How to Create a Successful Social Media Strategy

After more than a decade (40,200+ hours) of doing digital marketing and social media full-time, here’s a simplified version of how to create a successful and effective social media strategy:

Choose and Prioritise Your Goals: Begin with the End in Mind:

Identify business objectives: Before diving into the world of social media, ensure your goals align with your broader business objectives.

Limit to two goals at a time for sharper focus and measurable results, e.g., increasing website traffic or boosting brand awareness.

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Understand Your Audience: Engage, Don’t Just Broadcast:

Conduct audience research: Utilise tools and analytics to gain insights about your audience’s demographics, interests, and behaviours.

Build and nurture your audience through consistent engagement, providing value, and understanding their needs.

Know Your Competition: Focus on What You Can Control:

Conduct a competitive analysis: This helps identify market gaps and potential opportunities.

Prioritise your unique selling proposition (USP) and audience needs over obsessing about competitors.

Know Your Competition: Focus on What Truly Matters – Your Offer and AudienceThe Power of Perspective:

In social media, brands often find themselves facing a common temptation: to constantly glance sideways at their competition.

While understanding the competition is undoubtedly valuable, it’s essential to maintain perspective and prioritise what truly makes a difference.

Tools, Not Crutches: Competitive analysis serves as a tool to illuminate the landscape in which you operate. Dive into what competitors are doing right and where they may be falling short.

Identify market gaps: Understand unmet needs in the market and discover potential opportunities for your brand to fill. Maybe there’s a content type or topic they’ve overlooked? Perhaps there’s a particular customer segment they’re not catering to?

However, remember this golden rule: use this information as a foundation, not a full blueprint. It’s about insight, not imitation.

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The Heart of Your Strategy – Your USP and Audience:

Your Beacon and North Star: Your USP (Unique Selling Proposition): This is the cornerstone of your brand. What makes you different? Why should customers choose you over dozens of others? It could be your product’s unique features, your stellar customer service, or perhaps your brand story.

Rise Above the Noise – Stay True to Your Mission: It’s easy to get caught in the whirlwind of competitive one-upmanship. But brands that resonate and endure are those that stay true to their core mission.

When you obsess over your unique offer and the audience it serves, you naturally create content that resonates, campaigns that convert, and relationships that last.

Social Media Audit & Analysis: Know Where You Stand:

Assess your current social media use and its effectiveness.

Pinpoint which platforms bring the most ROI and decide on where to allocate resources accordingly.

Optimise Your Profiles: First Impressions Matter:

Ensure brand consistency across platforms in profile images, bios, and posts.

Activate tracking pixels and domains for retargeting and audience insights.

Organise conversion tracking to measure the effectiveness of your campaigns.

Mastery of Ads Manager: Your Control Centre:

Familiarise yourself with the intricate settings and functionalities; this is the backbone of your advertising efforts.

Regularly update and clean the Ads Manager to maintain a smooth operation.

Create a Social Media Calendar: Plan for Success:

Plan posts in advance to ensure consistent and diverse content.

Factor in ‘Social SEO’: Integrate relevant keywords and trends to boost discoverability.

Craft Compelling Content: Become Irresistible:

Produce a mix of content – videos, infographics, articles, and more.

Engage emotions: Aim to entertain, inspire, educate, or provoke thought.

Effective Ad Campaigns: The Lifeblood of Conversions:

A/B test different ad versions for optimisation.

Utilise retargeting campaigns to reach interested users and drive them towards conversion.

Track and Tweak: The Power of Iteration:

Use analytics tools to measure the effectiveness of your campaigns.

Make data-driven decisions: If something isn’t working, pivot.

Reporting: Learning and Accountability:

Regularly report results to stakeholders or clients. This maintains transparency and trust.

Self-assess: Ensure your activities align with and drive towards achieving the goals set in step 1.

Creating a social media strategy is like crafting a tailored suit—it must fit your brand reflecting its personality, objectives, and the audience it serves.

With the steps above, not only will you be able to create a robust strategy, but you’ll also adapt and grow in the ever-evolving landscape of social media.

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