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eClincher: A Review

Let me start by saying this was not sponsored and it is far from a technical review. It’s my opinion of the product in simple terms for those of us who just want to know what someone who has used the product thinks.

About a week ago a new to me social media scheduling application was brought to my attention. The application was eClincher. Though it has been around for a while, I had never heard of it before (which isn’t really that surprising as I tend to stay in my own little world for just about everything).

Those close to me know that I am constantly searching for the perfect marriage of features, usability, mobile access, and affordability when it comes to apps and/or software that I use for any of my writing or social media ventures. I have used Hootsuite, just about every app on the Apple App Store, Buffer, and there was a period where I was manually posting everything that I shared. That last one was tedious. It meant crafting a post and then setting a reminder on my calendar, remembering where I wanted to post it (if I forgot to put that in the notes) and then hoping that it was seen. You could forget it if I wanted the post to repeat.

I decided to check out eClincher and see what they had to offer.

So what is eClincher?

 

eClincher is a social media scheduler on steroids with built in Canva integration, RSS feed, auto-post functionality, and more. The specific features may vary depending on the plan that you have but compared to other services out there, they seem to have the most “all plan” features on the market. To take a look at the full list of features available you can check out the Features page on their website.


eClincher offers the following:

• Publishing Automation Queues
• RSS Auto Publishing
• Publishing & Scheduling
• Unified Social Inbox
• Monitoring Keywords
• Live Engagement
• Analytics Dashboard & Reports
• Built-In Visual Marketing Tools (Canva)
• Content Curation Feeds
• Chrome Extension
• Google Analytics
• Creative Commons Stock Image Search
• Blogger Integration
• Posting to major social media platforms
• Web and Mobile apps

It is quite literally a one-stop-shop when it comes to social media posting.

Pricing

There are five different pricing tiers for the service. I have explored the Individual and Basic options during my free trial of the service.

Individual:

• $15/month
• 5 social media profiles
• Publish 1000 posts/mo
• Monitor up to 5 keywords/hashtag feeds
• Live social feeds
• 1 content curation, topic suggestion feed
• 5 RSS & Atom feeds
• Advanced analytics
• Free stock images + image editor
• Monthly backup
• Mobile and tablet apps
• Influencers discovery available for $20/mo

Basic:

• $49/month
• 15 social media profiles
• Unlimited publishing
• Up to 15 auto post queues/publishing automation
• 10 RSS autopost feeds
• Unified social inbox
• Unlimited keyword/hashtag monitoring
• Live social feeds
• 3 content curation, topic suggestion feeds
• 100 RSS & Atom feeds
• Advanced analytics
• Up to 3 connected Google Analytics accounts
• Free stock images + image editor
• Unlimited analytics reports – white label
• Weekly backup
• Mobile and tablet apps
• Influencer’s discovery available for $20/mo

Screenshots of Interface

Add/Manage Accounts (1 image below)


Inbox (2 images below)


Main Publishing Screen (1 image below)

Publishing with Queues Screen (1 image below)

RSS Auto Post Publishing Screen (1 image below)

 

So what do I think?

 

Overall, eClincher is an amazing service that I think can eliminate multiple apps many people use in their social media marketing endeavors. Images are extremely important in social media and the integrated Canva feature makes short work of finding the right custom graphic for posts. The free image media search also hits the nail on the head when you need to find that perfect image to get your point across. Those two features alone will make the service worth it.

The ability to interact with a live feed and auto post (plan dependant) from RSS and user curated queues is a huge plus as well. This allows users to have a kind of “set it and forget it” approach to keeping fresh content in their network streams.

The Basic plan pricing is cheaper than Hootsuite, but more than Buffer. The Individual plan is priced a little high for me personally (but I don’t have a true need for all the features it offers). If you use all the features on that particular plan, from what I’ve seen out there, the price is right on par with other services that offer the same or fewer features. With that being said, if those two had a social media platform love child, eClincher would be it.

 

Will I be making the switch?

 

While I truly enjoyed using the platform (both the levels that I tried), I will be sticking with Buffer for my social media scheduling.

Why?

Because it’s simple, minimal, and is so very well integrated into my Apple universe that it feels like it’s almost a native app. I also have an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription and use apps tied to that for my social media images. The experience is the same between web, Safari extension, and phone.

eClincher has some room to improve in that there is no extension for Safari, but there is one for Chrome (which I use as little as possible and will no longer use when High Sierra is out). When I tested out the Chrome extension is worked wonderfully and for those who use Chrome on a regular basis I highly suggest installing it should you start using eClincher.

The mobile app for eClincher is on par with the web version. The only thing missing is mobile Canva integration, but that doesn’t surprise me as the mobile version of any app won’t always have the ability to support full features like the web apps do. The notifications are accurate and navigation is quite easy once you get used to the interface. Big thumbs up for the mobile team over at eClincher.

With all that said, I would still recommend eClincher to others who are looking for a more detailed solution than what they are using now. Just because it’s a bit advanced for my needs doesn’t mean it won’t be the perfect solution for someone else.

Until next time…

#StaySaucy,

Sayre

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A&M Pizza – The Original Italian Pizza

I could go into a long story about how my husband and I rarely go out to eat just the two of us and that we choose A&M for our “date lunch” but anyone who knows me knows that although I can cook and I like to do so we eat out a lot. I have a picky eater in the house and get for lack of a better term pissed off when he won’t eat what I make. Therefore we eat out or order in A LOT; as a family and when it’s just my husband and me.

Now I will say that my husband is Italian and can rip apart an Italian restaurant in few words if it’s not good. Today was not one of those days. Today was good food, quiet atmosphere, and a happy full husband.

We live in Florence, AZ a small farming town with little to no “chain restaurants”. The saving grace is we do have a handful of “homemade family owned” places and A&M Pizza is one of them.

Located at 445 W. Highway 287, Florence, AZ 85132 A&M is a family owned business that has its roots in New York. If you would like to read about the founders click here. I will have a link to the menu at the end of the post.

Now on to the food!

Appetizer:
Fried Calamari with Marinara Sauce $8.25
(Enough for 2)

This was prepared perfectly in my opinion. The texture was great and it wasn’t overly chewy like you tend to get at some places. The seasoning in the breading was mild but not bland or un-flavorful. If you like your spices stronger than most you might find it a little lacking but for most people, I think it would be perfect.

The crowning glory on the appetizer is the marinara sauce. It’s got a fresh homemade taste and is served at just the right temperature; not too cold and not too hot. If you dive in like I did today you may have a little warmth going on but nothing that’s going to leave you with something like that early morning coffee mouth burn – you ALL know what I mean by that.

My mother-in-law’s sauce is something to be reckoned with and this stuff might just be better than hers. SHHHHHHHHHH don’t tell her I said that.

What I ordered:

Dinner Salad with Creamy Italian Dressing $3.49

The picture says it all on this one. The dinner salad is a very simple small side salad. Lettuce, tomatoes, onion and green olives. While it hit the spot this afternoon I would suggest if you are craving salad to get the bigger “meal” Caesar salad with or without chicken and split it between those at the table or not – I know I can eat an entire one all by my lonesome. It’s quite a bit more salad making the price of $7.95 for a small or $8.95 for a large less painful than the almost $3.49 for the dinner salad. Now don’t get me wrong, that’s about what you’re going to pay for a dinner salad at most places in the area but you can also get an entire bag at Walmart for about the same price and it will serve more people.

Meatball Parmesan Sub – Regular $7.75 Large $8.75
(Tomato sauce, parmesan, and mozzarella cheese)

This thing is huge! I ordered the regular size sub and couldn’t eat it all. For the average appetite, the regular will be more than enough. If you eat like a linebacker or plan to share then you’ll want to get the large portion.

The bread is made fresh on the premises each day and has got to be the softest bread I have ever had at a restaurant. The meatballs are nicely seasoned and they don’t skimp on the servings. You get a good portion of meatballs, sauce and cheese on the sandwich making it worth the price for either size.

What he ordered:

Chicken Parmigiana Dinner $15.99
(Chicken breast with tomato sauce, Mozzarella, and Romano cheese in casserole and side of spaghetti. This also includes a dinner salad.)

While this same exact meal is about two bucks cheaper at another Italian place in Coolidge it’s worth the price and drive to get it from A&M instead. When I saw the same I mean literally everything is identical when it comes to what you get in the meal. The clincher for us is the QUALITY. The quality you get from A&M is quite a bit better than their competitors. This is what made for a happy and full husband – well that and he ate the rest of my sub.

We have had this particular meal at quite a few other places in the local area and throughout the valley. The verdict is about 50/50 on quality. Half of them the cheese is so rubbery you can’t get through the dish, the other half it’s not cheesy enough (almost like fresh mozzarella before it gains the cheesiness if that makes sense). The one that we had today stood out as “made with love like Mama makes”. I don’t know how else to describe it. The fresh sauce, fresh cheese and side of pasta were all done to perfection. The dish is highly recommended by the Italian in my household.

Their menu can be found here

VERDICT

A&M while a bit more expensive than other places in the area is worth it. They use fresh ingredients, the food is made to order and not sitting on a warmer.

I will caution though if you have a larger family that it might need to be a “special occasion” place. For the two of us today we spent around $49 including the tip. While that’s not expensive, it’s may not feasible for the average family to spend that amount on a regular basis. It would make a great date night/afternoon though.

This isn’t our first time here and it won’t be the last. Kudos to the owners and staff for bringing great Italian food to Florence, AZ.