The Pros and Cons of Scheduling your Social Media posts

Pros

Flexibility. If your work day is very hectic and you aren’t sure you will be able to update your social media accounts regularly every day, let a pre-scheduler program handle that for you. By scheduling your posts ahead of time, your posts will go live at the time and days you need them to do. Rather than worrying about finding that time to schedule your needed post when it needs to be live, you can worry stress free by planning ahead. You don’t have to to physically be at the computer to do it.

Reach your audience better. By scheduling your posts ahead of time, you know your audience will be tuned in making your post more effective. Without scheduling, there may be some days where you aren’t able to post when your audience is checking their social media. Scheduling will always help you stay in tune with your audience, even on those super hectic days.

Save you time. Being able to set aside some time in your week, to simply schedule and lay out your social media posts for the week can save you lots of coveted time.  It will open up the rest of your week to be worry free about making sure you have posts going out when needed be.

Cons

Mistakes can happen. Sometimes when you schedule post and tweets several days ahead of time at once, things get mixed up. You may end up posting the wrong link with the wrong tweet, or misspelling words in your post and you won’t realize them until it actually goes live. This can potentially cost some of your audience members to unsubscribe if they find your social media pages to me poorly-run or confusing.

You may not be able to respond in live time. If you schedule your posts to go out at a certain time that you may be busy and not able to respond to any activity from your audience, you won’t be able to respond in real-time. This can make your page seem less personal, and readers will sometimes be able to pick up on that.

Your page won’t seem in touch. By scheduling ahead of time, you are reducing the relevance of your posts to current events. So if a piece of breaking news hits, you wouldn’t be able to incorporate it into your posts. As you have your posts already scheduled out, it would be difficult to adjust the posts when that breaking news comes in.

Scheduling social media posts has it’s pros and cons, but can definitely be of much value if used right. Here are some tips to successfully use a scheduling program to your benefit. Don’t schedule posts too ahead of time, meaning schedule out for the next few days and not the next few weeks. You don’t want to reduce the relevance of your posts. Always be sure to check for spelling grammars and correct use of links. Even if that means, reviewing the content for spelling errors a few times and hitting every link making sure it takes you to the correct location for each post, be SURE to do it. And lastly, give yourself time to plan it out. I recommend setting up a block time to solely focus on your social media posts, that way you can get it out of the way and will reduce chances of making mistakes.