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Instagram on Hootsuite and Google Hotel Finder

Instagram on Hootsuite and Google Hotel Finder

Welcome to Hootsuite, Instagram!

Social media managers rejoice! Photo-sharing, social media behemoth Instagram is now integrated with Hootsuite. This means Hootsuite users can now schedule those pesky weekend and evening Instagram posts without having to set constant reminders on their phones and alarm clocks.

Hootsuite users will also be able to interact and engage with their audience while also being able to schedule and simultaneously push out Instagram posts onto other platforms, like Facebook and Twitter. You can check out the short video on the integration below.

Google Quietly Launches Hotel Finder

Google Hotel FinderSearch giant, Google, may be setting its sights on the travel industry. Google recently (very quietly) launched a new feature allowing users to book hotel rooms directly through the search engine. Called “Google Hotel Finder,” the tool can use Google Wallet to make the transaction quite easy and quick.

At this time, the options are reportedly a bit limited, which may not result in the best deals for consumers.

Hootsuite Picture Posting and Snapchat Geofilters

As usual, things keep moving at a rapid pace on social media. Here are two items for you to note this week.

Post Pictures with Hootsuite

Hootsuite Picture Posting

Hootsuite subscribers recently received an email explaining a brand new and updated feature that would allow pictures to automatically generate in Twitter newsfeeds through pic.twitter.com instead of appearing as an owl.ly link. This is a great addition! Research has shown the effectiveness of imagery in generating clicks and engagements on social media and this was Hootsuite giving its subscribers the ability to capture an audience’s attention much better than before.

Unfortunately, not everyone was able to automatically access the new feature. However, there is a quick and easy way to manually enable the feature:

  1. Click here to visit your dashboard
  2. Click your profile icon in the top left corner
  3. Click on View Social Networks
  4. Click the Profile Settings tab
  5. Under Image Uploads, select pic.twitter.com

That should do it! You can now automatically generate pictures when you attach them to tweets!

Snapchat Geofilters

A recent addition to Snapchat is the ability to include geofilters on your snaps. Geofilters are overlays that can be added to pictures when you’re in specific locations (like the example in Indianapolis below). Adding a geofilters isn’t difficult at all. Just follow the tips on the Snapchat website and add your design to allow people to start branding their photos. This is a great opportunity for any DMO, festival, event or attraction to begin harnessing the power of Snapchat.

Snapchat Geofilter