- 1 Introduction
- 2 Digital management: Deciding on your social media objectives
- 3 Digital management: Scheduling and posting content to social media accounts
- 3.1 To schedule your posts via social media platforms and apps:
- 3.2 Responding to comments, questions, and messages on social media
- 3.3 Digital management: Monitoring of your brand and competitors
- 3.4 Creating reports about social media activity
- 4 Hire a virtual assistant to manage your social media
- 5 The bottom line
Social media has become an essential tool for companies to engage with their customers. If you are a small business owner, running your own social media account can be a daunting task. It requires time and effort to create content that is engaging and relevant to your audience. Instead of spending hours on creating content each week as part of digital management, you can hire a remote helper who specializes in helping small businesses manage their social media accounts while they focus on other aspects of the business like sales or operations.
Before you start, take a step back and think about your personal brand. How do you want to be perceived? What are the goals of your business? What resources will be available to you in order to achieve these goals?
For example, if your objective is to increase sales, we can help with that. If it is generating more leads through social media channels, we can help with that too! Social media is not linear; there are many different approaches and tactics that can be used, depending on what outcomes are desired.
Scheduling posts is an important part of any social media manager’s workflow. To be successful, you need to schedule your content at the right time so that it reaches your audience when they’re most likely to see it. For example, if you post at 3 am on a Tuesday morning in the United States, chances are good that only other night owls will see it.
Go to Settings > Scheduling (on desktop). On mobile devices, tap the three dots icon next to the Post button in the top right corner of a post and select Schedule > Schedule Now. Then click on the date and time for each post. For more information about scheduling posts on Facebook visit Facebook’s help center for more info.
Click Edit Tweet > Schedule Tweet (on desktop) or tap Scheduled Tweets (bottom right corner). You can also use Hootsuite or Buffer if you want to manage multiple accounts from one app. Instagram: Tap More > Archive Photos & Videos > Tap Select Posts > Select A Date & Time
If you’re not responding to comments, questions, and messages on social media as soon as possible, you’re missing out on a huge opportunity to engage with your followers.
You may have heard the advice that you should not respond to trolls. This can be true in some circumstances, but if someone is being kind and respectful in their comment or message they deserve a response. The key here is being polite − don’t attack the person who left the comment by saying something like “you idiot!” Simply reply: “Thanks for your feedback” or something similar.
Another common piece of advice is that you should not respond too quickly after receiving interaction from one of your followers (or any other user), as this might seem desperate or needy. On the other hand, don’t leave them hanging for days without replying! Try aiming for somewhere between 1 hour and 24 hours; this way it won’t look as though you were waiting around all day for them to interact with one of your posts!
- Do not respond with a generic response such as “Thanks so much!” or “I’m glad my post helped!” This makes it seem as though no effort at all was put into answering them personally! It is better just to make sure that every single interaction has been answered individually (even if just briefly).
Digital management: Monitoring of your brand and competitors
Monitoring your brand and competitors is key to social media management. Social media managers must know what’s happening in their industry, as well as on the social media activity of their competitors. The following are some of the tasks that a virtual assistant can help you with:
- Monitor your brand to identify trends and how to respond to them
- Also, to monitor your competitors’ strengths and weaknesses
- Monitor your competitors’ social media strategies
- Plus, to monitor your competitors’ social media accounts
You can also have your virtual assistant create reports on your social media activity. A report can include statistics giving the number of followers you have on each platform, the number of shares, likes, and comments for each post, how many times a particular hashtag was used in a month, and how many retweets or replies you have received from your posts, etc.
These reports will give you an idea of how much engagement each post has generated and which posts were most successful in soliciting people to engage with them. This information will help you decide what types of content work best for your audience; and whether there are any trends in their preferences that would be worth paying attention to, going forward.
Whether you’re a one-person team or you have an in-house marketing team, a VA can help you manage your social media. They can schedule posts, respond to messages and comments, and maintain your accounts. You can even use them to conduct research on potential customers for future campaigns.
If you’re looking for help managing your social media account and digital manament, a VA could be the right solution. They can help you with everything from creating content to responding to comments and questions on your channels. The key is finding someone who understands your brand and knows how to work with it — so make sure that they can do more than just post pictures of their dog!