I’ve been finding Pinterest an excellent addition for many of my social media clients. One new strategy includes sharing pinned images that include an @mention of a Twitter follower in order to cross pollinate the engagement; however, the inability to schedule these pins has been one of the drawbacks. I’d like these tweets from Pinterest to be spread throughout the day, but unless I’m right in front of the computer this has been impossible, until now.
Buffer App for Scheduled Social Media Posts
The technique combines Twitter and Pinterest with Buffer App for scheduling the tweeted pins. If you’re not familiar with Buffer App it’s a great tool to publish articles to your Facebook and Twitter feeds right from your browser using their plug in. Sign up for a free account and visit their Apps and Extras page for the Chrome and Firefox extensions. There’s also Buffer for iPhone, Buffer for your If This Then That programs and lots more. Once you get your account set up and linked to your Twitter and Facebook accounts you can begin adding posts to your Buffer.
Scheduling Tweeted Pins
Buffer App is cool enough, but using it for scheduled tweets from Pinterest is even cooler. Here’s how it works. First, upload your pin to Pinterest and include your targeted tweep by @mentioning them in the pin description. Here’s an example:
Once you’ve pinned the image, go to your Pinterest board and double click it to bring it up. Pinterest includes social sharing buttons on the right side of each individual pin as you see in the photo below.
Next, select the tweet button and bring up the Twitter connection. Here’s where the magic happens. See how Buffer App is integrated into the tweet function? You can select it and add it to your buffer, thus scheduling the tweeted pin. Your targeted follower gets an @mention and you schedule several out over the course of the day to engage your tweeps. It’s that easy!
Do you have any methods you’ve discovered for scheduling posts? Share them with me here!