Below is Social Media Specialist Shawn Alain's carefully selected and recommended service providers:
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Constant Contact -
Bluehost.com. - Web hosting and domain names. There are so many to choose from, and you'll always find a few negative reviews even with the best and most popular hosts, but after carefully reviewing multiple hosts this is my pick.
Social Media Management Tools
HootSuite - HootSuite is a social relationship platform for businesses and organizations to collaboratively execute social media strategies across multiple social networks from one secure, web-based dashboard. Launch marketing campaigns, identify and grow audience, and distribute targeted messages using HootSuite’s unique social media dashboard. Streamline team workflow with scheduling and assignment tools and reach audiences with geo-targeting functionality. Invite multiple collaborators to manage social profiles securely, plus provide custom reports using the comprehensive social analytics tools for measurement. Key social network integrations include Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+ Pages, plus a suite of social content apps for YouTube, Instagram, Tumblr and more.
SkyDrive - My guess is that Dropbox is probably used by more people so I recommend getting the free version just for sharing files with others who have Dropbox, but SkyDrive offers much better value and security. First is security. With Dropbox, anyone can view the files you have stored if they know the url. Don't think that's a big deal? Well what if a disgruntled former employee decides he wants those files, or even replaces them. Another big security issue is anyone you share with has the ability to delete your files, and you won't even know it. SkyDrive addresses all these security issues with levels of permission. Price is the next reason to choose SkyDrive because it is considerably less.
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