When talking about social management tools, the capacity of the marketer to have an efficient schedule of updates is indubitably one of the most notable features people seek for. With the web’s sophisticated realm, there have already some tools that promise to offer this features. However, one of the easiest and the best to utilize is Buffer.
Below are some important points as to how you can exhaust Buffer and how it may assist you in managing your social media activities.
Buffer Helps You Connect To Numerous Social Channels
Initially created solely for Twitter, this platform now allows users to ha have a connection to various social channels such as LinkedIn, Facebook as well as App.net profiles. But know that when you are using the free plan, you are only allowed to connect a single of each profile. If you want to go beyond and be able to add as many as 12 profiles, you may want to upgrade to their “Awesome” plan at $10 monthly.
Have An Efficient Schedule Of Your Updates
With Buffer, scheduling status updates and tweets have become ultimately easy. You just need to set the time zone of your location and choose your schedule. Right after, all your posts will get sent mechanically. If you are using the free plan, you’ll be able to set and have schedules for each and every profile. However, you must expect that each profile’s schedule will be the same for each and every day.
If you want to have a diverse schedule of posting from day to day, then you will need to upgrade to their paid plan.
Have A Post Added To Your Queue
Buffer works by “dripping” out the posts in the user’s queue. When adding a post to Buffer, click on “What do you want to share?” box that can be located on top of your page then you can now have your post entered. After, click on the avatars of the social channels you wanted your posts to appear and click on the “Buffer” button. Or, if you wish to send out the post immediately, you can click the “Share now” button.
Have An App Or Two Added
To make it easier for users to share contents, they find on the web; Buffer has browser extensions that are available for Safari, Chrome, Chrome, Firefox, etc.
Further, If you wish to post an update from your smartphone, it has also mobile apps that are offered for both iOS and Android devices. Moreover, other Bufferapps could give you the freedom of sharing your blog posts in WordPress, spreading contents from your news reader, and add a buffer button on your blog for others to easily share your blog posts.
See Decent Analytics
Through Buffer, you will also be able to obtain some decent analytical capacities that make you see how your posts, updates or tweets are doing. Below is the breakdown of what it tracks:
Twitter – retweets, clicks, favorites, mentions, reach
Facebook – likes, shares, reach, comments, clicks
LinkedIn – comments, reshares, likes, potential, clicks
Like most of Buffer’s other components, this tool for analytics is handy to use and allows you to keep tabs on your performance on social media at a glance.
Here’s a step-by-step guide as to how you can setup your WordPress Account to Buffer and how to schedule a post:
- Sign up For An Account
The initial thing that you must do is to register for an account in Buffer by visiting http://bufferapp.com/, or you can also use your Twitter, Facebook or Twitter Accounts to sign up for an account.
2. Connect WP To Your Buffer Account
Now that you already have an account in Buffer, the next thing that you must do is to have your WordPress account connected to your Buffer Profile. You just simply need to install then activate WP to Buffer plugin on your website. Go to Settings >> Buffer.
For you to have your WordPress site connected to your account in Buffer, you must be able to create a Buffer app. Don’t worry; the plugin will let you see the link create an app. Note that under the link is callback URL which you must copy as you are going to use it for the next step. Continue by clicking on the ‘Registering an Application’ link. This will direct you Buffer App’s developer website.
3. Fill out Required Fields
Give a description as well as a name for your app. Further, in the website field, put the URL of your site. Then enter the URL shown by WP to Buffer plugin in the callback URL field. Now, after you have filled out all the required fields, press the “Create Application” button. Then after that, expect to receive an email from Buffer containing a link to allow you access your token. The said link will direct you to Buffer’s site where you will be able to see your Access token and Client ID. Copy these and have them pasted in your WP to Buffer settings page.
That’s all; your WordPress site is now connected to the Buffer App.
4. Now Have A Post Scheduled And Published On Social Media
To have the post shared automatically the moment they get published, you have to go to WP 2 Buffer settings page and have the Post tab clicked. Then, select on Publish and make sure to choose your social media channel to share your post to before clicking to save your changes.
To have scheduling enabled, head to the dashboard of your BufferApp and click on the Scheduling tab. Then, select your time zones and the different time schedules to share your post.
Buffer is truly a great tool that could effectively assist you in scheduling and manage your social media campaign. It could help you to have an easier work process while making things a lot better and more efficient. So give it a try now!