How to set up automated Facebook posting with Bludged.com

You have signed up for Bludged.com – that’s great! We are thrilled to hear that.

What next? One of the coolest features of Bludged.com is the ability to generate Facebook posts based on your website’s content. This way you can create a schedule and focus on your primary business leaving your content marketing running on autopilot. Well, up to a certain limit🙂

But we’ll talk about it later. Let’s start the setup!

How to configure automated feed on Bludged.com

  1. Now first thing you need to set up is your feed source – link your website, and teach Bludged how to parse it. To do that, navigate to “Feed Sources” menu and then click “Add New Feed Source” button.

Finalizing your automated feed setup

Next thing to do is to create a scheduler. Navigate to “Schedulers” menu and click “Add New Scheduler” button.

All done! Now in the background Bludged.com will start crawling your website, generate posts and store them in the system. You would have to approve those before they get posted. But don’t worry, you can approve all by a single button click🙂 Navigate to “Posts”, click “Automated Posts” button to find all your automatically generated posts. If you like what you see just click “Approve All” button and this is it.

Before we wrap up, there is one more thing I wanted to talk about.

Is it good enough to run on autopilot?

The answer would be “NO”. If you only want to fill up your Facebook feed with automatically generated posts listing your products, this is a bad idea. But mixing your manually crafted posts with those product promotions would be a much better approach. So ideally create an automated feed, post with it 3-5 times a week and schedule some manual posts as well. This way your feed looks live and user friendly, your followers don’t feel stuffed with dry product posts.

Do you have any questions/comments? Please leave a comment below, we would love to hear back from you. You can also reach us via Twitter.

Best Christmas gift for a marketeer

Freemium subscription plan at Bludged.com

If you are new to Bludged.com or not really familiar with this tool at all, I will give you a quick introduction.

Bludged.com is a social media marketing automation tool. Currently it is targeting Facebook and Twitter social networks but there are tons of really cool features in the pipeline. So better get on board while the project is still at its' infant state. If you sign up now, you would get all the upcoming upgrades at no cost!

So what can you automate with Bludged.com? Briefly - it allows you scheduling your Facebook and Twitter posts. Beside that it also allows you to generate tweet lists, your so much desired looping tweets. And you can do even more, you can teach Bludged.com to understand your website and generate Facebook posts based on its content. Sweet right?

But for this Christmas you get all of this for FREE!!! Yes, absolutely at no cost! We give you a freemium subscription plan!!!

How does it work

So what is this fancy Freemium subscription? It is a full access to all features of the system with no limitations whatsoever! You get it all for FREE!

But yes, there is a catch! If you choose freemium subscription then Bludged.com reserve a right to tweet on your behalf one promotional tweet after every 100 tweets you posted using Bludged.com services. This promotional tweet would be something like "I am using Bludged.com for automating my Twitter marketing. You should check it out!". Tweets might be different and may contain graphics attached to them, but they will be always targeting Bludged.com promotion.

We simply want to become more popular so we can get more feedback from you guys and make our software even better! 

Feedback

Yes, the whole idea behind freemium subscription is to get as much feedback as we can. Good or bad, we would love to hear what you think of Bludged.com, what you would like to be improved, added, or removed.

So please comment on this post, get in touch with us via contact page or Twitter, leave a comment on our Facebook page. We would love that. And we would love you even more if you followed us on Twitter and Facebook! 🙂 

How to automate and loop your tweets

Why automate Twitter

The very first thing I wanted to cover in this post is why would you want to automate your Twitter account? The answer is simple, with automation you can work more efficiently and effectively.

What do we mean by automation? Generally when people talk about social media marketing automation they talk about publishing schedule and generating some interaction dynamically. It could be engagement with users or generating content.

In this post we will discuss how to automate you Twitter posting activities - creating Twitter schedule and loop your tweets.

Why looping tweets

Twitter differs from other social networks in a way that content users receive has very short life time. Don't take me wrong, your tweets are still there. But chances that people would see, read and engage with them are very slim the older they get. This is one of the main reasons why you should tweet your content multiple times. This way you increase your chances of engagement.

There are lots of resources out there with suggestions for the best time to tweet. But in reality, unless your business targets a geographically specific region, it is not that simple. In the world of online business your customers are everywhere. And having your Twitter scheduler set for a particular time zone might not be the best choice. My advice is try and adjust. Tweet regularly and check your engagement. After some time you would be able to figure out what are the best times for you to tweet.

How to automate and loop your tweets

Alright, so let's get started! There are several tools out there that can help you with Twitter marketing automation. I would definitely recommend checking out this awesome article by Social Media Examiner "How to Automate Your Tweets: 3 Useful Twitter Apps".

They cover Tweriod, Buffer, and IFTTT. But in this article I am going to talk about Bludged.com. How to use it and why and when would it be the best choice for the job.

Without any further delays let me introduce you to Bludged.com! With this tool you can link as many Twitter and Facebook accounts as you want. And you can schedule as many posts and tweets as you want. Another cool feature of Bludged.com and the one we are going to talk about in more details is Twitter Message Lists.

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When you schedule a tweet in Bludged.com you have an option to add it to one or more lists. Each list is configured with it's own targeting Twitter account and scheduler. So you can send the same tweet to multiple lists and post to different accounts at different times.

You can also configure your list to be active up to a certain date. Let's say you are running a Christmas marketing campaign promoting some products for a limited time only. Just set your list to be active till Christmas and it will automatically switch off after. This way you can be sure that there will be no tweets send after Christmas since your special offer is over then. Pretty handy eh?

 

Step #1 - Create scheduler

Create scheduler in Bludged.com

First of all create an account at Bludged.com or log in if you are a registered user.

  1. Once logged in, navigate to Schedulers menu (on the left side).
  2. Click "Add New Scheduler" button. Specify scheduler name, time zone, select days you want this scheduler to be active on and time slots. Same time slots will be applied to every selected day of the week.
  3. Click "Save Changes" button. Yes it is that simple.

Now, what if you want to post at different times during weekdays and weekend? You would need to create two schedulers, one for weekdays, another one for weekends, specify those times you want to post at. Problem solved 🙂

Step #2 - Link Twitter account and create Twitter Message List

Link Twitter account to Bludged.com

  1. To link your Twitter account navigate to "Linked Feeds" menu item.
  2. Click "Link Twitter Feed" button. If you are already logged into your Twitter account it would be picked up automatically. If not, then you would have to log in first before you can authorize Bludged.com application to post on your behalf.

If you need to link multiple Twitter accounts, after first one is linked, log out from your Twitter account (not Bludged.com system), and perform previous two steps again.

Step #3 - Add tweets to the list

Add tweets to Bludged.com Twitter message list

To add tweets to your list there are two options:

  1. Create a stand alone tweet and also add it to a list(s)
  2. Or create a tweet within the list (this way this tweet will be used only within this list and cannot be added to other lists)

To create a stand alone tweet:

  1. Navigate to Posts menu
  2. Click "Create Tweet" button.
  3. Select Twitter account you want this tweet to be published to. Enter your tweet message, add image if necessary, specify when you want this tweet to be published (date, time, and time zone). And you can also select list(s) you want this tweet to be a part of.
  4. Click "Save" button

To add new tweet to a particular list:

  1. Navigate to Twitter Lists menu
  2. Click on "View List Tweets" button (a small button on the right side with an eye icon)
  3. Click "Add new Tweet" button and add your message, add image if necessary.
  4. Click "Save" button.

We recommend to have at least two and a half time more tweets in your list than number of time slots selected for each day. For example: if you have your scheduler configured to post Monday to Friday every half an hour between 8 AM and 8 PM that would be 24 posts a day. Then multiple 24 by 2.5 and you will get 60. This is a minimum number of tweets we would recommend to have in your list before you activate it. Why? Because Twitter treats tweets as duplicate if they have identical text and posted frequently. Nobody knows what is the exact frequency you can post the same tweet. Beside Twitter guys. But based on my testing if you have a couple of days and several tweets in between it should not be a problem.

Step #4 - Sit back and relax

Now when you have enough tweets scheduled it is time to activate the list. Grab a beer, sit back and relax. Have one for me as well! 

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