If you ask a blogger, food bloggers in particular, one of their biggest challenges is time management! I know it is for me. It’s my biggest hurdle by far. What the casual reader doesn’t often realize is the sheer amount of time and effort that’s spent on coming up with original recipe ideas, researching flavours, recipe testing (which can be anything from 2 to 5 times for original recipes), taking photos, editing, writing, more editing, and then promoting your work once you have published your content. That’s time consuming to say the least, and often times overwhelming.
That’s why I love and why I decided to write my review of CoSchedule today! CoSchedule is a program that lets me plan my social media channels. It lets me plan when, how and where I want to share new and old posts from the blog, but also share others’ recipes from their blogs as well. After all, there’s plenty of deliciousness to go around out there in the blogosphere and I love sharing it with my readers. Thankfully, CoSchedule lets me set it up all in one place, which saves me time, which I can then use to do the thing I love to do, creating recipes for my readers. It really is the “All in One Marketing Calendar” that CoSchedule promises it to be!
Setting up coschedule is so easy! Just sign up for an account at coschedule.com and you get a 2 week free trial, so that you can try it out and understand how it works. They have heaps of tutorials that are easy to follow to help you get acquainted.
The dashboard is a clear, user-friendly interface. It opens up with lots of video tutorials on how CoSchedule works, and how you can set it up according to your preferences. You can even share the workload with your team members (if you sign up for a team CoSchedule app) and colour code each type of task, so you can easily keep track of what’s happening and who is doing what.
Since it’s just me for my calendar, I use the color coding to differenciate just my blog posts, and other blog posts for now. But I’m sure I’ll find plenty more reasons to colour code things! (I LOVE colour coding, if that wasn’t clear enough 🙂 ).
My CoSchedule calendar is central to my planning. 🙂 I LOVE IT. It gives me a one-look overview of what I’m doing now, and what I’ve got planned for weeks ahead! PLUS it tells me what’s being shared in the coming weeks too. But do you know what rocks?? IT IS FABULOUS with Wordpress! Seriously! You can download their plug in and sync your calendar with wordpress so you can schedule your posts straight from wordpress itself! Of course you can still see your calendar on your co schedule dashboard, but it’s pretty awesome that you can see it on wordpress too. (And if you’re like me, you’re ALWAYS signed into your wordpress dashboard, amiright?).
You can sync your social media channels like Twitter, Facebook, Google plus and Buffer, plus LinkedIn (I don’t use LinkedIn, personally). Another awesome integration is the ability to use Google Docs with wordpress as well. You can write and plan your post on google doc, and transfer it to wordpress through CoSchedule. I use google doc for all my posts, because it helps me plan it, and the recipe. So having this app that brings EVERYTHING together is super helpful and just plain brilliant.
With all these great features from CoSchedule, I wish I had signed up with them a long time ago.
– Drag-And-Drop Marketing Calendar
– Easy Social Media Scheduling
– Easy Workflow Management For Your Marketing Team
– Easily Re-Schedule Old Blog Content
– Works Great With WordPress
– Manage Google Docs Content
– Manage Evernote Content
– Convert Evernote & Google Docs Content To WordPress
You can use fewer features, or all the features, whatever suits your needs! Right now, I use it for social media scheduling for my blog posts – new and old content, scheduling other social media content (using the CoSchedule Google Chrome extension!), managing google docs, and keeping track of social shares!
What you see above is a screenshot from my blog. When you edit your posts, you can see this workflow when you scroll to the bottom. You can schedule your posts to be shared at various times, on ALL your social media, and you can do all that in one place.
You can choose to share it as a link post, or an image post (I prefer image posts), and schedule it for weeks and months ahead of time. PLUS you can see how well those shares are doing because it gives you a snapshot of that information.
Can you see why I love it?
If you are a blogger on the lookout for a time-saving, user-friendly program – CoSchedule it is! You can sign up for CoSchedule by clicking here and their plans start from $15 a month.
You can sign up for Solo calendars or Team Calendars too, depending on what it is that you need. It’s fantastic that there’s something that integrates all the things I need in one place, making life easier – so I waste less time worrying about sharing and promoting my content and have more time to do the things I love!