Top 5 Social Media Scheduling Tools (Visual Content Focused)

Top 5 Social Media Scheduling Tools

For any business or brand, social media has become a much needed marketing tool. Consumers will search social media platforms for news and offers a business may have and for that reason it’s important to have a social media presence. Even for entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, or small business owners, there should be a presence, maybe not on all social media platforms; however a distinct following to express their business is valid on one or two platforms. This can create a strain to an entrepreneur or small business that doesn’t have an enormous budget where they can hire an agency or firm. What’s one to do? Well there are a number of social media scheduling tools to help business owners with slim budgets and provide powerful capabilities that offer a focus on sharing visual content. Let’s go through our top 5 social media scheduling tools and hopefully you can find one that works for you!

Top 5 Social Media Scheduling Tools

Most social media schedulers compromise of the basic features: queues, feeds, and ideal schedule times. Queues will keep your content in one area and allow you to see what posts are scheduled. Feeds allow for a faster curation of content, where you can select from your favorite blogs to source content you want to share. Ideal schedule times are completely up to each tool, basically letting your content go out on a schedule they believe would benefit you and having your content seen most often. These are the basics. The social media scheduling tools we’ll go through have a focus on visual content (including these basic functions) and how they best serve per social media platform.

Buffer

buffer logo

Buffer is an amazing social media schedule tool and started as a tool specifically for scheduling tweets in 2010. Since then, they’ve grown and created a scheduling tool for: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and LinkedIn. Buffer offers a free plan, which can easily get an entrepreneur started in just a few seconds. It also has wonderful extensions for Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Opera. These extensions are perfect to capture an article that you find on the internet that you’d like to share. Many websites already have their share icons include the Buffer logo, which makes it easy to share directly from the article. The Awesome Plan is geared towards small business owners or entrepreneurs that would like to schedule more than 10 posts at a time, it would allow up to 100 posts per profile. This also includes sharing with Facebook groups that you’ve created!

The best part about Buffer is that you can ‘re-buffer’ posted articles and you can track the posts quite easily to see how the post did.

Buffer Re-buffer option

Visual Focus:

  • Tweets can include up to 4 images! They’ve completely nailed the way to tweet visually. It doesn’t disappoint for Facebook sharing either, although only 1 image can be featured.
  • Sharing visual content to Pinterest and Instagram is super easy as well. However for Instagram, it doesn’t schedule directly to Instagram, it will send a notification to your phone to post.
  • Stencil images can be buffered into the queue. 😉

 

MavSocial

mavsocial logo

MavSocial is an amazing visually-focused social media marketing tool! What’s intriguing about MavSocial is the library of photos that can be used for scheduled posts. This is incredibly helpful when you come across a great article when they don’t provide a featured image, or if you’d like to change up the image to see which post gets more clicks. Another amazing feature is the capability to post videos directly from MavSocial to social networks. This tool posts to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Tumbler. You can track audience interactions and reply to comments within the program as well. The reporting system is wonderfully robust.

MavSocial social media scheduling tool

Visual Focus:

  • It posts to YouTube and publishes video!
  • There’s an image library within the program.

MeetEdgar

Edgar is a great social media scheduler!

MeetEdgar is an incredible social media scheduling tool! It’s more like a content management system. Every blog that you’ve written, even posts years ago, are recycled systematically from the Edgar Library. Every time you schedule a post in Edgar, it will be seen later in cycle as you fill the library. The library is categorized by categories you create so it’s a never-ending catalog of content (yours and other source content). There is a calendar to set your schedule and mark which type of post you’d like for a specific time. It really is a time saver, especially using their extensions available for Safari and Chrome! Edgar can be used for Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Schedule in Edgar with categories for a library of content.

Visual Focus:

  • Edgar is perfect for Facebook sharing and can be connected with Facebook groups. The featured image of an article is automatically populated or an uploaded image can be used.

Tailwind

Tailwind logo

Tailwind is an official partner with Pinterest and Instagram! That right there tells you how reliable this tool is. Tailwind is an amazing scheduler for pins and also presents ‘hot pins’ that may be relevant to your Pinterest boards. It also analyzes the boards to make sure they’re optimized to its fullest potential. The reporting capabilities and extensions are great too!

Tailwind schedule
Instagram post schedule.

Visual Focus:

  • Posting from an Instagram account to Pinterest is seamless!
  • Published pins are easily tracked and can be re-pinned.

ViralTag

ViralTag logo

ViralTag is an awesome social media marketing tool for sharing visuals. ViralTag originally started off as a Pinterest scheduler and they later grew into a complete social media scheduling tool for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, and Tumbler. It’s quite impressive to see potential Pinterest pins available to pin immediately without going into Pinterest. There’s an Evergreen Content section that’s similar to a library for repurposing content. ViralTag also has analytics to help you find which posts are doing well. Scheduling is easy with their extensions too.

bulk editor viraltag
Bulk editor in ViralTag

 

Visual Focus:

  • Super Pinterest-friendly and share pins directly from the app.
  • When scheduling posts, the featured images are automatically populated.
Social Media Scheduling Tools for Everyone

There are many different types of social media scheduling tools and it’s hard to say which is absolute best. They all offer unique features and every business or brand have their own unique needs. These tools that we’ve covered are the best tools for visual content marketing.

Which social media scheduler is your favorite?

  • Eloriel

    thanks so much. I was actually taking an email break from struggling with a social media scheduler I don’t care for. There are 3 here I’ve never heard of. Off to explore (cross your fingers) …

    • http://tigerlilyva.com Lillian De Jesus

      I can understand your dilemma, Eloriel. Some social media schedulers are just not user-friendly. Good luck on your search. Hopefully one of these will work for you! :)

  • http://browz.io/ Simon Dadia

    What an amazing list of tools – looking forward to try out Viral tag! Thanks Lillian!

    • http://tigerlilyva.com Lillian De Jesus

      Glad to be of help Simon! ViralTag is pretty amazing. Enjoy! :)

  • Bonnie Porter

    So grateful to see Buffer on this list! Thanks, Lillian! :)

    • http://tigerlilyva.com Lillian De Jesus

      Hi Bonnie! So happy to see you here on the Stencil blog. We love Buffer! Keep up the awesome work. :)

  • http://www.forwardsteps.com.au/ ForwardSteps

    MeetEdgar is my all time favorite & have used it since Sept. 2014. So super user friendly and all the content I’ve created over the years now gets regularly rotated though my social accounts. I don’t need to re-post the content over & over again. It stays in MeetEdgar and is automatically published at regular intervals, again and again.

    • http://tigerlilyva.com Lillian De Jesus

      Agree! MeetEdgar is pretty magical. Glad to hear you found a tool that works for you!

      • http://www.forwardstepsblog.com ForwardSteps

        Thanks Lillian. My two best finds that year & pretty well all time, for my business was that and Stencil. <3 :)

        • http://tigerlilyva.com Lillian De Jesus

          Yay! That’s awesome. So happy Stencil is one of your best finds! :)

  • http://www.sampathspeaks.com Sampath

    Good list. ViralTag is totally a new name to me. We built “Postradamus” that works more like Buffer on Steroids.

    Hopefully we’ll be there when you expand this list to Top 10 social media scheduling tools :)

    • http://tigerlilyva.com Lillian De Jesus

      Hey there, Sam! Glad to bring a new tool to your attention. Postradamus is a new name to me. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. I’ll have to check it out!

      • http://www.sampathspeaks.com Sampath

        Thank you & sure, let me know should you need any help.

  • http://www.mavsocial.com/ Chris Hodgeman

    Thanks Lillian for including MavSocial! We have been constantly adding new functionality to platform including repeat publishing of content, Chrome extension & new stock libraries (some free) to name a few

  • Charles Carter

    Pinterest is literally a goldmine and anyone looking to be huge can’t afford to miss promoting on pinterest. I’m using PinPinterest com to promote my business on pinterest for more than 6 months now, and it has given me results like no other tool or strategy gave…
    It is a free to use tool that runs on the cloud and is optimised for all mobile devices. It has the Pin Scheduling feature, which means you can schedule as many pins as you like.
    It has sophisticated content detection algorithms, which ensure that only content relevant to your business is pinned to your id. Also, you can control its running speed..whether you want it to run at a safe, human-like speed or you want it to go on a pinning spree, you have full control over it all… Just setup once and put everything on auto pilot with PinPinterest. :)

    • http://tigerlilyva.com Lillian De Jesus

      Hi Charles, I’ve never heard of PinPinterest. I’ll have to check it out. Thanks!

    • John Smith

      Hey Charles, why don’t you be honest and tell people you own or at least work for PinPinterest?? The only comments you make are about this product! You’re disingenuous and I am guessing your product is dodgey -it’s obviously not been approved by Pinterest..

      • Ryan Biddulph

        Hey!
        Won’t say if Charles works for the company or not, but I’ve used PinPinterest, and I can attest that its really good. Works pretty well and does everything Charles has mentioned. I’m myself fully replying on PinPinterest for promoting my business on Pinterest.

  • Apoorva Srikkanth

    Thanks for including Viraltag in this list Lillian! We’re glad you liked our tool :)

  • Juraj Zamborsky

    Hi Lillian,

    That’s a really great list of tools! I really appreciated that you focused on visual content scheduling platforms. I also wanted to bring your attention to Kontentino – https://www.kontentino.com/. It’s a simple scheduling tool for multiple social media networks. I may be biased since I work as a business developer at Kontentino, but we’re trying to build the most intuitive social media tool out there. I’d be really pleased to hear your feedback :)

  • Juraj Zamborsky

    Great list! Thank you Lillian for that. However, I was wondering whether you had a chance to take a look at Kontentino. This simple and intuitive tool is mainly focused on SM content collaboration and approval workflow with clients. It would be great to hear your feedback on Kontentino https://www.kontentino.com/

  • Recur Post

    Great coverage of tools Lilian. May we ask you to check out RecurPost (https://recurpost.com)? It is a free alternative to Edgar and has more features https://recurpost.com/recurpost-vs-edgar

    I’d love to hear what you think of it.

    – John