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  1. Draft Posts

    A 'draft' function would amazing. Somewhere to save half-formed posts that you can go back to at a later date and add links, images or video, and then schedule them up as normal.

    It'd be a lifesaver for those working long-lead who receive assets for posts last minute. I have notes all over the place reminding me to Buffer tweets when I receive a certain image or when a page finally goes live!

    925 votes
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      67 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Hey folks,

      Wow, it has been awesome to see all the support for this feature. Thanks so much.

      I’m keen to share an update :)

      We are currently working on a new team collaboration tool for Buffer for Business, which will include the ability to create Draft posts. We’re really pumped to make collaborating on posts with your team a whole lot easier.

      If you’d like to keep track of how it’s shaping up, feel free to follow it out on our Transparent Roadmap: https://trello.com/c/4hkUzyAJ/30-draft-posts ((it’s a public Trello board)

      Thanks for all your input and patience!

      Cheers,
      Mike

    • Facebook/LinkedIn Tagging

      Right now I can tag a twitter user, but it won't properly reciprocate to Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+ (hence they will not be notified that I'm talking about that page or person).

      This is stopping us from adopting this more broadly and still go in after and have to tag manually.

      650 votes
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        48 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Hey everyone!

        A brief update on tagging coming your way. :)

        We’ve run into a couple of technical hurdles, but have started testing Facebook page-to-page tagging in the Buffer Extension. Right now it is limited to alpha testing, so we haven’t opened it up yet as a public beta just yet.

        For more details, head on over to the card on our Public Roadmap: https://trello.com/c/kFiNex0J/24-mentions-for-facebook-pages

        We’re bundling this new feature with some other upgrades to the dashboard composer, which we expect will be rolling out closer to the end of Q2 / start of Q3. Sorry about the vagueness, it is a bit of a moving target right now.

        Thanks for your stellar patience. :)

        Cheers,
        Mike

      • Suggested hashtags

        On sharing, based on post's words the (mobile or web) app can suggest some hashtags.

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          30 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Hey everyone,

          A long overdue update here from me here!

          I’m excited to say we’ve started exploring hashtag suggestions in a few ways.

          We’ve just recently introduced suggested hashtags for Twitter in the Buffer Extension, and are exploring suggested hashtags in our mobile apps too (you can try them out on iOS right now!)

          We’ll continue to work on bringing them to other parts of Buffer too – thanks for the feedback you’ve all provided so far!

          Cheers,
          - Mike from Buffer

        • Instagram Feed Preview Feature

          Be able to preview my Instagram feed. This feature exists on other programs (Later has an excellent feature that shows how the feed will look on a smartphone screen) and is invaluable. With Buffer it is difficult to imagine how all of the images will look once they are in the feed.The Buffer calendar feature does not even show small images when looking at the month.

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            3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            Thanks for the fantastic suggestion, Carol! Excited to share that we’ve begun research and design into a feature that will let you see a preview of your Instagram feed so that you can see how your scheduled posts will look once they’re sent out. This is the first of many improvements to make Instagram super smooth in Buffer and we’ll keep this updated as we make progress!

          • Implement the newly available Facebook APIs to enable Page to Page tagging.

            Implement the newly available Facebook APIs to enable Page to Page tagging.

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              7 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Hey everyone :)

              Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on this idea. I’m excited to let you all know that we have started building this and are making good progress. The back-end is built, next steps are hooking up the front end and requesting access from Facebook!

              I’ll be sure to keep you updated :)

            • Add comments to posts waiting for approval (and a rejection button with comments)

              our current process is the content marketer drafts the message before sending to me for approval. is there functionality within buffer for me to add feedback as comments within buffer or rejecting the message so that the content marketer can rework it? this is ideal rather than me deleting the entry entirely

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                5 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                Thanks so much for the great suggestion! This is something that we’ve heard quite a bit of and I’m excited to share that we’ve started working on a method of making this possible within Buffer.

                I’ll keep this idea updated as we make progress, currently we’re sketching out initial designs and making sure that this works smoothly for managers and contributors.

              • Export Analytics to PDF

                When managing multiple clients, providing analytics manually is a pain. I want one click. Sprout Social is not as good at scheduling but they are killing it with Analytics. I want to be able to see every option in the graph (not just 2 at a time) and I want to be able to export the PDF of the graph in 1 click. Ideally it would have my business branding as well and any other logo's I'd like to have on it (usually the client logo and my own).

                As it stands I will have to stop the business package…

                41 votes
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                  5 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  Thanks so much for the awesome suggestion here Adam! I think you’re definitely right that we’ve needed this for a while and we’re really keen to help make this process smoother. So sorry for the long delay, I know that must not feel great at all!

                  We’re currently exploring ways to make this easy and are really eager to move quickly here!

                • Buffer Scheduling

                  Pin/Fix a post to specific date and time while remaining within the buffer schedule. For example, Fix a post to Christmas Day but when additional posts are added to the queue, they do not fall on Christmas day because that slot is already taken by the fixed post.

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                    8 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    Thanks so much for the amazing suggestions and comments here! Really sorry about the long delay in getting to this, I could definitely see how useful it would be to pin posts to specific times in your schedule. :)

                    Excited to share that we’re working on a way to make this possible and are hoping to get something in your hands really soon!

                  • Customised Reporting

                    when creating the reports to be able to have them as a pdf as well as a csv file, also the option for customer/agency branding to be carried on the report.

                    13 votes
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                      2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      Thanks for the great suggestion here Ben, can definitely see this being really useful! Happy to share that we’ve started exploring some ways we could help make this really smooth and convenient, hoping to have something testable soon. :)

                    • "In Review" Post Scheduling

                      It would be great to be able to change the scheduling of posts that are in review before approving them.

                      6 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Love this suggestion! We’re working on making this really easy to do as part of a larger improvement we’re making to collaboration within Buffer. Hope to have an update for you here soon!

                      • Buffer adding a search feature

                        I hold a buffer acct that has 50+ in our buffer. I would like to be able to search for an acct quickly and not scroll thru my entire buffer. If there was a search feature I could type the acct name in and find it.

                        58 votes
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                          12 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          Hi everyone, thanks so much for the amazing suggestions and comments here! We’ve recently added a search option for profiles on all business plans and are working hard to add searching posts soon too. Thanks so much for your patience with us on this one! :)

                        • Add more than one photo or a pdf for social media sites that except them IE Linkedin

                          It would be nice to post a flyer with mutiple images or pdf with information about items to sites that accept it in the scheduler.

                          3 votes
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                          • Push Notification on Android and Iphone App

                            Team collaboration will be much effective if Content Manager will be notified whenever they have to approve a post or if there's new contribution.Having this on the app will be AWESOME!

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                              1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              Thanks so much for the awesome suggestion here Fritz! Really happy to share that we’ve begun work on adding this into the iOS app and will hopefully have that available in the near future. Thanks so much for helping us improve Buffer! :)

                            • We'd love to see a "change history" option in here for team usage.

                              We have multiple people working on projects and would love to see edits. If we could see who made changes and when, it would help our workflow and approval process.

                              2 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                Hi there Tommy! Thanks for the really great suggestion, totally agree that being able to see edits and changes could be really useful.

                                We’ve recently started on a new approval process that will hopefully make this much easier. Will keep this thread updated as we make progress!

                              • Assign a post to a certain time within your schedule

                                It would be helpful to be able to assign a post to a spot in your buffer schedule that is not just the next available slot.

                                For example:
                                If you want to schedule a post for 2pm (the optimal time for you to tweet) in 3 days time when this is not the next available slot in your buffer you have to schedule it. Then if you fill up your buffer feed you will have two posts scheduled for the same time.

                                6 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  Hi there Heather, thanks so much for the awesome suggestion! Really happy to share that we’re exploring some ideas that will hopefully make this quite a bit easier and would love to keep you updated here as we make more progress on this one. :-)

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