The Mixed Remixed Festival is the nation’s largest gathering of mixed race and multiracial people and families. Each year we bring together writers, filmmakers, performers, bloggers and community leaders for a film, book and performance festival.
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization run entirely by volunteers, we know that our web presence is essential to keep spreading the word about our message and programs.
The heart of our web presence is of course, our website, but more specifically our blog. And we couldn’t make the blog as consistent and engaging without CoSchedule, an incredibly powerful and useful editorial calendar that has been a game changer for us.
We started using CoSchedule in 2015. Since then, CoSchedule has only become more powerful and honestly, today we don’t know how we could blog without it.
Here’s a list of some of the key features of CoSchedule:
- Drag-And-Drop Marketing Calendar
- Easy Social Media Scheduling
- Easy Workflow Management For Your Marketing Team
- Easily Re-Schedule Old Blog Content
- Works Great With WordPress
- Manage Google Docs Content
- Manage Evernote Content
- Convert Evernote & Google Docs Content To WordPress
- Automate Social Media Posts
- ReQueue Evergreen Content
- Simplify Workflow Management
- Lots Of Intergrations That Will Simplify Your Life
WHY WE LOVE CO-SCHEDULE SO MUCH
Our volunteer bloggers are located all over the country. We used to try to schedule Skype calls or Google Hangouts to coordinate our work but it was impossible because of all the different time zones. Instead we’ve been able to coordinate our activities with the help of CoSchedule, an amazing editorial calendar for blogging, that makes communicating information and deadlines so easy!!! We can now manage all of our content using drag-and-drop simplicity! And it’s color-coded!
1. COSCHEDULE HAS A GREAT AND EASY LAYOUT!
The calendar lays out the scheduled posts with ease as well as the social media posts. The great thing is you can see it all in one place. And again, it’s color-coded! I can’t tell you how great that is to be able to easily see what’s coming up on the calendar next.
2. COSCHEDULE SEAMLESSLY CONNECTS WITH YOUR WORDPRESS SITE!
CoSchedule seamlessly connects with your WordPress site. You write your posts and then at the same time schedule your social media posts all within WordPress.
3. COSCHEDULE INTEGRATES WITH EVERNOTE AND GOOGLE DOCS!
You can also draft your posts in Evernote or Google Docs and then convert those notes and documents into blog posts with just a click!
4. COSCHEDULE MAKES IT A BREEZE TO SCHEDULE SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS LONG INTO THE FUTURE!
We schedule posts on CoSchedule for Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr and can easily choose when and which image to include with the social media post. It’s totally genius. Now with CoSchedule,we schedule as many shares as we want at the times that we designate–even going way into the future so that we can re-purpose our most popular posts or even those we feel need more attention.
One of the greatest features in this regard is the Social Templates Feature. Once you create a Social Template for how many social media posts (on all of the social media networks) and when to schedule them with the click of a button. Check out how to do it on the Coschedule blog.
5. THE COSCHEDULE DASHBOARD PROVIDES GREAT ANALYTICS.
CoSchedule keeps track of how many times your post has been shared so that you can see what posts receive the most traffic and from where. Folks clearly love Misty Copeland and Jordan Peele as much as we do! This way you know which old posts are popular and you can re-post them.
6. THE COSCHEDULE REQUEUE FEATURE WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE!
Once you schedule your social media posts you can easily set the post to Requeue for reuse later on. Then the magic of CoSchedule sets in. CoSchedule will automatically post the message again to fill in any gaps in your social schedule! Genius, right? This feature has freed up a ton of time for us. Instead of doing bulk uploads to Hootsuite to make sure our Twitter feed was active, we now use Requeue because it’s automatic AND it allows you to add an image, a link or VIDEO.
7. COSCHEDULE CREATES AUTOMATIC WORKFLOWS.
One of the very best things for our purposes as an all-volunteer team of bloggers is using tasks and comments on posts that allow you to create workflows for your team without emails. You don’t need to clog your fellow team members’ inboxes with emails requesting graphics or other information. All you have to do is create a task on the post itself to be sent to your team member.
8. COSCHEDULE HAS A POWERFUL CHROME PLUGIN!
When CoSchedule created the Chrome Plugin we really were able to up our game on Twitter and Facebook. We are always on the hunt for articles that will interest our audience. Now we can share them automatically just by clicking on the CoSchedule Chrome Plugin. And with the wonderful Requeue feature, we can make sure we keep sharing those evergreen articles from other people’s blogs and news sites.
COSCHEDULE MAKES CONNECTING WITH OUR COMMUNITY EASIER!
We are an all-volunteer non-profit arts organization that offers all of our events for free to the public. We are really careful about how we spend money because we work on a shoe-string budget. But we knew we had to spend the money to use CoSchedule to make sure that we made the most of our all-volunteer team and this opportunity to spread the word about our mission and work. If you’re serious about blogging, don’t miss out on this great tool!
Sign-up with this link and you’ll be helping the Festival too!
Here is a great overview tutorial of the power of CoSchedule:
CoSchedule from Garrett Moon on Vimeo.
[Disclosure: We have been paid subscribers of CoSchedule since 2015, however by sharing this review we are eligible to receive a discount on the overall price. (CoSchedule doesn’t have a non-profit discount program and we need a discount because we really need CoSchedule). If you decide you must have it as we did and sign up through this link, then the Festival will get a percentage off of the price. We love CoSchedule and hope you’ll check it out but we wanted to share this disclaimer.]