How to Create a Successful Social Media Marketing Strategy

social media marketing strategy

byWinfred Kimathi

As a business, you cannot approach Facebook, Instagram, or TikTok the same way an individual does. You need to determine what you want to achieve and how to achieve it.

You’ll do that with a solid social media strategy. Today, I’m going to share the steps to follow to create a strategy for your business. Let’s dive in.

What is a Social Media Marketing Strategy?

Social media marketing is any activity that enables you to sell your products or services on social media. For you to succeed in selling your products and services, you need a plan.

That plan is known as a social media marketing strategy. It’s the most important item to create before you start posting or commenting online as a business.

Since it’s the first thing you need to develop before taking any action, here is a step-by-step for developing your plan.

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Step 1 Set Social Media Marketing Goals

You need to determine what you want to achieve. If you’re getting on Instagram to create brand awareness, that’s your goal. And if you’re getting on Facebook to increase traffic to your eCommerce store, then that’s also a goal.

The secret is to set smart social media marketing goals that are:

  • Specific
  • Achievable
  • Realistic
  • Align with your brand
  • Are measurable
  • Time-bound

An example of a goal includes: growing brand awareness by increasing page likes and followers by at least 100 every month

Step 2 Define Your Target Market

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As stated in our previous blog, tips for creating high-converting sales pages, you need to answer these three questions:

  • What are you selling?
  • Who are you selling it to?
  • What do the people you’re selling to want?

When defining your social media marketing strategy, you also need to understand the behavior of your target market. For example, where do they hang out?

If you’re targeting Gen Z, you need to be on Instagram and TikTok. If your target market is mostly women, Pinterest will do the magic for you. And if you want people with a high budget who also care about family and friends, Facebook is your place.

Factors that’ll help you define your target audience include age, gender, education level, location, brands they’re loyal to, the kind of phones they use, and whether you’re going to run ads to reach them. Once you answer all these questions, proceed to the next step.

Step 3 Establish Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

Remember how we said you should set measurable goals? Key performance indicators help you measure the results at the end of the month.

For example, for our goal: growing brand awareness by increasing page likes and followers by at least 100 every month, the key performance indicator here is the number of page likes and followers.

When you hit a hundred followers in a month, then you know you’ve hit your goal. Other key performance indicators include:

  • Number of clicks
  • Number of social interactions, also known as engagement
  • Number of users your posts reached
  • Number of views of your videos
  • Number of shares
  • Number of people who bought from your website from your page

Ensure that your KPIs are measuring what you wanted to achieve from step one when you set your goals.

Step 4 Create Content and Post

Now you need the content to fill the puzzle. According to Semrush, there’s a lot to say online, and you can say it in one or more of the following fifteen formats:

  1. Videos
  2. Case studies
  3. User-generated content
  4. Testimonials
  5. Live streams
  6. Product posts
  7. Contests
  8. Press releases
  9. Questions
  10. Influence collaborations
  11. Memes and GIFs
  13. Thought leadership content
  14. Presentations/carousels
  15. Polls

Other things you can post include: answer a frequently asked question, updating your audience on what’s happening in the industry, and launching events.

Step 5 Plan and Schedule Posts

Thanks to technology, you no longer have to be online to post. Tools such as Meta Business Suite, Sprout Social, Metricool, and Hootsuite help you plan and schedule content. I use them all the time for my clients.

Here’s what the Meta Business Suite planner looks like:

meta business suite planner for social media marketing strategy

Source: Meta Business Suite

It’s possible to write content for a full month and schedule it through the tool. Meta will then post your content at the selected time whether you’re online or not. I love this because it means you don’t have to be tied to your business 24/7.

You can go to Paris and come back and no one will know because they’ll still see new content on your page. And you will be responding to their messages and comments as usual (You can hire someone to do this when you’re not available).

Also, the same way you sit and think of winning email subject lines, you need to be creative with your captions. Some of the tricks you can borrow from what I do for my clients include:

  • Capture people’s attention with the first sentence
  • Create eye-catching graphics to go with your content
  • End with a call to action asking people to buy, subscribe, comment, or do what you want them to
  • Tell relatable stories to connect with people
  • Use language your target audience understands (English, Swahili, slang)
  • Combine long and short captions
  • Use emojis depending on your market

The list is endless. Once you set up your brand and set a clear strategy, the content will come flowing. Also, choose whether you’ll be scheduling weekly, monthly, or daily. Whichever you pick, ensure you’re able to keep up with the schedule to avoid skipping days or weeks.

Step 6 Measure Performance

Number of likes a social media post generated indicating performance

Finally, measure performance based on the key performance indicators you set in step three. For example, if you’re on Facebook, check the page insights to find out how your content is performing.

Insights give you information such as who’s visiting your page, whether they’re men, women, or both, their age, posts they’re liking, posts they’re commenting on, location, and more.

These insights will help you make decisions, improve your content, and determine the type of content your audience loves so you can post it more.

Let Us Help You Develop Your Social Media Marketing Strategy

Are you busy making those recipes, weaving those beautiful baskets, attending your children’s school events, or catching up with your clients? Message me using the Whatsapp button or fill out this quick form so we can discuss how I’ll help you create a winning strategy as I have done with my other clients.

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