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It takes some time to learn how a platform works and the associated tools.
And admittedly it has taken me a lot of trial and error learning how to use Crowdfire.
Many of the helpful tools that Crowdfire provides to assist you with learning how Crowdfire works are not in plain sight.
And they don’t tell you how to use every feature as this blog post does.
Keep reading to learn the primary use of the Crowdfire tool.
Using Crowdfire for Content Curation
Whether you are a social media manager or you manage your own social media accounts, Crowdfire has the needed tools to curate content to share on your social media profiles.
Without needing to request an RSS Feed, from within Crowdfire you can select from a feed of other member’s blog posts, Instagram images, and YouTube videos.
There is an option to add your own RSS feed to appear within the feed to complement what is on offer.
You can then share the content across your social media accounts and customize it for each of your audiences.
Click on the topic menu item to select your keyword topic so that Crowdfire will know what content to supply you with.It is important to customize the content for your audience.
e.g Some media producers use too many hashtags with their content.
Using too many hashtags does not get more engagement or shares as it makes the post look like spam.
It is best to limit the number of hashtags to 5, at a maximum.
People will then be prepared to share your content.
Sharing your own content with your audience is probably most important to you.
But social media experts recommend a 1:10 ratio to not overwhelm your audience with promotional content.
Crowdfire will gather your posts from your connected accounts and share it in the feed to inform everyone of your content.
It will also be in your feed for you to share it with your audience.
Manually Sharing Your Content
Manually sharing your content that is not in your feed, can be scheduled or posted immediately.
To complete this task click ‘compose’ in the top right hand corner.
For some reason you need to press Ctrl +V to paste your post into the ‘Compose’ box, if you are not typing it in.
You can post the content to all your social media accounts simultaneously by clicking the plus sign near the head image, and select all the accounts that you want to post to.
The one feature that Crowdfire does not have is the ability to re-schedule the same content daily with automation.
(I use PostPlanner to do this).
If you want to re-schedule content you need to do it manually or with a csv file.
Uploading a CSV is only available on certain memberships.
The queue meter gives you the option when posting at the best time, how many posts you want to schedule per day.
Note, you can only post 100 posts on certain plans.
Crowdfire does provide analytics, which can be useful to track followers, but Google Analytics and Twitter Analytics are more useful to track post performance, link clicks and website visitors.
Everyone has their own view on what analytics solution works best for them.
It is worth examining further.
The quick follower analytics can be seen by clicking the notification bell (at the top of the page) and will tell you how many people have followed you and unfollowed you each previous day.
One thing that is good is that you can track follower counts on a graph to see which days you receive the most followers, likes, and retweets.
With this information you can schedule more tweets and content if your followers are more active on these days.
Below the graph is more information detailing how many retweets, likes, and follows you got compared to the previous period.
Which could mean that you need to change your content and tailor it more to what your audience wants.
See my article on Twitter Analytics.
The accounts link is to connect all the media accounts you manage.
Although Crowdfire is best for managing Twitter, you can add content to other profiles from Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, YouTube, your blogs, WordPress blogs, Shopify, Etsy, Twitch, Vimeo, and 500PX accounts.
Instagram is a social media platform like Twitter that requires follower management but not many social media management platforms provide this service.
There is a need for it as you can only follow up to 7,000 people on Instagram and people regularly follow you on Instagram and then unfollow you not long after.
This is the main reason I use Crowdfire.
To manage my following.
This is the main thing Crowdfire excels at.
On the left hand side is your navigation.
Your audience is the people that follow you.
If you are using Twitter for a hobby this wouldn’t be relevant.
As a business you need to unfollow these people as they are not interested in your content or engaging with you.
These are the people you don’t follow back.
For some time I have been using Twitter’s notification menu to follow back people but what I have noticed that it does not list all the people following you.
It is useful to make use of the Fans feature to identify these followers and follow them back.
Recent Unfollowers is an item that I don’t use that often as I’m not checking every hour on my follower numbers.
This also applies to ‘recent followers’.
When unfollowing inactive accounts, it is should be remembered that people at times take monthly holidays.
Meaning that you should only select accounts that have been inactive for 6 months+.
All Following allows you to browse all your followers, either oldest first or newest first.
Competitors Following is a feature to assist you in finding new followers.
This can be used with All Following by selecting the follower who’s following you want to follow and steal their audience.
With Keyword Search you can select industry keywords that relate to Twitter users and follow them based on this.
Depending on the number of keywords you’re using I have found this doesn’t create a big enough list of prospects.
I frequently use competitor’s followers to follow more people.
Note, I have found that Twitter has set terms as to how many people you can follow a day.
For most accounts this is 10% of their follower account.
For both my accounts I am restricted to following a maximum of 200 people a day.
This will be different for every account.
It is worth investigating if you don’t want a suspended or banned account.
It is advised to use Crowdfire to follow people and not use the Twitter website or app to do this.
To avoid problems I follow people in batches of 100 people.
I have not found a reason to use ‘Friend Check’ yet but some people must use it or it wouldn’t exist.
The ‘Whitelist’ feature is likely to be useful if you are following an influencer but they don’t follow you back.
What it does is ensures that Crowdfire never suggest that you unfollow this account.
Blacklist does the opposite.
Twitter accounts which you don’t want Crowdfire to suggest you follow will never be suggested.
Hopefully you are a bit better informed about how to use Crowdfire.
It does fill a gap in the market.
There are other tools available but not at Crowdfire’s price point.
You pay significantly more, for doing basic following tasks.
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