I was delighted when Facebook introduced their scheduling tool. At last we could schedule posts to go out not just when we were in front of a computer but for a specific time of day or day of the week. Although it is still important to check in on your page and respond to comments it’s great to be able to send out a post when people are more likely to be online.
There is an issue with Facebook scheduling though, it’s clunky, I keep waiting for it to get better but it doesn’t seem to be on the Facebook priority list. Every time I show someone how it works I get frustrated at having to choose a year, a month a day, an hour and a minute.
This weeks cool tool, Post Planner has lots of features but the one that has me hooked is the easy scheduling system. It beats the other third party apps hands down as it lives within Facebook so you don’t get those hootsuite or buffer logos appearing underneath.
Some of the other features are pretty cool too and I’ll be showing you some of those next week.
Here’s how it works:
Visit the PostPlanner website www.postplanner.com (affiliate link) and sign up with Facebook.
Allow it the permissions to access your account (this is necessary in order to let the scheduling and other features work)
Choose the page you want to post to from the drop down menu.
Write your post in the update box, just as you would on Facebook.
Click on the date and time you want to post from the calender that appears.
Click on ‘schedule’.
The scheduled post will appear underneath the status box, here you can choose to reschedule it, delete it or edit it.
I love the ‘edit’ feature as once again this is missing from the Facebook scheduling service.
If you subscribe to their well priced premium service you can choose to add posts to a queue, PostPlanner will space them out automatically.
Next week I’ll show you some of the other features offered by PostPlanner… it really is a very cool tool.
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