7 Social Media Scheduling Tools That Will Make Your Life Easier

Social media can be a seriously huge time suck if you don't know how to manage it. I mean, you want to be on ALL THE PLATFORMS and constantly share valuable content with your followers, but you don't really have 18 hours a day to manage all that stuff.

So one of two things usually happens: (A) You neglect some platforms because ain't nobody got time for that or (B) you spend more time on social media than creating content, working with clients, or doing the big things that you really need to be doing to run your bloggy biz.

Regardless of which category you fall into, today is the day the madness ends. Why? Because I've partnered with some fabulous bloggers to share 7 Hard-Working Social Media Scheduling Tools with you, so you're bound to find a couple that work for you.

You know social media scheduling tools will help maintain your sanity, but how do you know which ones to use? This is a deep-dive into 7 social media scheduling tools: Planoly, Later, Coschedule, Hootsuite, Buffer, Boardbooster, & Tailwind. Your decision just got a little easier.
You know social media scheduling tools will help maintain your sanity, but how do you know which ones to use? This is a deep-dive into 7 social media scheduling tools: Planoly, Later, Coschedule, Hootsuite, Buffer, Boardbooster, & Tailwind. Your decision just got a little easier.

Before we dive into these handy tools, I feel the need to provide full disclosure. I have used all of these tools at one point or another in my blogging journey and I think they all have their place. You'll have to decide which ones work best for you.

Also, this is not a comprehensive list, by any means, so if you have a powerhouse scheduling tool to add to the list, please feel free to do so in the comments below. Let's dive in!

Pre-P.S. Some of the links in this post are affiliate links.

INSTAGRAM SCHEDULING TOOLS

*A quick note: If you ever encounter an Instagram scheduling tool that claims to be able to post directly to your Instagram account on your behalf, RUN. It violates Instagram's terms of service. The tools I'm showing you today allow you to schedule & draft your Instagram posts, and then remind you to post on your specified days & times.

PLANOLY

Planoly is a visual planner for Instagram, allowing you to not only schedule your Instagram posts, but to see what they'll look like in your grid. If you're trying to maintain a cohesive and branded grid, this is a really great feature.

You know social media scheduling tools will help maintain your sanity, but how do you know which ones to use? This is a deep-dive into 7 social media scheduling tools: Planoly, Later, Coschedule, Hootsuite, Buffer, Boardbooster, & Tailwind. Your decision just got a little easier.
You know social media scheduling tools will help maintain your sanity, but how do you know which ones to use? This is a deep-dive into 7 social media scheduling tools: Planoly, Later, Coschedule, Hootsuite, Buffer, Boardbooster, & Tailwind. Your decision just got a little easier.

HOW IT WORKS: After syncing your Instagram account, you will see your grid on the left and a calendar on the right. You literally drag & drop photos, write captions, and choose the date & time you want them to be posted. Put Planoly on your phone to get a reminder when it's time to post.

Planoly copies the image & caption, and you paste it into your Instagram account. Easy, quick & painless.

OTHER FEATURES:

You know social media scheduling tools will help maintain your sanity, but how do you know which ones to use? This is a deep-dive into 7 social media scheduling tools: Planoly, Later, Coschedule, Hootsuite, Buffer, Boardbooster, & Tailwind. Your decision just got a little easier.
You know social media scheduling tools will help maintain your sanity, but how do you know which ones to use? This is a deep-dive into 7 social media scheduling tools: Planoly, Later, Coschedule, Hootsuite, Buffer, Boardbooster, & Tailwind. Your decision just got a little easier.

Planoly makes it easy to regram from other people's feeds. Search by Instagram handle, select the photo you want to regram, and drop it into your schedule.

You know social media scheduling tools will help maintain your sanity, but how do you know which ones to use? This is a deep-dive into 7 social media scheduling tools: Planoly, Later, Coschedule, Hootsuite, Buffer, Boardbooster, & Tailwind. Your decision just got a little easier.
You know social media scheduling tools will help maintain your sanity, but how do you know which ones to use? This is a deep-dive into 7 social media scheduling tools: Planoly, Later, Coschedule, Hootsuite, Buffer, Boardbooster, & Tailwind. Your decision just got a little easier.

Find related content and others in your niche by searching hashtags. Planoly also gives you suggestions as you type so you can discover new hashtags to add to your photos, and see their popularity in numbers.

You know social media scheduling tools will help maintain your sanity, but how do you know which ones to use? This is a deep-dive into 7 social media scheduling tools: Planoly, Later, Coschedule, Hootsuite, Buffer, Boardbooster, & Tailwind. Your decision just got a little easier.
You know social media scheduling tools will help maintain your sanity, but how do you know which ones to use? This is a deep-dive into 7 social media scheduling tools: Planoly, Later, Coschedule, Hootsuite, Buffer, Boardbooster, & Tailwind. Your decision just got a little easier.

Planoly also gives you analytics, like most popular and most commented images, and a two-week view of your Instagram growth.

You know social media scheduling tools will help maintain your sanity, but how do you know which ones to use? This is a deep-dive into 7 social media scheduling tools: Planoly, Later, Coschedule, Hootsuite, Buffer, Boardbooster, & Tailwind. Your decision just got a little easier.
You know social media scheduling tools will help maintain your sanity, but how do you know which ones to use? This is a deep-dive into 7 social media scheduling tools: Planoly, Later, Coschedule, Hootsuite, Buffer, Boardbooster, & Tailwind. Your decision just got a little easier.

You can also view & reply to comments directly in your Planoly dashboard.

COST: Planoly offers month-to-month or annual plans starting at $7/month for 1 Instagram account.

FREE TRIAL: 15 days

LATER

Lateris very similar to Planoly in many ways. You can drag & drop photos, write captions, and schedule them. You can see your grid and your calendar side-by-side as well.

My friend Erin Shebish is an active Later user, and here is what she has to say about this platform:

Later was my first scheduling love outside of Buffer. I struggle with finding time to post to Instagram in real time {I’m a busy mama, I don’t have time to sit on my phone all day, writing up posts!} and to be honest, I’d rather work on my computer than my phone. Later allows me to upload high quality images for my Instagram account right from my computer. Not only that, I cant type up my captions on my computer, too. I don’t know about you but I type a lot faster on my computer than my iPhone. It’s those tiny touch screen buttons, they kill my speed!

Anyway, being able to upload my IG posts to Later not only has made it easier to create higher quality content but it allows me to really plan. You can switch between a weekly view calendar and a monthly view, which is amazing. I love all that it does for FREE. Nothing beats free. The only thing I would love is to be able to see beyond two weeks in the past without having to upgrade to a paid account. But that’s just me being a control freak… with a budget.

You know social media scheduling tools will help maintain your sanity, but how do you know which ones to use? This is a deep-dive into 7 social media scheduling tools: Planoly, Later, Coschedule, Hootsuite, Buffer, Boardbooster, & Tailwind. Your decision just got a little easier.
You know social media scheduling tools will help maintain your sanity, but how do you know which ones to use? This is a deep-dive into 7 social media scheduling tools: Planoly, Later, Coschedule, Hootsuite, Buffer, Boardbooster, & Tailwind. Your decision just got a little easier.

HOW IT WORKS: As you can see, the dashboard is almost identical to Planoly's calendar view. Erin's monthly view can be seen above, and as she mentioned, you can switch to a weekly view as well:

You know social media scheduling tools will help maintain your sanity, but how do you know which ones to use? This is a deep-dive into 7 social media scheduling tools: Planoly, Later, Coschedule, Hootsuite, Buffer, Boardbooster, & Tailwind. Your decision just got a little easier.
You know social media scheduling tools will help maintain your sanity, but how do you know which ones to use? This is a deep-dive into 7 social media scheduling tools: Planoly, Later, Coschedule, Hootsuite, Buffer, Boardbooster, & Tailwind. Your decision just got a little easier.

Simply use the buttons on the top left to toggle between the weekly & monthly views.

OTHER FEATURES:

You know social media scheduling tools will help maintain your sanity, but how do you know which ones to use? This is a deep-dive into 7 social media scheduling tools: Planoly, Later, Coschedule, Hootsuite, Buffer, Boardbooster, & Tailwind. Your decision just got a little easier.
You know social media scheduling tools will help maintain your sanity, but how do you know which ones to use? This is a deep-dive into 7 social media scheduling tools: Planoly, Later, Coschedule, Hootsuite, Buffer, Boardbooster, & Tailwind. Your decision just got a little easier.

Later allows you to fill your media library by dragging images from your computer, or uploading them from Google Drive or your Dropbox.

You know social media scheduling tools will help maintain your sanity, but how do you know which ones to use? This is a deep-dive into 7 social media scheduling tools: Planoly, Later, Coschedule, Hootsuite, Buffer, Boardbooster, & Tailwind. Your decision just got a little easier.
You know social media scheduling tools will help maintain your sanity, but how do you know which ones to use? This is a deep-dive into 7 social media scheduling tools: Planoly, Later, Coschedule, Hootsuite, Buffer, Boardbooster, & Tailwind. Your decision just got a little easier.

Later also has a search & repost feature, allowing you to search by hashtag or username.

COST: Later offers monthly & annual plans starting at $16/month for 2 social media accounts.

FREE TRIAL: Later offers a forever-free plan that limits you to one Instagram account and 30 posts/month.

Other Instagram scheduling tools: Schedugram, Skippr

Buffer & Hootsuite offer Instagram scheduling, which we will cover in the all-in-one social media scheduling tools later in this post.

PINTEREST SCHEDULING TOOLS

Pinterest is by far one of the best marketing tools for bloggers, simply because of the amount of traffic it can drive to your blog. Using scheduling tools helps you have more of a presence on Pinterest without having to actually be on Pinterest.

*Heads-Up: I've got a post scheduled for Monday, August 15th that will show you exactly how to set up and use both Tailwind & BoardBooster. This post, however, gives you a great overview of each Pinterest scheduling tool.

TAILWIND

Tailwind is my absolute favorite Pinterest scheduling tool of all time, simply because it offers so many amazing features.

You know social media scheduling tools will help maintain your sanity, but how do you know which ones to use? This is a deep-dive into 7 social media scheduling tools: Planoly, Later, Coschedule, Hootsuite, Buffer, Boardbooster, & Tailwind. Your decision just got a little easier.
You know social media scheduling tools will help maintain your sanity, but how do you know which ones to use? This is a deep-dive into 7 social media scheduling tools: Planoly, Later, Coschedule, Hootsuite, Buffer, Boardbooster, & Tailwind. Your decision just got a little easier.

HOW IT WORKS: After syncing your Pinterest account to Tailwind, you are given a default schedule - days and times Tailwind suggests that you pin. You edit your schedule, adding as many posting times as you want for each day of the week, then start adding content.

There is a mobile app and a Chrome extension that allows you to schedule to Tailwind or save as a draft from any website.

OTHER FEATURES:

You know social media scheduling tools will help maintain your sanity, but how do you know which ones to use? This is a deep-dive into 7 social media scheduling tools: Planoly, Later, Coschedule, Hootsuite, Buffer, Boardbooster, & Tailwind. Your decision just got a little easier.
You know social media scheduling tools will help maintain your sanity, but how do you know which ones to use? This is a deep-dive into 7 social media scheduling tools: Planoly, Later, Coschedule, Hootsuite, Buffer, Boardbooster, & Tailwind. Your decision just got a little easier.

In the Publisher tab, you see your queue on the right and a list of your scheduled pins. You can lock specific pins into their time slot, shuffle all of your pins to avoid having several of the same pin hit Pinterest back to back, and add or change boards.

You know social media scheduling tools will help maintain your sanity, but how do you know which ones to use? This is a deep-dive into 7 social media scheduling tools: Planoly, Later, Coschedule, Hootsuite, Buffer, Boardbooster, & Tailwind. Your decision just got a little easier.
You know social media scheduling tools will help maintain your sanity, but how do you know which ones to use? This is a deep-dive into 7 social media scheduling tools: Planoly, Later, Coschedule, Hootsuite, Buffer, Boardbooster, & Tailwind. Your decision just got a little easier.

Board Lists allow you to schedule pins to multiple related boards quicker. For example, if you have a home decor post, and several boards related to home decor, select your home decor board list, rather than several individual boards.

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You know social media scheduling tools will help maintain your sanity, but how do you know which ones to use? This is a deep-dive into 7 social media scheduling tools: Planoly, Later, Coschedule, Hootsuite, Buffer, Boardbooster, & Tailwind. Your decision just got a little easier.

Tribes are groups of people who write about similar or niche-related content. You build your tribe, share your pins, and other members of your tribe easily grab & repin them while you repin their content.

You know social media scheduling tools will help maintain your sanity, but how do you know which ones to use? This is a deep-dive into 7 social media scheduling tools: Planoly, Later, Coschedule, Hootsuite, Buffer, Boardbooster, & Tailwind. Your decision just got a little easier.
You know social media scheduling tools will help maintain your sanity, but how do you know which ones to use? This is a deep-dive into 7 social media scheduling tools: Planoly, Later, Coschedule, Hootsuite, Buffer, Boardbooster, & Tailwind. Your decision just got a little easier.

The Find Content tool is one of my favorite tools on Tailwind. You add feeds for blogs or websites you want to follow, and Tailwind consistently adds their latest blog post pins to your Content page. You then schedule them to your Pinterest queue.

I also use this to find great content to share on Twitter and Facebook, without having to search Pinterest for it.

COST: Tailwind offers monthly & annual plans starting at $9.99/month.

FREE TRIAL: Schedule up to 100 pins free before choosing a paid plan.

BOARDBOOSTER

BoardBooster is also a Pinterest scheduling tool, but is vastly different from Tailwind, and is a bit cheaper, too.

You know social media scheduling tools will help maintain your sanity, but how do you know which ones to use? This is a deep-dive into 7 social media scheduling tools: Planoly, Later, Coschedule, Hootsuite, Buffer, Boardbooster, & Tailwind. Your decision just got a little easier.
You know social media scheduling tools will help maintain your sanity, but how do you know which ones to use? This is a deep-dive into 7 social media scheduling tools: Planoly, Later, Coschedule, Hootsuite, Buffer, Boardbooster, & Tailwind. Your decision just got a little easier.

HOW IT WORKS: After integrating BoardBooster with your Pinterest account, you select the boards you want BoardBooster to manage. BoardBooster then creates mirrored secret boards on your Pinterest dashboard. Rather than pinning to your public board, you now pin to your secret boards and BoardBooster pulls pins and schedules them based on intervals you set.

OTHER FEATURES:

You know social media scheduling tools will help maintain your sanity, but how do you know which ones to use? This is a deep-dive into 7 social media scheduling tools: Planoly, Later, Coschedule, Hootsuite, Buffer, Boardbooster, & Tailwind. Your decision just got a little easier.
You know social media scheduling tools will help maintain your sanity, but how do you know which ones to use? This is a deep-dive into 7 social media scheduling tools: Planoly, Later, Coschedule, Hootsuite, Buffer, Boardbooster, & Tailwind. Your decision just got a little easier.

Back to my girl Erin for more about BoardBooster:

Boardbooster is seriously a Pinterest life saver. But I use it a little different than most, I think. Instead of doing all of my scheduling there, I focus my efforts on group boards. So for $5 a month, I have a campaign set to pin my blogs posts to relevant group boards. Boardbooster allows you to set the times pins should go out, how many pins per board and more. Which is great. I have my campaign set to pull from my Best of Board and it’ll pin one pin per board per day. I had it at two for a while but during summer vacation, I cut it back since I’m still building content. I love pretty much everything about BoardBooster. Except one thing. I feel like it can be a little overwhelming to start with; the instructions can be a little tricky to get it all set up. But there are a ton of tutorials that make it easier to understand and well worth it.

You know social media scheduling tools will help maintain your sanity, but how do you know which ones to use? This is a deep-dive into 7 social media scheduling tools: Planoly, Later, Coschedule, Hootsuite, Buffer, Boardbooster, & Tailwind. Your decision just got a little easier.
You know social media scheduling tools will help maintain your sanity, but how do you know which ones to use? This is a deep-dive into 7 social media scheduling tools: Planoly, Later, Coschedule, Hootsuite, Buffer, Boardbooster, & Tailwind. Your decision just got a little easier.

The looping feature allows you to re-pin from boards that have a lot of content, pulling older pins and placing them at the top of your board. This keeps you from having to consistently find new content for that board, but helps the board stay active.

COST: Monthly plans starting at $5.00/month for 500 pins

FREE TRIAL: 100 pins

Other Pinterest scheduling tools:Viraltag, Ahalogy

ALL-IN-ONE SOCIAL MEDIA SCHEDULING TOOLS

All-in-one social media scheduling tools are the workhorses, managing multiple social media platforms all in one place. However, being able to do all things doesn't necessarily mean they do all things well. You may still be better off using more than on social media scheduling tool to fully meet your needs.

BUFFER

I've sung my praises of Buffer several times, particularly about how I use it to establish myself as an authority on Twitter. But Buffer handles a lot more than Twitter.

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HOW IT WORKS: You sync your social media platforms one-by-one to Buffer, then set a posting schedule for each one. You drop content, including links & images, into each posting time slot, and Buffer does the work for you.

Buffer works with Twitter, Facebook Groups, Profiles & Pages, LinkedIn Profiles & Pages, Google +, Pinterest, and Instagram.

*A note about Instagram: As mentioned in the Instagram scheduling tools section, no tool is allowed to post directly to Instagram on your behalf. Buffer simply reminds you to post, just like Planoly & Later.

OTHER FEATURES:

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You know social media scheduling tools will help maintain your sanity, but how do you know which ones to use? This is a deep-dive into 7 social media scheduling tools: Planoly, Later, Coschedule, Hootsuite, Buffer, Boardbooster, & Tailwind. Your decision just got a little easier.

Buffer's "Find Content" tool, previously called "RSS Feeds", allows you to load up to 15 feeds from other websites who share content you want to share on your own social media platforms. Each of your platforms can have a different list of websites to pull from. You simply add each post and Buffer drops it into the next available time slot in your queue.

You know social media scheduling tools will help maintain your sanity, but how do you know which ones to use? This is a deep-dive into 7 social media scheduling tools: Planoly, Later, Coschedule, Hootsuite, Buffer, Boardbooster, & Tailwind. Your decision just got a little easier.
You know social media scheduling tools will help maintain your sanity, but how do you know which ones to use? This is a deep-dive into 7 social media scheduling tools: Planoly, Later, Coschedule, Hootsuite, Buffer, Boardbooster, & Tailwind. Your decision just got a little easier.

Analytics provide you with the top-performing posts on your various social media platforms, and gives you the option to re-Buffer, or re-share that content.

You know social media scheduling tools will help maintain your sanity, but how do you know which ones to use? This is a deep-dive into 7 social media scheduling tools: Planoly, Later, Coschedule, Hootsuite, Buffer, Boardbooster, & Tailwind. Your decision just got a little easier.
You know social media scheduling tools will help maintain your sanity, but how do you know which ones to use? This is a deep-dive into 7 social media scheduling tools: Planoly, Later, Coschedule, Hootsuite, Buffer, Boardbooster, & Tailwind. Your decision just got a little easier.

After you've been using Buffer for a few weeks, you can take advantage of the Optimal Posting Schedule for each platform. Buffer looks at your analytics & activity for each platform and recommends the best posting time for each platform.

*NOTE: I use Buffer for everything EXCEPT Pinterest because I love all the features of Tailwind.

COST: The Awesome Plan, which I recommend, is $10/month

FREE TRIAL: Buffer offers an always-free plan but you are limited to 10 scheduled posts/profile.

HOOTSUITE

Hootsuite is similar to Buffer in that you integrate your social media platforms, create a posting schedule, and add content, but Hootsuite has a few additional features that you don't see in Buffer.

You know social media scheduling tools will help maintain your sanity, but how do you know which ones to use? This is a deep-dive into 7 social media scheduling tools: Planoly, Later, Coschedule, Hootsuite, Buffer, Boardbooster, & Tailwind. Your decision just got a little easier.
You know social media scheduling tools will help maintain your sanity, but how do you know which ones to use? This is a deep-dive into 7 social media scheduling tools: Planoly, Later, Coschedule, Hootsuite, Buffer, Boardbooster, & Tailwind. Your decision just got a little easier.

HOW IT WORKS: Hootsuite's dashboard allows you to see at a glance all that's going on with your various social media accounts by adding tabs for each one you want to follow. For Twitter, for example, you can create a tab for your own feed, another tab for tweets that you are mentioned in, and another tab to see your followers. This comes in handy when you are participating in Twitter chats and want to follow the host and the hashtag.

OTHER FEATURES:

You know social media scheduling tools will help maintain your sanity, but how do you know which ones to use? This is a deep-dive into 7 social media scheduling tools: Planoly, Later, Coschedule, Hootsuite, Buffer, Boardbooster, & Tailwind. Your decision just got a little easier.
You know social media scheduling tools will help maintain your sanity, but how do you know which ones to use? This is a deep-dive into 7 social media scheduling tools: Planoly, Later, Coschedule, Hootsuite, Buffer, Boardbooster, & Tailwind. Your decision just got a little easier.

Hootsuite provides you with multiple scheduling options. You can write and post immediately through your Hootsuite dashboard, schedule a one-time post, or use the AutoSchedule tool to drop the post in your queue. Paid plans also have the option to take advantage of the bulk message uploader in which you write a ton of content, upload it all at once, and let Hootsuite schedule it for you.

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The AutoSchedule tool is similar to the schedule in Buffer. You select specific times for each day. As you add posts and select the AutoSchedule option, your posts get added to the next available time slot for the platform you select.

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Similar to the Content Inbox feature in Buffer, Hootsuite allows you to add RSS feeds of your blog and others. You can then toggle the on/off switch to tell Hootsuite if each new post from that feed will be automatically shared, and to which platform.

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Campaigns allow you to host giveaways, sweepstakes, Twitter & Instagram contests, etc. through your Hootsuite dashboard. Hootsuite tracks all the goodness making it easier for you to manage.

I'll be honest, it's been a few years since I switched from Hootsuite to Buffer, and after looking at all the features, I'm considering switching back.

COST: Pro Plan is $9.99/month billed annually

FREE TRIAL: Try the Pro Plan free for 30 days, or use the forever-free plan with a limit of only 3 platforms

COSCHEDULE

CoSchedule is a full-bodied scheduling tool that is part editorial calendar, part social media scheduler, part to-do list. It's been a while since I used CoSchedule for myself, so I reached out to my friend Alisonto get her take on it.

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You know social media scheduling tools will help maintain your sanity, but how do you know which ones to use? This is a deep-dive into 7 social media scheduling tools: Planoly, Later, Coschedule, Hootsuite, Buffer, Boardbooster, & Tailwind. Your decision just got a little easier.

HOW IT WORKS: CoSchedule can be installed in your Wordpress dashboard or used as a stand-alone editorial calendar and social media planner.

I love organizing, and I'm a bit of a spreadsheet nerd (Pivot tables are my friend), but I struggled to find a blog organization tool that I could easily update and access in one place. After months of using a blog planner, a physical calendar, Post-Its, several social sharing sites, and an Excel document, I finally made the switch to CoSchedule.

I love how CoSchedule is a comprehensive tool. I'm able to plan my blog posts, get reminders about upcoming tasks, and schedule social media across several platforms. I'm even able to view analytics and get feedback on the effectiveness of my posting schedule and post headlines.

The CoSchedule developers consistently work to improve the app, and they frequently ask for user feedback. They also have a helpful blog (with lots of statistics for their analytical users). They host frequent webinars and share videos to help their users get the most out of the program.

Alison also outlined pros and cons, which I'll share with you as we go through some of the features.

OTHER FEATURES:

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The Calendar view is accessible through your Wordpress dashboard, your blog post editor, or through CoSchedule's website. The calendar allows you to see and schedule blog posts & social media posts, and see exactly what is getting posted on each day. You also have the ability to drag & drop anything on your calendar to other dates & times.

You know social media scheduling tools will help maintain your sanity, but how do you know which ones to use? This is a deep-dive into 7 social media scheduling tools: Planoly, Later, Coschedule, Hootsuite, Buffer, Boardbooster, & Tailwind. Your decision just got a little easier.
You know social media scheduling tools will help maintain your sanity, but how do you know which ones to use? This is a deep-dive into 7 social media scheduling tools: Planoly, Later, Coschedule, Hootsuite, Buffer, Boardbooster, & Tailwind. Your decision just got a little easier.

Schedule social sharing based on a template or individually schedule shares across multiple platforms. CoSchedule provides a social sharing meter to ensure you're sharing each post frequently enough, and allows you to schedule well into the future. (Facebook and other scheduling tools have limits on how far in advance you can schedule content. CoSchedule does not.)

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CoSchedule also provides a built-in headline analyzer to help you write better headlines for your blog posts. (You can use the headline analyzer for free, without having a CoSchedule account, right HERE.)

Other pros according to Alison:

  • Analytics to show your top posts
  • Reminders for upcoming tasks
  • Customizable (color coding, different calendar views, etc.)
  • Simple to use (easily integrates with Evernote, Bit.ly, Google calendar, and social platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google Plus, Tumbler, and LinkedIn)
  • Chrome extension to easily share and schedule others' content

Cons:

  • Cost (Plans start at $15/month)
  • No integration with email providers or Instagram (I schedule tasks as placeholders for my newsletters in my calendar, but it would be nice to be able to create and share newsletters and Instagram reminders within the CoSchedule platform)
  • No mobile app (although they're currently developing one)
  • The CoSchedule extension is only available for Google Chrome

COST: CoSchedule offers monthly and annual plans that start at $15/month

FREE TRIAL: 14-days

A huge thanks to Erin from ErinShebish.com and Alison from Tickling the Wheat for helping me out with today's epic blog post.

I'd love to know your go-to social media scheduling tool, or if you've found a new one thanks to this post.