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What I’ll learn from this article: What I’ll learn from this: The best way to create social media content and how to manage your profile by having the perfect social media plan.
Everyone is on social media.
Yes, that includes your customers and also your competition.
By now you should be aware of the impacts of social media in the business world. With benefits that make it seem like you are using some kind of growth hack for your business, no wonder why everyone is talking so good about it!
So why wouldn’t you serve yourself a piece of that cake?
In this article, I will teach you the 10 tips you must follow to take your first bite into that delicious cake called social media success:
1. Set your Goals
There are many ways to achieve success, and it’s a fact that people who set goals achieve more than the ones who don’t, the same applies to companies. Setting both, short and long term goals will grant you a path to follow, a path that will turn your visions into reality.
Remember that we are talking business here, it’s okay to have dreams but you have to act smart in order to fulfil them. Smart companies have SMART goals. - How can your goals be smart?
To have SMART goals means that each of your goals needs to be: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timetable. Let’s have a closer look:
- Specific: The more specific your goal is, the easier it will be to realize what exactly are you trying to achieve. When writing it down try to answer the Wh-Questions to make sure you are covering all the corners.
- Measurable: How will you know when your goal is achieved? For example: Double the number of your subscribers.
- Attainable: Is your goal realistic? This is the one thing that differs dreams from goals.
- Relevant: You know your goal is relevant when it supports your business’s objectives, vision, or values.
- Timetable: Schedule your goal, give it a deadline.
Its results talk for themselves making SMART goals the most popular goal-setting framework for business. Acknowledging and using them is making sure your goals actually lead to real business results.
2. Choose the right platform
There are plenty of different social media platforms for you to choose, but not every one of them will align with your goals. You have to find the platform(s) suitable for your business.
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3. Identify your audience's persona
Being aware of your audience and relating to them is a must. That’s why you created a social media profile, to gather more customers by relating to them.
Identifying your buyer’s persona means to know the age, gender, place of residence, average income, and other facts of your regular buyer. Without this information, is nearly impossible to attract the attention of your target audience.
This data is the key to create social media content that your customers will enjoy, like, comment, and share. It’s also vital for planning how to turn your followers into customers.
4. Research the competition
A full attack social media strategy is a great idea, we all have learned that The best defense is a good offense, but that doesn’t mean underestimating your competition. You will have to keep being smart in order to fully achieve the success you expected.
Do a competitive analysis to be aware of your competition and learn from them and by doing it you’ll learn more than you think about what you should be doing and what to avoid. Keep an eye on everyone and use correctly the information you collect to evaluate your goals and plans.
5. Find Inspiration
While it’s important for a brand to be unique, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be inspired by other businesses strategies that work great on social media.
Have a look at your competitors content and let it motivate you. Maybe you’ll find a great idea that can be adopted and adapted. That’s the idea, research content, and strategies and then make it your own to create something even bigger!
Even Bill Gates had to find inspiration from someone else!
Don’t know where to start? The aim is not only your competition. What about the content you like? — If you like it then it has to be good. There are many ways for you to get inspired.
6. Market your products via social media
With everything you’ve learned so far you are making your first steps to start your social media plan, just hold your horses a bit more! Let’s talk about market and sells on social media:
Marketing on social media covers more than just tweeting about your brand from time to time or buying advertising on Facebook. It’s vital to have an appropriate strategy to achieve peerless results.
More than just promotion, to actually succeed on social media you have to make your viewers care for your content. But you already know that since we talked a few lines back on how to identify your audience’s persona and why is it important, right?
Remember, only 20% of your content should be for advertising. By creating interesting, funny and relatable content you are not only increasing your brand’s name on the platform but also while interacting with your followers, you are making sure that they care about your post.
From there is up to you to use the social media platform strengths correctly to turn followers into customers.
7. Quality over quantity
I know that posting as much as possible and advertising to have a greater audience reach sounds tempting, but that’s not how social media works. People nowadays don’t follow everything that catches their eyes, they just ignore it.
Remember that one of your first goals is to find your audience’s persona. You have a target, a target market. That’s the people who will really care about your content and most likely turn into customers, and so you have to offer them great quality content.
For some people, having a social media account is like having your own house, they want it as perfect as possible with only things they like or need. So that they decided to follow you it means your content is important for them.
The content you provide them (what they’ll see in their daily feed) is not only reliable but also relevant to them. This last part is highly important because when someone is deciding to follow you it’s most likely that they saw a few posts of yours before they made that decision.
That’s when quality content makes its worth. Your content builds your reputation, that’s why quality over quantity is the golden rule of social media. If you post tons of bad or regular quality content your followers will start to ignore your post and end up unfollowing you.
With this lats tips you already should have an idea of what to post, the next question is when.
8. Create a content calendar
When posting, being consistent is the key to success. Consistency will not only give your brand a unique style but also will help your followers understand what to expect from your brand and help you to maintain your page organized.
Having a posting schedule is vital.
Do you know what’s better than posting content?
- Posting it at the perfect time to get greater impact!
Depending on the social platform you choose the perfect posting time will differ, and although important, it’s not the only thing you have to care about when creating a content schedule, the perfect plan has more than a schedule. It has a calendar.
Scheduling means being prepared, your calendar should have the dates and time at which you will publish different types of content on your social media, having in the consideration the approximate time you’ll spend interacting with the audience.
Don’t forget to always be aware of important dates, trends and festivities and post accordingly to have a bigger impact on each day new events.
When it comes to content, you are all set.
By now you should be aware of what to post, when to do it and how to do it, mastering all of these is what makes the perfect social media plan. There’s a ton of work waiting for you and your strategies in the long and constant road that’s Social Media Success.
Sounds kind of tiring, right?
Why don’t we make all that work wait bit longer and let me teach you the way to simplify it all by turning hours of work into minutes!
9. Find the right tools for your business
Whether it's from managing your page, analyze your performance and even research relevant keywords, there are plenty of great tools that will help you to increase your productivity in almost every task that you have to do, most of them can be automatized to simplify all the work.
Using the right tools will give you an advantage over your competition, want to know the best part? Most of them are free! - I bet that you, as a good businessman, won’t miss a good deal.
Remember to choose the right tools for your service and to use them correctly, or as they say:
A properly balanced sword is the most versatile weapon
This double-edged sword tools will help you to schedule, promote, create content and also manage your customers, but you mustn’t rely on them completely. If you do so, your page would end up losing its humanity and that may cause a decrease in your followers.
Now that you have the tips, the content and the tools you must be eager to put your plan in action, but I encourage you to keep reading and get to the end of this article with my last tip.
10. Test and review your strategy
The last and final step to create the perfect social plan is to review it, test it and, if necessary, do it all again. Having high hopes is great, but that doesn’t mean you have to be disappointed if your first plan doesn’t work. That’s your first step and there’s a huge path in front of you!
On the road, you’ll find out that some strategies didn’t work as planned while others worked even better than expected. Use the data at your advantage (did you know there are even tools for that?) to know exactly what to add or remove from your plan.
Always keep track of your results as you implement the changes so you can use the data you gather from surveys, post, campaigns and strategies to understand what works and what doesn’t, so you can tinker your plan into pure perfection!
Now you are all done to finally put your perfect plan into motion
Social media is always evolving, but there’s one thing that won’t ever change, considering your audience is the key to succeed in social media, without an audience your whole social media loses its purpose. If you need it, check the tips number 3, 6, 7 and 8 to know exactly what kind of content to post, for whom and when exactly to post it.
Don’t be afraid of changing your goals if things didn’t go right at the beginning, being smart, more than being persistent, means that you should know where to aim first to make the perfect impact while making the most of your social media account.
Now that you've learned about these tips, share them! And if you would you like us to talk about a specific topic? Then contact us and let us know!
By John Mackenzie – Founder & CEO of Staff Leverage, NT Digital and JohnMac Digital
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