I created my school’s social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube over two years ago. In that time I’ve tried a number of different tools to help me make, manage, and monitor those channels. I’d like to share the tools that I’m currently using in order to help you in your journey with social media and to hopefully help you avoid some of the mistakes I’ve made. As budgets continue to be tight at schools you’ll be happy to know that these tools will only cost you 73 cents a day.
Social Media Tools for Schools
Northsocial: I use this suite of tools to help me make and manage our school’s Facebook page. Here are 5 reasons why iLove Northsocial. I’ve used other paid and free tools in the past to help us with our Facebook page but have found that Northsocial offers the best combination of price, features, and ease of use. I encourage you to check out our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/sewickleyacademy to see Northsocial in action for schools.
Cost: I chose the $29 plan and we get an educational discount that makes our monthly cost $21.80 per month which translates to 73 cents per day.
Hootsuite: I use this tool to make, manage, and monitor our school’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. Here are 8 reasons why iLove Hootsuite. Hootsuite allows me to post to Facebook and Twitter. It also allows me to schedule tweets and updates. I also use Hootsuite to search Twitter for instances of our school as well as track the links posted through Twitter. I also use Hootsuite because of it’s companion iPhone App.
Cost: Free. Hootsuite now offers a paid version but I’ve found that the free version offers enough features for me.
Boxcar: I use this iPhone App to help me monitor our school’s Twitter account. Here are 3 reasons why iLove Boxcar. Boxcar will notify me anytime our Twitter account is mentioned, messaged, or added to a list. I’ve found that by having this App I don’t have to check our Twitter account all the time for fear of missing a possible interaction.
HyperAlerts: This tool is a new one in my arsenal and I am very excited about it. I use it to monitor our school’s Facebook page in a similar fashion as I use Boxcar. Hyperalerts will notify me by email when someone posts or comments on our page. In this way, I don’t have to check our Facebook page constantly for fear I missed something.
These tools constitute the core of my social media arsenal and they only cost me 73 cents a day. I encourage you to check them out for use at your school. If you have any questions about how I use these tools please let me know in comments section below.