Social Snacks Episode 13: How to Move From Hootsuite to Buffer

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Social Snacks Episode 13: How to Move From Hootsuite to Buffer

Are you looking to completely move from Hootsuite to Buffer?

Maybe you just want to experiment and try Buffer’s optimal scheduling tool to see how it compares to Hootsuite’s automatic scheduler?

Or you’re looking to cut costs and use Tweetdeck, a social media tool that can help you manage multiple Twitter streams for free?

Tweetdeck - Twitter Management

On this episode of Social Snacks, we’ll take a look at how to move from Hootsuite to Buffer in just a couple of minutes.

Let’s take a look at how to switch from Hootsuite to Buffer.


Your Recipe For Success

In order to successfully move scheduled social media updates from Hootsuite to Buffer, here are the tools you’ll need.


How to Move From Hootsuite to Buffer

Now that you have the tools to help you move between Hootsuite and Buffer, let’s show you how each of these tools fits together.



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1. Login to Hootsuite


2. Click the Publisher Tab

Hootsuite Publisher Tab

3. Download a CSV file of your scheduled updates

Hootsuite Publisher

4. Launch Bulk Buffer

Bulk Buffer

After you’ve exported your updates from Hootsuite, go to Bulk Buffer.

There, you’ll upload your CSV file and select the accounts you want to add your updates to in Buffer.

At this point, you can manually add additional updates using Bulk Buffer or press the import button to have just the tweets and updates from your CSV file added to Buffer.

5. Login to Buffer

Once you’ve imported your tweets and updates to Buffer, the last thing to do is add your images and adjust your scheduling.

If you’re using Buffer’s optimal scheduling tool, you can identify the best times to post your social media updates so that you’re reaching your audience when they’re primarily interacting with your content.

Buffer Optimal Scheduling Tool

At this point, feel free to add any missing images to your social media posts in Buffer or adjust when your updates are going out.

Over to You

In just a few minutes, you can quickly move from Hootsuite to Buffer.

Remember, you’re not just moving to another tool to help you schedule tweets, posts to Facebook or posts for Pinterest.

You’re also going to be losing the ability to setup streams for viewing updates across all of your social media channels from one dashboard.

If your goal is to move to another social media tool and you’re looking to streamline your social media marketing efforts within your business, this is a great first step towards accomplishing that!

If you have additional questions about moving from Hootsuite to Buffer, feel free to share them with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or in the comments below.

About The Author
Christian Karasiewicz Founder, Social Chefs Founder and CEO of Social Chefs, a digital marketing agency. I host two shows, #SocialChatter, the industries longest running social media marketing talk show and Social Snacks, 5 minute or less social media marketing tutorials.