ContentStudio Review + Tutorial

Best Social Media Marketing Tool?


You’re thinking if it’s good to have Content Studio for your social media and marketing campaigns, right?

Well, ContentStudio is another social media marketing tool out there…

...But, realistically and theoretically, It’s more than just a social media marketing tool.

Today, in this ContentStudio review, you’re going to find EVERYTHING about ContentStudio.

If you’re concerned about…

  • Whether you should use Content Studio for social media campaigns for your business or clients’...
  • Why you should choose ContentStudio over other popular social media marketing tools like Hootsuite, Buffer, Agorapulse, Plannable, etc.…
  • Whether ContentStudio can make a difference to my business if I use it…
  • And… If it’s really worth it…
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Step-by-step Guide to ContentStudio

Then, you’re going to find answers for all of these and for more questions you may have in your mind.

How to read this ContentStudio Review + Tutorial Guide

Like most of my other articles in Pitiya, this post about on ContentStudio review is also lengthier. However, it contains over twenty sub-headings that cover each inch of ContentStudio.

I did my best to put it together as far as I can so you can access them in one place. Because of that, this article contains about 7,800 words. (Have you ever read a blog post that lengthier?)

Therefore, I put essential sections into this Table of Contents below. Click on each heading and subheading text to jump to each section of this ContentStudio review + tutorial.

Content Studio Feature Review

Content Studio has five main tools. They are,

  • 1
    Content Discovery
  • 2
    Composer
  • 3
    Planner
  • 4
    Automation
  • 5
    Insights (beta)

I will review each section one by one. Download the PDF version of this post if you want to read it later.

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Content Discovery

I’d say “Content Discovery” tool in Content Studio is the heart of it. It’s where you will find relevant content to share on your social media profiles and blogs.

Content Discovery tool is kind of similar to “Buzzsumo,” but with better integrations and features such as post to the blog, add to evergreen campaigns, etc.

You will get access to Content Discovery without having to set up anything. However, if you want to add custom websites to “Content Discovery” in ContentStudio, you will have to specify the sites.

Sources

Here’s how to add custom sources to ContentStudio.

Step 1. Click on your “Profile” image at top right corner and select “Sources.”

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Step 2. Now you’ll see an interface similar to one below.

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ContentStudio Sources Settinggs

Add New Web Source

You can manually specify a web source in three different ways.

  • 1
    Add by Keyword/Domain
  • 2
    Add by RSS Feed URL
  • 3
    Add by uploading your OPML/TEXT file

Before adding website feed URL, you can use “search by keyword” search feature to first confirm that the particular blog you want to add to your Content Discovery feed isn’t already attached.

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Search Sources by Keyword

If it’s already added, you can preview blog feed by clicking on the “eye” icon.

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Source Feed Preview - Click on any feed link to view RSS feed on browser.

Add RSS Feed


The best way to make sure ContentStudio will catch up all the past and the future content of a blog is by adding its RSS feed URL.

RSS is an acronym for Really Simple Syndication. RSS is a web content syndication format. Therefore it doesn’t follow search engine robots rules such as index tags.

This way, ContentStudio won’t miss any future blog post as in general RSS feed is updated whenever the blog is updated, even though it’s set as “Noindex” for search engine bots.

Learn more about the specification on RSS 2.0 over at Harvard Cyber website.

How to find RSS Feed URL of a blog

According to CMS Usage statistics, a majority of blogs in the world are powered by either one of WordPress (self-hosted), BlogSpot, Tumblr, WordPress (hosted) and Magento content management systems. (among them, self-hosted WordPress is far ahead from others. So, most websites and blogs you see one are created using WordPress)

Here's example RSS feed links for each blogging platforms.

Content Management System

RSS Feed Path Address

WordPress

/feed/

BlogSpot

/feeds/posts/default

Tumblr

/rss

Magento

/feed

Live Journal

/data/rss

Joomla

/feed

Drupal

/rss.xml

Typepad

http://feeds.feedblitz.com/*yourusername*

In spite of Typepad, enter blog address before RSS feed path address to generate RSS feed of posts. ex: www.pitiya.com/feed/ (WordPress Self-hosted)

OPML/TEXT file

OPML is the acronym for “Outline Processor Markup Language.” Mainly it contains set of RSS feed URLs.

Download OPML editor to your computer on here and create OPML/Text file with a set of RSS feed URLs for ContentStudio.

Additionally, you can use this online OPML generator to create OPML files or .XML files.

OPML RSS Feed Generator

OPML RSS Feed Generator - Enter as many feed URLs you want in a new line one by one

Here's how the XML file will looks like after hitting the "Generate" button.

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OPML XML File

Source Library

Source Library is where you will see all available web sources that fetch content for Discovery feature.

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Source Library in ContentStudio

As you see, I have added LinkedIn domains to a custom topic ('Marketing Domains'). You can do things like turning on/off each source, add blogs to custom topics and even find disabled sources.

Custom Sources in Library

Add custom sources into specific topics. Or block custom source from your ContentStudio account.

Facebook Sources

In ContentStudio, you can analyze Facebook pages and get an idea of which type of posts go viral and which do not account for each niche.

Just like web sources, you can add custom Facebook pages to let ContentStudio keep track of posts, engagements and user interactions.

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Facebook Pages Library - ContentStudio

Once you have set up “Sources,” let ContentStudio a few hours to catch up all content of your custom sources and fetch their social media statistics.

Once you are done, you can visit “Discovery” tab and see the performance of defined websites and Facebook pages.

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Find Trending Content on Facebook using ContentStudio

Trending Content

The power of ContentStudio Discovery tool is going to show in “Trending Content” feature.

In fact, you can find out trending topics in the world or in religion in a particular platform such as Twitter, YouTube or in web portals such as news websites, blogs, etc.

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Find Trending web articles in the world using ContentStudio

Content Types

One area where ContentStudio’s Discovery feature is ahead from most of other content discovery tools out there is the number of platforms it supports.

Here are the platforms that ContentStudio supports.

  • Web Articles (News websites, blogs, etc.)
  • YouTube
  • Dailymotion
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Flickr
  • Imgur
  • Giphy
  • Pixabay

Filter Options

You may be wanting to know which sorts of news have become popular last hour in Canada in the Spanish language.

Well, if you use ContentStudio’s Discovery module, you can find out them very quickly.

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Content Filter Options


Each source platforms have different filter options. For example, you can filter videos with most comments within previous 3 days on Facebook.

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Find Trending Facebook Videos locally

Search Content

You can find particular content by using the search box. Here are the advanced search filters.

  • Search by a keyword: marketing
  • Search by a phrase: content marketing
  • Search by site: techcrunch.com
  • Search by author: author: Sarah Perez
  • Search by the author in a site: author: Sarah Perez && site:techcrunch.com

Also, you can search keywords within Title only or title and body. The second option will take more time, but it will fetch more content.

Related Content

ContentStudio search box has “auto-suggest” feature. Which means whenever you start typing a keyword, you will be suggested related keywords and related websites.

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Search on ContentStudio

Details and Actions

View Options

There are two ways to view content on ContentStudio.

  • 1
    List View
  • 2
    Grid View
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List View

Article Details

Under each web article, you will see details such as the number of total social media shares on Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn and also Trending Score which is built on some factors.

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Article Details (Number of social shares, trending score etc.)

Preview Article

By clicking on the “Eye” icon, you can preview the article inside ContentStudio.

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Article Preview

Click on “View Original Article” to open the original article in a new tab.

Twitter Influencers

Another convenient feature in ContentStudio Discovery module is the ability to find Twitter Influencers.

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Twitter Sharers and Details (Make your content marketing campaigns' ROI higher with Twitter outreach)

These are Twitter users who are interested in the particular content. You can reach them out the pitch your content to get your piece of material shared with their followers. I have already discussed these methods in this article about Twitter tools. Check ContentStudio and Ninja Outreach sections to find out how to implement this.

Domain Options

If you’d like to see more content from a particular domain, click on yellow three dots and then click on “All Articles” option.

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Domain Options (Find other articles in the domain)

Or you can block the particular domain globally. You can see Globally disabled domains under Sources >> Source Library >> Disabled.

I will talk about the “Insights” feature at the later.

Add to Favorites

Sometimes you may encounter content you might want to read later or curate later. Simply create a new Folder under “Favorites” tab and content to favorites.

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Add to Favorites

Save to Pocket

You can also save web articles and videos to your Pocket account.

Share Articles

Before start sharing articles on your social media pages/profiles and/or blogs, you have to connect them to ContentStudio.

Currently, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Tumblr social networks and WordPress, Tumblr and Medium blogging platforms are supported.

You can authenticate your social profiles/pages by navigating to Settings >> Social Accounts.

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Your and Clients' social accounts will be enlisted here.

Note: You can manage unlimited Pinterest boards on each Pinterest account. (each Pinterest board doesn't count as a social profile)

You can change the “Queue Time” and times posts in the queue are planned to be shared.

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Edit Your Queue Times and Time Spots

By default, ContentStudio adds optimal times to share content on your social accounts. However, you can add or remove each spot as you want.

Similarly, you can connect your blogs to publish content.

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Connect Your Blogs & Websites to ContentStudio to start posting

Share Articles on Social Media
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Share Post

Once you have connected your social profiles and pages, you can start sharing content on Trending section of Content Discovery.

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Share Others' Content on Social Media

As you see in above screenshot, there are four sharing options. If you selected “Queue” which is selected by default, your content would be moved to the content planner, and after that, it will be published according to the timing in Queue.

Evergreen Queue is a pool of content where each content will be shared again after other contents have been shared. I will talk about a bit more in the Automation section.

ContentStudio by default shorten your links so that it can analyze performance. In addition to default URL shortening, you can also connect other link shorteners and also set not to shorten URLs, if you would like to.

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Select a Link Shortener or disable link shortening (If you disable link shortening, ContentStudio will be unable to track performance)

One easy way to share content to multiple social networks is organizing each social network into each group.

For example, I have added a group named “Pitiya” which included all of the social pages for Pitiya.com.

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Edit your caption text here

Another feature that I guess most people would find important is embedding UTM tracking in links.

You can create a UTM Preset in “UTM Tracking” under Miscellaneous.

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UTM Tracking

Even you’re sharing other people’s content, add UTM tracking to links, because it will help webmaster and you will get attention.

Suggested Hashtags

Another beneficial feature is “Suggested Hashtags.” As you know adding relevant, popular hashtags to your posts will increase organic reach and also get more likes, retweets, and traffic to your website.

Luckily, ContentStudio suggests you relevant hashtags for your social media posts. Therefore, you don’t need to read the article to grasp an idea about the article and then find relevant hashtags.

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Suggested Hashtags

Add images, videos and emojis are other optional settings in ContentStudio post editor. I’d suggest utilizing Emojis well to increase engagements. Here’s how Emojis can improve your social media posts.

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Using Social Media Post Editor - Customize Your social media post by adding attractive images, emojis etc.

Publish Articles on your blog

This is kind of a similar feature to “reblog” in Tumblr. Even though Reblogs are an essential factor to increase traffic and followers in Tumblr, publishing other’s content on your website or blog isn’t recommended as it could damage your SEO performance due to duplicate content issue (learn more about Google Panda to examine more about duplicate content and SEO).

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Post on blog

However, it won’t make a big difference if your blog is built on a platform like Medium or Tumblr.

I will talk about this feature in Content Curation section.

Note: Content curation and content duplication are two different topics.

Quick Topics

Currently, there are nine content categories. They are…

  • 1
    Autos & Vehicles
  • 2
    Comedy
  • 3
    Education
  • 4
    Entertainment
  • 5
    Howtos & Style
  • 6
    News & Politics
  • 7
    Science & Technology
  • 8
    Sports
  • 9
    Travel
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Quick Topics

Custom Topics

If you want something specific to be organized in your ContentStudio Content Discovery dashboard, creating “custom topics” is the best way for it.

Here are a few custom topics I’ve created for my reading and content publishing.

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My Custom Topics

For example, I have created a custom topic to filter content related to ‘Blogging’ of specific websites I would like to read. So, I don’t want to visit each website one by one and filter blog posts by ‘Blogging’ category.

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Custom Topics in Discovery

Create Custom Topics

Here’s by step guide to creating a new custom topic in ContentStudio.

Step 1. Click on “+” icon in Discovery.

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Create a custom topic

Step 2. Give a name for your new custom topic. It should be short and resonate with what the custom topic is about. Ex: Fitness Blogs - My Competitors, US Politics, Olympic News - En_US

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Build Custom Topic

Step 3. Build your custom topic according to your needs. Use Exclude fields to filter out any irrelevant, low-quality content. For example, if you wish to block content from BlogSpot blogs, add, blogspot.com into ‘Exclude domains’ field.

Here’s an example custom topic which will filter trending content related to Investing, stock market, etc. from the United States.

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Query Builder Rules

Feedly Contents to Custom Topics

If you use Feedly to save content you find over the Internet and organize your reading list, you can import them to your ContentStudio account and create custom topics based on them.

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Generate Custom Topics Using Your Feedly Account

However, you must have a paid subscription to share content from Feedly to ContentStudio.

Composer

I have mentioned ContentStudio as an all-in-one content marketing tool. Well, the Composer in ContetStudio proves my point very fine.

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ContentStudio Composer

If you’re a social media marketer, social media manager or a blogger, you’d like to manage your all social media pages on one page. (ex: sharing pictures, quotes, GIFs, videos and links to articles you have published earlier to all pages at once.)

ContentStudio’s Composer is the most robust social media posting tool I have ever seen. Combining with Content Discovery makes sharing even more comfortable and quicker.

If you’re a blogger and/or have tons of other niche websites and wanting a way to find and publish relevant, useful and engaging content with your readers, Blog Post composing tool in Content Studio is your best option.

I will explain more about both of options step by step...

Social Media Post

ContentStudio’s social media posting tool is potent. It means it includes tons of ways to add content, integrates with other tools such as “image editor” which allows you to design custom images with own watermarks, UTM tags to track which posts perform well on social networks and settings to add custom and suggested hashtags to get more reach.

To be honest, there are tons of other features inside social media composer in Content Studio. I recommend you to sign up for ContentStudio free trial today and study them. (I bet you’ll be blown away!)

Here’s an example step by step short guide to creating a social media posting campaign inside ContentStudio.

How to create a social media posting campaign using ContentStudio from scratch

In ContentStudio Composer, click on “Social Media Post” box.

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Social Media Post - ContentStudio Composer

Next, select set of social profiles (also known as “Social Groups” in ContentStudio) or any social profile(s) you want to create posts for. Make sure to set preferred times to share your posting too. By default, “Queue” is selected. However, you can choose an option.

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Select Social Networks and set timing

1. Search Content

If you’re managing social media accounts own, you don’t need to worry about other features than Content. Because they are for Virtual Assistants and/or freelance social media managers. For example, you can create a list of tasks which your social media account manager should follow and complete accordingly.

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Social Media Post Editor - ContentStudio Composer

Currently, you can research content for your social media posts in 12 ways. They are…

  • 1
    Articles (all blog posts)
  • 2
    YouTube
  • 3
    Dailymotion
  • 4
    Facebook (quotes, status, videos, images, etc.)
  • 5
    Twitter
  • 6
    Flickr (Images are under CreativeCommons 3.0. Read more about image Flickr licenses here)
  • 7
    Imgur (all funny and viral photos)
  • 8
    Giphy (animated images)
  • 9
    Pixabay (Royalty-free images)
  • 10
    Quotes
  • 11
    Pocket (Get saved articles from your Pocket account)
  • 12
    Favorite (Saved items in ContentStudio Composer)
2. Find Content

Once you selected the preferred source to get content from, enter your keyword phrase. For example, I have chosen web articles (mostly blog posts) and typed my keyword phrase, “royal wedding.”

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Search content for posting on social media

The reasons why I searched articles related to “royal wedding” are 1. It’s a favorite topic nowadays (at the time of this article is written) 2. People are searching on social networks for latest news on this topic. 3. People are curious to know details about royal wedding 4. High engagements (ex: comments, shares, etc.)

By identifying viral blog posts, I can share them on my social networks and increase followers, engagements and reach.

You can filter desired content based on options in the search module. One fantastic way is to filter content that is trending in past 24 hours. (latest news)

Or in fact, you can use this hack to get more reach.

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    Filter content based on Most Pinterest shares (key takeaways: shared by the majority of women. (according to statistics majority of Pinterest users are women))
  • 2
    Select your religion (optional) Or select the default option which is Worldwide.
  • 3
    Select language your social media account belong to.
  • 4
    Select Pinterest in your social media accounts section. (Important)
  • 5
    Share your post. (see instructions below)

Just like Twitter, the key to getting more shares on Pinterest if you don’t have many followers is to use right hashtags.

You can reverse check repins and hashtags used on posting by copying and pasting article URL in Pinterest.

Once you’ve found the article to post on social media sites, drag and drop into the editor.

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Drag and Drop Content to social media poster

3. Creating social media post

I have turned on “same content for all” option to create the social media post for all networks. You can turn it off to create separate ones for each.

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Create social media post

Currently, there are a few ways to customize your social media posting contents in ContentStudio. They are…

  • Add more images (upload from your computer and/or phone)
  • Add Videos
  • Create a new image (Use ContentStudio’s image editor)
  • Add Replug CTA. (Replug allows you to add CTA widgets, opt-in forms and retargeting pixels to links you share on social networks.)
  • Embed UTM tags (Measure results in Google Analytics)
  • Add custom source link(s)
  • Add emojis
4. Preview social media post

In the end, you can preview your social post before publishing. Click on each tab to see how each post might look like in each social media profile and/or page.

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Preview Your Social Media Post in ContentStudio Social Poster

Last, not least, publish your social post.

In a short time of period, you can create a good set of social posts for each social networks at once.

The main thing you should consider is the relevance of content. Then you can evaluate virality and trend.

Depending on each post, there are a few times to post on.

Posting Times

Post Now: Publish post immediately

If you run a promotion such as a giveaway, flash sale, and sweepstakes, this option might be the best one.

Because ContentStudio Composer allows repeat posting, you can create set and forget social media posts easily.

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Post Now option in ContentStudio Social Media Composer

Schedule: Select a preferred time and date for publishing content

Sometimes you may want to create social media posts for unique campaigns such as Black Friday flash sales. There is a nitty workaround in ContentStudio combined with “repeat posting” feature.

Here's how you can schedule social media post to publish 28 times with the gap of 14 days. (e.g.: post once per two weeks)

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Schedule with repeat posting

Queue: Let ContentStudio share content for you in right time

When connecting your social media accounts to ContentStudio, ContentStudio will analyze your followers, previous social media posts and based on engagements, the queue for each account will be created.

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Edit Your Social Media Accounts' Queue Times

You can use a tool like Followerwonk by Moz to find times where the majority of your followers (Twitter) are active.

Evergreen Queue: create a pool of social posts to share over again and again

Evergreen posting feature is helpful for reposting blog articles, text & picture quotes such as email marketing quotes, Network marketing quotes over again and again.

I don’t recommend this feature to be used for time sensitive posts such as trending posts, news, celebrity stories, etc.

Blog Post

According to statistics and studies, there are over 440 million blogs in the world and 77% of total internet users read blogs. Notable websites that you may use every day such as Moz, Entrepreneur, New York Times, Huffington Post, Mashable, Techcrunch are also blogs.

If you run a single blog, you can manage it efficiently. Can create content, promote it and basically give your full focus to your blog. However, when you maintain more than one blog, more problems are starting to happen such as time management, content research, and blog management.

If you use WordPress (Self-hosted) CMS (content management system) to power your blog(s), you can use a WordPress plugin like ManageWP to manage multiple blogs. However, if you maintain various blogs made with different CMSs, more problems occur.

ContentStudio has an excellent solution for it.

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Blog Post - ContentStudio Composer

Now not only managing multiple blogs but also researching, creating and publishing relevant content has become easier than ever with Blog Post composer in ContentStudio.

It’s one of my secret tools in my arsenal which I use for my niche blogs. (Another secret revealed! 😉 )

How to create a blog post using ContentStudio

Here I will show you how to create a blog post from scratch using ContentStudio. Please note that my method is just one way to create a blog post using ContentStudio. If you prefer writing content by yourself, you can do it.

Unlike social media post composer, in Blog Post composer, you can just start creating the blog post without preselecting social networks.

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Add Blog Post title to start creating your blog post

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    Your post title or blog post headline is the #1 factor that tells the success of it. According to Copyblogger 8 out of 10 people read the headline first and then consider to read rest. So, make sure your blog post headline is not only attractive and attention-grabbing but also SEO-friendly too.
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    Even though meta description doesn’t impact very much for search engine keyword rankings, still it can improve SERP (search engine result page) rankings indirectly by improving organic click-through rate (CTR).

If you’re not sure what to include in your headline, enter your keyword in Content Discovery module in ContentStudio and find most shared content. Those are generally high popular because of the headline (and content of course!).

Just like in Social Media Post composer, select your content medium and enter a keyword phrase to find relevant content.

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Research content for blog post

Make sure to select “Full” option under ‘Post Length’ to filter articles with full content.

Click on ‘Preview’ link to preview the web article.

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Article Preview

Click on images, text blocks to add to the blog post.

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Select content blocks to add text to blog post composer

Selected text blocked will be highlighted. Once you finish copying content, click on ‘Add to Editor’ button.

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Add Text to Blog Post Editor

You can style your content and add text, links, etc.

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Style Blog Post

And user other content mediums to enrich your blog post.

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Add Media to blog post

Meanwhile, you can preview your blog post too.

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Preview Blog Post

Basic styles will be appeared. (depending on the theme you use for your blog, these styles might be overwritten.)

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Content Preview

And check SEO score too. (One of the most excellent tools in Blog Post composer of ContentStudio)

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Check Page SEO Score

Besides SEO tool within ContentStudio, I recommend using a tool like SEMrush to find keywords to your blog posts. (Read my SEMrush review over here to learn more about the tool)

Also, you can create a free SEMrush account by using this link. (exclusive offer for Pitiya readers!) Claim while it’s available. 🙂

And if you edit content by yourself, make sure you check the article for grammar and punctuation errors. Sometimes, one comma mistake could change the core message of the article. My recommendation goes for Grammarly. You can find other grammar tools over here

Once you are done editing your blog post, click on ‘Next’ button.

Now here’s the cool part is happening… 🙂

If you selected the featured image in content discovery in the previous step, it would appear. Alternatively, you can utilize in-built image editor or use a social media graphic designer such as Stencil. (Read my Stencil review over here and click here to learn how to create a social media graphic)

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Set Featured image and select blog(s)

Select the relevant blog(s) you want to publish the article and the post status. Once you have selected those, scroll down a bit.

Content Rewriting

By default, content rewriting options are set to none. Which means original content will be published upon. 

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Content Rewriting Options

There are TWO options you can use to rewrite original content. They are…

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    Content Spin
  • 2
    Content Translate
Content Spin

Currently, there is four content spinning services are integrated with ContentStudio.

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    In- Built (free)
  • 2
    Chimp Rewriter
  • 3
    Spin Rewriter
  • 4
    WordAI

In-Built content spinner in ContentStudio won’t give you quality results. Most other premium content spinning software will spin content using spintax.

Each content spinning tools use different methodologies and technologies. However, it’s not recommended to use a content spinner for an authority blog as even though it creates copyspace-passed content, they are lack of engagement.

If you’re building a niche blog or an event blog, then content spin might be a good option for you to create lots of articles in a short span of time.

Content Translate

Another handy feature integrated with Blog Post composer in Content Studio is Translate. Basically, you can publish the original article(s) in another language to get more eyeballs.

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Content Translate

You don’t want to be a brilliant guy to use this feature. Translating trending content from default language to another language, not only you will be able to get more traffic from search engines and social networking sites, but also more targeted visitors to your business too.

At last, you can post blog post immediately or schedule.

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Publish Blog Post

Insights

Another great feature in ContentStudio is Insights.

You can actually use a tool like Traffic Analytics by SEMrush to analyze website traffic of any site. However, SEMrush Traffic Analytics tool doesn’t provide blog post statistics.

With ContentStudio, you can analyze the performance of website such as total page visits per month, average visitor duration, average pages per visit, bounce rate, etc.

Domain Insights

If you’re a blogger, affiliate marketer, and content marketer, Domain Insights might be the most useful feature for you.

Not only you can research competitor website traffic statistics, most popular content, most shared content and social media engagement status, but also authors who have written it too.

Still, Insights feature is in beta. Yet, you can even use it for finding new clients, guest bloggers, guest authors and ways to grow your online business.

In Domain Insights tab, you can use the search feature to find relevant blogs in your niche. For example, I have entered “search” term into the search box, and I came up with a few websites related to search engine optimization and search engine marketing.

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Search websites - Domain Insights

Click on domain address to pull out more details about the particular domain.

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Overview - Domain Insights

In overview section, you can find information about the website such as traffic details, Moz domain authority, social media engagement status, etc.

In Authors tab, you can find content writers who wrote content for the particular domain along with their Twitter handle.

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Content Authors

Use an outreach tool like Ninja Outreach to find their other contact details such as phone number (if possible), website and email address (most likely possible).

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Find contact details of content writers

In content tab, you will find articles that are published in the domain along with social share metrics.

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Domain articles - ContentStudio Insights

Select an article you want to share with your followers and readers. Click on ‘Share’ icon.

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Share Article

For example, if you’d like to share a particular blog post with your blog readers, you are actually a few clicks away!

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Post article to blog instantly

Enable social sharing, so you don’t need to worry about social media promotion for the particular blog.

Facebook Insights

If you’re a social media marketer and primarily Facebook drives customers to your business, then you’re going to love Facebook Page Insights feature in ContentStudio.

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Facebook Page Insights - ContentStudio

You’ll find that top Facebook pages with the highest fan base (total followers) are either a famous company, brand or celebrity.

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Facebook Page Insights

In fact, you will find tons of details on social engagements in beautiful charts and tables.

In ‘Content’ tab, you can find facebook posts on the particular page.

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Facebook Posts

Automation

If I say ‘Automation’ feature in ContentStudio is the most useful feature, I might not probably wrong.

Basically, with ‘Automation’ tools, you can automate EVERYTHING what you’ve done manually.

In fact, once you integrated right tools and set up right targeting in automation, you can literally have run-on-demand websites and social media campaigns that drive traffic to your business and make money for you.

Just like most other things, before using social media automation tools, you have to master the process by doing manually.

On another hand, if you have set up wrong targeting in automation campaigns, you will get incorrect outputs. It means you have to steer clear what you want to do with each targeting. (You can review content before it's published.)

Automation Recipes

ContentStudio has automation tools for each uses called Automation Recipes. For example, there are separate automation recipes for sharing videos to social media and blogs.

Currently, there are six automation recipes. They are.

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    Articles Links to Social Media
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    Videos to Social Media
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    Articles to Blog
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    Videos to Blog
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    Bulk Uploader
  • 6
    Evergreen

You can entirely run your social media campaigns thoroughly using Automation alone. However, as I said earlier, it's recommended to master social media posting doing manually or at least review your automated social media posts before publishing.

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Automation Recipes - ContentStudio

As you can see in above screenshot, I have already created a few automation campaigns for social networks. I have some plans to use this tool for niche blogs as well. (Will update here with results soon)

How to create an automation campaign for social media

One of best ways to increase followers, mentions and brand awareness if you just started an online business is sharing others content online.

Most social media marketers don’t understand that sharing other people's content actually increase engagement and so traffic and customers to own sites at the end. (Social media marketing is a long-term game.)

In fact, not a too long ago, I started a new Twitter account to test automation campaigns with ZERO twitter followers. Entirely a brand new account.

Here’re just a few engagements of a few recent tweets.

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Twitter Engagements

Even though the Twitter automations have been set to send each tweet periodically, they still get impressions. (Remember with no too much Twitter followers)

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Twitter activity

Why not, more clicks too…

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Clicks from Automated Tweets - Replug

In this section, I will show you how to create an “Articles Links to Social Media” automation campaign from scratch on ContentStudio.

Click on “New Campaign” link under “Articles Links to Social Media” automation recipe.

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"Article links to social media" automation recipe - ContentStudio Automation

Provide a name for your new social media automation campaign.

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Social Media Automation Campaign Name

Select social network(s) in the second step.

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Select social accounts

In step 3, you can build your automation campaign.

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Build social media automation campaign

If you already have set up custom topics, you can use that option to fetch content.

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Build social media automation campaign using custom topics

There are even more options for you to narrow your targeting. If you’re run a local business and/or helping your local business clients to grow their social followings, these options might be handy for you.

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Content filter options in ContentStudio automations

Use options such as “Post Age” and “minimum social engagement” to filter Hot topics in your niche.

Last but not least, here are my favorite settings in social media automation tools.

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Customize social media automation campaign using integrations and additional options

If you have integrated Replug with your ContentStudio account, you can display CTA popups, widgets and opt-in forms in links you share! (with retargeting pixels, so  that you can create custom audiences on advertising platforms very easily.)

It’s one of the secret ways I use these days to drive traffic to my service and affiliate links. Well, now it’s not a secret anymore! 😀

You have seen my tweets which are posted through ContentStudio social media automation tool have got high impressions even though my Twitter account has low followers.

The secret behind it is using hashtags correctly.

Use a tool like Hashtagify.me to find popular hashtags in your niche or industry.

Select ones with bigger and put them into Hashtags.org to identify their popularity. Use ones with at least 60 tweets per hour.

Or actually, you can do some A/B tests to find popular Twitter hashtags too.

Also, check “Mention Author” to tag article writer in Tweets. That’s how I got most retweets on my Twitter posts.

In step 4, you can set times to publish social media posts.

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Timing settings for social media automation campaign

I recommend review content before publishing to make sure your targeting is correct and content are relevant and quality. (for a few days at least)

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Enable reviewing social media post content before published (enable this for at least for the first few weeks)

One key to getting high engagement on social media automation campaigns is sharing trending news with relevant hashtags. Also, timing is the key. If time is related, select “Custom” option under “Schedule Time” and create time spots. Make sure Timezone is also correct. Use an online time zone converter to find right times.

ContentStudio is the best social media automation tool I have found so far. Replug is also a partner service of ContentStudio. With both tools, you can entirely take your social media efforts to an entirely new level.

How to create an automation campaign for the blog

Find relevant content for your niche blogs is hard. In fact, if you’re running a niche blog for a specific audience, for example, people who are interested in Cookery in Albania, then first you have found good quality content to write and then write for Albanian people.

It does get complicated if you have multiple niche blogs. You have to manage them one by one, optimize for search engines, submit for search engines, gather content to share, etc.

However, with ContentStudio’s blog automation recipes, you can automate these process everything from the ground.

You don’t have to ever worry about what content to write on your niche blogs.

However, I don’t recommend using blog automation tools for your authoritative blogs.

Here’s how to automate your blog post creation process with ContentStudio.

You can either start creating automation campaigns to publish videos or articles on your blog. In this example, I will explain how to post content on your blog automatically.

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Articles to Blog - ContentStudio Automation (Curate content)

Enter a descriptive name for your blog automation campaign and select relevant blogs. (If you choose WordPress, make sure your self-hosted WordPress blog is connected to ContentStudio rightly so ContentStudio can publish content for you.)

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Enter a name for your automation campaign and select preferred blogs

In step 3, build your blog automation campaign. In this example, I selected a custom topic I have already created.

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Build automation campaign

You can still add more keywords, domains and use negative keywords and exclude domains from the content suggestion.

Make sure your targeting is right.

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Content Filters - ContentStudio Blog Automation

Choose “Full content” from Post length and set other settings as well.

At last, you can set settings for content rewriting options to make your blog posts looks like unique and awesome!

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Translate - Content Rewriting

Currently, ContentStudio isn't supporting custom link embedding. However, you can use a plugin like ThirstyAffiliates to hyperlink keywords automatically. (Tip: automatically embed Amazon affiliates links to generate revenue)

In the fourth step, timings for your campaign. My recommendation is to make your blog posting natural by diversifying content types (ex: videos, text articles) and topics.

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Set timing for content curation

Select “I'd like to review content before it is published” tickbox if you’d want to review content before publishing.

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Enable reviewing content before publishing

How to create an evergreen post campaign

One headache you might be falling in should be rescheduling or reposting old blog posts on your social networks. If you manage multiple websites and they have hundreds or thousands of blog posts, it becomes more challenging to reshare blog posts on social networks again.

Studies have shown that posting older blog posts again on social networks improve your blog’s traffic and credibility.

Now, with ContentStudio, you can quickly setup Evergreen campaigns which will recycle social posts after its initial release.

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Evergreen - ContentStudio Automation

Enter a name for the evergreen campaign and select profiles you want to recycle social posts and in third step schedule time and cycle gap (time to wait until next cycle starts).

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Evergreen automation campaign settings

Create at least two (minimum) social posts to start recycling. You can drag and drop social media post boxes to set posting queue.

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Create social posts for recycling - Evergreen Post Editor: ContentStudio

Don’t forget to use relevant hashtags and different images to increase views for social media posts. If you’re a social media marketer or run a social media marketing agency, create different Evergreen campaigns for each project and/or client.

Twitter doesn’t allow recycling or repeat same posts on Twitter. However, you can use add to Queue option in Step 3 and add different variations to get Twitter automated posting work for you.

View Existing Automation campaigns

Click on “view existing” under automation recipes box.

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View Existing Automation campaigns in ContentStudio

Now you can activate or deactivate any automation campaign over here.

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Manage social media automation campaigns -  View automated social postings or disable automation campaigns

Planner

Once any social media post is scheduled, added to queue or published by yourself manually or by any automation campaign, those will be shown in the ContentStudio’s planner tab.

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Social Media Post Planner - ContentStudio

In ‘Calendar View,’ you can see all the social media posts with different status and types such as repeat posts, Evergreen posts, automation posts and bulk upload posts.

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Calendar View - Social Media Post Planner -- ContentStudio

Managing your automated social media posts is more easier. If you're not satisfied with any social media post, click on "replace" button to regenerate new one.

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Review social media posts

Click on a “published post” to if you want to re-post.

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Reschedule social posts

If you're managing clients' social accounts/profiles and/or hiring virtual assistants to manage the social side of your business, I'd definitely suggest you give a ContentStudio a try.

ContentStudio Team Management

If you're running a medium-sized or large-sized social media agency, ContentStudio has excellent team collaboration and workflow features. You can use those to limit access to specific functions, social media accounts, blogs & websites and some critical pages of your ContentStudio account such as pricing, settings, etc.

Some of Content Studio's team management features are.

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    Specific tasks for social media account management to increase efficiency.
  • 2
    Make posts made by team members in under review.
  • 3
    Assign a label to posts created by certain members for easier identification.
  • 4
    Delegate certain social media accounts for certain team members (Collaborators) only.

Depending on your account's limits, you can add team members as Administrators and Collaborators. Each position has different limits and abilities.

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Add Team member - ContentStudio

Content Studio Pricing

If you have read the ContentStudio review entirely, you will find that ContentStudio is one of best social media marketing and content marketing tools out there. And there isn't any reason not to give it a try.

As for different uses and purposes of the tool, many people in various fields such as blogging, content marketing, SEO, digital marketing and social media marketing use ContentStudio.

Therefore ContentStudio has five different plans. Click here to check a most up-to-date version of pricing and features page.

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ContentStudio Pricing

ContentStudio Pros & Cons


Pros


  • Proper onboarding for new users.
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    Email, live chat support
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    Integrations with lots of apps and services
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    Team management
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    Editorial calendar
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    Automation
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    Content Discovery
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    Robust social media and blog publication features
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    Evergreen posts module
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    Workflow and team collaboration
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    Replug Integration (display call to action buttons and forms in links you share online)
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    And much more…!

cons


  • Lots of features. You will have to spend some time to accustomed with some tools.
  • Lack of export options (ex: export twitter influencers)
  • No BlogSpot blogging platform as a supported CMS
  • No Shopify blogging platform supported
  • No Analytics feature (yet)

Note

Many features are on the roadmap of ContentStudio. Some features might already have been added at the time of your reading. Check out additional resources section below to see links for the public roadmap and changelog.

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ContentStudio vs. Buffer vs. Hootsuite

Here’s a table of feature comparison between Buffer, Hootsuite, and ContentStudio.

Feature

ContentStudio

Buffer

Hootsuite

Content Discovery

Social Media Poster

Automation

Post to Blog

Post Planner/Scheduler

Domain Insights

Analytics

Free Plan

Pricing for Small Business or Agency Plans (Monthly subscription)

$47

$99

$99

Note: This table is last updated on 26th May 2018. Entries may be invalid as the current time you're reading. The comparison table will be updated soon.


Final Words on ContentStudio Review

I have used numerous of social media marketing tools. I bet you too have.

I never thought there is a complete all-in-one tool for social media marketing and content marketing up until I found ContentStudio.

I was blown away seeing features and simplicity of using ContentStudio.

ContentStudio can literally…

  • Handle your all social media marketing campaigns.
  • Find fresh, trending and viral content for your social media pages.
  • Organize your social media posts nicely so you can clearly see which content is scheduled for which social pages.
  • Hand over your entire social media marketing campaigns for your virtual assistant or freelancer. Workflow and collaboration make it even easier by saving you and assistant a ton of time.
  • Manage multiple social media pages with ease.
  • Control posting for microblogs and niche blogs. (Now no need to worry about finding niche-related content)
  • Search engine optimizes your blog posts so not only rank it higher on SERPs, but also receive lots of traffic.
  • AUTOMATE EVERYTHING…

Before ContentStudio, I have used dozens of social media marketing tools. But, I never pleased with any of them ever.

But, Now, I could tell that I am happy with ContentStudio and what it can do for my business. It’s just the start. More lots of awesome features are to yet come such as…

  • Analytics: Measure success of your social media campaigns
  • Unified Inbox for all social networks: Control every social page in one dashboard!
  • AI assistant for social media post suggestions: Work less, get more!
  • White Labeled reports for your clients: Get more clients and empower your social media marketing campaigns.
  • Instagram Integration for discovering, publishing and scheduling content

ContentStudio has a free tier plan. But, it’s lack of tons of features. Personally, I have a Medium Business & Agency account. I’d recommend you to subscribe to ContentStudio today to see if it’s for you. I’m sure it is! 🙂

What’s your favorite feature in ContentStudio? Share your opinions through the comment form below.

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Additional Resources

Review of: ContentStudio
Price:
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Rating:
5
On August 28, 2018
Last modified:August 29, 2018

Summary:

ContentStudio is an ultimate tool for social media marketing and content marketing. From social media & blog post composer to automation, there are tons of tools and features for you to make online marketing easy and fun while making sure you get high ROI from your campaigns with lesser efforts. Try ContentStudio today for free!

ContentStudio is an ultimate tool for social media marketing and content marketing. From social media & blog post composer to automation, there are tons of tools and features for you to make online marketing easy and fun while making sure you get high ROI from your campaigns with lesser efforts. Try ContentStudio today for free!
Chamal Rathnayaka
 

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