Scheduling Posts via Facebook Creator Studio
Scheduling posts is key to managing your Facebook page painlessly and quickly. You can schedule out your week or for months in advance.
It is a better way to stay organised with your Facebook page efforts than posting one at a time aimlessly.
The new Creator Studio gives you a few options. You can post something at the top or click the create post button at the top of the left hand button– notice you can even go LIVE here and cross post.
Once you click create post you get all the familiar options, including scheduling and backdating posts. Posting status updates and images is pretty simple, the additional features of creator studio really shine when you are posting videos or doing “lives”.
As I said in the previous post Facebook are pushing for more video content and also longer videos of 3 minute or more but the good news is they’ve added more features to help you videos get noticed.
Let’s delve in to some of the features in a bit more detail.
Once you clicked create a post and selected the video you want to add you’ll see the following screen where you need to add a title (Facebook won’t let you post without one) and of course you get the usual options to add a description, tag people or a service/product, add your location and also add what you are doing or how you’re feeling.
Unlike with images you get to add tags – these are keywords to help people find your video so think carefully about what you want to add here. Facebook will give you some ideas once you start to type.
You’ll also see on the right hand side some other options, we’ll run through these now.
Select a thumbnail
Once your video has uploaded you have the option to pick the image that’s shown when you video isn’t playing, this is called the thumbnail. As you can see from the image above you can select one of the images Facebook selects for you, add a custom image or choose a frame from the video.
subtitles and captions (CC)
I strongly recommend you create subtitles or captions for you videos so people viewing with the sound off can still get the most out of your video. Facebook makes this really easy to do! Once you have selected the language facebook will auto-generate the subtitles which you can edit as you can see below.
Polls are a great way to engage viewers by asking questions during the video. You can:
- Compose your questions.
- Set the start and end times for your poll.
- Decide when to display poll results.
- After vote: immediately after a person casts their vote
- Scheduled: select a date and time
- Never: only you can see the results
Video best practice checklist
Let’s make sure you’re doing the best you can to make sure Facebook likes your video.
If you prefer to have a go at things yourself or learn easier with images have a go at a tutorial I created here
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