When Should You Hire a Social Media Manager?

Social media marketing is not easy or simple or quick. It involves a lot of work from creating content – graphics and copywriting – to having a strategy and editorial calendar – to scheduling out all the posts – to optimizing hashtags and search – to taking the time to engage and nurture an audience.

If you are considering bringing a social media manager onto our team, but are uncertain if it’s the right time to do so – we have some insights for you below.

Success

There’s a time in a small business where you are the Everything CEO and you haven’t yet reached a point where you can invest in marketing or resources. However, once you start signing on projects or clients, your resources will improve but your time will become limited. What a lot of small businesses do at this phase is drop the ball on their marketing to focus on signing on clients and doing project work. You don’t want to do this. Because, at some point, you’ll need more clients or projects and if you have let your social media go to the wayside – it’ll be like starting over again. Instead, hire a social media manager to keep you consistent while you do your work so that your audience doesn’t feel abandoned and that you always have a relevant and effective place to go to promote your work.

Stagnation

If you’ve been doing your own social media marketing for awhile, but you’ve hit a plateau – it may be time to hire help. If you have an engaged audience, you’ll want to keep that going strong but, sometimes, accounts struggle to grow their audience sometimes. If your engagement has been steady but growth has slowed or stopped – it’s time to try something new. A social media manager can help you strategize the right direction to head in – whether it’s additional content, a new platform, or investing in social advertising.

Expansion

You really want to create an Instagram account but are struggling to consistently post on Facebook. Or you hear LinkedIn is hopping, but all your social media time is spent staying active on Twitter. If you are thinking about expanding your social media presence, but simply can’t imagine where to find the extra time in the day to make that work – it’s time to hire a social media manager to take some of the content creation, copywriting, and scheduling burden off your plate.

***** Is it becoming more difficult to create content for your small business to use in social media? Is there just not enough time in the day to be as consistent and present as you’d like to be online? The Social Media Advisor team can create a custom editorial calendar for your posts, create messaging and images that are aligned with your brand and culture, and schedule posts so you can take social media marketing off your very busy plate. Hire us to do the work so you don’t have to. *****

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Hollie Clere of The Social Media Advisor is a “#BeAwesome” Developer, Social Media, Brand Builder, Content Manager, Trainer and Author in LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Blog, Google+, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram, and the tools to manage them.

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How Often Should You Post on Social Media in 2022?

Before we get into statistics and trends, it’s important to note that there is no one size fits all plan when it comes to social media marketing. The best thing for a business to do is to actually test various times and monitor their analytics to get insights on when their audience is active and responsive online.

That being said, we all need to start somewhere, right? And you are here because you have questions. So, let’s get into how often you should post on social media in 2022:

Facebook

When we work with Facebook marketing clients, we recommend doing at least 3 posts per week. This is the bare minimum. If you can, it’s recommended to do 2 posts per day on Facebook (spaced out – try morning and afternoon or afternoon and evening).

According to Sprout Social’s recent report, Saturday is the worst day of the week for engagement on Facebook.

Instagram

If you’ve got great visuals, photos, and videos – the best time to post them on Instagram is Monday-Friday between 10 am and 12 pm. So, post at least 1x a day during this time frame during the week. You want to make the algorithm work for you by being consistent and posting daily but also giving each post room to be seen by not batching posts close together.

LinkedIn

The LinkedIn audience is slightly different. These are professionals. They aren’t spending all day scrolling social media. However, to stay top of mind for when those pros do go onto the platform to get caught up, you’ll need to ensure you are posting at least 1x a day. Should you post on the weekend? Well, not every professional has Saturday and Sunday off… so, test it out and see if there is a difference in engagement and reach on the weekends.

Twitter

Twitter isn’t for every brand. It is a fast-moving, news-focused, written platform that is ripe for negative interactions and trolls. However, if you love the fast pace, are in an industry that’s relevant for current events/news, or love creating and sharing written content – then Twitter could be for you.

However, to stay relevant on this platform, you need to post a lot… like A LOT. Twitter users recommend 10-15 posts per day. You’ll want to space them out so more of them get seen… don’t just post 10 tweets in a row. Also, learn how to create Twitter threads and definitely spend time commenting, joining conversations, and re-tweeting other posts as well.

TikTok

We have to talk about the elephant in the room. Not all businesses are comfortable with video, so you won’t all be a good fit for this platform. However, those who remember the golden days of organic social media reach should know that it’s still alive and well, if only on TikTok right now.

According to SocialPilot’s review of the app, the best times to post on TikTok are Tuesday through Friday either early in the morning (6am to 10am) or late at night (7pm to 11pm). To capitalize on this, schedule your videos during these time frames. Do 1-2 videos a day for a few weeks and then measure your results to decide whether or not this type of marketing is for you.

There is an argument to be made about whether or not TikTok is mostly for entertainment or is a good place for promotion. If this platform intrigues you, you already use it for your own entertainment, and you want a chance to get in front of more people in an organic way – then test it out. See if it makes an impact with your small business.

***** Is it becoming more difficult to create content for your small business to use in social media? Is there just not enough time in the day to be as consistent and present as you’d like to be online? The Social Media Advisor team can create a custom editorial calendar for your posts, create messaging and images that are aligned with your brand and culture, and schedule posts so you can take social media marketing off your very busy plate. Hire us to do the work so you don’t have to. *****

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Hollie Clere of The Social Media Advisor is a “#BeAwesome” Developer, Social Media, Brand Builder, Content Manager, Trainer and Author in LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Blog, Google+, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram, and the tools to manage them.

Click here for Social Media Training, Speaking and Strategy Consultations.

 

Top 3 Social Media Must Haves

We’ve been managing social media accounts for small businesses for many years now. There are a lot of tools and strategies out there for any business looking to make social media marketing part of their overall marketing plan. We’ve seen recommendations and hot new resources come and go. In our opinion, there are three tools that every small business needs for their social media marketing efforts.

Editorial Calendar

Every successful social media account starts with a solid strategy. Just posting in the moment and when you think about it is reckless. It does not take into account your goals. (Do you have marketing and social media goals?) It puts you in a position to make up content on the fly. (What is it you are trying to accomplish?) It hinders your ability to be consistent and show up for your audience. (Can your followers rely on you?) All of these issues go away by creating an editorial calendar and coming up with a plan for social media.

Graphics App

Social media has proven that text-only posts simply don’t work. People do not engage with them so the algorithms bury those posts. This means you must have compelling visuals attached to your posts for them to be seen. Whether that is videos, photos, or graphics – you need more than a strong caption. What works well for our clients are investing in a graphics app, like Canva.com, to create social media posts.

Scheduling Software

You didn’t get into business to be attached to social media all day. Once you have a social media strategy, and have created great content, you’ll need to pick a social media marketing scheduling software to ensure you are consistent. That way you can batch content and walk away to get other things done. Just don’t forget to keep engaging with your audience! (But you can build time into your schedule for engagement.)

With all the options out there, and there are many, what we’ve found is that these three tools are a social media must have for our company and our clients.

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Hollie Clere of The Social Media Advisor is a “#BeAwesome” Developer, Social Media, Brand Builder, Content Manager, Trainer and Author in LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Blog, Google+, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram, and the tools to manage them.

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Top 3 Social Media Trends for 2022

Now that we are over half-way through the year, what social media trends have emerged? What is working for social media marketing today? Feeling like your stuck and need an inspiring new idea to reach people and increase engagement?

Here are the top 3 social media trends so far for 2022:

Social Listening

Every small business is trying to figure out how to get the most valuable thing in the world – the attention of their audience. Attention is the currency of online marketing. However, that means our audiences have exposure fatigue. All the brands are trying to get in front of them all the time, and it’s exhausting. This is going to separate the really good content creators from the rest of the pack. How do you become a stand out on social media? You build a relationship with your audience and you ask them what they need. Why do they follow you? How can you help them transform their lives? Social listening is becoming a key component in the best social media marketing strategies and your small business should be doing that as well.

Short Form Video

Video isn’t new. Video marketing has been the most effective form of online content for years long. However, long form videos are losing their shine. Unless you are building a YouTube channel, short form video is what people are consuming right now. Whether the videos are for TikTok, Instagram Reels, for Facebook – keep them short, entertaining, and engaging.

TikTok

Miss the early days of Facebook when organic reach and engagement was crazy effective? Yeah, everyone does. Unfortunately, the more popular a social media app becomes, the harder it is to achieve organic results. Right now, TikTok is newly popular and the organic reach is fantastic. So, everyone is jumping ship to try this new video platform. That means there is a short, narrow window before TikTok becomes the new Facebook. And businesses are not missing the boat. Does that mean you should join the TikTok bandwagon? That depends. Can you ramp up quickly? Are you ready to learn a new platform? Is your audience watching videos on the app? Are you willing to make a lot, seriously a ton, of short videos every week? If you answer isn’t HECK YES to each of these questions, I’d recommend not spending the time and energy getting to learn a new channel that you can’t be successful using. If it is a yes, stop reading this blog and starting using the app ASAP. The more you use it, the better you’ll get.

Social media trends are just that… trends. They are no substitute for the long effective tactics of creating a social media strategy, building an editorial calendar, telling stories and building relationships with your audience. If you are already doing these things and want to amp up your efforts right now, these trends may be just the thing.

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Hollie Clere of The Social Media Advisor is a “#BeAwesome” Developer, Social Media, Brand Builder, Content Manager, Trainer and Author in LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Blog, Google+, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram, and the tools to manage them.

Click here for Social Media Training, Speaking and Strategy Consultations.


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