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A Leader’s Guide to Social Media Content Calendars: Planning for Success

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With around 4.8 billion people using social media worldwide, social media is undoubtedly one of the most effective ways to connect with your audience. But it’s also a highly competitive space that requires you to post regular, relevant content. However, managing one or more social media accounts is no small task between interacting with your audience and creating and sharing new posts. A social media content calendar enables you to manage your team’s social media output most effectively, allowing you to plan and deliver consistent messaging across all platforms. Let’s look at how you can get started.

What Is A Social Media Content Calendar?

Whether it’s an interactive dashboard, spreadsheet, or a simple document, a social media content calendar is a detailed overview of your social media posts, organized by date and time. You can use it to plan forthcoming posts, track what you’ve already posted, and coordinate your social media efforts with your team. It lets you decide what to post on your social media accounts and when ensures you always use a unique voice and allows you to manage multiple versions of your post. You no longer have to worry about creating great content on the fly or finding the time to write and share posts.

Review Your Existing Social Networks And Content

Your first step to developing a social media content calendar is to help you understand your existing social media accounts. While reviewing your social profiles, note your most successful posts or campaigns on each channel, what types of posts get the most engagement, and when your audience is most active. Also, record how often you post and how the frequency or timing of your post is impacting conversions and engagement. Compare the popularity of your time-sensitive and evergreen content and your audience demographic across each platform. 

Set Your Social Media Goals And Objectives

Your next step is identifying your goals and objectives, which will help you determine what you want to achieve by posting on social media. It could generate leads, build your brand, or improve customer engagement. By aligning your social media content calendar with these goals, you can ensure that each post you share directly relates to and contributes to your overall social media strategy. Once you’ve defined your goals, you can set your team up with SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely) objectives to achieve them. Quantifiable objectives will allow you to track progress and see if your strategy works. 

Plan Your Social Media Content Calendar

You can now look at planning your social media content calendar. To do this, outline critical dates, events, relevant holidays, and your target audience. You can use these as anchor points when planning your content. You’ll also need to consider how often your team will post on each social media platform and how far in advance they’ll need to write the posts and create a calendar that balances consistency and quality. It’s also a good idea to leave yourself a little breathing space to allow for timely content and opportunities for real-time audience engagement. Work with your team to develop different themes that align with specific dates and incorporate a mix of various types of content, such as infographics, articles, images, and videos. 

Create And Schedule Content

Now your content calendar is ready, it’s time to turn your ideas into engaging content. Begin by either curating or creating the content for your scheduled posts. Incorporate captivating headlines, compelling captions, and high-quality visuals aligning with your brand and messaging. Remember to tailor each piece of content to the specific social media platform you plan to post it on, taking into account the best formats that will resonate with your target audience. Social media management tools will schedule your posts in advance, allowing you to queue up your content and automatically publish it on your chosen date and time. Scheduling like this will save you lots of time and guarantee consistent posting.

Using a social media content calendar to plan your content strategically, you can achieve consistency, save time, increase engagement, and foster collaboration within your team.

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Michael Levitt Chief Burnout Officer

Michael D. Levitt is the founder & Chief Burnout Officer of The Breakfast Leadership Network, a San Diego and Toronto-based burnout consulting firm. He is a Keynote speaker on The Great Resignation, Quiet Quitting and Burnout. He is the host of the Breakfast Leadership show, a Certified NLP and CBT Therapist, a Fortune 500 consultant, and author of his latest book BURNOUT PROOF.

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