How to manage your social media for free during the festive holidays

Many people will be breaking up for the Christmas break in 5 weeks time, and with this, in mind, it’s important to stay in touch with clients and followers by remembering to update your social media accounts.

During the Christmas break, many of us like to look at funny festive pictures of people dressed in hideous jumpers, festive food and drink and videos of people singing and having a great time.

Here are some tips on how you can manage your social media during the festive break without uploading a thing, Leaving you to enjoy spending some much deserved time with family and friends drinking your mulled wine, eating mince pies, and watching Christmas movies.

 Step 1: Write a social media plan in an Excel spreadsheet

I develop my social media plans in Excel. I have two blogs’s, so it’s important that I promote my content regularly on social media platforms. I’m using Twitter, LinkedIn and Google +. Most of my websites traffic also comes from social media. I have previously used Hootsuite. However, this comes at a cost, and I never really got to grips with this.

I am taking a social media course with Future Learn, and another member of the class suggested that I use TweetDeck because it’s free.



Step 2: Login into or open a TweetDeck account

Download and install on your computer, tablet or mobile device.

What is Tweetdeck and why should I register with them?

TweetDeck is a social media dashboard that you can connect multiple accounts like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Foursquare and Google Buzz.

You can also schedule your tweets to go out at days and times of your choice, and one of the best things about this platform is that it’s free to use. You don’t even have to go near a phone or computer screen so you can spend more time with family and friends during the festive holidays.

Step 3:  Connect your social media accounts

Once you have logged in, you will notice four default columns come up, the timeline, notifications, messages, and activity.

The Timeline on TweetDeck is the regular screen you see when you are following people on Twitter.

Notifications tell you who has liked your tweets and who has followed you.

Messages – This section shows who has sent you private messages that can’t be viewed by people who follow you.

Activity shows a stream of actions performed by users you follow, for example, if they follow someone, favorite a tweet or add someone to a list.

If you go to the search box in the top left-hand corner, you can also look for other Twitter accounts, or you can add people and groups to a list where it says “Lists” below the profile button.

How do I schedule my social media in TweetDeck?

To compose a tweet – click on “New Tweet” button at the top left-hand corner. Write your Tweet inside the tweet box.

Go to the image below and upload your image.

Click down on scheduled Tweet, and you will see the current date and time

Change the date and time to when you would like the Tweet to go out. For example, if you would like to send a Tweet out on Christmas day at 8 am, you can type on 25/12 December at 08.00am and then you can confirm and click send Tweet on 25th December.

Now you can leave the office, grab a glass or two of vino and go off on your festive break while waiting for TweetDeck to do all the hard work for you.

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