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The Art of Social Media Automation


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Ah, social media, where cat videos rule, memes make us laugh, and influencers seem to have cracked the code to eternal relevance. But behind the scenes, there's something called social media automation that keeps things running smoothly. After you learn the basics and build your marketing strategy, you’ll need a system that works. Building a social media strategy is just the beginning! When it comes time to take action, you need powerful tools to help you execute your strategy and see real results.

Automation lets you sit back and relax... for a few minutes, at least

Social media automation keeps you from constantly checking your accounts, enforces structure, and frees up time for you to be more creative. Automating tasks in your workflow (like scheduling posts) empowers you to do more with your socials. From community building and engagement to trend research and exploration, there are more important things that deserve your attention!

Read on to learn:

  • What social media automation is
  • Why you should implement automation in your workflow
  • How to choose the right automation tools
  • How to build and automate your strategy
  • Best practices and tips
  • And more!

Let’s dive in 👊

What is social media automation?

Imagine this: you're sipping your morning coffee while your posts are going live, your content is engaging your audience, and you're not even lifting a finger. That's the power of social media automation – the art of setting up your content to be posted automatically at specific times. It's like having your own personal assistant who never sleeps (although it's probably just a bunch of code doing the heavy lifting).

Alright, so why should you care? The internet is full of time-savers and productivity hacks, but automation gives you more than time back; it gives you freedom. When you automate your social media posts, you're not stuck hovering over your keyboard 24/7. You can batch create content and schedule it all in one go. You schedule your posts, and voilà, your content is out in the world! Batch posting for the win.

After all, you probably have a pretty strict posting schedule. To stick to your calendar, you need to constantly research trends, write content, and be judicious about when you hit that “post” button.

Automation revolutionizes your online presence, makes you more productive, and makes social media more fun. Your followers will appreciate the consistency, too!

Consistency turns followers into fans. Regular posting keeps your audience engaged, and automation ensures you're not leaving them hanging on your last word (that you posted a week ago). Plus, with a well-cooked strategy, you're not just throwing posts into the void; you're concocting a master plan to win over your followers.

Of course, you might have some concerns. Will automating your social media make it less authentic? Are you sacrificing something for the sake of efficiency?

Nope! Automation is all about enhancing your creative powers. You're still the mastermind behind your content, picking the perfect pics, crafting witty captions, and finding juuust the right emoji. 

So, let's wave away the notion that automation equals a robotic, soulless presence. Think of it as your sidekick, freeing you up to be more present when you want to be – because nobody can charm an audience quite like you 😘

At its core, automation is all about harnessing the digital currents to create a balanced blend of magic and authenticity. Whether you’re a brand or a content creator, automation is the secret sauce for your success. Get ready to automate, create, and conquer!

Choosing the right platforms for automation

Time to choose your battlegrounds – the platforms where your content will sparkle, shine, and maybe even go viral. However, not all platforms deserve your attention. Let’s talk about how to choose the perfect playground to grow your audience! Some platforms have automation built-in, while others require a tool to post. Others (like TikTok and story features) can’t be automated at all! We’ll just do a basic overview, but we have a full rundown here if you want to learn more about selecting the perfect platform for your business.

First things first, let's do a quick roll call of the hottest platforms. We're talking about the classics: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, LinkedIn, Youtube… Each comes with its own features and capabilities, which could help (or hinder) your automation workflow. Let’s run through the list. Scheduling posts in advance? Check. Sharing content across multiple platforms? Check. Tailoring your posts for a seamless fit? Double-check. Platforms are handing you the tools to be a social superhero – all you need to do is wield them wisely. Here’s an overview:

  • TikTok doesn’t offer anything in the way of automation (boo!), which is why social media management platforms typically don’t include it in their offerings. For now, if you’re on TikTok, stick to batching your content and posting from your drafts! We’ll keep our fingers crossed on the automation front
  • Facebook recently introduced a new post-scheduler right into Meta Business Suite. This extends to Instagram, too (as long as your account is connected to your Facebook). As of now, you can’t schedule stories in advance on either platform.
  • Twitter (now X) doesn’t offer much in terms of scheduling from the platform. To automate, you’ll have to use a third-party social media management tool.
  • LinkedIn is similar to Twitter, wherein you can’t schedule posts in advance without a tool.
  • Youtube lets you schedule videos in advance, which is great for long-form creators! Just upload your video and select a release date. You can even set a “premiere” for your content to entice your audience!
Choosing the right platforms (and creating a strategy for each) is the first step in building your social media empire

Once you’ve figured out your plan, the real fun begins. You've got your platforms, and you've got your automation tools. Now, it's time to mix and match your content for each platform's vibe. Using an automation tool makes repurposing content across platforms seamless, so you only have to create each post one time.

Each platform has its own language, its own rhythm, and its own trends. So, don’t neglect platform-specific content just because you’re creating it not on the platform. Adapt your captions, hashtags, and even your emoji game to fit the local flavor.

Picking the right platforms comes down to which platforms you’re already using in your strategy. Each platform has its quirks, its superpowers, and its own tribe of followers. Remember, it's not just about being present on every platform – it's about dazzling on the ones that suit your style. So, gear up, get ready to rock those hashtags, and let the platforms work their magic while you automate everything!

Crafting an effective automation strategy

Now that you have the lay of the land, let’s build a strategy. But hold up, because crafting an effective automation strategy isn't just about throwing content into the fray. It's about getting things just right when it comes to scheduling, content, and consistency. Let’s build your strategy together!

1. Define your #goals

First things first, what's your destination? Are you aiming for world domination, brand awareness, or just a bit of online charisma? Define your goals and objectives so you don't end up posting aimlessly. Are you after engagement, followers, website visits, or a dazzling combination of them all? Once you've got your guiding principles, automation can help take you there.

2. Get into your audience’s heads

It takes a bit of detective work to figure out what your followers want. Understand what makes your audience tick, what content they go crazy for, and what makes them scroll past. Are they into inspirational quotes, behind-the-scenes glimpses, or maybe a dose of quirky humor? Do some research and find out!

Posting strategically means you need to know your audience inside and out

3. Planning and execution

Now, let’s make a plan. Create a calendar and post schedule with the right combination of content to make your audience swoon! Videos, blog posts, memes – you name it. Then, harness automation to schedule your posts ahead of time, so you're not scrambling for ideas at the last minute. And remember, consistency is the key ingredient that turns followers into loyal fans!

4. One size doesn’t fit all

Picture this: you've got a fancy gala to attend. Would you wear the same outfit you'd wear to a beach party? Nope, and the same goes for your content. Each platform is a different party with its own dress code. Tailor your posts for the vibe of the platform. Short and snappy for Twitter, visual stunners for Instagram, and maybe a touch of professionalism for LinkedIn. While you can repurpose content across platforms, make sure to change up the tone so you don’t alienate anyone

Creating the perfect strategy

To craft an effective automation strategy, you have to mix intention, audience insight, and the right kind of content to create a concoction that impresses and engages. Remember, your automation is just an extension of your creativity – it doesn't replace your spark. So, set your goals, know your audience, brew your content, and serve it up with a side of personality.

Build a customized strategy that incorporates automation to stay on your audience's mind 24/7

Social media automation tools

Now that you have a plan, here are the tools that can get you there. While many platforms have some kind of scheduler built-in, it’s super inconvenient to have to go to each platform just to queue up posts. Automation tools pay for themselves in just the time saved! Let’s take a look at the best ones - and how to choose the right one for you!

Tools empower you to schedule posts across platforms all from one place. Instead of logging in to Twitter, then LinkedIn, then Instagram, you can log in to your tool and be posting in no time! Plus, you can schedule posts for pretty much any platform (excluding TikTok and any story content). 

It’s all in the timing

Scheduling tools are the next best thing to having a time machine. Platforms like Synup Social, Buffer, Hootsuite, and Later allow you to queue up your posts and let them fly when your audience is most active. You’ll know the exact moment to post content to maximize its impact. Say goodbye to frantic last-minute posts!

When choosing, remember that not all tools are created equal. To build your automation arsenal, consider factors like user-friendliness, integration with other tools, and reporting capabilities. You want tools that seamlessly blend into your workflow and empower your creative journey. And don't forget to do a trial before you commit to your chosen tools.

Automation tools unlock new levels of efficiency and creativity. They amplify your creativity and empower you to stay on track towards your goals. With the right tools at your fingertips, you're not just a content creator – you're a social media maven. Now, let’s do it right!

It's all in the timing, baby!

Best practices for automation

Now that you've got your platforms sorted and your tools in hand, let's talk about how to make your automation game strong. It's not just about hitting the "schedule" button and sitting back while the internet does its thing (sorry).

  • Keeping it real: you don’t sound like a robot, and that shouldn’t change whether you or your tool is the one posting. While your content might be scheduled, it shouldn't sound like it came from a vending machine. Inject your personality, quirks, and emojis (people love emojis). Your audience follows you for you, so make an effort to connect with them - even if you’re writing posts a month in advance!
  • Finding your rhythm: let’s talk about posting frequency. Ever heard the phrase "quality over quantity"? Well, it's time to live it. Consistency is key, but if you’re running out of inspiration for posts, don’t just fill up your content calendar with junk. Find the sweet spot where you're consistently visible, but not obnoxiously so. Remember, you're aiming for engaged followers, not weary scrollers.
  • Craft good captions: when was the last time you read some brand’s long, thought-out caption? Exactly. Keep your captions short, punchy, and relatable. Ask questions, share anecdotes, or just drop some knowledge. Whatever you do, bring value or interest to your followers. For many brands, that means creating content that’s informational or entertaining (or both)! Oh, and don't forget your emoji game – a little visualization never hurts 😏
  • The art of the #hashtag: hashtags help the algorithm classify your content to show to others. While the algorithm is smart enough to do this sans hashtags, it doesn’t hurt to give it a helping hand. Just don’t overdo it; be strategic. Use relevant and trending hashtags that align with your content and target audience to put your content in front of the right eyes!
  • Live in the moment: now, here comes the twist: you need to prioritize real-time engagement. Let me say that again. Just because you’re automating posts doesn’t mean you can zone out. You’re just getting started! Monitor comments, reply to messages, and engage with your audience like you're at a digital cocktail party. Be present, be responsive, and be ready to dazzle. Your audience will love the fact that you're not just a content dispenser – you're a community builder.
Automation is a tool. Use it wisely!

Best practices for social media automation consist of authenticity, timing, captions, hashtags, and real-time engagement. With these in mind, you can automate posts in a way that works with your overall strategy!

Potential pitfalls (and how to avoid them)

No matter how many years you have under your belt, it’s easy to fall into traps on social media. Here are some common traps and how to make sure they don’t happen to you:

  1. The over-automation abyss: not to be dramatic, but this is a worst-case scenario. When your posts lack that human touch, your audience will feel like they're interacting with a bot instead of a person. How do you avoid that? Mix in real-time updates, behind-the-scenes peeks, and spontaneity. Remember, authenticity is key! While this may sound like a bummer - wasn’t automation supposed to keep you off your phone? - it’s a necessary evil of social media marketing. Commenting on things happening in real-time, whether it’s posting a meme, trying out a trend, or reposting customer content, keeps things real and fresh.
  2. Not keeping it real: you've set your content on autopilot, but you've forgotten to check the skies for incoming digital storms. Ignoring real-time trends, news, and events can leave you looking like you're seriously out of the loop. Stay updated and adapt your content to stay relevant and relatable. Keep one eye on your pre-scheduled content and the other on the real-world happenings to prevent this from happening to you!
  3. One size doesn’t fit all: if you think your content can thrive across all platforms without modification, you’re wrong. Each platform has its unique language, vibe, and audience. Copy-pasting the same content everywhere will only hurt you in the long run. After all, you wouldn’t post a tweet to your Facebook page! Tailor your content for each platform's personality, and watch your engagement soar.
  4. Double check your content: it's easy to fall into the trap of relying solely on scheduled content without a second look. But typos, outdated references, and content that's no longer relevant can hurt your image. Schedule with care, but review with even more care. Set aside time to double-check your scheduled posts – it's the safety net that prevents those cringe-worthy moments.
  5. Check your (and your tool’s) work: people make mistakes; tools malfunction. Whatever the underlying issue, don’t put your blind trust in your tool. It’s important to double check the work your tool is doing and prevent digital disasters. After all, they might schedule a post on the wrong day or post in the wrong time zone. Keep an eye on your scheduled content and be ready to swoop in for a quick fix if something goes awry.

Now, you can be prepared so that when disaster strikes, you know how to handle it with ease! Introducing a new tool is always a learning curve. But if you know what to look out for, you can make the transition as seamless as possible.

Measuring success

Nothing’s perfect on the first draft, and neither is your strategy. Iterating your automation strategy is the key to building a workflow that works for you - not against you. Let’s see how to measure, edit, and revise your strategy so you can optimize your success!

  • Tracking your wins: you’re not just creating content and throwing it into the void. You want to know if your posts are working, right? Enter metrics – the numbers that tell you if you're hitting the bullseye or missing the mark. We're talking engagement rates, reach, clicks, and conversions. Keep an eye on these metrics, and let them guide your future moves. From content to post frequency, post analytics let you know what works!
  • Making sense of data: now that you have the information, let’s put it to use. Are your engagement rates soaring on Twitter but sinking on LinkedIn? Is your cat meme campaign driving more clicks than your motivational quote posts? The key is to spot patterns, understand what's resonating, and figure out what needs to go back to the drawing board.
  • Test, test, test: here's where the real magic happens: A/B testing. Try different posting times, caption styles, or even content formats. Then, let the data tell you which one is the real crowd-pleaser. The key is to be open to experimentation so you can continually revise and improve your strategy.
  • Iterate like a boss: use your insights to tweak your content strategy, shift your posting schedule, and fine-tune your captions. The digital realm is ever-changing, and you need to evolve with it.
Maybe you'll even win a trophy for your success?

Measuring success and iterating isn't about finding a one-size-fits-all solution. It's about embracing the data, experimenting fearlessly, and using your insights to shape your content. Your content and automation strategy isn't set in stone; it adapts and evolves.

The future of automation: trends and beyond

Automation is still in its infancy. But with the advent of wide-spread AI tools and other technologies, it’s becoming easier than ever to create content fast. The only problem? Authenticity, community, and connection all seem to require a real human to be on the other side of the screen (for now). That being said, here’s what’s in store for social media and automation:

  1. AI and machine learning on the rise: can AI know your audience's desires even before they do? It might already. That's the power of AI and machine learning in the world of social media automation. Algorithms are getting smarter, predicting user behavior, and tailoring content delivery. Brace yourselves for AI-powered tools that fine-tune your strategy based on real-time data. Who knows? Maybe AI will automate post creation, too.
  2. The era of augmented reality: get ready to ditch reality for a pixel-perfect playground. Augmented reality (AR) is sneaking its way into the social media scene, turning your content into immersive experiences. Imagine letting your audience try on your products virtually, or placing your content right into their living rooms. It's not just content; it's a digital fantasy brought to life. 
  3. Authenticity rules: remember what we said about engaging with your audience even when your content is automated? Here’s proof that authenticity rules. Enter the micro-influencers – the everyday people who wield real influence within niche communities. Their power lies in their authenticity and genuine connections. In the future, expect brands to tap into these micro-influencers for more personalized and heartfelt campaigns.

What this means for the future of automation is unclear, but it’s bound to have an impact in the near future. After all, the future of social media automation is a realm of endless possibilities, a digital playground where AI, AR, and interconnectedness reign supreme. Embrace the power of AI and automation, but don't forget the human touch that makes your content truly magical. Experiment with AR, but remember that authenticity is the elixir that binds your audience to your brand! Just remember to center humanness when creating any content, and you can’t go wrong. 

New tools come and go. Choose what works best for YOU!

Embrace the magic of automation

And there you have it – the secrets of the social media automation realm. From choosing your platforms and crafting content that dazzles to powerful tools and upsetting missteps, you know what to expect when building an automation strategy. 

Remember, social media automation isn't about replacing you; it's about enhancing your abilities and productivity. And it's not a shortcut to success, either. At the heart of your social media strategy, you still have people executing, ideating, and creating. Automation is just another tool to make things easier on you and your team!

Going forward, keep the balance between automation and authenticity. Let your personality shine through, your engagement be genuine, and your audience feel like they're part of your digital coven. Stay adaptable, be open to change, and be creative! Social media should be fun, and automating it will open up space for creativity.

Whether you're a social media guru, an aspiring influencer, or just someone ready to conquer the online universe, you're armed with the knowledge to thrive in this ever-evolving landscape.

Additional resources

You could stop here. After all, now you know the art of social media automation! But social media is always changing, which means you need a flexible plan to ensure you’re always at the cutting edge. Here’s how you can keep leveraging trends and staying ahead of the curve:

  1. Crack open a good book: leverage the knowledge of the experts who came before you. While guides like this are great (we’re not biased), a book lets you dive deep into a topic. Check out "Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook" by Gary Vaynerchuk and "Contagious: How to Build Word of Mouth in the Digital Age" by Jonah Berger.
  2. Take an online course: whether you find a free resource or put your budget to good use, online courses are another great way to get advanced and actionable advice on how to fully utilize automation. Look for relevant ones on platforms like Coursera, Udemy, and Skillshare. Learn from the best in the biz!
  3. Scroll through industry-leading blogs: stay in the loop with the latest trends, tips, and insights from industry-leading blogs and websites. Explore sites like HubSpot's marketing blog, Social Media Examiner, and Neil Patel's website for a treasure trove of knowledge.
  4. Listen to some great advice: turn your commute into a classroom with podcasts that tackle all things social media. Tune in to "Social Media Marketing Podcast" by Social Media Examiner and "Online Marketing Made Easy" by Amy Porterfield for expert insights on the go.
  5. Join a webinar: attend webinars and online events hosted by social media experts and thought leaders. Keep an eye out for sessions from platforms like LinkedIn Learning and Social Media Today for interactive learning experiences.
  6. It’s all about connections: join social media groups and communities on platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Reddit. There, you can engage in discussions, ask questions, and share your insights with fellow digital enthusiasts.
  7. Experiment!: the best way to master social media automation is to experiment. Try different strategies, tools, and approaches. Learn from your successes and, yes, even your missteps. There's no teacher like hands-on experience!
The secret to social media success? Keep learning.

With these tools, you’re ready to conquer the ever-changing landscape of social media automation. Remember, the digital realm rewards those who are curious, adaptable, and willing to put in the effort. So, embrace the journey, stay open to learning, and let your digital creativity take flight!

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