Hootsuite is a social media management tool that allows you 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.
Follow these important first steps to set up your Hootsuite dashboard and start successfully managing your social networks.
Step 1: Create a Hootsuite account
Create a free account on our home page, and then we’ll walk you through connecting social networks, adding streams, creating tabs and scheduling or sending messages.
To create a Hootsuite account
Open https://hootsuite.com, and create a Hootsuite account using an existing social network (Sign In with Twitter, Facebook or Google), or your email address (or create a new account).
Alternatively, click See Business Plans to determine whether Hootsuite Pro or Enterprise will best fit your business needs.
Step 2: Add social networks
Connect social profiles to publish messages, schedule content and monitor engagement.
Select a stream by clicking the green plus icon inline with it.
Add personal and shared streams easily with the Add a stream Helper.
See our Help Center article, Add Streams, for the complete process.
Step 4: Send messages
Engage your audience and grow your following by sending messages regularly.
Publish a single message to multiple social networks to save time.
To send a message
Click to select social profiles from the Social Profile Picker (top-left).
Enter your message in the compose message box, and then click Send Now.
See our Help Center article, Send Messages, for the complete process.
Step 5: Install apps
The App Directory is a library of free and premium (paid) third-party apps developed for the Hootsuite dashboard.
Apps can help extend your social reach by enhancing social network functions and analytics. Example: Twitter (social network) and SocialBro (advanced community management and analytics tool for Twitter).