Social Media Automation
A Skeptic's Guide
What does “social media automation” mean, exactly?
Social media automation is simply a method of using a tool like Edgar to upload status updates en masse and schedule them for posting in advance.
Instead of setting aside time multiple times per day for writing and posting live updates, you add them to your tool of choice, which then posts them automatically.
Automation is NOT, however, an alternative to live engagement altogether. It’s still your responsibility to check in on social – to see what your followers are saying, to respond to their comments, and to participate in real-time conversations.
Think of automation not as autopilot, but as cruise control – it takes care of the daily busywork, which gives you the freedom to concentrate on the things that really matter.
Table of Contents
- Introduction to social media automation
- What does “social media automation” mean, exactly?
- Why shouldn’t I just keep updating my social media in real time?
- Can social media automation improve my marketing efforts?
- How do I know when and what to post on social media?
- How does social media automation save time?
- Can I pick what kind of updates get posted at what times?
- Will people know that my social media is automated?
- Automated social media posting vs. live posting
- Should I post the same social update more than once?
- What happens to an update after an automation tool posts it?
- Should I post the same updates on every social network?
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