I get asked all the time how I have so much time to play around on social media. The truth is, I don’t, and I’m not. I have two babies that I am taking care of. I am a freelancer and blogger in my spare time. I don’t have time to sit around and play on Twitter or Instagram all day long. Pinterest on the other hand, I can always make time for (kidding!).
My secret: I schedule everything. Everything.
Twitter and Facebook – So how do I appear to be tweeting all day long? I schedule every tweet and most of my Facebook posts through Hootsuite. A lot of bloggers I follow also use Buffer. I don’t think there is a whole lot of difference between the two. They both schedule and shorten links for you. I love it because I can spend 10 minutes on Sunday night scheduling my tweets and Facebook posts (for the most part) for the entire week. It saves so much time because I don’t have to worry about it during the week and I don’t get addicted to my twitter feed every time I sit down to tweet. It is still important to share other’s tweets and interact with your followers, so don’t forget to do this daily.
Pinterest – For Pinterest, I use Tailwind. I tried the free month trial and was addicted! It is so nice to be able to schedule my blog posts on Pinterest and other’s pins as well. I love Tailwind because they tell you your peak times to pin every day. It is really helpful and I have seen an increase in repins since scheduling through them.
Instagram – There is no app that actually posts to your Instagram for you. There is however a way to save your edited photo and caption and schedule it to remind you to post at a certain time – Latergramme. Since using this app, I have been posting to Instagram more frequently and at the times of day I want to. It is so simple to use and I love it because it helps me schedule my edited photos for the week all in one sitting. Then, Latergramme alerts me when it is time to post and all I have to do is click through to Instagram and paste the caption in the description and post! It also saves a lot of time! I love Instagram and it is probably my favorite social media network. I do spend most of my time on here because I love seeing everyone’s lovely photos and being inspired by them!
So, there you have it! Those are my secrets to save time on social media and give the appearance that you’re always around, even when you’re wrestling a 22 month old and cleaning up spit up from a 5 month old!
Do you schedule your social media? How do you save time during the week?