If you want to be a social media manager, you’re probably curious what we do all day. And if you’re a business looking to hire a social media manager, you want to know where your money is going. I’ll give you the day-to-day of my typical routine from checking accounts to writing content. Currently I manage about 15-20 clients all with accounts on various platforms.
Example workday from the past week
9am: Wake up
9:15am: Make coffee, lunch for later, check email
9:45am: Drive to the library
10am-11: Check accounts/ Reply to users
11-3pm: Write Facebook content for accounts for May
3pm-4: Write blog post for real estate site
4pm-4:30: Check Twitter for interesting articles
4:30-5pm: Update Pinterest for accounts
5pm: Head home
5:15pm: Make coffee, eat something
6-12pm: Go to the gym for an hour around this time, read some articles, watch tv/movie
I know it’s 7 hours rather than the typical 8 hour workday. I find I work best between 6-7 hours. I also don’t each lunch in the middle of work, I wait til I’m about to head home. In between all of this, I’ll check some of the more active accounts for engagement. At home I’ll also be checking accounts when I have time. I like being quick about responses when people ask questions or message an account.
I do this daily, even on weekends. First I check Facebook, then Hootsuite with all the Twitter accounts. On Facebook I make sure to reply to comments. Even just a thanks or smile, people usually comment back or like it. It’s an easy way to connect with users, especially since they took the time to comment. On Hootsuite I added a column to monitor keywords specific to the company, most importantly company name. This is important because some people won’t add @companyname to their Tweet. Instead they just write the company name in their post so it won’t show up as a mention. Next I take a look at Google plus, usually not much has happened. Then I’ll check Yelp/TripAdvisor/OpenTable for new reviews to reply to. I also have a Google alerts set up for mentions of companies online and in the press.
Check Blog Stats
I’m in the process of creating a pretty extensive “city guide” blog for a realtor. All of this is original content about the area: restaurants, things to do, shopping, etc. It all links back to the realtor’s site and is sponsored by him. We’re focusing on some top keywords first, especially restaurants. I spend a bit of time checking the stats for the blog posts, seeing where referrals are coming from, what people are searching, etc. I’ll write more about this in a case study, so you can follow along and see how this strategy is working. Right now it’s just getting off the ground, so it will take time to gain traction.
Before writing content, I like coming up with a general idea of what kinds of topics are interesting to that audience. For example, I run the Facebook account of a salon (hair, nails, facials, etc). I will get inspiration from Pinterest for links to post and see what’s popular. Scrolling through Pinterest or a competitor’s social media account is a good way to get an idea what to post. You can also check Google Trends to see what is growing in popularity in that topic. Then I’ll spend 20-30 minutes away from the computer just thinking about ideas for blogs, posts, images. It keeps me from getting distracted and let’s my eyes rest a bit from the computer screen.
I’d say a bulk of my time is spent creating content: social media posts, graphics, tweets, blog posts, website copy. Not everything is original content, especially for Twitter. It’s important to offer relevant content often, then add in specific items about your company every fourth post or so. People will follow interesting content, they don’t want to be barraged by posts about your services every moment. I make sure to find relevant blogs and sources for each company.
I create month long lists of content for each account. I put them in spreadsheets along with links, images, and hashtags. For some blog posts, I’ll spend quite a bit of time researching, finding the right keywords, and creating graphics.
For items like Facebook posts, you can queue up posts months ahead of time. But for sites like Twitter you need a management tool like Hootsuite or Buffer in order to schedule posts. Blog posts can also be queued on platforms like WordPress. For blog posts, I use a tool called SEO Yoast to help make sure the search title looks good and the meta description is relevant. It’s a useful tool for simple SEO guidelines. I tend to update Pinterest accounts once every few days or whenever I have some down time. There are some tools out there that will let you schedule pins.
Reading Blogs/ Twitter Feeds
In a field like online marketing, things are changing constantly. Google is updating its algorithm, new features are coming out on social media sites, there are new guidelines. I’ll write up a future post on blogs I keep up with. Lately I’ve been checking Buffer’s blog quite a bit. I have a Flipboard account and fill it with feeds of interesting content which I check each morning.
Listening to music/podcasts
I’ll admit, I love working where I want! It’s an awesome perk of the job. I don’t like working from home though. I like having a boundary separating work from home. Working from home can also get distracting. So I usually go to the library. I bring my headphones, just because it can get noisy especially when schools get out and the tutors come in. While I work I like listening to music or podcasts. Some days I’m in a music mood, other days I’ll binge on This American Life or This Week in Tech.
So this is just my typical day. There may be some days I just focus on content and other days where I’ll get caught up reading about a new feature that came out. Also check out this similar Buffer article where they go over the typical routine of a Social Media Manager.
If you’re a social media manager, let me know about your typical schedule in the comments. I’m always interested to hear what others are doing. And if you have any questions post them below and I’ll do my best to answer them 🙂 – Lauren
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