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10 Twitter Backup Tools For Preserving Tweets

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With the new year quickly approaching, now might be a good time to archive all of your tweets for 2010. You wouldn’t want to lose any of your tweets, or have something happen to your account in 2011 that would cause you to lose a year (or more) worth of tweets, replies, DMs and favorites. Anything could happen and with Twitter accounts being hacked on a daily basis, it’s a smart and safe idea to backup and archive your tweets as often as possible. In case of any emergency, I’m sure that one of the services below is bound to come in handy!

Tweetstream

Tweetstream not only backs up your tweets, it lets you “preserve all of your important Twitter info and uses the data to make you more efficient, effective and prominent to your followers.” Your tweets will be searchable, customizable and exportable. So, you will be able to download your data to your computer via FTP, Amazon S3, Dropbox (coming soon), PDF (coming soon) and more.

Backup your Twitter account with Tweetstream.

Tweetstream has both a free and premium account type. The premium account is normally $25/year, but if you sign up before January 3rd you can get it for only $5/year. You really can’t beat that price.

BackupMyTweets

BackupMyTweets lets you archive 3200 (due to Twitter limitations) of your most tweets. The tool also offers daily backups and the ability to search through your tweets. If you’re looking to backup your email, blog or photos, there are tools for that as well (BackupMyMail, BackupMyBlog, Backupmy Pics).

Backup your Twitter account with BackupMyTweets.

BackupMyTweets currently only offers a free account (it’s free as long as you’re willing to let it send out an automatic tweet of your choice from your account). They are, however releasing a Premium Edition in the near future. The price of that will be $9.95/year, but if you pre-order right now you can get it for $4.95/year.

TweetBackup

TweetBackup is powered by Backupify, a popular service that backups and archives all of your Google apps and various social media data. TweetBackup is free and includes daily backups, exporting and hashtag archiving. Tweetback also has a 3200 tweet limitation, though some users have claimed that they can see more tweets in their archive.

Backup your tweets with TweetBackup.

The downside to TweetBackup is that there doesn’t seem to be a way to search through your tweets at the moment. Also, the service is very basic and does not seem to be 100% complete. For instance, there is a “restore” tab (for restoring Twitter accounts) yet it states that you cannot use this feature because the Twitter API does not allow it. Backupify is actually a better choice if you’re looking for something more feature-rich; it supports Twitter along with a handful of other services.

The Archivist

The Archivist is a Windows desktop application that lets you “archive tweets for later data-mining and analysis.” You can search, save, export and visualize your tweets all with this efficient desktop tool. If you are a Mac user or just do not want to download the application, you can try out the Web version.

Save and analyze tweets with The Archivist for Windows.

With the Web interface you can view archives for any search term (keyword, username, hashtag, etc). You’re then presented with stylish, colorful charts and graphs that you can click on for a more in-depth view of how that term has been used on Twitter.

Twistory

Twistory definitely has a unique approach to Twitter archiving. With it you can “add your Twitter backlog feed to your favorite calendar application and browse through your personal Twitter diary.” Your Twitter account has to be public in order for Twistory to work. It’s is not just a great tool for archiving your tweets, it’s also an instant organizer since all of your tweets are displayed on the date that you created them.

Archive and add your tweets to your calendar with Twistory.

While Twistory also only backs up 3200 tweets, with a Twitter Pro account (coming soon) you can backup all of your tweets. By adding Twistory to your calendar, you can also search through them using your calendar’s search feature as well as have your archive automatically update on a regular basis.

TweetScan

TweetScan calls itself “the most complete Twitter backup available.” You can choose to create a full archive or simply choose which items that you’d like to backup (tweets, friends, DMs, replies, followers, favorites). They say that only your last 1000 items will be downloaded from Twitter. You will then get a zip folder of your tweets to save to your computer.

The most complete Twitter backup available.

The zip folder contains your tweet in both CSV and HTML format. The HTML format is great because once it loads in your browser you can: search through your tweets; view your friends, followers, DMs and favorites; add notes and tags.

TweetGuard

TweetGuard was reviewed here at Blogging Tips a few months ago. It’s a free, handy tool that will backup your Twitter account on a daily basis. You can also export your data in CSV or XML format. Tweets, messages, favorites and friends are organized into tabs for easy viewing. You can also search through your tweets.

Backup your tweets with TweetGuard.

TwitterBackup

TwitterBackup is a very simple tool that “downloads all your tweets and stores them in XML format. The document type is identical to Twitter’s API.” While I haven’t tried the tool myself, I have heard many positive reviews about it (as you can see from the comments on the linked page).

TwitterBackup tool by germanium, on Flickr

Tweetbook

Tweetbook is another unique tool that differs from the basic text archiving format. What Tweetbook does is generate a PDF eBook of your latest tweets, replies and favorites. You can also choose to create an XML backup file as well.

Create a PDF eBook of your tweets with Tweetbook.

If you’re looking for another Twitter backup tool for creating PDF files, you may want to try MyTwebo. You can actually combine multiple Twitter users into a single PDF archive file. The service is also 100% free with unlimited backups and customization options.

TweetSaver

TweetSaver is your Twitter lifesaver; it archives your tweets along with your favorites. You can also search through and tag your tweets to make them easier to find. A unique feature that I found on TweetSaver is that they allow you to share your archived tweets on various social networks with the click of a button.

Backup your tweets with TweetSaver.

TweetSaver does not have a free account type, but they do offer a 7-day free trial. There are four accounts to choose from: monthly $5.00; yearly $30.00; TweetBlast-monthly $3.00; TweetBlast-yearly $15.00. To learn more about the differences between each plan be sure to check out their pricing page.

If those aren’t enough or you still have found the perfect tool, here are 8 more options available for archiving your tweets and Twitter data.

Which tool do you prefer?

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Charnita is a full-time freelance writer and blogger with 3+ years of experience, and also the owner of SocialWebTools.info. She's also an early adopter who loves trying out new social media tools along with Web and iOS (iPad) apps. Feel free to connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

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Instagram Checkout and the Move Toward Frictionless eCommerce

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The number of hurdles standing between online shoppers and completing transactions is dwindling. The path to purchase is getting smoother as retailers move toward frictionless ecommerce. Gone are the days where shoppers must visit an ecommerce website to buy a product, especially if they originally spot the product on a social media platform.

Nowadays, social shopping is capable of enabling people to reduce the number of steps to checkout by allowing them to buy without exiting social media. Instagram Checkout is the latest feature geared toward making it easier to complete deals. Here’s more on this announcement and its potential impact on the ecommerce industry as a whole.

First, What Is Frictionless Ecommerce?

When you hear the word friction, you probably think of resistance. This force can be useful, like using sandpaper to smooth down rough wood. Or this force can be a hindrance, like trying to slide a piece of heavy furniture across the floor. In ecommerce, friction is undesirable because it means shoppers are meeting resistance when they try to proceed through the sales funnel.

Frictionless ecommerce is something sellers are seeking out because it allows them to “integrate buying opportunities as simply and seamlessly as possible into consumers’ everyday activities and natural environments,” according to BLM Technologies.

One of these natural environments is social media, an activity in which many users are spending a larger chunk of each day. It only makes sense to try to sell to people there, rather than requiring them to visit a separate website each time they want to browse or buy.

The ethos behind frictionless ecommerce tells us reducing the number of steps it takes to buy products online will motivate more people to stick around for as long as it takes to convert. Less hassle translates into more sales and a better customer experience.

Of course, it’s still vitally important to set up a responsive, fully featured online store complete with secure checkout. After all, some people won’t use social shopping. Today, leading platforms like Shopify offer free ecommerce website builders to help retailers run their stores. Branching out into frictionless ecommerce in the form of social shopping will help merchants capture even more sales by offering shoppers flexible options.

Building a Trusted Brand and Following Will Still Apply

As you can imagine, with more than a billion active users on the Instagram platform, it’s going to get quite competitive when it comes to ecommerce advertising. With that being said, this is where traditional authentic and organic followers and engagement will come into play.

We recently talked about the power and effectiveness of using a tool like Kicksta to automate the audience targeting and engagement process. For ecommerce and online stores, this is one of the best ways to put your Instagram marketing efforts on auto-pilot, which also reaching new audiences daily.

This also leads to better paid advertising and remarketing options as well. Once a user starts following your account, you have a clear indication that they are interested in what you have to offer.

Set up a new Instagram ad campaign that targets your existing followers, then compare the results with your outside targeting and default ad campaigns. We are sure the existing follower audience set will perform much better. You can visit their website here and watch the short video on their homepage to see how the process works.

The Rise of Instagram Checkout in Ecommerce

Instagram is a highly visual platform, allowing brands to connect with users through engaging images, videos and captions. If you’re an Instagram user, chances are you know the feeling of seeing something you like and wanting to know more about it — or perhaps even conducting an impulse purchase it on the spot.

Instagram Checkout aims to tap into the marketing prowess of this app by “allowing users to complete product purchases without having to leave the app.” It’s all of the convenience of online window shopping without even having to go into the store, except people can still get their hands on the product. Plus, after Instagram users enter their payment data once, the app saves it for future purchases. Thus, the purchasing journey remains inside a single app — making it more convenient and tempting for mobile shoppers who follow their favorite brands online.

At the moment, Instagram Checkout is a feature in beta testing available to about 20 top brands. An advanced version will be available to more merchants down the line, which means we all need to prepare for the wider acceptance of social shopping. Once this becomes the standard, online users will crave ultra-convenient experiences.

Instagram Checkout is an exciting new development on the horizon for ecommerce brands, and stores must embrace the move toward frictionless ecommerce to stay competitive.

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7 Instagram Features Every Business Needs to Use for Marketing

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Instagram is a fun platform for sharing pictures and video. However, as far as it pertains to businesses, it’s a lot more than that. For businesses, Instagram is a marketing device and quite an effective one at that.

Are you interested in using Instagram to market your business? Then read on. We’re going to teach you about 7 Instagram features which will enhance your business marketing campaigns.

Taking Advantage of Instagram Features When Marketing

A great many of Instagram’s features lend themselves to marketing. The best of these features include the following.

1. Stories

Instagram Stories work in the same way as Snapchat Stories, allowing you to post photos and videos for 24 hours before they disappear. Popular among all types of Instagrammers, they are frequently viewed and are great for attracting new followers.

Businesses have two options when it comes to using Instagram Story video: 1. They can post stories on their own Instagram pages, or 2. They can use Instagram Stories Ads. While the first option will provide some exposure for your business, the second option will provide more.

Why? Because it involves placing ads for your business in between the stories of Instagrammers that you don’t even know. As a result, you’ll be reaching customers who are entirely unfamiliar with your brand.

While Stories Ads cost money to post, they often end up bringing in more money than they cost. In other words, they’re usually worth a try.

2. Push Notifications

Another terrific feature for marketing on Instagram is the push notification. These are notifications which automatically send to specific followers upon the publishing of new posts. They work to keep top followers invested in your page.

Note, however, that getting followers to accept push notifications can be challenging. Unless your content is undeniably great, you’re going to have to be a little aggressive in getting followers to accept push notifications for your page.

One of the keys to doing this is to utilize calls to action. Simply telling visitors to enable push notifications for your page can be quite effective.

The other key is to post great content on a consistent basis while keeping non-value content to a minimum. The more valuable the content you post, the more valuable your page becomes, and the more your followers will want to frequent it. This leads to the enabling of push notifications which, in turn, leads to the conversion of more sales.

3. Geotagging

If you run a brick-and-mortar business, geotagging is a hugely valuable Instagram feature to utilize. By geotagging the photos you post, you make your business more visible on geographical searches. This is a great way to attract Instagram users who live in the geographical proximity of your business.

Note, however, that you must always be cognizant of whether you have geotagging turned on. If you’re not careful, you could accidentally geotag a photo or video that you wished to leave geographically anonymous.

4. Live Video

One of the best ways to build credibility and authenticity with your Instagram followers is by utilizing live video. Live video occurs in real-time, allowing you to communicate directly with your followers through page comments and voice.

Afraid that you might say something embarrassing? It won’t last for long. Instagram live videos disappear as soon as they’re done being broadcasted, ensuring that your faux pas isn’t picked apart by the masses.

You can use Live Video to discuss project updates, to show off new products, to showcase charitable efforts, and more. It’s all about making yourself and your business more familiar to your followers.

5. Photo Filters

A big part of marketing is building a brand. The goal is to evoke a feeling which is representative of your business. In evoking this feeling, you make your business instantly identifiable among the masses. Photo filters are also great for social profile branding. Take a look at these top brands that are doing social media profile branding correctly, then also consider how you can implement these same visuals into your own branding efforts.

There are a number of ways to do this on Instagram, but one of the most effective ways is through the use of photo filters. Using the same photo filters on all of your posts will provide your Instagram page with an overarching theme. This theme will become part of your brand and will help followers to identify your business.

Our advice is to experiment with different filters until you’ve found something you like. Then, once it’s established, you can hit your followers over the head with it.

6. Hashtags

When it comes to using Instagram for marketing purposes, it’s impossible to overstate the importance of hashtags. Hashtags are not only vital in building a brand, but in attracting non-followers as well.

Dropping trending hashtags into your posts is a great way to bring your Instagram page into the loop. Not only does it show that you’re part of the culture, but that your page might be worth visiting.

There are also many other famous hashtags too like;

  • #love
  • #instagood
  • #me
  • #cute
  • #tbt
  • #photooftheday
  • #instamood
  • #iphonesia
  • #motivation
  • #repost
  • #igers
  • #instadaily

In short, hashtags increase exposure for your business. The more exposure your business gets, the more sales it will convert.

7. Emoji Polls

One last Instagram feature you should consider using is Emoji Polls. These allow you to ask questions and receive direct feedback from your many followers, increasing familiarity among potential customers and allowing potential customers to feel as though their thoughts have an impact on the operation of your business.

One way to use Emoji Polls as a business is to ask followers how they feel about a specific product. However, you don’t need to strictly talk about your business. Inquiries about current events could get followers involved as well.

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There is no shortage of Instagram features, each of which can help businesses to market their products, services, and brand. While the features reviewed above are the most effective for marketing purposes, they comprise only a handful of what you have available to you.

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Attract More Instagram Followers with Kicksta

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With its incredible reach and unparalleled level of user engagement, Instagram has quickly become the social media platform of choice for brands, agencies and influencers alike. But because of this remarkable popularity, it can prove challenging to get noticed and to gain a substantial following, especially if you feel like you’ve hit a plateau. How can you reach new audiences and convert them into a loyal fan following?

If you’re interested in getting real followers who will actually engage with your content, you might want to give Kicksta a look. It’s an automated platform that will free up hours of your time, so you can focus on creating awesome content, curating real relationships, and converting your newfound connections “into more gigs, paid partnerships and sales.”

What Does Kicksta Do?

Instagram, like all other social media platforms, is predicated on two main tasks. First, you need to create the kind of content that users actually like and engage with. This is true whether you are a brand hoping to attract new customers or an influencer looking to extend your influence (and land more branded content deals). There’s certainly no shortage of resources online that can help you achieve just the right Instagram look.

The second part puts the “social” in “social media.” It’s all about engagement. It’s not enough to treat Instagram as a means of broadcasting your message to the masses; you need to engage with actual people too. And if you want to grow your following, you need to engage with users who are not already following you. That can be very time-consuming to do manually, because you want to seek out individuals who align with what your Instagram account is all about.

What Kicksta does is zero in on these potential followers, “liking” one or two posts from each of these users. The goal is to get their attention. When they see that you’ve liked their post, they may come around to check out your page. And when they see that you have the content they’d like to see, they might start following you. Organically. This automated process repeats at scale, so you can continue to grow and attract real followers each and every day.

You Are Not Buying Followers

There are at least a few key factors that differentiate Kicksta from seemingly similar services. You’re not playing the follow-unfollow game. Kicksta will not go around following accounts on your behalf and then unfollowing them if they don’t follow back. This is a practice that’s questionable on a number of grounds. Similarly, Kicksta is not going around posting canned comments on random posts (i.e., “Great post! Check out my account for similar content!”), because that can easily be interpreted as spam. You’re also not “buying” followers, which is against the Instagram TOS.

Instead, the objective is to appear as organic and natural as possible. When you first get set up with Kicksta, you enter your own Instagram credentials. Then, you provide information about the audience you’re trying to attract. With the “Creative” plan, you can target up to 10 accounts whose followers might be interested in following you. For instance, if you’re a food blogger, you might target other food bloggers.

If you upgrade to the “Professional” plan, you can target up to 40 accounts; you can also target based on gender, location, and hashtag. The “likes” appear organic, leading to “real” Instagram growth, because the targeted users are following you of their own free accord. This automated service frees up several hours from your week to focus on other efforts.

Navigating the Dashboard

Getting around the user interface with Kicksta is a relatively simple affair. You can connect and manage multiple Instagram accounts if you’d like too, but each will need its own monthly plan.

After connecting and selecting your account, you’re shown a general overview where you can review the engagement on your most recent post, your best performing post and your worst performing post. From the main navigation, you can also click to see all your posts to see how many likes and comments they received. More importantly in the context of Kicksta, though, is adding your targets for the tool to decide what posts to “like” on your behalf.

Clicking on “targets” shows your current targets, and then adding a target is as straightforward as adding the username of the account whose followers you’d like Kicksta to engage with. Once targets are added, you can toggle them on and off. You can also see the performance in terms of conversion rate and overall quality of the target. With these two features, you can experiment with what targets work best and only enable those.

There is also a section with analytics where you can review followers gained for a defined date range, as well as your net followers gained day-to-day.

But Does It Actually Work?

It’s important to note that Kicksta cannot guarantee any specific number of followers, because users are real people and they’re choosing to follow you on their own. What they can guarantee is that they’ll consistently keep up with liking one or two posts per user; you need to have the quality content they desire if you want them to follow you. In other words, your mileage may vary.

Kicksta shares a number of case studies on their website to illustrate some of their notable success stories. These include a bridal company that generates 50% of their revenue through Instagram, an e-commerce giant that drives 15% of their online sales from the platform, and an influencer who grew from 2,000 followers to over 12,000 followers in two months using Kicksta.

Really, the only way you’ll know whether it works is to try it out yourself.

How Much Does It Cost?

As mentioned above, Kicksta offers two monthly pricing plans, depending on the level of growth you desire.

The $49 Creative plan promises “moderate” growth with smart filters and up to 10 targets. The $99 Professional plan (discounted from $149) increases the target count to 40, adding in gender targeting, hashtag targeting, location targeting, blacklisting, premium email support, and live chat support. There’s a 14 day money-back guarantee on both plans, no questions asked, and you can cancel at any time.

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