10 Must-Haves for Community Managers in 2016January 04, 2016
As a community manager, it’s crucial to be on top of your game and always in-the-know about everything in the world of social media. But it can be hard to grapple everything at once, especially if you’re a one-man team. Check out these awesome gadgets and tools that’ll help you take control of your everyday tasks, and to work smarter, faster, cheaper each day.
Live streaming is predicted to be even bigger in 2016 than it was this past year becoming a staple for all brands. To make your Periscopes, Meerkats and Facebook Livestreams even MORE amazing, try out one of these GripTights by Joby. Perfect for attaching to the top of your computer screen or using it as a tripod!
Community Managers are the kings and queens of multi-tasking. This gadget was MADE for us. Introducing the Handpresso, the portable expresso machine that conveniently plugs in your cigarette lighter. And after two and a half minutes, there you have it! A delicious pick-me-up right in your cup holder.
3. Zoomph Influencer List
This is a must-have tool for all CMgr’s when queuing up Twitter ads. Zoomph’s Influencer list is a great way to identify the best people to target for specific ads or campaigns. Zoomph ranks users by ZPoints, an algorithm that measures the level of engagement and social interaction per post, and compiles users into a list of powerful ammo ready for your next campaign. Therefore, Zoomph’s Influencer list includes all of the users who are doing a helluva job promoting your brand on social.
When you’re not typing or tweeting away at your keyboard, you have to keep paper and a pen handy. You never know when you’re going to come up with the most revolutionary social media campaign idea! Cue, Moleskine. A small and handy little notebook that you can carry with you to every meeting or brainstorming session.
5. Digital Friends
Who would a Community Manager be without their online buddies? Making digital friends is must for CMgr’s to bounce ideas off of each other or just chat buzzing social trends. But you know what’s even better? Meeting these online friends, IRL! Check out how Social Road Trip brings social media connections offline with meetups!
6. Scheduling & Publishing Tools
Raise your hand if you’ve ever been victimized by busy work weeks We all know that if we could be online 24/7, 365 engaging with our communities, we would, but unfortunately that’s impossible. Therefore, scheduling content is a necessity for Community Managers. Tools like TweetDeck, Hootsuite and now introducing, Zoomph Publishing (Coming soon to our platform!) are there for us when we need it. But, don’t forget to balance scheduled content with real-time engagement!
This tool is perfect for you when your design team is held up with other projects and you need an image from them pronto Canva can help with creating graphics and designs for social media content, blogs, presentations you name it! With countless free designs to choose from, you will never run out of options!
Why carry around your phone AND portable charger when you can save space and have it all-in-one? Mophie is perfect for us Community Managers who are glued to our phones (in a good way) but need some extra juice at the end of the day to keep our communities going. The case provides 14.5 hours of extra talk time which means more time to join in on Twitter Chats
9. Tickets to a Conference
The best way to start this New Year off right is to learn from the best in the industry. Instead of watching Blabs from behind your computer screen, you should consider attending a conference. Social Media Strategies Summit, Social Media Marketing World, and Social Media Day are all upcoming events in 2016 that will help you learn more about the industry and discover the best marketing techniques.
10. Zoomph Shirt
So now that you have tickets to a conference, you need a bad-a** shirt and sticker to go along with it, amirite? This “Hello, My Handle is…” shirt is sure to be the perfect conversation starter and ice-breaker. You can shop this awesome looks in our Zoomph Shop– coming soon to an internet browser near you. We can’t wait to see all of the selfies you’ll tag Zoomph in on social!
There you have it! Gadgets and tools to make 2016 the best yet! Which one would you squeeze into your budget? Tweet us @Zoomph to let us know!