10 best tools to automate your social media marketing

by | Jan 13, 2019 | Social media, Tools | 32 comments

How to automate social media posts_ 10 best tools to use

Social media marketing often involves a lot of repetitive daily tasks that consume a lot of your valuable time. Thankfully, there are lots of great social media marketing automation tools that can help you cut down on the time spent and even help you get better results for your marketing campaigns. In this blog post, I’m going to share the 10 best tools to help you automate social media posts – and save time and get more results for your business!

Here are the best tools automate social media posts, in no particular order:

  • Agorapulse
  • ContentCal
  • IFTTT
  • PostPlanner
  • Buffer
  • SocialOomph
  • SocialFlow
  • Zapier
  • SocialPilot
  • Dlvr.it

10 best tools automate social media posts

1.   Agorapulse

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If you’re looking for a tool that has social media automation features but also has the other tools needed for social media management, Agorapulse is a great option.

It’s a social media management tool at heart, but it has some very nifty automation features. For example, if you set up monitoring searches, you can also set rules so that Agorapulse automatically tags, flags, assign or deletes any matching queries. You can also do this for any mentions you get in your social inbox, so as to make your job easier when you have lots of mentions to go through every day.

In terms of publishing, you can easily schedule content and organise it in an editorial calendar and it also has an evergreen feature, where you select the times you want your updates to go out, add the content to the queue, and the tool will automatically re-publish them on a regular basis. Plus, you can schedule updates in bulk to save even more time.

Agorapulse also automatically qualifies your followers, so that you can easily identify any brand ambassadors or influencers in your list.

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2. ContentCal

ContentCal is a powerful social media calendar and planning and scheduling tool. It’s perfect for agencies or brands who want to effectively plan their social media with an easy-to-use tool and schedule their updates, all with one dashboard.

You can add multiple team members to your calendar and create clear workflows, with everyone having specific user permissions (so only certain people can actually decide which content to automate).

The calendar is highly intuitive and easy to organize; add any ideas you might have (and drag and drop them anywhere on the calendar), add images and videos (there’s automatic video and image compression too), and organise and tag your updates.

You can, of course, schedule all of these updates and if there are any posts that you want to publish a number of times, they’ve also added a “repeat” feature to help you save time.

It’s also worth noting that ContentCal has a few other time-saving features for social media marketing, such as saved hashtags and a built-in emoji picker. Oh, and in-depth analytics: find out which posts work best so you can then schedule them to be re-published numerous times.

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3.    IFTTT

10 best tools to automate your social media marketing

IFTTT have numerous collections of so-called ‘applets’, all designed to make your life easier and in some cases, more fun. Since we’re talking about social media automation though, I’ll focus on those here.

There are 15 applets for social media that help you automate all kinds of tasks. For example, you can set it up so you save and share your Instagram photos across your other social media channels, automatically post tweets containing a certain hashtag to Facebook, share your new WordPress blog posts to your Facebook Page, sync your Instagram photos to a Pinterest board and much more.

What I love about IFTTT is that it’s not only a very useful tool (quick tip: check their tools for business owners as well), but it’s also quite fun to use. Discover more interesting IFTTT recipes in my blog post here.

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4.    Post Planner

10 best tools to automate your social media marketing

Years ago, Post Planner used to be a Facebook tool with few features. Now though, it’s grown and evolved into a powerful social media tool, including great social media automation features.

You can use it to discover awesome content as well as to create content streams with your own content that the tool will automatically share for you. They have an algorithm that finds the best posting times, as well as automatically re-publishes your most popular content so you can make the most out of it.

What’s great is that Post Planner will automatically share the best content from your niche as well, so you can become a top content curator.

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5.    Buffer

10 best tools to automate your social media marketing

Buffer helps you publish more and better content to your social profiles, automatically. You can add all of your content to their queue and then Buffer will automatically publish it at the best possible times, for maximum impact. It works with most major social networks, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn, and you can also use their other tool, Pablo, to create beautiful images to include in your scheduled social media updates.

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6. SocialOomph

10 best tools to automate your social media marketing

SocialOomph has multiple automation features to help make your life easier. You can schedule blog posts, as well as set it up so your latest blog posts are automatically published. They also provide follow back and auto-DM features for Twitter users, so called “mimic follow” where you can follow the same people as other users and you can create automated social updates from RSS feeds.

That’s not all they have, though – but it would probably take forever to go through their multitude of features.

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7. Social Flow

10 best tools to automate your social media marketing

Social Flow helps you get more out of your social media publishing in a similar way to Buffer or PostPlanner, for example. All you do is add all of your content in a queue, set up any rules you want to set and Social Flow will make sure your content gets published at the best possible times so that you reach more people on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.

They also have a good social media advertising platform that I would recommend checking out if you’re using social media ads to promote your business.

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8.    Zapier

10 best tools to automate your social media marketing

With Zapier, you can connect your different apps easily and use that to create automated workflows. It works similarly to email marketing automation – you select a trigger, then an action based on that trigger.

Zapier works with over 750 different apps, including popular social networks, Google apps, and much more.

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9.    SocialPilot

10 best tools to automate your social media marketing

SocialPilot is a social media scheduling tool that allows you to connect up to 200 different social profiles from one account. Not to worry if you have hundreds of updates, as you can use bulk scheduling to upload them all in one go.

They also provide content suggestions for you to share, and there is a social media scheduling calendar where you can view all of your scheduled social media campaigns in one place. There’s also a mobile app to use for when you’re on the go and it works with multiple networks, including Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google+ and Instagram, among others.

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10. Dlvr.it

10 best tools to automate your social media marketing

Dlvr.it has multiple useful social media automation features. You can auto-post your content to the top social networks by using RSS feeds and you can also create a queue and have dlvr.it automatically post your content at the best possible times.

Dlvr.it also provide a useful content curation tool; you can search for and categorize your favourite content sources so that you then automatically share awesome content that your audiences will love.

There are also some fine-tuning features for automation, for example you can choose to share based on author, tags or keywords.

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Conclusion

Social media marketing is much easier to deal with when you have a good tool to help you. Are you using social media automation? What are your favourite tools to automate your social media posts? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section and please share if you enjoyed the post:)

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32 Comments

  1. Sveta

    Lovely article, Lilach! So many of our favorite tools are on here, and it’s such an honor to see Post Planner among them!

    Reply
    • Lilach Bullock

      Thanks Sveta 🙂 The list wouldn’t have been complete without PostPlanner 😀

      Reply
  2. Jessica

    This is very useful list – nice 🙂
    Another tool for social media automation worth mentioning:
    Hypegrowth

    Reply
    • Lilach Bullock

      Thanks Jessica. I’m not familiar with Hypegrowth, good to know 🙂

      Reply
  3. Melanie Tamble

    Good article, very useful list. I use IFTTT and Zapier for content curation. It works fine for Twitter, but not for Facebook or Linkedin and they don’t connect with Google.
    Using social media automation can save a whole lot of time, But one important aspect about automation is to make sure, your posts don’t look automatic. If your stream sounds like a robot, your community will engage less. The various networks provide very specific options to promote your posts and the communities react differently towards specific posting formats. While hashtags work fine for Twitter and Instagram, they result in less engagement on Facebook and LinkedIn. While Facebook followers prefer short comments, Google users engage better with longer posts.
    Many automation tools don’t allow you to tailor your posts or customize your comments for each network. But pushing out the same format to all networks will miss those opportunities for engagement.
    Check out Blog2Social http://www.blog2social.com. It’s a WordPress plugin to cross-promote your blog or website content. It gives you the option to auto-post your content, but also to individually customize and schedule your posts for each network – all in one easy step, so you still save a lot of time. This makes your posts more personal and engaging. I would love to hear what you think.

    Reply
    • Lilach Bullock

      Thanks Melanie 🙂 I love IFTTT, they have some cool recipes!

      Absolutely, it’s about getting the balance right between automation and real live engagement. Thanks for the heads up about Blog2Social, will check it out 🙂

      Reply
  4. Jason James

    Good article, Lilach. One thing I wanted to point out is that you can use tweetdeck to schedule posts instead of Buffer. Tweetdeck is free and is officially run by Twitter and doesn’t have any limits on the number of posts you can put up. The free version of buffer only allows 10.

    If you’re into automating things you can also check out Tweet Pup. It’ll be able to automate your twitter interactions all day long so you don’t have to.

    Reply
    • Lilach Bullock

      Thanks Jason. I must admit I find the paid tools much more effective, especially as you also get the analytics. With Buffer you have the ability to send at optimum times. With a limited budget/newbie Tweetdeck is a good solution 🙂

      Reply
  5. kate hayward

    Great social media tools by Lilach. I am using buffer this time. I think it is a best tool for automation of facebook posts.

    Reply
    • Lilach Bullock

      Thanks Kate 🙂 Yes Buffer is a great automation tool. If you also use Instagram I recommend using Agorapulse 🙂

      Reply
  6. Paul Skah

    Very comprehensive post-Lilach.
    Which one do you use most Lilach?

    Reply
    • Lilach Bullock

      Thanks Paul 🙂 My personal favourite is Agorapulse. I’m also a fan of some of Ifft’s recipes 🙂

      Reply
  7. Nidhi Goel

    A very helpful list. Thanks for spreading awareness about social media marketing tools.

    Reply
  8. Sharee

    Thanks for Post but i think IFTTT is the best tool for social media marketing, which 1 you will prefer?

    Reply
    • Lilach Bullock

      Thanks Sharee, IFTTT is very cool although I prefer the reporting and all in one solution from Agorapulse

      Reply
  9. Urman Huq

    Thanks 4 the great post. My favorite tool is IFTTT to automate social media marketing.

    Reply
    • Lilach Bullock

      Thanks Urman. IFTTT is very cool, I love finding new recipes too!

      Reply
  10. Alisha

    i am using buffer and IFTTT and both are working fine for me.

    Reply
    • Lilach Bullock

      Great, pleased you’re getting good results from them 🙂

      Reply
  11. Sophia

    Nice list Lilach! This service to hypegrowth.com did an amazing work for me and feel like it should be included in this list 🙂

    Reply
  12. peter park

    nice list liach! this service to best.thanks i’m not familiar with them.

    Reply
  13. Abhishek Shankar

    Thanks for sharing this really helpful list, Lilach!

    Marketing automation truly helps us all as we can focus more on engagement.

    With the same thought, we are trying to assist our users of Smm.AI by content curation. Through Smm.AI,  social media managers can schedule the best performing content in seconds for multiple social media accounts.

    This enables them to dedicate their time in engagement and creativity.

    I will like to invite you for trying it out 🙂

    Reply
  14. Ralph Madison

    Awesome list. I’ll probably try IFTTT!. Currently, I’m using eClincher to manage my client’s social media accounts. I find you powerful enough since it has all the basic and awesome features. Plus, they have the best support team.

    Reply
  15. Nirodha Abayalath

    Hey Lilach,

    These are really great tools. As a social media marketer, I have been using most of these automation tools for years.

    But, my favorites are Buffer, IFTTT, and Hootsuite.

    What do you think about the Hootsuite? Hope you’ll consider it when you update this article.

    Thanks for sharing this with us.

    Reply
    • Lilach Bullock

      Thanks 🙂 I also like IFTTT and Buffer. I used to use Hootsuite years ago, but have found that other social media marketing tools have overtaken them in terms of features and reporting.

      Reply

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