Users who have the necessary publish rights to a specific Facebook page in VSocial will be able to post links, submit them for approval as well as schedule them for a later date.
To get started, after logging in, click on the "Publisher" tab followed by the "Composer" sub-tab.
The following page will be displayed, with a list of workflow(s) at the bottom of the page. You will be required to select a workflow containing the relevant social channels that you are intending to create content for.
Selecting a workflow will immediately lead you to the Composer page.
Composer layout for Facebook
The left column of the Composer page is where you manage the social channels that you will be making content updates to. The following screenshot is the Composer layout one sees when the selected social media account is a Facebook page. The text area permits content of up to 8000 characters and there are 3 media options that you may add to accompany a status update.
To add a link, you need to select the link icon.
You will then be shown the following.
In the text space, proceed to insert the URL you would like to share. A thumbnail will be automatically generated to illustrate the link that will be displayed on your Facebook Timeline.
1. Add a heading to your post
2. Modify the link that is shown to your audience. (e.g. provide a simplified URL if the original one is too long.)
3. Give a personalized description of the link you wish to share.
4. Call to Action
Choose the action you want people to take when they see your post.
5. Select a specific thumbnail for your post by cycling through the given thumbnail carousel or use your own image by clicking on "Upload your own".
Read the following for steps to:
Scheduling a post
By default, the ''Publish when approved'' option will be checked. Note that when this option is selected, the post will be published as soon as final approval is obtained. (That means if the final approver approves of the post at 2am, it will go live at 2am, which may not be ideal.)
Should you wish to schedule the post for later, the "Later'' check box has to be selected and date and time options will appear.
Clicking on the calendar text area will open a date picker control where you can select the date you wish to publish the post. Beside it are 2 drop down boxes where the publish time can be set.
Once you are satisfied with the date and time selection, you may proceed to content targeting.
Facebook supports two different kinds of content targeting each with their own purposes:
- Audience Limiting
- News Feed Targeting
Please refer to point 7 in Creating Content-The Beginning of the Workflow for details on post targeting.
Unpublish Post (Facebook only)
Select "Unpublish Post" if you would like to publish a dark post for advertising purposes.
Please refer to point 8 in Creating Content-The Beginning of the Workflow for more information.
You may wish to see a preview of how the post will turn out on the actual Facebook page by clicking on the "Preview'' button.
Submitting for approval
Once the post is ready to be submitted for approval or real time publishing (in the case when approval levels are set to auto-approve), you may click on the "Save" button before the "Submit'' button right below it is clickable.