Symphony is an all-in-one dashboard to publish, schedule, and manage your content on Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin.

Adding Your Profiles to Symphony

The first step to getting started with Symphony is to add the social profiles and blogs that you’d like to manage. Symphony is meant to be an all-in-one social media management dashboard, and it works better the more accounts you connect to it. Here are the types of accounts you can connect:

  • Facebook profiles
  • Facebook business pages
  • Facebook groups (if you’re the group admin)
  • Twitter accounts
  • LinkedIn profile
  • LinkedIn Company Pages
  • Blogs you manage

Symphony will ask for Facebook permissions, including the ability to “post on your behalf”. Don’t worry! Symphony will never post anything unless you tell it to. Once you’re in Symphony you’ll see the home page like this:

how to link your social media profiles to symphony

 

To pick which individual Facebook pages you want to link click the Facebook button (Twitter will connect whichever account you’re currently logged in with). You’ll see a list of your pages appear:

Setup social media profiles with symphony

 

Once you’ve linked your desired profiles, click ‘Done’ and you’ll be taken to the home dashboard for the first time. This is what your profiles will look like:

connect social profiles to manage

If you need to link more profiles, click “Add profiles & blogs.”

Now that you’re set up there’s a few basic tasks you might also want to do:

You’re ready to rock and roll and start harmonizing your social media empire!

User Guide: Adding a Blog Tab to your Facebook Page

The Facebook Blog Tab adds a prominent app and menu item to your Facebook page to make your blog easily accessible to anyone visiting your Facebook page. This allows your fans to see your recent posts right on your Facebook page.

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How to install the Blog Tab?

Three easy steps directly from the Symphony home page:

  1. Connect both, your blog and your Facebook page, to Symphony (by clicking “Add Profiles & Blogs”). You can find more details here.
  2. On the box of your Facebook page in Symphony click Add Blog Tab.

Add your Blog as a Tab on facebook business page

 

3. Then select the theme and layout for your tab, hit save, and you’re done.

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Themes and Layouts

You can choose from several different types of layouts and themes. For example:

  • Full Post – great if you want to keep readers on your Facebook page
  • Post headlines with excerpt – ideal for previewing your blog and sending traffic back to your website
  • Large image gallery – perfect for showcasing your latest work

 

Customize the Tab’s Appearance on Facebook

If you want to further customize the look of your blog tab button and menu on Facebook, you can do so directly on Facebook. By default the tab button uses a light blue style that matches Facebook’s own style. Most users keep that default as it’s nice and consistent with Facebook’s default buttons. But if you like to customize that, then go to your page’s Settings section and edit the tab name and image there.

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That’s all for setting up your blog tab. If you have any questions reach out to us on the chat box inside Symphony.

 

 

Syndication: Auto-Publish your Blog to Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

If you share your blog posts to your social profiles on a regular basis then Syndication might be your favorite feature. It saves you time and automates some of the repetitive tasks in your day. Set it up once, and then it automatically shares every new blog post you write to your social profiles on an ongoing basis.

Symphony offers the fastest syndication in the industry: once a new blog post appears on your blog, Symphony detects it and publishes it to the social profiles that you’ve selected within seconds for most modern blogging platforms, and in less than 5 minutes for older blogging platforms.

Setting Up Syndication

  1. As with any other feature, the first step is to connect your blogs and social profiles to Symphony. In this case, connect the blog that you want to syndicate, and also connect the social profiles that you want to publish to, such as your Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, and LinkedIn Profiles. You do this by clicking on the “Add Profiles & Blogs” button. If you’re having difficulty with this step, see more details here.
  2. On the Symphony home page you’ll see the Syndication box at the top of the page. Click on “Setup Syndication”.
    syndication_box
  3. Now you’re on the Syndication page. Select the blog you want to syndicate from, then select all the target social profiles. Your page should look like this:
    Blog Syndication with Symphony
  4. The preview at the bottom of the page shows you how your most recent post will look like on each of the social networks you selected.

You’re all set. Going forward, any new blog post you write on your blog will be automatically shared to the social profiles you selected.

 

FAQ

Q: Can I syndicate more than one blog?

Yes. You can repeat the same steps to add another blog. And you can set different syndication targets for each blog.

Q: Does syndication publish old posts?

No. Syndication works going forward. It auto-publishes new blog posts that you write after syndication was activated. If you want to share existing posts, use the Crosspost tool.

Q: My posts are being shared without images, or with the wrong images. Why?

Symphony reads your RSS feed and extracts the images from it. If your RSS feed doesn’t include images then Symphony won’t be able to see them. Here are a few things you might want to check:

  • Use full feeds, not partial. In WordPress, go to your dashboard then select Settings -> Reading -> Set the option For each article in a feed, show to Full Text. If you’re on Blogger then it’s Settings -> Other -> and then set Allow Blog Feed to Full.
  • If you’re on WordPress and you use Featured Images (i.e. images that are not embedded in the content of your post) then those images are not included in your RSS feed. You’ll need to install the Featured Image in RSS plugin to include your featured images in your feed.

After you’ve made the changes above, refresh your feed (see next question) and verify that your images are being read correctly. If not, reach out to us on the chat box in Symphony and we’ll look into it further.

Q: How do I test my RSS feed and make sure it’s working?

Symphony has a built-in feed tester. From the home page, find the box of your blog and click the “Refresh” link.

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That will show a green message detailed the status of your feed and the latest article. It will also include a link to the Feed Tester tool.

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