What is Postcron?
It is a social media scheduling tool which was recommended to me by a marketer friend. I was looking for a quick and inexpensive way to publish posts I had fallen behind on doing. In addition, I wanted to save time. I am always looking for more efficient methods to operate my business because my time is limited.
Social media includes social sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Instagram. Bloggers and website owners regularly publish their content to these online media giants in the hopes of increasing brand recognition and making sales.
Postcron like HootSuite allows us to do this. So, why aren’t there more Postcron reviews? The company itself seems to be professional and the service simple enough to use. I am guessing it must be due to age. Postcron was established in 2015 compared to one of it’s better-known competitors, Hootsuite which was founded in 2008.
Postcron Plans & Pricing
The first thing I’d like to point out is a 100% FREE version of Postcron does exist. It is very hard to find it on the website and I only caught on after I did not join immediately and I was sent an email from the company.
I later needed to do a search in the frequently asked questions section to find the offer. I can only assume this is to encourage people to pay. However, for those on a tight budget, this is good to know.
You can use the free version for as long as you like but you can only post to six social accounts from 5 of the sites listed above (Instagram is excluded). Each profile, fan page, group, event, and board is considered an account.
Here’s the catch, only 10 pending posts are allowed at any one time so if you are just posting to social media each time you complete writing a blog post it is sufficient.
The other plans as you can see listed on the right include Pro, Business, Agency and Mega. All prices are in US dollars (Canadians beware!) and are per month. In addition, I have quoted prices based on the annual Postcron payment plans. Choosing to pay on a monthly basis increases the overall cost to the consumer.
Give Away One Free Month and Get One Month Free
For those of you in the paid payment plans, you can participate in the referral program. Every time an internet marketer joins under your referral link you get one month free. The person must activate their account for you to benefit.
For example, I originally joined under a 30-day free trial offer as a pro member which means at the end of the trial when my credit card is first charged, my sponsor will get credit for me activating the plan leading to their free month using the Postcron scheduling tool.
Feature Snapshot For Social Media Publishers
The image on the right gives you an idea of what is covered in each of the plans. The Postcron bulk uploader is the one feature you may use the most.
The content gallery is another one. It makes it easy for you to post content other than your own to social media. This is a strategy you should be employing regularly.
Premium refers to any of the paid plans. The following are some of the benefits:
- Bulk Uploader: Load up to 1000 posts in minutes.
- Watermark: Add a logo to each image published.
- Content Gallery: Get content to share with followers.
- Team Members: Share your plan with a team.
- Instagram: Schedule for sharing to a social network.
- Videos: Upload directly from your PC
- Customer Support: Only for premium.
There are several videos as well as a Postcron FAQ section which explains the features listed in the chart above in more detail. It is worth mentioning that invoices are available and you can cancel the account at any time.
How to Use Postcron Scheduling Tool
There are three ways to use this social media scheduling tool. The post now option allows you to publish your post immediately. Depending on how many you have there is a delay feature which will space the publishing apart which will reduce the risk of your posts being marked as spam.
The schedule setting permits you to choose a day and time to have the post published. This may be done on an excel sheet that is upload to the Postcron platform or an easier way is to do it within the back office.
The final method is called pre-defined times. You do not need to set the schedule for each post. It is done for you automatically. You upload or program your new post and it will be entered into the first free predefined spot in the schedule of each social account you select.
There may be times when you need to multiply the individual posts you are publishing. For instance, one of my affiliate programs has a promotion coming up in May of this year. It will only last for a few days. That is a perfect time for me to set up a few multiple posts.
The process is simple. Visit your future scheduled posts and click on a button which says “Multiply This Post”. Proceed to choose the number of times and how many days you wish it to be multiplied. Thus, if you indicate five times, every two days it will be published, for example on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday and Tuesday.
Postcrom Publishing Limitation Rules
No one wants to be banned for spamming so in the interests of preventing this from happening Postcron has implemented limits on how often you can publish your posts. Most of us, needn’t worry too much especially if we are starting out on our online career. However, it is important to be aware of the rules. All numbers are per day.
- Facebook profile & pages, Twitter & Instagram accounts, Google+ pages – 140 posts.
- LinkedIn profile – 25.
- LinkedIn page & each Pinterest board – 20.
- Facebook Group owned or managed – 18.
- Facebook Event – 18 if you are the creator, 8 where you are not.
There is a very good post on the Postcron blog called 10 Tips to Avoid Being Blocked By FaceBook. I think it is basic common sense that can also be applied to the other social media sites.
My Conclusion of Postcron
Company Name: Postcron
Product Type: Social Media Scheduling Tool
Owners: Lucas (CEO)
Cost of Service: Several Plans Available – Free up to $219 US per month with an annual plan.
Ease of Use: Good
Customer Support: Exists but performance unknown
Affiliation: Premium Member (one month free for each activation)
Opinion: Legitimate (Good Value For the Free & Pro Plans).
I think this tool is good value for the pro plan. It’s affordable and could be a great time saver for entrepreneurs posting frequently. However, if you are just beginning your career as an authority site specialist is it not really needed. These platforms are for heavy social media posting.
I fell behind on my posting. I needed to publish about 40 posts to 4 different social media sites so the Postcron social media scheduling tool was a godsend. In addition, I had an affiliate campaign to promote and I wanted to schedule posts for times when most people would read them.
The help section is fairly decent. I used it to learn the system and prepare this Postcron review. I have no complaints although the training is not as sophisticated as some I have seen. Customer service also exists but I haven’t had the chance to test it out. There is only two kinds available and that is by email or telephone.
Although I believe the company to be legitimate I had a very difficult time finding information about the owners. They really need to put up an about me page on their website or blog to provide it with that extra bit of legitimacy. I was able to get the CEO’s name from an email sent to me after joining – no last name.
The company must originate from Europe as the service is offered in several European languages. I trust the company as it was recommended to me by a colleague. I would give the FREE plan a go and then upgrade at a later date if needed.
How about you? Have you read any other Postcon reviews? Do you use social media scheduling tools? Please let us know what tools you like best or if you’d like us to review another one. Thanks.