How To Schedule Tweets For Food Truck Owners

Whether you’re just starting a food truck or have been operating for awhile, sending out Tweets is one of the easiest and most popular ways to let your fans know where you’re going to be located. It’s not hard to do… after all, the whole message can only be 140 characters in length. But when you’re busy prepping for your next service, it can become another time consuming task that you need to do before you head out on the road.

Schedule Your Tweets to Save Time

In this post, we’re going to tell you how you can schedule your Tweets ahead of time so you can take your mind off of Twitter when you are in the frenzy of preparation. Most likely, you’ll already know your locations for the week (or 2 weeks or more) so take advantage of this knowledge. So instead of Tweeting every morning or before an event, you can plan out your Tweets and have them automatically sent out. There are a number of tools you can use to accomplish this but we like to use Hootsuite. It’s available to use on the Hootsuite webpage and as an app on smart phones.

This can be a huge time saver because you can Tweet your future locations when you’re already in the office doing administrative tasks on the computer. You can schedule Tweets to be sent on a specific date and time from the Hootsuite interface. You can even track links in your Tweets to see how many people clicked on it.

How To Use Hootsuite

Note: Before we begin, you will need to have a Twitter account already set up. Once you have a profile on Twitter, we can start setting up Hootsuite to manage your Twitter feeds.

Step 1

Go to Hootsuite.com. On the right side of the screen, enter your email address, name and create a password to start your Hootsuite account.

Step 2

After you’ve created your Hootsuite account, the next screen should display the first step to linking to your Twitter account. Click the Add Twitter Profile button.

Step 3

When the Add Social Network window appears, click on the Connect With Twitter button.

Step 4

Next, enter your Twitter username and password to authorize the Hootsuite application to link to your Twitter account. Hit Authorize App when you’re finished. You’re now ready to use Hootsuite for all your Tweets! There are some account settings you can fill in later to complete your Hootsuite profile if you want.

Step 5

If you’re not in the Home screen, then click on the house icon on the left-hand sidebar. From here, you’ll see the tab for your Twitter account and also a field above the tabs labelled Compose Message. You can click on the message area and send a regular Tweet.

Step 6

Once you click on Compose Message, the field will open up and you can begin typing your message. There’s a character counter just like the one you’d find on Twitter so you’ll know when you’ve reached your limit.

Step 7

You can also add links to webpages in the Add A Link box. The great thing about Hootsuite is that it automatically shortens the URLs and allows you to track their activity. Just type the link into the Add A Link box and hit Shrink. Your shortened link will begin with http://ow.ly/ and will work just like any other link.

Test it out! Here is a link to our blog page: http://ow.ly/cj0Ax

Step 8

When you’re finished with your message, you can simply hit Send Now to send your message immediately… OR schedule it for future release! This is where Hootsuite can be a time saver! To schedule a Tweet, click the icon that looks like a calendar page with a ’30′ in it.

Step 9

The message window will open up and you can easily pick a date and time to have your message sent. You can even check the box if you want to be emailed when your message is sent. To schedule additional messages, simply repeat the process. It’s super easy to do and you can Tweet out all your locations for the week in one sitting!

Schedule as many Tweets as you like. Of course, if anything changes with your food truck schedule, you’ll need to update or cancel that particular message.

Hootsuite Smartphone App

If you’re using Hootsuite, we recommend also downloading the app for your smartphone. It contains the same features as found on the website but obviously, it’s easier to type multiple messages from a desktop or laptop computer. However, with the app, you can send up to the minute tweets from your location if there’s anything relevant you want to share.

Additional Features

Hootsuite can also be used to manage all your social media accounts. That means you only need to log into Hootsuite to update your status on:

  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Google+
  • Foursquare
  • MySpace
  • WordPress

We will explain how to link those accounts to Hootsuite in another article. For now, we hope you found this information useful by explaining how you can schedule your Twitter updates!

If you have additional tips, please share them below in the comments section. We’re sure other food truck owners will find them useful!

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One Response to “How To Schedule Tweets For Food Truck Owners”

  • Food Truck Fan on July 20, 2012

    Very Timely article on an affordable method of promotion. Social media can be the secret weapon of independent food truck owners. Nurture your following, and they will multiple along with your bottom line. Roll On!