Horray! We made it through April.
Times have been very strange for all businesses in the last couple of months but now is not the time to cut back on your social media activity, especially with more people than ever before relying on technology to stay connected.
Check out our list of key dates in May which you may wish to add to your social media or content marketing calendar.
National Share-A-Story Month
Local and Community History Month
National Walking Month
International Dawn Choris Day
Star Wars Day
International Firefighters Day
Deaf Awareness Week
Global Hand Hygiene Day
World Asthma Day
Cinco de Mayo
National Nurses Day
World Password Day
World Red Cross Red Crescent Day
World Fair Trade Day
Foster Care Fortnight
Christian Aid Week
International Day of Families
National Bike to Work Day
British Sandwich Week
Mental Health Awareness Week
Noise Action Week
National Memo Day
National Scavenger Hunt Day
Spring Bank Holiday
Oak Apply Day
World No-Tobacco Day
Do you ever struggle with coming up ideas for your content? Sometimes the best way to start is at the very beginning with an old school pen and large sheet of paper where you can mind dump all your thoughts. Trust me, it’s true when they say, no idea is a bad idea!
You could start by finding inspiration online through either instagram, Pinterest or other social media channels. Don’t forget Google! You can piece together all the things you like through a mood board of sorts and from there you can choose what aspects you think would make a great fit for your brand voice.
List all of your products and services. This may seem like an obvious choice but you may find that you’re able to get ideas for content just by focussing on one thing at a time.
For example, you could look at the ingredients of your products or the key selling points and come up with imagery that best represents that product. Imagine doing that for every single product or service, you will already have heaps of content you could share with your audience.
You could also look into ways your products are used. Check out user-generated content or run through the instructions and illustrate that. You could use reviews and comments from the customers who value you most. Just keep asking questions and from that you will generate answers which could lead to content.
Don’t forget, it’s important to keep things varied, creative and personal. Consider both the imagery, copy, hashtags, call to actions and scheduling. It sounds like a lot of work and it is, but if you’re going to spend time putting your business out there on social media you might as well optimise in every possible way you can to get the best results.
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There is a big debate in terms of when and how often you should be posting. The key is to test, test and test some more. When is your audience most likely to be online? When are they more likely to engage with your content? How often are your competitors posting?
Once you are ready to start answering these questions, it is best to sit down and come up with a plan. Better still, schedule your content in advance so you know what content is going out when and you can keep an eye on how varied your content is. Remember, people don’t like repetition so try a 30 day content plan so that your whole month is filled with different content to surprise and excite your audience.
Be sure to remember to include any promotions that you plan on running, or events and National Days such as ‘World Book Day’. National Days often fill social media with content so it’s good to get involved and encourage shares.
There are also hashtags that trend regularly such as #mondaymotivation or #fridayfeeling. Have a look at what trending hashtags would be most relevant to your business, products or services and start posting. Remember, hashtags are a great way to increase your visibility to mass audiences who may not be connected with your brand.
If you don’t have a social media or marketing plan in place already, you really should!
It is so important to understand what you want to be posting and when. Plus your audience will appreciate a level of consistency within your brand voice, style and message. However, always make time to respond to trends, if they’re relevant to your business. Trends don't last so you have to be on top of your game and keep an eye on what's happening in real time. You could always go back and edit the content that you've posted about or delete it altogether if it's no longer relevant and the trend has passed.
Managing multiple different social media platforms is always less daunting if you plan head and prepare content in advance, such as imagery, copy and links. There are so many third-party apps out there which you can use for scheduling so whilst you are busy running your business, you can be reassured that content is still going live on your social media channels, when it matters most. When preparing your content, always keep in mind your brand voice and guidelines so your social channel appears professional and consistent.
Another good way to make sure that your content is being seen by a lot more people than just your followers is by promoting your posts. You can pay to have your post boosted either directly within Instagram or through Facebook ads manager. There are different options with paid advertising including stories, you can do a carousel or image advert or potentially a video advert which tends to get higher engagement rates especially within Facebook. All of the above should be added to your social media marketing plan as well so you can keep track of what is going live and when.
It’s all very clever and the options are endless. But as with most things in marketing, the best thing to do is test, test and keep testing. You won’t know what is most effective unless you try but that doesn’t mean to say you can’t create adverts based on educated guesses.
If you know your business and your audience, you will already have a good idea as to what will get the best results. So make sure you always keep an eye on your insights and analytics to see if your efforts have paid off. They do say numbers don’t lie and it’s always exciting when you get the results you were looking for.
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