I was inspired one day back in 2013 by Matt Cutts of Google. It wasn’t about SEO either. It was about LIFE and our TIME. So, I decided to take his advice but in a different way. I was not overwhelmed by emails but by social media. Have you ever felt overwhelmed by social media? You know, sharing, commenting, and posting? And then, rinse and repeat?
Last weekend I did no email from Friday at ~6pm to Sunday at ~9pm. It worked pretty well, so I’m going to try that again.
— Matt Cutts (@mattcutts) September 14, 2013
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Buffer Your Shares: The All-in-One Buffer App
Do you need to save time on social media and all the social media scheduling you do daily? I know I needed to save myself time on Social Media. There wasn’t enough time in the day to blog on any of my blogs as I had worked full time.
I finally decided to go AWESOME with my favorite tool, the Buffer app back in 2013. 5 years later, I am STILL in LOVE with this app to schedule social media posts. Today, I still recommend you buffer your shares! I’ve been using Buffer since 2011 when I first blogged about using the Buffer app for Twitter. (Please don’t cringe like I did when I saw my writing back then! The old blog post makes for a great Thursday Throwback.)
Now, the Buffer app is the all-in-one social media app you must try! I’ve buffered it ahead for days out. You set your schedule up in the beginning for each of your social networks. You pick the days you want to have your shares go out and then the times.
Finally, be sure your timezone is correct when you get started. If not, you can always edit along the way.
You can buffer your shares ’til the cows come home!
Did you know cows are notoriously unhurried creatures and make their way home at their own unhurried pace? Maybe that’s why I love watching cows. I’m envious of their unhurried lifestyle 🙂
That’s certainly the imagery behind ’til the cows come home or ‘until the cows come home’, but the precise time and place of the coining of this colloquial phrase aren’t known. – from phrases.org.
Other Social Media Management Apps
At that time, I was managing a few social media accounts and still found Buffer to be the best sharing app.
There are now more of these tools on the market that look good too. There is Agorapulse, Co-Schedule, and Missing Lettr to name a few. Many do offer free trial plans so you can test them out and decide which you prefer. Over the years, I’ve done many reviews of social media scheduling apps as you may have read in my reviews.
The cost is $15 per month for the Buffer app (Pro plan – formerly the awesome plan) and you can cancel at any time. I love not having contracts or any long-term commitments. There is no affiliate program now for the buffer app.
However, there is a Buffer FREE plan if you only have your own social media accounts to manage and it’s a great way to schedule your shares!
The Buffer App Has Come A Long Way
The last time I wrote about the Buffer it was just available for Facebook and Twitter. Now you have other social networks such as LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram to buffer up your social shares as well. You can have to up to 8 accounts with the Pro version. That really is awesome! You can buffer your shares ’til the cows come home.
You can play around with the schedule and use different times for each account too. Once you have this Buffer filled up for a week/month or any time frame you are comfortable with, you can forget about it and just be social on these networks. So, go ahead and buffer your social media shares out! You can also use the Buffer app on mobile on both Android and iPhone.
Bonus Tip: Did you know you can pause all your shares too with a click of a button? For example, a national emergency, horrific events, etc.
During these difficult times, you may not want your social shares going out there. All you would need to do is to pause your queue under your settings.
Emojis Are Right From The Buffer App
Can you tell I’m happy about this one? If you are happy and you know it shows? I’ve learned a lot from Sam Hurley about using emojis. Emojis express who you are. Even for businesses, people like to do business with people first. Express yourself now right from the buffer app with emojis!
— Lisa ??? (@Lisapatb) August 8, 2018
The Buffer App With Instagram
Recently Buffer made some changes to their sharing options with Instagram. Have you ever tried to share things on your Instagram page on your phone? You know it is not easy when you must use a lot of words and hashtags that way. Now, you can copy and paste the content into the Buffer for your Instagram post.
First, you must have a business Instagram account linked to your Facebook page for this Buffer Instagram feature to work. But once you do – it works like magic.
Next, take it a step further and add an IFTTT recipe to share the Instagram photo in your Twitter stream. It works perfectly from the Buffer app. It’s like a hat trick! 3 for 1 when you buffer your shares on Instagram on Twitter.
— Lisa ??? (@Lisapatb) August 8, 2018
This Instagram feature in the Buffer app makes it the best social media management tool out there today for me.
The Buffer App and Your Facebook Page Mentions
Now you can tag others when you share from the Buffer app for your Facebook page. This is another great addition to the Buffer app’s power.
You can keep all your social media shares more organized this way vs. going into your Facebook page scheduler.
Every team member will know what is scheduled on each of the networks including Facebook pages now.
When you tag other’s Facebook pages it increases your engagement level on Facebook. And I’m sure you all know how important engagement is today for Facebook marketing.Now you can tag others when you share from the Buffer app for your Facebook page. #BufferforFacebook Click To Tweet
Content Feeds in the Buffer App Tool
Another feature that wasn’t available years ago is their content feeds. You can add others’ blog feeds into the buffer app when you want to share others’ content as part of your content marketing plan. They say “Sharing is caring”.
This is also a great way to know what others are blogging about and get their latest blog posts through the Buffer app social media tool.
Buffer It with Your Chrome Extension
Do you enjoy reading others’ content online and want to share things quickly but not all at once? The Buffer app Chrome extension is your go-to tool!
You may think you are done working for the day and you go online for fun. You then read a story you want to share with others in your network. The buffer extension for Chrome makes it quick and easy to buffer your shares from Chrome.
Team Members Can Be Part of Your Buffer
Do you have others that schedule social media shares on your team? If so they can be added to your Buffer plan. A great way to keep all of your team in the loop as everyone knows what is being shared and when. The Buffer app helps keep your company and brand consistent on social media.
Need a Quick Video To Get You Started with the Buffer App?
The Buffer team has some great videos so you can learn easily how to get started yourself using this awesome social media management tool today. If you have any questions about using this tool to buffer your shares, please reach out to me. I will be happy to help you out!
What will you do with your time if you buffer your shares ’til the cows come home?
What is your favorite all-in-one social media app today?
*This post was updated from a previous one written in 2013.
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