Scheduling Posts to go Live at a Later Date
If you’re a frequent social user, you’ve probably had the experience of wanting to share a whole bunch of stuff at once. But wait! If you share that hilarious cat video right now, maybe your followers will miss the link to your latest blog post!
Many social mavens out there advocate spacing your posts out. Instead of blasting your networks at full volume with a dozen posts and then going silent for 6 hours while you do other work, what if you could schedule a queue of posts to go live later? Or, if you know that you’re more likely to get good engagement at a specific time, maybe you could select the precise date and time for your post…
That’s where the Streamified Scheduled Post option comes in!
The Schedule Post Button
When you compose a post in Streamified, you’ll find the Schedule button (which looks like a calendar) underneath the image and link icons (by default, it will say “Post Date: Now”):
2 Types of Scheduling
When you press on the calendar button, you’ll be presented with the option to select between two types of scheduling:
- Choose Exact Time lets you precisely select a date and time for the post to go live, giving you the greatest flexibility
- Queueing a post means that the post will go to the “back of the line.” It is still scheduled in the exact same way, but Streamified will automatically determine the time for the post. For example, if you choose “5 hours” and you already have a post scheduled to go live at 2pm today, the new post will go live at 7pm. If you then composed another scheduled post, also with a 5 hour queue, it would go live at midnight:
Notice that the usual “post” button in the lower right also changes to say “Schedule,” instead.
Managing Scheduled Posts
Now that you’ve created one or more scheduled posts, it makes sense that you’d want to check up on them - maybe even edit or reschedule them. For that, you can access the Scheduled Posts tab in your Streamified account:
Here, you can see that I have scheduled 2 posts: one on October 25th at 1:45pm, and the other on October 30th at 6:50pm. Both of them will post to my @inZaniaTest twitter account, and I can review what text/links/images have been attached. Using the button on the far right, I can delete the scheduled post. The “edit” button on the far left opens up the composer tab, except the “Post” button has changed to “Edit Draft”, allowing me to make changes to the scheduled post:
Of course, I can also change the post time by clicking on the date:
The last column, which we have not yet discussed, is the “From” field. Usually, this will just be your Streamified username. But, if you share social networks with other users, this will be the Streamified username of the person who created the post. In this example, there are 2 Streamified users (“zane” and “tester”) who have both added the @inZaniaTest Twitter account. As a result, they can each see scheduled posts made by the other user here (note: editing posts made by another Streamified user requires a Streamified Pro subscription).
Scheduling posts to go live later is a great way to maximize your presence on your social networks. Streamified gives you a great deal of flexibility to schedule or queue posts, as well as manage the posts you have previously scheduled.