Get CoSchedule Ready for Your Marketing Team
Get CoSchedule Ready for Your Marketing Team
Getting Started With CoSchedule for Power Users

Get CoSchedule Ready for Your Marketing Team

Introduction

What is this guide? This lesson covers a handful of things you need to know about before inviting your team to use CoSchedule.

Who’s this guide for? New CoSchedule champions that will be implementing CoSchedule for their marketing team.

What you’ll learn: 

  • Inviting team members to CoSchedule.
  • Inviting team members to CoSchedule.
  • Types of user roles and use cases for each.
  • How (and when) to use read-only views. 
  • Setting team permissions for each member. 

User Roles in CoSchedule

User roles allow you to limit what certain users see in CoSchedule. It’s a good idea to sketch out who on your team will have which roles before you start. Here’s an example to illustrate how each role could be implemented in a marketing team.

User roles orgaization chart

There are five user roles in CoSchedule: Owner, Manager, Admin, User, and Guest.

Owner

An owner in CoSchedule is the individual with the highest access rights. It is likely the person who started the CoSchedule plan and initiated the purchase. There is only one owner per account.

This individual can:

  • Can change the subscription plan, update billing information, and delete calendars.
  • Can view, edit, publish, and delete projects.
  • Can view, edit, publish, and delete social messages.
  • Can create and assign tasks to all team members.
  • Change calendar settings.
  • Can administer social profiles, including the ability to delete profiles from your company.
  • Can administer team members, including the ability to delete team members from your company.

Who should have owner access

Manager

Managers have the same access rights as an owner. However, the owner can rescind rights from the manager as necessary. You may want to assign a team member these rights to assist you with managing the account in the event that you are unable to access the account due to travel, etc.

These individuals can:

  • Can change the subscription plan and update billing information.
  • Cannot assign other team members as Managers.
  • Can view, edit, publish, and delete projects.
  • Can view, edit, publish, and delete social messages.
  • Can create and assign tasks to all team members.
  • Change calendar settings.
  • Can administer social profiles, including the ability to delete profiles from your company.
  • Can administer team members, including the ability to delete team members from your company.

Manager access rights

Admin

Individuals with admin access can…

  • Cannot assign other team members as Managers.
  • Can view, edit, publish, and delete projects.
  • Can view, edit, publish, and delete social messages.
  • Can create and assign tasks to all team members.
  • Change calendar settings.
  • Can administer social profiles, excluding the ability to delete profiles from your company. (Only owners and managers can permanently delete a social profile from the entire company.)
  • Can administer team members, excluding the ability to delete team members from your company. (Only owners and managers can permanently delete a team member from the entire company.)

User

Individuals with user access can…

  • Can view, edit, publish, and delete projects.
  • Can view, edit, publish, and delete social messages.
  • Can create and assign tasks to all team members. 

Who should have user access

Guest

Individuals with guest access can…

  • Can view and edit projects only if assigned to them.
  • Can complete tasks assigned to them.

Guest access rights

Where to Set User Roles for Your Team

When you’re ready to start inviting your team members to CoSchedule, user roles can be set by toggling down your name in the left-hand corner and clicking the “Team Members” option.

Where to set user roles

Click the pencil next to the team member you want to edit and use the drop-down list to choose the user role you want to apply to the individual.

Team member roles

Read-only Views in CoSchedule

You likely have a few stakeholders that require regular updates on what your team is working on. CoSchedule makes it easy to keep everyone in-the-know and prove the value of your team with read-only views.

This means people can have access to see certain marketing projects or campaigns, but can’t make changes, edit, or reschedule.

The best part about read-only views is that stakeholders can see what’s going on, but you don’t have to pay for an extra user in CoSchedule.

How to Create a Read-only View

Read-only views are created by clicking the share icon in the top right-hand corner.

There are two different versions of the read-only view that can be shared.

  1. A shareable link that gets updated in real-time, so your stakeholders always have the most up-to-date details.
  2. A downloadable PDF that is best for printing, but won’t automatically update when changes are made.

To create a shareable read-only link, click the “Enable Sharing” text. Next, copy the link and send it to anyone who needs to stay updated about what your team is working on.

Shareable link

If you don’t want someone to have access to that link any longer, simply break the link by clicking the “Disable Sharing” text. 

To create a downloadable PDF, click the “Download PDF” text located under the shareable link. 

When to Use a Read-only View

Here are a few awesome use cases to make the most of read-only views.

Keep the Sales Team Updated on Deliverables

If your team is responsible for producing materials on behalf of other departments, creating a read-only view is a great way to cut down on status updates and keep people in that department updated on projected timelines. 

For instance, if your team regularly creates sales collateral for the sales department, choose to create a read-only link based on the “Sales” saved view. 

This will ensure that the sales team only has access to view the projects that are relevant for them. 

Here’s an example of what the sales read-only link will look like to someone on the sales team:

Read only link example

This cuts down on the time it takes you to manually provide updates. Individuals can self-serve and see exactly when their projects will be done and what progress has been made so far. 

Show Your CMO/CEO All Scheduled/Planned Marketing Campaigns

Say your CMO wants to stay updated on the progress of every marketing campaign your team launches. 

Create a read-only link from a “Marketing Campaigns” saved view. This allows the CMO to quickly see when each campaign will launch and all the individual projects which the campaign is comprised of. 

Read only marketing campaigns

For more details about the campaign, the read-only link allows the user to click into each campaign to see individual projects, tasks, and content. 

Click into campaigns

Share Planned Work on Behalf of Clients

Keep clients in-the-know by giving them a read-only link to quickly see all the things you’re working on including marketing initiatives, social media, or email marketing. 

Share a read-only link with a client based on the color label saved view you created in an earlier lesson. Missed that lesson?  

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This allows your clients to quickly approve content, see timelines, and give feedback about deliverables. 

Feedback in read only

Inviting Your Team to Use CoSchedule

Now that you’ve got some of the basic things set-up in CoSchedule, it’s time to start inviting your team members to use CoSchedule.

Inviting team members is easy – simply toggle down your name and chose the “Team Members” option from the drop-down menu.

Upcoming tasks list

From here, click the blue button to add a new team member to your calendar. 

Invite team member

Enter the individual’s email and choose their user role based on their needs.

Setting User Permissions

Once you’ve added your team members and they’ve accepted the invite, you can customize which parts of CoSchedule each person has access to.

There are a couple of reasons you’ll want to do this:

  1. It allows you to set boundaries based on roles and responsibilities.
  2. It gives each team member a custom view of CoSchedule that only has the features they care about.

Customized app permissions

Here are some best practice suggestions for each member of your team:

Graphic Designers

Use Case: Graphic designers use CoSchedule to manage their daily workloads, submit their work and monitor projects for changes and approvals, but things like analytics and the Ideas Board aren’t relevant for them.

Best Practice: Give graphic designers access to The Team Dashboard so they can easily see what they need to work on; The Project Kanban Board to move things forward once they’ve completed their portion of the work; and The Asset Organizer for a place to store all their projects.

Graphic designers saved view

Content Marketing Writers

Use Case: Content Marketers need to manage their daily workloads, monitor project progress and potentially see how their blog posts are performing on social media, but they probably shouldn’t be responding to incoming social media messages, etc.

Best Practice: Give your Content Marketers access to the Team Dashboard so they can easily see what they need to work on; The Project Kanban Board to monitor progress on their projects; Analytics to see how their blogs are performing on social media; The Asset Organizer to pull graphics for their projects; and The Ideas Board to put content marketing and blog ideas in the backlog.

Content marketers saved view

Social Media Coordinators

Use Case: When it comes to social media, it’s important to restrict who has access to these features. You don’t want someone to respond on behalf of your organization without proper permission. Some of your team is trained to respond using the brand voice and PR guidelines, and others are not.

Best Practice: Social media is a powerful tool for marketing, but not everyone needs to access it. We recommend giving Social Media Coordinators access to The Conversations Inbox; The Asset Organizer so they can easily find documents; The Team Dashboard to Plan their daily work, Analytics to track outcomes of their social campaigns, and ReQueue to get better ROI on their social media efforts. 

Content marketers saved view

Copywriters

Use Case: Copywriters need to manage their daily workloads and quickly see what tasks they need to accomplish.

Best Practice: Give your Copywriters access to the Team Dashboard so they can easily see what they need to work on.

Copywriters saved view

Analysts

Use Case: Marketing Analysts need to manage their daily workloads and quickly see what tasks they need to accomplish and need to see data in CoSchedule to pull reports when necessary.

Best Practice: Give your Analysts access to The Team Dashboard so they can easily see what they need to work on, as well as Analytics

Analysts saved view

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