- How to understand what your audience wants so you can create and share the right content to reach them.
- How to find shareable talking points in your content that can easily be repurposed on social media.
- How to build a promotion schedule that maximizes traffic and shares.
How To Build The Best Social Media Promotion Schedule For Your ContentClick To Tweet
Grab Your Free Social Media Promotion Plan Kit ...This kit includes three templates to help you plan and execute an effective content promotion strategy:
- Social Media Promotion Posting Schedule Template: Plan out how often you'll post on each network.
- Social Media Calendar: Then schedule all your posts ahead of time in one place.
- Social Media Promotional Insights Report: Show your results with this simple reporting template.
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- Set it and forget it (with confidence): Choose posts to reshare and let CoSchedule handle the rest.
- Reshare your best posts (with intelligence): Never worry again about sending too many or too few posts.
- Customize sharing groups (with granular control): Use Placeholder Groups to customize clusters of messages on the days and times you choose.
Understand What Your Audience Is Going To Get Out Of Your ContentYou write your content based on one goal. That could be informing your readers of a new product, or sharing answers to frequently asked questions. Your audience reads your content because they’re being driven by a different goal. They could be looking to learn something new, gather information about your product, or explore more of what your company is about. Your content you share on social media should aim for the overlap between these two goals. But not just the content that you're planning on sharing with your followers. Your social media messages also play a role. By figuring out that intersection between your goals and your audience’s goals, you'll be able to write stronger messages that will drive them to the landing page, blog post, podcast or any other type of evergreen content that you’ve created. The second question you need to ask yourself is what is your audience going to get from your content? People are not going to care unless there's something in it for them. That sounds harsh but the reality is, your audience is going to ask what's in it for me? Your social media messages need to be able to answer that question and inspire them to click. Now that you know how to handle WIIFM and the goals behind why you created your content, you can begin to plan out your social media messages and create the right tone and conversation that encourages your audience to interact with your content. In essence, you're going to need to reread your content and pulling out the best talking points based on what your audience is going to get from your content. Things like:
- What will your readers leave knowing?
- What is a call to action that would drive them to click?
- What results should they expect to see after they read your content?
- Statistics, numbers, and quotes.
Write Compelling Social Media MessagesThe first step in creating compelling social media messages involves tapping into the emotional side of your audience. It's at this point that you're going to dig deep and think about what's in it for them? Let's say for example that I wrote a blog post on creating inspiring Instagram content. I'd think about what my readers are going to get after they finish reading the blog post. That might include:
- How to think outside-the-box to execute more creative Instagram campaigns.
- How to increase engagement with better-quality photos.
- What's the optimal post frequency for the next network?
Successful social posts have: 1. Clear benefit. 2. Clear aim. 3. Emotional appeal.Click To Tweet
- Is the message I’ve written clearly communicating one of the talking points I selected earlier?
- Are my readers getting the best idea of what my content is about?
- Is this going to appeal to them in a way that will encourage them to interact with my content?
Create Messages Around Statistics From Your ContentOne way to create compelling messages is including statistics that you’ve compiled in your content. For example, when we were promoting our social media posting schedule we found out that we could help users increase their traffic by 192%. Now if someone told me that I could increase my traffic by 192%, I’d want to find out how. Here’s another example of another statistic that from our blog on content promotion tactics. https://twitter.com/CoSchedule/status/880518932473405441 Statistics give someone a data point to fall back on because they’ve been backed by a process that is repeatable and they can prove those statistics to their team.
Create Messages Around A Compelling CTAThe second type of message that you can create promote your content involves creating a compelling CTA. Telling your audience what to do and what they're going to get out of your content is a great way to encourage clicks. For example, Hamilton creator Lin Manuel Miranda encouraged people to pick up the new karaoke soundtrack for Hamilton and record them singing along. The call-to-action in this case is to buy the soundtrack and sing along. https://twitter.com/Lin_Manuel/status/880801413466644480 Another great CTA social media message example is this Instagram post from Barnes and Noble. They’re maximizing their book sales by encouraging fans to check out a list of gift for graduates that they created.
Create Messages Telling Your Audience What They’re Going To Get When They Read Your ContentOne of the best things you can do when you’re crafting your social media messages is to tell you audience what they’re going to be getting when they read your content. If I read a message that says I’m going to get 15 different ideas on how to style my hair in a hurry, I hope that’s what I get if I click on the article. That’s why misleading titles or clickbait drive everyone crazy. You’re not being honest about what they’re going to get from your content.
When writing social media posts, be honest about what readers will find when they click through on your links.Click To Tweet
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Repurpose Visuals From Your ContentThe final part of your social media message creation, before you begin writing your messages involves finding visuals for your social posts. Did you know that according to Brain Rules, if you’re listening to something, you’ll only remember 10% of what you hear three days later. The number increases to 65% when you have a relevant picture included. And according to internal research conducted by the Animoto blog, 4 times as many consumers would rather watch a video about a product than read about it. In other words, the visuals you choose to accompany your social media messages are important, but how do you find the perfect material? At CoSchedule we’ll often use visuals from within the blog to promote it like this:
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- Does the photo or video we’re using match the context of our content?
- Does the photo or video we’re using encourage fans to click through to the content we’ve created?
- Does the media type we’re using match channel best practices?
- Is the media type we’re using going to match the audience that is on this channel? Is this what they like to see and interact with?
Best Content Types For Each Social Media ChannelThe first channel we’re going to start out with is Facebook. Facebook is the jack of all trades when it comes to your social media channels, mostly because it has such wide audience reach. Even your grandma is on Facebook, making it easy to establish a brand presence and connect with your intended audience. But what types of content should you be publishing for your Facebook audience? In a study done by Simply Measured, they tested four different content types to see what would perform best on Facebook in 2015. They found that images and links outperformed video and text updates, however, brands are maximizing their reach with videos and live feeds since the platform updated in 2015.
- Ditch the text only updates, you’re not going to get anyone’s attention that way.
- Stick to photos and videos, as your users are more likely to engage with that type of message
- Image posts are great, just make sure your images are in the tweet itself.
- Quotes are a great way to increase engagement
- Consistency with your audience is key
- The most successful type of content will depend on your audience. Look to them for clues on what they want to see.
- Inspirational: Posts that aim to inspire or motivate positive action.
- Culture focused: Posts that share your company's culture.
- Product focused: Posts that show products in action.
How To Write The Best Message For Each Social ChannelNow that you have your media planned out, you can move on to actually writing the content for your social messages. How you choose to write for your social messages is just as important as the actual content that you’ve created. You have a limited amount of space per channel to convince others to read your content, so maximize what little space you have.
Understand Writing Best Practices For Each Social NetworkNow that you know best content types for your social channels let’s break down some of the mechanics including things like:
- What is the optimal character count per social media channel?
- What is the number of hashtags I should be using per social channel?
- Should I be using emojis in my social media messages?
- What is the best content type for each channel?
Determine The Best Posting Time For Your MessagesYou’ve written your content, created your visuals and determined the best type of social media message to post with your content. Now comes the next step, finding the perfect time to send your messages. Here are recommended times based on 23 studies: If you don’t want to use our studies you can find your own best times to post by checking out the analytics in each of your social channels. In the social media promotion kit that you downloaded earlier is a custom analytics report template, that will allow you to manually record your highest engagement points for each social channel and create your own posting schedule based on that data. For Facebook, click you Insights tab then go to Posts. From there you’ll see peaks of when the best times to post on your Facebook page are as well as what days are bringing in the most traffic: Twitter involves a bit more strategic thinking and it’s not as straightforward as Facebook. Go to your Twitter analytics page and select “Tweets”. There you’ll find all of the impressions that you’ve earned in the past 28 days. You’re going to have to look for spikes in that graph to tell you your most popular days to post on. Instagram is also a bit different because unlike Facebook and Twitter you’re not going to see percentages for your days, just an overarching bar graph. To find that information go to your Instagram Analytics and scroll down to “Followers.” There you can switch your view to days and see which times your followers are most active: LinkedIn requires a bit more navigating. Go to your analytics page and scroll down to Reach and Engagement. Set your time back to the past month and select Engagement % and look for recurring spikes in traffic: The analytics template that you downloaded earlier, there is space to record the top dates for engagement percentages. From those dates, you can move to a calendar on your computer and record what day those dates fall on to look for patterns: In your business Pinterest profile select Analytics, and then People You Reach. A graph will appear showing your activity over the last 30 days. You can edit this graph to show you the past 7 days and see the spikes where you followers are more active:
Determine How Often You’ll Share Your Content On Each Social ChannelYou should schedule social media promotion based on what works best for you. But, what if you don't know where to start? Try following this data-backed guide: Then, determine how often you'll promote each single piece of content. Here is a sample schedule that CoSchedule uses to promote new podcast episodes: In the social media promotion kit you downloaded earlier, there was a template that will allow you to build your own social media posting schedule. How you create your promotional plan will be up to you:
Or Schedule Everything With Social Media Templates in CoScheduleSo instead of having to manually schedule everything yourself, you could do it all in one swoop with CoSchedule’s social media templates. You’ll be able to customize and name every style of social media promotion that you want to create and save them, so all you have to do to create your campaign is drag and drop them into your calendar:
Find Out What WorkedThe last step in your social media promotion process is to go back over the messages you sent and see what was successful? Did posting to Pinterest on Tuesdays encourage more clicks? Or did posting twice as often to Twitter help? There are two different ways to find this information.
Track Your Top Messages With CoSchedule’s Top Content ReportOne way to save your time in CoSchedule is with Top Content Reports. This report shows where (and how often) your content was shared on social media: We’ll do all the work for you. It’s that easy.
Track Your Top Messages Through Native AnalyticsThe second way that you can track your top content is through the native analytics in each social media channel. This does take some time but the following links should help you navigate your way through:
- Facebook Analytics
- Twitter Analytics
- Instagram Analytics
- Pinterest Analytics
- LinkedIn Analytics
- Google+ Analytics