HootSuite: Quick Start Guide

All of the following information can be found on HootSuite.com.

Welcome to HootSuite!

The HootSuite Quick Start Guide summarizes six important steps that will help you get started with your HootSuite dashboard. This social media management tool can be used to manage multiple social profiles, schedule messages and tweets, track brand mentions, analyze social media traffic and much more.

hootsuite-quick-start-pic-2Signing up for HootSuite

  1. Go to HootSuite.com.
  2. Type the required information.
  3. Click Sign Up Now.

hootsuite-quick-start-pic-3Adding Social Networks

You can improve productivity by managing all of your social networks within HootSuite.

  1. Click a social network to add.
  2. Click Connect, and then type in your credentials.

To review a step-by-step process, read: Adding social networks to your HootSuite dashboard.

hootsuite-quick-start-pic-4Adding Tabs and Streams

Creating tabs and streams allows you to perform and save advanced searches, filter for content and manage lists and followers.

  1. From the Getting Started tab
  2. Click Create a New Tab, and then label tab.
  3. Click Add Stream, and then add content you can monitor.

To review step-by-step processes visit HootSuite Help/Streams to locate the specific process for the social network.

Composing and Sending Messages

Composing and sending messages allows you to create custom content for you to share with your selected social networks.


  1. Click inside the compose field.
  2. Type a message.
  3. Click to select a social network from the profile picker.
  4. Click Send Now.

To review a step-by-step process, read: Composing and sending messages.

hootsuite-quick-start-pic-6Adding Apps to Your Dashboard

The App Directory is a library of third party apps developed specifically for the HootSuite dashboard. With the app directory you can add Flickr, YouTube, Tumblr, MailChimp, HubSpot and many more apps to your HootSuite dashboard.

  1. From the Getting Started tab
  2. Click Install Apps.
  3. Click Install App beside the app you want to add.

To review a step-by-step process, read: Installing Apps.


hootsuite-quick-start-pic-7Downloading the Mobile App

HootSuite is available as an app for your mobile device (iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry), and can be downloaded from your device’s app store.

From the Getting Started tab click Get the Mobile App.

For addition information about using the HootSuite dashboard on a mobile device, read: HootSuite Mobile Help.


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