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The Ultimate Guide to Social Media Marketing For Beginners – The Conclusion

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Putting All the Strategies Of Step by Step Guide to Social Media Marketing Together

Al Ries said “Strategy and timing are the Himalayas of marketing. Everything else is the Catskills.”

Once you have worked on the strategies discussed in step by step guide to Social Media Marketing from Step1 till Step -7, you must have understood that social media needs to start playing a role in your overall marketing strategy. And you need to create a good social media strategy if you want to get excellent results.

Here’s something else: even if you do NOT engage in social media marketing, you’re sending a message loud and clear.

What message?

A message that you’re not current with the times. A word that you don’t find your customers’ and prospects’ preferred communication channel to be all that important. A message that says, “Go ahead and do business with my competitors, because I don’t have the time to interact with you.

social media marketing, social media platforms, social media strategy, social media management tools, social media contentOf course, you certainly wouldn’t intend to send that type of message. You certainly wouldn’t think it, and for sure, you wouldn’t say anything like that. But that’s beside the point because this is the message your customers hear.

The good news is that you’re not going to have this problem. That’s because you’ve been following the step by step guide to Social Media Marketing. So you now know a whole lot more about social media marketing than the average business owner. And you’re just about ready to create and unroll your social media strategy.

That’s what this article is going to show you how to do effective social media advertising. We’ll take all these pieces and parts you’ve been learning about in this entire step by step guide to Social Media Marketing, and we’ll put them together into one solid strategy that you can use to grow your business.

Let’s jump in. Here’s a step-by-step plan for you, which you can implement using the information you already learned in step by step guide to Social Media Marketing.

Step 1: Define Your Goals

As you learned right at the beginning of step by step guide to Social Media Marketing, your very first step is to decide what you want your social media presence to do for you. For example, do you want to:

social media marketing, social media platforms, social media strategy, social media management tools, social media contentDrive traffic to specific links?
Build your brand?
Generate leads?
Boost conversions?
Create sales?

Those are just a few of the ways you can use social media marketing. Check the article to refresh your mind on many of the other ways. “Goal Setting And Clever Ways to Use Social Media.”

What you’re going to do is decide what your PRIMARY goal on social media platforms is? This is the one goal that’s more important to you than all the others. This primary goal is going to drive your entire social media strategy. Every piece of content you post is going to serve as a step towards your goal.

Of course, that doesn’t mean you need to create just one goal. You certainly can and should lay out your secondary goals as well. Then when you create your social media strategy or create a piece of content, you can check that it’s a step towards your primary goal, and also check if it supports your secondary goal.

You’ll get an example of this in Step 5 of this planner. But first, let’s work through the next steps…

Step 2: Profile Your Audience

Next, you need to take a close look at your audience to determine who they are and what they want. Again, please refer to the market research section of the step by step guide to Social Media Marketing for more information. Check the link: Who Is Your Audience?

social media marketing, social media platforms, social media strategy, social media management tools, social media contentThis step will help you do two things:

It will help you figure out what kind of content to post, as your research will tell you what people in your niche want.

It will help you determine the best social media platforms, as you can compare your audience demographics to the platform demographics.

Which brings us to the next point…

Step 3: Determine the Best Social Media Platforms

There are a lot of social media platforms currently online, and new ones are springing up all the time. If you use the shotgun approach, you’re just going to end up wasting bullets (AKA time and money). So instead, you’ll want to take a more methodical approach.

social media marketing, social media platforms, social media strategy, social media management tools, social media contentAs you discovered earlier, there are seven leading social media platforms for you to consider using. These popular platforms include LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, and Pinterest.

Your mission is to determine the following:

On which social media platforms is your audience most likely to congregate? (This is where you compare your audience demographics with the information about the social media platforms.)

Of the social media platforms where your audience congregates, which social media platforms will help you best achieve your goals? (This is where you look at how the social media platforms works, and whether it is best designed for branding, driving traffic and so on.)

Remember, you’re just going to select perhaps two social media platforms, and focus on those two social media platforms for starters.
Check for details: Where Is Your Audience Being Social?

Next up…

Step 4: Choose Your Social Media Management Tools

Next, you’re going to decide what types of social media management tools you want to use. You’ll want to take some time to figure out what your needs are regarding content creation, design, automation, tracking and so on.

social media marketing, social media platforms, social media strategy, social media management tools, social media contentThen spend time going through the links provided in this guide to determine the best social media management tools for your needs. It’s a good idea to select your weapons early on for these two reasons:

You can start using them immediately so that you can get your social media strategy off to a good start.

It’s often easier and saves time to set up the social media management tools at the same time as you set up your social media accounts.

Check the link for social media management tools: Try social media management tools List For Experience And Benefit

Next step…

Step 5: Create a Social Media Content Plan

Next, you need to create your social media content plan. There are two parts of this method to consider:

Part 1: The kind of social media content you’ll create and post.

Part 2: When you’ll post social media content.

Let’s look at these issues separately

Part 1: What kind of social media content will you post?

social media marketing, social media platforms, social media strategy, social media management tools, social media contentFirst, you need to decide what types of social media content you’ll be posting. We’ve talked about some of the issues earlier in step by step guide to Social Media Marketing. Here are the main points to keep in mind:

Figure out what your market wants. Your market research will help you determine this. Analyze other peoples’ social media content to determine what sort of content (both the topic and the format) seem to be the most popular in your niche.

Understand that certain types of social media content get better engagement. Earlier you learned that graphics do better than text, and videos often do better than both graphics and text. You also learned about the ideal length of social media content. You’ll need to test these things out for yourself.

In addition to choosing the type of social media content that’s most likely to get a good response, you also need to create social media content that supports both your primary and secondary goals.

Let me give you an example…

Let’s suppose your primary goal is to generate leads, and one of your secondary goals is to build brand awareness.

social media marketing, social media platforms, social media strategy, social media management tools, social media contentSo let’s suppose you put out a short “how to” video. To generate leads, you’ll need to make sure your video possesses these characteristics:

It’s incredibly informative and solves a part of your prospect’s problem.

It’s short and entertaining to hold attention.

It offers something novel. Not only does this help drive people to your website to see what else you can offer (which supports your primary goal), it also creates a viral effect (which supports your secondary goal as you build brand authority).

It includes a link and a call to action at the end to drive people to your lead page. (This is your primary goal.)
It’s branded in a way that people know who put the video out after they’ve watched it for just a couple seconds. (This supports your secondary goal.)

It’s part of an intriguing video series. (This helps your secondary goal.)

So you get the point. Whenever you create a piece of social media content, be sure it supports your primary goal and, whenever possible, your secondary goals as well.

TIP: Be sure to post a variety of social media content. Not only does this keep your viewers engaged, but it also gives you a feel as to what type of social media content they respond to the best.

TIP: Be careful about promos. If you do too many, you’re going to turn off your followers. If you do too few, your followers might feel like they’re not getting any “special perks” (such as exclusive discounts) in exchange for following you.

Now the second part of your social media content planning strategy

Part 2: When will you post social media content?

As mentioned earlier in step by step guide to Social Media Marketing, you need to determine the best time to post social media content for your audience. You’ll want to track shares, likes and comments to figure out which days and which times create the desired response.

social media marketing, social media platforms, social media strategy, social media management tools, social media contentFor example, at some times of the day (such as early morning), you might have people checking their phone and social media accounts when they first wake up. They might only have time just to tap a quick “like” on your social media content.

Meanwhile, you may find that at other times of the day they not only like it, but they have time to share it or comment on it too. Perhaps this happens during the right period of Tuesday between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm.

These are just examples. Your mileage may vary depending on your audience and the type of content you’re creating. That’s why you need to track these things to determine for yourself the best time to post.

Once you’ve figured this out, then you need to plan your social media content strategy in precise terms. In other words, what will you post and when will you post it?

First, you need to plan your overall strategy. Especially, how often will you post on your social media accounts? For example:

social media marketing, social media platforms, social media strategy, social media management tools, social media contentMultiple times per day?
Daily?
Every other day?
Weekly?

Here’s how to determine a schedule that’s right for you:

First, look at your primary and secondary goals, and decide which social media content publishing schedule would best support those goals.

NOTE: you should devote time daily to your social media strategy, but this doesn’t necessarily mean you need to post on every platform every day.

For example, let’s suppose you’re posting on Pinterest and Facebook. You may post on Facebook daily to drive traffic and generate leads, as it’s likely your target market spends a lot of time on Facebook. Meanwhile, you may decide to only post on Pinterest once or twice a week to retain some “top of mind” awareness.

Secondly, look at what your competitors are doing on social media. Try to reverse-engineer what’s working. Look at how often they post, what sort of interaction they’re getting on those posts, and how accessible their page is overall. This will help you devise your strategy.

social media marketing, social media platforms, social media strategy, social media management tools, social media contentBased on the information you collected above, you can now design your custom social media content-posting schedule. You’ll want to use a calendar app (or pen and paper if you’re feeling like doing it old school), and create a detailed daily, weekly and monthly plans for your social media content-posting strategy.

Go back to your goals for a moment, and then figure out what “sub-goals” you need to achieve to meet your goals for your social media campaign. Remember, your sub-goals should be supportive stepping stones to your primary goals.

These sub-goals might include getting a certain number of “shares” on a piece of content, getting X number of new followers each week, and so on.

Now based on these goals, you can start designing your monthly social media content strategy. In other words, what do you need to do EACH month to hit your goals?

Once you know what you’re going to do each month, then you can break these tasks up into weekly and daily to-do lists. You can plan the following:

Exactly what type of social media content you’ll create each week to support your goals.

Exactly how and when you’ll create social media content. (Do it yourself on Monday mornings? Outsource the task to someone else?)

social media marketing, social media platforms, social media strategy, social media management tools, social media contentExactly when you’ll post this social media content. (E.G., Daily at 10:00 am, with the viral content going out on Tuesdays.)

Exactly how you’ll post this social media content. (E.G., will you be using automation tools to make it easier?)

Once you have your plan, then be sure to schedule time on your calendar each day (or each week) to create and post content according to your plan.

Next step…

Step 6: Grow Your Social Media Platforms

In the previous step, you revised your social media strategy strategy for social media content. Now in this step, you need to devise your plan for growing your social media platforms. That is, how will you expand your networks on each of your active social media platforms?

social media marketing, social media platforms, social media strategy, social media management tools, social media contentYou’ve already received plenty of ideas in the entire step by step guide to Social Media Marketing. Now what you need to do is start implementing these ideas.

Some of these ideas you do just once, such as adding a link to your receipts. Other ideas you’ll do on a regular basis, such as inviting social media followers on one social media platforms to follow you on another, blogging about your social media platforms, telling your newsletter subscribers, creating viral content to get more exposure, and so on.

Point is, you need to plan your social media strategy by detailing what steps you’ll take every day, week and month to grow your social media platforms. Then add these tasks to your planner and to-do lists.

And finally…

Step 7: Track, Test and Tweak

You’ve created both a content strategy and a social media strategy for growing your social media platforms. Now what you need to do is make sure your strategies are working. That’s why you’ll need to track, test and tweak everything to be sure you’re hitting your targets. Check the resources section to get your hands on some tools that will let you track and analyze your results easily. Check this : How to set Your Social Media Strategy On Fire?

You Ready?

You’ve got a plan in hand. You’ve got the complete details of how to implement your plan inside this step by step guide to Social Media Marketing. So now it’s time to take action.

social media marketing, social media platforms, social media strategy, social media management tools, social media contentNot tomorrow.

No to next week.

Not “later” or any other vague point in the future.

Start right now while everything is fresh in your mind and you’re excited about what your social media strategy can do for you. I’m talking generating leads, growing your lists, boosting your conversions, driving sales, building brand awareness, and so much more.

All of these benefits and step by step guide to Social Media Marketing will help your social media strategy make it happen. So roll up your sleeves, lay down your plans and get ready for some excellent results!

 

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