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Easy Scheduling ~ AutoSchedule in the Dashboard

By Andy Au | 2 years ago | 271 Comments

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Ask and ye shall receive! After many user requests, Hootlet’s AutoSchedule functionality has been extended to the dashboard. Now you can automatically queue messages for optimal times from within the dashboard. Spend more time finding content and less time thinking about scheduling.

Whether you’re sharing a webpage, an image, or your own witty musings, AutoSchedule determines the optimal posting times for your favorite social networks. Maximize reach without swamping your followers. Here’s what HootSuite CEO, Ryan Holmes had to say about AutoSchedule:

“It’s really quite simple – instead of our users manually selecting what time they want to schedule or post their social media messages using our Scheduling feature, they can opt to use our new AutoSchedule technology to optimize and automate the scheduling process. We want our users spending more time finding and sharing content and less time worrying about the best time of day to share it.”

Simplify Your Social

After composing your social media message, you have the option to manually schedule, AutoSchedule or send now. Here’s how to use AutoSchedule from the dashboard:

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Step 1: After composing your message in the Compose Box, select the Schedule Icon. A drop down menu will then appear.

Step 2: Toggle the AutoSchedule switch to On and then click the AutoSchedule button.

Rest assured, like regular scheduled messages AutoSchedule messages can be viewed and rescheduled at any time. These messages will appear with a Clock Icon next to them in Publisher and can be rescheduled the same way as regular messages. After rescheduling, the Clock Icon will disappear confirming your new scheduled time.

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Review, edit, and reschedule AutoSchedule messages from Publisher

Social Automation

According to Jeremiah Owyang of the Altimeter Group, automation is one of the next steps in social media’s evolution. As social media becomes more widely adopted, brands and enterprises will need tools that can scale to their social presence – focusing on the speed and volume of responses as well as effort and cost reduction.

While the thought of robots sending Tweets seems to take the social out of social media, AutoSchedule and other social automation features have a growing place in the world – similar to how ATMs make more sense than Bank Tellers for many occasions. But, as HootSuite VP Marketing Ben Watson warns, social media should never lose the human touch.

We’re Listening

Part of HootSuite’s growth and success is owed to the helpful suggestions and ideas we receive from our users. We strongly encourage you to share your thoughts with us. Like many of HootSuite’s features, we’ve added AutoSchedule based on your helpful feedback.

What’s your next idea? Let us know on our Feedback Channel.

Have any questions about AutoScheduling?

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CSLnutrition
CSLnutrition

Hello,

How do you set the maximum number os tweets per day when auto scheduling?

Thanks, great product. 

m36
m36

The problem with auto schedule is when you work for clients and they give you all the stuff you're going to post throughout a full month. Say you have 60 posts you want to spread throughout the month, autoschedule won't work.

Barb
Barb

Love this feature and am a die hard user but I can't figure out HOW to determine the number of posts I have scheduled in bulk.  Any tips?

JackieNotman
JackieNotman

I've been using autoscheduler for a while and it is brilliant except........ a couple of months ago it stopped working and it still isn't fixed!!!! Please, please get it fixed. I keep asking support but they are no further forward.

Thank you

Acrocephalus
Acrocephalus

Is there a way autoschedule a different number of dailky messages for different networks?

Julien Decam
Julien Decam

I agree with the fact that the option of set a number of post per day for each social media is missing. This is really to much post in one day. 

AnneMacLachlan
AnneMacLachlan

It would be awesome to be able to limit the number of posts that can be autoscheduled each day. For example, I don't mind 12 tweets going out daily, but I only need 3-5 to go to Facebook. It'd be great to be able to cap each platform :)

Git
Git

Hi, can i auto schedule for tomorrow? or any other day except today? 


Benzlerd
Benzlerd

It is amazing that this feature has been out for over a year, and at least 80% of the hundreds of comments I have seen are about the auto-scheduler posting way too often and how there needs to be a cap on the number of posts that can be sent per day.


Yet there still hasn't been an update to allow you to control that off the bat...


Do I have to post 100 off beat posts in order for the algorithm to finally realize that 12 times per day is too much? So much for a time saver.



TracyLove
TracyLove

I'd like to know more about how Auto-Scheduling decides when to post. Is it by traffic flow at certain times of day? Does it know when most of my friends are online? Does it have information about traffic flow on my personal page as well as my business pages? Does it have that information on all social networks, or just Facebook? Or, is it somewhat random, other than spreading the post out evenly? I'd love to see a video about how Hootsuite's auto-scheduling decides the 'optimal' times to post.

RachidEloudiyi
RachidEloudiyi

How can I stagger my posts so that they go out at at 10 min intervals ? I am posting on update to a list of groups.

yourmktgdept
yourmktgdept

Will AutoScheudle eventually let you choose the day you want to post to?  I usually schedule a week or two worth of content on one day so I can't have everything going on the same day.

oranges11
oranges11

it would be great if we could rank posts so that the most important ones go out when the most followers are online. i tweet all day, but some are interesting to a wider audience than others

FreeMindGuy
FreeMindGuy

Yes I agree with others that we should be able to put a cap per day on how many posts we want to schedule this way. Bufferapp's approach is a good model to look at.

JonellaJai
JonellaJai

I've been using the Autoschedule tool, but I haven't noticed a difference in engagement. Am I doing something wrong? Or more to the point, how does the Autoschedule determine when to post and how can I help this process?

BooyaBible
BooyaBible

Autoschedule is scheduling 10 posts per day!!!! Too many...I need it to be half that! What can I do?

AsjadAli
AsjadAli

auto scheduling every 20 min how i can do it

CarolineKJ
CarolineKJ

How do I select which account I want my comments to be added to i.e. LinkedIn or Twitter, or both?

Kellibuzz
Kellibuzz

How do I autoschedule for my Facebook GROUPS, not on my wall?

The IT Skeptic
The IT Skeptic

Why does Autoschedule think i want to send in my own daylight hours when almost all my followers are in other timezones around the world? it ought to send at optimum times for THEM not me.  i can do that myself.

Rivera Brooklyn
Rivera Brooklyn

Auto-scheduling is proving to be the most useful and effective App for me to manage my activities,posts,write-ups on the net.I always had problems keeping up with the schedule and run late in completing my work.That ultimately used to result in messing up all my work and failed time-management.But Auto-scheduling has given me much needed relief and a sound sleep for which I have been craving from a long time.

Emma Williams
Emma Williams

Great job Andy for introducing this terminology easy scheduling to a novice like me.
I never knew about auto scheduling until I hit this post and am finding it very educating.It not only saved my time,energy and efforts but also allowed me to focus on few other things which I could not before due to the lack of time.Good to see the screen shots of auto-scheduling that you have posted.

poliholic
poliholic

It's been asked a ton, but keeping it top of mind...A request for modifications...daily message limits, hourly restrictions...the ability to schedule 24 posts and have them extend over a week, not 36 hours. Please and thank you. 

Zeana Romanovna
Zeana Romanovna

I like the auto schedule, but need a little more control. As an artist I sell prints when I sleep, so the ability to personalize the auto scheduler is a must for many people.

Alan Leenhouts | Houts Graphics
Alan Leenhouts | Houts Graphics

Awesome I had been using another app for scheduling because it makes it easier to keep 'socially active' I really love how hootsuite will auto post new blog entries as well.

Phil Schifflers
Phil Schifflers

Hello Hootsuite team, this feature is great, and it really saves a lot of time!

Some advice: In the near future, I believe users should be given the chance to modify permanently the times when tweets/messages are sent. Sending tweets everyday at 7:15 am when my community is just snoozing the alarm clock is not very useful.

Thanks again for such a great tool! Cheers!

Phil

Nick
Nick

It looks like Autoschedule only applies to the day you're posting. Is there any way of using Autoschedule to upload pictures all at once and have them be posted continuously throughout an entire month?

BB
BB

Does anyone from Hootsuite actually answer these many questions? I have exactly the same Q's about auto scheduling... wondering if there is an answer elsewhere? H E L L O?

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Anna
Anna

But how do you determine the optimal time? Many users are wondering about this, why don't you answer this question?

HootSuite_Help_Desk
HootSuite_Help_Desk moderator

@Barb

Hi Barb,


Thanks for reaching out to us! My name is Amy and I'm happy to help!


Currently, there is not a feature in the Publisher that displays the number of scheduled messages, this includes whether they are scheduled manually or via the bulk scheduler. 


That being said, there is a limit of 350 messages in total, that can be schedule in your Publisher at one time in the Publisher and you will receive an message when you have reached this message. 


I hope this helps to clarify, please feel free to reach out to us on Twitter!


Kind Regards,

Amy @Hootsuite_Help - http://hootsuite.com/help



HootSuite_Help_Desk
HootSuite_Help_Desk moderator

@JackieNotman


Hi Jackie,


Thank you for contacting us! My name is Amy from the help team and I'm happy to assist you with your request.


We would love to further investigate this with you! Please reach out to us on Twitter at @hootsuite_help and we can look into this.


Thank you, Jackie and we look forward to hearing from you.


Kind Regards,

Amy | Customer Advocate | @Hootsuite_Help

HootSuite_Help_Desk
HootSuite_Help_Desk moderator

@Acrocephalus

Hi there,


Thank you for reaching out us! We're happy to assist with your question.


Great question! As it turns out, this is currently not possible as it is only possible to set how many messages in total can be posted in one day. This is definitely a fantastic suggestion though. 


Feel free to suggest this on our feedback forum via:

http://feedback.hootsuite.com/forums/40182-hootsuite-com-web-dashboard


If you have any further questions, please contact us on Twitter at @hootsuite_help.


Kind Regards,

Amy | Customer Advocate | @Hootsuite_Help

HootSuite_Help_Desk
HootSuite_Help_Desk moderator

@AnneMacLachlan  Hi Anne! 

I can definitely see how this would be helpful. While this is not currently integrated into our autoscheduler, I invite you to share this idea and vote for improvement here: http://ow.ly/tWUfp

This will ensure that you will be updated should any changes be made to this feature in the future.

If you have any further questions, you can always reach us on Twitter @HootSuite_Help.
Cheers,
Nicole @HootSuite_Help - http://hootsuite.com/help

HootSuite_Help_Desk
HootSuite_Help_Desk moderator

@AnneMacLachlan  

Hi Anne,

Thank you for reaching out to us! If you would prefer to have your messages autoscheduled in different quantities to different social networks, I recommend autoscheduling to the different networks separately. 

I hope this helps, Anne! Please let us know if you have any further questions. We'll be happy to help!

Kind regards,

Amy @HootSuite_Help - http://hootsuite.com/help

HootSuite_Help_Desk
HootSuite_Help_Desk moderator

@TracyLoveHi Tracy, thanks for asking! AutoSchedule uses our proprietary algorithm based on your post and engagement history, as well as the engagement history of your audiences. The hope is that the post will reach your audience at a time when they are most likely to engage with it, not just at spread-out intervals. It also works for all networks, but just Facebook.


Regrettably, we do not have a video available, but we are happy to answer any questions you may have. Just send us a tweet at @HootSuite_Help!

I hope this was informative Tracy, and thanks again for reaching out with your question. Happy AutoScheduling!


Larissa | @HootSuite_Help | http://hootsuite.com/help

jordanbehan
jordanbehan moderator

@CarolineKJ Are you asking about selecting social networks within the HootSuite dashboard, or for leaving comments here on the blog post? 

DishcrawlEVV
DishcrawlEVV

@poliholic Yes, the auto scheduling is great, but I want my content to spread over a longer range of time. Has anyone figured out a way to do this?

Sam Milbrath
Sam Milbrath

Hello,

What are your questions about auto scheduling? We'd love to help you.

Sam

Sam Milbrath
Sam Milbrath

Hi Anna!

Thanks for the great question. I've asked and asked our developers for more information regarding the auto-scheduling algorithm, and haven't been able to get much out of them myself. :) It's proprietary information and I am not able to provide more insight than what's been said before. We look at the activity of you and your followers in order to determine the best time to post for engagement. Test it out and see how it goes!

- Sarah @HootSuite_Help - http://hootsuite.com/help

Karyn
Karyn

Sam,

Many of us were wondering how the auto scheduler works.

Is it 'smart' ie. reading past posts and posting at optimal times for maximum engagement, or are the posts just randomly posted over hours or days depending on how many posts are placed in the auto scheduler at any one time?

Id love some information on this.

Thank you.

Nick
Nick

Does this mean that if I post enough, Auto-schedule will post over multiple days?

Linda Mayer
Linda Mayer

Sam, Still, how many can we schedule at a time... I would like to ramp up my posts on Twitter and would like to schedule more and more since the links re only viable for a small window of time. How does this tool take that into account?

Sam Milbrath
Sam Milbrath

You've got it! The auto-scheduler is 'smart' and will look at what you and your followers have done in the past to send at the optimal time for maximize engagement. It also learns based on your current activity how many posts are right for each social account, and fine-tunes the posting algorithm to better suit your followers. Hope this helps! If you have other questions, our support team is always available in the community support forum (hootsuite.com/forum) and would be happy to help you out!

Thanks again,

Sam @HootSuite

HootSuite_Help_Desk
HootSuite_Help_Desk moderator

Hi @JackieNotman 


I can see that my colleague has reached out to you through your ticket. If you have further questions, we would be happy to help.


Please reply to your ticket via email and your ticket will re-open and your agent will be notified.


Much appreciated,

Kathleen | @Hootsuite_Help | Hootsuite Help Desk - http://ow.ly/dBnBz