ContenIdeator: contentforest.com/ideator
  8. Curalate: curalate.com
  9. Datawrapper: datawrapper.de
  10. DesignFeed: designfeed.io
  11. Design Seeds: design–seeds.com
  12. DrumUo: https://drumup.io
  13. Easelly: www.easel.ly
  14. Emotional Marketing Analyzer (Advanced Marketing Institute): aminstitute.com/headline
  15. Enhance (Hootsuite): hootsuite.com/products/mobile-apps
  16. Flipboard: flipboard.com/
  17. Good Data: gooddata.com
  18. Google Data Studio: datastudio.google.com
  19. Google Fonts: www.google.com/fonts
  20. Google Image: images.google.com
  21. Google Tag Manager: www.google.com/analytics/tag-manager
  22. Grammarly: grammarly.com
  23. Headline Analyzer (CoSchedule): coschedule.com/headline-analyzer
  24. Hemingway Editor: hemingwayapp.com
  25. Huzza: huzza.io
  26. Infogr.am: infogr.am
  27. KnowEm: knowem.com
  28. LibreStock (Search Free Stock Sites): librestock.com
  29. Namechk: namechk.com
  30. NodeXL: nodexl.codeplex.com
  31. Nuzzle: nuzzel.com
  32. Opal: workwithopal.com
  33. Over: madewithover.com
  34. Phonto: phon.to/
  35. PicPlayPost: www.mixcord.co/partners/picplaypost.html
  36. Pictaculous: pictaculous.com
  37. PicMonkey: picmonkey.com
  38. Piktochart: piktochart.com
  39. Pixlr: pixlr.com
  40. Portant Content Idea Generator: portent.com/tools/title-maker
  41. Power BI: powerbi.microsoft.com
  42. Recite: recite.com
  43. Relay: relaythat.com
  44. Ripl: ripl.com
  45. Screncast-O-Matic: screencast-o-matic.com
  46. Smartmockups: smartmockups.com
  47. Spark: spark.adobe.com
  48. Storify: storify.com
  49. Studio: madewithstudio.com
  50. Tint: tintup.com
  51. Tiny PNG: tinypng.com
  52. TwistedWave: twistedwave.com
  53. Tweetroot: rubbledev.com/app/tweetroot-for-twitter
  54. Typorama: apperto.com/typorama
  55. 20 Free Stock Photo Sites for your Social Media Images:  blog.Hootsuite.com
  56. Ubersuggest: ubersuggest.io
  57. Unsplash: unsplash.com
  58. Videolicious: videolicious.com
  59. Word Swag: wordswag.co
  60. Yost: yoast.com

Social Content Scheduling & Automation

  1. Adobe Experience Manager: adobe.com/marketing-cloud/enterprise-content-management.html
  2. AdStage: www.adstage.io
  3. Alltop: alltop.com
  4. Buddy Media: www.exacttarget.com/products/social-media-marketing/buddy-media
  5. Buffer: bufferapp.com
  6. Chartbeat: chartbeat.com
  7. Chhirp: cordproject.co/chhirp
  8. Contentgems: contentgems.com
  9. CoSchedule: coschedule.com
  10. Crowdbooster: crowdbooster.com
  11. dlvr.it: dlvr.it
  12. Edgar: meetedgar.com
  13. Google Programmatic: thinkwithgoogle.com/programmatic-guide/
  14. Google Photos: google.com/photos/
  15. HubSpot: hubspot.com
  16. IFTTT: ifttt.com
  17. Leadpages: eadpages.net
  18. Later: later.com
  19. Later Bro: laterbro.com
  20. List-O-Matic: accessify.com/tools-and-wizards/developer-tools/list-o-matic
  21. Livefyre (Adobe): web.livefyre.com
  22. MissingLett_r: missinglettr.com
  23. Oktopost: oktopost.com
  24. OptinMonster: optinmonster.com
  25. Outbrain: outbrain.com
  26. Post Planner: www.postplanner.com
  27. Scoop It Content Director: scoop.it
  28. Short Stack: www.shortstack.com
  29. Slack: slack.com
  30. SocialOomph: www.socialoomph.com
  31. Sprout Social: sproutsocial.com
  32. Social Warefare: warfareplugins.com
  33. Suggestions (Hootsuite): hootsuite.com/products/mobile-apps
  34. Tailwind: tailwindapp.com
  35. Thunderclap: thunderclap.it
  36. TweetBot: tapbots.com/tweetbot
  37. TweetDeck: about.twitter.com/products/tweetdeck
  38. Uberflip: uberflip.com
  39. Woodbox: woobox.com
  40. Zapier: zapier.com
  41. Zendesk: www.zendesk.com

Social Media & Digital Media Research

  1. Adobe Digital Index: cmo.com/adobe-digital-index.html
  2. Affinio: www.affin.io/
  3. Forrester: www.forrester.com/Social-Media
  4. Gallap: www.gallap.com
  5. Global Web Index: www.globalwebindex.net
  6. Grama Hashtag Generator for Instagram: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/grama-hashtag-generator-for
  7. GRYTICS: grytics.com
  8. IBM Watson Analyitics for Social Media: ibm.com/marketplace/cloud/social-media-data-analysis/us/en-us
  9. Interbrand Best Brands: interbrand.com
  10. Kantar Media SRDS: srds.com
  11. Millard Brown BrandZ Reports: millwardbrown.com/brandz
  12. Nielsen Social Media Reports: www.nielsensocial.com
  13. Pew Research Center: www.pewinternet.org
  14. Roper Center: www.ropercenter.uconn.edu
  15. Simmons: simmonsssurvey.com
  16. Social Explorer: www.socialexplorer.com
  17. Social Media Collective: socialmediacollective.org
  18. Statista: www.statista.com
  19. YouGov BrandIndex: brandindex.com

Trade Associations, Awards & Conferences

  1. Brand Innovators: brand-innovators.com/events
  2. Content Marketing World: www.contentmarketingworld.com
  3. INBOUND: www.inbound.com
  4. INTEGRATE: imc.wvu.edu/integrate
  5. Online Media Marketing Awards: www.mediapost.com/ommaawards
  6. Social Media Marketing World: www.socialmediaexaminer.com/smmworld
  7. Social Media Strategies Summit: socialmediastrategiessummit.com
  8. Social Media Week: socialmediaweek.org
  9. Summit: summit.adobe.com/na
  10. SXSW: sxsw.com
  11. SXSWedu: http://www.sxswedu.com
  12. The Webby Awards: www.webbyawards.com
  13. The Shorty Awards: shortyawards.com
  14. The Mashies: mashable.com/mashies
  15. Word of Mouth Marketing Association: womma.org

Social Media News & Insights

  1. Amy Porterfield: amyporterfield.com
  2. Chris Brogan: http://chrisbrogan.com/blog
  3. Christopher S. Penn christopherspenn.com
  4. Jeff Bullas: jeffbullas.com
  5. Content Marketing Institute: contentmarketinginstitute.com/blog
  6. Convince & Convert : www.convinceandconvert.com
  7. FTC Disclosures: www.ftc.gov/tips-advice/business-center/guidance/ftcs-endorsement-guides-what-people-are-asking
  8. Gartner Digital Marketing: blogs.gartner.com/digital-marketing
  9. Grow: www.businessesgrow.com
  10. Hubspot’s Inbound Hub: blog.hubspot.com
  11. Marketing Profs: www.marketingprofs.com
  12. Mashable Social Media: mashable.com/social-media
  13. RazerSocial: www.razorsocial.com/blog
  14. Scott Monty: scottmonty.com
  15. Social Media Examiner: www.socialmediaexaminer.com
  16. Social Media Explorer: www.socialmediaexplorer.com
  17. Social Media Marketing Magazine: www.smmmagazine.com
  18. Social Media Today: socialmediatoday.com
  19. Social Mouths: socialmouths.com/blog
  20. Social Media Law Bulletin: www.socialmedialawbulletin.com
  21. The Digital Garage: digitalgarage.withgoogle.com
  22. YouTube Video Creators: www.youtube.com/videocreators
  23. WOMMA Code of Ethics: womma.org/ethics
  24. WOMMA Free Resources: womma.org/free-womm-resources

Social Media Podcasts

  1. Amy Porterfield: amyporterfield.com/category/podcast
  2. Content Inc.: contentmarketinginstitute.com/content-inc-podcast
  3. Content Pros: convinceandconvert.com/podcasts/shows/content-pros-podcast
  4. Influence Pros: convinceandconvert.com/podcasts/shows/influence-pros-podcast/
  5. Social Media Examiner: www.socialmediaexaminer.com/tag/podcast
  6. Social Pros Podcast: convinceandconvert.com/podcasts/shows/social-pros-podcast/
  7. The Art of Paid Traffic Podcast: rickmulready.com/category/aoptpodcast/
  8. The Business of Story: convinceandconvert.com/podcasts/shows/business-of-story-podcast
  9. The Marketing Companion: marketingpodcasts.com/the-marketing-companion
  10. This Old Marketing: contentmarketinginstitute.com/pnr-with-this-old-marketing-podcast

Social Media & Digital Marketing Training & Certification

  1. Bing/Yahoo! Ads (Certification): advertise.bingads.microsoft.com/en-us/resources/training
  2. Code Academy: codecademy.com
  3. Constant Contact Social Media 101: blogs.constantcontact.com/social-media-quickstarter
  4. Facebook Blueprint (Certification): facebook.com/blueprint
  5. Google Partners (Adwords Certification): support.google.com/partners
  6. Google Analytics Academy (Certification): analyticsacademy.withgoogle.com
  7. Hootsuite Academy (Certification): hootsuite.com/education
  8. Hubspot Academy (Certification): academy.hubspot.com
  9. Microsoft Dynamics 365 (Certification): microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365
  10. Professional Certified Marketer – Digital Marketing (Certification) ama.org/events-training/Certification/Pages/digital-marketing-certification.aspx
  11. The Trade Desk Trading Academy (Certification): thetradedesk.com/products/thetradingacademy

Social Media Channels

  1. Wikipedia List of Social Networking Sites: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_social_networking_websites
  2. Overdrive Interactive’s 2016 Social Media Map: ovrdrv.com/social-media-map
  3. My Social Media Channels by Category: SocialMediaChannelCategoriesTemplate.pdf

Social Media Etiquette & Ethics: A Guide for Personal, Professional & Brand Use.

With 73% of the world’s Internet users active in social media, 83% of Fortune 500 companies with social media accounts and 92% of recruiters using social media to find candidates it is too important not to carefully consider your actions. Social media brings together our personal, professional and working lives in a way no other medium has before. How do we navigate this social landscape where our worlds collide and brands communicate like people in one-on-one conversations with consumers?

Etiquette is the proper way to behave and Ethics studies ideas about good and bad behavior. Both combine into Professionalism, which is the skill, good judgment, and polite behavior expected from a person trained to do a job such as social media marketing. Because social media blurs the lines between our personal and professional lives it is useful to look at actions in social media from three perspectives: Personal (as an individual), Professional (as an employee or perspective employee) and Brand (as an organization). To simplify the discussion I have created questions for each category in the Social Media Etiquette and Ethics Guide below. Click here to download.

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If you think what you do in social has to do only with your personal life, there are facts you should consider: 60% of employers use social sites to research job candidates, 41% say they use social networking sites to research current employees and 26% have found content online that caused them to reprimand or fire an employee. Even if you try to keep your social profiles completely private 41% of employers say they are less likely to interview someone if they find no information about that person online.

The top types of content that turns employers off should not surprise you: Inappropriate photographs, videos, drinking/using drugs, discriminatory comments, bad-mouthing a previous company or fellow employee, and poor communication skills. The good news is employers can find information that causes them to hire a candidate including: background supports job qualifications, a professional image, personality fits company culture, a well-rounded range of interests, and great communication skills.

What about ranting? Rants blow off steam and make you feel better right? Research has found people’s moods decline after reading rants, and after writing rants they became more angry, not less. Forum moderator Bill Horne describes ranting as “watching others being burned at the electronic stake as they abandon logic, courtesy, common sense and self-respect.” In the end no one feels better. Recruitment professional Kate Croucher says about candidates, “If they are sharing lots of interesting things, and making insightful comments or forming strong opinions, and interacting with others in a positive way, it shows their ability to rally people behind them and develop effective relationships.”


Before you post or comment in a personal capacity consider:

  1. Is it all about me? No one likes someone who only talks about themselves. The same applies in social media. Balance boasting with complimenting.
  2. Am I stalking someone? It is good to be driven and persistent but be careful not to cross the line into creepy. Don’t be too aggressive in outreach.
  3. Am I spamming them? Not everything or even the majority of what you post should ask for something. Don’t make everything self-serving.
  4. Am I venting or ranting? Venting and ranting may feel good, but research says it doesn’t help and no matter how justified you feel, it never presents you in a positive light. Do not post negative comments or gossip.
  5. Did I ask before I tagged? You had a great time and want to share those memories, but your friends, family or employer may have different standards. Check before you tag people in posts.
  6. Did I read before commenting or sharing? Don’t make yourself look foolish by not fully reviewing something you are commenting on or sharing with others. Don’t jump to conclusions.
  7. Am I grateful and respectful? Don’t take people for granted. Respond and thank those who engage with you.
  8. Is this the right medium for the message? Not everything should be said in social media. Consider the feelings of the other person. Some messages should be given in person, by phone or email.
  9. Am I logged into the right account? There are too many corporate examples of embarrassing posts meant for personal jokes that went out on official brand accounts. Always double check which account you are on. Don’t post personal information on brand accounts.

Professional Social Use

As seen above, social media has blurred our personal and professional lives. As an employee or contractor you should consider how your social use impacts your employer. When hired you should always refer to the company’s social media policy, but here are some general guidelines to consider. Not only should your social media not hurt the company, but many companies today see your active personal social media use as a medium of advocacy for the brand. Also, anything you post now may impact your professional image as a potential employee at another company or organization.


Before you post or comment as a professional consider:

  1. Does it meet the Social Media Policy? Most organizations have official social media policies that you probably received when hired. Don’t assume you know what the policy says. Many employees have been fired for not following company social media regulations. Make sure you know and follow employer or client requirements.
  2. Does it hurt my company’s reputation? No matter how many disclaimers you put on your accounts such as “views are my own” certain content and behavior will negatively impact your employer. If your bio states where you work, your personal account represents your employer.
  3. Does it help my company’s marketing? Employee advocacy is an important strategy. Have a positive impact on your company’s image and when you can advocate for your brand in social.
  4. Would my boss/client be happy to see it? You may not have “friended” your boss or client but a co-worker may have and your post is only a share or screen grab away. Even private accounts are never fully private.
  5. Am I being open about who I work for? It is good to post positive content about your employer and it is nice to receive gifts, but if you are trying to pass it off as unbiased opinion that is wrong. Be transparent about your financial connections.
  6. Am I being fair and accurate? Everyone is entitled to their person opinion, but if your opinion tends to always be unfounded and seems to have an agenda it will reflect negatively upon you. Criticism is welcome when it is constructive and opinion is backed by evidence.
  7. Am I being respectful and not malicious? People can get very insensitive, judgmental and angry in social media posts. That does not convey a professional image. Don’t post what you wouldn’t say in person. Even an outburst in person fades in memory, but a malicious post is there forever.
  8. Does it respect intellectual property? Not everything on the Internet is free. Check for or get permission to post company or client brand assets and content.
  9. Is this confidential information? As an employee or contractor you are granted access to privileged and confidential information. Don’t assume it is fine to share. Do not disclose non-public company or client information.

Brand Social Use

For those who are responsible for creating and sharing brand social media content there are additional considerations to ensure you are helping to meet business goals and following laws and regulations. With 92% of S&P 500, 100% of Down Jones companies active on social media and 91% of retail brands using two or more social channels chances are your company is participating in social media through brand accounts.


Before posting or commenting as a brand on a social account consider:

  1. Does it speak to my target market? Social media is unique from traditional marketing and requires a different perspective to be effective. Be sure to focus on your target’s wants and needs not yours.
  2. Does it add value? Social media only works if people view and share it. Make your content educational, insightful or entertaining to grab interest and draw engagement.
  3. Does it fit the social channel? Don’t post content ideal for Twitter on Instagram or Reddit. Each channel has its own culture and community. Make sure each post fits the channel’s environment, mission and policies or standards.
  4. Is it authentic and transparent? Trying to trick people into clicking a link or making a purchase will get you nowhere. Don’t hide or exclude any relevant information.
  5. Is it real and unique? Bots can automate tasks and be a great time saver, but use them for the right actions. Don’t use auto responses and create anything that could be perceived as spam.
  6. Is it positive and respectful? It may be fine to talk trash about competitors or complain about customers in the office, but not in social media. Don’t badmouth the competition or customers.
  7. Does it meet codes of conduct? As professionals we are part of trade associations that set standards of conduct. Be sure you are meeting these ethical standards such as the Word of Mouth Marketing Association’s Code of Ethics.
  8. Does it meet all laws and regulations? Government has been catching up with social media and have issued regulations and laws you must follow. See guides on requirements like the FTC social media endorsement guidelines.
  9. Does it meet the Social Media Policy? Most likely your brand or a client’s brand has a social media policy. Ensure you follow your own company standards.

The last consideration in all social media action from a personal, professional or brand perspective has to do with listening. A recent study showed that listening can influence up to 40% of a leader’s performance. Listening improves relationships and social media is based on relationships with friends, colleagues and customers.

The last question to ask before posting or commenting in social media is:

10. Have I listened twice as much as I am talking? Do you fully understand the person, organization or situation you are commenting about? We have two ears and one mouth for a reason. Taking the time to pause and listen has saved many a person or brand from putting their foot in their mouth and given valuable insight into creating successful social media efforts.

This guide just touches the surface of social media etiquette, ethics and professionalism. For formal legal advice you should consult the official documents or more in-depth resources. The lesson here is to take the time to ask questions and think before you post.

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