If you’re working to build a community around your book, its topic, or its genre, you might have started a Facebook group for it.
Groups are where the conversations among like-minded people are taking place on Facebook.
Until recently, groups have had a few limitations. In particular, group administrators couldn’t schedule a Facebook group post (as you can on your author Page) and had no insights into the membership and how and when it uses the group.
That’s finally changing, though.
New Facebook group features
Facebook is rolling out several new group features, including scheduled posts.
This couldn’t come soon enough for me. While this is already possible with third-party tools, I prefer to post within my Build Book Buzz group because while I’m there, I can scroll down and see who’s asking questions, whether they have answers, where I might be able to help, and so on.
Posting from an app is too hands-off for me.
I discovered this function by chance — no email or Messenger message from Facebook, no pop-up that said, “Hey! Guess what you can do now!”
I don’t want you to overlook it, so here’s how to find and use it in any group where you’re the administrator (owner, manager, etc.).
Follow these steps to schedule a Facebook group post
Start by writing your post in the “write post” box.
Next, select the little clock icon next to the blue “Post” icon.
Select a date and time the same way you schedule post on your author or book Page. Then select the blue “Schedule” icon in the lower right of the “Schedule Post” window.
You’ll see a confirmation on your group discussion page.
Need to make a change?
You’re done . . . unless you need to make a change in your post or decide to delete it. That process works much like it does on a Page.
But first you have to find your scheduled post! If you’ve just scheduled it and haven’t left your group, you’ll see it at the top of your group screen, shown above.
But if you leave the group and come back to it later, you’ll need to look a little harder for it.
To find it, select “Manage Group” in the menu on the left side of your group.
That generates a new screen. Select “Scheduled Posts” under “Admin Activity.”
In this test, I’ve got one scheduled post. Here’s what it looks like in my group.
To edit it for delete it, use the little caret, or down angle, in the upper right, just as you do on your profile or Page posts.
You’ll get a drop down menu with the four options shown below. Select the one you want; make your change.
Confirm or save your change when prompted and you’re done.
Other new group functions
Be sure to check your group for this new function as well as the new group insights and other features, too.
And . . . if you’re like many authors who don’t quite know the difference between a group, Page and profile, be sure to read, “Facebook profile, Page, or group? An author’s primer.”
Do you have a Facebook group? What do you like the most about it? Tell us in a comment.
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