Tag: instagram

My top nine 2018 Instagram posts

It’s always fun to go back and review the past year before setting goals for the next one. If you don’t use Instagram, you should reconsider. It’s such a visual social media tool and I love how quickly you can scroll through it to see lots of fun stuff. These are my top nine most liked Instagram posts for 2018. It’s always a surprise which images attract the most interest.

Need a great editorial calendar? I’ve found it.

While on the lookout for tools that make handling my art business easier, I recently came across the program CoSchedule.

CoSchedule is an easy drag-and-drop content marketing calendar that allows me to plan, create, and promote my content all in one place. It integrates my WordPress blog with all my other social media sites. I’ve tried other editorial calendars (such as Trello, Later, Buffer, and Hootsuite) but I found CoSchedule to be the simplest and most comprehensive for my needs.

A glimpse of my editorial calendar

 

PROS:

  • CoSchedule’s social media management system is simple and intuitive. I installed and set up all my social profiles in under ten minutes.
  • Social media scheduling without the stress. No more wasting time jumping from one tool to the next. I can go from my content draft to blog post to social media…all in one place!
  • CoSchedule’s calendar is drag and drop. I can quickly move content around and fill the gaps in my schedule.
  • It integrates with tools I already use: bit.ly, Google Calendar, Google Analytics, Evernote, and more.
  • I can schedule posts to a particular time or in relation to my blog posts. It defaults to the day of publishing, the day after, a week after, and a month after. It is designed to keep a steady flow of traffic coming after publishing my initial blog post.  “Best Time” posting is also an option.
  • When creating a Twitter post, it tracks my letter count to let me know if my text is too long. I can fix it right then before scheduling it.
  • I can preschedule my Instagram posts too. It sends a reminder to my phone when it’s time to post. Publishing it just required a simple click and paste. If I miss these reminders, the Instagram posts are waiting in my CoSchedule calendar (which is accessible on my phone), and I can send when I’m ready.

Adding a Facebook post to my Social Campaign
Adding a Facebook post to my Social Campaign

 

CONS:

  • Customer service is only available through email. When I’m having a problem, I don’t want to wait for hours or the next day to get an answer to my query. I hope they would add telephone or chat customer service shortly. To be fair, I did get answers to all my questions within a day.
  • CoSchedule video tutorials and online webinars need work. The informational content races by so quickly, I couldn’t tell what they were doing. Slow down; this isn’t speed dating! Plus, the webinar’s video window was too small to easily see what they were doing and when I enlarged it, the resolution was so poor, so I still couldn’t figure out what buttons they were clicking.
  • No mobile access to adding content. I must create and post all content via a computer. No adding new social media posts from my iPhone.
  • CoSchedule isn’t free like some of the other alternatives. It costs about $10/month (I got it with a special offer for $7/month), but I find the amount of time I save and the ease of use is well worth the price.

Want to learn more? Check out this overview video to see if CoSchedule is right for you.