Better Email Newsletter Sharing on Facebook and Twitter

Social media is a big part of the marketing world these days. Most net-savvy businesses (including us here at AWeber) have a presence on Facebook and Twitter. That being the case, we’ve found that people are always looking for ways to make their social media and email marketing campaigns work together.

Those of you familiar with our service will know that we’ve helped customers automatically tweet their email newsletters for some time now.

Recently, we’ve updated our social media options to make combining your social media efforts with your AWeber account even easier.

Automatically Post Broadcasts On Facebook!

With our new Social Media / Sharing options you can automatically post your broadcasts to your Facebook wall.

In the spirit of consistency, you can create new connections with Twitter and Facebook through your account’s List Settings page. This is also where you can pick a default Twitter and Facebook account specific to each list.

Social Media List Settings

If you want to get started with this new feature right away, you can refer to our knowledge base for a more detailed walkthrough.

Multiple Twitter / Facebook Accounts? No Problem.

Tweet From Multiple Accounts

As we were revisiting our options for social media integration, we decided to make it easier for our users to work with multiple Twitter accounts. If you’re unfamiliar with how Twitter works with AWeber, we have an easy-to-follow knowledge base article.

When creating a broadcast you will find the options to tweet / post your broadcast towards the bottom of the page under the “Social Media / Sharing” section. The accounts you have selected as your defaults will automatically be selected for your convenience.

Don’t Forget To Check The Preview!

Tweet / Post Preview

So now that you’ve added your Twitter and Facebook accounts and selected a default for each, we’ve provided you with a preview of what your new tweet / post will look like. As a good measure and reassurance you can see exactly what you are about to post / tweet before you send your message.

How Does Integrating Email Marketing and Social Media Help Your Business?

Have you been sharing your email newsletters on Twitter, Facebook and/or other sites? (If not, are you planning to now?)

What have the effects been (or what do you expect they will be) on your business and marketing?

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70 Comments

  1. Hi – I just wanted to say thanks to the aweber team for once again for bringing out these social media tools. With the rapid growth of both twitter and facebook it is essential that anyone involved in internet marketing have a presence on these two sites. Aweber makes that integration possible.

    Thanks!

    5/24/2010 10:37 am
  2. This is a powerful feature that I’m already blogging about and will be telling all of my business owners about. Congrats AWeber! I’m going to be using this tactic immediately.

    5/24/2010 11:35 am
  3. Thank you, I was about to abandon Aweber because of the lack of integration into the Facebook OpenGraph. Now life just got simpler. One broadcast. Thank you!

    ****The next logical step is to include FB connect on a WEB FORM. The option to login/connect with a FB account is brilliant and the point of FB’s new OoenGraph. Users won’t even have to enter their email or name…just click on the icon!

    Settings for us would be the simple Facebook API key from apps section…

    A Holy Grail of sorts…it will connect the FB fanpage, fans, their emails with lists all in one easy sign up; a all in one sign up.

    And I bet my left pinky that sign up percentages will double if not more…

    Good idea right? It is the future actually. Let’s do it first here! FB login/connect web form.

    5/24/2010 2:53 pm
  4. Yeah! This was a good idea

    5/24/2010 8:10 pm
  5. Hi Folks,

    Tested this yesterday and it worked! Congrats.

    One question. I’m now getting a email from my newsletter with a DIGG roundup, i.e. the best of DIGG for the week.

    Can’t see where this is coming from in the settings. I’m using the blog broadcast option.

    Any ideas?

    5/24/2010 9:57 pm
  6. E

    Is it possible to post to my Facebook fan page instead of my personal home page?

    For example, I want to post to facebook.com/mybusiness, NOT to facebook.com/my.personal.page.

    This looks really promising. Thank you!

    5/25/2010 2:02 am
  7. Excellent work – thanks!

    The multiple Twitter accounts will be very helpful for handling multiple newsletters and lists.

    I echo Ryan’s comments and add a request for the built in ability to "share" emails with at least Twitter and Facebook. This would need to be an option on a email by email basis (not sure if I want recipients to share every email I send them), but should default "on"

    Providing for easy sharing from within the emails will in many cases greatly improve the "spread" for our emails.

    Thanks for staying one-step ahead.

    5/25/2010 8:09 am
  8. Joy

    This is great news! Another FAB feature thanks guys.
    Thanks Justin!

    5/25/2010 8:48 am
  9. Thanks everyone for your feedback! I’d love to hear/see how you use the Facebook integration and what your results are…

    Ivan, I’m not sure whether what you’re describing is related to AWeber. We’d need to be able to look through your account to help. Please contact us.

    5/25/2010 10:11 am | Follow me on Twitter
  10. @Ryan-Great IDEA!

    This is awesome. Thanks to the AWEBER team for continuing to upgrade your services!

    5/25/2010 10:13 am
  11. Thanks Justin,
    I sorted it out.
    Fwiw:
    I pull in my RSS feed via Feedburner.
    In Feedburner, there is an option to splice in other Social Media sites, e.g. DIGG.
    Somehow I’d turned this on.
    Now it’s gone!

    5/25/2010 10:25 am
  12. Wow the multiple accounts feature is brilliant.

    I’m going to test these out tonight!

    Nice job guys.

    5/25/2010 1:19 pm
  13. Yes, I agree with "E" and would like to post to my business fan page rather than my personal profile. Could you tell us how to do that? Thanks!

    5/25/2010 2:57 pm
  14. LJ

    As always, AWeber is keeping up with what’s new. I’ve known AWeber since 2002. This update of social sites is an awesome feature. I would like to see AWeber be integrated with blog management &quotWindows Live Writer". That, I think would also be a cool feature.

    5/25/2010 4:54 pm
  15. Jason Liptak

    Great idea!

    Question(s):

    Can we choose which broadcasts we want to send or does it just post all of them once you connect?

    Can we post to Like/Fan Pages on Facebook or just our personal profile?

    Thanks!

    5/25/2010 7:31 pm
  16. This I should use. Thanks for the development.

    5/25/2010 9:46 pm
  17. An awesome feature!

    5/25/2010 10:00 pm
  18. This is awesome. I’ll definitely be sharing this with all of my customers. You guys are great at keeping up with emerging trends and in this case being ahead of the curve.

    This really adds a lot more value to twitter and facebook because now our email messages can reach them fast and easy.

    Thanks

    5/26/2010 5:13 am
  19. I have the same request as E – I have a personal facebook account and the various pages for my different busineses.

    I need Aweber to be able to post on my BUSINESS page wall

    How do we do that?

    Good work otherwise guys!

    5/26/2010 8:31 am
  20. thank you, thank you, thank you.
    Ditto about posting to my Fan Page and not my personal account.
    Also would like to see Linked In included in this.
    You guys are the best.

    5/26/2010 9:01 am
  21. Yes, I agree with others, the need to post to business/fan/like pages is essential.

    So far, so good though. Keep it up!

    5/26/2010 12:24 pm
  22. Thanks everyone for suggesting we add publishing to fan pages.

    There are some limitations to what Facebook supports, and unfortunately some of those are related to how posting to fan pages (even ones you “own”) differs from posting to your own wall.

    We’re hoping that this will be possible in the future, but as it stands currently that’s not something that can be added.

    5/26/2010 12:48 pm | Follow me on Twitter
  23. This is a great post. I will definitely take advantage of these features. Thanks!

    5/26/2010 1:41 pm
  24. I really don’t like the fact that your "powered by" link is prominently displayed on each archived newsletter. This makes me hesitate to share the link to it.

    That link should contain my affiliate tracking information so I get some credit for referred customers.

    Thank you for your consideration.

    5/26/2010 2:24 pm
  25. It’s quite easy to have newsletters and other mailings from Aweber posted to your facebook ‘page’ instead of personal account. I’ve managed to find and implement the solution within couple of minutes and though I might share.

    All you need to do is sign up to ping fm (free), connect it to your facebook account and facebook pages, set the posting only to pages and you’re done. With ping you can post messages by email (so just add the ping email you get in your ping admin panel to your list), texts, feeds, tweets (so you can use your aweber twitter / connection) etc.

    Enjoy! :)

    5/27/2010 9:29 am
  26. Sounds good to me, look forward to using the new program.

    Thank You.

    5/27/2010 7:55 pm
  27. I think these are great tools – being able to publish to our followers on social networking sites.

    These days most of our audience is on social network site and to have a tool that can make you reach fans and friends wherever they are is a great opportunity.

    5/28/2010 2:32 am
  28. I guess that’s why Aweber is worth sticking to, rather than move to a cheaper mailing service. Thank you!

    6/1/2010 12:32 am
  29. Paul

    I agree with Mark Fulton. Archives should allow to change Aweber link to affiliate link or to remove the link completely.

    6/1/2010 12:00 pm
  30. This just is a no brainer, the benefits are just immense, as Jburegs says, it’s a great time saver.

    6/2/2010 11:45 pm
  31. I second this question – "Is it possible to post to my Facebook fan page instead of my personal home page?

    For example, I want to post to facebook.com/mybusiness, NOT to facebook.com/my.personal.page."

    It doesn’t help me to post to my PERSONAL facebook page I need to post to my BUSINESS page. Thank you!

    6/7/2010 1:28 pm
  32. Also, is their a way to create 2 lists and have them sent to 2 different twitter accounts? Everytime I add a twitter account it defaults and replaces it with the first one I added, thanks

    6/7/2010 1:30 pm
  33. Nice article. Thanks.

    6/9/2010 10:36 am
  34. I have some lists that I do not want broadcasts to post to twitter or facebook.

    I’d like to be able to choose this. It appears that if I add a twitter account, it will tweet all my broadcasts for all lists.

    I tried adding it to one and deleting it from the other, but when I took it out of the other list, it removed it from all lists.

    Anyway, that would be my suggestion. I like the idea, but would prefer to have a choice over which list to connect to my social media accounts.

    Thanks.

    6/10/2010 1:17 pm
  35. Velma,

    When you add a Twitter or Facebook account to your AWeber account it’ll show up as "available" in every list. Whether it posts to either of those when you send a broadcast is actually controlled on the broadcast sending page.

    Step 5 on this knowledge base article describes this in further detail:
    http://www.aweber.com/faq/questions/573/How+Can+I+Update+Facebook+When+I+Send+a+Broadcast%3F

    6/11/2010 9:17 am | Follow me on Twitter
  36. Hi Tom.

    That’s a good point. However, there are some lists that I NEVER want to tweet from.

    So from a development point of view, if each list can have a set of default streams (one or more Twitter accts and or FB Fan, Group, or Personal pages) or none at all, it would resolve most of the issues.

    Then when I send a broadcast, I have the option of overriding the default, rather than having to remember to remove the Twitter account or change it.

    My guess is that the default for a list will rarely change – but defaulting to the "last Twitter account" is in my mind almost dangerous.

    Thanks for listening and continuing to keep Aweber ahead of the curve.

    6/11/2010 9:56 am
  37. Art,

    If you don’t use it for a list when creating a broadcast, "active" would never become the default. Thus no chance of ever forgetting to set anything.

    6/11/2010 10:27 am | Follow me on Twitter
  38. Hello- I am trying to put an opt-in form on facebook and twitter-

    Is there anyway, that you may know some shortcuts/secrets?

    Thank You

    6/11/2010 8:09 pm
  39. This looks like another great tool from Aweber!

    6/13/2010 2:39 pm
  40. Shane,

    See our Knowledge Base for a walkthrough of adding a signup form to Facebook.

    For Twitter, I recommend creating a hosted web form and linking to it from your profile, and/or tweeting the link to it periodically.

    6/14/2010 8:33 am | Follow me on Twitter
  41. You should automatically remove variables like {firstname_fix} and others when posting to Twitter / Facebook. That’s the main reason why I don’t use it often, ad there is no way for us to remove the variables either..

    6/18/2010 1:02 am
  42. This is what I call efficiency!

    Great job guys!

    6/18/2010 9:03 am
  43. Cool Beans! Great feature.

    6/22/2010 8:07 pm
  44. janak rikhi

    Hi ? I just wanted to say thanks to the aweber team for once again for bringing out these social media tools. With the rapid growth of both twitter and facebook it is essential that anyone involved in internet marketing have a presence on these two sites. Aweber makes that integration possible.

    Thanks!!

    6/24/2010 1:04 pm
  45. Great feature. Thanks for this application it will come in handy.

    6/27/2010 9:05 pm
  46. I am looking forward to using it. Thanks for this information and features. :-)

    7/7/2010 5:19 am
  47. Great feature…but would be even better if it worked with facebook pages…might that be something to look into?

    7/16/2010 12:47 pm
  48. Many businesses utilise social media marketing, email marketing, SEO and PPC.

    I think that it is always important to integrate these marketing methods, ensuring that all potential clients receive the same level of information.

    What’s more integrating email marketing with social media will ensure that even more people (not just those within the businesses contact list) receive vital company information and promotions.

    7/20/2010 2:39 am
  49. Great stuff!

    Further to an excellent piece of information from Jack about adding Aweber emails just to Facebook Fanpages and and personal pages:

    “It?s quite easy to have newsletters and other mailings from Aweber posted to your facebook ?page? instead of personal account. I?ve managed to find and implement the solution within couple of minutes and though I might share. All you need to do is sign up to ping fm (free), connect it to your facebook account and facebook pages, set the posting only to pages and you?re done. With ping you can post messages by email (so just add the ping email you get in your ping admin panel to your list), texts, feeds, tweets (so you can use your aweber twitter / connection) etc.”

    I have created an account and added the ping email to my database, but did a test and the message didn’t appear on the Fanpage. Can anyone let me know where I am going wrong?

    7/25/2010 10:52 am
  50. I am new to AWeber but I can tell you that it is definitely more than I thought it would be so far. I really like being able to post to Twitter and Facebook with my broadcasts. Super feature!

    7/27/2010 7:58 pm
  51. Great feature! Keep up the good work ;-)

    8/2/2010 9:12 am
  52. Jayne

    It is a pity that I cannot integrate my aweber newsletter with my business page. surely this is more useful than with personal pages since it is a business marketing tool that you are selling?

    8/19/2010 7:20 pm
  53. Quick update on this: a few of you pointed out that it would be awesome to be able to post to your Facebook fan pages, not just to your personal profiles.

    This is now possible.

    9/22/2010 1:23 pm | Follow me on Twitter
  54. You guys Rock! I was not aware aweber had these features. Looks like I have some more homework.lol

    10/22/2010 2:53 am
  55. Wow, this is great feature, we are live on web 2.0 and social media era. I think this feature can help more on my marketing.

    But how about facebook policy? Now we are limited on facebook marketing on fanpage? My worry is being considered as spam on facebook.

    11/1/2010 5:39 am
  56. This is awesome. Thanks for the AWEBER team for continuing to upgrade your services!

    2/4/2011 5:06 am
  57. Thank you for Great idea!

    3/14/2011 9:45 am
  58. What I really really want is the like, share, tweet buttons that are at the bottom of your page here. How do I achieve that?

    3/18/2011 3:05 am
  59. Monica Wadsworth

    Hi, just like Dawn Waldron in the previous comment I would like to add the Like, Share and Tweet buttons that you have at the bottom of this page in my broadcast.

    11/7/2011 2:02 pm
  60. Sairafeer

    Great feature…but would be even better if it worked with facebook pages…might that be something to look into?

    3/29/2012 11:50 am
  61. Thank you for Great idea!

    5/14/2012 3:22 pm
  62. When will you have google+ broadcast (must be to different profile/rss feed) and support facebook pages (and no post to main FB page). Both are essential for anyone doing business oriented posting (and I can’t see many individuals using a pay service like this).

    4/26/2013 8:48 am
  63. I would like to edit the facebook and twitter post – i.e add the intial paragraph from my email to make it more appealing to click on in news feeds. Is this possible as I cannot find a way?

    11/22/2013 6:39 am
  64. Rachel Acquaviva

    Hello Vicky,
    When you choose to post your broadcast messages directly to Facebook or Twitter, those sites decide what to pull. To pull specific content from your email, you can always create the post yourself in your Facebook on Twitter account and link to your archived message. I’ll definitely pass along your idea of allowing edits to Facebook and Twitter posts – it’s a great suggestion!

    11/22/2013 8:27 am
  65. Good post, very interesting. Thanks.

    2/25/2014 6:06 am
  66. Beverly McKay

    I am not getting anything on my facebook anymore from you. I always LOVED you site, and I always looking forward getting ideas and helpfull information. It was plantcaretoday I think, not sure your main site. Please start putting on your list. You still have my Email address. Please let me know what is going on. Thank you.

    3/8/2014 7:51 pm
  67. Hi Beverly. Sorry to hear you’re not seeing our Facebook posts. Because Facebook’s algorithm determines which posts get seen, it’s important to engage with our content on a regular basis so our content shows up in your News Feed more often. You can also subscribe to our newsletter if you haven’t already.

    3/10/2014 9:33 am

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