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#LearnSocialMedia – Common Social Media Marketing Frustrations

Managing social media can be fun! You get to use your creative and analytical skills; you can make new friends, and get the adrenalin rush that comes with seeing your content get views. That’s the good side. The downside is that in order to use social media successfully, you may have to overcome a variety of frustrations.

Luckily, there are things you can to do to ease the hard parts.

It’s Harder than it Looks

The key to getting engagement is consistently creating compelling content. There are hundreds of resources available for how to do that and software to make your videos and graphics are easy to come by. So it should be easy, right? Well, coming up with content is harder than it looks. You need to set goals, know how you will measure success, and the content needs to be “good.”

Prioritizing can be Tough

There is always something to do, and social media is no different. It can be difficult to determine what should be handled and when. When you try to balance that with your other priorities it can be tricky. The best strategy is to make a plan and stick to it. Also, a solid social media analysis done regularly can be eye-opening and help with prioritization.

It Always Takes Longer Than You Think

If you have ever created a video, then you know that it’s never as quick as you think it will be. Writing quality content can also be more time consuming than you anticipate. Keep in mind that you will get back what you invest. Budget your time generously and press on.

It’s Hard to Keep Up

Like everything in the tech world, social media is a moving target. Facebook, for example, is always looking for new ways to present its newsfeed, requirements for advertisers change, and platforms fall out of favor. Getting expert help can make it easier to keep up with the changing landscape.

Every Platform is Different 

Each social media platform has its own intricacies. What works on Twitter may not be effective on Instagram and vice versa. Your content needs to be tailored to the platform you are using.

If all of the above sounds discouraging it doesn’t have to be. There are tools available that can help you navigate the frustrating world of social media management. One of the best is the Social Power Program. This online training system can help you fine-tune your existing strategy or create a brand new one. It can help you master what makes each social media platform unique and get the most from whichever ones you decide are best for your business.

The Social Power Program can help you learn how to create great content, prioritize your goals, and get the most from the resources you have. Whether you need training for yourself or for your team, it’s one tool you can’t live without.

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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 LinkedInFacebookTwitterBlogGoogle+YouTubePinterestInstagram, and the tools to manage them.

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#BePrepared – Are You Getting Social Media Traffic to Your Website?

As a social media marketer, you spend a lot of time and energy making sure that you are posting high-quality content that engages your followers and customers. And if you are active in the social media space, you likely spend an equal amount of effort (or more) on your website.

But do you have a clear picture of how your social media and your site are working together? In other words, do you know how much of your website traffic is coming from social media?

The critical tool for finding out if your social media is creating traffic for your website is Google Analytics. If you are already using Analytics, then you know that there is a lot it can help you discover when it comes to site traffic sources. Best of all it can tell you in precise terms which social media platform is sending traffic to your site.

At the top level, Analytics can give you a simple breakdown of your visitors and whether or not they enter your site from Twitter, Facebook, Quora, Reddit, and others. This alone can tell you quite a bit and help you determine what you are doing right and wrong regarding converting social media users to website users.

While knowing which platform your users are coming from is great to know, there is much more you can do in Analytics to drill down into your data.

Goals & Conversions

You can set specific targets within Analytics to make sure you are accomplishing your objectives. A typical goal might be something like “sign up for the newsletter” or “subscribes to the email list.” You can also keep track of whether or not your social media users have “converted” into buyers or some other metric that you’d like to track.

Segments

To better understand your users, you can define segments within Analytics. This will help you determine if certain groups of your visitors have common characteristics. Another way to think about segments is in terms of filters. Facebook might be a segment of your visitors.

Behavior

One particularly intriguing feature of Analytics is the ability to monitor what your visitors do once they come into your site, what pages they visit, and what actions they take.

Google Analytics is a powerful tool. It will take some time and study to learn how to use its numerous features, but it is well worth the time. Once you have your Analytics dashboard set up and have a plan for regular monitoring, you’ll be able to make sure that you are maximizing the effectiveness of both your social media marketing and your website.

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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 LinkedInFacebookTwitterBlogGoogle+YouTubePinterestInstagram, and the tools to manage them.

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#FreshContent – Monthly Themes for Your Content

A key challenge for social media managers is keeping the creative juices flowing. Even the most imaginative content developer can get caught in a rut from time to time. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid finding yourself stuck. One great technique is to set a monthly theme for your content.

The beauty of themes is that they provide you with a framework for your content and can help you narrow your focus. Even if even if you have no shortage of ideas, themes can help you stay on track so that you post consistently.

So now that you are sold on using themes, how do you get started? No surprises here, you create a plan! Of course, that’s easier said than done. No need to worry though. Here are seven steps you can follow to build a successful strategy for incorporating monthly themes for your social media content.

  • Assess what currently works – Take a look at which platforms work best for you now and the type of content that is getting the most traction. Remember that your objective is to get people engaged. You want to do more of what is working best.
  • Restate your social media goals – It is always helpful to remind yourself of your goals. If your primary objective for social media is to strengthen your relationships with your clients, then a customer appreciate theme is appropriate.
  • Think about your customers – What type of content will interest and help your customers? Do they need information on your products? If so, a monthly “how-to” theme will work well. Could they benefit from getting to know your company better? Try a monthly “getting to know us” theme.
  • Brainstorm – Spend some time documenting a variety of possible themes. Get your entire team involved. Each one will bring a different perspective to the task.
  • Prioritize – Once you have a good list, prioritize the topics according to your goals and what is likely to be most successful in engaging your customers.
  • Decide how you will measure success – Set some targets so that you’ll know whether or not your theme campaigns are working. Useful metrics can include shares, likes, follows, conversions or whatever works with the goals you have set.
  • Rinse and repeatEvaluate your campaigns periodically to see what is working. Revise your plan to strengthen the themes that aren’t quite hitting the mark.

Working with themes won’t just help you keep writing, it will help your customers know what to expect. They’ll appreciate your consistency and come to depend on you for insight, inspiration, or a smile. Themes also give you the chance to incorporate content that is unexpected. One month you may focus on a technical topic, the next you might express gratitude or profile a customer or employee. The point is, you can take advantage of themes to keep your content fresh, engaging, and fun. So get started with themes now!

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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 LinkedInFacebookTwitterBlogGoogle+YouTubePinterestInstagram, and the tools to manage them.

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