Before I get to my MarketMeSuite and HootSuite comparison it’s important to point out that I currently use a free version of HootSuite (@Hootsuite) and always have, up until this point I’ve never purchased a Twitter manager or social media manager. Before continuing with this comparison you can see my MarketMeSuite Review, this is a most recent review of MarketMetSuite and details a lot of the new features that were not available when I wrote this Faceoff article.
I ended up purchasing MarketMeSuite and gave it a test run before putting this post together, hopefully you find the information below to be useful.
*Please note, I do not read directions before using any of this stuff. If I need to read directions chances are it’s too complicated and I’m not going to use it anyway, reading directions should be optional when it comes to this stuff.
Social Networks I Belong To
I wanted to include a list of some of the social networks I belong to so you have an idea of what type of social media user I might be, or you can take my word for it. I’m an addict.
- Facebook, Facebook fan page
- YouTube Channel
- Google Buzz
Please note these are just a few of the social networks I currently belong to and this list is forever changing and updating. I suggest every small business owner to get involved on the hundreds of social networking sites out there, or at the very least create a public profile for your business so that you have a presence.
Hoot Suite vs Market Me Suite
HootSuite offers a free version or the professional version which runs for $5.99 per month, you can see HootSuite pricing information here. MarketMeSuite has a monthly version (not specifically pro or not) for $5.99 or yearly pricing ranging from $59-$247 per year, currently there is no free version. You can see more MarketMeSuite pricing here. I’m grandfathered in to using HootSuite’s pro version for free, a benefit I appreciate greatly.
Market Me Suite has a pretty clean interface that makes it appealing, however I would have to give the edge to Hoot Suite. Hoot Suite has more design options via easy to select and change themes, where MarketMeSuite is limited to the one design type. Hoot Suite also gets the nod when it came to finding the things I use most, like scheduling status updates and tweets on our Twitter (@extremejohn) and Facebook pages.
As of this comparison there really is no comparison between the two managers when it comes to functionality, Hoot Suite dominates in this area. I can manage more of my social networking accounts with Hoot Suite then I can with Market Me Suite, including the ability to update social networking sites like LinkedIn and Foursquare.
The only way to publish your updates to those social networking sites with Market Me Suite would be to do it via Ping.fm. Both managers allow for Ping.fm integration, but Hoot Suite even manages to out class Market Me Suite in this area as well due to the fact that HootSuite allows you to take advantage of Ping lists. Those differences give the user more control and choices within the manager, choices I can’t live without.
Add-Ons and Plugins
Any aggressive social media marketer or small business owner wants add-ons and plugins. HootSuite dominates in this area as expected since Market Me Suite is so new to the market, currently MarketMeTweet doesn’t offer any plugins or add-ons, or at least not any that I can find.
HootSuite on the other hand offers the following apps and add-ons:
- HootSuite Android app
- HootSuite iPhone app
- HootSuite Chrome Extension (Hootlet)
- HootSuite Fluid App for MAC
- HootSuite Firefox Add-on (Hootlet)
P.s. The HootSuite Hootlet allows you to retweet and share things from any or all of your social networks without leaving your active browser window. My favorite feature, without a doubt one I can’t live without.
HootSuite Hootlet in Action
Click for the HootSuite Hootlet Video
Bells and Whistles
I can’t really say that I give the edge to either of the two in this category as the bells and whistles that each product offers are different and offer different levels of importance for the user. A good example of this would be Market Me Suites ability to brand each of your Twitter messages, all though this is a pretty sweet feature I wouldn’t base using any Twitter manager solely on the ability to do this.
The branding option allows you to edit the portion of your tweet on Twitter that says where the tweet was originally sent from. Example: iPhone, Tweet Deck, Hoot Suite, Market Me Suite. If you follow me on Twitter there’s a good chance that you’ve seen me send tweets via “Extreme John App” (picture below), that’s the personalization that Market Me Suite brings to the table.
Both HootSuite and MarketMeSuite have excellent tools to find new Twitter users to connect with, solid search features and tools to manage rss feeds. I suggest trying both social media applications to see which works best for you and your business.
Social Media Manager Videos
MarketMeSuite or MarketMeTweet Video
Market Me Suite has some serious potential and if the updates keep coming it shouldn’t be long before the good people at Market Me Suite see themselves as a true player in the Twitter manager / social networking manager game. I don’t really see that Market Me Suite is ready to be a subscription based or fee based service as Hoot Suite offers more and offers it for less, as do other Twitter managers like Tweet Deck.
Not to mention HootSuite is just much easier to use and allows me to send messages to various social networks without visiting different tabs or sections of the application. I look forward to see where MarketMeSuite takes the next few updates.
Market Me Suite Wish List
- Be free of charge until the manager can compare with other managers on the market.
- Facebook and Twitter Columns on one screen.
- Foursquare integration.
- LinkedIn integration.
- Better “send to ping.fm” options.
- More column control for various social networking profiles.
- Android app, iPhone app and other mobile phone apps.
- More themes.
- Making sharing across multiple, but selective networks more simple.
- Offer browser based add-ons.
Hoot Suite Wish List
- Specific YouTube Channel integration.
- Specific Tumblr integration.
- Hootlet for NetNewsWire for Mac.
- More themes.
Leave a comment and share your experience with MarketMeSuite or HootSuite, I’m sure everyone would appreciate your feedback. Also don’t forget to check out Keith’s review over at Hot Blog Tips, the article is titled “Review: MarketMeSuite Social Media Application“.
Update: Since writing this post I’ve discontinued my use of MarketMeSuite, I found HootSuite to be a complete social media manager that allows me to run my business more efficiently.