There is a myriad of tools available today to help you automate your social media activity. While I’m a big fan of making things easier and becoming more productive without putting in more effort, I think total automation is dangerous, and I will explain why later on in this article.
But first, let’s explore how you can automate things like Twitter, Facebook and integration of the various platforms and some of the tools that are available to help you with this:
- Of course, it’s okay to schedule specific tweets to go out at a particular time of a particular day, or even have a series of tweets all lined up. Sociplat is a brilliant tool for that and more.
- It makes sense to integrate the various platforms if you’re going to distribute the same content, rather than posting it 3, 4, 5, times or more. So have your tweets feed into your website, your Facebook page, your blog and LinkedIn. Sociplat allows you to do this, saving you a large chunk of time. Just make sure Twitter doesn’t take over, mainly if you tweet a lot, as other content may get lost.
- There’s nothing wrong with featuring your blog on Facebook and LinkedIn; in fact, I would recommend you do this, so the people you’re connected to on these platforms don’t have to go to your blog to see what’s happening with you. Many blogs can easily be incorporated into both LinkedIn and Facebook.
OK, so having said all of the above, why do I think total automation is dangerous, you may ask. Well, the whole point of Social Media – and there’s a clue in the word ‘Social’ here – is that it’s about interaction. It’s all excellent and well-automating content distribution, but you CANNOT automate the communication.
You still need a person to read and respond to any comments and often, looking for relevant tweets or posts that they can comment on and add value to. People don’t just want you to throw lots of content at them anymore. The most important thing about social media is not so much what you say. It’s all about LISTENING and then responding accordingly. And this applies to other marketing methods as well, as customers today don’t just want to be broadcast to. They want to be heard, and Twitter and Facebook, in particular, are excellent platforms for this.
Listening can be invaluable, as many dissatisfied customers will tweet about their experience and this gives organisations the chance to respond and hopefully turn the unhappy customer into a satisfied one or, even better, an advocate. And that’s something only a human being can do.
So while you can automate certain aspects of social media, it will never be possible to automate it entirely if you want your social media activity to be successful.
If you do not have the time to tweet on Twitter, post on Facebook, update LinkedIn, post video on YouTube, etc. yourself and don’t have the money to hire someone to do this full time; Some experts will look after your online activity, including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and other platforms, for you without breaking the bank.
Just remember that the most important thing in social media is LISTENING! And at the moment, there is nothing other than a human being who can do this – and hopefully, there never will be.