Archive for March, 2011

How to automatically welcome new followers on Twitter

We have recently added an exciting new feature to the Sendible social media management platform that allows you to automatically send welcome messages to new Twitter followers. These can be automatic DM’s (direct messages) or even @ replies.

To set up your Twitter Auto Responder, all you need to do is follow the steps below:

  1. Sign in to your Sendible account. If you don’t have one, you can sign up for a free trial at http://sendible.com/signup.
  2. Click on Add/Edit Services and under Add Services, select the Automation tab.
  3. Next to the Twitter Auto Responder, click Add.
  4. On the settings page, complete the following details:
    • Description: This is for your own reference.
    • Twitter account: Select the Twitter account that will send the messages to new followers. If you haven’t added a Twitter account yet, you can do this in Add/Edit Services under the Social tab.
    • Message: Enter the message that will be sent out to new followers. To alternate the messages that are sent out to each follower, you can add multiple messages, with one message per line. You can also insert merge tags such as $first_name or $username. These will replaced with actual values when the tweet or DM is sent out.
    • Message Type: Select the type of message that should be sent out. This can be a DM (private message) or Tweet (public @ reply).
    • Auto Follow: Select Yes if you would like to automatically follow people back.
    • Frequency: Select how often Sendible should check for new followers and send out messages.
    • Maximum messages to send out: Select the maximum number of DM’s/Tweets to send out every time Sendible checks for new followers.
  5. Save your Settings.

Once you’ve saved your settings, Sendible will automatically check for new followers based on the frequency you set and will send out DM’s/@ replies to those Twitter users.

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Attaching Facebook link previews using Sendible

We’ve recently added a new way for you to attach URL’s and customize their thumbnail previews when posting to sites like Facebook and LinkedIn.

You can choose the thumbnail at the time you attach the link as follows: 

1. Compose a new message in the Message Box. 
2. Click URL and enter the URL in the box. E.g. http://www.cookie.com/dealn/25-for-a-50-gift-card-to-toys-r-us—fo…
3. Click Attach. 
4. Select the image you’d like to attach with your link and click “Attach Link Preview”.

You can then compose your message.

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How to automatically distribute your blog to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and more via RSS

One of the most popular features on Sendible is the ability to automatically distribute your blog posts to all your social media accounts at once. This blog post will explain how this can be achieved.

Step 1: Add your social media accounts

The first thing you’ll want to do is add your social media accounts. You can do this by going to Add/Edit Services where you’ll be able to add your Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts as well as many others.  

Step 2: Create a group

  1. After linking up your accounts to Sendible, go to My Groups and click New Group. Give your group a name and click Create.
  2. Once your group has been created, click “Add Contacts/Services…”.
  3. Select the services you wish to add to the group and click “Select Contacts/Services”. These are the services that will receive the RSS posts. You can select as many services as you like.

Step 3: Add the RSS autoposter

Now that you’ve added your social media accounts and created a group of services that will receive RSS posts, you can configure the RSS autoposter.

  1. Go to Add/Edit Services and select the RSS tab.
  2. Click “Add” next to the RSS Auto Poster service.
  3. You will then be taken to the page that allows you to configure your RSS autoposter.
  4. Complete all the settings, by adding your RSS feed and making sure you select the group you created in Step 2 where it says “Post to the following group”.
  5. Click Save Settings for your changes to take effect and Sendible will start distributing your RSS feed.

 

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