Social Media: Scheduling Posts on Facebook

Social Media Tips and How To's

With social media, it’s important to have a presence. One of the things that we know you have to do to help extend your reach on Facebook is to post often, around 2 – 3 times a day, but spread out over the day and night depending on where your audience is based. Without being online constantly, there is no other way to do it but through scheduling posts.

Facebook over the summer has introduced scheduling with pages. This means that you can plan your Facebook posts in advance and set them to go without having to be there to click ‘Post’.

How to schedule posts in facebook pages

Scheduling posts using the Facebook page scheduling appears to not affect your reach, unlike Hoot Suite, DVLR.it or other methods to post where posts scheduled via these systems are seen by less people, or so it would appear. Scheduling is easy, following these steps.

How to Schedule Posts in Facebook Pages

Write your post as normal and instead of clicking on post – click on the little clock icon at the bottom of the post box.

scheduline posts in your page timeline

You can then set the year, month, day, hour and minute (to the 00, 15, 30 and 45 minutes past the hour) that you want your posts to go out in your timeline. Once your post is set, click on the ‘Schedule’ button.

scheduling posts on your facebook timeline

Administer Scheduled Posts

Once a post is scheduled it disappears from your timeline – but don’t worry, you can review it and delete it if neccessary.

Go to the pages admin panel at the top and click on ‘Edit page’- then ‘Use Activity Log’.

reviewing scheduled posts in your timeline

Once in your activity log – you can see the scheduled posts at the top of the log. Using the arrow at the side of the post you can delete and change it if neccessary.

activity log showing scheduled posts

Social Media: Scheduling Posts on Facebook
Recipe Type: Social Media How To
Author: Cerys @ Rainy Day Mum
How to schedule posts on your Facebook page.
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Write the post as you would normally.
  2. Click on the clock icon in the botton left hand corner of the post box.
  3. Select the year, month, day, hour and minutes from the drop down boxes.
  4. Click on ‘Schedule’.
  5. To administer scheduled posts: Go to the admin panel.
  6. Click on ‘Edit Page’.
  7. Click on ‘Use Activity Log’.
  8. You can edit/delete posts in your activity log

Social Media: Setup DLVR.it

Social Media Tips and How To's

Using social media can be time consuming – you pop on to share a post and get sucked in to spending time surfing, chatting, or browsing so it’s always good to know that you can share your content easily within one of your networks without having to put in time.

how to use dlvr.it

For sharing to Twitter we have already said about setting up your facebook page to update to twitter automatically which is a good move, but how about sharing content? With Rainy Day Mum I use DLVR.it – this is straight to Twitter and it’s working as a way to share my content, I’m seeing DLVR.it as one of the top 10 referrers in my stats each month.

How to Set up DLVR.it

dlvr.it

In DLVR.it register with an email and password

setting up dlvr.it

It will ask for your blog URL or Feed – at Blogging with kids we use Feedburner for our RSS feed so I added that into the URL.

dlvr.it for twitterThen click the large Twitter Icon. You will either be asked to authorize the app or to sign into twitter.

dlvr.it set up to twitter

Then you are good to go.

A note about scheduling to Facebook

We advice against this – everything that we have read and seen from our own facebook pages is that scheduled posts via a system such as DLVR.it, Hootsuite etc… has a smaller reach than when you post yourself. Take these 2 posts from my Rainy Day Mum Facebook Page – they were posted within 30 minutes of each other and the reach for my test DVLR.it post is 200 people less than the post that I wrote myself.comparison of scheduled vs normal posts in facebook

Social Media: Setup DLVR.it
 
Recipe Type: Social Media How To
Author: Blogging with kids

 

A quick how to on setting up DLVR.it to share your blog content with Twitter
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Sign in on http://www.dlvr.it
  2. Add your blog feed URL
  3. Authorise the DLVR.it app to use Twitter
 

Would you like to have your blog tweeted to the Blogging with kids Twitter followers – then leave a comment – join our community and we’ll add your blog feed

Sync Facebook Page Updates with Tweets on Twitter

Social Media Tips and Tricks

I focus almost 50% of my social media time spent on Facebook (the other 50% on Pinterest). Twitter kind of just gets left out sometimes. But I think its important to have a presence there. But we’ll save those reasons for another day.

 

Social Media Efficiency:

In order to maximize my time spent, everything I post on my Facebook page gets streamed over to Twitter. Unless you’re already very active on Twitter, this is a great starting place for you to have a presence on Twitter to gain followers. 

How to Sync Facebook  Page Updates to Twitter

Sync Facebook Page Updates with Tweets on Twitter

Here’s how to set that up to make it happen (make sure you’re logged into both Facebook and Twitter first):

Setup Facebook Page to sync with Twitter Stream
 
 
  • Select the page on Facebook that you want to sync with Twitter by clicking on the “Link to Twitter” button.
  • Authorize the Twitter App.
  • Select what you want to show up in your twitter stream.I selected the following, but you can sync whatever you like! 
    • Status Updates
    • Photos
    • Links. 
 
You can edit what you sync at a later date if you find that you don’t like how its set up by going to https://www.facebook.com/twitter/ again and selecting “Edit Settings” beneath the page you set up.
Edit Facebook Page to Twitter Stream Settings
 

That’s it!

Test out what how it works! Post a status update (or something else that you selected to include) on your Facebook Page. Head over to Twitter and see your update there!

You will see the same update in both your Facebook updates and your Twitter stream!

Facebook Page Updates Streamed to Twitter

 

Facebook changes their system constantly (and Twitter does too, occasionally), so if you notice that the steps are different or if something just isn’t right, let me know in the comments and I’ll update the tutorial!