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Planning for Social Media – Part 2

Hey Guys!
 
How have you been doing with planning since our last letter? Are any of you using our (or another) content calendar? Is it helping? And if the calendar is not your cup of tea… I’m curious, what other method do you use?
 
If you’re using a content calendar or a list of content you’d like to post for the week and still getting overwhelmed with trying to remember when and what to post everyday, well we have the best tool for you! But shhh! It’s a secret! ;)

Just kidding-- once you find out what it is, we encourage you to talk about it with peers, ask them if they use it or suggest that they do. They’ll thank you for it! Seriously, this app/tool is THE BEST one we’ve ever used. And it’s free! (If you use it for your own business anyways. More on this later in this letter).
 
This app is called Hootsuite. You can download it on your tablet or smart phone for planning on the go or use it on the web on your computer: hootsuite.com.

What is Hootsuite? It’s this awesome tool that lets you write and schedule posts. I personally like to plan my posts up to 2-3 weeks ahead. I may spend 4 hours writing posts {and yes sometimes even more - between, plugging them in my content calendar and then writing them in Hootsuite} but after that day, I’m free of social media posting for the next 2-3 weeks!!  

How it works: I won’t explain Hootsuite to you in great detail, but I will tell you how I use it, and that’s the super easy + helpful way for small business owners!

  1. Create an account (with your email address and a password)
  2. Set your Dashboard with the social media accounts you want to post to.

You could add LinkedIn, Google+ and WordPress, or like us just Facebook and Twitter.

  1. Once the Dashboard is set up, type a post in the “Compose message” box, up top
  2. Select the profile (or social media) you’ll be sending it to
  3. Either hit “Send Now” or click the calendar icon to schedule it to the date + time of your choice. Or you can Auto-Schedule it and Hootsuite will make the best decision to publish your post!

 
Does that sound simple enough? If not, that may be because you're a visual learner like me, in which case, you need to see to learn - go on hootsuite.com and try it right away! If it’s complicated but you’re interested in using it, email me, I can help you set it up!

Hootsuite has different plans. The Free one is perfect for your own use! We started on that plan, and only recently upgraded to the Pro Plan ($9.99 per month) so that we could also plan for our client’s accounts.
 
That’s all for today! Just remember that Hootsuite helps you manage your social media posts by scheduling them in advance to make your life {well... "work"} easier!!

Happy planning and have a great weekend!
#growwithredroot,
Sandie

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