A Guide to Setting Up Your Hootsuite Dashboard

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A GUIDE TO SETTING UP YOUR HOOTSUITE DASHBOARD

A GUIDE TO SETTING UP YOUR HOOTSUITE DASHBOARD

BY: NEZEL P. YURONG

BENEFITS OF HOOTSUITE

-You can see all your profiles in one place.-You can schedule updates and links way into the future without having to jump on and off social media all day long.

-With a platform like Twitter (that moves so fast) you can customize your streams so you dont miss the things you want to see.-You can shorten links to save on characters!

-If you add a Hootsuite extension, you can follow all your favorite blogs!-Anytime you click on the RSS button, a hootsuite box will open up and ask if you want to add that blog to a tab.

-Click save and youll be able to access them all in one place!

GETTING STARTED

Go to Hootsuite.com

Click Get Started--Free

Enter your Email

Add your Social Networks

Click Twitter

Enter your Twitter Log in

Click Authorize App

Click Facebook

Enter your Facebook Log in

Click Okay

Click Okay

This is now your Dashboard

To add more of your Social Media, click Add Social Network

Select what you want to add

To add Google Page, click Google

Click Allow

Click Finished Importing

Do the same with your other Social Media Networks

This is what your Dashboard would look like

ADDING STREAMS

Once your profiles are linked, its time to add Streams

Think of Streams like different trails of conversation

To add, click Add a Stream

With Twitter, there are several things you probably look at

-your Direct Messages

Your Home Twitter Feed

and your @mentions

With Facebook, there are Wall Updates

Event Updates

And Private Messages

Hootsuite wants to know what Streams you care about most.

Click the profile on the left, then choose your profile from the drop down

Then click on the green + buttons to choose streams

SETTING UP TWITTER STREAMS

Hover over this tab and click on it

Write Twitter. This will be your Twitter Area.

Click Add Stream

A box will pop up with your profiles on the list.

Choose the Twitter button

Choose a list of Common Streams

The best are @mentions

Direct Inbox

Your Tweets

These Tabs are ways you can add particular streams that are specific to you.

Click Lists

specify what Profile you want

Write your Category List

Click Keyword Tab

You can add any Keyword you wish and it will pull up a Twitter feed for that word.

This works great with hashtags.

Then Click Add

Click Add Stream

Finally, click on the Search Tab

Put in the URL of your Blog if someone tweets out your post and forgets to mention you, you can still follow how many people are sending out links to your site

Then click Add Stream

SETTING UP FACEBOOK STREAM

If you linked your Facebook profile at the beginning of sign up, you dont have to add it again

Click Add Stream

Click Facebook

Add the Streams you are interested in

When you have added your favorite streams, this is how it looks like

SENDING OUT STATUS UPDATES AND TWEETS

At the top of the dashboard, youll see a little box that says, Click to select social network

Click it

Lets tweet first. Choose your twitter handle.

In the box to the right, compose your tweet.

If you have a link, you can put it in the link box

and hit shrink which will make it compact.

Underneath the box, youll see a few buttons.

One is to add an image or file

another is to schedule

you can schedule your tweets for the whole day. Pick a date and time.

Then hit schedule.

If you selected to see your schedule stream, itll appear on your screen.

ADDING APPS TO THE DASHBOARD

Apps let you extend your social reach with popular social networks and services.

Most of them are free, and they don't count towards your social profile limit

Open the App Directory from the Dashboard

This window will pop-up

Select the App from the Directory at the left side

For this tutorial lets select Free Apps

Search or click the App you want to install

Click Install App

You may add the streams to a new tab

Or add streams to an existing tab

Click Finish

RUNNING A BASIC ANALYTICS REPORT

See whats working and what needs work with Hootsuites Basic Analytics Reports

Hover the mouse from the Dashboard and click Analytics

Under Customize click Build Custom Report

Select a Template

Or select Start from scratch

Upload a logo or an image of your choice

Type your Header

Type the Description

Then the title

Find a module and click it

Select the specific aspects of your social network

Click the green plus sign of what you selected

Next select your specific account

Click Done

Then youll be asked to receive emails for the report

Select No Email if you prefer not to

This is how your report looks like

Then click Create Report

You will then be redirected back to Hootsuite

Here, you may Share your report

Download as PDF

Export your report

Print your report

Or duplicate it

Or even Edit it

Or Delete it

The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice.

Brian Herbert