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What We Think of Co-Schedule for our Content and Social Management: part 1

We have been trialling CoSchedule for the last few weeks at Mykidstime for our content and social media management, here’s what we think of Co-Schedule so far:

CoSchedule describes itself as “an all-in-one marketing calendar that brings your content and social media in the same place. It’s your unified marketing calendar of record”. It offers a WordPress plugin so you can work right on your website, you can manage your content, scheduling your content team’s work, and also use the tools to get the content out on social media.

So does it do what it says?

I have to say I’ve been mightily impressed so far. I have only delved into the social media side so far myself, my editor has been playing with all the content planning functionality, so this first blog post is about how you can use CoSchedule to manage your social media and why I like it.

Implementing CoSchedule

This was relatively straightforward. You just sign up for your account for your free trial – it’s free for 14 days to let you try it – then follow their instructions to implement CoSchedule on your WordPress blog. (I had our techy guys do this as they have the admin power).

Then you log in to your back end WP system and you’ll do a final log in to CoSchedule with your chosen CoSchedule username and password and you’re at your CoSchedule screen section. Mine is just below our comments section. In here you can set up various settings, including your team access and link your social profiles.

coschedule menu options

Linking your Social Profiles

Again this was super easy. Browse to Settings/Social Profiles and click whichever connect button you want to connect with, authorise the connection and hey presto. Social Profiles are linked!

coschedule connect social

Creating a Social Media Post

CoSchedule makes posting out on a few profiles at once very easy. Go to your Calendar – the engine behind CoSchedule – click the top right circle icon blue with a little pencil in it. Then pick the middle option Social Message.coschedule calendar

Now pick the profiles you want the social message to go out on, the type of message – Text, Image or link – wait for your post to load if you’ve uploaded an image or put your link in, and either publish now or schedule it with the calendar and time options.

coschedule create social message

That’s it. Straightforward and no fiddly bits. Just click click click and away you go.

Here’s a video all about CoSchedule and you can get your free 14 day trial here.

Have you tried out CoSchedule? What did you think? Tell us in the comments below.

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Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls