Spredfast, recently a finalist in the Microsoft BizSpark Accelerator at SXSW, has raised $1.6 million in funding from Austin Ventures. This marks the first financing secured by the startup, which markets a social media management platform for businesses.
Spredfast enables companies to manage social media campaigns and customer acquisition initiatives through one dashboard, across multiple platforms including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Flickr. It also supports WordPress, Blogger, MoveableType, Lotus Live Connections, Drupal and most XML-RPC enabled blogging platforms.
Spredfast’s platform integrates with Omniture and Google Analytics, thus complementing traditional web analytics with ‘social media analytics’. Additionally, users can automate their social media processes and allow multiple users to collaborate at once with its content management and workflow features.
Pricing ranges from free (limited in features) to $100 per initiative per month.
Some of the customers it has already signed up since its public launch in January: IBM, HP, AOL, Doner and Oracle.
Spredfast provides social marketing software that allows organizations to manage, monitor, and measure their social media programs at scale. Spredfast enables more people, in more places, to engage in more conversations from a single platform on supported social networks like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Bazaarvoice, YouTube, Foursquare, and popular blogging platforms. Whether an organization’s social team primarily resides in Marketing or spans multiple departments across business units or geographies, Spredfast’s platform helps teams effectively engage with their audiences...