Social media is a necessary part of marketing these days. Having a strong brand presence on social media is of great importance.
As a business owner or a marketer, you probably have a lot of on your plate and maintaining a constant social media presence can be difficult. To make the process easier, the best thing you can do is to use a social media scheduling service. Even if you’re stuck in a meeting, you can still keep your status updates and tweets flowing.
Here are 4 tools for auto-scheduling your social media posts.
Price: $59 per month
Sprout Social is an engagement and management tool for social media. It gives you a clear overview of response rates and follower demographics.
You can also use this tool to schedule and post updates to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+. Sprout Social provides a 30-day free trial. But if you wish to continue using it, you’ll have to pay a whopping $59 a month.
Price: Free; Pro version – $8.99 a month
Hootsuite is a big player in social media management. It schedules your posts based on your previous social history so you’ll reach the largest number of followers. You can also edit the times and days before they go live.
Hootsuite lets you to schedule posts for Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Foursquare and Google +. However, free users are only allowed to add up to 3 social networks. The Pro version, which starts at $8.99 a month, allows users to schedule up to 350 updates at once and add up to 100 social accounts.
Price: Individual account – free; Business plan – $50 per month
Buffer lets you schedule 10 social updates all at once. This tool will spread your content throughout the day or week, making sure you have a solid social media presence even if you don’t spend much time in front of the computer.
As a bonus, Buffer also provides analytics from your social media posts. It works with Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Timely allows you to choose the number of posts you’d like to auto schedule per day. Add to that, it also reviews responses from your previous tweets to determine your most optimal posting times. Timely only posts to Facebook or Twitter.