HootSuite is one of my favorite tools for scheduling my social media posts. I both schedule and share my blogs posts and others using it. The awesome thing about it is that it not only has a dashboard to work from, but an app and extension for the browser. I use Chrome, however I’m most certain they offer one for Safari, Foxfire, and IE. Another awesome thing about Hootsuite is that its free to use, although they do offer an upgradeable Pro version with even more cool features than the regular version.
Scheduling your posts is so easy and fast, that you’ll wonder why you weren’t doing it sooner. Plus, by being able to schedule posts on so many platforms of social media at once will save you tons of time.
So here’s how to do it:
1. Download the app, browser extension, or go to Hootsuite.com and sign up. You can sign up using your current social media accounts, such as Facebook and Twitter. This is what I did and it makes it so easy for signing in. Also, for the purpose of this tutorial, I will be showing how to schedule posts via the browser extension. However, once you become familiar with Hootsuite, you will see that there are several ways to schedule posts from the dashboard and from the app on your phone. They all work pretty similar though.
As you can see, I have the extension installed and it appears right next to my menu bar.
2. Add your Social Media Accounts and set up your streams.
3. Once you complete step 2, you’re pretty much set to go and ready to start scheduling. All you have to do is compose a message, hit the browser extension or right click on whatever page you are wanting to share to schedule the post. Click “Share via Hootsuite”.
4. A dialog box will open that will allow you to share the post instantly or schedule it for a later time.
As you can see, a preview will automatically be generated with a thumbnail of the post you are sharing. You can choose to AutoSchedule your post or manually schedule it. If choose to AutoSchedule, Hootsuite will use its algorithms to schedule it a peak times for whatever social media account your are sharing to. This is a good option if you are sharing other people’s posts. I love this option, because it does all the work for me.
For manually scheduling posts, you simply click the calendar in between AutoSchedule and Send Now, pick a time and date, and bam, you are now able go forth and do great things.
Note that depending on the platform, the thumbnail preview may or may not be available. I mostly post to Facebook and Twitter, and the thumbnail preview is available, however you do have the option to remove it. You can do this by hitting the “X” and it will remove it from the post. If you have the Pro version you can add many more accounts, schedule even more posts, and view more in depth stats, so you can see how many people engaged you on a particular post.
And that’s it! Just four easy tips for scheduling posts and making your precious time online that much more efficient.
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