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Inexpensive tools

This step briefly introduces learners to popular inexpensive tools for social listening, usually used by smaller organisations.

Small companies, with even smaller budgets, are also catered for by a range of reasonably-priced tools and software.

Hootsuite Logo for social listening tool Hootsuite Focussing on facilitating the management of social channels across teams, Hootsuite has grown to offer monitoring and listening tools at a very low cost.

Buzzsumo Logo for social listening tool Buzzsumo Primarily a content research tool, Buzzsumo provides insight into conversations happening across blogs, news, Q&A sites, forums and social. The platform also provides insight into trending content and the influencers who are driving those trends.

Iconosquare Logo for social listening tool Iconosquare An Instagram-specific platform providing analytics into your own account as well as your competitors. The platform allows you to; track trends and hashtags, identify influencers, and schedule posts.

Snaplytics Logo for social listening tool Snaplytics One of the first tools to emerge for Snapchat, Snaplytics allows marketers to gain insights on their own Snapchat account and see how competitors are performing.

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