The pre-scheduled post type is the same as a normal piece of content except that when you approve the content, it is published in a draft (hidden from all but your network's page administrators) straight to that network. Currently, we only support this for Facebook, but we are working on other platforms that have a pre-publish option.
Why would you do this? The simple answer is that by pre-scheduling posts, you can then go onto Facebook and apply any ad-spend you had planned before it is made public, rather than having to wait until it is published (and then having to remember to add the spend after that).
A couple of important things to note when using this post type:
- It must be approved at least 10 minutes before the time you want it live. If not Facebook will publish it straight as live (this is how they have set-up their APIs)
- They can be scheduled up to 6 months in advance
- Any changes you make to the post on Facebook, are currently not reflected in scrmhub (this will change in the future to reflect on platform changes)
- If you edit the post in scrmhub after it has been posted, once you save those changes, we will un-publish the post from Facebook and reset the status to draft. This means any spend or changes made in Facebook will be lost and need to be re-done.
Click on the Create Post icon in the top left:
Then select the pre-scheduled type:
The rest of the process is the same as creating standard content normally.
Once you are ready to publish the content, submit for approval.
The next step varies slightly. You will notice the Approve option is now a blue/yellow circle, depicting that if you approve, it will pre-schedule the post:
When you click the tick to approve, the post status will change to pre-scheduled:
This means that the post is now on Facebook and ready to edit.
We have made this easy for you by adding a menu with all the urls the post is published to:
Clicking that link will take you through to the post on Facebook, where you can apply your spend.
Please note: This link is meant to go straight to the list of posts that are pre-published on Facebook, but it is redirecting for some users, based on your Facebook Business Manager settings, to a different page. We have reported this to Facebook and are waiting for a resolution as at 22 May 2017, and will update this as soon as it is resolved.