July 30, 2012

How to schedule a Facebook page update

Now you can do it on Facebook directly instead of using a third-party tool

Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, businesses, educators, journalists, any Facebook member.

John HaydonAfew weeks ago Facebook — which just passed 955 million members — rolled out a new feature that lets page administrators schedule updates in advance. In other words, you pick the specific date and time when your update goes live.

You may have noticed that the status update box, where you enter updates for your page, now has a little clock icon at the bottom left corner (see image). Up until now, you’ve had to use a third-party tool like HootSuite, PostPlanner or Buffer to do this.

You can schedule a post up to six months in advance in 10-minute intervals, from your Page’s sharing tool by following the instructions I lay out in the 100-second video tutorial above. Continue reading

July 24, 2012

4 tools to make your social media life easier

Image by Sean MacEntee

Facebook scheduling, Twitter Lists, HootSuite & more

Guest post by Carrie Romanazzi Chwierut

Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, businesses, educators, Facebook users.

Every day there are new online tools being touted as the newest, greatest thing sure to make your social media life easy. To help, I’ve summarized a few that make my social media life easier – and hopefully yours, too!

Facebook scheduling: Pick your time to shine

1If you use Facebook as your primary social media outlet, then you should take advantage of the scheduling feature Facebook recently introduced. It’s very simple to use. Enter your post, then click on the little clock icon. Select the day and time you’d like your text to post and hit schedule. So far, this is one of my favorite tools – I’ve used it quite a bit and have not run into any issues with it working properly.

Tip: The scheduling feature only works on pages, not personal profiles, and does not work with sharing someone else’s post. I hope this is something Facebook will implement in the near future.

Twitter lists: Focus on those who matter

2When you click to view a Twitter list, you’ll see a stream of tweets from only the users included in that group. The nice thing is that you don’t have to be following a Twitter user to add them to your list. This is a great way to cut through the hundreds of tweets in your stream and narrow it down to just those you really want to see. Continue reading

August 2, 2011

Post Planner: A branded publishing app for Facebook


Schedule your posts and include your own logo & linkback

Shonali BurkeIwrote a while back about why I like Post Planner so much as a way to schedule posts to Facebook.

Have you tried it yet? Let me tell you right now that if you haven’t, you should.

And now it gets better. Today we’re relaying a special offer for you — and then I’ll tell you what’s in it for your organization.

When Post Planner, now in private beta, launches to the public, it will be priced at $19.95 a month. Now through the end of August their current customers are being offered a chance to lock their subscription price in at $14.95 a month, for life or until cancellation (at any time). Just sign up and the discount will be automatically applied.

Customized branding on world’s biggest social network

What got me excited about this is that last week Josh Parkinson of Go West Social, one of the people behind Post Planner, created a white label version of it for my blog. For free. Now, thanks to my very own “Waxing UnLyrical Post Planner app” — which shows up in my Facebook left sidebar — I have the option of having my Facebook posts come “via” Waxing UnLyrical when I post a status update.

That means I get my logo at the bottom of the post instead of the Post Planner icon (or, if I were posting from HootSuite, for example, the HootSuite icon), and a branded footer link back to my blog … or any URL I choose. This can be a custom landing page (if I have a special deal I want to share), my blog home page, whatever I want.

Cool! Continue reading