I schedule tweets with PostPlanner. I admit it. I use automation to help me with social media. Lots of people do.
PostPlanner makes it easy to do both. It is one of my “go to” blogging tools.
Not only can you schedule your tweets in PostPlanner but they make it easy for you to curate content too.
So, you save time since you don’t have to go searching all around tarnation (my kids would make such fun of me for using this word) for relevant, on topic information to share.
Let me show you how it works.
The PostPlanner Dashboard
The interface for PostPlanner is quite simple. You start at your dashboard and down the left hand side you have three options:
The find feature is a really a time saving feature.
PostPlanner curates quotes and articles in different categories (such as Engaging, Funny, Interesting, and Top News).
Obviously, on social media, you want to post a variety of content – not just your own stuff. But wading out into the sea of the internet is time consuming. PostPlanner does it for you and presents it here.
Also in the Find feature is something called “Status Ideas” in different categories, that you can use to spark conversation.
And finally in the Find feature is my favorite superpower – something called My Content.
Using My Content – you can add the Twitter streams, Facebook feeds, and RSS feeds of all your favorite influencers and blogs.
Using this – you can easily retweet and share relevant articles from top people in your niche.
By sharing high quality stuff – you create your own reputation of being knowledgable.
The next option in PostPlanner is called Plan.
This is where you can set your posting schedule. You can create a unique schedule for each social profile that you have set up in PostPlanner.
For Twitter, I started out scheduling tweets a few times per day but slowly increased the number of times I post as my content pool grew.
I might be getting ahead of myself here – but in PostPlanner you can also recycle your social media posts.
I do this on Twitter with posts from my own website.
Whenever I write a new post, I will set to post immediately in PostPlanner and set it to recycle.
What will happen – is that once it posts it will move down to the end of my queue and post again when it reaches the top.
I try to make sure that I have at least a week’s worth of content in my queue – so that I am not reposting the same thing day in and day out.
The Post option is where you actually see what you have scheduled to post and where you can schedule Tweets in PostPlanner as well.
When I have a thought to share or an article that I come across that I want to share – I can either go directly to Twitter and post it immediately or I can head to PostPlanner and allow myself a few more options.
There are advantages to using PostPlanner instead.
You can still post your thought immediately, or you can schedule it to post “next”. This means that it will post your thought in the closest upcoming time slot and push everything else down.
Or you could just add it to the end of your queue (I don’t usually use this option because that would be about a week or so out).
Or you can even schedule your Tweet to post at a specific day and time.
PostPlanner is very flexible that way.
Using PostPlanner for Facebook
Not only can you schedule Tweets with PostPlanner but you can also schedule Facebook updates (to your business or personal page).
Personally, I do not use PostPlanner for Facebook very often for a few reasons.
First, I am just starting to build up my Facebook business page (please give it a like!). My focus has been on Twitter and Pinterest.
Second, I have heard that Facebook’s new algorithm does not look favorably on third party schedulers.
Although, I haven’t tested that theory out I can say that I have scheduled quotes from PostPlanner to Facebook and based on my small audience I did get about an average reach as some of my other posts.
As much as I love PostPlanner, I do have a few criticisms. Most of it has to do with the user interface.
To me it feels a bit clunky.
Things take longer than I would like to load and that gets frustrating.
However, changes are afoot!
I just received notice that in the fourth quarter of 2016 (yes, in the next few months) big changes are happening – and I quote:
- A new – lightning fast – web app. built from the ground up
- More social networks! FIND, PLAN, and POST content to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google +
- More robust Search to help you Find the most relevant content, Feeds, and Streams for your audience
- Radically improved Star Ratings making it easier to predict social performance — better than ever
- Trending topics, trending hashtags, trending content Feeds, and trending content in your industry. #recommendations
- All new Team Management and collaboration
- Optimized Plans for scheduling your posts! We’ll help you take the guesswork out of when to publish using artificial intelligence
- PLUS: We’ve got native mobile apps for iOS and Android planned for release in Q1 2017, Chrome and Safari Browser Extensions and a whole lot more coming in 2017
Comparing Social Media Schedulers
Honestly, I can’t wait to see the new PostPlanner. I am hoping that new interface will take away the clunkiness issues.
When you look at the other social schedulers out there – only one (that I know of) offers the ability to recycle your posts so that your queue never runs dry.
How Much Does PostPlanner Cost?
This is the big question right?
Of course, there are different plans available – but as a team of one, the most basic plan, called Love, was perfect for me.
Right now this costs $7 per month paid annually for a total of $84 per year.
However, prices are going up on November 1, 2016 – so the time to act is now.
One thing to be aware of is that, unfortunately, you are not “grandfathered” at this price for the life of your membership (although they seem to be offering a “pay one price now for a lifetime membership” option.
Your price will go up on your one year renewal date.
PostPlanner does not offer a free trial but they do have a free Pro Plan – which offers you a taste of everything but limits how much you can schedule and post.
I would greatly appreciate it if you would use my affiliate link here: Try PostPlanner – to give it a try.
Do You Use Automation for Social Media?
Now you know how I schedule Tweets with PostPlanner.
I plan out my posting times, find new things to post, and do the scheduling both live and using the recycle feature right from my PostPlanner dashboard.
I would love to hear what social media schedulers you use for your blogs and businesses.
Please tell me in the comments below.