Monday, September 3, 2012

Social Media Monday—A Step-by-Step Tutorial on How to Schedule Social Media in Hootsuite

Over the last few days I promised you I'd publish a step-by-step tutorial on how to use Hootsuite. Today I'm delivering. One thing I've discovered, there's too much information to put in one single post. So this will be continued in at least one more post.

Now on to business at hand.

Here is step by step how I schedule Tweets and Facebook Posts in Hootsuite.
(Step one picture above)

Step One, I click on Compose message. (It's written in light gray, and a little hard to read against the white)

Step Two, the window expands and I now have access to everything I need. Across the bottom you see the Add a link... window. 

One the other side is a paper clip symbol for attaching something like a photo.
Next is the calendar icon, to schedule my updates.

Next is an upside down teardrop looking icon - this is to add a location.
Finally there is a lock icon - for privacy settings. 

In this window you see three of my social media profiles highlighted. With the free version of Hootsuite (all you need at first) you'll only have the option of setting up three profiles. The paid version (9.99 a month) gives you more platforms.
(Step two picture above)

Step Three, in this screen shot I have added the text for my tweet (complete with hashtags) and copy and pasted the appropriate URL into the link window. Next I will click the Shrink icon and this will shorten my link for Twitter. This is important because in Twitter I only have 140 characters and some links are 40 or 50 characters long.
(Step Three Picture above)

Step Four, in this screen shot (like others before it) you can see the  drop-down menu where I can choose which social media profiles I want this update to post to. In the free version of Hootsuite you are allowed 3 profiles. Also, after I shrunk my link, Hootsuite added it to the end of my tweet. Since I have a Facebook profile as one of the accounts I want updated it also shows me how it will look on Facebook. 

Special Note: There are two backward facing arrows where you have the option of Choosing a thumbnail. With this post, I only have one choice, but often times you can click those arrows and choose which picture accompanies your update.
(Step Four Picture above)

Step Five, now I’m ready to schedule my update. When I clicked on the calendar icon, the scheduling menu dropped down. It gives me today’s date and the option to change the time it goes out. 

After you choose a time, be sure to click the corresponding AM or PM box. If you forget that it won’t tell you, but it won’t schedule either. It will just sit there until you figure it out. (not helpful at all)

There is also a small box beside the Email me when message is sent. If you check this box you’ll get an email telling you the update went out. I used to do this, now I know it’s reliable, I don’t bother. Who needs more emails?

Finally, you can see to the right of the drop down menu, one of my Hootsuite columns titled, Scheduled Tweets. This is where all my Tweets for the day are listed. As you can see, they’ve all gone out for today already.
(Step Five Picture above)

Now it’s your turn...any questions?

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  1. I've used others but didn't really like them. They just didn't work for what I was trying to accomplish. Then I found HootSuite and thought I'd died and gone to heaven. It is easy to use, robust, and handles my ever-increasing need to connect on social media.

    On a scale of 1-10, I'd give Hootsuite a glowing 15!! Love it!!! Thanks Edie for a great post!

    1. Reba, thanks so much for stopping by! Blessings, E

  2. Honestly, this makes my brain tired! But I'm going to work through it and see what happens. Thanks Edie...I've been one of the people wanting you to do a post on this!

  3. Hi Edie! Thanks for these Hootsuite posts! Extremely helpful! Especially since I joined and am trying to figure out how to do everything. :) Have a great week!


  4. How many accounts one can manage in hotsuit.