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November was a special month for us here at Crowdbooster because exactly one year ago we told Mashable about our little company trying to do something different in the social media marketing space. A year later, we have a community of users that continues to grow, and we’re proud to be pushing for more innovation in the space.

 

Here’s what we’ve been up to.

 

Performance enhancements


As a top priority, our team is working on improving the performance of our service. Thank you for being patient during this period. We are striving to come out with a much more stable and reliable offering for your analytics and scheduling needs.

 

 


Improved tweet scheduler


It is now easier to schedule multiple tweets through Crowdbooster. Rather than havnig to click for a pop-up widget, you can now just start typing in the text field right away. To compose your next tweet, simply continue typing after you’ve successful scheduled your last one. To make it easier for you to use our suggested times, Crowdbooster will also automatically advance the scheduled time to the next best time.


Improved Facebook time recommendations


We’ve now made the Facebook time recommendations smarter and more precise. Instead of suggesting three 3-hour blocks of time, we will look at how much data we have collected to offer you a more precise time recommendation in 1-hour blocks or one 3-hour block when we can.


“New post” button


We added a “new post” button at the top on your Facebook dashboard. You don’t have to wait for recommendations to finish processing to get going with publishing posts on Facebook.


That’s all for now. Thanks again and look out for more updates from us soon!

 

Crowdbooster launches today, and it’s just the beginning…

Today we are announcing the launch of Crowdbooster public beta. This marks another milestone in our company’s young history, and it’s just the beginning. Since our private beta launch in November, you’ve been here helping us build a truly revolutionary product. We will continue to commit to this “open strategy” where we make an effort learn from you every step of the way, and I hope you can continue to guide us by giving us your feedback.

Check out the press release and share our news with the world: http://bit.ly/oKhv2F

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Staying sane as a social media professional – Lessons from SMOchat

This post is based on our second and third #SMOchat (stands for Social Media Optimization chat). We host #SMOchat on Twitter every Tuesday at noon Pacific / 3pm Eastern Time. We hope you can join us to learn about SMO together.

“Social media” is a young industry and it’s changing really fast. That’s why we do a weekly #SMOchat in order to stay abreast of what is happening. These past 2 weeks we discussed how to develop great content for the social web, how to work with community advocates, and how to do all this while staying sane.

Staying sane and working with others as a social media professional 

Many social media professionals feel overwhelmed because of the always-on nature of our work. Even for those of us with teammates, working together with others can present an additional layer of complexity. To fight the deluge of conversations on social media, our community thinks that the only way is to set a schedule for when to be present, and rely on tools (like the ones suggested by Oneforty, or their new product Socialbase) and notifications to not miss anything. If you can have teammates, rotating can help each other unplug and focus on the other tasks at-hand.

Having a team, however, could mean that you lose the unifying voice that helps your community relate to you as a human. Introducing a voice guideline to the team may help. Others don’t think this is as much of a risk because companies like Zappos have developed a sign-in / sign-out system, letting individual personalities shine through. Another way to accomplish this is through signing your name or initials at the end of your tweets and posts.

Developing great content for your fans and followers