Once upon a time, I thought to myself, “Why can’t my agenda be a magical tool that moves seamlessly from my page to the virtual world?” In order for me to organize and plan the posts and activities on my blog and my social media accounts, I need to see the month laid out in front of me, like so:
I was using the paid version of Hootsuite, but it just wasn’t working for me. It wasn’t a visual enough representation of my paper calendar. I didn’t think that the magical service I was fantasizing about actual existed. Then I read this post by Kristen from When at Home on how to blog for a week in just one night. Kristen introduced me to CoSchedule:
CoSchedule links up with my WordPress blog, so all of my scheduled posts appear automatically on the calendar. (Time saved: penciling in my scheduled posts in my agenda.)
Once I’ve got a post scheduled, I set about planning my promotion of said post. That means sharing my post to Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. I used to schedule my shares by uploading my main image and scheduling a post manually on my Facebook page. (Even though I had HootSuite, for some reason I didn’t like the way sharing images to Facebook worked, so I rarely used it for that.) Then I would use HootSuite to schedule some tweets. The day the post went live, I’d try and remember to pin it to the appropriate Pinterest board. For giveaway posts that needed to be shared frequently, I would also use HootSuite to schedule shares over the course of the giveaway. I found it really hard to keep track of what I had scheduled when, so I’d often be making notes in my agenda as I went along. (Time saved: so much clicking between screens, copying & pasting and note taking.)
This entire process is drastically simplified and ridiculously faster using CoSchedule:
When I hit “Create Your First Message,” I can choose from my Facebook page, my Facebook groups (yup, I can schedule shares to my groups, even ones I don’t admin), my Twitter Account, Google+ and, (this blows my mind) whichever Pinterest board I want.
For Facebook, I can share my blog post as an image, a text post or a link post:
“User friendly” doesn’t do this tool justice. “Time saver” is the most epic understatement. CoSchedule has revolutionized the way I manage my blogging.
Other amazing features:
- It displays the interaction I get on my posts;
- I can connect it to my Buffer account;
- I can post to my social media accounts directly from CoSchedule (regardless of if I have a blog post to promote);
- It took me about 10 minutes to figure out how to use it.
I’ll let the good folks at CoSchedule tell you even more:
CoSchedule also helps make its service affordable. By using your referral link, you can save on your own membership, and by writing a review like this one, you can score 50% off! [Feel free to use MY referral link!] You can try CoSchedule for free for a month to make sure you love it. (You will.) A paid membership costs $10/month.
I’m more than willing to pay $120 a year (by the way, you save if you buy an annual membership) for the massive amounts of time CoSchedule has saved me and will save me… I just wish I could get a refund on all the time I’ve wasted until I discovered it existed!
Gotta pay the bills...