social media scheduling tools

Top 10 Social Media Scheduling Tools

By Sonny Teeling

Use a social media scheduling tool to boost your online presence, activity and save time! Many of these tools include free trials for you to sample. Try them out before purchasing to ensure they are a good fit for your business. 

 

Facebook Creator Studio

Facebook creator studio

If your main social media focus is Facebook and Instagram then Facebook Creator Studio is the perfect tool for you. 

Think of Facebook creator studio as a management hub that enables you to upload, schedule, publish, monitor, and track posts with ease. Multiple people can manage pending posts, edit and save new posts and post directly through the studio, simultaneously, making this app ideal for team use.

The Facebook creator studio platform provides a deeper look at view and engagement metrics (from the past 7 days) enabling you to tweak your content accordingly.

With the huge success of apps such as TikTok, video content is more popular than ever. Facebook Creator Studio makes it easy to pull and share video content across Instagram and Facebook. This platform deserves a particular shout out for simplifying the management of multiple Facebook pages which at times can be daunting. We recommend using the desktop version of Facebook creator studio because it hooks up with your Facebook account directly. Alternatively, download the Facebook creator studio app (with fewer features) from the App or Play store.

 

Supported NetworksYes or No
Instagram Yes
FacebookYes
PinterestNo
Twitter No
LinkedInNo

 

Pricing 
Free AccessYes
Starting Price PointFree

 

 

Later

later

Later, is an official Instagram partner. Whilst this app easily allows you to post on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter, it is for those who organise and plan all of their social media content firstly, through Instagram.

This platform uses a convenient drag and drop feed preview tool. This enables you to visualise your Instagram feed and create an aesthetically pleasing image layout. Later, also allows you to schedule posts automatically, removing the need to respond to a posting reminder notification. 

Use Later’s handy labels feature to search and organise your device content. Import unlimited photo and video content from your phone, desktop, Google Drive and Dropbox. Manage content for multiple Instagram accounts with separate image libraries. 

Later prides itself on being easier to use than Hootsuite. It even provides a free plan which allows 4 social accounts, 30 scheduled posts (p/m) for 1 user or a paid plan starting at $7.50 for 4 social accounts, 60 scheduled posts and 1+ users. 

 

Supported NetworksYes or No
Instagram Yes
FacebookYes
PinterestYes
Twitter Yes
LinkedInNo

 

Pricing 
Free AccessYes
Starting Price Point$7.50/month

 

 

Buffer

buffer

The name says it all. Buffer is a content publishing programme enabling you to build up and schedule posts. 

This platform provides you with the option to create customisable captions for each social network. Because let’s face it, cross-posting often looks careless and repetitive.

Buffer suggests appropriate times to schedule posts and provides analytics for content you have posted through the app, shedding light on what works well and what needs improving. It is important to note, Buffer does not allow you to respond to content. If this is a deal-breaker, you might be looking for more of a content manager programme such as Hootsuite. 

Access a 14-day free trial on any price plan after which you can sign up to a paid plan starting at $15 for 8 social accounts, 100 scheduled posts and 1 user or downgrade to a basic free plan for 3 social accounts, 10 scheduled posts and 1 user.

 

Supported NetworksYes or No
Instagram No
FacebookYes
PinterestYes
Twitter Yes
LinkedInYes

 

Pricing 
Free Access14-day free trial on any plan
Starting Price Point$15/month

 

 

Sprout Social

sprout social

Sprout Social is an excellent social media communication and management tool, made with team-use in mind. 

The user-friendly platform ensures your workflow is managed with ease and efficiency. Increase productivity by creating and delegating tasks to your team at the touch of a button. Draft, publish, schedule and queue posts all through Sprout Social’s convenient social content calendar. 

One of our favourite Sprout Social features is the ‘Smart inbox’ which sends notifications to your device when someone interacts with your business. Reply directly through the Sprout Social platform. Engaging with your audience has never been easier! 

Sprout Social is particularly useful for data collection and monitoring. Learn how to read and pull report results. Strengthen your online strategy. Make impactful decisions based on evidence. 

Pick up a membership starting from $99 to $249 per month. Membership includes a 30-day free trial. 

 

Supported NetworksYes or No
Instagram No
FacebookYes
PinterestYes
Twitter Yes
LinkedInYes

 

Pricing 
Free AccessYes
Starting Price Point$99/month

 

 

Hootsuite

hootsuite

Media management platform, Hootsuite, is ideal for planning, tracking and analysing, large amounts of content across many social channels. 

Take advantage of the selection of free online courses provided to help optimise your businesses social media. These courses along with in-depth analytics provide perspective on both the best times to post (per social media channel) and the type of content your audience best responds too. Understanding when your audience watch and what content they enjoy allows you to build connections and increases the probability they reach out for your services!

Hootsuite also has the option to delegate tasks to users which makes it excellent for team use. 

Price plans start at $19 for 10 social profiles and unlimited scheduling for 1 user. There is no free version of this platform. Although, each price plan provides a 30-day free trial.

 

Supported NetworksYes or No
Instagram No
FacebookYes
PinterestNo
Twitter Yes
LinkedInYes

 

Pricing 
Free AccessYes
Starting Price Point$19/month

 

 

Loomly

loomly

Loomly was built to enhance team collaboration. It prides itself on being useful for businesses of all sizes. Simplify your marketing organisational strategy whilst managing all aspects of your social media communication.

This platform promotes idea sharing between colleagues with its innovative ‘Post ideas’ feature. This ensures you never run out of fresh social content! 

Conveniently house your brand assets on Loomly‘s content library. Design post mock-ups and send them to the ‘approval workflow’ feature for a team review. These kinds of features encourage workplace transparency and ensure mistakes are avoided.

Loomly offers a free 15-day trial. Prices range from $25 for 10 social accounts with unlimited content and 2 users to $249 for 50 social accounts, unlimited content and 26 users. 

 

Supported NetworksYes or No
Instagram No
FacebookYes
PinterestNo
Twitter Yes
LinkedInYes

 

Pricing 
Free AccessYes
Starting Price Point$25/month

 

 

Sendible

sendible

Sendible is suitable for large companies managing many social media profiles and pages. It has an extremely clear interface and is particularly useful because it provides automation options for CRM (customer relationship management). 

We love the drag and drop feature for tailoring analytics reports. This significantly simplifies data and is particularly useful for client presentations! 

Sendible helps you to create reliable content, quickly.

 

 

Co Schedule

co schedule

Co Schedule is a work management software for marketers consisting of 3 product options. 

The first is a blog and social media calendar designed to schedule and automate your social posts and grow your audience. This product integrates with WordPress and is ideal for those wanting to organise content quickly. 

The second product is a marketing calendar optimised not only for social media but also for project management. Overseeing a wide schedule view ensures flexibility when plans change. Increase your organisation in the workplace with this practical online platform. 

The third product is a tailored package boasting a combination of the blog and social media/marketing calendars as well as extra features such as asset storage, team progress tracking and individual calendars per team. There is no price specified for this product. Think of it as an all-in-one supportive employee management system.

Try it free for 14 days. Prices start at $14 per user for the Blog and social media calendar and $29+ for the marketing calendar and suite. 

 

Supported NetworksYes or No
Instagram Yes
FacebookYes
PinterestYes
Twitter Yes
LinkedInYes

 

Pricing 
Free Access14 day free trial
Starting Price Point$25/month

 

 

Content Cal

content cal

Content Cal is an ideal tool for those wanting to closely manage the process of posting social media content. 

This platform is centred around a visual calendar that you and your team use to produce content ideas and creations. Customise the online set up to suit your business needs.

One of our favourite things about Content Cal is the ‘flexible approval’ feature which allows you to request approval twice before posting. This extra layer of security ensures no imperfect content slips through. 

Free 14 day trial. Prices start at $17 for 4 social profiles with 1 calendar and one user to $47+ for 8 social profiles with 2 calendars and 2 users. 

 

Supported NetworksYes or No
Instagram Yes
FacebookYes
PinterestYes
Twitter Yes
LinkedInYes

 

Pricing 
Free AccessYes
Starting Price Point$17/month

 

 

Canva

canva

You probably know Canva as a simple graphic design tool with a vast library of social media templates. However, in Canva’s latest update they have introduced their own scheduling tool, Content planner, which allows you to design and schedule your content in one platform. This saves the time you would have had to spend exporting the imagery from your design software and uploading it into your scheduling tool.  

Canva’s Content Planner requires a pro account which is $9.95/month.  

 

Supported NetworksYes or No
Instagram Yes
FacebookYes
PinterestYes
Twitter Yes
LinkedInYes

 

Pricing 
Free Access14 day free trial
Starting Price Point$9.95/month

 

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