October 22, 2014

Facebook Unveils Scheduled Posts, Segmented Sponsored Posts for Marketers

This week Facebook announced a few new tools that companies can use to better manage their Facebook pages, including the ability to schedule posts, the ability to create sponsored posts that don’t need to appear on the page’s timeline, and more control over permissions for third party tools.

Facebook Unveil

The ability to schedule posts on Facebook pages was previously only possible through the use of third party tools such as HootSuite. Now, through its Pages Graph API, Facebook allows page admins to schedule posts for anywhere from ten minutes to six months in the future, without the use of an outside app.

Facebook page admins can also create unpublished page posts, which could be useful for companies who want to create sponsored posts for segmented marketing campaigns. These posts can be created specifically with a certain demographic in mind, and don’t have to be published to the page’s timeline, which displays posts for all Facebook fans.

The third and final change for Facebook marketers is the ability to control which permissions to grant to third party apps and tools. Previously, those Facebook page admins who wanted to use third party apps had to grant full permission, even if that’s more than the app required. Now, if, for example, an admin wanted to use an ad management app, they would only need to grant permission for the Ads Creator tool.

These are not the first changes that Facebook has made to try and improve marketing abilities for page admins in recent months. It’s launched new apps, new capabilities, and more. And these likely won’t be the final changes that Facebook page users can expect, as the social media giant is constantly making changes and adding features to help marketers make the most of their Facebook pages.

Page admins who want to learn more about the new tools can visit Facebook’s official announcement, or see the Pages Graph API to get started.

Unveil Photo via Shutterstock

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Annie Pilon - Staff Writer


Annie Pilon Annie Pilon is a staff writer for Small Business Trends, covering entrepreneur profiles and feature stories. She is a freelance writer specializing in marketing, social media, and creative topics. When she’s not writing for her various freelance projects or her personal blog Wattlebird, she can be found exploring all that her home state of Michigan has to offer.

3 Reactions

  1. I think I’m still going to use Sendible to schedule Facebook posts.

  2. The option to schedule the time of the post is not visible. I have no clue how to do this and Facebook does a poor job of explaining how.

  3. I can’t figure out what happened. I’ve been scheduling FB posts since the beginning of July using the little icon in the lower left hand corner. Yesterday I went to schedule a post and it won’t let me. Can’t figure out what happened. Any ideas?

    Thanks.
    Lee

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