CoSchedule is a great tool for bloggers and marketers to use in order to save time. With CoSchedule, you can have a shareable editorial calendar, a social media planner, and a place to keep all your working files together in one place. They offer several tools to make planning a much easier task so you can focus on more important aspects of your blog: the actual writing.

Integrations

What I truly love about CoSchedule is how it integrates with many different applications so you are able to keep all your work together in one place and not have to keep jumping from screen to screen. With CoSchedule you can get more done in less time. You can connect your Evernote account and actually write your posts in Evernote. The Integration with this app will convert your Evernote draft to a WordPress draft so you can keep all your work in one place. You can even fully write your post in CoSchedule. Connecting Google Docs helps keep any of your working documents together within the project. And with the Zapier integration you can connect just about any app you use and it will all update as you work. I

Since it integrates with many different applications, you can also do things like plan your Mailchimp newsletters within CoSchedule.

Social helpers & templates

One of the best tools on CoSchedule is their Social Helpers and Template features. Basically, you create a template once for each social media and create social helpers. CoSchedule then does the rest for you! Here is my social helper’s template. 

I created templates based on the type of message I want to put out. H1-H3 are three different headers. Then there is a question, a controversial statement, a humorous statement, a snippet, a quote based on my research, etc. I will edit the messages here and it will automatically populate in the template. The template is where you set up your social media channels posting frequency and type of message. For example, if you want to schedule posts to Facebook once a week with 3 different wording options, you create the template for the times and dates and input the social helper shortcodes. Then you edit the social helper wording and you’re done!

CoSchedule schedules your social media content with the wording you want, the images or videos you want, and on the times and dates you prefer. This really makes posting content to social media a breeze because you don’t have to individually schedule hundreds of social media messages. You can create and edit your schedule depending on your own insights and analytics and you are done! 

Notes, tasks, and Events

You can write notes on anything you need and place it on the calendar. You can also add special events and tasks to your calendar so you are always on top of everything that needs to be done for a project. Writing down events helps me to remember when there is a special holiday coming up where I will need to plan a campaign around it or a trip that I would like to blog/vlog about. It also helps me plan my days so I know when I have to work on a project before leaving for a trip. That way I can make sure I have all the necessary work scheduled ahead of time.

Labels

You can create labels that make it easier to see what everything is on your calendar. I am using it like a stoplight. Red is brainstorming, yellow is in the works, green is go. That way, as soon as I open the calendar I can visually see what needs to be worked on.

Social Media: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, linked, Tumblr

You can use CoSchedule with the most important social media sites. If you need help planning your social media content, CoSchedules blog has a wealth of information in it from the best times and days to what kind of messages you should post. They will even help you write the post with their Social Message Optimizer. There is a lot of information on their site and various tools you can use to help you grow your business.

Planning with the Editorial Calendar. I start with an idea for a post. I will write it down in the calendar and populate the Social Media template so it fills in the days that the social media campaign will go out. That way, when you look at the calendar, you can see when and where content will be going out.

Evergreen content with ReQueue

Your social media messages can be marked as Evergreen and ReQueue will continue to populate your messages in the empty spaces on your calendar. This integration between CoSchedule and ReQueue is pretty magnificent because trying to find and figure out what social media messages you should continue to share is a lot of work. But with CoSchedule, if you know it is evergreen content, you can just let ReQueue know and it will continue to share your content on a schedule

As a stay at home mom, my time is very limited. Because of CoSchedule, I am able to plan my work around everything that needs to be performed for a certain project and schedule it all in advance. I can also clearly see what needs to be done so I never miss a deadline.

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Mobile APP

You can also take your editorial calendar with you with the CoSchedule mobile app. It is available for iOS and Android devices. It’s not as robust as the computer version, but you are able to see day by day what you have scheduled and for when. You can also create social media messages while you’re on the go.