What are the best social media automation tools?

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    #1Buffer

    Buffer
    Buffer helps automate your social media and content marketing efforts. By proactively growing an audience on these channels and generating content, written and produced by you, more organic traffic you'll be driving to your subscription business. And more traffic means more customers!
    Websites

    Free- Varies by plan

    Carlos Áviles
    Written on May 18, 2017
    "I think this is a MUST HAVE for any serious social media connoisseur. It's important to know the right times to make a post so that your content can have the best chance of being seen by your followers, and Buffer provides such an easy solution to this problem. If you want to schedule posts to appear at a certain time then this is perfect for you."
  2. 42

    #2Social Harvest

    Social Harvest
    The open source social media analytics platform that helps marketers, researchers, small businesses, bloggers, brands, and content creators act on social data.
    Websites

    Free

    Shreyas Jhadav
    Written on April 1, 2017
    "Buying people's personal data is SUPER expensive so I use Social Harvest to track millions of people's online activity and all LEGALLY because nobody ever reads the terms of agreement forms when signing up. Even if they do, its full of the most boring legal wording that even the most self-disciplined people have problems getting through it. My ads need to be seen and Social Harvest makes that possible."
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    #3Hootsuite

    Hootsuite

    Hootsuite is an online platform for managing social media accounts. With Hootsuite, users can monitor keywords and manage Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Foursquare, Ping.fm, WordPress, and etc. It is compatible with Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac.

    Online Tools

    Free- 1 month. Free trial available

    Bobby Hudson
    Written on February 4, 2017
    "Starting your own business can be hard enough and creating a social network can be even harder. While I know all the great platforms to use suck as Facebook and LinkedIn I wanted to find a software that would allow me to monitor my customers traffic so that I could better tailor ads and other things on my website for them. Hootsuite allows me to do just that and it also allows me to continue to test key words and immediately see how those changes in my keywords change the amount of click through and ROI I get. "
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    #4Zapier

    Zapier
    Build unique integrations between your favorite web applications, one mouse click at a time without ever having to write a single line of code.
    Websites

    Free- Varies by plan

    Hu Sun
    Written on March 4, 2017
    "Zapier allows me to keep track and schedule my activity on social media. I sometimes think of posting something and then realize the timing isn't right. With Zapier, I am able to write a post and schedule it for when I feel comfortable to post it."
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    #5Sprout Social

    Sprout Social

    Sprout Social is a leading social media management software that provides engagement, publishing, analytics, and team collaboration tools. Their website has a blog with digital marketing information, as well as social media tips and more.

    Websites

    Free- Varies by plan

    Benjamin Baker
    Written on February 11, 2017
    "This software is a good fit for a up and coming business or a business that wants to expand beyond their current geographical area. The different pricing levels plus the free trials allowed me to find the best fit for my business. It provides enormous information that is helpful in understanding the direction of your business."
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    #6Everypost

    Everypost
    Everypost is the easiest and most convenient app to post multimedia content across multiple social platforms. With Everypost you can now customize your content per social network or just write and forget about the limitation of 140 characters.
    Apps

    Web, iOS, Android

    Free

    Laura Cruz
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "Everypost is an awesome tool to use for controlling and maintaining your social media accounts. It allows you to easily draw from other websites, like Youtube, to make comprehensive posts. Also they give you tools to monitor your accounts, allow you to collaborate with your team easily, and help you to construct posts. Very, very helpful!"
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    #7Postcron

    Postcron
    Schedule all your social media posts in one place, get more done, spend less time and money, and gain quality time to do what you want.
    Websites

    Free- Month. Varies by plan

    Brian Bell
    Written on June 20, 2017
    "This is a good solution. Postcron allows you to post on Facebook Pages, Facebook Groups, Facebook Events, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, Pinterest & Instagram all from one place according to the site. For this one which is a little broad as a question I might however have preferred a listing of automation tools such as at http://www.razorsocial.com/social-media-automation/"
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    #8IFTTT

    IFTTT

    IFTTT stands for If This Then That. It's a tool that actually lets you build your very own automated actions called "recipes," so that you don't have to do them yourself every time.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free

    Vincent Cox
    Written on April 29, 2017
    "This is actually a really cool little tool. Even if you don't have meaningful programming experience it allows you to automate certain actions on social media. The more I used it the more ideas I came up with for how to use it to save myself time. Like any program there will be some trial and error in getting it to do exactly what you want, but I never got so frustrated I considered nixing any "recipe" I'd started. A really fun little tool that I can see myself going back to again and again."
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    #9SocialGest

    SocialGest
    SocialGest is a tool that helps you schedule and post content on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. It also has monitoring tools, analytics, and more.
    Websites

    Free- $38

    Wu Shi
    Written on June 18, 2017
    "SocialGest is one of those tools that really helps you stay organized and in control of your social media accounts. In times where social media and business accounts have become such an important source of communication, it's important to be linked into this network in an effective way, and this program allows for that. "
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    #10Busy

    Busy
    Busy is an app that allows you to upload, schedule and publish to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Shaurya Tambe
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "As we all know, posting your Instagram pics and thoughts is much more effective if timed properly. Timing is everything! And I never have enough time. Well, now , thanks to this app, I can flood the netwires with my images and precious thoughts right on time and I can set it all up in my spare time! Koodohs! "
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    #11Plann

    Plann
    Plann is an Instagram planning and scheduling app that allows you to visually design your feed, edit images, review Instagram analytics, discover your best times to post, manage sets of hashtags, and more.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- With in-app purchases

    Lauren Watson
    Written on April 22, 2017
    "So if you have a small business and you're trying to keep your online presence growing, you most likely are in the market for social media automation tools, right? If you're an Instagram user, you need to check out Plann. It lets you plan and schedule your Instagram activity so you can make the most of your time AND make the most of your brand! They keep adding new stuff to the app too, so check it out the minute you have the time."
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    #12Preview

    Preview
    Preview is an app that lets you make the most of your Instagram account with functionalities like edit, theme, caption, schedule, filter, re-post, add tags, and more. It is developed by Preview App Pty Ltd. 
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- With in-app purchases

    Douglas Hudson
    Written on January 2, 2017
    "This app is pretty neat. It does what it says it does--lets you preview and schedule posts to your Instagram account. I would like if it would let you access other social media platforms as well, but that might be added in a later update, so I'd still recommend this as well."

Summary

Best What are the best social media automation tools
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1BufferWebsites 43 Free
2Social HarvestWebsites 42 Free
3HootsuiteOnline Tools 41 Free
4ZapierWebsites 38 Free
5Sprout SocialWebsites 36 Free
6EverypostApps 34 Free
7PostcronWebsites 32 Free
8IFTTTApps 27 Free
9SocialGestWebsites 23 Free
10BusyApps 19 Free
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