We recently added a new update to the Social Rotation software that would alert you via email any time any of your social accounts become disconnected.
With every single posting platform on the market, Social Media platforms force reconnections any time there is either a new password set or a security issue, or if it has been longer than 2 months since the last access token was set.
Changes to Permissions:
Unusual practices on your account:
If an access token has not been used it will expire automatically after 60 days.
Whatever the reason is for your permissions to be revoked, Social Rotation will send a notification to the email address registered in your account.
If you have a single location account with Social Rotation your email alert will look like the below image.
If you have a reseller account, you will be the one who will receive the notification. If you are an admin of the account, you will simply log in and reconnect the account. If you are not an admin, you will have your client log in to their account and reconnect. Your email will look like the image below.
Here at Social Rotation, we just released our newest feature and that is the ability to add RSS feeds to your Content Schedule. That's all great if you know what an RSS feed is and the hows and whys of using it. If not, this blog post is going to break it down for you. Let's start with the obvious. What is an RSS feed and what does that stand for.
An RSS document which can be called a feed, web feed or a channel can include full or summarized text and metadata (publishing date and author's name). Basically what that means is that an RSS feed gives you a way to keep up with your favorite new site, blogs, podcast, or website. An RSS feed is a way to choose what content comes to you.
RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication.
An RSS feed will give you basic information like titles, descriptions, and links back to the original content. But how does it work? The author of the content maintains a list of notifications on the site in a standard way. People who want to find out the latest from the author can subscribe to their RSS feed.
Now on to a more important topic, why you should be using RSS feeds.
You may be thinking about RSS feeds the way most people do and that is to gather information for yourself, like news articles, sports highlights, and more. But what about using RSS feeds to share content to your social media platforms?
Posting content to all of the social media platforms on a consistent basis is always something that most people struggle with. Why not use the power of RSS feed to get relevant content out on your platforms? Here are two ways you can use RSS feeds to add content.
I promise you, that no matter what industry you are in, there is relevant content that you can be sharing from trusted sources on your social platforms.
If you are a Chiropractor you could be sharing content Chiropractic News and Research from News-medical.net or from American Chiropractic Association. In 2019 they released a website called Hands Down Better that is geared towards educating the public about non-drug pain relief by using Chiropractic.
Both of these examples are great ways that Chiropractors could educate their patients about Chiropractic care by sharing content created by someone else.
The other option would be to share your own content. If you are a podcaster, for example, you can easily share your Content to all of your social media platforms by simply using your RSS feed. Most places that host podcasts, like Anchor FM, have a built-in RSS feed making it easier than ever to share your own content.
Now that we know what an RSS feed is and why we need to be using them, it's time to tackle how to find RSS Feeds that you can share. As stated before you can easily share blog posts, podcasts, youtube channels, and more via an RSS feed and there are a few different ways to find the RSS feed.
If you see the standard orange icon like above you will know for a fact that you found the RSS feed. If you see this on any website, simply click on it and it will take you to the site's RSS feed. From there you will copy the URL.
Next, if the blog, website, podcast, etc is a WordPress site all you need to do is add /feed/ to the end of the website's URL. You may not know if a site is a WordPress site or not, but simply adding the /feed/ to the end will tell you for sure if it works or not.
For example, Katy Perry uses WordPress for her website. If I were to google her name, I would find her site and it would look like this:
Now if I take that same URL and add /feed/ to the end of it, it will then get me her RSS feed, which just looks like a bunch of codes. But this URL is exactly what you need and I'll show you how to use it in just a moment.
YouTube channel pages double as RSS feeds. Simply copy and paste the URL for the channel into your RSS reader.
An RSS Feed finder is a tool you can install on your web browser to help you locate RSS feeds. There are several options to choose from no matter if you use Chrome or Firefox or whatever browser you prefer.
If you are using WordPress simply add /feed/ to the end of your website’s domain name. Example: https://rss.com/blog/feed/
Some sites offer RSS feeds, but you can use RSS by Zapier to create RSS feeds with data from thousands of apps.
You can create the RSS by first choosing an app event, then setting up the Zap, then turning on the zap. Zapier makes it very easy by showing you the 3 easy steps you need to follow.
There is also a website called RSS.app that allows you to create your own RSS feed from websites, Instagram Feeds, Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Google News and so much more. Using RSS.app to create a feed takes 3 quick steps. They have a free version that allows you to create 2 RSS Feeds that has up to 5 posts per feed, or you can upgrade to a paid account and create more.
Now that you know what an RSS Feed is, why you need to be using it, and how to find or create one, let's get to the real magic and that is using Social Rotation to disperse your RSS feeds to all of your social accounts. Set this up one time and you can continually have content posting to your accounts without lifting another finger.
Step 1: Go to our scheduler and click on RSS feed.
Step 2: Paste the URL of the RSS feed you wish to use in our Importer and click on Add Feed.
Step 3: Choose which social media account (Facebook, Twitter, Google My Business) you want to post the feed to
It's never been easier to add content to your social accounts as it is with Social Rotation. Try us for 7 days for $1 at the link below.
And make sure to follow Social Rotation's RSS Feed.
Recently we had a few users who were seeing their watermarks small on just the Community Pack. It looked something like this.
We did some research and found some file sizing issues with just this particular pack. So we reworked the files and updated the Community Pack in the MarketPlace.
If you have been seeing small logos on the Community Pack, you will want to re-download that pack, create an updated bucket and use that new bucket in your schedule. See below on how to do that for Single Locations as well as Resellers.
Step 1: Click on Content and then Purchased Buckets.
Step 2: Find the Community Pack in your Purchased Buckets and hit the Remove Purchase Buckets Button.
Step 3: Click on MarketPlace.
Step 4: Find the Community Pack and click on Add Back to Purchased Buckets.
Step 5: Click on Purchased Buckets.
Step 6: Click on Create Bucket (Ignore Scheduling)
Step 7: Click on Rotation.
Step 5: Delete or make your old Community Pack inactive.
Step 6: Click on the Schedule New Rotation Content button and use the new Community bucket you just created.
Step 1: Click on Content and then Agency Buckets.
Step 2: Find the Community Pack in your Purchased Buckets and take note of which of your locations is using the old Community Pack.
Step 3: Click on Purchased Buckets.
Step 4: Find the Community Pack and click on Remove Purchased Buckets.
Step 5: Click on Market Place.
Step 6: Find the Community Building pack and click on Add Back to Purchased Buckets
Step 7: Click on Purchased Buckets.
Step 5: Click on the Create New Bucket Button.
Step 6: Name your bucket. We suggest adding something that will distinguish this pack from the old one such as a date. And then hit the Save button.
Step 7: Click on the lock icon and then select the locations you want to give this content to.
Step 8: Click on Client Locations, Find your Client and Log In As.
Step 9: Click on Prebuilt Buckets.
Step 10: Find the New Agency Pack you just gave them access to and then click on Create Bucket (Ignore Scheduling).
Step 11: Click on Rotation.
Step 12: Delete or make your old Community Pack inactive.
Step 13: Click on the Schedule New Rotation Content button and use the new Community bucket you just created.
As the first quarter of the year comes to a close I wanted to share with you everything that has been added to Social Rotation in that short amount of time.
First, let's go through the Done-For-You Content Packs that have been released as well as all of the Canva Templates you now have access to inside of Social Rotation as well as all of the new features added to the software.
Every month Social Rotation add done for you Social Media Content to the platform. If you have a Social Rotation account, you get access to every single one of these content packs. Each pack starts at 50 images and goes up to 181 images. Social Rotation at the release of this blog post, has 62 done-for-you content packs. Below are our most recent content packs.
Sometimes you need more than done-for-you content. Sometimes, you need custom content for your business or your specific event. That's where our Canva templates come into play. Each month we release 1-2 Canva templates that you can customize for your specific needs. Below is a list of the templates released the first quarter of 2022.
We are continually making updates to our software to make it the best social media posting platform on the market. These new features make using the platform easier and make posting content faster and easier for you. Below are all of the added features in the first quarter of this year.
Today we released an updated feature.
Some of our users were having issues with being able to disconnect from Facebook if they selected a page that was already connected to another account. And this new feature will solve that issue.
If you try to connect an account and you get this error screen
You will now be able to select the disconnect button
And the system will take you back out to start over.
With this new feature added to Social Rotation, you have the ability to run the content bucket just one time.
In order to use the new run once feature, create a schedule like normal, then move the run once toggle over to right. Any schedule that is using that content bucket will then be a run once schedule as well.
Once the content bucket has posted all of the images from that bucket, the system will automatically turrn off all schedules that use that content bucket.
Sometimes it's the small changes that make the biggest impact. Today I bring you two small changes that could speed up your time tremendously.
This new update cleaned up the preview image area. Before it would show you the post message and the Twitter message, and even if one of those had no content you would see an empty box. We did away with that and now you will only see those things if you have content written in them. It will also now show you your first comment as well, where that was not an option before.
In previous updates we allowed you to use a search bar in the Market Place and a few of you requested the ability to search your own agency buckets and today, we gave you that option. In the upper right-hand corner, you will find the search bar, type in anything that you are looking for and the search bar will narrow your search for you.
Watermarking your social content is live once again. Our development team worked hard to track down a watermarking error we were having and we are happy to report that it is now live again.
We noticed an error in the system that was allowing some social accounts to be connected in multiple locations. This was causing an error with the watermarking not knowing which logo to attach to which account because of the duplicates.
We added in some fail-safes that no longer allow social accounts to be connected in multiple locations. If you try to connect an account that is already connected to another location, you will get the error message below.
If you previously had a social account connected to two locations, we have disconnected both of those and you will need to connect the social account to just one location.
If you get this error message you will need to open an incognito window in your internet browser, log into your social rotation account and connect it from there. Here is our troubleshooting document to walk you through how to do that.
To use the Watermark feature, log into your account, and click on Admin, and then Watermark.
Upload your logo file and then adjust your opacity and scale to fit your logo within the white box in the upper right-hand corner and hit the Save button.
And then make sure you have selected watermarked from your Content Bucket.
As business owners, we realize that spending time to find content to post or worse creating your own graphics can be time-consuming and difficult. But it doesn't have to be.
Have you heard of a free graphic design app called Canva? It is an amazing app that allows you to easily design anything you could possibly imagine.
Now I know what you are thinking. I'm sure you are thinking that you are no designer and it can't be that easy.
Well, that is partially true. You are not a designer, but we make it easy for you to look like you are a designer. We have designers on staff and we have taken the time to create social media graphics you can easily customize for your own agency.
But what's even better than Canva Templates is a social posting platform that makes posting those graphics to all of your social accounts fast and easy. And the platform saves your content where you can repurpose it later.
This week we are giving you a new Canva Template that is a tribute to Mel Robbins but is a template that can be used in just about any industry.
And just when you thought I had given you all of the good news possible. I have even more good news. Social Rotation gives our members new content each and every month. And not just a little content, a LOT of content. We give you Canva Templates as well as done-for-you posts in a variety of niches on a variety of different subjects three times a month.
If you have a single location Social Rotation account, log into your account.
Click on Admin.
Click on Training. You will find your new templates at the bottom of that screen.
If you have a Social Rotation Agency account, log into your account.
Click on Agency Training.
Then click on Resources. Scroll down and you will see all of the Canva Templates we have available to you there.