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15+ Free Social Media Guides and Courses

15+ Free Social Media Guides and Courses

With the rise of social media in today’s society (According to a 2015 Pew Research Study, 65% of Americans currently use social media), having at least a basic knowledge of how to use it for marketing (specifically promoting content) is crucial for improving your digital marketing footprint. If you’re a social media amateur, there’s no need to panic; we’ve compiled a list of 15+ social media guides and courses that will help you become a social media pro in no time.

Hootsuite Academy

Hootsuite Academy

Hootsuite is a great tool for managing multiple social media accounts, but they also offer great social media courses as well. They have six free courses that walk you through setting up social media accounts all the way to content marketing and social advertising tips. The courses are:

  • Introduction to Social Media Marketing
  • Optimizing your Social Media Profiles
  • Social Media Strategy – from A to Z
  • Growing your Online Community
  • Content Marketing Fundamentals
  • Social Advertising Fundamentals

Alison: Diploma in Social Media Marketing

Alison: Diploma in Social Media Marketing

Alison offers a full course that includes an emphasis on Facebook, Twitter, Blogging, and Podcasting. The whole thing takes around 15-20 hours to complete, and if you complete all the modules and score an 80% or higher on all of the course assessments, you get the Alison Diploma Certification.

Constant Contact: Social Media Quickstarter

Constant Contact: Social Media Quickstarter

Constant Contact offers in-depth guides for different courses all surrounding social media marketing. The full list of courses are:

  • Facebook 101
  • Twitter 101
  • Linkedin 101
  • Pinterest 101
  • Instagram 101
  • Google+ 101
  • YouTube 101
  • Snapchat 101
  • Blogging 101


GCFLearnFree Social Media

These courses don’t directly relate to social media marketing, but they do still offer some great insights on setting up and using social media accounts across a number of different platforms including:

  • Blog Basics
  • Facebook 101
  • Facebook for iPhone
  • Instagram
  • Linkedin Basics
  • Pinterest
  • Skype
  • Twitter
  • Vine
  • YouTube
  • WordPress Resources

Social Media Online Classes

Social Media Online Classes

Social Media Online has a vast selection of courses that dive into a lot of detail on using social media for business. They offer 15 different courses including:

  • Facebook
  • Google+
  • Instagram
  • Linkedin
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • SEO
  • Slideshare
  • YouTube
  • And many more

Online Marketing Institute

Online Marketing Institute: Social Media Marketing

The Online Marketing Institute has a really solid collection of more technical and specific videos (around 30 minutes long) that cover topics including Social PR, Integrating Mobile into Social Media Marketing, etc.

AdEspresso Academy

AdEspresso Academy

While this isn’t an actual course, AdEspresso is one of the top thought leaders when it comes to advertising on Facebook. Their mix of Guides, Webinars, and eBooks will take you from a Facebook ads amateur to a pro.

HubSpot Academy Certification

Hubspot Certification

HubSpot offers a few classes to HubSpot customers only, but they also offer four courses free and open to everyone. The completion of these courses comes with the reward of being HubSpot certified. While these aren’t directly related to social media, the lessons learned can be applied to social media. The courses cover:

  • Inbound Certification
  • Email Marketing Certification
  • Inbound Sales Certification
  • HubSpot Design Certification

Canva Design School

Canva Design School

Canva is a free online design tool that also comes with a great academy full of design tips across a number of social media platforms. The articles are written in a blog format, making them easy to digest and packed full of great information.

University of Salford Manchester

University of Salford Manchester

A crash course on social media marketing for international business. The courses include:

  • Personal Branding Online
  • Twitter
  • SEO
  • Use of Social Media for International Business Development
  • Facebooks
  • YouTube
  • Linkedin
  • Google+
  • Copywriting Online
  • Legal Implications of Social Media
  • Monitoring and Reporting
  • Blogging

Search Engine Journal: Social Media 101

Search Engine Journal Social Media 101

While this isn’t an actual course, there are a lot of great articles that go over tips and tricks to push your social media knowledge to a new level. The mediums include a nice mix of videos and blog articles that are highly informative and engaging.

Moz: The Beginner’s Guide to Social Media

Moz The Beginner's Guide to Social Media

Moz is an industry leading publisher when it comes to digital marketing guides, and their social media guide is no different. It gives a great overview of the basics of social media marketing and goes into detail for the major platforms including:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google+
  • Linkedin
  • YouTube and Pinterest

Directive Consulting: An Agency’s Guide to Facebook Business Manager

Directive Consulting: An Agency's Guide to Business Manager for Facebook Ads

A straight-forward article that dives into accessing and getting around inside Facebook’s Business Manager platform.

Kissmetrics Social Media Marketing Guide

Kissmetrics Marketing Guides

Kissmetrics has created individual guides full of information about marketing across the main social media platforms. The guides are:

  • The Complete Guide to Facebook Marketing
  • The Marketer’s Guide to Twitter
  • The Marketer’s Guide to Linkedin
  • The YouTube Marketing Guide
  • The Marketer’s Guide to Tumblr
  • The Marketer’s Guide to Reddit

Simply Business: Step-by-Step Guide to your Social Media Success

Simply Business Social Media Success

Simply Business has created an infograph with links to multiple different sites that walks you through the entire process by asking relevant questions, and giving resources to answer those questions.

Wordstream: PPC U’s Social Ads 101

Wordstream PPC U Social Ads 101

Wordstream offers a few insightful resources on different tactics to improve your social ads. The full list of articles include:

  • The Top 10 Paid Social Media Hacks of All Time
  • Social Media Advertising for Small Business
  • Creating Effective Facebook Ads for Lead Gen: The Complete Guide
  • A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Twitter Ads for Lead Gen
  • 5 Ridicuously Powerful Facebook Ad Targeting Strategies
  • 45 Fabulous Facebook Advertising Tips & Magic Marketing Tricks
  • How Much Does Facebook Advertising Cost? A Definitive Guide.
  • The 8 Best Ad Targeting Options in Marketing
  • 3 Mind-Blowing Hacks to Leverage PPC Data in Facebook Ads

Convince & Convert’s Social Media Strategy Blog

Convince & Convert Social Media Strategy

This isn’t a course with individual lessons, but for more advanced social media marketers, this is a great resource for learning new strategies. With a nice mix of articles and videos, Convince & Convert makes it easy to digest complex information.

Acquisio: What Social Media Means for Search Marketers and Agencies

Acquisio Social Media Guide

While this does require you to give an email address, the eBook itself is free! It goes over a number of social media insights including:

  • How social media is diminishing the power of the brand…and what you need to do
  • The many opportunities that social media creates for digital and interactive agencies
  • The 6 pillars of outsourced social services
  • Why search-focused agencies are uniquely positioned for social media success

These guides and courses are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to social media resources, but it’s a great place to begin your quest for social media marketing knowledge. Now get learning!