How To Schedule Posts With Hootsuite

By Sep 17, 2014 12 Comments

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Just because social media is 24-7 doesn’t mean you have to be too. For many mom-bloggers and work-at-home-moms alike, we have additional commitments outside of our job including mom and wife.

To help find balance between family time and work time, and successfully grow your business with a continual presence online, you’ll need a social media management tool that will do the work for you. A tool that will help you stay on top of the social trends that work best for your company, and let’s you enjoy the free time you deserve as a business owner. Hootsuite is a social media management tool that allows you to schedule social media messages in advance and target your audience on the social channels you choose.

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How To Schedule Posts With Hootsuite

There are plenty of occasions where scheduling social media updates in advance comes in handy, including twitter parties and paid campaigns. To get started, simply add the social channels you use to your Hootsuite profile, and get ready to take your social media management to the next level.

Scheduling Social Media Updates

Scheduling messages in Hootsuite is easy, in just 5 simple steps you are done!

  1. With Hootsuite open, choose the social profiles you wish to send your messages to using the profile picker.
  2. Type your message in the compose box.
  3. Click the calendar icon in the bottom of the compose box.
  4. Set the date and time you want your message to send, and select if you want to receive a sent e-mail confirmation.
  5. Click the send now button. Message scheduled!

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Auto-scheduling Social Media Updates

  1. Just like scheduling your messages, choose a profile and type your message in the box.
  2. In the drop down menu, turn the AutoSchedule feature on.
  3. Press AutoSchedule and you’re done!

Viewing and Editing Scheduled Social Media Updates

What if you make a mistake, and need to edit or view the message you just scheduled? No worries. You can edit any message you schedule, even delete them all together, through the publisher icon.

  1. Click the publisher icon on the left-hand side of the dashboard.
  2. Click the schedule button.
  3. You can now view or edit any message you’ve scheduled by hoovering over it and clicking the edit icon.
  4. Make your changes and click save.

Remember to schedule your social media updates thoughtfully. While it can be a helpful addition to your social media strategy, it is not a complete replacement for consistent, live engagement with your followers.

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About Stacy Molter

Stacy is a mom blogger who shares her experiences raising multiples and parenting a child with multiple food allergies. Somewhere between wrangling her four children, her dog and her husband, she still finds the much-needed girl time for a glass of wine while crafting. If she sounds like your standard mom blogger think again: this woman has some serious guts! She’s squared up with a mountain lion while hiking in the Tahoe national forest and she’s also picked up a baby rattlesnake and lived to tell the tale. Get to know the Chuck Norris of parenting bloggers.


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  • I’ve been using TweetDeck for twitter, but it maybe time to branch out to HootSuite. I know Facebook penalizes you for using 3rd parties, but I don’t think anyone else does.

  • Hi Stacy.

    I recently started with Hootsuite and it sure is convenient. It’s pretty much a must for any small business owner wanting to promote their business and stay in contact with clients.

    Now I know how to do Auto-Scheduling.

    Thank you.

  • Jen. Miller says:

    Love Hootsuite! I just wish it allowed me to schedule posts for my fb page and instagram 🙁

  • Gary Kerr says:

    Great tutorial! you made it really easy to understand.To schedule posts with hootsuite is a very useful and great features in social media.I have learned more from this post and I will try to use them.

  • Pankaj says:

    Hootsuite is not new to me and I’m using it for last 2 years. It not only helps you to share your content on various social media sites but also helps you to keep an eye what your audience is doing with your content and helps in conversation as well.

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  • Thank you for the post. It took me a while to begin using Hootsuit, I am a newbie at it, so all the information is appeciated!

  • Nicely written Stacy – thanks for sharing and the kind words about Hootsuite!


    -Connor from Hootsuite

  • I love Hootsuite. I’ve been using it for awhile now and it saves me so much time!

  • Elizabeth says:

    Thank you Stacy. I have thought about doing this before, but just hadn’t taken the time and effort to learn about it and install. Thank you for sharing a great and informative post. Pinning!