As part of our involvement in the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence, yesterday I had a chance to meet with vlogging and digital marketing guru, Chris Pirillo and wanted to share with you some of his favorite social media tools and tips.

Chris’s main message was that our phones are also now our computers and pretty much everything can be done anywhere for social media engagement and business through apps and by using the “cloud”.

We use some of these tools already and will definitely be checking the others out:

Social media measurement: Simply Measured

Team collaboration and brainstorming:  Yammer, Evernote, Mind Meister (Chris spoke highly of mind-mapping as an effective brainstorming tool), Drop Box

Presentations: Haiku Deck (Chris is not a big PPT fan, and his Haiku Deck presentation looked really good.)

Customized management systems: Podio

For insight into the critical importance of social media for business, Chris recommends The Cluetrain Manifesto, which I keep hearing about and can’t wait to read.

Chris reiterated time and again to the room (all of us were entrepreneurs) how vital it is that businesses fully embrace social media (here, here!)

Some of my favorite quotes from Chris’s presentation:

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 And, for any vloggers out there, here’s one of Chris’s vlogs, which he creates daily. This one is on the subject of vlogging:

Some of The Motherhood’s go-to social media and business tools are Basecamp, Freshbooks and Prezi.

What are your favorite social media tips and tools? We’d love to hear yours!

AWESOME UPDATE: Chris put together a full list of the tools he referenced in his presentation on Monday. Fantastic stuff (he included his presentation and a short video too)! You can check the list out here.

Please check out the video Chris made of his presentation, really good information included: