No time to get to grips with social media? 5 tips to take back control
The work of a marketing and communications assistant is multi-facetted, to put it mildly. The market is developing so quickly that you suddenly find yourself responsible for just about everything remotely related to marketing or communications before you even realize it. It's great that every day is different, but the occasional break wouldn’t hurt. There’s so much going on in the online world, and managing all those channels simply takes a lot of time. However, there are various ways to get on top of your online communications, so here are 5 tips on taking back control.
1.Know What You Want (And What You Don’t Want)
First of all, you have to make some decisions. What do you want to achieve and who do you want to reach with your content? First decide the big picture, then zoom in on the details. Where do you want to be in a year, for example, and what do you need to get there? Then define the marketing objectives of your content strategy. Are you trying to generate more leads, or increase the number of visitors to your website or blog? Are you aiming to improve customer satisfaction ratings? Whatever your objective, the first step is to make decisions when defining your strategy. These decisions will keep you focused. Prioritizing one aspect will automatically make another less relevant. If you find yourself spending a lot of time on the less important things, cut them out.
2. Decide What to Use in Your Content
What information does your target group need? Decide the kind of content your target group needs in each phase of the buyer's journey. Create an overview of your target group’s preferred content, and make decisions on aspects such as Evergeen or Ephemeral content. You also have to think ahead
about annual events, special days and special moments. For inspiration, take a look at a social media engagement calendar and select the relevant moments to engage that benefit your organization or brand. You’ll be surprised how much you can figure out in advance.
3. Be Consistent
Select those topics and themes you want to focus on with your brand, and convert them into recurring headings. For example, you could start the Monday with news, or end the week with a summary. If you’ve got a large group of followers who post ideas about your product, you could highlight these once a week.
Habits and recurring items appeal to people, because we like things to be predictable and structured. For example, every morning and afternoon I receive a news update from an online news channel, which I use to find out about the previous night’s news while I’m having breakfast. Come up with a content format, and think about how often you publish your posts.
4. Plan Your Content Ahead
It might sound dull, but make sure you plan ahead. Schedule editorial meetings, and think about what you want to say in the coming week, fortnight or month. Does it reflect your strategy? Think about what you want to say, and on which day. How do you make sure you interact enough with your target group? When are you going to publish your posts? You’ll actually find it a load off your mind if you think ahead and make sure there’s enough content. It will leave you with time and mental space for fun, creative and ad hoc ideas.
You can also use a content planner to help plan ahead. All kinds of hardcopy planners are available online that will help you get a clear overview of your posts. The advantage of digital planners and content calendars is that they can be linked to your social media accounts and automatically publish your posts, saving you a lot of manual work. Handy! Another advantage of an online content calendar is that you can measure the effect of your social media posts. This brings us to tip number 5.
5. Measure Your Results
Make sure you understand the results of all your efforts. The only surefire way to know if your content is effective is to measure it. Do you remember your objectives? Use UTM Tracking Codes in Google Analytics to identify the content that led your target group to your website, and how they behave on it. This can reveal which posts are most likely to lead to clicks and conversions, for example.
If you also use a publishing tool, you can measure the reach of your posts, how often a post has been clicked, what approach works best, and what posts have the highest interaction rate. Make sure you understand what you’re doing, and use the data you obtain to improve next time around by adjusting your objectives and strategy. If content is successful, continue with it, and if it’s not, try something different. This is the way to get an overview, clear your mind and achieve your objectives without wasting time.
Hopefully these tips will put you on course to take back control of your online communications. If you have some more ideas, please share them!
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