Creating a Social Media Calendar

Which social media should I be using?

How much should I interact?

When should I interact?

 

We are getting bombarded on every side by social media.  Posting, responding, friending, joining.  What is one to do and when?

 

Today I want us to take a step back and understand that social media is just another tool to help us with our business, another tool to help us generate leads and build relationships and close deals.  And just like any other tool in our business, we need to understand how, when, where and why to use it.

 

We need a plan.

 

One of the most effective techniques I used was to design a calendar to drive what I do and when on social media.

 

So today I want to take you on a quick walk-through of the process of creating a social media calendar.

You can also watch the video Google Hangout we made on this process to learn more.

Click the link below.

 

Here are the 3 steps:

 

1/        Define the platforms you want to work on. 

You cannot work them all and you might not even want to.  Certain platforms work best for certain people and businesses.

 

            A/        LinkedIn

            B/        Facebook

            C/        Twitter

            D/       Google Plus

            E/        Pinterest

            F/        YouTube

            G/        Your blog

            H/       any other you want to use

 

 

            Select the ones you want to work on.  I suggest arranging them in order of priority.

 

2/        Define what activities you are going to do on each platform every week or every month:

            A/        Post articles

            B/        Post remarks

            C/        Comment on other users’ posts

            D/       Link, share

            E/        Post and push events

            F/        Post and respond in groups

            G/        Add links

            H/       Advertise

            I/         Do events

            J/         Generate video and post

            K/       Add pictures

 

            Do this for each platform you are going to work with.

 

3/        Assign each of the processes to a day of the week.

            What are you going to do each day of the week?

 

 

The result you have now is a weekly calendar of all the things you are going to do on social media and when you are going to do them.

 

You might find it is way too much, so you might put together a monthly calendar instead and spread things out a bit.

 

You might find it is still too much and decide that you are not going to work on all these, and that you have to cut some.

 

Or you might find you love it and that now you need help; you need someone to do some of these things.

 

Now I believe there are some things you can outsource on social media and some things you cannot.

 

But what I hope this little exercise has shown you, is that social media is a very fast growing animal and you need to get hold of it now.

 

It can be a major help in your sales and marketing process, but like any of the other tools, you have to take control of it.

 

Watch the Hangout we created and get more info.

https://youtu.be/8wyBT4yTN0k

 

Then put your calendar together and see how it goes.

 

For any help or questions, connect with us.