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Quick Start Guide

Amanda S
posted this on May 27, 2013, 11:32

Welcome to Hootsuite's Quick Start Guide!

Hootsuite is a social media management tool that can be used to manage multiple social profiles, schedule messages, track brand mentions, analyze social media traffic and more. And with three different plan types, there is something to fit everyone’s needs.


Hootsuite's Quick Start Guide summarizes 6 important steps that will help you get started with your Hootsuite dashboard.

 Step 1: Sign Up for Hootsuite

The Sign Up Wizard will get you started with Hootsuite Free, and help you connect one or more social networks.

To sign up for Hootsuite

  1. Visit
  2. Type your email address, full name, and create a password.
  3. Click Sign Up Now


Alternatively, click the Plans & Pricing button on the homepage to begin your 30-day trial of Hootsuite Pro, or request a demo of a Hootsuite Enterprise plan to determine if it fits your needs.

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 Step 2: Add Social Networks

Connecting your social profiles to your Hootsuite dashboard enables you to do things like publish messages to multiple networks, schedule content, track brand mentions and analyze social media traffic.

To add a social network

  1. Click Add Social Network button.
  2. Select a social network.
  3. Connect your social network.

Repeat as necessary.


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 Step 3: Add Tabs and Streams

Creating tabs and streams allows you to perform and save advanced searches, filter for content and manage lists and followers.

 Add Tabs

Adding tabs to your Hootsuite dashboard is an easy way to group streams and keep your dashboard organized.

To add a tab

  1. Click Add Tab (plus icon).
  2. Type tab name, and then press ENTER.


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 Add Streams

When your social network has been connected to your HootSuite dashboard, you can add corresponding streams. After adding social networks to your Hootsuite dashboard, you can add corresponding streams of content. 

Tip: Adding a Twitter profile? Corresponding streams might include Home Feed, Mentions and Scheduled Tweets.

To add a stream

  1. Click Add Stream.
  2. Select a social network.
  3. Select a profile. 
  4. Select a stream.


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 Step 4: Compose and Send Messages

Engage your audience and grow your following by composing and sending messages regularly.

To compose and send a message

  1. Click to select a social network (more than one can be selected).
  2. Type your message.
  3. Click Send.


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 Step 5: Install Apps

The App Directory is a library of third-party apps, free and premium (paid), developed specifically for the Hootsuite dashboard.

To install an app

  1. Click App Directory (puzzle piece icon).
  2. Click Install App inline with app.


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 Step 6: Download Hootsuite Mobile

Hootsuite is available as an app for your mobile device (iPhone, iPad and Android), and can be downloaded from your device's app store. Learn more

Hootsuite for mobile web app ( is available in beta for Blackberry, Windows or any of the devices listed above.


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