If you don’t want to be online all day posting your tweets and images, you need to check out this list of eight social media scheduling apps.
The beauty of scheduling apps is that you can spend a few minutes each day or a week uploading your images, messages, captions, hashtags, and status updates.
Once you schedule your posts, all you have to do is check your social media accounts a few minutes a day to engage with your readers.
These apps help you stay regular with your posts and also improve your account growth. If you are starting with social media, apps on the lower end of the price range are an excellent option for you.
Continue reading to find an app that can help you create a social media presence to connect with readers and colleagues.
Social Media Scheduling Apps
The first four social media scheduling apps are among the most popular.
The Social Media Scheduling App I Use
SocialOomph is a social media scheduling app that lets users plan their posts on various social networking platforms. Use it with Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Pinterest, Reddit, Discord, and others.
However, the free services are only active on Twitter and are very limited. The subscriptions start at $15 a month, and the app also features annual subscription options.
Pros: It’s easy to use and set up with Twitter. You can use this app to schedule recurring tweets. For example, if you create an image with a quote, you can set up the tweet to repeat every 24 weeks, once a year, or every 12 weeks or even more frequently. It is a useful feature that other apps don’t offer. I also set up recurring tweets for specific blog posts.
Cons: You can only use certain features on twitter for free. It isn’t straightforward to connect the app to LinkedIn. Also, the recurring post feature is available at an additional cost. Although I use and like this scheduling app, most writers will want an use one that is easier to set up.
Most Popular Scheduling Apps
Hootsuite is a popular social media scheduling app. Use it to schedule posts on various social media platforms. The days of free scheduling apps are long gone.
Years ago, I used this app for free. Now the lowest plan Hootsuite offers is $29/month.
Use Hootsuite to manage your Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and other accounts.
Pros: Hootsuite does offer a limited free plan for scheduling updates to three social media profiles.
Cons: You will need to purchased the professional plan — at the cost of $29/month — to access all of Hootsuite’s features.
Buffer is a popular social media managing platform packed with features you can use.
Start with a free trial of the Pro plan for $15/month. Then if you want, you can downgrade your account to a free plan. But note that the free plan only allows for three social accounts and ten scheduled posts.
I recommend using the Pro plan. Buffer’s fee of $15/month is a great deal for authors.
Pros: Buffers also offers reporting and analytics tools, and they have marvelous customer service.
Cons: The only drawback is that Buffers integrates with just five social accounts. But is this a drawback? After all, it integrates with the five most popular social media networks: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.
TweetDeck is a free Twitter scheduling app that Twitter purchased years ago. TweetDeck can help you come up with the best and most appropriate hashtags. It also enables you to track keywords and mentions.
Pros: You can review multiple timelines at an easy glance. Also, it is a desktop app so you can see what’s happening on your Twitter account without opening a browser.
Cons: It only works for twitter.
Not So Cheap Social Media Scheduling Apps
Loomly is a great app to help you grow your social media profiles, and it’s a popular scheduling app for Instagram. Loomly will track Twitter trends, holidays, and events, and suggest best practices for social media.
This app will also give your post ideas and optimization tips.
Pros: Loomly also offers analytics.
Cons: The cheapest account costs $25/year.
#6 Meet Edgar
Meet Edgar lets you plan your posts on four major social networks: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
Pros: This app offers access to a “smart composer” that automatically writes status updates for you from articles or blog posts. Also, pricing includes a content library for its subscribers.
Cons: Pricing starts at $49/month; however, use this code to reduce the price to $29/month: 4FOR29.
Agorapulse is an interactive scheduling app you can use to plan out your social media posts. Use it for YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. The app, however, is not free. Pricing starts at $79/month.
Pros: This app provides unlimited reports to track your return on investment (ROI).
Cons: This app is expensive for authors.
#8 Social Report
Social Report app integrates with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Pinterest. Aside from scheduling your updates, use this application for its excellent analytical tools.
Pros: Social Report offers excellent analytics.
Cons: The monthly fee, following a free trial, starts at $49/month.
The market is flooding with scheduling apps that can help you grow your social media accounts and help you to spend less time on social media.
Decide which features you need and which plans would serve you best. Then, schedule your updates and get back to your writing!
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Frances Caballo is an author and social media consultant. Her focus is on helping authors surmount the barriers that keep them from flourishing online and building their platform. She also provides content writing and email marketing services. Learn more about her.