Top 5 free social media monitoring tools

Top 5 free social media monitoring tools

The top 5 free social media monitoring tools are available for you to try out today. Social media monitoring or listening is the analyzing of social media channel data for insights about a company or individual. Insights include, what customers are saying about your company, competitive analysis and identifying influencers. I have taken the time to identify some of the best social media monitoring tools. Included in this list are Hootsuite, Google Analytics, Klout, Socialmention and Buffer. At the end I have also provided a list of some of the top social media monitoring companies for you to explore as well. Enjoy the list and let us know what you think in the comments below.

See also: Social media monitoring tools (Infographic)

Top 5 free social media monitoring tools

1. Hootsuite

Hootsuite is at the top of my list and I use it every day. You can add feeds to monitor Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, LinkedIn, foursquare and more. Monitor your own social media accounts or search and filter on things like usernames or phrases. Paid version too in HootSuite Pro. App available for iOS and it is great.

2. Google Analytics

Google Analytics is another free social media monitoring tool that is getting more useful over time. Look inside of your Standard Reports under “Traffic Sources > Social” and you will find an ever increasing number of metrics to peruse. There is no official app available yet, but you can tryout the likes of Quicklytics or Analytics Pro for iOS.

3. Klout

Klout is very popular and its scores are used widely. Right or wrong, people and companies are rating others on the basis of their Klout score. This tool is best for those interested in a single score to measure both Facebook and Twitter. An app is available for iOS.

4. Socialmention

Socialmention is rad! I love to be able to perform real-time social searches and did I mention it’s free? It even includes the top 7 trending topics in social. The site claims to monitor over 100 social media sites including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google, Yahoo News and more. It also provides metrics such as strength, sentiment, passion and reach. Sentiment is further broken down into “positive”, “negative” or neutral. No app is available yet.

5. Buffer

Buffer is a great tool that is available in a free version for you to try out. In addition to letting hook up most all of your social accounts to post now or “buffer” for later, you also have access to analytics which let you monitor what was sent through the app. Comments, clicks, reshares and +1’s are recorded for each item posted and then is reported in aggregate under a handy “Analytics” tab. Get the app version for iOS and don’t forget to use the bookmarklet in your desktop or laptop browser. There is a $10 per month paid version for individuals that is worth it. Business plans start at $50 per month and a free trial is available.

Social media monitoring companies

Check put this partial list of social media monitoring companies for you to explore for further information.

1. Hootsuite
2. Google
3. Klout
4. Netbase
5. Salesforce.com (Radian6 and Buddy Media)
6. Viralheat
7. Brandwatch
8. Meltwater
9. Buffer
10. Socialmention

Do check out: Social media monitoring tools (Infographic)

What are your favorite free social media monitoring tools?

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About Peter Trapasso

Used by Autodesk, venture capital, blockchain tech clients and more! Hire me for your social media marketing needs. Social Media Strategist + Influencer with 15+ years Marketing Experience. Backed over 400 #crowdfunding #apps #startups #Fortune500 100 most followed on Twitter in San Francisco. Massive Followers: Twitter 50,000, Google+ 10,000, Facebook 3,000, and Pinterest 4,100.

13 thoughts on “Top 5 free social media monitoring tools

  1. Hi Peter,

    Nice of you to take the effort reviewing all these 🙂

    May I suggest webfluenz as well – it has a free version that’s quite handy! http://bit.ly/19Fw7Gu

    The paid versions are quite cost effective as well. But that does not mean a compromise on features. It was in the Top Social Media Monitoring Tool Report by Goldbach Interactive http://bit.ly/I0GPli. And it’s been getting some great reviews http://bit.ly/1eBGnXP.

    – Shobha, Research Analyst, Webfluenz

  2. There is this great tool I would like to suggest Sociota for competitive analysis and keyword research. it gives great insight on how to your competitors are doing and what relevant keywords are trending.

  3. Nice list. Though many prefers Hootsuite, I think Klout is better than Hootsuite. Just like all other things, all social media tools has their own advantages and disadvantages. While choosing social media tools for your business, you should choose based on your requirements and budget. Thanks for sharing this post

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