7 Tips to Help you Make the Best Use of Swizly’s Platform

If you’ve just signed up for Swizly, welcome aboard, Swizler! We’re happy to have you aggregating with us. As a starter, here are some tips and tricks to help you make the best use of your account.

1. Make sure to set ‘manual publishing’ ON to approve content before it appears on your page. Manual publishing is especially recommended for those who are aggregating content from a hashtag that is likely to be widely used and hijacked by spammers.

2. Swizly’s cover image size is larger than the standard size range supported by popular social networks. As such, we recommend a high-res image where details aren’t compensated. For best cover image resolution, upload a photo that is 1200px wide by 505px high, saved for web at 300 dpi.

3. You can choose to point your Social Hub to a custom domain. Whether you prefer social.yourname.com, yourname.social, or yourname.com is up to you. Industry-specific TLDs are also available for you to customize your domain.

4. The ‘Favicon’ logo is the little thumbnail that appears on the viewer’s tab. Upload a square image (your logo recommended) to disable Swizly’s default image. Best fit is 16×16 px.

Swizly Favicon

The favicons of some of the World’s most well-known brands

 

5. We recommend connecting at least three social networks to take advantage of Swizly’s aggregation capabilities.

6. To embed your Swizly Social Hub into your Facebook page, grab the Embed Code from the ‘Customize’ page on the Swizly interface. To host the code on a Facebook tab, you’ll need a third-party tab installer. We recommend WooBox, though there are plenty of other free services to select from.

Swizly Embed Code Sample

7.  Linking your Google Analytics account to your Swizly Social Hub is a straightforward and easy procedure. Once you add your Swizly URL address to the GA interface, grab the code you’re provided with (beginning with ‘UA-‘) and paste it into the dedicated form on your Swizly dashboard (Customize > Profile).

Now that you’ve configured your Swizly Social Hub to suit your needs, you can focus on curating the best content and watch as it seamlessly appears onto your new hub. 

Have a question? Need help setting up? Email us at customercare@swizly.com

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5 Outstanding Sites For Free Stock Photos

If you don’t have a stock photo account and if you’re not keen on paying the steep per-image cost – fret no more. Luckily, more and more free-photo engines are sprouting by the day.

Here are some of our all time favorites, packed with hi-res digital stock photographs for your commercial use:

MorgueFile:

“The term “morgueFile” is popular in the newspaper business to describe the file that holds past issues flats. Although the term has been used by illustrators, comic book artist, designers and teachers as well. The purpose of this site is to provide free image reference material for use in all creative pursuits. This is the world wide web’s morgueFile.”

Unsplash

“All photos published on Unsplash are licensed under Creative Commons Zero which means you can copy, modify, distribute and use the photos for free, including commercial purposes, without asking permission from or providing attribution to the photographer or Unsplash.”

Magdeleine

“Hand-picked free photos for your inspiration.”

Life of Pix

Free high-resolution photos, no copyright restrictions. Images for personal commercial use. New photographs added weekly! All images are donated to the public domain.”

SplitShire

“Free high quality photos with no copyright restrictions and a real look, for personal and commercial use.”

StockSnap

“Beautiful free stock photos. Hundreds of high resolution images added weekly.”

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7 hashtags academics should be using on Twitter

Whether or not scholars should be using hashtags in their publications is naturally, highly debatable. But one thing is certain: unless they’ve adopted hashtags on Twitter, they risk missing out on the global academic conversation unfolding by the minute.

If you’re a scholar, educator, or university community manager – these are some of the best hashtags to use for higher ed topics, largely coined by Twitter’s most influential scholars.

7 hashtags academics should be using on Twitter #ScholarSunday

#ScholarSunday: an engaging strategy to highlight your faculty and outstanding grad students. Each Sunday, recommend to your followers a scholar they should follow.

7 hashtags academics should be using on Twitter #Academia

#Academia: a highly populated hashtag on Twitter. As long as your content actually relates to academia, then you should definitely include it for high publicity.

7 hashtags academics should be using on Twitter #AcWri

#AcWri (i.e. ‘academic writing’) is especially useful for graduate students seeking out feedback on their essays or theses.

7 hashtags academics should be using on Twitter #HigherEd

#HigherEd: a generic hashtag that covers any and every topic in higher education, including tuition fees and social culture.

7 hashtags academics should be using on Twitter #OnlineLearning

#OnlineLearning: as the hashtag indicates, #OnlineLearning is suitable for discussing online courses, blended learning, social media and all topics that are both academic and digital.

#EdResearch: the perfect hashtag to showcase your latest academic and scientific research.

7 hashtags academics should be using on Twitter #Edu

#Edu: a very generic hashtag that includes all education levels, anywhere from primary schooling to continuing programs. If you’re looking to join the global education conversation, #edu is the way to go.

T’is the Season to Leave a Dazzling Social Media Impression

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With Black Friday and Cyber Monday less than two weeks away, t’is the season to leave a dazzling social media impression, but t’is also the season when it’s the most difficult to do so.

From simple wall activations to full-fledged campaigns – no brand, whether B2B or B2C, wants to miss out on the jolly season. And why should they? According to Catalog Spree, 74% of shoppers research online to get idea for their holiday wish lists. Personal spending is at its annual peak during this time with some retailers reporting more than 70% of their annual sales during these next two months.

It’s difficult to jingle and shine when your competitors (and every brand under the sun, really) is investing a decent sum of their budget at the same time. The hordes of online content are dulling your sparkle; regardless of how unique your content is – it’s never enough.

Are you accessible enough to influence holiday purchases and prospects between your competitors?

If you’re running an activation, consider dedicating an entire page to it.

Better yet – increase brand recall by using the just released .holiday or .gift TLDs (Top-Level Domains) for about $60/year from a domain registrar (e.g. Name.com or WeRegister.xyz). Attach it to your Swizly.com Social Hub and dedicate the page to aggregate all content that uses your holiday specialized/promoted hashtag.

We’re spreading the Christmas cheer and here to help. Use the promo code CyberMonday on checkout to claim a 50% discount on Brand Package or above.

May the odds be ever in your favor during this holiday season.

Missed the Action? Swizly’s got your back …

One of the coolest Swizly features is its ability to effortlessly inhale content from across the web using a simple hashtag. Since the whole world seems to be talking about nowadays is football – we decided to create a page that speaks that language – Swizly World Cup 2014.

Missed yesterday’s game between Uruguay & Italy? Don’t worry about it! A quick look at the our World Cup page should more than suffice to help you carry the conversation about the game over lunch … don’t worry we won’t tell anyone 🙂

If you’re passionate about a particular subject or would like to promote a particular event, you can do that in under 5 minutes with Swizly – give a try, you’ve got nothing to lose. Just think of the traction your Swizly page would generate – become the go-to-person in your field of interest. Start your trial account now!

Oh, just before you go, here are some pictures describing how some of the viewers felt after watching the game between Uruguay & Italy yesterday … they’re hilarious!

 

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Zendesk – Our Customer Service Support System

At Swizly we believe that a company is a direct reflection of the service customers receive. We wanted to make sure to provide our clients with premium customer service regardless of their location, size, or spend. That’s why Swizly integrated Zendesk customer service platform into our backend keeping the lines of communication open between technical staff at Swizly and our users.
Depending on your selected package, you can now reach us via email, live chat, social networks, and phone. Regardless of the method chosen, your inquiry is recorded and a ticket is issued and followed up by a customer service agent at Swizly.

95% of customer tickets are resolved within the first 24 hours of their submission ensuring an uninterrupted top-notch service.

Here are the different ways you can get in touch with us:

So make sure you reach out whenever you have an inquiry about our services.

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What is Swizly?

In short, Swizly is a social media aggregator. Humbleness; however, is not our strong suit; that’s why we feel compelled to give you the longer version of what Swizly is all about. We did our homework when we decided to revamp the old platform and studied what is currently being offered by the competition. Our strategic decision was to take everything they had and make it better, faster, more visually appealing; all that without burning a hole in your corporate pocket.

The aim of Swizly is to consolidate your social media communication into one destination that can be embedded in your website, WordPress blog, or Facebook page and can literally be viewed on any type of display, from you mobile to your digital social wall at your next launch event.

Swizly allows you to aggregate your social feed from over 10 different networks, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, Google+, Pinterest, Vimeo, Flickr, Tumblr and much more. Swizly also populates and moderates user generated content (UGC) from hashtags from both Instagram & Twitter bridging the gap between your brand and its fans.

Another prominent feature that Swizly offers its clients is the ability to monitor and assess their social engagement. We’ve currently incorporated Google analytics as part of our service offering and will soon be introducing a more in-depth analytic tool to provide you with more insightful data.

The strongest suit however is definitely the visual appeal of Swizly. We don’t just tile up your social feed, we create a beautiful collage that compels engagement from a user perspective.

Are you on Swizly yet? No, what are you waiting for,  join us today.

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Why Brands use Swizly?

Whether you’re trying to promote your personal, product, or service brand, Swizly is right for you! The Swizly platform was developed with one strategy in mind: consolidation of your social feeds in one beautifully designed homepage.

Top 10 Reason for using Swizly

  1. Aggregate your social content from over 10 social networks, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Youtube, Instagram, Google+, Pinterest, Vimeo, Flickr, Tumbler and much more.
  2. Display your social feed in an attractive intuitive layout
  3. Populate User Generated Content from Twitter & Instagram hashtags
  4. Add multiple RSS feeds to enrich your content
  5. Embed Swizly into your website and increase your incoming traffic and user engagement
  6. Easily customize Swizly to reflect your brand’s look & feel
  7. Showcase your social feed on any type of display thanks to Swizly’s responsive design
  8. Moderate and filter user generated content using our online publishing queue
  9. Track your post engagement using our integrated monitoring tool
  10. Benefit from Swizly’s exceptional customer service

Who is Swizly for?

Swizly is the ideal solution to any entity interested in harnessing the power of its social media presence under one roof.

Let us know how you use Swizly … and just in case you haven’t started yet, it’s never too late to join the Swizly family!