4 Meet Edgar Alternatives That Will Save You Hours

Are you looking for Meet Edgar Alternatives for better management of your evergreen content? There are a number of quality, time and cost-saving solutions for scheduling of repeated content or recycled content to social networks.

So in this post, I've rounded up 4 solid Meet Edgar Alternatives…. that will make you grin and save you hours! 

4 Meet Edgar Alternatives That Will Save You Hours of Social Media Time
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4 Meet Edgar Alternatives That Will Save You Hours of Social Media Time
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BY DONNA MORITZ | 22ND MAY 2018 | CONTAINS AFFILIATE LINKS

If you are someone who needs to post consistently on social media, you've no doubt heard about evergreen content and the ability to re-queue it out to multiple social platforms like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Category-based queues are the most popular format for this. It avoids repeat posts of the same link in a row and allows you more control of what type of content is posted at what time.

This ensures that you don’t accidentally have six links to blog posts go out all at once! Using category-based queues gives you more even distribution. It also makes creating a cohesive social schedule easier because you’ll have a better idea of what’s being posted.

Not only are business owners looking for solid Meet Edgar Alternatives that can provide re-queue functionality across a range of social platforms, but as of 2018, they are also looking for tools that will comply with Twitter's terms of service. We will get to that soon.

So let's take a look at how Meet Edgar fits in to all this before we jump into the Meet Edgar alternatives…

Why “Meet Edgar Alternatives”?

Meet Edgar was one of the first tools to create a system for automating the repetition of content. And users flocked to it, excited and dizzy with the prospect of putting social media on auto-pilot.

It was new and fun, and made it possible to schedule out a lot of great content with minimal impact on time and resources. For many of us, the reaction was this:

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But as good as Edgar was, it was pricey for most of my community, and it only achieved one function – scheduled queued content.

If you wanted more granular control of your posts it didn't provide that function, and then you needed a separate tool to manage your engagement – hence the cost with needing more than one tool.

We'll take a look at my top pics for Meet Edgar Alternatives in this post – tools that perform a similar function and allow repeated or queued content on an evergreen basis.

We'll also look at what is “allowed” with regards to queued or repeated content – and by this I am referring to Twitter's Terms of Service and what you can and can't share.

How Does Twitter Factor into evergreen content or repeated content?

Twitter's Rules are not actually new as discussed in this post by Agorapulse's CEO Emeric Ernoult. It's just that now they are making a bigger point of saying they will enforce them – like in this article from February, 2018.

Twitter is doing this (as they say) to combat spam. Spam is something I would like to see being beaten down in combat, for sure! There are many facets to the “rules” but here are the two basic things to be aware of:

1  Don't post the same tweet to multiple Twitter accounts that you control.

Up until now, many users with multiple Twitter accounts (that's most of us) were posting the same tweet across their accounts using scheduling tools. You can no longer do this. 

2  Don't post identical tweets multiple times on the same Twitter account.

This is where people have “interpreted” the rule in different ways. For example, is there a period of time beyond which it is acceptable to repeat a tweet?

Is it 2 weeks, a month, 6 months…never? And it's open to interpretation as to what makes one tweet “subtantially different” from another tweet. 

So, basically in a nutshell, many of the automation tools that allow repeated content to be scheduled on Twitter had to change as of March 23, 2018. And so did the way users used them.

Now, I'm not the first one to say “what the?”. With a number of tools (including Edgar) created purely for content recycling on Twitter, why didn't Twitter ever enforce rules about identical tweets to the same or multiple platforms?

I guess it's similar to the existence of Auto DMs. We aren't allowed to use them, yet they still exist and strangely Twitter hasn't enforced that either. I hope they do. I'm much more annoyed by Auto DMs than repeated content… it's a bit like this:

Now of course it could be argued that you may be ok sharing similar content if there is a decent enough time span between tweets (whether it's a month or more, perhaps). But until I know for sure that this is ok, I won't recommend it on this blog.

Besides, there was an emerging problem of “set and forget” happening with full automation. I'll be the first to admit that I let some tweets rotate in a queue much longer than I should have. Many of us dropped the ball on that one from time to time:

So personally, I think a little more variation and less automation is a good thing. 

And remember, as I mentioned above, these rules have been there for a while now, it's just that now Twitter is making a more obvious point of saying they will enforce them.

In the spirit of helping my community to navigate the rules and move forward with sharing their content in the best way possible, I decided to look at 4 different tools that have allowed repeated or queued content.

There are definitely some great alternatives to Edgar in terms of cost and a wider set of features. Let's take a look:

4 Meet Edgar Alternatives (that you can use to save time)

Note:  Nothing has changed for Facebook or LinkedIn or Google+… so you can still post recycled or repeat content as before.

For each of the following 4 tools, I'll break down the main features, (as well as how each tool is modifying their functionality for Twitter in particular).

 #1 Agorapulse

The big advantage of using Agorapulse as a tool for repeating or recycling content, is that it does so much more. I wrote about all the features of Agorapulse here.

With Agorapulse, you get the bonus of a full social media management suite including listening/monitoring, engagement management and reporting, as well as publishing and scheduling of content, including repeated content – which puts it at the top of the list for Meet Edgar alternatives.

4 Meet Edgar Alternatives That Will Save You Hours of Social media Time
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Agorapulse starts at $49 per month for small business users so when you compare it to $49 for Meet Edgar you're already ahead with the extra functionality.

Other tools – including those mentioned in this post – don't provide the ability to engage with and reply to comments and private messages that you receive on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Agorapulse does.

Using Agorapulse for Repeated Content

Here's why Agorapulse is a great option for scheduling repeated content:

1  Setting up Queue categories is easy.

Naming your queue catogories, setting up the schedule for posts to be published on, and adding content is very intuitive with Agorapulse. It's a slick dashboard and it's all colour-coded to make it easy.

Firstly set up and name your content categories (colour-coded and ready to go!)

Creating a New Category in Agorapulse - 4 Meet Edgar Alternatives That Will Save You Hours of Social media Time
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Once you have your categories set up, simply add times to the schedule and then add content to each category queue.

Adding time slots to Agorapulse- 4 Meet Edgar Alternatives That Will Save You Hours of Social media Time
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2. You can preview content for each social network.

Agorapulse displays a visual/image preview of the post so that you can see how it will look when you publish it. Here's an example of a Facebook post, ready to add to the queue:

Scheduling a post in Agorapulse - 4 Meet Edgar Alternatives That Will Save You Hours of Social media Time
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3. You can choose to schedule posts to specific time slots, or add to the Queue of your choice. You've already set up your queue in Step one. Queue's filled with posts will look something like this:

Content Queue in Agorapulse- 4 Meet Edgar Alternatives That Will Save You Hours of Social media Time
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Note:  Aside from the queue function, you can also choose to simply

  1. add a post to the schedule or
  2. repeat it a number of times (and set the minimum number of days between repeats on platforms like Facebook).

4.  You can pause the Queue at any time.

I love that Agorapulse has a pause button so that if there is a natural disaster or it's not great timing to post, you can pause the queue. Or perhaps you want to pause a seasonal queue of Christmas posts… it's easy! Meet Edgar has a pause button and it was something that I really wanted to see in any Meet Edgar alternatives.

5. It's easy to customize your content for each different social network.

You can easily optimize your content for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn or Google+. The queue function can be handy for announcing events like a Facebook Live on a weekly basis. Using it for repeated content allows you to automate the process and share the same content over again in a queue that goes out at a certain time once per week.

HOT TIP:  When it comes to queued content, I'd still recommend that you add a few variations of the posts you want to repeat (even on Facebook where the rules of Twitter don't apply). Set the queue to space them out over a minimum period of time.  Variation keeps your content fresh.

6. Advanced Reporting

Don't get me started on Agorapulse's reporting (+ search and monitoring).  You can find out more about it here. But suffice to say, it's comprehensive. If you want to find out how successful your queued content actually is, there's a report for that!  With one click your analytics are calculated and presented in an easy-to-decipher report format, including your best performing content (ie posts, tweets) based on engagement and reach.

Twitter and Agorapulse

Just like for Facebook, the preview in Agorapulse includes an option to post as a Twitter Card or Image post:

Scheduling to Twitter in Agorapulse - 4 Meet Edgar Alternatives That Will Save You Hours of Social media Time
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Note that you can also queue or schedule your post. Here's where you need to take notice of Twitter's rules and comply with them. There are a couple of ways you can do so with Agorapulse:

1  Blocked ability to post duplicate content to Twitter accounts

On a closer look at the image above, you'll notice that Agorapulse blocks the ability to post duplicate content to more than one Twitter account as soon as the tool recognises that I am posting to Twitter. This helps you to keep in line with Twitter's guidelines.

Twitter blocks duplicate tweets to Twitter - 4 Meet Edgar Alternatives That Will Save You Hours of Social media Time