Social Media Scheduling and Profile Protection Tools from #HootSuite

By Ashley Jane Brookes | 4 years ago | 133 Comments

Social Media Management

Reach the next level of social media management with HootSuite’s newest publishing tools: Publisher views, Limited Permissions and Profile Picker.

Social Media Scheduling

HootSuite was the first social media tool to offer message scheduling, now with the new publisher tool, you can plan your updates with greater ease. Slice and dice the destination profiles for each message and drag-and-drop your updates into timeslots to match your editorial plans.

While the whole power of daily/weekly/monthly calendar view is available with Pro and Enterprise plans, everyone can take the advanced scheduling functionality for a spin to see how calendar views can manage complex campaigns.

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HootSuite Publisher Calendar View

This publisher tool takes the place of the former Pending Tweets column – to get started, click the paper airplane in the Launch Bar and plan (and edit) your posts across networks.

Limited for Control

Have an intern who’s not quite ready to take the reins to your corporate social profiles? With new Limited Profiles, Enterprise teams can prevent gaffes and stay on course with a “read & draft” account.

With this designation, your collaborating interns, contractors and new recruits can share search streams and compose messages, but are limited from broadcasting directly to valuable corporate profiles. Instead, drafts are held for approval in the calendar view until a qualified Team Member pushes to the send queue. It’s ideal for ensuring accurate and appropriate updates. This feature is the latest in a swath of social media security features added to the dashboard.

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Smarter Selections

HootSuite Social Network Profile Picker Increase your publishing IQ by selecting profiles – one, several or all – in the new Publisher view with a convenient auto-complete text field for broadcasting messages.

Save time by creating a list of favorite profiles which are ready at a single click plus select your frequently updated account as a default. You’ll feel like a genius with all the time you save.

Articles with Answers

The diligent Support Owls have updated the Help Desk with operational articles about these tools. Wing by for screenshots and step-by-steps about your new tools. Have more ideas? Share your thoughts or vote up other suggestions on the HootSuite  Feedback Channel.

For additional information and screenshots, please visit the HootSuite Smart Publishing press release, available in both English and Spanish.

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101 comments
Kim Landolfi
Kim Landolfi

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loventine
loventine

Really great! I love your tools Hootsuite. Always trying to make us our lives a little easier.

Josh Topten
Josh Topten

Great update guys, this has been a long time coming. Sometimes the wrong tweet at the wrong time can cause disasters - permissions are a must!

Read More
Read More

Well done Hootsuite. Useful tools you got there, keep it up and greetings from Macedonia. :)

Avioes a Venda
Avioes a Venda

Good Work ! This little treat! Scheduling updates just got a bit easier.

Kristina | Online Printing
Kristina | Online Printing

I love these features! Keep ‘em coming! You’ve been making my life a lot easier with the scheduling. It’s nice to sit down and get it all done at once.

Jim Hicks
Jim Hicks

Brand new to HootSuite and have several scheduling questions. Is pist possible to create a message and have is repeat automatically in a determined interval, like x hours, days, weeks, etc. I am comparing this to a feature in socialoomph. Thanks.

Liz
Liz

I'd also like to see the return of the "pending tweets" column. As great as the publisher feature is, the pending tweets column allows a quick glance at what's happening on the dashboard without having to navigate between multiple pages. This is really key for us where we have multiple teams working across a number of accounts.

Judith Austin
Judith Austin

This new publisher tool is not working for me. I have a post scheduled for a work account at 7 am tomorrow that I wan't to delete but can't. There us a button to "delete" and "edit" on the right but when I click on them nothing happens...

Kevin
Kevin

Hootsuite- we love the new publisher feature but we still want to have the "pending tweets" column next to the "sent tweets" column in the main dashboard. Can you bring back that option?

Banfi Social Media
Banfi Social Media

This new change is adding such high amounts of increased time in managing our 10+ brands & 20+ profiles. Can you please add the pending stream back as an option so we can use both?

I'm considering changing services due to this ... just not time efficient anymore.

nelly
nelly

The new “publisher” function is not very helpful. I can't see my pending stream post and I waste my time to go back and forth between two pages... How can I come back in the old version?

Thank you

Dave Olson
Dave Olson

Thanks for your feedback, we're working on a solution for you.

Mel
Mel

I have to agree with those who are against the new Publisher feature for all of the reasons already stated. But if Publisher is here to stay, I do hope we will be able to reincorporate the Pending Stream as an option. Thank you!

Dave Olson
Dave Olson

Thanks for your feedback - we're listening and have some good news coming your way.

erin p
erin p

and now all scheduled posts are showing up on the calendar view, but not the list view...

Debi
Debi

When will this feature be fixed?!?! I scheduled a week's worth of tweets/updates last night and I usually print them for my boss to approve but they are STILL not appearing in the "scheduled" section of your new publisher view. They are MIA until they actually publish.. and some DON'T. My clients are very upset... do you have an estimated date it will be working?

erin p
erin p

over the weekend, i scheduled a half a month of individual daily tweets & FB posts yesterday (not csv uploading as i have the free acct)…the one post scheduled for today went out, but i see NONE of my hard work showing up in the publisher “scheduled messages” section, nor are

they in my individual pending post streams…i don’t even get a continuously spinning arrow, which might indicate my posts are just not loading on the screen properly.

HELP PLEASE!!

erin p
erin p

i think i might have figured this out - i have to have selected a specific profile (FB page, twitter, etc.) in order to see the scheduled posts. is there not a way to see all scheduled posts across all social networks simultaneously? i would think it wouldn't be hard to simply designate a specific color or include the icons for the social networks that will receive each post to visually show which messages will post where in the list and calendar views...

Justin
Justin

Please fix bulk scheduling feature... this is causing problems

Dave Olson
Dave Olson

What sort of problems are you having? Did you submit a ticket at help.hootsuite.com?

Jennie
Jennie

So does this feature remove the need for the pending posts column? I've noticed things showing in my scheduled section as shown here on the calendar but not in the pending column. Also, I've noticed that I don't have the option for unlimited scheduling - it's limiting me to 100 tweets scheduled at a time. Do I have to pay 14k for the enterprise just to have unlimited scheduling now?

Dave Olson
Dave Olson

Stay tuned for an update which will answer both your concerns.

Khang Tran
Khang Tran

We're a paid user of Hootsuite, and a new customer, too. Originally we signed up for your service because of your original bulk scheduling function. We schedule our Social Media campaign 6 months in advance, and Hootsuite had the capability to handle what we need. With your new Publisher, the 100 scheduled tweet limit is not going to work for us. We don't mind paying for what we need, but with this new Publisher, Hootsuite no longer meets what we need. The new design is great, we love the new design. It's easy to navigate. However, as a small business, our core need is the ability to schedule large amount of messages ahead of time. We are seriously evaluating other competing tweet-scheduling services that cost many times what we're paying you.

Dave Olson
Dave Olson

Our pardons Jeff. We've pushed out some refinements and are back on track.

Dave Olson
Dave Olson

We are working on refinements and just pushed out some bug fixes. Please let us know if you are still having problems.

Diddybears
Diddybears

It's broken, it's fixed, it's broken, it's fixed, it's broken again....

Never seen such a buggy beta - please switch back to the old scheduler so people can resume their business tweeting while you fix everything that's broken!

Dina
Dina

Our team is REALLY not liking the new user interface for Publisher. I schedule a tweet and the home screen says "you have no pending tweets" so I schedule again and then it posts twice. Please give us an option to have the old way. This new tool is clunky and not user friendly.

Thanks,

Dina Light-McNeely

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Dave Olson
Dave Olson

Thanks for your feedback. We are exploring options to make (mostly) everyone happy.

Bethany
Bethany

Thank You Hootsuite, it has been fixed today... I love the new look.

Adrienne Romano
Adrienne Romano

I also agree with Jennifer.

In addition, the list view for pending posts is not working for us. Any recommendations? I can only view it in the calendar format.

Adrienne

E.G.
E.G.

The Publisher view is a nice addition. But I hope you’re making using it optional, and will respect how individual users prefer to work. I see this checkbox in my regular view that says “Remove all existing Pending Streams” and I can’t get it to go away. I want to keep my Pending Streams; for me it’s more convenient to see pending tweets alongside my other streams.

Dave Olson
Dave Olson

We hear you and are exploring way to offer different ways to schedule messages.

tania
tania

BRILLIANT!!!

Bram Scolnick
Bram Scolnick

I miss the pending tweets columns, but can live without them if I must. What I cannot live without is a clear message for each stream indicating where there are unsent messages. Can the calendar views be updated to show postings in red indicating a posting did not go out? that would be great.

Dave Olson
Dave Olson

We've made a few tune-ups and will continue to refine the tool.

Denis Oakley
Denis Oakley

The new publisher seems great but it has one big flaw. The limit of 100 messages per SM network.

This has probably been done to stop spammers but it is a bad idea for the following reasons.

We run about 5 - 10 separate campaigns targetting our audience on twitter. These include music, books, specific event information. All of these we know up to a year ahead how and when we are going to do them. So we can use the bulk upload to fire and forget them. That then enables us to spend our SM time engaging with customers and their individual responses to these campaigns. This is one of the reasons why @beyondt2 has a klout of 64.

We currently have something over 1000 tweets queued on the system and now need to spend the 5 - 6 seconds required to delete each one, abandon a years campaign planning and then have the added complexity of spending time each day of managing multiple campaigns.

It would be great if there can be some dispensation on this

Khang Tran
Khang Tran

We have the same problem with the new 100 pre-scheduled tweet limit, too. The new Publisher design is easy to the eyes. But as a business user, our core need is the flexibility in scheduling large amount of messages ahead of time when we need to. We plan out our social media updates as many as 6 months in advance. We don't mind having a cap on the number of pre-scheduled tweets, but it should be at least 1000, not 100.

Dave Olson
Dave Olson

We're working on a middle ground solution for you.

Rob
Rob

Bring back the pending messages column!!!