Last month I shared ways you can manage your social media easily over the summer. This time I want to give you some great advice on exactly how you do that – so that you can update your Twitter and Facebook pages without even being near a computer!
I might have mentioned this once or twice, I am a HUGE fan of HootSuite and I use it all the time to manage my social media accounts. HootSuite is a fantastic tool that lets you view most of your social media accounts in one place and filter them so you see the people and tweets you really want to follow. But did you know you can also use it to schedule updates to your accounts?
In the HootSuite ‘compose message…’ box you type your updates and schedule them to any or all of your accounts – Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ and even WordPress. You can add a link or photo, choose the date and time you want your update to go live – and then just sit back and wait for the magic to happen!
It’s very straightforward but can be quite time-consuming – which is where you can look at the HootSuite Pro account. It costs about £5 a month but gives you lots more features, including the ability to do bulk uploads using simple spreadsheets. It runs automatically, keeping your accounts active while you relax on a beach somewhere!
However, much as I love HootSuite, it can be slightly overwhelming for some people, so you could also take a look at BufferApp. BufferApp doesn’t have nearly as many features as HootSuite but it excels in enabling you to post and schedule updates to several social media accounts. With the free plan you can manage a Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn account and schedule updates to them. You choose between 1 and 5 updates a day and set the times independently for each day, or miss some days completely (for example, if you don’t want to update at weekends). There are fab web apps that let you automate interesting links you come across to send out, and – you can schedule updates from your smartphone too! If you need to add more accounts the premium plan is less than £7 a month and gives you unlimited usage.
Both tools make it dead simple to keep up your presence on social media wherever you are and whatever you’re doing. Simplify and streamline to make the most of your time! If you’re interested in learning more about using either HootSuite or BufferApp why not give me a call today?