Book Community, Meet Social Media (An #ArmchairBookExpo Discussion)

POSTED ON May 31, 2017 BY Austine IN Discussion

Social media is a struggle.

Think about it. If you’re a reviewer, there is this expectation that you will have at least one social media page, more likely several, so that you can “compete.” Now I don’t mean that reviewing or reading or anything of the sort is a competition because it’s not. HOWEVER, stats matter, and those pages help to build yours up so despite the lack of a competition, you’re still competing for a space in the industry, to be considered for ARCs or promotional tours or even just readers to listen to what you have to say.

It’s tough.

You may feel yourself struggling at times but most of us still manage to keep up with it to some degree. I manage 5 accounts for this blog alone, not counting personal pages, so let’s talk strategies.

How to Manage Multiple Social Media Accounts

Theses tips are based on my own experience and each person will have their own system that works best for them, but if you find yourself having difficulty, perhaps this post will help!


Pick a primary account

You probably already did this. It’s the platform that you’re on the most. Whether it’s Twitter or Instagram or Tumblr, settle on one that you want to focus on. It might change down the road and that’s totally fine.

Picking one platform to put more time in will give you something to focus on. It makes the whole idea of multiple accounts less overwhelming because you’re not trying to manage ALL of your pages at the same level.


Set aside time each day to interact with followers

Take some time every day, or every other, whatever your schedule allows, to check your social pages. Interact with any followers who may have commented on your post(s). If you do it in small focused chunks it won’t take over your day, and you can use it as a break from doing OTHER work.


Cross-Post Content

One easy way to keep your pages active is to cross-post your blog content to your social pages. Often times you can automate this so that you don’t ever have to worry about it.

I personally like to use the applets from IFTTT because there are SO MANY and you can make your own to work for what you want. There are also plug-ins for WordPress if you use WP, but IFTTT works for WP, Blogger, and a ton of other websites and platforms.


Use Post Queues

Tumblr has a built-in queue but creating a stock of posts can help keep your pages active while you’re unable to (maybe you’re going on vacation, have a lot of work to get done, any reason to take you away from your pages). TweetDeck allows you to schedule Tweets out to post out as specific times. Buffer works with Twitter, Facebook pages, and Instagram and allows you to queue up to 10 posts for each platform to post on a set schedule. And Later works for Instagram and you can schedule up to 30 posts a month.

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No one can be on social media all day, every day (even if it’s their job) but with a little time management and a few tricks, you can keep your pages running with minimal stress.

How do you manage multiple social media pages?


Austine
About Austine

Well hello there! I see you've reached the end of the post. Bummer. But perhaps I may interest you in a comment? And in case you were wondering, I'm a 20-something college grad with a piece of paper that says I know about wildlife. Reviewer of books since 2011, amateur photographer by day, and aspiring author by night. I believe animals (and books) are better than people.


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7 responses to “Book Community, Meet Social Media (An #ArmchairBookExpo Discussion)

  1. I think that I read somewhere that scheduling posts for Instagram (and possibly other social media) can be against policies and make it harder to reach an audience. I can’t remember where I read that because I was skimming a bunch of blog posts this morning, but it could be something worth researching. I struggle with twitter the most because I feel SUPER awkward all the time, but I think I’m getting better at managing my own social media. Lovely post! 🙂
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    • The thing with scheduling Instagram posts doesn’t affect when they post exactly. Because of how instagram works, it sends a push notification with the image and copies the caption you’ve written (if any) to your phone clipboard. I hadn’t heard anything about scheduling posts having any effect though so maybe that’s involving a different scheduling app? I’ve used both Buffer and Later with no negative side effects.

  2. I saw another ABE blog that mentioned cross-posting and I started thinking that was something I could do better. I will have to check out IFTTT – I used to use it many years ago but never for blogging. Thanks for the tip!

  3. Great tips! I already use most of this. I use Later for my business Instagram and just use drafts for my Bookstagram (you can only have one account, unless you want to pay or keep signing in and out which I’m too lazy to do) haha. Interacting, I think, is the hardest part for me. I remember to post something, but forget to go like photos and comment on them too. I definitely need to improve that!
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