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Creating Social Media Editorial Calendar

icps2016.in There’s no possible way that you can spend every waking moment managing your brand’s social media presence—at least not without suffering from some serious social media burnout. Even if by some miracle you could stay at the computer all day every day, why would you want to?There are so many different tools and strategies out there that can save you precious time on social that you can use to take care of other important things, like sleep.One of the best ways to save your limited time on social is to create a social media editorial calendar for efficient scheduling and posting of your social content. For Digital Marketing Agency Check Vivid Digital 

If your company is new to the idea of setting up an editorial calendar for social, or if you want to take a look at a unique way of setting one up, here’s a simple four-step process for implementing and maintaining an efficient social media calendar for your brand:

1.Decide On How Often to Post

This step depends on a handful of different things like the company, your audience, the campaign, and the social networks being used. Always keep your audience in mind and ensure you’re not bombarding them with posts that are irrelevant or inappropriate.

If you’re looking for some basic standards, though, Constant Contact wrote a post containing guidelines on how often to post to social. Here are some of the highlights:

A. Facebook: 3-10 times per week

B. Twitter: at least 5 times a day

C. LinkedIn: 2-5 times per week

D. Google+: 3-10 times per week

E. Pinterest: 5-10 times per day

There’s a great chance your post frequency will depend on the amount, experience and authority of your social media team, so don’t feel like you have to send out less than stellar content to meet these guidelines.Again, your brand’s analytics can be extremely helpful here. You can use Vivid to see how often you post on each social network.Then compare that against how much engagement you received over that same period of time.Look for trends between publishing rate and engagement. The screenshots above are from our Facebook analytics report, but you can do the same for Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn posts as well.

2. Fill up Your Social Media Editorial Calendar

You’ve got the process in place, now it’s time to fill up your editorial calendar. You’ll want to use a tool that allows you to schedule your social messages and visualize your entire content calendar. Vivid Social built powerful publishing tools for just this purpose. Check out a completely free trial and schedule a months worth of content today.

Fill in the calendar with links to relevant content, resources and your own posts. These social messages will ensure you’re providing your audience with smart, useful content and give them a reason to follow you. Additionally, you can find relevant holidays or events–from Thanksgiving to National Ice Cream Day–that you can tie in with your business. In fact, Vivid Social created its own hashtag holidays calendar so you can keep track of all the eccentric holidays. These timely events will help populate you calendar and bring personality to your feed. For SEO Companies in London visit here

Think through your must-haves, whether it is a product release or scheduled company announcement, and develop content to promote those initiatives. Additionally, make sure you’re planning out how much promotion each initiative warrants; some large releases should have multiple social posts while others only warrant one.

3. Create or Source Great Content to Share

Once you have an idea of what kind of content your audience enjoys and how often you need to post, it’s time to find links to share. If you don’t have enough of your own content to fill your calendar, use these tools to curate relevant content.

A. Buzzsumo

Buzzsumo allows you to type in any website domain or keyword string and the platform returns the most socially shared content around that subject. For example, if Vivid Social was looking for quality articles to share we might type in a keyword like “Instagram marketing.”

B. Feedly

Feedly aggregates all of the publications you care about into one stream, allowing you to easily scale your content discovery process. It also plugs in to various social media platforms, like Vivid Social, which makes the article scheduling process that much easier. After connecting your Feedly account, you can share the latest articles from your feeds right from Vivid.

C. Content Suggestions

Another way to find content to share in the Viviod platform is through our Content Suggestions feature. Content Suggestions crawls social media to find highly shared content. Then all the content is categorized based on the topic. You can sort through all the suggested content by relevancy, share count and a specific date range.

Once you find the content you want to share, you can schedule it right from Vivid. This makes it simple to fill your social media calendar with content that has already been shown to perform well on social.

D. Stumbleupon

Stumbleupon is an amazing tool for finding relevant content to share across your social profiles. You can select categories you’re most interested in, and Stumbleupon will surface relevant articles from around the web that you can “stumble” through one after another.

4. Figure Out What Content Resonates

Before you start searching for content to share on social, you need to figure out what your audience actually likes. A fantastic way to do that is to look at past social media posts to see which were most successful. We’ve written an in-depth article on how to find your successful posts by conducting a social media audit, but the easiest way is to access your analytics.

Make sure you’re sorting your messages by the metric that is most important to you, whether that’s clicks, responses or total reach. Once you have an idea of what kind of content works best, you can move onto the next step.

Lastly, pump up the personality of your editorial calendar by planning out posts that highlight company culture or showcase who you are as a brand.

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