Did you know that you can schedule posts directly on your Facebook Business Page? Facebook have, I think, made this feature a little less obvious recently, but it is still there and it’s a useful thing to know about. It can be used in place of scheduling software, or in addition to it. I tend to use it in addition to my regular scheduling software. It’s great for scheduling things to pages you manage though doesn’t seem to be available on the main timeline, just on pages.
To start, go into Facebook to write your post as normal.
Add a photo by clicking on the photo/video button on the left below the coloured background choices.
Posts tend to perform better with photos than without them and posts with videos perform even better, though that’s a subject for another day.
Facebook now gives you quite a wide choice of photo options. For a normal post, just choose the top option “Upload photos/Video”.
Photos will be resized automatically to the correct size for Facebook. This works better when Facebook shrinks your larger image. Very small images will pixelate and look bad when Facebook sizes them up. I am deliberately not giving actual photo sizes here because Facebook changes things regularly. A quick Google search will tell you what the right size is this month. I tend to use 800 x 800 which is the generic Social Media template size on Canva.
Here you can see I’ve added a photo to my post. This is one of the photos I created in Canva so it is 800 x 800 pixels. At this point you are ready to post or to schedule your post. Except, Facebook doesn’t appear to have an option to schedule does it? You have this huge “Share Now” button and no evidence of a scheduling option anywhere at all.
However, if you go to the News Feed button you can see “Post options”. Click the blue wording and you will get the option to Share. The word Now has a down arrow next to it. I’ve highlighted it in the photo below.
It does make it look as though if you click the word “Now” it will set off and share your post, but it doesn’t. Click the down arrow next to “Now” and you will get a drop down that will give you the options to schedule, backdate or save as a draft. It defaults to Now but you just click the one you want to use.
When you click on Schedule you will get this scheduling box on the screen. Just choose your date using the drop down calendar and alter the time to suit your post.
Click the nice blue “Schedule” button and your post will go off into the wings to wait quietly for its moment in the spotlight.
You can schedule quite a few posts using this method. I’ve done 25 at one sitting without a problem but it does seem to work only on pages, not on the main timeline.
I hope you found this helpful but if you still feel uncomfortable with scheduling to Facebook, or just don’t have the time or patience to post regularly, then please get in touch with me here and I’d be happy to help.