Social

SUPPORTING A SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGY

Just as our clients vary by type and size, so do their social media marketing needs. We offer flexible plans tailored to fit everyone from the do-it-yourselfer to larger organizations that require complete platform management.

Pick A Plan

  • ONE-TIME STARTUP FOR BEGINNERS

  • One-time fee, varies by number of accounts

     

    New to social media or intimidated by the process? Don’t worry, we’ll help get you set up and feeling like a pro in just ONE DAY with one-on-one, in-person training. You’ll learn by doing and feel confident to begin managing all your sites on your own.

    • One-on-one, in-person setup of some or all social media business accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Plus, Pinterest, Snapchat); includes populating “Profile” and “About” sections, linking accounts for advertising, security settings   
    • One-on-one, in-person training: navigating admin panels, posting (text, photos, captions, links, videos, events, location check-in); linking, tagging, tweets and retweets
    • Professionally designed horizontal cover photo for each page (prepared in advance of training session)
    • Intro to types of paid Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn ads
    • Content advice
    • Keywords and hashtags advice
    • Tips to integrate your website
    • Basic insights
    • Audience building tips
    • Facebook reviews, Google reviews
    • Credentials login document
    • Leave-behind guide
    • Continued email or phone support

  • ONGOING SOCIAL PRO MARKETER

  • Monthly fee, varies by number of accounts and activity

     

    Looking for an experienced social marketing team to handle it all? We manage multiple platforms for many of our clients, saving them valuable time so they can focus on running their business. We’ll integrate your social media with your other marketing efforts, keeping you up to date on the results.

    • Setup of some or all social media business accounts (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google Plus, Pinterest, Snapchat); includes populating “Profile” and “About” sections, linking accounts for advertising, security settings 
    • Identify business goals and determine benchmarks
    • Choose the best channels
    • Research the competition
    • Content strategy, research, and development of posts and paid ads
    • Calendar and budget
    • Professionally designed headers for each page (updated quarterly and for special events / promotions)
    • Paid ad placement and tracking
    • Branded images and design templates
    • Infographics and illustrations
    • Scheduling and regular posting
    • Website integration recommendations
    • Audience building, audience engagement
    • Stock photography as needed
    • Analytics and reporting

WHY SOCIAL MEDIA?

Today’s marketers need to be active on social media channels to be relevant. Why? Because it’s where their audiences are spending an increasing amount time multitasking and making decisions.

 

Just absorb these current facts*:

  • Adults 18+ spend an average of just over 25 hours weekly on social media
  • Generation X (ages 35 to 49) spend the most time on social media – almost 7 hours per week
  • Millennials (ages 18 to 34) spend just over 6 hours per week on social media
  • Females spend 25% of their online time on social media; males spend 19%

DECIDING ON THE RIGHT SOCIAL MEDIA SITES

Should your company have a social media presence across all channels? Not necessarily. While it’s true that Facebook is still the largest social media network, you need to find out where your audience is participating.

 

There is no magic one-size-fits-all approach. You shouldn’t feel you need to be everywhere, but you don’t want to limit your efforts to just one platform either. The key is having a firm grasp of your audience demographics and behavior to best allocate your resources.

DEVELOPING SOCIAL MEDIA CONTENT

Clients always ask us what type of content they should be posting. We like to first identify their goals, and then develop a social media content strategy that includes a variety of posts and paid ads when appropriate. Paid ads on social media are a cost-effective way for you to target specific audience demographics outside of your following.

 

Our content strategy phase includes research and writing, stock photo purchasing, and graphic design elements designed to work together to inform, excite and influence your audience. We generally recommend that clients follow a 70% / 20% / 10% posting rule as a guide. Let’s break this down:

 

Original value-adding content 0%

This includes everything from relevant news, recent events, photos of your company in action, links to interesting articles or videos, contests, surveys, really anything that portrays your company in a good light. Be creative, watch what your competition is doing, and always keep it positive.

Shared content0%

Sharing posts from reputable organizations can help improve your standing and create a consistent representation of your values. Promoting other business’s events, liking their pages, and tagging their posts can help you build meaningful partnerships.

Promotional content 0%

These are any posts intended to sell or endorse your product or service. They can be very effective, but be careful not to turn your social media site into a constant sales pitch or you’ll quickly disengage your followers.

INTEGRATING SOCIAL MEDIA WITH YOUR OTHER MARKETING EFFORTS

Social media marketing is a powerful tool, but to maximize its effectiveness it must be synchronized with all your other activities.

 

  • Make sure you have linked social media icons on your website.
  • Utilize social share buttons on your website.
  • Use social videos on your website.
  • Got an event? Build excitement leading up to it on social media, go live once you’re there, and post images and results after.
  • Dedicated landing page? Use social media sites to drive traffic.
  • Discount or promo? Put it on social media to convert users to purchases.
  • Have a unique presentation? Promote your slide show on social media.
  • Webinar planned? Use social media to attract attendees.
  • Want better customer loyalty? Monitor client comments, encourage them to share positive experiences, conduct a survey.
  • Need volunteers? Recruit them on social channels.
  • Need to build up your customer email base? Build an email opt-in form on Facebook.
  • These are just some examples, there are so many more way to integrate!

MANAGING MULTIPLE PLATFORMS

Before you commit to any social media marketing plan, make sure you have the right resources to drive your brand and spark meaningful conversations. This is a time-consuming process! Not only that, but new platforms, tools and channels surface constantly so be ready to keep up. If you are managing the process in-house, here are some helpful simple tips:

1. Set goals. Are you looking to drive traffic to your website? Increase engagement? Generate sales? Determine your benchmarks so
you can measure performance later.

 

2. Get organized. Identify your platforms, develop your content, create a calendar, and establish a budget.

 

3. Limit the number of owners. Doing so will help you communicate a consistent message, look, and voice.

 

4. Use scheduling tools. They’ll help you work efficiently in chunks to save time.

 

5. Be extremely detail-oriented. Train yourself to carefully read and re-read every post before publishing. The most innocent slip can cause a lot of agitation.

 

6. Avoid being reactive. Take a breath. Consider the consequences of what you are about to post. Don’t get caught up in the current battle of the day.

 

7. Understand how and when to use hashtags. Be specific (#ClevelandMarketingFirm instead of #MarketingFirm). Avoid using your brand name (#ColumbusMarketingAgency instead of #LinearCreative). Aim to have more content words than hashtags words.

 

8. Don’t be afraid to engage. You have a receptive audience that’s accustomed to responding in real time.

 

9. Get up to speed on analytics. By measuring your engagement, clicks, and conversions, you’ll know what’s working and what’s not.

 

10. Have fun! Social media can be challenging, but it’s a great way for you to put your communication skills into action.

 

*Source: Neilsen Social Media Report, January, 2017

GET ENGAGED.

Let us help you leverage the power of social media. Call Patti at 216.741.1533.