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Social Media Goes Corporate: HootSuite Launches Hardcore Tools for Serious Business Users

HootSuite Teams is the first social media management tool that lets global companies seamlessly build and manage large teams of staffers, consultants and collaborators.

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Marketwire – May 7, 2012) - HootSuite, makers of the market-leading social media management system, releases HootSuite Teams, tools aimed at serious business collaboration. With corporate social media exploding, businesses have been stuck using tools intended for the dorm room, not the boardroom. Until now.

Teams offers an industrial-grade solution for global enterprises and small businesses. In the past year, corporate clients on HootSuite have tripled, with two-thirds of Fortune 100 companies now active users of the dashboard. Leading companies have seen their social media teams grow exponentially in the space of just a few years.

In April 2009, Free People, an Urban Outfitters Inc. company, had a single Facebook Page maintained by one specialist. “It was basically just for responding to customer questions,” says Jed Paulson, Free People’s Director of Marketing. Today, Free People has more than 70 Facebook Pages for their stores, with over 150 employees authorized to contribute content on everything from product, customer service, merchandising and store promotions. “When you have so many hands in the pot, it’s a challenge to ensure the posts stay on-brand but are also unique to each store’s personality,” Paulson says.

For social media managers wrangling large teams across multiple departments, the updates are timely. “HootSuite makes it really easy to collaborate,” says Dewayne Hankins, New Media Director for the LA Kings NHL team, which has 220,000 Facebook fans and nearly 100,000 Twitter followers. “I can even keep tabs on our mascot’s tweets now.”

Corporate teams now average 23 team members each. Increasingly, these teams are decentralized – with members updating multiple accounts from different locations and different departments. But while teams have grown, tools haven’t always kept pace.

HootSuite Teams changes that. Featuring secure and scalable collaboration capabilities, it empowers companies of all sizes to onboard new teams and integrate social media into every aspect of business. Scalable and intuitive, the new toolkit enables teams to be built organically. Managers enjoy top-down control, with user-friendly tools that enable scheduling, assigning and vetting of messages.

“This is a product that’s overdue and clearly needed. Social media used to be one intern,” says Ryan Holmes, HootSuite CEO and founder. “Now it’s multi-million-dollar teams at the planet’s largest companies. Customers are asking for enterprise-grade support, and Teams is a powerful, intuitive solution.”

So what’s inside the box?

  • Plan sophisticated social media campaigns months in advance with robust scheduling features.
  • End rogue tweets with powerful permission settings. Limit who can post what to which networks – from the CEO to the summer intern.
  • Build social media teams intuitively and organically: by department, product line or region. Expand seamlessly as teams grow.
  • Post freely across Twitter, Facebook and all of your social networks as a cohesive team.
  • Approve and align all messages before posting with global, top-down controls. No more PR meltdowns (see #gettngslizzerd).
  • Assign incoming messages among team members for follow-up, keeping customer complaints from going viral.

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For more information about HootSuite, and to arrange an interview with CEO Ryan Holmes, please contact Sandy Pell by visiting the media kit: http://blog.hootsuite.com/media/

About HootSuite Media, Inc:

HootSuite is a social media management system for businesses and organizations to execute collaborative campaigns across multiple social networks from one secure, web-based dashboard. Small, medium and large enterprise customers launch marketing campaigns, identify and grow audience, and distribute targeted messages using HootSuite’s unique social media dashboard. Across the globe, customers rely on HootSuite’s flexible platform to invite multiple collaborators to manage social profiles securely and create custom reports using the comprehensive social analytics tools. Key social network integrations include Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+ Pages, among others, plus a suite of social content apps for MailChimp, YouTube, Flickr, Tumblr and more. For more information please visit www.hootsuite.com.

About Free People:

Free People is a specialty clothing brand featuring the latest trends and vintage collections for women who live free through fashion, art, music, and travel. Quality women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories invoke attributes of femininity, spirit, and creativity with a bohemian design. The brand is a part of Urban Outfitters, Inc., an innovative specialty retail company which offers a variety of lifestyle merchandise to highly defined customer niches through Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People, Terrain, and BHLDN. For more information please visit www.freepeople.com.

New HootSuite Teams empowers companies to integrate a social media management strategy that maps to every unique organizational structure, whether that be a global corporation, an agency with multiple client accounts or a small business with external consultants and collaborators.

New HootSuite Teams empowers companies to integrate a social media management strategy that maps to every unique organizational structure, whether that be a global corporation, an agency with multiple client accounts or a small business with external consultants and collaborators.

Scale your social media management effectively with HootSuite Teams. This useful and intuitive collaboration tool allows your organization to create and add contributors to multiple teams with multiple social networks. Each team can manage team member permissions at a granular level for the highest degree of control, while all teams are managed under the organizational whole.

Scale your social media management effectively with HootSuite Teams. This useful and intuitive collaboration tool allows your organization to create and add contributors to multiple teams with multiple social networks. Each team can manage team member permissions at a granular level for the highest degree of control, while all teams are managed under the organizational whole.