Social media campaigns are popping up all over the web from many corporate organisations as well as smaller businesses in all types of industry. However it is essential not to rush into such campaigns ensuring you think about how you are going to develop your strategy, what you want to achieve, etc.
Implementing a social media campaign needs thought and much planning to ensure the end outcome is one desired:
Research what people are saying about your brand on the most popular social networks for your country as well as general business information. Monitor and track what is said and check out your competitors, find out what they are doing and record anything interesting (search results, feedback, followers etc).
Think about the goals in which your business is set, what do you want to achieve? Have you achieved it yet? How can social media and networking help/assist you to achieve your goals?
Research how you will achieve your goals and how you will track each step you have made in order to achieve a positive outcome or to tailor it to work better (working progress). Make sure the goals you set out to achieve are monitored closely in order to make the most impact on your social media campaign.
Try out the many different tools on the web, see which ones best suit the needs for your reporting and meeting the needs of your goals, use several if that suits the needs of helping you to achieve your goal – creating a mix (maybe the best of both worlds) – always research for new innovative tools, remember, there are APIs being created everyday…
Measure your performance by using many of the tools on the web which will track your social media campaigns, monitor this on a regular basis so you can adapt your strategy to achieve your goals – remember – the results may not be what you’d hoped for…
Create your own reports using the data you have gathered along the way, ALWAYS include positive and negative remarks as this proves a basis for where development needs to be or where direction needs to be altered and will show where you have got the direction right for your goals and strategy.
An important factor is to remember that a social media strategy is not set in stone, it can be changed, but once you start your social campaign it is very difficult to go backwards if you have a sudden change of mind and direction. Make sure your research is thorough and you get help where you need it – don’t be afraid to ask!