Get started with Hootsuite Free

Follow these steps to set-up your dashboard and get the most out of it.

Getting started

New to Hootsuite? Start here and bookmark the page. These steps will get your dashboard up and running.

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  • 1. Connect your social networks

    Hootsuite Free lets you manage up to three of your social media networks, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ Pages, and LinkedIn accounts from the same place. All you have to do is add them. See how

When you connect your social networks, you can see and use them right within the Hootsuite dashboard. This is the foundation of what makes Hootsuite so powerful. Watch the video below to learn how to connect your networks.

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  • 2. Set up tabs and streams

    Keep your social networks and feeds organized in a way that makes sense to you. See how

Tabs and streams let you organize, customize, and categorize social information in an easy-to-follow way. To set up your first tab with streams, watch this quick video.

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  • 3. Schedule and publish messages

    Now that you've connected your networks and set up streams, it's time to publish. See how

You can compose messages and share them to one, some, or all of your social networks (length permitting). Schedule content to auomatically post at optimal—so your social presence stays active, even when you're not. Watch the video to learn how.



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Beyond the basics

Now that everything’s up and running, follow these steps to ensure you’re getting the most out of it.

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  • 4. Listen to conversations with search streams

    What's your audience saying? How about potential customers? And competitors? Find out with search streams. See how

Creating search streams within the dashboard lets you follow specific keywords and hashtags on your social networks. When someone uses one of these words, it appears in your stream. Find out how to set up search streams by watching the video below.

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  • 5. Add apps to the dashboard

    Grow your social world with apps—social networks and services like Instagram, YouTube, and others. See how

Apps let you extend your social reach with popular social networks and services. Most of them are free, and they don't count towards your social profile limit. Visit the app directory here, and watch how to install them in the video below.

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  • 6. Run a basic analytics report

    See what’s working and what needs work with Hootsuite’s Basic Analytics Reports. See how

How do you know which campaigns or posts are effective? With Basic Analytics Reports. They’re crucial to understanding your audience and how to engage them. Learn how to run a basic report by watching the video below.

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  • 7. Download Hootlet

    This browser extension for Chrome is the quickest and easiest way to share content. See how

Hootlet is a really powerful tool that lets you share to all your social networks from anywhere on the web with just a click. No toggling tabs or fussing with drop down menus. Best of all, it's free! Get it here.


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Taking it to the next level

Hootsuite Free is a great way to get familiar with the dashboard and manage your personal social accounts. But if you're using it for business, we recommend trying Hootsuite Pro. Here’s why:

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  • More social networks

    Hootsuite Pro lets you add up to 100 social profiles. This allows you to manage multiple Twitter, Facebook, Google+ Pages, and LinkedIn accounts across your organization.

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  • Time-saving tools

    Hootsuite Pro saves you time. Not just a few minutes here and there--we’re talking significant increases in productivity across the board. How?

    • Bulk Message Scheduling: Schedule up to 350 posts to publish at a later time/date
    • Team Members: Delegate tasks to and collaborate with others within the dashboard

We offer a free 30-day trial to all users with full access to all Hootsuite Pro features.

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