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Build Social's Guide to Social Media Self-Sufficiency

  1. 1. BUILD SOCIAL’S GUIDE TO SOCIAL MEDIA SELF-SUFFICIENCY © BUILD SOCIAL Build Social’s Guide to Social Media Self-Sufficiency10 Steps for Social Media Self-SufficiencyI love helping people set up and run their social media presence, but let’s be realistic – not everyone canafford a social media consultant! The good news for those of you with a tight budget is that you can runyour own social media presence, as long as you’re willing to be a self-directed learner. Check out these 10steps to becoming self sufficient and let me know what you think!1. Start small – with one, maybe two platforms at most. If you’ve already started a presence on several platforms shut down what you’re not using. As a small business, when in doubt, start with LinkedIn.2. Determine clear goals. For example: I want to use a Facebook Page to drive traffic to my website; I want to use my LinkedIn Profile to stay in touch with my clients so that even if they change companies, or their email address changes, I can still get in touch with them, etc.3. Determine, as specifically as possible, who you want your target audience to be.4. Map out some demographic information about that target audience: age, race, education, income, etc.5. Do research based on this demographic information about which platforms this target audience uses. I suggest conducting this research at the Pew Internet and American Life Project.6. Plan to spend at least one hour per week per social media platform (if you have a pretty basic social media presence). If you’re new to this and will need to spend a lot of time learning as well as developing a system for tracking down content to post, plan on spending about two hours per week per platform. If you don’t have this kind of time, either scale down what you plan to do, or bring someone in to help you. PAGE 1 OF 3
  2. 2. BUILD SOCIAL’S GUIDE TO SOCIAL MEDIA SELF-SUFFICIENCY © BUILD SOCIAL7. Use a free application like Hootsuite to help you manage your presence by scheduling out posts. Note: I don’t recommend scheduling out posts for a Facebook Page using an application like Hootsuite. I suggest you do this within Facebook itself. Here’s a great resource on how to do this: In general, try and make posts between 1-4pm. For more information on when to make posts check out this Bitly blog post: Plan to post about 5 times a week. A great way to track down content to post on social media is to set up a Google Alert: Be interesting and engaging. Throw out your sense of caution and be fun, casual, and informal. People want to know the authentic you on social media, so let your personality shine through! One of the Facebook Pages I like a lot is Darigold ( because it reminds me of how being silly and fun can be successful.My Favorite Resources• Social Media Examiner – great resources specifically for small businesses• Social Media Today – good, short blog posts with great tips• Mashable – all the most up to date news about social media, and some other fun techy stuff too• Social Mouths – a little more advanced, but has some good intro articles and great infographicsFree Beginner’s Guides• Getting Started with Social Media: A Resource Guide - getting-started/• Mashable’s The Social Media Beginner’s Guide - beginners-guide/• 2012 Social Media Marketing Industry Report - TakeawayCreating and managing a successful social media presence is free, but it takes time and energy. To besuccessful be realistic with yourself about how much time it will take and then set aside that timeintentionally and you’ll be able to reach your wildest social media dreams! And when in doubt, do aGoogle search. The secret to my genius is captured in this delightful comic from xkcd (see the nextpage): PAGE 2 OF 3
  3. 3. BUILD SOCIAL’S GUIDE TO SOCIAL MEDIA SELF-SUFFICIENCY © BUILD SOCIALFor more information and resources visit or contact Brittany Smith at PAGE 3 OF 3