Social Media Expert: How To AutoFollow, Schedule & Automate

Save time with social media tools to schedule & automate time, content, following Facebook Twitter Google Plus LinkedIn
8 reviews
  • Laurel Papworth University Lecturer, Forbes "Top 50 Social Media Influencer"

    Laurel Papworth has taught a Masters of Convergent Media at University of Western Sydney and currently lectures in social media at the University of Sydney (since 2005). Laurel was named by Forbes Magazine as a Top 50 Social Media Influencer globally, by AdAge in the Power150 Media & Marketing bloggers internationally and by Marketing Magazine as Head of Industry, Social Media in Australia. Laurel reaches 6.7 million people through her personal social media channels and is a verified recommended profile by Google on Plus. Laurel manages the online communities of reality TV shows such as Junior Masterchef, and Idol. She is a consultant on social media in Middle East (to MBC TV), Singapore (Defence Department), and in Australia to NBC Universal, Westpac bank, and various government agencies. Laurel has authored several books on social media but focusses mainly on facilitated workshops and training for organisations wanting to embrace the social economy.

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Social Media Expert: How To AutoFollow, Schedule & Automate

Save time with social media tools to schedule & automate time, content, following Facebook Twitter Google Plus LinkedIn
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Save Time: Learn about autoposting and autoscheduling, natively within Facebook & Twitter as well investigate which social media dashboards are best for automation - Hootsuite, Sprout Social and Buffer. Play with automation software combined with social media dashboards to autofollow and unfollow on Twitter. Work around challenges of automating Google Plus. Includes an advanced spreadsheet conversation calendar lecture. Create bitmarks & extensions for RSS, Do Share and Recipes for If This Then That. Recommended for experienced social media practitioners within organisations, Corporate Government, Not for Profits and small business.

Thank you John! "Just working through your social media automation Udemy course. Been meaning to complete it for ages! Nothing else like it." (from Twitter)

    • Experienced Advanced Social Media Usage OR VERY CONFIDENT
    • Introductory Understanding of Computers, Tablets and Browsers
    • Preferably Have at Least ONE Social Media Account Already
    • Over 19 lectures and 2 hours of content!
    • Consider Best Times to Be On Social Media
    • Investigate Facebook Insights To Find When To Schedule
    • Learn to Schedule Facebook and Twitter Natively
    • Evaluate 3rd Party Apps to Schedule Google Plus, LinkedIn
    • Learn to Bulk Upload Many Status Updates to Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus
    • Learn to Automate from your Blog and other websites e.g Buzzfeed, Upworthy, News directly to your Social Media sites.
    • You Are Working For Organisations Such As Corporate, Gov, Not For Profit and Have To Post Regularly to Social Media Sites
    • Small Business Owner Wanting to Reduce Time Online
    • Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and LinkedIn Admins Looking for Tools
    • Students and Journalists Seeking to Improve Knowledge of Social Media
    • Corporate, Government and Not For Profit Evaluating Resources in Social Media


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  • SECTION 1:
    Course Introduction & Promo
  • 1
    Course Outline, Intro, About Me

    Hello and welcome to the Automating Social Media course. In this lecture I go through the 3 main types of social media, who should do the course, and a little bit about me and my online community management background. See you inside!

  • 2
    ...And A Bit More!
  • SECTION 2:
    TIME: Scheduling Social Media Updates
  • 3
    Best Time of Day to Schedule Facebook

    What time of day should you Facebook? What day of the week should you tweet? We examine both general studies and also specific tools for your community to check scheduling engagement strategies.

  • 4
    Scheduling Facebook & Twitter (Natively)

    Both Facebook & Twitter have a scheduling tool built in - learn where it is and how to use it.

  • 5
    Scheduling ALL Social Media Sites At Once

    Investigating Hootsuite, SproutSocial and Bufferapp to evaluate best "one update, many social media platforms" tools.

  • 6
    Repeat Evergreen Multiple Updates to Facebook Twitter Over Years

    Create similar updates then schedule random tweets and updates to go out Facebook Twitter etc in different categories such as Funny, Inspirational, Tips, Questions, Events, blog posts and so on.

  • 7
    Upload 100's (Bulk) Status Updates to Facebook, Twitter, Google+ for Year

    Here is a scheduling tool whereby you can set the date and time to up to 350 status updates for multiple social media sites.

  • 8
    ADVANCED: More on Bulk Upload Spreadsheet/Scheduling

    Optional: A little more indepth on the spreadsheet for bulk uploading of tweets/status updates also editing/changing scheduled updates.

  • 9
    Let The Software Schedule the Time!

    Queue up your updates for Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and let the software choose the optimal time to publish them! Go to 7:52 to check how to add extensions.

  • 10
    Extensions for Scheduling social media updates
  • SECTION 3:
    CONTENT: Automating Content Distribution on Social Media
  • 11
    From Your Blog/Website to Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, LinkedIn etc

    Why not automate the Title and Link of every article and blog post you put up on your website go to Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, LinkedIn and so on?

    NOTE: If you can't find the "Sharing" plugin/setting/extension on your Content Management System (CMS e.g. Wordpress), please use the next lecture for a secondary way to automate blog->social media.

  • 12
    Send News, Blogs and Magazine Articles to Social Media Automatically

    Create Many Social Updates from Many RSS Feed Entries to go to Many Social Media Sites - Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, LinkedIn etc.

    RSS Extensions for Browsers

    The RSS Subscription Extension for Google Chrome is

    Safari try RSS Menu

    or FeedButton


    Internet Explorer 9 (instructions)

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  • 13
    Automatically Recycle Evergreen Content

    Have your social media dashboard regularly recycle your most popular top tips and articles as evergreen content. Automagically!

  • 14
    ADVANCED: AutoBlogging

    How to take an RSS feed from another website and have your website auto-post that article, extract, video and/or text. Autoblogging with Wordpress.

  • SECTION 4:
    CLIENTS: Automate Growing Your Database of Followers ETC
  • 15
    Twitter: Unfollow Based on Lack of Interaction

    How to find people who have not tweeted for a while or who do not follow you back and easily unfollow them en masse...

  • 16
    Twitter: Following by Location and Subject

    How to find Twitter users by location and subject and automate following them... e.g. London/Health or SanFran/startups

  • SECTION 5:
    General Automation
  • 17
    Everything Else

    Using tools to automate Facebook group comments to a spreadsheet or "if snowing, post a photo of skiiing" type updates.

  • SECTION 6:
    Course WrapUp
  • 18
    How Did It Work For You? What Next...?

    How are you using the tools? Which ones work for you? Native scheduling vs apps? Twitter automation (following, unfollowing). What automation tools would you like to see added? What course should I teach next - social media measurement, or 5 steps of a social media campaign, setting up a monitoring station, or 8 ways to deal with trolls online? You choose!

  • SECTION 7:
    POST: Student Q and A
  • 19
    AYUSH: Automating RSS to Facebook Group (NOT an Admin)


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  • Designation Dave Wee
    great course on social media automation

    if you like to automate your social media account, this is the course to go for

  • Dr. Majo Jacinto
    Chock-full of goodies!

    Are you looking for an interactive instructor? Someone who has humor & can humanize what could be for social media beginners boring & overwhelming, this course is for you. If you have some experience, you can take this in one sitting or for a complete beginner, perhaps in sections - so that you can put into action what you learned then go into the next segment. Thanks Laurl for making it engaging! I'm excited to try!

  • Igor Ovchinnikov
    Nice overview

    I am a bit of a rookie on social media. Consumer mostly. It was nice to hear about and see some of the tools and approaches. There are ideas I have learned and will try to experiment with. Thank you for the nice overview.

  • Jack Dawson
    Good course!

    Very well organized and conceived. It taught me what I was looking to learn, was well organized, and well paced.

  • Inventive Technologies and Media Group SA de CV ITM080903QF8
    Very useful and enjoyable !!

    This was a very useful course in terms of the tools it shows you. The teacher knows what she is talking about and she is really enjoyable. I most certainly recommend it :)