2 Aug 2012

6 Reasons To Use Buffer to Schedule Your Tweets on Twitter





By Kristi Hines at CrazyEgg Blog:
Chances are, you’re a busy person who wants to keep their Twitter account updated with great tweets.
But you don’t want to take a break every hour or so to post them to your account. This is where Buffer comes in. Buffer is a Twitter app that allows you to add tweets to be sent on a schedule.
In this Buffer App review, we will take a look at six great reasons to use Buffer to manage your tweets.

 

1 – Manage Multiple Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn Accounts


Buffer allows you to have a free account to manage one Twitter, Facebook (page or profile), and LinkedIn account with up to 10 updates in your buffer, aka scheduler.
Or you can pay $10 monthly to manage 12 social profiles, have unlimited posts in your buffer, and even add two team members to help manage it all. This means that every time you add an update, you can choose to set it to send out of one account or multiple accounts across different networks simultaneously.

 

2 – Set Up Your Own Updating Schedule


The main feature is the ability to set a tweeting or updating schedule unique to each account you manage in Buffer.
In your account settings, you can create one or more buffering patterns for different days of the week. This way you can have lots of updates Monday through Friday, and sprinkle a few updates over the weekend when you might be getting less traction but still want to keep things updated.

 

3 – Easily Add Updates to Your Buffer


Once you have your updating schedule set up in Buffer for each of your social accounts, you can add new updates easily with the simple interface shown above.
Simply edit your update and select the social networks you would like it sent out to. Buffer will place the update in the next available time slot on your updating schedule.
The following apps, extensions, and extras will make it easy to add updates to your Buffer.

 

4 – Use it Everywhere with Apps, Extensions, and Extras


Buffer offers lots of apps, extensions, and extras that will allow you to use Buffer in a variety of different places online. Start by installing the Buffer extensions for Google Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.
Once you have installed one of these extensions, you will get a convenient button to use to add updates to your buffer at the top of your browser (usually to the left or right of your browser’s address button depending on which browser you are using).


Clicking the Buffer Button will allow you to update one or more of your social media accounts with a link to the webpage you are browsing.

 

Buffer Tweets from Twitter, Facebook, and Other Networks

Not only will you have access to adding updates to Buffer using the Buffer Button on your browser, but you will also have the ability add updates to your Buffer from social networks themselves including Twitter…

Facebook…

Reddit…

And others!

 

Buffer Tweets Using the Twitter Retweet Button


Like using the Twitter retweet button? Buffer will appear as an option within the Twitter retweet button dialogue screen as well.

 

Buffer Tweets from Google Reader


If you use Google Reader to subscribe to your favorite blogs via RSS, you can use Buffer within Google Reader to share great posts you are reading.

 

5 – Use Buffer on Your Smartphone


Mobile phone users aren’t left out in the cold. You can download the Buffer app for iPhone and Android. You can also bookmark to add updates to your Buffer from your mobile browser.

 

6 – See What Tweets Get the Most Engagement


Have you ever wanted the following questions about your tweets answered in one place?
  • What times of day do I get the most engagement with my tweets?
  • What topics does my audience like most?
  • Who is interacting with my tweets?
If so, Buffer analytics has the answers. You can look at the analytics for your Twitter accounts to see which tweets get the most retweets, mentions, clicks, potential audience exposure, and favorites. Also, Buffer just added in additional analytics for Facebook and LinkedIn shares as well!
I hope these are enough reasons to convince you to give Buffer a try! Let us know in the comments if you use Buffer and what features are your favorites!

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