Google My Business is here! πŸŽŠπŸ™ŒπŸΌ

We know that this is something you’ve been expecting for a while now.

So, here it is, yey! πŸ‘πŸ»

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Here’s what you need to know about posting on Google My Business (GMB):

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  • you can now post to GMB locations - so the first step is to add a location (you don’t add businesses, you add the location(s) within a certain business)
  • on GMB you can publish image posts
  • posts may have an additional CTA button (optional), for which you can set up a link with the purpose of driving traffic
  • the CTA buttons are a pre-defined list of button types from Google And here’s how you edit a post in GMB πŸ‘‡

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Also, here’s how a GMB post appears in Google Search πŸ‘‡

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As this is a brand new feature, if you find any issues with it, or have any suggestions, please let us know. πŸ™

Secure Shortlinks

The long-awaited feature that some of you requested is finally here! πŸŽ‰ πŸ™Œ

Now you can create secure/https short links for all the integrated ShortLink providers (except the case of PixelMe with custom domains).

This will not apply to all the existing (already) created short links, however.

But here’s the good news: implementing the secure/https short links for all the integrated ShortLink providers will happen automatically. You don’t need to do anything.

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Easier Content Approval

Here’s something you've been expecting! If not, then SURPRISE! πŸŽ‰

Until now, to get content approved you had to go in each content category and select the content you wanted to approve.

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Now, all you need to do is select Content Approval and you’ll end up seeing the latest posts that need your approval. Easy peasy! πŸ˜€

Even more than that you can also select any Social Profile where you want to check the posts that you want to approve. πŸ‘‡

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And, to have things completely at hand, you can simply select the Source Types as well and check the posts that come from the specific source you are interested in. πŸ‘‡

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So, now you can approve those well-written social posts easier.

We're being proactive in making the SocialBee platform a better and easy to use platform. Enjoy! πŸ™Œ

Post Previews

You've created a great new post. πŸŒƒ

But how will it look like once it shows up on the various social platforms?

We've built Post Previews to see exactly* how each post will look like once shared on each social network.

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Just click the ribbon next to each post, to see how they will look like.

No more surprises, just great looking posts. πŸ•Ά

Better image posts on LinkedIn

Until now, when we wanted to share an image post, we had to do it via a weird trick where we'd share it via a SocialBee media file. That worked but was not ideal.

Now, your LinkedIn images will be front & center. Plus they will look crisp.

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You can even add up to 4 images to a LinkedIn image post.

No change is required on your side.

This way, you can wear your best suit* on LinkedIn, and look good in it.

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*Even though it's LinkedIn, ties are not mandatory.

New Twitter Limits and Limitations

From the beginning, we started SocialBee with three main functionalities: Content, Grow, and Engage.

And even though we know that businesses need all of these functionalities to thrive, we also understand that SocialBee is a powerful tool, and...

With great power comes great responsibility. πŸ’ͺ

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Twitter recently suspended πŸ”— tools which had similar (but much more aggressive) functionality to our Grow feature.

Our app was not affected, and we've always worked with Twitter to stay compliant with their Terms of Service.

We're being proactive in making Twitter a better place for all of us.

But no worries: these new limits won't affect 99% of you.

What does this mean? What will change?

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New Grow Limits

One of the main use cases of Twitter is to find relevant accounts to follow and engage with.

As private individuals, we might want to find friends, relevant news and entertainment sources, or thought-provoking profiles.

As companies, we might want to find our competitors, influencers in our space, or prospective customers.

But this should be used for just that - finding relevant accounts you want to follow, and not in order to generate notification spam.

This is why we're limiting the Growth functionality to 100 follows and 100 unfollows per day.

We feel that this still gives legitimate, well-intentioned entrepreneurs and businesses the possibility to find relevant accounts to follow while disarming any spammers.

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Daily Posting Safeguards

Most people post to Twitter once or twice per day.

Even though we feel that Twitter's real-time nature does lend itself to a higher posting intensity than the other social networks, you should also not overdo it.

So we're limiting the number of daily scheduled times to 100 for each profile. About one post every 15 minutes, which under regular posting conditions, is not a limit that anybody should hit.

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What's next?

As always, we keep working to improve our tools πŸ”— and our services πŸ”— to help you get more leads with less effort.

We thank you for being with us on this amazing journey. πŸ™

Keep buzzing! 🐝

Pinterest is here! (Through HootSuite)

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I know this is something you've been expecting for a long time.

So guess who can now post on Pinterest through SocialBee?

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We would have loved to be able to post directly, without any 3rd party integrations, but direct API accesses are hard to get nowadays...

So until we get our very own access to the Pinterest API, you can already post on Pinterest through our HootSuite integration.

A free HootSuite account also works.

Find out how to set up your Pinterest account through HootSuite here: https://help.socialbee.io/content/posting-to-pinterest-via-the-hootsuite-integration

As this is a brand new feature, if you find any issues with it, or have any suggestions, please let us know.

Happy Pinning! πŸ“Œ πŸ™Œ 🎊

Google+ shutting down

As I'm sure you know by now, Google+ is shutting down.

As a result, we've also removed our Google+ Buffer integration.

What is changing?

  • You can no longer connect any Google+ profiles.
  • The posting on any connected Google+ profiles has been set to not running, and you can not switch it back to running.
  • All your Google+ linked content is still available in SocialBee, in case you want to assign it to other profiles.

We suggest removing any Google+ profiles from your SocialBee account.

We're sorry to see Google+ go.

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But there's also good news: we're already working on our Google My Business integration.

Shopping Cart for the Concierge Services

As we've been adding more Concierge Services (plus more are coming), we needed to give you an option to move from buying each one individually and to allow you to select all the services you want and buy them in one go.

So now when you go to Concierge in the app you'll see a redesigned experience. 🀩

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So go ahead and buy any new Concierge Services in one go! πŸ’ͺ

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Twitter posting (and Grow) is working again

Our previous Issues with Posting (and Grow) on Twitter have been solved.

All services are back on track.

Thank you for your support and understanding.

No published changelogs yet.

Surely SocialBee will start publishing changelogs very soon.

Check out our other public changelogs: Buffer, Mention, Respond by Buffer, JSFiddle, Olark, Droplr, Piwik Pro, Prott, Ustream, ViralSweep, StartupThreads, Userlike, Unixstickers, Survicate, Envoy, Gmelius, CodeTree