Quick Start Guide

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.

tip.png  Manage up to three social networks with Hootsuite Free.

To add a social network

  1. In the Streams Streams_icon30x30.png section of your Hootsuite dashboard, click Add Social Network.
  2. Select a social network, and then click Connect. Repeat as necessary.

See our Help Center article, Add Social Networks from Streams, for the complete process.

 Step 3: Set up tabs and streams

Now that you have added social networks to your dashboard, add streams of content for each one. Different social networks offer different stream types. Tabs can help organize streams into groups.

To add a tab

Click Add Tab Add_Tab27x27.png, enter a tab name, and then press ENTER.

See our Help Center article, Add, Rename, Move or Delete Tabs, to learn how to add, edit and delete tabs.

To add a stream

  1. In Streams Streams_icon30x30.png, click Add Stream.
  2. Select a social network.
  3. Select a profile from the drop-down list.
  4. Select a stream by clicking the green plus icon Add_Stream25x26.png inline with it.

tip.png 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.

tip.png  Publish a single message to multiple social networks to save time.

To send a message

  1. Click to select social profiles from the Social Profile Picker (top-left).
  2. 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).

To install an app

  1. Select App Directory App_Directory.png from the launch menu.
  2. Click Install App inline with app.

See our Help Center article, Install Apps, for the complete process.

 Step 6: Download Hootlet

This free browser extension for Chrome lets you quickly share content to your social networks from anywhere on the web. Get it here.

 Step 7: Download Hootsuite mobile

Hootsuite mobile apps are available for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Android, and can be downloaded from your device's app store.

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