08/07/12 Tuesday Training: How to Schedule Tweets using HootSuite
Posted Tuesday, August 7th, 2012 by Lindsay Dicks
Twitter can be a powerful business tool if you know how to manage it properly. One of the best ways to keep up with this, sometimes time-consuming, social media outlet is to schedule your Tweets. When scheduled Tweets are done correctly, they can be a great way to maximize your time in front of the computer, control your content flow, and increase your visibility.
Instead of sitting at your computer and sending out 10 Tweets in 10 minutes, why not spend a just few minutes at your computer to schedule 10 Tweets to be sent out over the course of 10 hours? Staggering your messages like this will allow your content to be seen without flooding the Twittersphere with back-to-back Tweets. This is a less obtrusive way to reach your followers, and it optimizes the little time that you have to spend on Twitter.
HootSuite is one of the most popular tools used for scheduling Tweets. Here is how to schedule your Tweets usng HootSuite:
- If you haven’t already done so, sign up for an account and download the free program at HootSuite.com.
- Then, login to your panel and craft your Tweet.
- From this panel you have the ability to set the date, time and the specific social network to which you want post your message.
- Once this is complete your Tweet will show up in the pending Tweets panel of Hootsuite.
Yes, it is that simple J There are many other services for scheduling messages similar to HootSuite, as well!
Now that you know how to schedule your Tweets to be sent out on specific dates and times, allow me to briefly discuss the proper etiquette when it comes to automated Tweets. Remember, scheduled Tweets are not always the solution. Individuals who abuse Tweet automation with annoying sales blasts can be labeled as spammers, and this will not build your online reputation.
Instead, be sure to always provide your audience with quality Tweet messages that authentically promote your brand and engage your followers. Remember, you don’t want to fully automate your Twitter efforts! However, when Tweets are scheduled with the intention of providing your followers with substantial content throughout their day, it can be a great tool to grow your online reputation, thus making you the go-to expert in your field! J
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