I want to post to social media

It's easy to post what you have created to Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, or save your item as an image to use on Instagram.

An Administrator on your account will first need to authorize your account under the Admin tab. Only Publishers and Administrators can post to your library’s accounts.  

Check out our video tutorial on posting to social media:

To post an item (flyer, bookmark, etc.) to Facebook or Twitter:

1. Click the Folders link at the top of the page to open the All Folders page.
2. Open a folder by clicking the folder name.
3. From the Items page, hover over an item and then click on the Document Details icon (three vertical dots).




4. Click Share on Facebook or Share on Twitter from the Document Details. This will take you to the Create Social Media page.  
5. Click the gray Account button at the top of the page.  
6. A list of all authorized accounts for your library will display in a pop-up window. Select the Facebook or Twitter account that you would like to post to and click the Select Account button.
7. Enter a message for your post in the Post Content field.  Note that there is a limit on the number of characters you can use in your message.  There is a character count below the Post Content box. 


   
8. The post will link to the promotional document by default.  To edit the link for the post, click the Edit Link button.  Use the tabs in the Select Link window to link to a book in your catalog, an e-resource at your library, an uploaded file, or a custom URL. 


   
9. The Images and Attachments field will include the image of your promotional document by default.  If you want to remove the image, hover over that image in the Images and Attachments field and click the X that appears.  
10. To add a new image, click the + button to add images to your post.  Note, Facebook posts can only include 1 image, and Twitter posts can include up to 4 images.  


   
11. From the Image Selector window, select the image you would like to include.  The image will be added to the Images and Attachments field.  
12. Check Email me when delivery is complete if you want to be notified by email when your post has gone up.
13. To post immediately, select the Post Now  button.
14. To schedule a post for a later date/time, select the Schedule For Later radio button. Enter a date and time to publish the post, then click Schedule Post.
Note: The scheduled time will take into account the time zone that your Administrator set in the Basic Settings. 

After you save the event, you will see the item listed on the Schedule page. Return to the Items page by clicking on the name of the Folder from the top, left-hand corner. 


To post an item to Facebook or Twitter directly from the editor:

Note: These instructions apply to templates that use the Lists editor, as well as emails.  

1. From the Editor, add the content and make the changes to your item.
2. When you are ready to schedule your item to post, select the Publish to… drop-down (an arrow pointing up), or the Publish menu in the menu bar.
3. Select either the Facebook or Twitter link.



4. If you have created a new item, you will be asked to name the item.  Your item will be saved and you will be taken to the Create Social Media page.



5. Click the gray Account button at the top of the page.  
6. A list of all authorized accounts for your library will display in a pop-up window.  Select the Facebook or Twitter account that you would like to post to and click the Select Account button.
7. Enter a message for your post in the Post Content field.  Note that there is a limit on the number of characters you can use in your message.  There is a character count below the Post Content box.
8. The post will link to the promotional document by default.  To edit the link for the post, click the Edit Link button.  Use the tabs in the Select Link window to link to a book in your catalog, an e-resource at your library, an uploaded file, or a custom URL.



9. The Images and Attachments field will include the image of your promotional document by default.  If you want to remove the image, hover over that image in the Images and Attachments field and click the X that appears.  
10. To add a new image, click the + button to add images to your post.  Note, Facebook posts can only include 1 image, and Twitter posts can include up to 4 images. 
11. From the Image Selector window, select the image you would like to include.  The image will be added to the Images and Attachments field.  
12. Check Email me when delivery is complete if you want to be notified by email when your post has gone up.
13. To post immediately, select the Post Now button.
14. To schedule a post for a later date/time, select the Schedule For Later radio button. Enter a date and time to publish the post, then click Schedule Post.
Note: The scheduled time will take into account the time zone that your Administrator set in the Basic Settings. 

To create a new Facebook or Twitter Post:

1. Click the Folders link at the top of the page to open the All Folders page. 
2. Click the folder name where you would like the item saved in. 
3. Click the Create Item button.
4. To browse the available widget templates, click on the checkbox next to Widgets on the left, under the Formats category. You can also enter the widget aspect ratio or a topic keyword in the search bar to narrow down your results. 



5. Once you have completed your item, click the Publish to button (an arrow pointing up). Choose the platform you would like to publish your item in. 



6. The Create Social Media page will display. Click the gray Account button at the top of the page.



7. A list of all authorized accounts for your library will display in a pop-up window.  Select the Facebook or Twitter account that you would like to post to and click the Select Account button.
8. Enter a message for your post in the Post Content field.  Note that there is a limit on the number of characters you can use in your message.  There is a character count below the Post Content box.
9. To add or edit the link for the post, click the Edit Link button.  Use the tabs in the Select Link window to link to a book in your catalog, an e-resource at your library, an uploaded file, or a custom URL.



10. From the Images and Attachments field, click the + button to add images to your post.  Note, Facebook posts can only include 1 image, and Twitter posts can include up to 4 images. 



11. From the Image Selector window, select the image you would like to include.  The image will be added to the Images and Attachments field.  If you want to remove an image, hover over that image in the Images and Attachments field and click the X that appears.
12. Check Email me when delivery is complete if you want to be notified by email when your post has gone up.
13. To post immediately, select the Post Now button.
14. To schedule a post for a later date/time, select the Schedule for Later button. Enter a date, and time to publish the post, then click Schedule Post.
Note: The scheduled time will take into account the time zone that your Administrator set in the Basic Settings. 

Scheduling the post will take you to the Promotion Schedule page with the item listed on the date it is scheduled to be posted. 

Return to the Items page by clicking on the name of the Promotion from the top, left-hand corner. 

To create an image to post on Instagram: 


For an Instagram post, create your item using our 1:1 square widget, then save your item to your computer as an image following the steps below. You can then post the image to Instagram as you normally would.
  1. Click on the Home tab or click the Create Item link under a folder. To find a 1:1 square widget, enter "1:1 widget" into our search bar. Browse the available templates or enter "1:1 widget blank" to create your own image.
  2. Click the blue Create button under the template you would like to use.
  3. Once you have finished creating your item, click on the Save button and then exit the editor.
  4. Inside the folder, click on the template thumbnail. This will bring up the Document Details pop-up menu.
  5. Click on the Get Sharing URL link. 
Note: Only users with Publisher and Admin user roles can access the Get Sharing URL. If you do not see the Get Sharing URL link, please contact an admin user at your organization. 




6. Then right click on the image. Click on the Save image as option.




7. Save your image and change the name to one you will recognize. Your image will save as a PNG image.

8. Post your image to Instagram as you normally would. 

To pin an item to Pinterest:


2. Click on the folder that your item is saved in. 
2. Hover over the item and then click on the Document Details icon (three vertical dots). 

3. Click Share on Pinterest.
4. Click on the Pin It button at the top of the screen.
A window will open for you to log in to your Pinterest account, where you will be asked to select a board and enter a description for the Item.
Note: You can also post to Pinterest from the Editor by clicking the Publish to… drop-down, or the Publish menu in the menu bar, and selecting Pinterest.

To pin a NextReads Newsletter to Pinterest:

In order to pin images from a newsletter, you must first install the Pin It button that Pinterest provides to your browser. For information on installing the Pin It button, see https://help.pinterest.com/en/articles/add-pin-it-button-your-browser.
  1. Click on Newsletters at the top of the screen.
  2. From the Overview screen, click the Delivered tab to view your published newsletters.
  3. Click the View Online link beside the newsletter.
  4. Hover over the images you want to pin.
  5. Click on the Pin It button.
  6. A window will open for you to log in to your Pinterest account.


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