Social Media Automation
A Skeptic's Guide
Will people know that my social media is automated?
They might! Automation is becoming more and more mainstream – especially for businesses and agencies – so your fans and followers don’t necessarily assume that you’re sitting at the keyboard the instant every update gets posted. It is increasingly becoming the new normal.
That being the case, automated social media updates should never, ever be insincere.
Automation doesn’t bother consumers, but insincerity does.
If your update doesn’t make sense at the time it’s published, it hurts your credibility. In other words? Don’t wish your followers “Happy Holidays” in June. (Unless you’re a Flag Day enthusiast, in which case, go right ahead.)
Consumers demand authenticity. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to automate your social media and still sound like a human. Using social media automation tools like Edgar doesn’t replace real interaction, but instead help you share your authentic self (or brand) with more people.
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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