Instagram Reels are the best way to reach more people on Instagram, since they’re the most discoverable type of content on the platform. They’re being pushed as the favorite content type now more than ever, so get in the game and start scheduling some Reels. Incorporating short-form videos into your social media strategy will up your reach and discovery chances.
So what are you waiting for? Scheduling a reel using Willow is as simple as scheduling any other post. Add your video, a short caption, a few Hashtags and you’re ready to go!
Short-form video's such as Reels are a great way of reaching more people than you normally would by just using Instagram posts, Facebook of LinkedIn.
Learn more about short-form video's in our latest blog post.
We have updated our Post Ideas to include a total of 21 ideas of what you can post on social media.
Inside the Ideas section of our Willow platform, you’ll find post ideas, visuals of existing posts, trips and tricks for creating the post, and caption templates to use!
Our Social Media Post Ideas are divided by content category: Employees & Workplace, Entertain & Inspire, Educational, Personal, and Promotional. Inside each category, you’ll find multiple post ideas.
When you click on an idea you’ll find visuals of existing posts from other companies to get inspired from, as well as some tips and tricks.
You’ll find a short description of what the post idea is, along with the time it takes to complete, difficulty level, and content category.
To complete the inspiration, we include some tips and tricks for creating your own version of this post, caption templates if you’re facing a little writer’s block, and a pro tip.
Take a look & try out our Post Ideas the next time you hit a wall! We've got your back on the inspiration.
As you may have noticed, Willow has updated the dashboard to include more features and become more user friendly. Here is a breakdown of the upgraded dashboard.
On the top of the page you can see your general performance over a given period of time. It will show you how much your engagement, impressions and number of followers have grown since your last check. This way you are always up to date with how your socials are doing and where you can improve!
The dashboard also shows you a more detailed visual of your content mix and consistency when posting. A good content mix is important to ensure variation within your content, you can easily track this by selecting the most appropriate category every time you plan a post. Consistency gets rewarded by a social media platform’s algorithm in the form of more visibility and impressions, this is why it is important to post on a regular basis. The new consistency visual in our dashboard will help you achieve this.
In terms of employee advocacy, you can see which employees are advocates for your social media channels thanks to the handy overview on our dashboard. Employees are ranked based on who is posting the most in the given period. Employee advocacy is a crucial part of your social media growth because it gives your company credibility online and sends a positive image of the company to both potential clients and potential employees.
To make it easier for you to have a quick overview of all the posts lined up, Willow now has a handy carousel that allows you to view the planned posts how your audience will see them once posted. The carousel also makes it very easy for you to scroll through all posts and make sure they are visually a good fit for your company’s social media and company image.
Willow places great importance on posting news articles that help to increase your credibility and professional image online. This is why we added a small overview on our new home page that gives you the articles best suited to your posting habits and preferences. This way you can read and select the perfect article right upon logging into Willow!
Thanks to Willow’s latest feature you can now track and manage online mentions about your brand, industry, thought leaders, websites and other relevant keywords.
✨ Please note: This is a premium feature for small business accounts.
With Willow’s Keyword Monitor you get daily content based on your preferred keywords. The articles will be collected from Willow’s database and Google News.
The Keyword Monitor is super versatile and can be used for multiple means:
Keyword Feeds will look like this:
You can search for very targeted content thanks to several filters and conditions. The more specific you make them, the more specific your articles will be!
The first time using the feature, you will be welcomed by a pop-up guide introducing the specific feature.
✨ Note: It takes between 1 and 10 minutes before you will see the full result in your Keyword Monitor. The content in your keyword monitor is updated every 6 hours.
Conditions allow for defined filtering, such as excluding certain keywords or websites.
Let’s look at an example to make things more clear.
In this example we’re looking for:
The News section just got a big makeover! Now it's even easier for you to follow topics and sources, build a fully customized news feed and get better daily article recommendations.
Here's an overview of everything that's new:
This one is for all Instagram lovers! As of today, you can schedule and publish Instagram carousel posts directly from Willow. 🎉
This will not only save you lots of stress and time, but it also allows you to auto-publish engaging posts to your Instagram business account with just a few clicks!
A carousel post, also known as a multiple-image post, allows you to post up to 10 photos and videos in one Instagram post. They’re one of the most engaging formats for social media as they outperform single image posts almost every time!
💡 The proof is in the numbers: 80% of Willow's top-performing posts over the last year have been multiple-image posts.
Create your Instagram post as usual and upload your images:
Right now you cannot change the order once you upload your images, but the team is working on this for the future. So for now, upload your images in the order you want them to appear on Instagram.
Yes, auto-publishing of multiple-image posts only applies to business profiles due to limitations set by Instagram. As for now, you cannot schedule multiple-image posts to personal profiles.
This one is so intuitive, it barely requires any explanation.
Drag and drop is a real game-changer for organizing your content. And a real time-saver too.
Easily preview scheduled posts, drafts and tasks and re-order your feed with a simple drag and drop. Instead of editing each entry, simply drag and drop between dates. Easy peasy!
With group editing, you can change several posts at the same time. It’s great for when you have a typo or just want to edit imagery without having to edit multiple posts separately.
Note: If you prefer to edit the posts separately, e.g. if you want to personalize your posts according to the social media channel, this is still possible. All you need to do is go into the Option menu and select 'Ungroup posts'.
Curious about this Option menu? Read all about it 👇
By clicking the three dots next to a post, draft, or task, you can now access extra options.
Willow now allows you to create draft posts. What better place than your social media scheduler to jot down your creative ideas? You'll have your draft posts at your fingertips when you want to plan your content for the week. ✅
That’s it! You can access your drafts by clicking ”My Drafts” in the top-right corner in Willow. If your draft has a specific date you will also see it on your calendar.
💡 You will receive daily reminders by email to complete and schedule your drafts if they are scheduled within the next 24 hours.
When you’re ready to send that top-notch post out into the world, the only thing you have to do is click “Approve”. ✅
Today marks the day we can finally announce the long-awaited and highly requested feature that will highly improve your social media management: Mentioning Businesses & Employees in Posts
💡 Important Tip! Write your post in its entirety first before adding mentions. We have to split the captions in order to do mentioning. This will help you avoid having to copy and paste too much.
Mentioning a company on LinkedIn requires you to find and insert the exact handle. How do I find the handle? Read all about it here. Here's who you can mention and not mention on LinkedIn:
✔️ Showcase Pages
✔️ Employees connected in Willow
❌ Other people
Right now LinkedIn does not allow you to mention people in Willow or any other tool. This is due to privacy restrictions.
Mentioning a company on Instagram requires you to find and and insert the exact handle. How do I find the handle? Read all about it here. Here's who you can mention and not mention on Instagram:
Mentioning a company on Facebook is as easy as just searching for the name. You'll eventually get the right company suggested. Here's who you can mention and not mention on Facebook:
Right now Facebook does not allow you to mention people in Willow or any other tool. This is due to privacy restrictions.
Mentioning a company on Twitter is as easy as just searching for the name. You'll eventually get the right company suggested. Here's who you can mention and not mention on Twitter:
Can I tag personal profiles using a third-party scheduling tool?
Whereas tagging businesses is always possible, personal profiles can be tagged according to the social media channel's restrictions. Facebook never allows third-party scheduling tools to tag people. Instagram and Twitter do. LinkedIn allows tagging of employees connected in the third-party scheduling tool.
Why are these privacy restrictions in place?
For communicating personal data to third-party tools, every social channel has its own requirements. It's worth noting all third-party scheduling tools must adhere to these limitations (Just so you know it's not a limitation of our Willow product 😉).
From now on, you're able to edit single tasks that are part of a series. You can simply edit the date, the time, the description, etc. of a single task without automatically changing all occurrences of the task.
We further researched the best times to post so you don't have to. Simply pick the optimal time slot for a specific day and channel. To optimize your reach, the actual posting time will be picked randomly within the chosen time window.
Never forget to post about a birthday or company event anymore thanks to the new yearly recurring slot (Many customers requested this feature, so here it is!).
Plan your ideas on the calendar in under 5 minutes thanks to its new intuitive design.
This functionality allows you to be more specific about which regions and which languages you want to receive content suggestions from. So you no longer have to scroll through a bunch of English articles if you are only looking for Dutch content, and vice versa.
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Can’t find the topic you are looking for? Have a great topic idea? Just send us your idea in the chat and we’ll have a look at what we can do for you.
Topics, twitter accounts, sources & keywords you follow
All topics, twitter accounts, sources and keywords that you follow are now brought together in one helpful overview. If a particular source has become less interesting or relevant to you, you can simply unfollow it here.
You can find all these settings by navigating to "News" and clicking on the settings button.
Sometimes you could find yourself looking for a more specific news article to share, a so-called piėce unique. Or you just feel that today our algorithms aren't hitting the nail on the head just yet.
To help you get there, our new "Search" will be able to quickly pull up the desired article from our huge library of indexed content. Simply use keywords and you'll see the most recent articles with that specific keyword in the text or title.
Introducing Quick Links
We understand that when you follow tons of topics and influencers it can sometimes get a bit hard to navigate. To speed up your workflow and to help you find your way around our content more quickly, we've added Quick Links. Just look for your topic or influencer in the search bar and get to it in a matter of seconds.
We care about how you interact with your social media and want to make sure you always know how you're performing 📈 in the blink of an eye.
Social Media Analytics help you to better understand the impact of your social media activities and to keep track of your goals. Are you 100% consistent? Which employee gained you the most post engagements? Which post resulted in the most impressions?
You will now be able to post videos on LinkedIn Personal Profiles! This is a much-requested feature and the Willow team has been working around the clock to make it work for you. So, why would you want to post videos on personal profiles?
"People don't buy from brands. They buy from people they know and trust."
Involving your employees in your social media efforts is a very cost-effective marketing tool. It is safe to say that the majority of your employees have social media channels. This means your employees and colleagues will have thousands - depending on how big your company is - of combined social media connections. Studies also show that almost 85% of people would choose products or services that have been recommended by friends, family and colleagues.
So, encouraging your employees to engage in the company’s social media platforms could be a sure-fire way to increase your social media reach. It’s also worth noting that personal accounts have 5x more reach than business accounts.
How does it work?
Willow allows you to post on business accounts and personal accounts in one click, so no extra efforts needed! In the post builder in Willow, you can select any video you want to share on your personal LinkedIn Profile or on the connected personal profiles of your employees.
RSS is a standardized content distribution method that helps you stay up to date with your favorite sites, whether that be blogs, websites, and/or your own website. Instead of visiting each and every site individually to see if they published something you can simply add the RSS feed URL or website URL in Willow and discover fresh content in one place.
This content can be shared on your social media channels or used as inspiration for your own blog posts. The most common purpose for content curation is to keep your social media channels regularly active, updated, and interesting. It’s also a great method of link building, both on your social media channels and on your blog and/or website.
When you follow a lot of influencers or sources it can be hard to keep track of all of them. Now, you have a much better overview of your influencers. Your dashboard now shows you:
Today we are introducing the Social Health score. We consider this score to be more important than followers or engagement. A high Social Health score means that you post regularly enough and post a good variety of content. Maintaining a high score will eventually lead to growing engagement and reach. It consists of three scores:
Only available if you have employees connected
Posting directly to Instagram is now a possibility through Willow for single post images and video. Video posts gets on average 2x the engagement of image posts on Instagram. With this update, you can start taking advantage of this opportunity.
We're stoked to announce that starting today you can schedule and post videos to your Linkedin Company Page with Willow! 🎞️
Linkedin & Video - the perfect combo for B2Bs
Linkedin drives 64% of social traffic to B2B websites. And on Linkedin, videos get shared 20 times more than any other type of content. In short, Linkedin is the holy grail for B2B social media, and video is the king of content. You do the math. 📈
Currently Linkedin doesn't allow third party apps to schedule videos to Linkedin Profiles. But you can still post and schedule videos to your Linkedin Company Pages with Willow!
You can now easily provide colleagues with a login for Willow, via Settings (top right) > Team members.
Employee engagement is a hidden gem
Your employees are your biggest asset. Even if they have 200 connections on Linkedin and you connect 5 of them to your Willow, you can potentially reach and engage 1000 more people.It can also be incredibly useful when you have a new team member and you want to let them use the content, scheduling, and the expertise on the Willow platform.
We just went ahead and added 20 more Topics to our content hub!
We've got you covered
No matter what B2B industry you're in, we've got fresh and trending content available for you to share with your audience. Use your personalized content to share industry updates, tips & tricks, and more with your audience on social media. With Willow, you never run out of content. 😎
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