Hiiii! We know lots of you, including us, struggle with the overwhelming task of Social Media. It’s this weird ground that’s really time consuming and often times confusing. We all try to find ways to simplify the process, and one of those ways is scheduling.
We’re here to share with you some tools that are for scheduling your Social Media so you can get off that smart phone and computer of yours and get to living your life, all while still maintaining an online presence. You’re welcome. 😉
There are soooo many scheduling systems, it seems, and these are just the ones we’ve used before or heard good things about.
Hootsuite is the leading social media management system, in the form of a dashboard. It seems to have the widest reach across all platforms within one management system: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Foursquare, MySpace, WordPress, TrendSpottr and Mixi. You can have multiple users, social profiles, etc. There are free as well as paid plans.
Buffer is used by Fortune 500 companies, like Fortune (get it? hahaha, punny), Business Insider, and other big names. It allows posting to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and Pinterest. They bank on “Schedule As You Discover”, with browser extensions and apps. As far as we know, there are no free accounts, only paid. But, you can get a free trial. (note that this one includes Pinterest while Hootsuite does not)
TweetDeck is a Scheduling System for Twitter, by Twitter.
Facebook allows you to schedule posts within their platform now, for free – so why wouldn’t you? (If you don’t know how to schedule posts on your Facebook page, let us know and we’ll write about it.)
(note that none of these include Instagram)
Publish is a mobile app for posting to Instagram (although Instagram doesn’t allow scheduled automatic posts, you can go ahead and set your posts up and manually post them) and it’s actually our favorite. Not only does it let you schedule your Instagram posts, but it also chooses when you should be uploading them for you – you know, the best times. It will just pop up on your phone and say it’s go time. You can override that with your own times but we just suggest sticking to their word. There are free as well as paid plans.
Latergramme is another mobile app for Instagram posts. It doesn’t have the feature that Publish has where it chooses the best time for you, but it’s super easy to use. And free.
(note that Instagram also allows your posts to push to Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and some other social sites that most of us don’t use. This means Publish and Latergramme are really like scheduling tools for these sites as well. Wham Bam!)
IFTTT is a site we talked about in our 3 Apps You Need post. It’s a recipe creating system that allows you to create ‘If This Then That’ formulas between your social sites. It’s not technically a scheduling tool but it helps. Example: if you post to Facebook, then automatically push the post to Twitter as well, or whatever other formulas your mind can come up with. Just connect all your social sites and get to it. It’s free!
When choosing how to manage your social media, we think it’s mainly a matter of how much, if any, money you want to spend, whether you want to knock out all your platforms in one system or not, which social sites are the most important to you, and, you know, everything else. Good luck choosing!
Let us know if you need any help and what you’d like us to write about next!! 🙂