There are several social media management tools I use to automatically schedule social media posts, in particular, content from my WordPress websites (this also include custom post types) to the different social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google My Business, Instagram and others.

Here’s a list of SaaS tools that I have been using:

Publer

I’ve been mainly using Publer to automatically publish evergreen (recycled) posts to LinkedIn and Google My Business.

TOOLS TO AUTOMATE SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS Publer Dashboard The Simple Entrepreneur Marco Tran

Creating posts was easy. You can manually create the post or you can bulk upload, use a CSV file or use an RSS feed. I used the RSS feed as WordPress has an RSS feature for all posts types.

TOOLS TO AUTOMATE SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS Publer Dashboard Create The Simple Entrepreneur Marco Tran

Generally the RSS WordPress feed is https://yourwebsite/rss/ (example https://marcotran.com.au/rss will display the blog posts). The WordPress RSS default limit is 6 and if you want to increase this you need to go to WordPress Settings – Reading and increase the value in Syndication feeds to show the most recent items.

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These are the social media accounts you can post to Facebook (page, location, group), LinkedIn (profile and page), Instagram, Twitter, Google My Business, Pinterest and comings soon YouTube and VK (note for some it requires integration with Zapier – I haven’t tried this feature yet).

TOOLS TO AUTOMATE SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS Publer Social Media accounts The Simple Entrepreneur Marco Tran

Connecting each social media account in Publer is very easy and straight forward. You just need to login using your social media account and select which pages, groups or profile you want to use. You don’t need to use any API keys.

Some of the features that I really like are:

  • Set a timeslot for the posting and yes you can set it to post based on your local timezone. You can basically select the timezone you want Publer to automatically post to the social media accounts
TOOLS TO AUTOMATE SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS Publer Posting Schedule The Simple Entrepreneur Marco Tran
  • Set watermarks for each post. You can create 10 different watermarks and set the location and opacity for each one. This is a great feature if you want to add further branding to your posts
TOOLS TO AUTOMATE SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS Publer Watermarks The Simple Entrepreneur Marco Tran
  • Create multiple signatures. You can great up to 10 unique signatures with different hashtags
TOOLS TO AUTOMATE SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS Publer Signatures The Simple Entrepreneur Marco Tran
  • You can then use the shortcodes in the posts by using the {{name of shortcode}}. As soon as you start typing the {{ brackets in the text field the dropdown with the list of the shortcodes will be displayed like below:
TOOLS TO AUTOMATE SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS Publer Shortcodes Compose The Simple Entrepreneur Marco Tran
TOOLS TO AUTOMATE SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS Publer Shortcodes Website preview The Simple Entrepreneur Marco Tran
  • Autoshare a post. If you wanted to share a post across multiple social media accounts then this is the option you love. You can even set a delay to post after x minutes/hours/days/weeks.
TOOLS TO AUTOMATE SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS Publer Autoshare Share After The Simple Entrepreneur Marco Tran

For pricings check out the website. They offer a free plan which allows you to connect 5 social media account or the starting price for a paid plan is $10 per month.

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Socialbee

Socialbee is one of those set and forget social media management tools which will automatically run once you’ve set it up correctly. I use Socialbee to post to Google My Business, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

TOOLS TO AUTOMATE SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS Socialbee Dashboard The Simple Entrepreneur Marco Tran

Setting up the content using the RSS feed using Socialbee was a bit more complicated that Publer but once you get your head around the idea of setting up the content and associating this with the category it becomes much easier.

TOOLS TO AUTOMATE SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS Socialbee Content The Simple Entrepreneur Marco Tran

For posting to Instagram, Socialbee has a native mobile apps where you be notified when it’s time to post to Instagram. It doesn’t directly post to Instagram but you will need to manually open the Instagram app. The Socialbee app will download the image to the phone and copy the text content so all you have to do on the official Instagram app is to select the image and paste the content. It’s a manual process but at least you are reminded to post the content to Instagram. Since working on our own Social Wall tool, the mobile app or company needs to be approved with the right permission to post on behalf of the user. I believe not many companies have this permission and having this mobile app is the workaround.

TOOLS TO AUTOMATE SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS Socialbee Mobile App notification The Simple Entrepreneur Marco Tran
TOOLS TO AUTOMATE SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS Socialbee Mobile App post The Simple Entrepreneur Marco Tran

One of the features for SocialBee is the actual Concierge Service. This service is a monthly subscription and will allow you to hire a social media specialist (real humans) to create and posts content for you. This will not only save you time but you will be confident that the social media posts are professionally created and targetted for your audience.

TOOLS TO AUTOMATE SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS Socialbee Concierge The Simple Entrepreneur Marco Tran

If those prices are not within your budget then one tool I have used in the past is Quuu (a tool to help promote your content on social media). They offer a free tier so you may want to try that before upgrading to the paid ($19 per month).

There are no Free tiers for Socialbee and the lowest plan is $19 per month. Although they do have a 14-day free trial if you wish to try it out.

TOOLS TO AUTOMATE SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS Socialbee Pricing The Simple Entrepreneur Marco Tran

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Planable

Planable is another great Social Media Management tool I use. It has great collaboration features where you can use if you run an agency and need the clients to approve the posts before they are published. Unlike the other two tools, Planable doesn’t have the features of being able to grab the posts from an RSS feed. With Planable you can post to Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Instagram.

TOOLS TO AUTOMATE SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS Planable Dashboard The Simple Entrepreneur Marco Tran

With Planable you are able to create multiple workspaces so if you manage multiple clients, each workspace will be associated to the client. You can then add members to the workspace. They can either be a client or a team member.

TOOLS TO AUTOMATE SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS Planable sharing The Simple Entrepreneur Marco Tran

You will also be able to assign different permissions for each member.

TOOLS TO AUTOMATE SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS Planable sharing permissions The Simple Entrepreneur Marco Tran

For each member, you can also set an email notification so that they receive an email when there is a new post, posts updates or when there is a new conversation message.

TOOLS TO AUTOMATE SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS Planable sharing notifications The Simple Entrepreneur Marco Tran

Planable has an easy to use interface to schedule and post the content and as mentioned before it’s the powerful collaboration tools that makes Planable stand out. When creating the post content you can choose the social media accounts to post to, the date and time (or publish straight away) and whether you just want to make the post visible to everyone or just the team members (this will exclude the clients). That way you can get your manager or team leader to approve before it’s sent to the client for approval.

TOOLS TO AUTOMATE SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS Planable post schedule The Simple Entrepreneur Marco Tran

Planable has a native mobile app you need to use to post to Instagram. It’s a similar process to SocialBee where you are required to paste the content from the Planable mobile app to Instagram.

TOOLS TO AUTOMATE SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS Planable Mobile App The Simple Entrepreneur Marco Tran

There are different views available when viewing the workspace dashboard (Feed view, List view, calendar view and grid view). I prefer using the list view as it displays more information about each post.

TOOLS TO AUTOMATE SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS Planable views The Simple Entrepreneur Marco Tran

In terms of prices, Planable offers a free tier for the first 50 posts and the next paid plan is $33 per month.

TOOLS TO AUTOMATE SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS Planable pricing The Simple Entrepreneur Marco Tran

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OTHER NOTES

I have noticed that with LinkedIn, you do occasionally have to reauthorise your account. Meaning you just have to authenticate your LinkedIn login with the social media management tool.

Both tools have pretty good analytics reporting. SocialBee seems to have a bit more detailed information such as Top Performing posts

TOOLS TO AUTOMATE SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS Socialbee Analytics post The Simple Entrepreneur Marco Tran
TOOLS TO AUTOMATE SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS Publer Analytics The Simple Entrepreneur Marco Tran

If you’re looking at creating your own content images for your social media posts I suggest you have a look at this post that shares some of the tools I use for creating amazing designs: Design Tools

Give one of the above social media management tools a try and see the results from automating your Social media content!

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