Scheduling and Targeting On Facebook: A Marketer’s Dream

It’s 2012, and Facebook has reached mass appeal with over 955 million active users. With those numbers, it’s likely you have a Facebook Page for your business and use it to post updates and interact with your customers.

(Need a quick tutorial on how to do this? Check out Facebook’s guide for businesses.)

Recently, Facebook rolled out some new features designed to make your life even easier as a small business marketer. Here’s the scoop on what those tools are, and how to use them for your business.

Scheduled Posts

Although third-party scheduling services exist (personally, I’m a big fan of Hootsuite) it’s nice to have the ability to schedule within Facebook’s control panel.

What are the advantages to scheduling a Facebook post?

How do you go about scheduling a post? It’s quite simple.

1. Visit your Facebook page and enter your post.



2. Click the small clock icon in the bottom left. You’ll then have the option of entering the year, month, day and time when you’d like your post to be published.



3. Finally, click the blue “Schedule” button to queue your post.

If you need to review or change the posts you’ve scheduled, simply go to the top of your page, click “Edit Page” and then click “Use Activity Log.” There, you’ll be able to modify your scheduled posts.



Targeted Posts

Within AWeber’s staff of marketing geeks, we were especially excited to see Facebook provide the ability to target posts.

Do you ever create a post in Facebook that only appeals to a certain percentage of your followers, and feel a twinge of guilt about putting it in the newsfeed of all your followers? Now you can put that guilt behind you by targeting your posts.

For example, AWeber regularly hosts educational events in the Philadelphia area, and tries to get the word out with email and social media. It’s reasonable to assume that our followers in California or England probably aren’t interested in attending (though they are more than welcome! ;)) To avoid appearing in their newsfeed, I create my post, click the “Public” button, then “Target by: Location/Language.”



There, I’m able to single out the areas in which I’d like my post to appear.



(By the way, if you’d like to receive email notifications of our Philly-area events, sign up here.)

Right now, Facebook allows you to target by geographic region and language, but according to Marketing Land, Facebook is rolling out the ability to also target by:

For more on what this will look like for Facebook Pages, Mashable provides a sneak peak with screenshots.

Will You Schedule and Target Your Posts?

How do you plan on using these new features from Facebook? Have you already had success scheduling and targeting your posts? I’d love to hear about your experience!

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11 Comments

  1. Good tips .. Was finding scheduling a bit difficult on face book.. But i think i will be able to do it now after reading your content. Thank you for sharing it with us.

    9/19/2012 7:13 am
  2. Stanley – I’m glad it was helpful! Scheduling is a great time saver (and we could all use more time, right?)

    9/19/2012 8:37 am
  3. Fantastic information… I’ve been using postcron for scheduling however I heard that Facebook punishes me for doing so by not showing my posts to as many people as if I had posted live… now with Facebook scheduling, hopefully everyone will see my posts. I like the targeting tip too, thanks a million.

    9/20/2012 10:07 pm
  4. Shaun

    I’ve already used scheduling which is real handy, I think they could make it a bit easier to use though. You have to manually pick the date, a calender should pop up making it easier to see what date is when. Still, it is a great feature.

    I didn’t know about location targeting, I’m going to try that out.

    9/21/2012 2:26 am
  5. I like the new feature. However I still use Hootsuite since it’s faster to schedule my messages there.

    The facebook feature could get more interesting if they allow for targeting for age, gender etc.

    9/24/2012 6:24 am
  6. Malcolm, Shaun, Sefan – Thanks for the comments!

    I agree, the scheduling process is still a tad clunky compared to Hootsuite, but I can’t stop raving about the geotargeting option. Hopefully Facebook will continue refining this feature to make scheduling simple.

    9/28/2012 9:35 am
  7. I’ve been using HootSuite to schedule the Facebook posts also. HootSuite enables me to schedule my posts to other social media outlets also. I LOVE it!

    10/2/2012 10:36 am
  8. Completely agree with Stefan and Denise, I love Hootsuite as I can schedule my posts to all of my social media profiles from one location. But for those – like many of my clients – who aren’t interested in learning another app or rely primarily on Facebook, this is great news and great info. Thanks for sharing!

    10/4/2012 8:46 am
  9. I had no idea I could schedule posts like this. I typically post on Facebook and interact, but that’s it. Seems like there is more functionality to Facebook marketing and Aweber than what I was aware of. Thanks!

    10/21/2012 4:08 pm
  10. I definitely will. I never liked it would say, “via Hootsuite,” when I used Hootsuite to schedule my posts.

    Thanks for sharing!

    3/12/2013 1:41 pm
  11. Facebook has become a tremendous help in sharing, promoting and advertising markets. I’m really glad that it has updated and added a lot of great features. Thanks for sharing this information about scheduling and targeting on facebook.

    4/25/2014 2:04 am

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