We’re all quite familiar with posting statuses, tweets, and photos on different social media networks. However, managing multiple networks for social media marketing of your business is a whole new story – that too, a complicated one.

So, if you find managing social media channels hard and time-consuming, then take a look at this list of awesome tools to manage social networks, easily!

I have listed the tools in two sections — “top picks” lists the best yet free-to-start social media tools, and “more tools” lists other free and premium tools available in the market.

Top picks

Buffer

Buffer impressed me with its awesome support for scheduling different types of posts including texts, links, and images, etc. for most of the social media networks. You can set them to get published automatically according to the set schedule. Moreover, you can also schedule the posts separately for each social network.

Buffer allows scheduling social postsBuffer allows scheduling social posts

Using its analytics feature, you can check the performance of your shared posts and determine the content that best suits your audience. What I also like is that Buffer helps to deliver the posts at ideal times, and thus amplifies your audience’s reach. Moreover, you can do most of these tasks on the go using its mobile apps for Android and iOS.

Price: Free for basic functionality; USD10 – 99 for premium features.

Supports: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Hootsuite

Hootsuite is one of the amazing platforms that help you manage social media marketing from a single panel. Its tools allow anyone to find and schedule social content in connected profiles. Additionally, you can get a clear overview of the queued content in its dashboard, and view the real-time analytics data for the posted social posts.

Hootsuite's dashboard shows scheduled postsHootsuite's dashboard shows scheduled posts

It supports multiple social media networks as well as YouTube and WordPress, unlike many others. You can bulk schedule posts by uploading them in a CSV file. Interestingly, like Buffer, you can also manage your scheduled posts on the go using the mobile app for Android as well as iOS.

Price: Free for a limited plan; USD19 – 499 for premium plans.

Supports: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, WordPress, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Instagram.

Slack Social

This tool helps you simplify content sharing and improve social engagement with your audience. From this single platform, you can manage all social network profiles and post to multiple networks with a single click. Also, the app delivers email reports, letting you check post stats and performance on those profiles right from your inbox.

Slack Social allows scheduling in 3 stepsSlack Social allows scheduling in 3 steps

Slack Social displays graphical, easy-to-digest analysis of your posts for a better understanding of your campaign’s performance. What I liked about it is that one can also view the real-time status of the scheduled posts and manage the social network profiles as well as the scheduled posts as easily as making some clicks.

Price: Free for basic functionality; USD7 – 14 for paid features.

Supports: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Blogger, and Tumblr.

Later

Later lets you plan and enqueue interactive posts such as photos and videos to get posted automatically. You can organize posts in a calendar view and preview the scheduled content. The posts can be easily queued, and you can even upload the media files in bulk from Google Drive, Dropbox, or your computer by syncing up.

Later's calendar view showing postsLater's calendar view showing posts

You can preview and plan the social posts with Later’s drag and drop preview for mobile and desktop platforms, allowing you to preview posts before scheduling them. Furthermore, you can search, curate, and repost content, and track all your posts to check analytics like followers and clicks and it has a mobile app to help you plan on the go.

Price: Free for basic account holders; USD 9 – 49 per month for premium.

Supports: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Postfity

Postfity tool lets you engage your audience effectively and see the statistics in real-time for all connected social accounts. You can add multiple social accounts and plan your content on daily, weekly, or monthly basis. Postfity also includes an inbuilt content recommendation system that provides meaningful and inspirational posts.

Postfity shows scheduled posts in calendar viewPostfity shows scheduled posts in calendar view

The posts can be added to the queue and the app will publish them periodically at the defined hours. It helps you save time, and schedule posts for all your social media profiles in advance. And the posts can be managed from anywhere and can be scheduled on the go using its mobile apps for Android and iOS platforms.

Price: Free for basic plans; USD 8 – 49 per month for premium plans.

Supports: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, VKontakte, and Xing.

Zoho Social

Zoho Social is a powerful business tool that helps you plan unlimited posts and automates your publishing calendar super quickly. The posts or messages can be queued from a single dashboard like above tools. What I found interesting is its SmartQ feature that smartly schedules your posts for publication when most of your audience is likely to view it.

Zoho Social's post scheduling dashboardZoho Social's post scheduling dashboard

Zoho Social also lets you bulk schedule posts to multiple social networks. It also features team collaboration features to discuss and work with your team to craft the best ideas for content marketing. The tool also shares insights and analytics of your posts to help you understand the progress and develop a better social media strategy.

Price: Free for basic functionality; USD10 – 50 per month for premium features.

Supports: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

More tools

Postcron

Postcron, named after the *NIX’s cron tool, lets you schedule posts for multiple social networks. It adds watermark to your images automatically and also features auto post and bulk uploader features that let you bulk upload and schedule up to 1k posts to Postcron directly using an Excel or Google Docs/Sheet document.

Price: USD8 – 219 per month for its awesome set of features. (More info)

Supports: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

Postcron's post scheduling dashboardPostcron's post scheduling dashboard

Kuku.io

Kuku.io is an interactive tool that lets you post to multiple networks, manage effective marketing campaigns and choose the best time to schedule posts for each social account. Moreover, you can change the timezone, view your publishing history, and take advantage of the analytics tool to understand performance.

Price: USD 7 – 29.99 per month. (More info)

Supports: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Telegram, Vkontakte, and Ok.ru.

Kuku.io's social analytics dashboardKuku.io's social analytics dashboard

SmarterQueue

SmarterQueue allows you to schedule your social media posts in seconds with a drag and drop visual calendar. The tool can automatically recycle the evergreen content to reach maximum audience and maximize engagement. Moreover, you can curate contents from feeds and sites, and check performance analytics.

Price: USD 19.99 – 79.99 per month. (More info)

Supports: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram, and Google+ and Pinterest are planned for the future.

SmarterQueue scheduling screenSmarterQueue scheduling screen

Sprout Social

Sprout Social lets you effectively plan your social media strategy, and schedule messages across different platforms using its visual calendar. You can queue your posts, and edit multimedia contents with its built-in image editor. You can apply custom tags to messages and organize them, as well as check post analytics.

Price: USD 99 – 249 per month for its professional features. (More info)

Supports: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

Sprout Social's scheduling dashboardSprout Social's scheduling dashboard

Sendible

Sendible offers streamlined post scheduling with its efficient social media publishing tools. Interestingly, the posts can be scheduled in bulk to get published on multiple social networks.

Its one amazing feature is that it automatically repeats the popular posts, and it can auto-post from RSS feeds. Also, its Smart Queues feature lets you group posts.

Price: USD 49 – 499 per month for its awesome features (More info)

Supports: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Linkedin, Instagram, and Pinterest

Sendible's post scheduling screenSendible's post scheduling screen

eClincher

eClincher lets you plan your content on daily, weekly, and monthly basis using a smart calendar. Its automated post publisher saves you time and helps you get better results with your social media strategy. Another interesting feature is its support for Google’s URL shortener that auto-shortens the links in your posts and provides analytics.

Price: USD 49 – 499 per month for various sets of features. (More info)

Supports: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Linkedin, Pinterest, and YouTube

eClincher's post scheduling dashboardeClincher's post scheduling dashboard

Summary

Tools Free Plan Premium Plan Supported Platforms
Buffer Yes Yes Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Instagram.
Hootsuite Yes Yes Facebook, Twitter, Google+, WordPress, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Instagram.
Slack Social Yes Yes Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Blogger, and Tumblr.
Later Yes Yes Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
Postfity Yes Yes Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, VKontakte, and Xing.
Zoho Social Yes Yes Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
Postcron Yes Yes Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
Kuku.io No Yes Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Telegram, Vkontakte, and Ok.ru.
SmarterQueue No Yes Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram, and Google+.
Sprout Social No Yes Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
Sendible No Yes Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Linkedin, Instagram, and Pinterest.
eClincher No Yes Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Linkedin, Pinterest, and YouTube

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