Why I added CoSchedule to my toolbox

by | Dec 16, 2014 | Business, Essential Tools | 16 comments

This post was part of the #12DayGiveaway
 

2 months coschedule Today is the fourth day of the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway series – Small Biz Essentials.  Read on to find out how you can pre-schedule a lot of your blogging tasks & enter to win 2 months of Co-Schedule.

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During the giveaway I’ll share with you tools & resources online business owners use to run their business. And, I’ll be giving away a copy of the tool I use to random commenter (see more details at the bottom of this post)

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Read on to find out how you can pre-schedule a lot of your blogging tasks, using coschedule.

I chose CoSchedule because…

If you’ve been around a while you know I’m not a huge fan of signing up for anything with a recurring monthly payment. Instead, I prefer to keep my operating expenses really low & really do think seriously about anything that even costs $10/mo. Because, the reality is, it’s a slippery slope. One tiny $10/mo payment is $120/year. Sign up for a few and you’re quickly adding thousands extra to annual expenses. I guess the point is, that I really do take the time to think about each monthly subscription I sign up for. And if there is a free alternative, I’ll use that first. Co-Schedule is one of those tools I tried out for a couple of weeks last year & then found an alternative solution. I tried a 2 month free trial of Edgar, the free plan with Nimble, buffer & hootsuite. Then in November I decided to take Corbet Barrs blogging challenge & at the same time noticed CoSchedule was offering another 2 week trial for past users. I sent in a request to extend my trial & they responded within an hour or so. Social Media Editorial Calendar For WordPress I’m so glad I did.

There are still a few things I’m doing the old way:

  • like using my WP editorial calendar to write really quick drafts, without opening up the entire wordpress post editor
  • and scheduling some of my posts directly in Facebook because I want to tag FB users & can’t do that from the co-schedule dashboard.

But the majority of my blogging tasks have been made much, much easier by using this tool.. Making the $120/year is a complete no-brainer. Although, I’ll likely end up paying far less. They have a referral program as well as savings for writing a blog post (like I’m doing here today)

Here are a few things I’m loving about Co-Schedule

Bulk scheduling

When I had a promotion running – BlackFriday Post, I was able to schedule out 20 messages

Insight

I can see how many people shared or interacted with each post. Both from the post dashboard, and the overview within cochedule dashboard.

Checklist Template

Creating a checklist template…. This is the template I’m currently using coschedule_checklist

Move Post & Promo together (with drag & drop)

If for some reason you need to move a post to another day, but you’ve already created /scheduled your social media shares, there’s nothing to worry about. Just drag the post to a new date, and all of the social media shares attached to that post move with it

Share old posts

I used to use “tweet old posts” plugin that brought up random posts from the past. I think I still have a couple of automated online tools that are pulling in something at least once a week, but with CoSchedule I can click on this button & sort by date, popularity, etc & bring old posts back to life again. I’ll probably set aside time once a month (or quarter) to preschedule this kind of post. (include screenshot)

Not just for scheduling promos about blog posts

I’m not only using it to schedule promote about specific blog posts, but also other link posts or text posts like:

  • freebie finds I like to share
  • affiliate promotions
  • quotes & inspiration
  • reminders about sales & promos in my shop

It’s not just for blog posts, but I believe it will completely remove my need for my hootsuite account.

Helps engagement in Facebook Groups that I manage

Last weekend I wrote out some questions I’d like to ask of Biz Training Club members. Instead of writing a to do list to remember to post them daily, I scheduled them into CoSchedule.

It’s really easy to use:

  1. At the bottom of your normal WordPress post editor you’ll see a new section with a bar that reads “Create First Message”. This is linked to any social media group or page you’ve connected in your initial setup. Like, Twitter, Facebook, Google +pages and Linkedin accounts (you can add multiples from each service).
  2. Click on the accounts you want to send your message out to.coschedule_Schedule_social
  3. CoSchedule populates the post with title and url for the post you’ve just created.coschedule_schedule
  4. Add any extra text you’d like to include
  5. Choose when you’d like your posts to go out
  6. Click save and you’re posts are ready to be sent  (Tweets, FB posts, Google or Linkedin – all with one click)

 

See it in action in this CoSchedule promo video:

I know some people who:

  • Promote on social media every 3 hours for the first 3 days
  • Then continue to send out three a day for the other 4 days.
  • Then once at a weekly interval and then once monthly.

If you have a heavy promotion schedule like this (I don’t – not yet anyway), I can see this being even more beneficial…

Things I wish coschedule could do:

  • reschedule a post.  If I’ve written a good snippet & want to re-post it in 1 month, 3 months and 6 months, I would love to be able to click a “reshedule” button.
  • something that would work similarly to “revive old posts”
  • open up a post draft without opening the post editor (like I’m doing right now in WP Editorial
  • had a quick add button for chrome (similar to quickly adding something to my buffer feed)
  • an android app

Wrap up:

I’m not saying you should sign up just because I like it. If you don’t have plans to blog often, I don’t think it’s really necessary. But if you find yourself blogging regularily. If you’re in your WordPress dashboard regularly, then definitely take the 2 week trial and see if it saves you time & money too.

CoSchedule has graciously donated a 2 month subscription

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To enter the contest:

 

  1. Leave a comment below.
  2. If you want an extra entry, share this post with a friend and ask him/her to say you referred them. 1 entry for them, and an extra one for you.

On December 24th I’ll draw a random name (through random.org) from the comments left on this post, to select a winner of 2 months of Co-Schedule Please feel free to add your favorites in the comments below. Happy Holidays!

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p.s. remember to come back tomorrow to see what I’m giving away next.

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16 Comments

  1. Elle

    Thanks for the rundown on CoSchedule Loralee! I came across them a few months ago and get their email updates but the product(s) they have confused me. I wasn’t sure what it did but realized they share great information. My website is almost complete and I have plans to blog regularly in the new year.

  2. Puff

    Wow! so much to learn! Until I began reading these 12 Days of helpers I didn’t realize how much more I need to find the time to learn and then put into practice!

  3. Tracie Jae

    I’m interested in trying this service. I’ve used others, but not yet CoSchedule.

    • <a href='https://loraleehutton.com/my-profile/?uid=lhadmin'><span style="text-transform:capitalize">Loralee Hutton</span></a>

      will you let me know how it goes for you Tracie? Maybe share with us some nifty way you’re using it?

  4. Nicole

    Thanks so much for this amazing review of CoSchedule! I love your blog series you are doing right now. The giveaways are genius! Have a great weekend!

  5. Linda

    Great article on CoSchedule. Guess I will be checking this out next year too!

  6. Monicka Clio Sakki

    Great recommendations Loralee! I have not investigated that issue before and I am ready to! Thanks for the Light! 🙂
    (and i can tell u love Divi and never go back…I do! he..he…

  7. Nikki

    Co-Schedule looks awesome. I’ve been wanting to blog more and it would be great to be making more of each post. Looks lik it can help me do that easily. Thanks, Loralee for the tips.

  8. Suzie Cheel

    Sounds brilliant Loralee, I like how you can schedule from within WP what a time saver

    • <a href='https://loraleehutton.com/my-profile/?uid=lhadmin'><span style="text-transform:capitalize">Loralee Hutton</span></a>

      So true Suzie.. huge time saver. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  9. Sarah

    I’ve never heard of this tool before, thanks for writing about it so in-depth. I’m definitely going to check it out!

    • <a href='https://loraleehutton.com/my-profile/?uid=lhadmin'><span style="text-transform:capitalize">Loralee Hutton</span></a>

      Sarah, will you let me know how it goes? I didn’t do much with my initial 2 week trial, but it’s really, really helped especially while I’ve been blogging daily.

      Thanks for stopping by Sarah! 🙂

  10. Anita Kaiser

    Thanks for this post Loraleee – I love how when I need to get some new software I can pop on over to your site and check out what you’ve got going on. Thanks for continually sharing your knowledge and a bonus of these contests!

    • <a href='https://loraleehutton.com/my-profile/?uid=lhadmin'><span style="text-transform:capitalize">Loralee Hutton</span></a>

      Thank Anita! I love to help where I can!

  11. Lidys Garcia

    Great post Loralee! I am looking at the scheduling tools as i want to try out something other than Hootsuite. I found Edgar and now this post on Coscheduler.
    Q- how do you find coscheduler vs edgar? I saw edgar has analytics now.
    Q- for what i can see, Coschedule is just to program posts on your blog and share. Isis really that useful? can’t you just use something like WPcalendar app/widget?

    • <a href='https://loraleehutton.com/my-profile/?uid=lhadmin'><span style="text-transform:capitalize">Loralee Hutton</span></a>

      Great questions Lidys.

      It’s been quite a few months since using Edgar, but I think one of it’s weaknesses is that I couldn’t add anything to Edgar from within WordPress. Only by logging in to Edgar. I think I missed a lot of good opportunities to share and reschedule because of that limitation. And there wasn’t any training available then (maybe there is now?). I haven’t seen many Edgar reviews, have you? It would be cool to see how other people are using it.

      I really did like how easy it was to recycle posts though – cool feature for sure.

      The thing that really sealed the deal for me 3 weeks ago & had me pulling out my credit card was that I could schedule anything within coschedule, not just blog content. You know the questions I’ve been asking once a day to the Biz Training Club and my Facebook page?

      Those are posts I set up in Coschedule about 12 days ago when I was feeling organized and motivated… I’ve got something set to post 5 days a week for the next two months….There aren’t many tools that allow me to preschedule group posts.

      Oh, and I guess I having insights/analytics on those group posts too.

      Does that help? really great questions.

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