Sprout Queue and ViralPost
The Sprout Queue is a quick and easy way to queue up multiple posts for your profiles and have them published automatically throughout the day. Used as a complement to your existing publishing strategy, the Queue can help you streamline the distribution of content that isn't time-sensitive (think: evergreen blog posts, tips about your product, pictures of kittens, etc.)
This article explains how to configure and use the Sprout Queue, as well as give you a thorough understanding of how ViralPost works, so you can use it to maximize the potential velocity of the content you send to your social profiles.
There are two options when it comes to content management within the Sprout Queue. The first is manual configuration. To configure your Sprout Queue, click on the gear icon and navigate to Sprout Queue.
Here, you can see all of your connected social profiles and how each are currently configured in the Sprout Queue. At the top of this page, the dropdown next to Daily Post Times allow you to choose which time zone the Queue is based off of.
You may manually configure profile Queues one at a time or edit Queue Settings in bulk. To get started, select one or more profile checkboxes and click Edit Times.
Here, you will be able to set new designated content release times or choose a profile with Queue Settings as a starting point. The Sprout Queue can release content on weekdays, weekends or both.
Add post time allows you to designate multiple content release times. The maximum number of Sprout Queue posts allowed per profile, per day is 10. On the right, you can see how many post times are used. When you are done making changes, simply click Save.
To view a particular profile's Queue Settings, simply click on the profile's handle on Sprout Queue home screen.
Sprout Social's patented ViralPost technology takes the guesswork out of scheduling for you. Instead of manually configuring the Sprout Queue, simply enable ViralPost in the Configure Queue Settings screen.
Similar to manual Sprout Queue configuration, ViralPost can post up to 10 times per profile, per day. Simply specify a timeframe, down to the minute, for weekdays and/or weekends, and Save.
ViralPost looks at your most active, influential followers on Twitter and their periods of authentic engagement, especially with you. Then it constantly reanalyzes and reevaluates behavior once per week, evolving as your Twitter audience changes.
Note: Though ViralPost learns from Twitter specifically, you may also enable the feature for any profile, regardless of network. For networks other than Twitter, ViralPost uses global optimal send times to determine content release. Additionally, ViralPost does not take manually scheduled messages into account when determining optimal send times. Please keep this in mind when manually scheduling content. View your Sprout Queue in the Publishing tab to verify which times your queued messages are set to publish.
Pausing the Queue
In the event that something occurs in the world that takes precedence over social content, you may pause any and all of your Queues.
To pause an individual Queue, click on the profile's name within the Sprout Queue home screen and change status from Active to Paused.
To pause content across all profiles, click Pause All at the upper right of the Sprout Queue home screen.
Any content in your Sprout Queue will remain until the Queue is Active, at which point, the Queue will determine new publishing times for all posts in it.
Disabling the Queue
To disable the Sprout Queue, click on the gear icon within the Sprout Queue home screen.
Disabling the Sprout Queue will delete all messages currently queued, remove it as an option when composing messages and remove it from the left navigation bar of the Publishing tab.
Adding a Post to the Sprout Queue
After composing your message, click on the content management dropdown menu and select Sprout Queue.
Queue Next adds your post to the top of the Queue. Queue Last adds it to the end. You may have up to 50 posts queued per profile.
Managing Queued Content
To manage content in the Sprout Queue, navigate Publishing tab > Sprout Queue.
The Sprout Queue right bar shows your Queue Profiles, which displays a list of profiles and number of posts currently queued.
After selecting a queue from Queue Profiles, the profile's Queue Settings will display beneath. Manually configured Queues will show designated content release times. Queues utilizing ViralPost will show the designated content release timeframe. Send times chosen by ViralPost will display at the bottom of each message.
To manage any queued post, click on the gear icon at the upper right of a message.
You can edit, delete, move the post to the top or bottom of the queue or send the post immediately. It is also possible to drag and drop messages to arrange them in the preferred order.