I recently took a week off from my businesses in order to relax and spend some quality time with my family. One of the greatest things about being my own boss is that I can choose when I want to take off and when I want to work.
This particular week off wasn’t scheduled too far in advance so I didn’t have a lot of time to prepare my businesses for running on autopilot while I was away. (If you want to do some major planning for being away from your business for a period of time, you should read this post.)
But, there are some easy things that you can set and forget to occur while you’re away so that your clients and potential clients see you online and don’t forget about you!
Remember, it takes several times of them seeing your name and what you have to offer over and over again before they buy from you. And you want to get in front of them often so that you stay top-of-mind when they need the services that you offer.
Here are a few quick ways to automate some processes in order to stay connected to your audience through social media and their inboxes so that they still hear from you while you’re taking some much-needed R&R!
You can use Buffer to schedule tweets on Twitter. Throw in a couple of tweets containing tips or tricks for your target industry, teasers and links to recent blog posts or affiliate products. You can choose the times you want the tweets to post to Twitter or go with the times that Buffer has pre-scheduled.
2.Facebook: Schedule Posts Feature
I absolutely love this feature for Facebook pages! You can sit down for a couple of minutes and pre-schedule a week’s worth of posts to go live on Facebook for the date and time that you choose. It’s really easy to do. Just create your post. Then click on the little clock icon in the bottom left corner shown here:
Then choose the date and time you want the post to go live on Facebook. Done!
If you’re using Hootsuite, you can do the same type of thing and schedule for both Facebook and Twitter so that posts show in your absence.
4.Aweber: Schedule Broadcasts
Don’t forget to pop in the inbox of your faithful subscribers! You don’t want them to miss you too much while you’re away. If you’re using Aweber, schedule some newsletters or messages to go out to your list during your absence.
Just click on the “messages” tab seen in the picture below:
Then click on “schedule broadcast” in the drop down options. Create a message for your audience and schedule for your time away.
There you have it! These are some quick and easy tools that I use to schedule messages and posts. They help me automate processes and keep my business in front of my audience. What do you use? Do you have any great tools to share? Let us know in the comments below!