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Social,Content& MediaPlanningThe Must-Do’s for Effective Social Media Marketing

CONTENTSIntroductionPag. 3Developing a Social Media StrategyPag. 5Effectiveness in Social Media CampaignsPag. 9Building a Content Strategy for a Specific TargetPag. 13Extending Your Reach with Social MediaPag. 15Social Media in PracticePag. 16ConclusionPag. 172

Introduction“SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING IS DIFFICULT, AND IT DOESN’T WORKFOR OUR KIND OF COMPANY.”This is a perfect excuse that marketers and business ownersoften use to avoid social media. Many companies create theiraccounts and throw in the towel when they don’t see immediateresults.Others maintain a social presence just because they think they needone, even though it’s not generating results. If you identify with thesesituations, this eBook will help you find the missing pieces to generate asocial media plan that actually works. Social media is helping companiesincrease brand awareness, drive traffic and expand conversions. The wayto achieve this is to create an effective social, content and media plan.Remove the perception of social media being only Facebook and InstagramSocial media channels are all those online platforms that brands use toengage and interact with their audience daily. Social media networks support several content formats, and this is growing at a fast pace. Carouselads on Facebook are an example.This flexibility of formats allows brands to present images, videos, textand multi-images in one single post. The importance of these platforms isthat they allow marketers to experiment with different types of content andtest what best attracts and engages their social users. “If people are theheartbeat of social media, content is the blood,” claims James Gurd, amarketing advisor for Smart Insights.3

SO.HOW DO YOU PLAN WHAT TO TALK ABOUT?As marketers we are recently asked what content actually works. How do youplan what to talk about? Or which platforms and formats are the most suitablefor your brand? Unfortunately, producing and sharing content is no guarantee of success. What I can assure you, is that if you don’t plan ahead and setgoals with strategies, your social media plan will come to a complete failure.Smart content creators understand the importance of a consistent style ofcommunication with customers and the stories they are conveying. This is alldriven by a well-defined plan rather than scrabbling to find last minute content.In general terms, a social media plan is a comprehensive strategy for socialmedia marketing, and should include the following:-A clear list of goals and objectives-An audit of the existing social media presence-Analysis of the competition-A basic social media content strategy outline- A s o c i a l m e d i a c a l e n d a r ( a n n u a l l y, q u a r t e r l y, m o n t h l y )-Established KPIs that will help measure and analyze results4

DEVELOPING A SOCIAL MEDIASTRATEGYTHE KEY INGREDIENT TO SUCCESSFUL SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING ISWHAVING A STRATEGY.ithout understanding your goals, who is your target audience, andwhat they are looking for, it’ll be hard to achieve desired results.Whether you want to grow your brand through social media, orsimply gain more presence in the market, developing a strategy fora social, content and media plan is essential.Having a plan and developing strategies goes in hand. A strategy is where you’reheaded, and a plan is how you’ll get there. Charity Betancourt, digital marketingmanager for TUUCI, defines the 5Ws to create a social media marketing strategy.The expert also provides a simple template to create your strategy. Feel free toadapt, modify, or use it as it fits your brand.5

SOCIAL MEDIA HAS BECOME A GAME CHANGERWith platforms like Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, you don’t need millions ofdollars to run a successful campaign. You just need to know your audience andhave creativity. But again, it’s not worth all the effort and budget if you don’t have astrategy for execution. Without good ideas and a plan to put them into action, youare most likely to fail. Whether your budget is 1,000 or 1 million, you are able touse social media to grow your brand.Peel - a great example of a brand that managed a successful social media market-ing campaign in 2018.Peel is a company that sells cell phone cases, which, as we know, is an extremelycompetitive industry. Pretty much anyone can buy cases online, a retail stores oreven at kiosks in shopping malls.However, Peel has been able to stand out and establish a brand through socialmedia, and users can’t help but take notice.They sell thin, protective phone cases, being both functional and stylish. Beingthat it is very convenient, social media has unearthed a great opportunity toshowcase their products. And yes, any other brand can do this, but the originalitycomes out in the strategy and creative behind it.They are usingFacebook video ads totell a story, separatingtheir products from therest. Peel is offeringits customers a morehumanitarian andpersonal approach.6

THE CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN SO SUCCESSFUL THAT IT HAS INCREASEDITS REVENUE 16X AND ITS ROI 3X.Their success does not only come from paid advertising. Peel is also doinggreat with organic content. They are present using a very consistent and visuallyappealing Instagram feed. Although their images allude to their products, Peel isshowcasing a lifestyle and their beliefs as a brand, which is of great interest forusers.7

Having a cohesive Instagram feed maynot feel like the biggest deal or achievement in social media. But when you area small, aesthetic brand in the market,little details like this help you incredibly inreinforcing your message. Besides, youstand out and users take notice of that.On top of these efforts, Peel is doing agreat job of responding to their customers. Remember: the customers are theones that make your brand survive or die,so it’s important to pay close attention towhat they’re saying. Nonetheless, socialmedia is such an open platform that youneed to be aware of how you react tocustomers’ approaches to your product.As a key takeaway of Peel’s efforts, think of creative ways to set your brand apart onsocial media, especially if you are in a competitive industry, which most likely you arenowadays. Experiment with social media advertising. Run A/B testing to see what worksfor your brand and what doesn’t.When you manage to recognize what works and what doesn’t, improve your strategiesthrough successful content and improve the media plan behind it. Use social media toreinforce your brand messaging. This is a great tool to make your brand speak and tellyour story.Last but not least, prioritize social customer care. You may have a great brand, thatoffers great products, but users pay close attention to reviews, mentions and, negativeand positive comments.8

EFFECTIVENESSIN SOCIALMEDIACAMPAIGNS9

MEASURE, MEASURE, MEASURE!If you’re using social media, you shouldmeasure it. Don’t just measure for thesake of it, instead measure your socialactivities to learn what’s successful, whatisn’t, and were you can improve. In orderto know if your social media activities areeffective you need to decide what metricsyou are monitoring.As a second step you calculate thoseresults, and then interpret them to determine the success of the campaign. It’simportant to mention that there are twotypes of social media measurement:ongoing analytics and campaign-focusedmetrics. Ongoing analytics basicallytracks your social activities over time,however campaign-oriented focusedmetrics, will help you analyze specificcampaigns from beginning to end.10According to Alexa Morales, copywriter and social media manager for SkyOrganics, she explained five steps thatdigital marketers need to take in consideration when establishing the success ofa social campaign.

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BUILDING A CONTENT STRATEGYFOR A SPECIFIC TARGETEngagement is how you build a relationship with your customersusing social media platforms. In this relationship, you home inon, dedication and commitment. As a digital marketer, you haveto adapt and get involved enough to make sure everyone, or atleast the majority of is happy. In general terms, social mediaengagement is defined as the response brands receive to any piece ofcontent. It could be a comment, like, share, opening of a link or clickingon of a picture.These interactions are the ones that build the relationship between brandsand their customers. As soon as these interactions start to take place,users are trusting your brand to solve their problems. This approachthen translates into the basic value customers would put into a brand.Therefore, brands are no longer only seen as a product or service. Takeinto consideration that when users are engaging with your brand, theynormally question if you are persistent. Is your brand sensitive to the environment? Or, simply, are you a fun brand that aligns to their personality?When you have people engaging with your brand, it’s important totell the right story to the right people. It’s crucial to be able to identifyyour target and talk to them. Fortunately, social media platforms make thiseasier for you. Instagram and Facebook, for example, have vast amountsof information about their users that allow you to create ads and demographically target your right audience.Sorting people by age, interests, demographics and other characteristics will help you shape your ideal customers. This allows you to speakdirectly to the audience you are looking for. How would you know if thisis the right audience? By a simple evaluation of how many relationshipsyou are creating with your content. The more likes, comments and shares,etc. you get, the more you are engaging and the more you are hitting yourspecific target audience.13

Last but not least, it’s important that you are able to monetize theserelationships because at the end of the day there is a business to run.Once you have generated enough goodwill and value through effectivecontent planning, people will start to recognize your brand in the industryand on social media. Whatever your social media strategies are, you firsthave to provide your customer with a lot of value and content for themto engage, and only then are you able to ask for something in return.But what should you ask them in return? That depends on your goals.For example, you may want to build a rewards program where you allowcustomers access to more of your content and promotions if they provideinformation such as reviews or general feedback on your brand. If youare trying to generate more sales, give them the option to access unlimited- time offers through your content. The advantage of this is that yourcustomers will feel comfortable with your brand because you will buildcore value around it. Then, asking for money in return is easier.14

EXTENDINGYOUR REACHWITH SOCIALMEDIASOCIAL MEDIA HAS DRASTICALLY CHANGED THE FUTURE OF ADVERTISINGTraditional media still out there, such as TV and radio ads, are no longer themain source of getting customers, or at least not the cheapest. Social media hasbecome a game changer because it allows brands and companies with smallbudgets to be in the presence of millions of people.Today’s new strategies of marketing add to the bottom line of traditional marketingby allowing marketers to determine a more strategic way to approach their targetaudience. Brands are able to create stronger and more significant relationshipswith the use of social media platforms. It’s evident that combining traditional methods and digital methods in a campaign will help you reach more people and gain ahigher success rate.Nowadays, brands have a huge challenge when they are dealing with their clients.This challenge is to create trust. Traditional media is one way to put your brandout in the market. With it, you can generate a lot of noise and get noticed, but thepower of a 360 campaign also relies on being able to combine the traditional mediaand the new media of advertising. Because it is really difficult to get people to trustyour products or services and stand out in saturated industries, social media is anefficient way to showcase your brand. By baring your soul and allowing people toknow you with transparency, you will be able to build trust, long-term relationshipsand eventually accountable customers.15

SOCIAL MEDIA IN PRACTICEThe best way to grow your brand in a long-lasting way is through a consistent plan of organic content that you need to generate in your ownand unique way. Either if it’s a startup or a business with a long trajectory if you deliver good quality content, people would start to notice youmore and more. Good quality content it’s meant to the information thatgives valuable material and insights to your audience. Be unique and inspiringwith the content. Evoke the brand’s belief and culture.Instagram feed @sixnfiveBE CREATIVEThere is not a “bible” that says and explain exactly what the steps are to grow abrand in social media. However, there are key findings to recognize the characteristics that would determine how you are doing and how are you going to deliverthe content to your audience. Start building relationships with transparency andtry to post on a daily basis. It doesn’t matter if you skip a day or two but try to bedisciplined and consistent with your presence in social media.One tactic that is completely real and relevant is any type of video content. It’sbeen scientifically proven that the spam attention people have with videos hasdecreased from 12 to 8 seconds. The easier you make to digest the content youproduce the easier it’ll be to generate a higher rate of engagement.Moreover, with time and uniformity, you will find your brand’s voice, somethingyou may not already have. The brand’s voice is how you talk to people and howinteractions occur. Is it humorous, serious, formal, political, rigid, or maybe provocative? This should align with brand’s target and goals. According to FacebookBlueprint’s “Creative Best Practices”: “you need to create content that doesone of the following: makes me cry, makes me laugh or surprises/provokeme.”16

ConclusionBy reading this eBook, you should now understand the importancefor companies to have a social media presence. Social media is anessential piece when it comes to your company’s marketing plan andstrategy. Social platforms will help you in connecting with your customers, increasing brand awareness and boosting your sales. Youneed to take into consideration that there are more than three billion people outthere remove using social media every day. It’s not a passing trend but a rapidlyincreasing one.Social media marketing helps validate your brand within your audience. A company’s social media presence, when done correctly, make customers aware thatyou are active and present. This will drive communication with consumers awayfrom your competition. If you manage to build a smart and creative social mediaplan, you will engage your customers based on clear objectives, goals and strategies. You need to make sure that your potential consumers see you and not yourcompetitors. For this reason it’s important to understand the role that social mediaplays in communication. As a brand leader or digital marketer, you need to makesure that your company’s social media matches and is aligned with your othercommunication channels. That way, all communication efforts will be enhanced,and this will help you achieve successful and effective campaigns.17

An eBook by Leonardo Fonseca and Maite NasserArt Direction and Master of Science in Mass Communications GraduatesLEAR N M O R EAB O UTF LO R I DAI NTE R NATI O NALU N I V E R S ITY’S C R EATI V ETRAC K PR O G RAMVisit Florida International University’s website to learn more about the GlobalStrategic Communication Creative Track Master’s Program https://communication.fiu.edu/gsc-creative/ Contact Grizelle De Los Reyes, Director of the FIU-MASCreative Track Program at gdelosre@fiu.eduSpecial thanks to the experts, Charity Sapphire and Alexa Morales for their contribution in this paper.18

In general terms, a social media plan is a comprehensive strategy for social media marketing, and should include the following:-A clear list of goals and objectives -An audit of the existing social media presence-Analysis of the competition-A basic social media content strategy outline-A social media calendar (annually, quarterly, monthly)

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