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Crowdbooster Could Be Your Crystal Ball

CrowdboosterI’ve been trying out a product over the past few days which is looking pretty promising.  Some of you may have heard of it already but for those of you who haven’t it’s called Crowdbooster.

The company’s documentation describes the site as ‘a social media marketing solution that fuses targeted recommendations and data-driven insights to help brands achieve online influence.’  Hey, that sounds cool.

I have high hopes for this product.  Currently you can add your Twitter and Facebook Pages to the service, although I believe there are plans to add more should there be a real need for this from users.

At the time of writing this, Crowdbooster is performing its initial crawl of my accounts.  Once this is complete it promises to give me targeted recommendations, at-a-glance insights about each message, follower information, deep audience insights and depending on the level you sign up for to manage multiple accounts.

I’m like a cat on a hot tin roof waiting for it to finish crawling my accounts.  It’s already given me a couple of recommendations which are just like little teasing tantalisers of the information I’m hopefully going to get.

Product Features

Crowdbooster’s actionable recommendations allow you to:

  • Schedule tweets or posts at the best time. It will find the best time to tweet or post based on your past performance and typical audience activity.
  • Engage with influential followers. Crowdbooster alerts you when a people with a high social influence follow you.
  • Curate relevant content. Based on the past performance of links you have sent, the site suggests sources from which you should find content to connect with your audience.
  • Cross-post between social networks. It will uncover the content that resonates best with your followers on Twitter so that you can share it with your fans on Facebook.
  • Respond to missed tweets. If Crowdbooster doesn’t detect a response from you within 3 hours of someone directly mentioning you, this will be highlighted to make sure you never miss a thing and increase your engagement efforts
  • Thank your most engaged followers. Every Friday, it will generate a tweet that mentions your top followers for the week.

Crowdbooster’s intuitive analytics help you understand:

  • The metrics that matter most. Scan the sleek graphs and tables to quickly find out how well your content resonates on Twitter (based on impressions, retweets, mentions, and replies) and Facebook (based on impressions, likes, and comments).
  • Follower and Fan growth over time. Track the benefits of long-term engagement or the effectiveness of a one-time social media campaign.
  • Influential audience segments. Crowdbooster uncovers followers with high online influence so that you can foster and keep up relationships with them.
  • Loyal followers and fans. Engage the fans that interact with you the most to cultivate and keep up a brand community

Here are some screenshots to give you an idea of what to expect:

So what have I found most useful.

Pros

  • It’s easy to use;
  • It looks and feels great;
  • You can easily schedule future Tweets based on Crowdbooster’s recommended time for delivery or choose your own time;
  • It reminds you to respond if you missed a Tweet.  It has already reminded me a couple of times when I have forgotten to Tweet back to someone;
  • Great addition that it will auto-generate a #FF Tweet for you each Friday;
  • The ability to cross-post to Facebook based on things that go down well on Twitter with your followers;
  • Recommendations on where to source relevant content.

Cons

  • For me, it has been really slow to crawl my Twitter and Facebook accounts to come back with any results;
  • It has not given me many recommendations so far either.

I am waiting patiently though for things to happen as I hope I will find what it produces to be really helpful based on the information I have had from it to date.

Why not head over to Crowdbooster now and take a look yourself.

Now, over to you…  Do you already use the site and if so what do you think?  Are there any alternatives out there which you would recommend?

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Tim Bonner

Tim Bonner is a Stay At Home Dad, Blogger and Internet Marketer. Learn more about him here.

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  • http://billdorman.me Bill Dorman

    But will it write my posts for me? Then I really would just have to show up, huh? I wonder if it could talk in my voice?

    Sounds interesting; I guess the closest I have to something like that is Triberr and Hootsuite. I use buffer, but only when it gives me the option to use buffer app or tweet.

    It will be interesting to see how this works for you. Good luck…..

    • http://tim-bonner.com Tim Bonner

      Hey Bill

      Now that would be something wouldn’t it? Write posts for you and maybe even do some video shoots! You just have to sit back and relax.

      I’m afraid Crowdbooster won’t do that for you at the moment Bill but you never know, something for the developers to think about for the future ;-).

      I had a look at Hootsuite but I tend to prefer using Tweetdeck when it comes to Twitter. I know it doesn’t allow you to schedule Tweets though but I prefer the look and feel of it.

      Triberr is an interesting one. I just haven’t got into that yet. I find it too clumsy to join Tribes I think.

      I’m still getting used to Crowdbooster. It’s flagged up some interesting stuff so far though so onwards and upwards.

      Thanks for stopping by Mr Bill.

      Tim

  • http://adriennesmith.net Adrienne

    Hey Tim,

    Never heard of this program but it sounds interesting. I’m assuming the more it will do for you the more cost you pay per month. I think a lot of these type programs are “neat” but I’m not really willing to pay the money at this time since there is so much out there that offers similar information.

    But, I’ll be anxious to hear your results so please do keep us notified of what you find.

    ~Adrienne

    • http://tim-bonner.com Tim Bonner

      Hey Adrienne

      The personal plan is free for 1 Twitter account and 1 Facebook page. Any more than that then there is a charge, starting at $39.99 per month for up to 10 accounts. I’ve only got 1 of each though so it’s great for me! You also get all of the features in the free account.

      This is the only service like this I found that offers a free account. All the others offer only a free trial period.

      I agree there are other products out there that do some of the things Crowdbooster can do, such as Hootsuite, although I’ve not seen any others that give targeted recommendations. I’m sure someone will be able to tell me otherwise though!

      Thank you for your comments Adrienne and a I will let you know how I get on in a future post.

      Have a great week.

      Tim

  • Theodore.N

    Hmm Tim, this is my first to hear about this program, but from your review it sounds as if its one of its kind. Hope you will let us know the result by the time it finish crawling your account.

    Does it work like a plugin? How much is it? I didn’t see any link to check it out.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • http://tim-bonner.com Tim Bonner

      Hi Theodore

      Thank you for visiting my blog.

      Doh! I completely forgot the link to it so thanks for pointing that out. I’ve now added one on the post and you can also get to it here.

      It’s a stand alone website. You need to allow Crowdbooster access to your Twitter and Facebook accounts, similarly to how you do for Hootsuite.

      If you only add 1 Twitter account and 1 Facebock Page then the personal account is absolutely free. Any more than that then it’s $39.99 per month up to 10 accounts and then $99 per month up to 30 accounts.

      At the moment, it’s given me a few recommendations but it’s not quite finished crawling some aspects of my accounts. The support desk said the more you use it though the more recommendations you will get so that’s what I’m doing at the moment!

      Thank you for your comments Theodore and I will keep everyone updated with how I get on.

      Tim

  • Donna Merrill

    Hi Tim,
    You have done an excellent job on reviewing this product! I never heard of this before and appreciate you telling us about it. Although I do things manually, I have given thought to “boosting” up my time…

    This sounds interesting!

    Thank you
    Donna

    • http://tim-bonner.com Tim Bonner

      Hey Donna

      Thank you for your kind comments.

      I have to admit I really like this product. You can probably tell. ;-)

      Although, following Twitter’s recent announcement about future API usage, who knows where Crowdbooster, Hootsuite and the like will be in a year’s time.

      I hope you have a great day Donna.

      Tim

  • Chadrack

    Hmm, this really sound interesting. I’m really interested in that #FF post. I’ll truly love to have something like that which can always remind me to thank my most influencial friends for the week. Checking it out right away!

    • http://tim-bonner.com Tim Bonner

      Hey Chadrack

      It’ll be the first Friday since I started with the Crowdbooster service tomorrow so I am eagerly waiting in anticipation that it does prepare the #FF post! If it does, then it’s going to be a really useful thing for me.

      Please let me know what you think of the product. It’s still computing some of my Tweets. I guess there’s a lot of data to get through!

      Thank you for commenting Chadrack and I hope you’re having a great week!

      Tim