How To Write A 9 Step Social Media Strategy for Government & Corporations for Marketing and PR

9 Steps to Writing & Implementing a SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGY incl Facebook & Twitter for Marketing Public Relations & Comms

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What are the 9 steps of Writing a Social Media Strategy for Government and Corporates?

Writing a Whole-of-Organisation strategy is not simply a Facebook content calendar or a Twitter schedule (though those are important).This is for those of you that get stuck with writing a strategy for the whole organisation where most people are saying 'we've got a Facebook Page, so we've got social media!" or "I quite like Instagram, we should have an Instagram account!".

How to write a Social Media strategy for Gov, Organisations. Which Covers: Purpose vs Values, Tribes & Customer Avatar (Targeted Comms),Spaces and Platforms, Roles and Personal Brand Gamification, Engagement Life Cycles & Call To Actions, Key Influencers, Voice & Etiquette, Campaign & Activities, Rituals & Conversation Diary

Do you have to write a social media strategy for a client? Do they say “our strategy is we have a Facebook Page and we think we need Twitter”? Or are you in an organisation that is risk averse and wants a full strategy before they are even sure of what it is they want? These are the steps I take with clients and in my online course (Theory, Case Studies, Homework):

0. Preamble: Write the Client Brief/Outline

Identify the pain points and the hopes/wishes briefly, the circumstances and backstory and any anecdotes you can glean (CEO wants a LinkedIn group, we had problems on Facebook, Instagram is really popular with our staff). This is probably just notes from your initial meeting/s. It’s not really the strategy bit, just getting your thoughts together. Make sure you are clear on what a strategy is: your stakeholders might not be. They think a content calendar for Facebook is a strategy. It’s a tactic or tool. Focus on the Questions in the Strategy. Who, what , why etc. How can be examples (but not the actual content calendar for example).

Videos Covers Course Content: Client Brief x 4 & Social Media Strategy Steps x 9

Students in 9 Step Social Media Strategy online course: Please go to the Client Brief area and choose one of four – B2B, Social Good, B2C and Gov. If you get stuck ask in Discussions for help?

1. What is the Purpose and Values to Customer and Organisation?

What does the Organisation get out of a Facebook Page. Up front and privately? What does the member – stakeholder, client, customer, fundraiser etc – get out of engaging with you. Why on earth would they like your Facebook Page. Be clear. Have a list (education, entertainment, competitions, giveaways, helpful tips). Add in Values. What subjects are close the Brand’s corporate social responsibility vs which one’s to stay away from. Starbucks is strongly gay-marriage friendly. Nothing to do with coffee.

2. Who Are the Market Segment and Customer Avatars?

Journalists? young female customers? retired time-rich couples? lobby groups, new in a job, re-entering workforce after time off. Investigate the whole customer avatar, not just the demographic segment. This means psychographics and behavioural. Critical for understanding how Facebook Optimization (and soon, Twitter) affects the newsfeed of those you are trying to engage with. You cannot BROADCAST on SOCIAL - the platforms penalise you. Figure out who you are targetting on each Facebook Page, LinkedIn Group and Twitter account.

3. Which Social Media Platforms?

If you don’t want to end up with 50 million Facebook Pages by every department or one big Page that appeals to no-one use the Purpose/Values and the Segment/Avatars to define likely platforms. Instagram for photos, YouTube for videos, Twitter for Press, LinkedIn for Employer Branding. Whatever you have decided. Map your platforms to customer segment and use.

Students: please note the social media press release lectures covers examples.

4. What is the Engagement Lifecycle of Customers

Community management is moving people through from Visitor to Lead to Customer to Engaged Customer through a series of Call to Actions. Throughout the Strategy Document should be clear the call to actions and alignment with the different market segments, at different times of their lifecycle with you. Asking newcomers to introduce themselves through to Member of the week. Without this, there is no re-engagement back to the community. Look to Tourism Australia’s Fan Foto Friday and the processes there… would a newcomer post the first week?

5. How Do We Identify and Engage with Key Influencers?

Stop with the PR Spam already! Find the right Key Influencers for the right customer avatars and engage with them appropriately. Ensure that the various social media “owners” internally are aware of the benefits of key influencer engagement (bigger take-up, social proof, faster velocity) and the dangers (negative reviews, annoyed and irritated Top Bloggers and Twitterati).

6. What is the Brand Voice?

Staff are often scared of posting up the wrong thing and post nothing. Which is substantially better than the Facebook admin who posts up inappropriate jokes and fluffy cat videos every 2 hours. What is your Brand Voice – are you edgy like Lynx or Virgin Airways, educational like Bunnings or a bank, evocative and fear based like Amnesty International? How do staff know what to post and what is on topic. The preceding part of the strategy will help to clarify this (purpose, values, customer avatars etc) and set the tone, topic, sentiment and so on of your Voice online.

7. What Campaigns and Activities?

After monitoring, creating voice and content, engaging with key influencers comes Promotion. Is a competition relevant to a health community? Would discount coupons help engagement on a Ferrari Page? Doubtful. Find the right campaigns (by listening) and create the right promotions from that interaction. Do an audit, set a baseline, create KPI’s and measure, measure, measure.

8. Rituals, Rites of Passage and the Conversation Diary

Know your audience rituals. Young fit men? Don’t ignore sport updates. Women with new babies? Vaccination is a hot topic. Throw Back Thursday vs Follow Friday vs HumpDay – which one fits your customer avatar the best? Daily, weekly, monthly rituals. Not everyone is up for Talk Like A Pirate Day (Krispy Kreme did well this year!) but maybe International Women’s Day on March 8th needs more than a single update? Plan the conversation diary 1 week, 2 weeks up to 6-8 weeks out and ensure it fits in with Campaigns.

The Content Calendar and Conversation Diary comes from identifying key campaigns and activities. Those activities are on target, on brand voice. Brand Voice is related to Customer Avatars/Segments and their Key Influencers and where they are in the Lifecycle, which connects back to the Purpose for connecting with you and your Values.

If you are interested in a (nearly 4 hour!) online course with a Theory section, Practical/Case Studies section and Homework (around the Client Brief) section, please click 9 Step Social Media Strategy for Marketing and Public Relations for a website discount. There is an Android and Apple app, 30 Day money back guarantee and a Discussion area for question and answers. Hope to see you there!

Course Description - How to Write a Social Media Strategy for Government

WRITING A SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGY ONLINE COURSE This is a Corporate course for Business, Government and Not for Profits: Many Marketing and Public Relations professionals want more structure than simply competitions and promotions on Facebook & Twitter and broadcasting content on LinkedIn - this course will enable you to create a great social media strategy for your own business and your clients that includes: (Don't forget to click HD on the videos!)

  • why you are on social media & why customers would want to connect with you
  • what platforms you (and your clients) should use,
  • how to find and engage with key influencers and bloggers,
  • creating campaigns from monitoring platforms to measurement
  • a conversation diary and content calendar including an downloadable doc.
  • developing a voice in social & what to say,
  • as well as finding and connecting with target markets (Customer Avatars) across social platforms
  • and integrating websites and microsites with social.

Each lecture takes you through a step of the framework with theory, a case study and homework based around a pitch document (brief). This course is invaluable for a public relations or communications professional looking to develop and implement strategies rather than just "run a Facebook Page", those re-entering the workforce or repositioning to take on more social media responsibilities as part of their usual role. Small businesses will find the overall strategy useful to framework their current Facebook and Twitter activities.

INCLUDES: A choice of 4 project briefs for you to practice your strategy development on, Homework for each section with a discussion area to ask questions and receive answers.

Download the strategy guideline document and the strategy template to fill in.

This course was part of the PRIA (Public Relations Institute of Australia) series of workshops.

Please email [email protected] if you have any questions. This course is part of the 3 Day Social Media Intensive in Sydney and corporate training rooms.

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Join the 11,000 students that study with me online, the 10,000 social media professionals I have trained offline in the last decade and work on your social media and online community management skills!

Forbes Magazine named me in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally,named head of media, social media by Marketing Magazine and in the Power150 AdAge Media bloggers. I strive to show the theory/strategy with practical tactical tools in online community building.

I am a CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) and I also have taught a Masters of Convergent Media.

Professionally, I have managed Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks, not for profits & governments in SE Asia. I have taught social media for businesses at University of Sydney for 10 years and I have 11,000 online students. My clients range from UNHCR and TV shows to small businesses and Women Matter (Saudi Arabia Women of Islam community).

I have a quarter of a million followers online, personally reaching around 6 million people per month through social media. I have taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to build online communities, create social media content, write strategy documents, drive social media campaigns and improve their Facebook Page through FBO and earned attention.

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