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Product Update: New Usability Improvements

We’ve implemented a number of usability improvements that should make your workflow in BuzzStream more efficient. These improvements will decrease the time you spend on tedious tasks so you can focus on building and maintaining contacts.

Bulk edit your ‘Do Not Contact’ list

BuzzStream is designed to serve as a central repository for all of your outreach relationships and it gives you a way to apply them to specific campaigns. As part of this, you have the ability to mark a domain or an email address with a “Do Not Contact” flag in BuzzStream. With this release, you can now quickly add in a list of email addresses or domains to your “Do Not Contact” list instead of adding them one at a time.

To add a list, just click on the gear icon in the top right-hand corner and go to the ‘Do Not Contact Rules’ page. Click on the ‘Add’ button and paste in your list.

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Set Default Email Address For Projects

We’ve changed the way you set default emails in the project so that the app better supports the way most customers work across different projects. Now, when you start outreach in a project, you can set the default email address used for that project. This will ensure that you are always conducting outreach from the email address of your choice and will not impede your workflow as you reach out to your contacts. The process is really simple. When you first select an email address to send outreach, that email address will be set as the default. If you later change it, you will be asked if you’d like to set the new email address as your default.

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Improved Outreach Behavior When You Click An Email Address

Prior to this release, when you clicked an email address from within the app you were usually directed to your mail client within the same tab. This was disruptive, so we’ve made the system much more intelligent. Now, as long as you’ve connected your email address to BuzzStream, we’ll open our email composer with the “To” address populated with the email address you’ve just clicked. If you haven’t connected your email address, we will simply open your email client in a new tab so your workflow isn’t disrupted.

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Show Payment Fields In The Buzzmarker

People love the Buzzmarker because it provides much of the flexibility and functionality you can find in BuzzStream from wherever you are on the web. This improvement gives you the ability to show payment fields when you set the acquisition method as “Purchase”. It is no longer necessary to edit the contact from the BuzzStream app if you need to track payment info for your links.

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Let Us Know What You Think!

Please let us know what you think – drop us an email at support@buzzstream.com, leave a comment, or tweet us @BuzzStream. We read every single message, and we’d love to hear from you as we continue to make BuzzStream more powerful and easier to use.

And if you don’t already have a BuzzStream account, you can start a free trial today.

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Product Update: Custom Exports

We released an update to the export capabilities in BuzzStream that will make it much easier to get the exact information you need for reporting purposes or for list building. Rather than exporting all fields, you can now select the specific information you need and save the export format for future use.

Introducing BuzzStream Custom Exports

Our custom exports are easy to use. You’ll find them right under the “More” button on your projects, exactly where your exports were previously.

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If you want to quickly export all of the information in your project, you can easily do so by selecting “All Fields” from the export menu.

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To select specific fields for export, just select “Custom Export” from the export menu.

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This will open a lightbox that contains all of the fields in your project. To add fields to your custom export, simply check the boxes on the left hand side and they will appear in the export fields list on the right. From there, you can click the Export button and your custom export will download.

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We have also added the ability to save a custom export if you think you will want to review the same specific fields frequently. To save a custom export, select the fields you want using the process mentioned above, then click the “Save As…” button. This will open a box where you can give your export a name and save it.

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Once you do, it will appear in your list of saved exports under the “More” button on your projects pages.

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Let Us Know What You Think!

Please let us know what you think – drop us an email at support@buzzstream.com, leave a comment, or tweet us @BuzzStream. We read every single message, and we’d love to hear from you as we continue to make BuzzStream more powerful and easier to use.

And if you don’t already have a BuzzStream account, you can start a free trial today.

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Product Update: Filter by Post Frequency

We know that finding and getting in touch with active bloggers is a big deal. A blog might be the perfect fit for your outreach efforts, but if they post infrequently or have gone dark completely then you are just spinning your wheels.

Now, you can filter your searches in BuzzStream to guarantee you are connecting with influencers that post as frequently as you need.

Introducing RSS Filters

Our new RSS filters give you the ability to set specific parameters around both post frequency and last post date. You can use these filters to quickly focus your efforts on influencers who maintain an active posting schedule.

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BuzzStream customers can access the RSS filters right now by clicking on the “Filter” button then navigating down to “Scoring and Metrics”.

Let Us Know What You Think!

Please let us know what you think – drop us an email at support@buzzstream.com, leave a comment, or tweet us @BuzzStream. We read every single message, and we’d love to hear from you as we continue to make BuzzStream more powerful and easier to use.

And if you don’t already have a BuzzStream account, you can start a free trial today.

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Easier List Building and Faster Outreach: Introducing Metrics Filters, Unsubscribe, & Email Signatures

Today, we’re excited to announce three new BuzzStream features: email signatures, unsubscribe options, and advanced metrics filtering.

Target the Right Websites for Your Campaign

Being able to quickly segment a set of influencers or publishers based on their authority is one of the keys to successful outreach. For example, in a lot of outreach campaigns you’re going to be most successful if you reach out the mid-tier influencers.

Normally, finding these kinds of sites is a tedious, time-consuming process. Now, BuzzStream has made it a whole lot easier by adding two new filtering capabilities – range filtering and “any/all” filtering. Let’s take a look at how these capabilities work. (more…)

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Worfklow Improvements to BuzzStream: BuzzBar Defaults, Bulk Monitored Link Editing, and More

Today we’re excited to announce some new features that make it easier to accomplish your workflow in BuzzStream.  With these improvements, BuzzStream should map to your process in a more natural way, saving you some clicks and enabling you to spend time on the important parts of outreach.

Default Fields in the BuzzMarker

You can now set default fields when adding new websites in the BuzzBar:

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Default fields are perfect when you’re working through a prospecting list, looking for one type of opportunity, or bloggers in a specific vertical. For example, if you’re looking through a list of finance blogs, you can pre-tag every opportunity as ‘Finance’ and every site type as ‘Blog': (more…)

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Manage Your Link Profile with BuzzStream & LinkRisk

Today we’re excited to announce LinkRisk, the leader in backlink auditing and risk analysis, is now integrated with BuzzStream.  Now you can move data from your LinkRisk account to BuzzStream with the touch of a button, so it’s even easier to keep your link profile in tip top shape.

If you’re involved in link removal and link profile management projects, this is an integration you should definitely check out. (more…)

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Introducing Outreach in the BuzzMarker for Chrome

Today we’re launching the first major improvement to the BuzzMarker for Chrome.  Now BuzzStream’s outreach module is integrated into the Chrome extension, so you can take BuzzStream’s outreach capabilities with you, wherever you go on the web:

Let’s Take a Closer Look

Browse to a site you’d like to reach out to, and open the BuzzMarker for Chrome. (We’ll start with cucumbernebula.com.) Next, click on the envelope icon to activate the outreach module in the chrome extension, and BuzzStream opens an email editor: (more…)

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Prospect Faster & Do Smarter Outreach with the BuzzMarker for Chrome

Today we’re excited to announce the BuzzMarker for Chrome.

We’ve reinvented the BuzzMarker as a Chrome extension – and now you can take your BuzzStream account with you, everywhere you go on the web. (more…)

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BuzzBar Improvements: Add Person, Edit Contact Information, and More

We’ve made major improvements to the BuzzBar.  Now you can do even more of your work in BuzzStream’s toolbar, without ever leaving a prospect’s site.

Now you can:

Edit Contact Information

Need to edit a piece of contact info? Find another email for a contact? Now you can edit (instead of just approve) contact information from the BuzzBar.

Here’s How:

Press the Edit icon next to the ‘Contact Information’ field:

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Next, select which piece of contact information you’d like to add:

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Then add the contact information and press Save Changes:

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Add Background Information

When you’re researching sites for the first time, it makes sense to add information about the site and what they cover to their BuzzStream profile. 

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Outreach Now Available in the BuzzBar

The BuzzBar keeps getting better.  This week, we added Outreach capabilities to the BuzzBar. Now you can connect with bloggers and influencers, without ever leaving their site.

Outreach in Action

Enough of my carrying on – go open your BuzzStream account and see how much more effective the BuzzBar can make you. (If by some tragic oversight you do not yet have a BuzzStream account, you can sign up for one here.)

Start by selecting some contacts, and opening them in the BuzzBar.  Find a site you’d like to reach out to – maybe for a guest post, a product review, or perhaps to say thank you for a media mention – and then select ‘Outreach’ from the top of the BuzzBar:

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Now the Outreach Module will appear  at the bottom of the screen.  You’ll still be able to see the site – so you can match the tone and voice of blog in your pitch, and reference recent posts or contribution guidelines.

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Click inside the text editor, and email away!  The text editor will expand – and now you can use all of your templates, email addresses, and other information from your BuzzStream account.  You can also schedule emails and send them in the future – so if that blogger is in a different time zone, you can reach them while they’re in front of their computer.

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Please let us know what you think – drop us an email at support@buzzstream.com, leave a comment, or tweet us @BuzzStream.  Because of technical decisions made in the BuzzBar’s development, we can improve it rapidly. We read every single message, and we’d love to hear from you as we continue to make BuzzStream more powerful and easier to use.

 

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