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Socialdraft is your all-in-one social media tool for teams. Our goal is to simplify the tasks teams collaborating in Social Media have to perform. It’s a Hootsuite alternative with plenty of features.

Hootsuite Alternative

You maybe be asking how it compares to the current generation of social media tools. Glad you asked!  Here is a quick calculator.



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How is Socialdraft different than Hootsuite?

Like Hootsuite, Socialdraft allows you to schedule posts to be shared on social media (with support currently for Twitter; Facebook profiles and pages; Instagram, Pinterest, and LinkedIn business pages). Socialdraft, however, has several major differences from Hootsuite.

Easy Social Media Scheduling

Both Hootsuite and Socialdraft allow for social media management via uploading new content and manually and Bulk scheduling it to go out to one or multiple social accounts at any specific time. In Hootsuite, you also have the option of using the Auto Scheduler, which gives the app control of your posting schedule, so it decides for you when it will post your content. This is similar to our TrueTime feature.

But what happens if you want certain updates to go out on certain networks at different times than what Hootsuite’s Auto Scheduler decides for you?

Socialdraft does it differently.

While Socialdraft also allows you to upload your updates into a calendar, you have complete control over your posts. Want to move them around on the same day? Week? Month? It’s easy to do with a drag and drop. Want to repeat a post that performed incredibly well, simply drag and drop or duplicate it. This is true for all social accounts.




Socialdraft Has No Limits

Socialdraft does not provide the limit constraints on accounts that Hootsuite has in place.  Socialdraft has six plans to fit different types of social media businesses. However, if you need more social media accounts just message us on support and we’ll create a custom plan for you. Both Hootsuite’s Free and Pro plans limit how many messages you can have in your queue at any given time, and you’ll pay more if you need to schedule content above the limit. With Socialdraft there are no limits as to how much content you can schedule. Socialdraft also allows you to pull as many reports as you need to pull whenever you need to pull them.




Easy Design

One of the things we are focused on is User Experience. Socialdraft was conceived after constant feedback from avid social media users who hated the current generation of social dashboards today.

During our interviews this is what people said about the current crop of tools on the market:

Why is everything crawling down the screen. What is this, the Matrix? – PR Agent

Why do I need 40 windows open at once? – Social Media Guru

I am Mac not a PC. This is designed like Windows 3.1. – In-house Social Media Manager

We listened and designed Socialdraft to be a simple calendar system with some robust technology under the hood. You can still do posting, csv uploading, view and comment on posts in real-time. We designed this with the user in mind.

 

Should I use Hootsuite or Socialdraft?

So now that you know how Socialdraft is different from Hootsuite, which tool is right for you? Should you use Hootsuite or Socialdraft to manage your social media?

You should use Hootsuite if:

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  1. You tend to share only one type of post and don’t need complete control of your posting schedule.
  2. You have time to continually add content and manage your queue daily.
  3. Enjoy having lots of clutter on your screen.
  4. You have a large complex team that requires multiple levels of approval and collaboration such as assigning different tasks.

 

You should use Socialdraft if:

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  1. You manage various accounts and need a simple way of visualizing what is scheduled.
  2. You have don’t have time to continually add content and manage your queue daily.
  3. You’re a visual person who prefers quality over quantity.
  4. You don’t enjoy hidden costs as you add more profiles and scale your account.
Are you curious about Socialdraft? Want to discover all the things we do so you can really choose us as a Hootsuite alternative? Take us for a spin. We offer a risk-free trial.

We checked out all your support and request tickets and released some really cool stuff. First, thanks for all the ideas. Many of these were your requests…we want more…so if there’s something you want, let us know by sending us an email. Without further ado, Socialdraft features you’re going to love:

Socialdraft Features You’ll Love

TEAM COLLABORATION

This one is great for anyone who works with a team (or with a client that likes to micromanage). With collaboration, you can set up people in your team (and clients) so that they have access only to certain social accounts, and only to certain areas within those accounts. It’s super easy to set someone up and to remove them when needed. What kind of users can you set up?

  • Admin: This is the person who owns the account (most likely you). This person has control over the entire dashboard and back-end items such as billing.
  • Manager: This person can be given almost all access to the site, except for back-end items such as billing.
  • Sub-User: A sub-user can be allowed to schedule and post content to a page. They can also be given access to Instagram tools, the Socialdraft Queue, the Engagement Inbox.
  • Managed Sub-Users: These are almost the same as sub-users. The difference is that while they can schedule content, the content won’t publish unless it is approved by an admin.
  • Guests: These are the users with the least power. Most of our users use this setting to give access to clients. Guests can access only the social networks you choose. They cannot edit, delete or re-schedule content, but they can leave notes on posts for your team.

SUPED UP INSTAGRAM TOOLS

You can now connect Instagram accounts to Socialdraft. You and your team can schedule posts to all the accounts. But that’s not all. With Socialdraft’s Instagram tools, you can:
  • Schedule posts to one or multiple Instagram accounts
  • Search for posts by keyword
  • Schedule reposts of those posts to all your other connected social networks

CUSTOM URL SHORTENER

We love bit.ly as much as you do (especially since Tweets that useURLsS shortened with Bitly get significantly more re-tweets). That’s why you can now set up your custom bitly to track your social media performance.

CAMPAIGNS

With campaigns, you can set up groups of social accounts. This allows you to schedule and post the same message to multiple social networks in just one shot. This suggestion came to us via our Facebook page.

REPORTING




You can pull reports for Facebook AND Twitter. We even have white label options.

SOCIALDRAFT CORE FEATURES

Drag & Drop Calendar

Our drag and drop calendar allows you to schedule posts to Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for as long as you like. You can schedule an entire month…even an entire year. It also allows you to drag & drop a post to reschedule it AND to duplicate posts you want to repeat.

CSV Posting

You can bulk schedule lots (and we mean lots) of posts on social media by utilizing our CSV posting feature. You can choose a time zone, you can have us TrueTime your post, AND your images will look gorgeous when they post to Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn

We kept hearing from you that you sometimes wanted to work on a social media post over the course of a longer period of time. We listened and have just released Socialdraft Draft Posts.

Draft Posts allow you to work on a social media post over the course of a day, week, year, or as long as you want. This is great if you have special events coming up or new launches, but aren’t sure of the final specifics.

Simply craft the post just like you would a regular post, but set it as draft in your Queue. It will show in your calendar and the Socialdraft Queue.

How to Schedule Socialdraft Draft Posts

  1. Click on a Spot on the calendar (the day you want the post to publish)
  2. Enter your write up
  3. Select an image from the link or add a custom image
  4. Select either a social network or campaign
  5. Select a category (optional)
  6. Choose the time you want this to publish
  7. Click “Save as Draft”

How to Find Socialdraft Draft Posts

  1. Refresh the calendar
  2. Click on Filtering options
  3. Click on Posts
  4. Choose “Draft” as status
  5. Filter by “Network”
  6. Filter by “Account”
  7. Your draft posts will show up

Edit Your Socialdraft Draft Posts

  1. Click on the post you want to edit
  2. From here you can change all sorts of things including the write-up, date and time, image, etc.

Hope you enjoy this latest feature. If you’re ready to take Socialdraft for a spin, go ahead, we offer a risk-free trial.

What Else Does Socialdraft Do?

Socialdraft is an all-in-one social media tool for teams. With Socialdraft you can:

  • Schedule posts to Facebook pages, LinkedIn pages, Twitter & Instagram accounts & Pinterest boards
  • You can schedule one-time, recurring, or duplicate posts
  • You can categorize your content to easily find it
  • You can download your content calendar as PDF
  • You can give access to different people on your team and set different permissions for them
  • You can engage your community
  • You can pull reports
  • You can schedule Instagram reposts
  • and tons more!

Socialdraft is a social media scheduling tool for teams that handle lots of clients and lots of social media accounts. As such, our users needed ways to easily see what is going on only for particular clients. That is where Socialdraft campaigns come in.

What Are Socialdraft Campaigns

Socialdraft Campaigns (formerly called projects) allow you to group any social networks of your choice together. This allows you to do a few things:

Calendar: Drill down by campaign to see all the posts scheduled for those social networks

Scheduling: Schedule the same post to all social network grouped in that campaign

PDF Calendar: Allows you to download a content calendar for all the social networks that are grouped together in that campaign

Ideas on Using Socialdraft Campaigns

Multi Property Clients

If you have local clients with multiple locations such as a dentist or a restaurant you can use this feature in multiple ways. Let’s call this “client” Joe’s restaurant and go through a few scenarios:

“Joe’s Restaurant Location 1 All”: You can create a campaign where you put all of Joe’s restaurant’s social networks: their Facebook page, Twitter account, and Instagram account.

  • Whenever you want to see what is scheduled for all networks, simply drill down by this campaign.
  • Whenever you want to schedule a post about their weekly happy hour to all their social networks, simply schedule it to that campaign.
  • When you want to download their calendar to send to them for approval, drill down by the campaign,  download, and send it out as PDF.

Joe’s Restaurant All Locations Twitter: If Joe’s restaurant has 3 locations in the same state, and they are all running the same promotion, you can group all of Joe’s restaurant location’s Twitter accounts into one Campaign. You can do all of the above, but this time it will only apply to their Twitter accounts.

Brands

Say you are a brand or non-local business. Campaigns are a great way to share reviews and news to multiple accounts. Here are a few examples:

Brand/Business & Principals:  Create a campaign for the brand or business PLUS the principals (owners, founders, etc). When a new review comes in, simply share it to all their social networks using Campaigns.

What Else Can You Do with Socialdraft?

Socialdraft is an all-in-one Social Media Dashboard. It is the most robust and simple tool for agencies and teams to effectively handle social media. With Socialdraft you can:

  •  Schedule posts to Facebook pages, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn Business Pages and Pinterest Boards
  • Schedule posts individually, as recurring posts, or bulk upload them as CSV
  • Easily re-schedule with a drag & drop action
  • Schedule GIFs to Facebook and Twitter
  • Download content calendars as PDF
  • Keep an eye on your online reputation and easily share good news to social
  • Find content on Instagram and easily schedule reposts not just to Instagram but to all other social networks
  • Engage on Twitter, Facebook, and Linkedin
  • Download reports for Facebook and Twitter
  • and tons more…

If you are curious about Socialdraft and any of its features, just click this link. If you’re ready to take us for your risk-free trial, simply click here to find the perfect plan for you.

You can now schedule recurring posts on Social Media with Socialdraft. This includes Facebook pages, Facebook groups, Twitter accounts, Instagram accounts, and Pinterest boards. This is on top of all our other features including the drag & drop calendar, post duplication, SmartID, reporting and so much more. Here’s information on the new feature, followed by step by step tutorial on how to schedule recurring posts with Socialdraft:

Recurring Posts on Socialdraft

Advanced Scheduling Highlights

1. Schedule the post multiple times in different social profiles at once by selecting Specific Dates from mini calendar on create tab
2. Can define time manually
3. Can auto generate time for each selected dates via Truetime

Choice in Scheduling

– DAILY
– WEEKLY
– MONTHLY

Choice in Sequence End 

– On recurring, post End can be defined by number of occurrences
– On recurring, post End can be defined by specific date
– On recurring, summary is provided on how the settings will apply on calendar to when it will be posted

Editing Recurring Posts

– You can edit all posts created in a group (Time, Timezone, Message, Image, URL, and Categories)
– Social Profile and Date fields are disabled, so these recurring posts cannot be assigned to a different account
– You can also edit a single post from the group (Social Account, Date and Time, Timezone, Message, Image, URL, and Categories)

Deleting Recurring Posts

– You can remove all posts created in a group
– You can remove a single post in a group

A Few Notes on Recurring Posts

– Once a recurring post is created, it becomes part of a group
– If you edit a single post from the group, it will be removed from the group
– To schedule a recurring post, you must be in the create tab, not on the calendar
– Sub-Users (Regular and Manager) can access the feature
– Guest Sub-Users cannot access the feature
– Duplicated and moved post are automatically removed from the group
– Drag and drop posts remain as part of the group

How to Schedule Recurring Posts

1. From the Calendar area, click Create
2. Enter your write up & link
3. Upload the image (optional) or upload a GIF (for Facebook or Twitter)
4. Choose the social networks or campaigns you would like to schedule this to
5. Pick categories (optional)
6. Click “Schedule this post”
7. Choose “recurring” you have three options here

—Daily – repeats daily
—Weekly – repeats weekly
—Monthly – repeats monthly

Schedule Daily Recurring Posts

1. Choose daily repeat cycle in days
2. Choose start date
3. Choose a start time
4. Choose repeat day/s of week
5. Choose end date (either occurrences or specific date)
6. Check time zone
7. Click “Schedule this post”

Schedule Weekly Recurring Posts

1. Choose repeat cycle in weeks
2. Choose start date
3. Choose a start time
4. Choose repeat day/s of week
5. Choose end date (either occurrences or specific date)
6. Check time zone
7. Click “Schedule this post”

Schedule Monthly Recurring Posts

8. Choose repeat cycle (click each month you want this post to come out.
9. Choose the dates you want this post to come out
10. Or choose the days you want this post to come out
11. Decide when this post will end
12. Choose end date (either occurrences or specific date)
13. Check time zone
14. Click “Schedule this post”

What Else Does the Social Media Tool Socialdraft Do?

Socialdraft is an all-in-one Social Media Dashboard. It is the most robust and simple tool for agencies and teams to effectively handle social media. With Socialdraft you can:

Schedule posts to Facebook pages, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn Business Pages and Pinterest
Boards
Schedule posts individually, as recurring posts, or bulk upload them as CSV
Easily re-schedule with a drag & drop action
Schedule GIFs to Facebook and Twitter
Download content calendars as PDF
Keep an eye on your online reputation and easily share the good news to social
Find content on Instagram and easily schedule reposts not just to Instagram but to all other social networks
Engage on Twitter, Facebook, and Linkedin
Download Facebook and Twitter reports
and tons more…