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How to schedule Facebook Page updates and Twitter posts with Sendible

If you haven’t already done so, add your Facebook and Twitter accounts from within Add/Edit Services. Once you’ve added your social media accounts, you can schedule your posts to your saved services.

There are two ways to schedule your messages with Sendible.

Option 1:

The easiest way to schedule a message is as follows:

1. Select Message Box > Compose.

2. Compose your message.

3. Select the “Scheduling” button and select to Send at a specific time.

4. Select the exact date and time to send the message.

5. Click Send and Sendible will send the message at the scheduled time.

Option 2:

You can use the calendar as follows:

1. Select Message Box > Calendar.

2. Find the date and time you’d like to post and click that time slot.

3. Compose your message and click Send. Sendible will send the message at the scheduled time.

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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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Download the free Sendible iPhone App

We’re excited to announce the launch of the new Sendible iPhone app, free to all Sendible users until 31 January 2011 after which it will only be available to users with a paid Sendible plan.

The app can be downloaded here.

Features:

Update all your social networks at once

 Publish content to any of the social networks you use and update your blogs – all from one app.

Access your Sendible address book on the go

 Access any of the contacts you’ve imported into your Sendible account and reach them via Email, SMS and more.

Save for later

 Ability to save unfinished posts to be completed when you get back to your desktop.

Share photos

 Post photos to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, WordPress and more.

Message scheduling

 Schedule posts to go out at a time you choose or on recurring schedules.

Campaign reports and analytics

 Access your Sendible message reports and view statistics such as clicks, referrers, shares, comments and more.

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Sendible iPod Touch Competition!

To celebrate the launch of the Sendible iPhone App, we’ll be giving away Three 4th Gen 8GB iPod Touches.

iPod Touch

How to enter:

 To win, all you have to do is post the following message to Twitter or Facebook from your Sendible account between now and 31 January 2011: “Publish content to your social networks and blogs on the go using Sendible’s awesome new iPhone app. http://bit.ly/sendibleapp

How many times can I enter?

You can enter as many times as you like. The more you post the message from your Sendible account, the better your chances of winning!

How will the winners be chosen?

The winners will be chosen at random. Remember to enter as many times as you like to increase your chances.

When will the winner be announced?

 The winners will be chosen on 3 February 2011. The winner will be notified via email and the winners’ names will appear on the Sendible blog.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Only entrants who fully comply with the terms are eligible to receive a prize.
  • Must be 18 years or older.
  • Must be legal resident of the U.K and the US. for the duration of the competition and up until award of the prize.
  • Sendible and its respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and competition agencies, and respective officers, directors, employees or immediate family members (collectively “Competition Entities”) are ineligible to enter, participate or win any prize in the competition

Terms and Conditions

The winners assumes all liability for any damages caused or claimed to be caused by participation or by the prize and releases Sendible in full from all and any such liability. The prize is non-negotiable, non-assignable and non-transferable. Only human submission for entry is eligible in the competition. Any actual or attempted use of any device or software or non-human means utilized to automate the entry process or utilized in efforts to increase odds of winning, or utilized for any other purpose and including (but not limited) to interference or disruption of this competition or Sendible or third-party website is strictly prohibited and will result in both automatic disqualification and prosecution as allowed by full extent of law. Accuracy of any provided information to Sendible or in relation to the competition remains the sole responsibility of the entrant. True, accurate and verifiable information, including (but not limited to) contact information, physical address and telephone number, must be provided by the entrant to maintain eligibility in the competition or to win and receive the prize.

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Featured Sendiblog for December 2010: Debbie McNeill

This month’s featured Sendiblog belongs to Debbie McNeillhttp://debbiemcneill.sendible.com.

If you’d like to have your Sendiblog featured on the Sendible homepage in January 2011, please send an email to info@sendible.com.

A Sendiblog is a microblog that allows you to quickly and easily create a blog presence. Each blog post you create is monitored for views and click-throughs and is tracked using Sendible’s powerful analytics technology. You can create as many Sendiblogs as you like from within the My Blogs tab when you create a Sendible account.

 

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Geotargeting Facebook Fans with Sendible

We are excited to announce the release of a new powerful piece of functionality exclusive to the Sendible platform. In fact, this has been one of the most frequently requested features and finally Facebook has made this possible via their API. 

What is Geotargeting?

Geo targeting in geomarketing and internet marketing is the method of determining the geolocation (the physical location) of a website visitor and delivering different content to that visitor based on his or her location, such as country, region/state, city, metro code/zip code, organization etc. 

How can I target specific fans within Facebook? 

In Facebook, users disclose a lot of relevant information about themselves – for example their age, gender, location, work history, language etc. As a Facebook Page administrator, you have the ability to deliver content that’s only relevant to specific fans. For example, you may be promoting an event in Los Angeles and only want your promotion to be visible to your fans located near LA who speak a specific language.

An example of a targeted message could be:

“Free comedy tonight at the Spanish Comedy Club in downtown LA.”

And you could target this directly to all fans who are most likely to be engaged by it. For example all people in Los Angeles who speak Spanish.

How do I do this in Facebook?

In Facebook, you would select the Customize option just before you post your update to your fans. Here you can decide exactly which fans your post will be visible to.

Facebook Geotargeting


How do I do this in Sendible?

In Sendible, when you first add your Facebook Fan Page in Add/Edit Services, you can define exactly who to target. To post to different fans, you can add the same Facebook Fan Page multiple times and just change the “geotargeting” options each time.

Facebook geotargeting in Sendible

About Sendible

Sendible is a social media marketing platform that allows small businesses to reach customers on multiple social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and many more. 

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