Buffer is a great tool that will help you in two main ways. First, you can write a bunch of posts at one time, and choose which social profiles to send them to, and then Buffer will spread them out throughout the day or week so that you don't have to be at a computer all the time in order to have a social media presence. Second, since we shorten your links for you, we are able to provide more analytics than if you just were to post to Twitter or Facebook directly. For example, we can tell you exactly how many folks clicked on each of your links.
There are a few simple steps to getting set up. First, connect your profiles on the left. Then, for each profile, hop into the "Schedule" tab to choose the days and times that your posts will go out. To add a post, click the "what do you want to share" box at the top of the page, and type or paste in your post. Also click the avatars for your profiles to choose which profiles this post will go to. Then, once you add it to your Buffer, you will see it under the "buffer" tab for those profiles.
The best way to implement Buffer is to install one of our browser extensions, either for Chrome, Safari or Firefox. You can grab one here: http://bufferapp.com/extensions. We also have Buffer for iPhone and Android, if you'd like to work on-the-go.
Now, whenever you are on a page you want to share, just click the Buffer icon and add it as a tweet or FB update to your queue. From there it will be posted for you at an optimal time, well spaced out over the day. You can choose your times and days in "settings" at bufferapp.com.
Here is also another post that shows you all the features of Buffer: http://blog.bufferapp.com/the-complete-guide-to-social-sharing-the-brand-new-buffer-browser-extensions
There are a few simple steps to getting set up. First, connect your profiles on the left. Then, for each profile, hop into the "Schedule" tab to choose the days and times that your posts will go out. To add a post, click the "what do you want to share" box at the top of the page, and type or paste in your post. Then, click the avatars for your profiles to choose which profiles this post will go to. Once you add it to your Buffer, you will see it under the "Buffer" tab for each of those profiles.
Near the top of the screen, next to the words Buffer and Analytics, there's an area called "Schedule" where you can set what times and days your posts go out. Choose which days you want posts to go out by clicking on the names of the days, and then add, remove, or adjust the times just below that. When you go back to your "Buffer" tab, you will see each post and its corresponding time.
Start adding your post as you normally would. Either through the web app, a browser extension or in a third party channel (e.g. Twitter, Facebook). Once you have added content, a link or perhaps an image, click the "clock" icon in the bottom left of the share box. A calendar will appear, then just choose date and time and click "set" and thereafter "schedule". Once you have added the post you will be able to see which post is custom scheduled as it will have a grey background for the timing.
By the way, shuffling your Buffer queue won't move the custom scheduled post :)
If you want to check out more information about this super cool feature have a read through our blog post about Custom Scheduling.
To pause all posts, visit the "schedule" tab for each profile and click the days of the week to turn them off. So, you can just click Friday to turn it off for one day, or all of them to pause indefinitely until you revisit and turn them back on again. Repeat that for each profile you have connected. Leave the times in place so that it's easier to re-start when you're ready.
You've most likely logged into an empty account or created a new account by typing your email address differently; check to make sure you logged in with the correct email address for Buffer. If you have, contact us and we can help.
Or, someone else may have created a Buffer account and logged into a shared Twitter or Facebook account, essentially stealing it from your account. Don't worry, no data is gone! You can steal it back, and upgrade to the Awesome plan to make that person a "team member." Contact us for questions or help with this process.
There isn't a way to set up recurring tweets automatically. We're more of a roll-on, roll-off service. Each tweet in your Buffer will only go out once. However, you can drag it from Analytics back over to your profile and it will copy it back into your feed.
Just be sure that if you're sending it to Twitter, you change it up each day because Twitter doesn't allow the same exact tweet to be sent within a week of the last one. So you'll need to vary the text or punctuation a bit.
Usually this is caused by the time zone being incorrect. To edit this, please visit the "Schedule" tab for that particular social profile. (If you have multiple social profiles, you'll want to set it for each one.) Type your city into the box that says "Schedule Timezone." If that doesn't fix it, let us know and we'll take a look!
With the @ function in the share box you can mention people on Twitter (wohooo). If you post to other networks at the same time it will convert the @ mention on all social profiles (other than Twitter) to a full account name. Unfortunately tagging isn't possible just yet on other social media platforms, but we know that it's something that many folks have asked for, so it's on the short list! It's an improvement we hope to make very soon.
On our free plan, we can only connect one of each social profile-- one Twitter, one Facebook, one Linked in, etc. If you'd rather connect a new Twitter account instead of the one you already have connected, you can click Settings and remove it. Then you can connect a new one.
Alternatively, if you'd rather connect both and you find Buffer to be a valuable tool, you can explore our "Awesome" plan. The Awesome plan is $10/month, and has no contract, so if you find that it's not meeting your needs, you can cancel anytime. It allows you to add up to 12 social profiles (any combination of Twitter, Facebook, Linked In and App.net), as well as varied schedules per day and unlimited posts in your Buffer. To sign up, visit bufferapp.com/awesome and just email us if you have any questions at all.
With our free account, you can add up to one account per social network. So, you can only have your own personal Facebook profile or your brand page connected at one time. If you'd rather remove one and add the other instead of upgrading, go to "Settings" for that profile (next to schedule) and click remove. Then you can add the page instead. If you'd rather explore our Awesome plan, you can visit bufferapp.com/awesome or click "My Account" and then "Upgrade to Awesome." It's $10/month (with no contract so you can cancel anytime), and you can add up to 12 social profiles, including both a Facebook page and personal Facebook profile.
Currently, you must be the Administrator of a group in order to connect it. We hope to open up access to groups more fully in the future.
To remove a profile, click the profile on the left, and then go to Settings (next to schedule). Then, click "remove." You'll have to confirm because removing a profile also deletes all data and history. If that's okay, click that you're sure.
To post to a profile automatically, you'll want to set it as "default." You do this by hovering your curser just to the left of the profile name and clicking the white circle so it fills with a blue "tick".
Then, any "default" profiles will be selected automatically, and you'll need to turn it off by clicking on it if you don't want the post to go to it."
Occasionally this happens, for example after changing your password. It's super fast and easy to get this fixed:
1. First, go to your dashboard in the web app.
2. Select the profile you want to reconnect on the left panel.
3. Hit the settings tab at the top and click "Reconnect" in the dropdown.
That should take you to the social media platform where you need to reconfirm the password. Once you've done this, you're all set!
At this time we don't support Google+ profiles. Unfortunately we don't know when or if we will get access to the API for Google+ profiles but we would love to add this integration in the future if we're ever able to. If you would like to be kept informed, please register your interest.
At the moment, Instagram don't allow other services to post to them, so we aren't able to do this. Hopefully down the road, they will have an open write API, in which case we'd love to add them!
1. You get up to 12 social profiles (as opposed to just one of each Twitter, Facebook, Linked In, Google+ page, App.net). So, you could manage multiple accounts (like multiple company Twitter accounts or personal ones along with professional ones.)
2. Unlimited Buffer space (as opposed to only storing 10 at a time). This means you can add posts pretty much as far ahead as you would like to.
3. Varied schedules. With the Free Plan you can choose days and times but not different times for different days. So, I can have my posts go out at 3 PM and 5 PM, Monday and Wednesday. On the paid plan, you can have 3 go out every Monday, 2 on Tuesday, 6 on Friday, etc. All at whatever times you set.
4. You can also add 2 team member accounts to help you manage some (or all) of your social profiles. Whichever ones you choose.
Open a new window and go to Twitter.com and log out. That way, you'll be logged out of Twitter in your browser. Then, go back to Buffer and click "connect account" again.
With the Awesome account, you get two team members in addition to you, so that would be three people total. You can invite one or both of them to each of your social profiles, depending on which profiles you want each of them to have access to. If you add someone under "team members," it creates a buffer account for that email address with access to that social profile and any others you give him/her access to.
To do so, first choose the profile you'd like to share on the left by clicking on it, then click on "Settings" and then "team members." You should be able to enter an email address right there. Then repeat for any additional profiles you'd like to share. Like this: http://cl.ly/image/0N022c0N292v
First follow the instructions in the invitation email to get started. When you have been added as a team member you will have access to specific profiles from the Awesome account. You are able to manage these the same way as the account owner with unlimited posts and varied schedules.
Your Buffer account will be on the free plan (unless you decide to also upgrade to Awesome) and you can connect one profile for each social account. (So, one Google+, one Twitter, one Facebook, one LinkedIn, and one App.net.) You can store up to 10 posts at one time for each profile that you have connected yourself.
If you're having trouble signing in through that email please try this:
1. Make sure you are signed out of bufferapp.com
2. Reset your password at http://bufferapp.com/oops. Just enter the email address that the team member email came to.
3. Sign in through that email and your new password here: bufferapp.com
You should be all set :)
Or, if you have already have a Buffer account under a different email address, you can ask your colleague to add that as a team member instead, if you prefer. That way you would have all your social media profiles under the same account!
You can cancel your payments without cancelling your Buffer account at bufferapp.com/awesome anytime. Just click "cancel plan." Then you'll be on the free plan.
If you'd rather wait to cancel at the end of the billing period, just send through an email to email@example.com and we'll set this up for you.
To change your payment details, log into Buffer and visit bufferapp.com/awesome. Click "change details."
Posts that you have added to your set Buffer schedule you can drag around by grabbing the cross-arrows to the left of each one and moving it into place. Posts that you have added with custom scheduling cannot be moved to another time slot as it was added to a set time and date.
To delete or edit a post, click the profile on the left and then click the "Buffer" tab. There should be a list of all of your pending posts. Hover your curser over the post and "edit," "delete," and "share now" should all appear. You can also drag it using the cross-arrows to the left to reorder if you'd rather not delete just yet.
Nope! You can drag each post over from one profile Buffer to another by grabbing the cross-arrows and dragging it on top of the other profile.
We've introduced a 25 post per day limitation based on recommendations from Facebook to limit daily posting. They actually recommend 5 per day as the limit, but 25 is really the upper limit that they allow without decreasing the reach of your posts.
If you hop into "Schedule" for the Facebook profiles and limit the daily time slots to 25, you shouldn't see any more trouble.
We apologise for the inconvenience this could cause. We're trying to make sure that Facebook continues to display your posts to your friends and fans.
To reset a forgotten password visit bufferapp.com/oops, put in your email address and you will get a new password emailed out to you.
What we're doing here is just letting you see, at a glance, which of your tweets have done well compared to your history. So, if one tweet in particular has a higher number of shares, retweets or favorites, we'll note that for you so you can see what types of content your followers enjoy. At the moment we're not including clicks, only actions that serve as an endorsement of the tweet like shares or favorites.
The way Potential is worked out in the Analytics tab is that, say if you have 100 followers on Twitter, when you tweet out the update. Your reach potential is 100. Now if someone retweeted your update, and he/she has 150 followers on his Twitter account, your potential becomes 250.
The same applies to Facebook friends and LinkedIn connections.
We no longer show clicks for Facebook profiles. We were getting inaccurate clicks from Facebook because they un-shorten the link before they display it, so people were just clicking the long link instead of the short link, which causes the click not to be counted. So, because the stats were being under-reported, we removed the link reporting for Facebook Profiles. (Because Pages provide analytics, we can provide accurate clicks for Pages, just in case that was a concern.)
After it has gone out from Buffer, you'll need to delete it from Facebook, Twitter, or wherever it went out to.
We have added a feature that make sure that all links added to updates are unique to each individual update. This allows us to show clicks for each update uniquely rather than as an aggregation of all updates you post with that same link.
To make sure this is turned on head to the web app. First click the profile on the left, then "Settings" and "Link Shortening". Scroll down to the bottom of the page and you'll see "Campaign Tracking" - click "Yep" and enable the setting. Let us know if you have any further questions about this.
[If you are the site owner]
The way we know that an image in your page is appropriate to use if it has a width or height attribute. If this is present we will fetch the image and make sure it's big enough and square enough. If all these are in order we will present the image to people linking to your site with Buffer. So, your image definition in your page should look something like this:
<img src="http://LINK-TO-YOUR-IMAGE" width="150"/>
where the actual value for the width should correspond to the size your image.
However, we do limit the number of images we will scrape from your site, so there is an additional way to ensure that a given image is presented as the first option regardless of size and aspect ratio. This method is to use Facebook's OpenGraph meta tags like so:
<meta property="og:image" content="http://LINK-TO-YOUR-IMAGE"/>
This should be placed in thesection of your page and is actually the recommended method of specifying a default image for viewers to use with your page.
That should fix you right up. Set this for future images and I think you should be squared away!
[If you are not the site owner]
The images that are presented for your selection are based on the format of the web page you are viewing. If you feel that the images are incorrect or could be improved, the site owner will likely need to make some modifications to the page. Your best bet is to point them to this FAQ, and in particular the section above.