Qualified Remodeler Magazine

NOV 2018

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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o longer just a communication channel, social media presents an opportunity for remodelers to develop a connection with their audience and protect their brand. But many contractors do not have the time or bandwidth to create and maintain accounts across various social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn. •e following platforms can assist remodelers in managing their social pro•les from one place, scheduling posts in advance and tracking critical insights. HOOTSUITE From locating prospects to serving custom- ers, Hootsuite helps remodelers do more with their social media. Users can quickly •nd and schedule great social content and measure its impact—all on a single, secure platform. About 16 million people and more than 80 percent of Fortune 100 companies use Hootsuite to manage their presence on social media sites, the company says. •e platform allows remodelers to keep their social presence active by automatical- ly scheduling posts to •ll gaps in scheduled content. Users can save time and e†ort by uploading, editing and scheduling hundreds of social media posts at once in comma-sepa- rated values (CSV) format. An overview of all content is displayed in a list and can be shown in daily, weekly or monthly looks. Remodelers then have the ability to create and export custom reports that show their re- sults with Hootsuite's social media analytics. •ey can see a clear, concise snapshot of their key Facebook, Instagram and Twitter activity to track trends and measure growth, with no setup required. Users learn more about how followers engage with their content and can export the reports in just one click. •e metrics also enable remodelers to track how long it takes their team to re- spond to—and then resolve—posts, men- tions and comments assigned to them. Hootsuite o†ers a limited free plan as well as paid plans that start at $29 per month and range up to $599 per month. Custom solutions, which are readily available for enterprise organizations, have their own unique pricing structure. BUFFER Bu†er makes it easy for businesses and marketing teams to schedule posts, analyze performance and manage all their accounts from one place. Remodelers can schedule content for each social account, and the platform will publish them automatically, according to the posting schedule put in place. More than 80,000 businesses, in- cluding Microsoft, already use Bu†er, the company says. Users can respond to messages from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram from a simple team inbox, which eliminates the need to hop be- tween channels. Filters let them bypass the chatter of social media so team members can focus on meaningful conversations, engage in real-time and serve customers as well as the community. Public tweets can be moved to direct messages with just one click. Actionable data enables users to see their social media performance, understand how to improve results, and create reports for man- agers or clients. •ey also have the ability to add up to 25 team members to their Bu†er account and grant the appropriate access level—full posting or approval required. Combine and Conquer Online platforms enable remodelers to organize their social media activity and execute a coherent brand strategy for greater customer satisfaction. By Kyle Clapham N 22 November 2018 QR QualifiedRemodeler.com TECHNOLOGY: Social Media Management

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