B Y : D E R R I C K W A L K E R
F O R : S O C I A L I N K !
Creating a Social Media Plan
Overview
 Social Media Channels
 6 Steps to Creating a Social Media Plan
 Budgeting for Social Media
 Getting Started
...
What is Social Media
 Social media is media designed to be disseminated
through social interaction, created using highly
...
What is Social Media?
 An ongoing conversation that’s happening RIGHT
NOW
 A promotional channel for content distributio...
Current Statistics
 Over 50% of people in the US have at least 1 social
media account
 Social media makes up over 17% of...
Social Media Facts- Facebook
 1.5 Billion active users worldwide
 819 Million on mobile devices
 Mobile users are twice...
Social Media Facts- Twitter
 1 Billion registered users
 500 million tweets sent daily
 100 Million active users daily
...
Social Media Facts- Instagram
 1oo million active users
 40 million photos posted daily
 8500 likes per second
 1000 c...
Social Media Facts- YouTube
 1 Billion unique visits each month
 Over 6 billion hours of video are watched each
month on...
Social Media Facts- Pinterest
 70 Million users as of 2013
 47% of US online consumers have made a purchase
based on rec...
Social Media Facts– Google+
 Over 350M Users
 Google plus has great SEO benefits
 Google plus links are all “dofollow”,...
How is Social Media Used?
 Customer Service
 Product/Service Feedback
 Networking and Job Searching
 Lead Generation/S...
Creating a Social Media Plan
Steps:
1. Preplanning
2. Listen to the Conversation
3. Create Your Target Profiles
4. Set Spe...
Step 1 - Preplanning
Questions to ask internally:
 Where do our customers get their information
 What influences our cus...
Step 2 – Listen to the Conversation
 Secure your brand on social platforms
 Usernames are often unique
 Use consistent ...
Step 3 – Create Your Target Profile
 Focusing on key target segments lowers marketing
costs
 Example:
 Target Audience ...
Step 3 – Create Your Target Profile
 Find key attributes from monitoring channels
 Chart presence on social media
 Dete...
Step 4 – Set Specific Social Goals
 Increase brand awareness
 Generate Leads
 Increase traffic/Opt-ins
 Develop relati...
Step 5 – Join the Conversation
 3 Phases of Social Equity
 Awareness
 Qualify fans and followers as leads
 Engagement
...
Step 5 – Join the Conversation
 Establish an Editorial Calendar
 Choose specific days for posting content
 Be consisten...
Step 5 – Join the Conversation
 Be Transparent and Authentic
 Don’t be evasive
 Offer your name, title, experience
 Ad...
Step 5 – Join the Conversation
 Be the expert in your industry
 Write about what you know
 Offer insights to those who ...
Step 5 – Join the Conversation
 Have rules of engagement
 Know what to do with negative responses
 Determine who in you...
Step 6 – Measure Your Returns
 What is a Return?
 Non-financial
 Visitors, word of mouth, page views, fans, followers, ...
Step 6 – Measure Your Returns
 Qualitative
 Are we part of our industry’s conversation?
 How do our customers perceive ...
Step 6 – Measure Your Returns
 Establish before/after baseline
 What did our online environment look like before social
...
Step 6 – Measure Your Returns
 Develop Activity Timeline along same baseline
 Diagram exact dates in which key SM activi...
Step 6 – Measure Your Returns
 Look at Key Performance Indicators (KPI)
 Transactions
 New Customers
 Sales
 Revenue
...
Step 6 – Measure Your Returns
 Overlay all timelines and look
for patterns
 SM Activities
 Web Analytics
 Store Metric...
Budgeting for Social Media
 Allocation vs. Addition
 Do you raise new funds or borrow from existing budgets?
 How to de...
Budgeting for Social Media
 What to budget for:
 Time
 Design and Branding
 Analytics Tools
 Social Monitoring
 Auto...
How to Get Started
 Start with platforms you can actively maintain
 What outsourcing is needed?
 Design, development, c...
Additional Resources
 Blogs
 Mashable.com
 Inc.
 Tools
 Tweetdeck
 Hootsuite
Questions?
 Contact me at:
 Twitter.com/socialinkdfw
 Facebook.com/socialinkdfw
 Instagram.com/socialinkdfw
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Social Media Planning

  1. 1. B Y : D E R R I C K W A L K E R F O R : S O C I A L I N K ! Creating a Social Media Plan
  2. 2. Overview  Social Media Channels  6 Steps to Creating a Social Media Plan  Budgeting for Social Media  Getting Started  Questions
  3. 3. What is Social Media  Social media is media designed to be disseminated through social interaction, created using highly accessible and scalable publishing techniques. - wikipedia.org
  4. 4. What is Social Media?  An ongoing conversation that’s happening RIGHT NOW  A promotional channel for content distribution  A long-term return on investment  A steady stream of information for:  Research  Feedback  Building Relationships with customers, clients, contacts
  5. 5. Current Statistics  Over 50% of people in the US have at least 1 social media account  Social media makes up over 17% of all online usage  Overtaken email as #1 activity on the web  93% of Americans believe companies should have a social media presence  85% believe those companies should be interacting with customers
  6. 6. Social Media Facts- Facebook  1.5 Billion active users worldwide  819 Million on mobile devices  Mobile users are twice as active as non-mobile users  53% female, 46% male  300 Million Photo uploads per day  Thursdays and Fridays, engagement is 18% higher  Average time spent on Facebook is 20 minutes  4.75 Billion pieces of content shared daily  Largest segment is 25-34 years old
  7. 7. Social Media Facts- Twitter  1 Billion registered users  500 million tweets sent daily  100 Million active users daily  170 minute spent per user on Twitter Monthly  Peak days to tweet are Tuesday & Wednesday  Millennials and Teens are most active segment
  8. 8. Social Media Facts- Instagram  1oo million active users  40 million photos posted daily  8500 likes per second  1000 comments are made per second  98% of Instagram photos are shared to Facebook  28% The most active ages are 30 and 49 use
  9. 9. Social Media Facts- YouTube  1 Billion unique visits each month  Over 6 billion hours of video are watched each month on YouTube  Almost an hour for every person on Earth, and 50% more than last year  100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute  70% of YouTube traffic comes from outside the US  According to Nielsen, YouTube reaches more US adults ages 18-34 than any cable network
  10. 10. Social Media Facts- Pinterest  70 Million users as of 2013  47% of US online consumers have made a purchase based on recommendation from Pinterest  Pinterest generates 4x more revenue per click than Twitter and 27% more than Facebook  Pinterest buyers spend more money on items than any of the other top 5 social media sites  Conversion rates for Pinterest traffic are 50% higher than conversions from other traffic  80% of total pinterest pins are repins
  11. 11. Social Media Facts– Google+  Over 350M Users  Google plus has great SEO benefits  Google plus links are all “dofollow”, meaning they pass valuable link juice  Posts are crawled and indexed immediately  Bots crawl 2,500 words on a + page, vs 275 on Facebook  Google Plus for business offers more integrated analytics on your business page
  12. 12. How is Social Media Used?  Customer Service  Product/Service Feedback  Networking and Job Searching  Lead Generation/Sales  Promotions  News  Internal communication
  13. 13. Creating a Social Media Plan Steps: 1. Preplanning 2. Listen to the Conversation 3. Create Your Target Profiles 4. Set Specific Goals 5. Join the Conversation 6. Measure ROI
  14. 14. Step 1 - Preplanning Questions to ask internally:  Where do our customers get their information  What influences our customers?  How does information flow in our industry?  What promotional channels are we currently using?  What is currently working the best/worst?  What is my sales funnel? How are leads qualified? Asking questions indicates how social media can be used to complement your business goals.
  15. 15. Step 2 – Listen to the Conversation  Secure your brand on social platforms  Usernames are often unique  Use consistent usernames across all platforms  Set up monitoring channels  Google Alerts  Tweet Reach  Tagboard  Twitter Search/Twitter Lists  Monitor: individual influencers, competitors, blogs/comments, and industry news sources
  16. 16. Step 3 – Create Your Target Profile  Focusing on key target segments lowers marketing costs  Example:  Target Audience is 25-35  $350 Billion in spending power  Spend 20 hours online weekly  96% of them join social networks  This information can be gathered through market research, surveys, or previous studies  What is the perfect prospect?
  17. 17. Step 3 – Create Your Target Profile  Find key attributes from monitoring channels  Chart presence on social media  Determine Market Segmentation  Demographic  Geographic  Psychographic  Behavioralistic  Continue gathering customer data at each step of your plan
  18. 18. Step 4 – Set Specific Social Goals  Increase brand awareness  Generate Leads  Increase traffic/Opt-ins  Develop relationships with current customers  Boost SEO/SEM results  Reduce CRM costs  Increase Revenue
  19. 19. Step 5 – Join the Conversation  3 Phases of Social Equity  Awareness  Qualify fans and followers as leads  Engagement  Increase long-term communication  Exclusive promotions will help turn advocates into customers  Social Commerce  Determine small data set to introduce products to  Gather product reviews
  20. 20. Step 5 – Join the Conversation  Establish an Editorial Calendar  Choose specific days for posting content  Be consistent – you’re a news source  Helps stay on track and organize content  Choosing specific topics each day helps find content ideas  Share calendar with everyone involved  Use video to build quality content  Doesn’t have to be professional  Include descriptions and tags for search engine optimization  Post video with content on your blog/website
  21. 21. Step 5 – Join the Conversation  Be Transparent and Authentic  Don’t be evasive  Offer your name, title, experience  Admit your interests in the topic  Define your credibility (Use LinkedIn to build your credible profile)  Contribute quality input on topics of interest  Strive to answer questions about your authenticity  Don’t focus on selling, focus on engagement  Earn a reputation, build trust, then sell to qualified leads
  22. 22. Step 5 – Join the Conversation  Be the expert in your industry  Write about what you know  Offer insights to those who ask for it  Share links to resources you think add to the conversation  Use topics you monitor to start conversation  Articles/blog posts  Community Forum Threads  Conversation from social media groups  When customers trust your content, they’ll trust what you’re selling
  23. 23. Step 5 – Join the Conversation  Have rules of engagement  Know what to do with negative responses  Determine who in your organization is involved in responding  Admit to mistakes and thank those who bring it to attention  Respond Kindly  Share these rules with your team  Turn brand “detractors” into “advocates”  People remember bad experiences, but will buy again if it’s corrected
  24. 24. Step 6 – Measure Your Returns  What is a Return?  Non-financial  Visitors, word of mouth, page views, fans, followers, referrals  Financial  Sales, Transactions, Coupons  ROI  Not all returns have to be $$ to bring value
  25. 25. Step 6 – Measure Your Returns  Qualitative  Are we part of our industry’s conversation?  How do our customers perceive us versus our competitors?  Did we build key relationships?  Are we moving from monologue to dialogue?  Quantitative  Website Analytics  Social Mentions  SEO Rankings  Linkbacks  Subscribers
  26. 26. Step 6 – Measure Your Returns  Establish before/after baseline  What did our online environment look like before social media?  What online channels were we using?  What does it look like now?  Determine hard numbers here  5.5% conversion rate before  8.5% conversion rate now  This baseline should track at least 6 months
  27. 27. Step 6 – Measure Your Returns  Develop Activity Timeline along same baseline  Diagram exact dates in which key SM activities occurred  8/11 blog started  8/13 Facebook page started  9/15 FB ad campaign begins  9/17 FB ad ended  Note Milestones on diagram  500/1000/10,000 fans  100 clicks back to blog link
  28. 28. Step 6 – Measure Your Returns  Look at Key Performance Indicators (KPI)  Transactions  New Customers  Sales  Revenue  Average Order Size  E-mail list size  Use Google Analytics to determine exact numbers  What are the transaction precursors?  Brand mentions  Loyalty metrics  In-Store traffic (Online/Off-Line)  Free sample offers
  29. 29. Step 6 – Measure Your Returns  Overlay all timelines and look for patterns  SM Activities  Web Analytics  Store Metrics  Loyalty Metrics  Circle areas where increases occur  How were specific numbers achieved?  Facebook promotion  Product launch  Press release  Coupon offer
  30. 30. Budgeting for Social Media  Allocation vs. Addition  Do you raise new funds or borrow from existing budgets?  How to determine Allocation or Addition  What are your goals?  How much is your existing marketing budget?  Which current tactics work? Which are most expensive?  What internal resources are available?
  31. 31. Budgeting for Social Media  What to budget for:  Time  Design and Branding  Analytics Tools  Social Monitoring  Automation Applications  Social Media Advertising  Outsources/Consulting
  32. 32. How to Get Started  Start with platforms you can actively maintain  What outsourcing is needed?  Design, development, content management, market research  Plan your content flow  Will you push content through all channels?  Find tools to automate processes  Tweetdeck (now by Twitter)  Hootsuite  Sprout Social  Mailchimp  Tweetreach
  33. 33. Additional Resources  Blogs  Mashable.com  Inc.  Tools  Tweetdeck  Hootsuite
  34. 34. Questions?  Contact me at:  Twitter.com/socialinkdfw  Facebook.com/socialinkdfw  Instagram.com/socialinkdfw
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