I know they are out there.
I know that hiding right in front of my fingers are shortcuts and secret keys you can press.
I’ve searched. I’ve asked. I’ve read.
From skipping the boring parts of YouTube videos to razor-sharp searches in Twitter, these are the best social media Mac keyboard shortcuts I could find.
Just print out the keyboard and keep by your desk. If you’d like to see this as an actual keyboard cover in our Hootsuite Store, let us know. Wish we had a PC version of this keyboard? Tweet us at @hootsuite and let us know.
I’ve borrowed some of the Mac shortcuts in this post from AdWeek’s social media shortcuts guide.
BEFORE: Your recognizably average keyboard
AFTER: Your helpful—and beautiful—social media keyboard
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Other helpful shortcuts and filters
I’ve included a few other shortcuts that will help you find cleaner data, uncover new blog post ideas, and become better at social media listening.
Is a shortcut not working? The most common mistake is to put a space between the : (so to:Pepsi is correct NOT to: Pepsi).
Shortcuts for Hootsuite
Go to Hootsuite.com. Click “Add Stream.” Click “Search.” Enter these filters in the search bar with the keyword you want to track.
Find real humans, not spam and sales messages
To filter out posts with links (as they are often promotional), use:
Find social posts with links—filtering out chatter
To find posts with links, use the following filter after a keyword:
Find customers near you
near:Liverpool to find posts near you
Search social posts by language
Use ‘lang:es’ for results in Spanish
Hint: it works for others too (en, zh-cn ect)
Shortcuts for Google
Find related sites for content partnerships and link building
in Google to find similar sites which helps locate niche influencers
Find less competitive SEO keywords
Find other sites targeting your SEO term in Google with
intitle: “search term”
Want to contribute a guest post?
Find opportunities in Google by searching:
social media + “become a contributor”
Shortcuts for DuckDuckGo
Use !YouTube + Keyword in DuckDuckGo to search results.
Also works with eBay and Amazon.
Here are a few examples of the benefits of using these shortcuts:
!YouTube + Keyword (Example: !YouTube Cat Social Media Guru)
One of the best ways to get inside the minds of customers is to read product reviews. By using !YouTube Keyword in DuckDuckGo you can instantly pull results from YouTube. Or eBay and Amazon—for example: !Amazon Surfboards. Now, you can quickly read reviews and swipe real customer language to use in Tweets, emails, landing pages, and blog posts.
-filter:links in Hootsuite
Social media is filled with spam and vendors selling products, making it hard to see actual customer conversations. Use this filter (-filter:links) in Hootsuite to remove all posts with links. This reveals actual human conversations—such as people talking about what fashion products they like, car enthusiasts sharing what accessories they’d buy, and other little communities.
Use -filter:links to filter out posts with links as they are often promotional
? in Hootsuite
In Hootsuite, add a ? to your keyword (example: real-estate?) and you’ll only see posts with questions. Whether you need a quick idea for a blog post (such as the best small cities to buy real-estate in?) or are looking to understand your customers better, this filter reveals gold.
More Hootsuite templates to save you time
If you liked my social media keyboard, the templates below will also help you get more done on social media.
- Download the Editorial Calendar Template
- Download the Social Media Content Calendar
- Download the Social Media Audit Template
- Download the Social Media Strategy Template
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