Today’s post is a bit different and will only be of interest to you if you are a blogger or small business owner. If not, pop back later in the week when normal blog posts will return. This post is a Viraltag review. If you’ve not heard of Viraltag before it’s a social media scheduler. Read on to find out more.
I’ve just completed a 2 week trial using Viraltag to schedule Pinterest and twitter. In the interest of being open and honest with you, I want to tell you straight away that I will get 6 months free use by writing this Viraltag review. That said, this will be an honest review. If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t want to keep using it.
Viraltag is a scheduler for Instagram, facebook, Pinterest and Twitter. I’ve been using it for both Pinterest and twitter so I’ll tell you about both in this review. I’ve not used it for Instagram or facebook so I won’t be covering that here.
The first thing you need is the Viraltag chrome extension. This adds the Viraltag schedule button to the tool bar and also all images.
Let’s start with twitter. I’ve only ever scheduled to twitter using the free version of social oomph before. I didn’t use it a lot because you can’t schedule images in the free version. I read somewhere that tweets with images get 200 times more engagements. They certainly stand out in my feed more.
For both Twitter and Pinterest, you can set a schedule of when you want images posting or you can individually schedule them for exactly when you want. Viraltag suggests the best times for twitter and Pinterest based on your account and you can also manually add them too.
I’ve loved being able to schedule tweets with images these last 2 weeks and I’ve noticed the engagements with my posts has increased. As soon as I’ve published a post, I click the Viraltag logo and then on the next screen I compose my tweet. There is even the option to edit the image in Viraltag and I believe it works through canva. So far the only editing I’ve done is to make the image size optimised for Twitter. Viral tag automatically adds the link to the page you are linking to which is great. You can set the tweet as evergreen if appropriate and this can be added to the bank of tweets that Viraltag tweets for you.
Once I’m happy with the image and text I start scheduling when I want the tweet to be published. There are two options, schedule or add to the queue. To schedule, you click on the dates you want your tweet to go out and select the time. I’ve been scheduling blog post tweets to go out 2-3 times a day for the first couple of days then less often. If you select add to queue Viraltag will schedule it for the next available slot in your schedule we discussed above.
As well as tweeting images from a website you can also upload photos directly from your computer. I’ve used this method to tweet a twitter optimised image of my Instagram and Pinterest accounts to promote them.
So far I love using it to schedule to twitter but there are a couple of things that could be improved. My twitter preset schedule has occasionally reverted to the basic starting one which loses all the extra slots I added. I’d love if there was an option to set a tweet to post every so many hours indefinitely. Finally, I’m not sure if it is just me not setting it up correctly but I’m not convinced that my evergreen posts are going out in every free slot in my schedule. It doesn’t seem like all slots are being filled. Perhaps I’m not setting it up correctly, so I’ll be looking into this next.
Let’s move on to Pinterest. Viraltag makes it so easy to schedule to Pinterest. It’s as simple as using the chrome extension to pin images from any website. Then select the boards you want it to pin to from the drop down menu. Finally, select add to queue or schedule. I always add to queue and unlike twitter, Viraltag does seem to be filling every free slot.
There are a few things I think could be improved such as there is no warning if you are about to a pin to a board that already has that pin on it. Also, there is no way of shuffling your queue or setting an interval between pinning the same pin to multiple boards. I think I may start scheduling my multiple board pins so that I can spread them out more.
For both Twitter and Pinterest, Viraltag provides analytics which I haven’t explored yet. The other thing I haven’t explored yet is circles for Pinterest. This sounds similar to tailwind tribes (which I still use) but I’m not sure how popular these are.
So, in summary, there are plenty of good points about Viraltag and a few things that I wish could be improved. I’m looking forward to using it more and seeing how much it improves my blogging over the next 6 months.
Have you used Viraltag? Have you any tips for me?
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Disclosure – By writting and sharing this review I will get 6 months free membership to use Viraltag. All words and opinions are my own.