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Native and third party content scheduling

Content scheduling involves uploading content to be published in the future. Methods for content scheduling include native scheduling and using third-party applications.

Native content scheduling

Native scheduling is scheduling content using a social platform’s own upload function. Examples of native scheduling include Twitter Studio and Facebook Publishing Tools.

Third-party content scheduling

Third-party content scheduling apps such as Buffer, Hootsuite, and Sprout Social can be used to publish content across multiple platforms through a single hub which has already validated your logins for the platforms you wish to use.

Benefits and limitations of content scheduling

First, the benefits. Content scheduling is time-efficient. It enables you to schedule a large amount of content at the same time, freeing up your time for other activities. And using third-party content scheduling apps makes your content approach more integrated.

However, there are some drawbacks. Content scheduling means you are slower to react to unexpected real-time events. For example, in the case of a natural disaster or tragic event, automating content may mean you forget to disable content which may later be deemed inappropriate or insensitive in the context of a recent event. For example, advertising holiday deals for an area that has just been struck by a natural disaster. An automated content scheduler does not have the intelligence to remove this content so it’s important to be aware of this possibility.

API updates can often affect third-party applications. An API update is when changes are made to the features or data of a service or application (for example, Facebook or Instagram). When social networks change their security features, this may prevent content being published. You need to monitor this and have a QA process in place to check that content has been published as and when expected.

Scheduled content can make reporting in Google Analytics less comprehensive as URLs are sometimes stripped out, making it difficult to see the exact sources of traffic.

Content distribution channels

There are three main content distribution channels: owned, earned or collaborative, and paid.

Owned channels

Owned channels are the channels that you have complete control over. These channels offer the best opportunity to shape your message, creative, and content. The challenges with owned channels include reaching your intended audience and the danger of being too product-focused. Examples of owned channels include your own website or blog, social media pages, and your email broadcasts.

Earned or collaborative channels

Earned or collaborative channels are channels where online communities come together to share and create content together. User-generated content (UGC) can greatly benefit your content offering as well as making users feel that they are part of the creative process. Examples of these channels include forums and social media comment sections.

Paid channels

Paid channels are channels that you pay for. They allow you to leverage already engaged audiences or networks and place your product into the existing conversation. Examples of paid channels include social advertising campaigns.

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Will Francis

Digital Marketing Consultant, Trainer, and Speaker

  • Educates and consults for senior marketers at the world’s leading brands
  • Ran a successful digital ad agency in London for eight years
  • Editor of social network MySpace in the 00s
  • Regularly appears at conferences, in press, TV, and radio to share his experience and expertise
  • Previous clients include Samsung, Spotify, Marriott Hotels, Warner Music, Penguin Books, and Net A Porter
Will Francis

ABOUT THIS DIGITAL MARKETING MODULE

Content Marketing
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This short course covers the principles of content marketing and demonstrates techniques and useful tools that you can use to develop and refine your content marketing strategy.

You will learn how to:

  • Apply best practices for developing and enhancing content throughout a content marketing campaign
  • Create buyer personas for use in content development
  • Develop a content brief
  • Conduct keyword research to inform a content strategy
  • Curate, personalize, and repurpose content
  • Craft a brand story
  • Schedule content development and publication
  • Promote content
  • Measure and analyze content performance

Approximate learning time: 3 hours

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