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 four-step process for implementing and maintaining an efficient social media calendar for reliable content posting.
1. Figure Out The Social Posting Workflow
This way you can assign roles to make sure the necessary work is being taken care of during each step of the process. Typically, a more established company will require more individuals and approvals in the process to make sure nothing goes awry. However, a typical workflow should consist of some or all of the following steps:
- Brainstorm an idea and create a concept.
- Make sure the idea has authorization.
- Write the copy for the post.
- Edit the copy and make sure it’s fit for publishing.
- Come up with a fantastic image.
- Post to the social networks.
It’s also important to note that the social team will frequently work with several other departments like PR, SEO, and business development. Make sure those divisions are included in the process so they can support your efforts within their own fields.
2. 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, here are some of tips to get you started:
- Facebook: 3-10 times per week
- Twitter: at least 5 times a day
- LinkedIn: 2-5 times per week
- Google+: 3-10 times per week
- 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.
3. Find Out How Long it Takes From Idea to Execution
It’s important to get a good idea of how long it takes you and your team to create a post for each individual social network. That way you’ll have a better idea of how long before an event you should get to work writing.
If you’re the business owner as well as the main social media marketer, chances are it won’t take you nearly as long as a larger company to hit publish. You probably already have a good idea of what you want to say, and the approval process is as simple as deciding whether or not you want to post it it.
However, larger companies and agencies will often find the approval portion of the process the most challenging. Sometimes the social team will have to come up with several variations of the same social post before they’re approved.
4. Start to Fill Up Your Social Media Calendar Events and Content
You’ve got the process in place, now it is time to start filling up your editorial calendar. 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.
Next, fill in the calendar with links to relevant content, resources, and your own posts. These social messages will ensure you’re providing your audiences 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. These timely events will help populate you calendar and bring personality to your feed.
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.
The BluFish account team brings years of social marketing experience with a variety of client brands. If you are looking to boost your social presence. drop us a line today to discuss how we can help.