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8 New Ways Content Curation And Social Media Marketing Are Now Easier

Gone are the days that posting a few times per day on social media accounts and expecting to get any meaningful results. The tenacious appetite for relevant content from social network users is growing daily. Consistently finding, scheduling and posting relevant, valuable curated content that is interesting to your target audience has become far more challenging for social media agencies, marketers and brands. The ability to control all aspects of the process, yet garner massive time savings with result driven capabilities are paramount to competing in this environment.

If you don’t have time to focus on engagement and building relationships, you are not getting results. If you are spending time scheduling content posts, you’re not engaging. If your social media automation isn’t providing an efficient work-flow solution for content management, you’re going to like what we are about to share with you.

Today Bundle Post is announcing the release of its version 3.0, which is packed with 8 new upgrades that make content curation and social media marketing even easier. The improvements contained in this release are far from simple. In fact, this package of upgrades is revolutionary in terms of functionality, efficiency and social media posting control.

Of the seven new advancements, five are for all user types and two of the new features are Pro user only capabilities that we know you’re going to go crazy over. So let’s dive into the 3.0 and show you the powerful functions that have been included.

1) Feed Attribution – (Pro Accounts Only)

You can now attribute an entire feed channel to an author, website or even add hashtags to posts from a specific Google alert.

  • Support for by/via @ mention attributions.
  • Manually edit a specific post attribution on the export table.
  • Edit/add feed channel attribution at any time.
  • Automatically manages every posts character length for you.

RSS Feed AttributionLet’s say you have an RSS feed from a specific website or blog already added into Bundle Post and you want to attribute the posts you use from that feed channel to the site/author whenever you use their content. All you have to do is edit the attribution field next to their feed channel with something like “by @BundlePost”. From then on when you select content from their feed channel on the export table, the system will append by @BundlePost to the text of each post.

Maybe your brand has a specific hashtag (like #weRockFood) that you use with your community and want to append that hashtag to all of your content from your blog when you share it on social sites. Next to your blogs feed channel in Bundle Post, add #weRockFood in the attribution field for that feed and the system will append it to each post when you export.

If all this wasn’t enough, we have also added the attribution function to the Bundlet Chrome extension. When you add a new RSS feed channel to Bundle Post using the Bundlet, you will be able to set attribution right then and there!

There are so many awesome uses for the attribution feature, but what is really cool is that the system will always adjust the number of characters in the text of posts with attribution assigned, ensuring the character limit requirements are handled for you and room is made for your attribution. What’s more, though you set attribution for an entire feed channel, you are able to edit specific attributions manually on the export table if you desire.

Finally, we don’t overwrite the text of posts in feed channels with the attribution text, we append the attribution only during an export, so you can change attribution at any time in the future and on your next export the new attribution will be live without effecting all the posts in that channel with the previous attribution.

2) Time Slot Control – (Pro Accounts Only)

When doing an export, there are times you may want to remove specific date/time slots from an export, without having to open the file after exporting and manually making the changes. (we recommend you never open/edit export files as it changes the formatting of special characters) But maybe you want to lighten the number of posts you have over the weekend, or you need to do an export starting at today’s date but it’s already three hours passed the first time slot in a given schedule.

Timeslotcontrol1Now you can toggle specific date and time slots on/off from the export table, without effecting the actual schedule you are using. To remove a specific posting date/time, click the blue clock icon at the left of the post. This will remove that time slot from the export for that date only, leaving that time slot active for previous and future days within the export. You can toggle a removed time slot back on if you change your mind, by clicking the grey clock icon again.

When you shut off a specific date/time, the system will automatically move the post that was in that slot down one time slot for you. The removed time slot will remain on the screen as a blank post and will not be exported at all, allowing you to easily see the time slots you have toggle off.

3) Redesigned Export Table

We have made some substantial improvements to the Export Table design and functionality, making managing hundreds of feed channels, folders and content much more efficient and user-friendly. The left column containing your huge list of Feed Channels, My Content, Queues, Follow Friday and Hashtag folders, requiring you to scroll over and over is now gone. We have replaced the left column with simple and clean drop down buttons on the top of the page, allowing you to easily access content and other functions without having to scroll.

By cleaning up the main part of the export table, we were able to spread the post table all the way out, making a much more simplified view with all posts taking up a single line. The new main export table section is more compact, yet easier to view and gives more room for additional functionality we are adding today as well as future capabilities to come.

Export Table View

4) Last Used

LastUsed2Knowledge is power, when you use the knowledge effectively. We believe it’s incredibly helpful and important to track the dates you last used a piece of content in the system, as well as the last date you exported for a specific schedule in the system. Easily having access to this information enables to you better plan your next required content scheduling for a particular social media account and what content you have not shared in a while.

Now, all content, schedules and feed channel posts are tracked and given date/time stamps, clearly showing you when it was last used in an export from the system.

We took this further and added the same tracking to all folders in the system as well. Finally, we also display the date and time every single piece of content in the system was last scheduled and even show you last exported and scheduled post dates when you start a new export as show below.

Last Used Dates

We believe tracking and providing this information to our users will enable them to better plan campaigns and be more effective with the short and long-term use of their content marketing.

5) Character Length Handling

The Bundle Post system now automatically corrects the character length of your posts at all times. Whether you are using the new attributions, edit the text of a post or auto-hashtag, Bundle Post will calculate character length and ensure that you are within the proper limits for uploading into the dashboard of your choice.

You will no longer have posts that sneak by with a few too many characters, causing an error when you upload to Hootsuite or other dashboards.

6) Hashtag Reminder

Have You HashtaggedHow many times have you exported your scheduled content and uploaded it and realized you forgot to run hashtags? We have too. Now Bundle Post will remind and ask you before downloading your export file if you have not yet run hashtags on the export. We keep track if you have done and don’t nag you, so you’ll only see the reminder if you forget.

7) Content Source Colors

We have made some changes to the export table colors we know you’re going to appreciate. The system handled this terribly before, in that only each feed channel received a different color, but all other content from other folder sources were kept the same color. Now:

  • A newly modified color scheme, contrasts and sequence make it easier to differentiate from content types/sources.
  • A different color will be assigned to content coming from each different folder, not just feed channels.

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8) Insert a Post

insert a postYou can now manually create and insert a post into the export table in real-time. Posts inserted this way are not saved to the database, but are exported with all of your other posts. A great way to add posts to an export on the fly.

Ok, so we couldn’t stop at 8 new features. Though there are quite a few other unnamed changes, enhancements and improvements that you will quickly notice, we will layout just three more bonus upgrades for you here.

**BONUS Upgrades**

1) Export Auto-Naming:

We have added an additional bonus enhancement that is not really a new feature, but we know it will be something you’ll love. Bundle Post now automatically names your export files using the name of the schedule plus the dashboard platform you exported it for. It also appends the date at the end so you can easily identify the newest export you downloaded for that schedule, platform or client. It looks something like this – Client A – Twitter-Bundlepost-export-for-hootsuite-Dec-20-2013.csv

2) More Schedule Posting Times:

More Posting TimesWhen adding multiple time slots to a schedule with start and ending times, you used to only have options for on the hour, the fifteens, half and three-quarter hours. Bundle Post 3.0 allows you to create schedule posting times that are far more varied and ensuring that your social media posts are going at non-standard times each hour of the day.

3) RSS Error Handling: 

The new Bundle Post Feed Channel page has been highly improved with some new functions and improved error handling.

First, we have added an Update All Feeds option that allows you to force the system to ingest the latest content for all of your feeds in the system at once. This process can be time-consuming if you have several feed channels in the system, but prevents you from having to manually update feeds in between the three times per day automatic function already in place.

Secondly, we have added error handling for feed channels. This new process handles two main functions; 1) It ensures that the URL you add for a feed channel is formatted properly (example: contains the http://) and if it is not done correctly, the system automatically fixes it for you. 2) If a feed channel you have added to the system stops working or is not ingesting content, it will automatically flag that feed channel with a  image next to the RSS having an issue. This alerts you that something is wrong with the source of the RSS, it has been entered wrong and is not updating, or otherwise isn’t a supported feed source.

If you want to make your social media management and social media marketing efforts up to 80% more effective, efficient and profitable, Get started with Bundle Post now!

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How Big Brands Manage And Track Social Media Marketing

Bundle Post Integrates With Spredfast’s Social Relationship Platform For Big Brands

Have you ever wondered how big brands like AT&T, Pepsico, Whole Foods and Rackspace manage incredibly large and complex Spredfast social mediasocial media marketing programs? They use Spredfast to attract the right audience, engage in the right conversations, manage teams and coordinate their social activities.

Both B2B and B2C companies implement social programs to build brand awareness, customer loyalty and ultimately convert the activity into sales. The Spredfast platform is a comprehensive enterprise, best in class solution that is open and easy for big brands to integrate. Spredfast uniquely helps brands create great social experiences by understanding which content and engagement strategies resonate with the target audience, while also providing insight into social performance trends across channels, accounts, regions, brands, campaigns, content, and more.

Recently, one of our big brand Bundle Post users requested that we integrate our social media content management system capabilities with Spredfast in order to allow them to utilize our patent pending social content management and curation capabilities with the enterprise effectiveness of Spredfast. Working with the Spredfast team, we have completed the new export integration functionality within Bundle Post that allows this to happen.

Bundle Post Integrates With SpredfastNow joint Bundle Post and Spredfast users can complete scheduled, hashtagged and content curation functions in minutes, export the multi-day social media content file, and then upload 100 or less social media posts directly into their specified Spredfast social media accounts, ready for posting.

If you are a larger brand looking for the best solution for managing your social media efforts, get more information on the Spredfast solution by clicking here

If you’d like to start managing social media content curation, scheduling, hashtagging and marketing content more effectively, efficiently and with real results, get your free 30 day Bundle Post trial account now.

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@BundlePost Adds Content Curation, Editing And More: Huge 2.5 Release

One of the things you learn to love (or dislike) about software is the fact that it is never done. There are always improvements, fixes and OUR favorite, upgrades. Here at Bundle Post we are currently 30 days into a 60 day Bundle Post 2.5development cycle that will inevitably start all over again with our next feature set. Today however, we are announcing a mid-version upgrade that includes several substantial “under the hood” system improvements that result in a large group of features and enhancements that we think you’re going to love.

The new features are all focused on improved social media management, content discovery, ease of use and greater social media content management efficiencies and effectiveness. We will cover each new feature and enhancement included in this release one at a time and also detail the advantages and changes you can expect.

Curation Edits:

Without a lot of fluff, let’s get right to it.

You can now inline edit the text of social media posts right on the export table, in real-time. We have also made it so that edits made to the text of a post on the Export Table will also save that edit to the original Feed Channel, My Content and Follow Friday posts in the database, not just for that export.

Previously, the only way to edit or curate the text of aggregated content within Bundle Post was by viewing a feed from the Feed Channel page in the system. Today that changes.

We know that social media and content marketing is far more effective when the content being shared is curated, rather than simply aggregated and shared. Meaning, adding context to the post beyond just sharing the title. Aggregation is collecting and posting or Retweeting other people’s content through your social media accounts, where curation combines aggregation with added comments, questions or otherwise editorializing the post by adding context to the content being shared. Curated content always gets higher click-through rates, conversation, engagement and overall results as compared to aggregated content posting alone.

The curation function on the export table makes this incredibly easy and efficient for Pro users of Bundle Post. As with other major system upgrades, the new curation feature is being added to Pro account types only. Expanded users can upgrade to Pro for double export quantities, Auto-sort functionality as well as the powerful new curation feature.

Export Table Curation

*note: Curation edits made anywhere in the system will be saved to the database for you. The next time you want to share a post you have curated, the original edit you made will appear. You will be able to edit posts over and over as you see fit and the last edit of a post will be saved to the respective Feed Channel, My Content or Follow Friday folders.

**To edit the text of a post on the Export Table, simply double click on the text, make your edits and press “enter” or click the OK button.

Sanitizing Feeds:

Bundle Post now tracks which content you export from all Feed Channels and removes that content from the corresponding feed once you have exported it. This function is done automatically for you every time you do an export from the system, ensuring that your Feed Channels contain only the latest unused content automatically.

*Don’t fret though, we have added two additional features for content you want to keep and share again or share from another schedule. We have also added something for YOUR blogs’ RSS Feed. See the awesome new “Content Flags” and “Blog Ownership” features below!!

Content Delete:

Connected to the Sanitizing feature is a change to content deletion within Feed Channels. Previously when you deleted a post you did not want to use from a Feed Channel, it could appear in the channel again, at the next ingestion of content for that feed. Now, Bundle Post tracks the content you delete and does not ingest deleted posts to your Feed Channel again, making managing shared and curated content much easier.

The changed delete function is designated with a new  image next to every piece of content, anywhere you view a Feed Channel post in the system. Hitting the  graphic will remove that post from that Feed Channel permanently.

You will still be able to remove a post from the Export Table without permanently deleting the post from a Feed Channel. This feature is now clearly marked with a text link labeled “Remove“. Clicking to remove a specific post on the Export Table will remove that post from the export you are working on, but will not permanently delete it from the corresponding Feed Channel.

Content Flags:

From anywhere in the system you view content ingested from Feed Channels, you can now FLAG posts that you do not want the system to remove from a feed, so you can use it again later or use it for a different schedule export.

This powerful new function allows you to:

1) Pre-select content for a different schedule or social account at the time you are conducting an export for another schedule.

2) Keep flagged posts in their respective Feed Channels even though you have already exported the post for another schedule. (non-flagged posts are automatically removed per the “Sanitizing” function described above)

3) Efficiently “flag” content you want to share again from a specific Feed Channel.

The new Flag function is designated with a new  image next to every piece of content, anywhere you view a Feed Channel post in the system. Clicking the  graphic will flag that post with the  flag and designate the post to be kept in that Feed Channel until you delete it, even if you export it.

Blog Ownership:

Bundle Post now allows you to identify a Feed Channel as being you or your clients’ Blog. This new feature makes all content evergreen in that channel, no matter how many times you export it, without needing to flag content manually to be kept in the Feed Channel.

Owned Blog ContentFor example, if a Feed Channel you have added to Bundle Post is your blog, a clients’ blog, or simply an RSS feed you never want content to be removed from, simply click the  next to the feed name on the Feed Channel page to turn it on and the system will automatically keep all content in the feed up to a maximum of 250 posts. As the feed increases beyond 250 posts, the oldest will drop off, leaving the newest content in the Feed Channel for you.

This is the first of many steps we have planned for blog ownership, paving the way for additional internal content discovery, improved reach and tribal-like sharing of other Bundle Post users content. More to come…

More Content:

We were not at all happy with how the system ingested, saved and added content to Feed Channels. Without getting into the technical details, the result of how it worked made the quantity of content you had available extremely limited from both alert feeds and even RSS.

Today we are announcing that we have made substantial changes to the core content ingestion system that will now be appending content to your feed channels, rather than overwriting content every time it ingests. The end result is that Feed Channels will now grow to the most recent 250 posts, instead of overwriting with the few most recent posts four times per day.

The system will still ingest content multiple times everyday, but the difference is that all new content found will be added to content discovered previously, up to 250 posts. This will increase the amount of content the system has available for you to review and share and most importantly give you more content options.

User Interface:

New InterfaceWe have enhanced the interface screens for viewing content to include icons for view, delete and the new flag function. This new interface has been implemented to every location within the system that you view posts from a Feed Channel.

The Export Table interface includes these new icons and functions but also has the addition of the “Remove” option we discussed earlier. Remove works as the old delete option used to, in that it only removes a post from the export table, but does not delete the post permanently from a Feed Channel.

The long text descriptions included with each post inside view Feed Channel and selecting content for the Export Table have been removed, making a cleaner interface when viewing and selecting posts. An on hover function that will display the lengthy description previously shown for every post, as well as thumbnail images for posts will be added to the interface sometime following this major release.

used contentFinally, we have added a  icon to the view Feed Channel and select content windows to visually show posts that you have already used in a previous export.

Additional Bugs:

We have also addressed a few additional issues that had been reported in the system.

1) Folder naming with special characters causing issues – resolved

2) Text edits of posts in Feed Channel view were overwriting edits on next ingestion – resolved

3) Some special characters in the text of posts were not being handled properly still – resolved

As you can see this Bundle Post 2.5 release is packed with a ton of new features, upgrades and enhancements that go even further to help you be more efficient, effective and profitable with your social media marketing efforts. This release is an interim step to the next 3.0 version that will also take the system and social media management to new levels.

Be sure to give us your feedback and comments on the new version. If you are not currently using Bundle Post, we invite you to get your free trial and request free one on one setup and training with our customer support team.

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#Hashtag For #Facebook [And More] Automatically

With Facebook joining the ranks of Twitter, Google Plus and others with hashtag functionality, being strategic and consistent with hashtags across the social graph has become more important than ever. Add the Facebook graph search into the mix and hashtagging on Facebook will become an extremely important venue for the function.

There is another unique factor on Facebook that needs to be considered. I call it the “Newbie Factor”. Facebook not only has the largest social network population in the world, it also has the largest inexperienced social media population in the world. You know, those consumers and SMB’s that have never been on Twitter or Google Plus and are not experienced with social media marketing, let alone hashtags. This could materialize as a massive opportunity for brands and marketers if done properly.

So now that the top three social networks are supporting hashtags, you know you have to do it consistently and strategically. As if you didn’t already have enough taking up your social media marketing time, right?

There is a solution. Bundle Post has the only patent pending automated hashtag and content scheduling system in the world. Here’s how it quickly and effectively handles hashtags:

Hashtags Facebook1) Hashtag Folders: The Bundle Post hashtag system lets you create folders for each of your campaigns, clients or accounts that coincide with a content strategy of topics.

For more on how it works, click here.

2) Keywords/Phrases: Within each folder you designate the keywords and phrases that you know will be found in the text of the content curated by Bundle Post. You can also identify any words or phrases that will be contained in the text of posts and have Bundle Post automatically replace them with a specific twitter name, making it an active link when posted.

3) Replace: With a single click on a specific hashtag folder, Bundle Post will automatically hashtag 100 scheduled social media posts for any platform in just one second! All of the scheduled curated and marketing content displayed on the Bundle Post export table will get hashtagged for you, that easily!

Bundle Post makes hashtags on all social networks fast, easy and consistent for social media agencies and social media marketers that use Hootsuite. Social media management, curation, hashtags and scheduling has never been so efficient and effective. Get your free trial now.

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