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#SocialMediaSupport – Questions to Ask a Social Media Manager

There are many good reasons to hire a social media manager. One of the most common, for business owners like you, is that you simply can’t do everything. A professional social media manager is someone who can take on the challenges of making sure you are consistently establishing, improving, and growing your social media presence across all channels.

Like all hiring, it can be a challenge to determine if a candidate has the necessary skills and temperament to excel. The good news is that there are questions you can ask to ensure that you are getting the right person for the job.

Need some guidelines for vetting a social media manager applicant? Read on!

10 Questions to Ask a Social Media Manager

  1. What makes each social media platform unique? How would you use each for our business?

Look for a good understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of each platform.

  1. What do you think of how we are using social media now and how would you improve it?

If he or she has done relevant background research, they should be able to give you a few key points.

  1. What metrics would you use to evaluate your campaigns?

Social media managers use a variety of measures to determine success. Likes and shares won’t tell you if you are converting to sales, and leads won’t necessarily indicate if your content is hitting its mark. If the idea of monitoring and managing your own analytics sounds awful, you should be able to delegate this to your social media manager.

  1. What specific tools would you recommend we use to manage our channels?

There are many tools for managing media across platforms. While you may not end up using that tool, it may help determine the level of experience.

  1. What are some examples of successful campaigns you have managed? What went right and what went wrong?

Examples can offer insight into how they approach projects and how they look at the work they do.

  1. What is the most critical role of social media?
    Social media managers know that content drives everything, but that content must help you gather leads, strengthen your brand, and provide customer service.
  2. What is the most important thing a social media manager needs to do?
    A social media manager wears many hats. He or she must create original content, engage the audience, monitor and manage success metrics, and perform with similar quality across a variety of platforms.
  3. What determines if a social media campaign or a piece of content will be a success?
    Remember, it’s not just about metrics.
  4. How would you approach handling a social media crisis?
    The goal of this question is to see what they define as a crisis and understand the process they would undergo to develop a strategy for handling unusual situations.
  5. What would their initial goals be for your company?
    Look for details about how they would learn more about your company, your brand, and your audience.

Whether you’re hiring an outside firm to handle your social media or making a permanent hire, you need someone who can handle a variety of tasks and work both independently and collaboratively. Proven experts at The Social Media Advisor will help you get a quick start with monthly social media support. With their varied plans, you can be sure you’re getting the professional assistance you need at a cost-effective price.

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#SocialMediaSupport – What Does an Outsourced Social Media Manager Do?

For many business owners, social media presents quite a dilemma. You know you need to make the most of such a valuable marketing tool but you’re already working at full speed. Even though you’ve dabbled with Facebook or Twitter, you’re not quite sure what you need to do.

One thing’s for sure: you don’t have the time to learn to be an expert. If this rings true for your situation, then it’s time to think about outsourcing to a social media manager. However, that begs the question—what does an outsourced social media manager actually do?

The short answer is that your outsourced social media manager will define your strategy and execute it. Let’s talk about that in a little more detail.

  • A social media manager’s number one job will be to learn your business and develop a social media strategy that is unique to your business. To be successful, your social media manager will need to learn about your customers, your competitors, and your brand.
  • Once the strategy is set, your social media manager will develop a plan to put your strategy into action. The plan will include tactical details such as how to best use each platform, a budget, a general schedule and metrics for how to measure success.
  • After developing a strategy and action plan, the next step is to start executing. That includes creating content and messaging, monitoring activity, and making adjustments as needed. An excellent social media manager will keep you involved and collaborate with you to make sure your brand and voice are accurately portrayed.
  • Your social media manager will communicate and report to you about how the strategy is working and share suggestions for improvement.
  • Your outsourced social media manager is an essential resource for your entire team. He or she can work with your entire staff to make sure that everyone is involved and that you are all putting forth the same messages. They can also offer technical instruction on how to use social media effectively.

Social media management is both an art and a science. That means that a social media manager’s experience can make a big difference in how effectively they use all the tools in the social media toolbox. It also means that it can be an excellent fit for outsourcing since you can’t be expected to be a pro without considerable training. One great way to get started is to take advantage of The Social Media Advisor’s social media build/revamp services. You owe it to yourself to see what they have to offer.

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#SocialMediaSupport – What to Look for in a Social Media Manager

It’s never easy to find just the right hire. When it comes to finding the perfect person to take on the role of social media manager, the challenge is even harder. You know there are certain areas of expertise that are must-haves, like knowledge of social media platforms, an understanding of SEO, and specific creative talents like content development, but there are other critical factors that aren’t so easy to quantify.

Understanding Where Social Media Fits 

A top-notch social media manager has an innate ability to understand not just where social media fits in your marketing strategy, but where it fits in the world of the internet. Your social media plays a critical role in a variety of areas from customer service to SEO. That means that your manager must be able to make it work with all the other moving parts that make your overall strategy successful.

Strategic Planning

A top-notch social media manager must have the ability to understand your company’s Big Picture. The content that you post must work with all areas of your marketing plan. Understanding how each platform contributes will help you create and implement a plan that bolsters every area of your operation.

A Customer-First Mindset 

If you’re using social media, then you know how important it’s become for customer service. In this regard, however, social media carries an element of risk. How you treat your customers will be on display for the world to see. Your social media manager must know not just what to say to customers but how to handle problems. For example, it must be clear what issues can be handled in the public square versus what should be taken offline.

Social Advertising Understanding and Expertise 

While it’s lovely to think that you can get the most from social media by doing all the free stuff, it’s no longer realistic. Regardless of what platforms you focus on you’ll need to do some paid advertising. Each platform has its unique requirements so look for someone who knows how this all works and how it fits with the rest of your social media strategy.

Writing Skills

While it may seem to be a no-brainer that your social media manager needs high-level writing skills, it’s worth repeating. It’s not enough to be able to craft a grammatically correct sentence; the writing toolbox needs to be well rounded and include copywriting and storytelling skills.

It may feel like finding the right social media manager is an impossible task given the expertise required. Fortunately, you can take a short cut on the process by taking advantage of the services available through The Social Media Advisor. The team’s social media build/revamp packages are particularly useful if you need a professional social media manager.

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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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