I used to play the circular game of signing in to the social profiles of a brand I managed and resigning myself to delaying my own personal profile management until later.
Sure, I could sign in to my own accounts on a different browser, but working outside of your favorite browser is like walking around in borrowed clothes. You may even like the look, but you don’t fill those threads like your own.
So how do you manage more than one profile from one browser*?
Two words: Chrome Users.
Here’s the logic: you’ll probably need a Google+ page solely for SEO value, right? You might as well use that need to maximize on how Chrome can align an entire brand’s online presence with a single Chrome User profile.
Here’s how to get started:
- Open the Chrome browser.
- When asked to sign in, create a Gmail account for the brand. If the brand you manage will have a Google+ personal profile as a figurehead, consider using that person’s name in the email (email@example.com, for example).
- Use the new Gmail account to create Google+ Personal Page as well as a Google+ Business Page for the brand.
- Using this same signed-in browser, login to all of the online platforms and sites you need for this brand (Twitter, Facebook, Hootsuite, Pinterest, Iconosquare, etc.).
- Click on the triple-stacked lines at the top right corner of the Chrome browser, click Settings, then go to “on Startup.” Click on the Set Pages link to tell Chrome to always open the full set of tabs you’ll use to manage the brand online.
Wait a second – what about my personal brand?
- Go to Chrome Settings (see #5 above).
- Scroll down and in the People section, click Add Person to create a unique user in Chrome.
- This is where you can sign in to this new User with your own Gmail account to use for all of your own settings, bookmarks, passwords, and social identities.
The beauty of this set up is you can have two or more Chrome windows open at one time with a unique user account in each. Did you just use the brand Chrome user to post something to Instagram for the brand you manage? Hop on over to your own Chrome user window to like or repost it as yourself.
Using multiple Chrome users works even more beautifully if you have more than one monitor, but one wonderful thing at a time! If you have questions or additional suggestions, I’d love to hear them below!
*Yeah, I’m pushing Chrome use here. Firefox has a Sync feature which could probably work in similar fashion, but… oh, Google.