In this post I share my review of SmarterQueue and why I made the switch from Meet Edgar to this solid alternative for scheduling your content. When considering SmarterQueue as a Meet Edgar Alternative I looked at a number of features that were necessary for me to switch: Re-Queue of Evergreen content – this is becoming more and more necessary as we try to post our content out on multiple platforms. But if you are looking at SmarterQueue as a Meet Edgar Alternative you need to know all the other things it does. Here are the features I love in SmarterQueue: SmarterQueue Review – 12 Reasons it’s a Great Meet Edgar Alternative #1 Setting Up Content Categories is Easy with SmarterQueue With any evergreen queue tool, the set up of your categories and schedule can be daunting. #2 SmarterQueue makes it easy to add time slots to your schedule The problem with switching to a new tool as a Meet Edgar Alternative is that you really don’t want to go through the process of setting up your schedule again. It makes it so much easier to find, move, schedule and edit content: #3 It’s Easy To Find, Add, and Transfer Content to SmarterQueue Migrating to SmarterQueue from another scheduler doesn’t just stop at setting up your schedule queue and adding categories to that queue. Here’s an example of the dashboard showing how easy it is to find existing content with SmarterQueue: In my case, I chose to bring over my tweets from Twitter to start setting up my content in the schedule. URLs I used the URL search feature to find my blog posts and add them to the category “Socially Sorted BlogPosts”: SmarterQueue gives you content ideas for repurposing old content and where to find new content – every thing from importing old blog posts to using hashtags and how to search for suggested content. You can easily post with images, and post across multiple accounts at once. Over to You Will you consider SmarterQueue as a Meet Edgar Alternative?
Every week I get asked about the best Meet Edgar alternative for evergreen social media scheduling. I like Meet Edgar, but it’s expensive for most small business owners.
In this post I share my review of SmarterQueue and why I made the switch from Meet Edgar to this solid alternative for scheduling your content.
I have been using Meet Edgar for a couple of years now to schedule content on an evergreen basis, mainly on Twitter, but you can also use it for LinkedIn and Facebook.
Recently, Meet Edgar raised their price from $49 to $79 USD, which started the onslaught of questions from my community…asking me every week: is there an affordable Meet Edgar Alternative?
I know that it may not sound like much to some people but when you factor in the exchange rate to other countries (and other factors), it is.
And then there’s the issue of needing multiple tools because Meet Edgar doesn’t allow you to enage with content, only post it.
I wasn’t convinced that I would switch. I was looking for replacement for my audience, many of which had ruled out Meet Edgar because of the price point.
Though I did switch.
It turns out SmarterQueue does all of the things that Edgar was doing and more. Let’s take a look at why Smarter Queue is a great Meet Edgar Alternative:
Smarter Queue as a Meet Edgar Alternative
It was my team member who suggested I try Smarter Queue and I was hesitant at first.
Features aside, I had hundreds of posts set up in Edgar with no easy way of getting them out… at least not that Edgar was providing. It was easier to stick with Edgar than to move.
It was easier to stick with Edgar than to move.. until I looked at SmarterQueue.
When considering SmarterQueue as a Meet Edgar Alternative I looked at a number of features that were necessary for me to switch:
- Re-Queue of Evergreen content – this is becoming more and more necessary as we try to post our content out on multiple platforms. I don’t mind automation like this as it frees me up to engage (which is what it is all about, right?).
- Category Based Scheduling – this is where Meet Edgar shot to stardom when it was first released. Scheduling within categories gave us new superpowers to control what content “type” went out “when” and on what platform.
- Pause Feature – for me this was a no-brainer. I loved that Edgar allowed me to pause the entire queue when there was a national disaster or sensitive news. I didn’t want to be tweeting insensitively.
- Unlimited Posts – or near to it! With Meet Edgar I could post many times throughout the day under different categories/schedules.
- Multiple Platforms – although I used Edgar mainly for Twitter, I like that you can use it for Facebook and LInkedIn too.
- Browser Extension – for quickly adding content that you stumble across and want to quickly add to your queue.
- Short LInks – the ability to convert your links to short links like bitly’s.
- Date-based content – whereby you can set your content to expire by a certain date or only post a certain number of times.
- Great user interface – Edgar was easy on the eye, so I didn’t want to recommend a clunky complicated replacement.
So let’s discuss what SmarterQueue can do that Meet Edgar can do out of all of these items on my wish list:
All of it.
That’s right. It pretty much replaces all of Meet Edgar’s functionality … but with cream on top.
It has a whole bunch of extra features that are functional, helpful and super handy. Let’s take a look at it:
Quick OverView of Smarter Queue
I’ll outline all the awesome features of SmarterQueue below, but here’s a 4 minute overview of how to get started in SmarterQueue from their team. It covers the basics:
SmarterQueue ticks all the boxes for being able to schedule evergreen posts, have unlimited posts, schedule to multiple accounts (Twitter, Facebook Pages/Profiles/Groups, LinkedIn and Instagram), and category-based scheduling to name a few things.
But if you are looking at SmarterQueue as a Meet Edgar Alternative you need to know all the other things it does. Here are the features I love in SmarterQueue:
SmarterQueue Review – 12 Reasons it’s a Great Meet Edgar Alternative
#1 Setting Up Content Categories is Easy with SmarterQueue
With any evergreen queue tool, the set up of your categories and schedule can be daunting.
I remember the first time I did this in Meet Edgar, it took a while to get my head around! Once I got started, it became easier but still took a lot of time.
With SmarterQueue it’s easy, because it gives you:
- 6 pre-populated categories
- the ability to edit and add to those categories easily
- colour coding for categories (a feature I LOVE)
You’ll literally be guided through, step-by-step, in setting up your account and populating categories. It’s one of the best on-boarding processes I have experienced.
Check how to add categories, set up your schedule and add content to those categories in the video above.
#2 SmarterQueue makes it easy to add time slots to your schedule
The problem with switching to a new tool as a Meet Edgar Alternative is that you really don’t want to go through the process of setting up your schedule again.
But with SmarterQueue it was set up pretty quickly. If you are starting out for the first time, you can set up your categories manually with new titles and time slots as in the video above.
It’s very drag-and-drop and super easy to populate your queue.
Or if you are transferring from another tool, SmarterQueue gives you a helping hand to import your queue from Edgar (or another tool) using wizadry.
SmarterQueue analysed my connected accounts and used that information to replicate my timeslots. Instantly, I had all my scheduled timeslots for my personal and business twitter accounts… in SmarterQueue. Don’t believe me? Here’s a picture:
Yes, you are seeing this right. It took less than a minute and Edgar’s schedule was copied and ready to go.
From there, it was sooooo easy to adjust and modify. I’d almost go as far as to say it was fun.
And quite frankly, my Edgar schedule needed some updating anyway, so it was perfect timing for me to do a refresh.
The next step of adding categories to your timeslots is also super easy, like this:
It really is like “painting”. SmarterQueue allows you to colour-code your categories so it’s a quick click of the mouse and you can add a colour-coded category to any timeslot.
Once you start adding content to timeslots on ScheduleQueue, it’s super fast to fill out your schedule with the categories you set up.
This is a feature I love on SmarterQueue vs Meet Edgar.. the colour coding. It makes it…