Mariya asks, “What is a proper social media audit?”
Social media audits have a simple purpose: to find out what’s working in your social media program and do it better. The components of a social media audit revolve around my social media marketing strategic framework. At each stage, we audit what exists, what’s missing, what’s working, and what’s not. Our goal is to identify these four characteristics for each stage, then use that as a plan of action for making repairs.
The key to any audit is the output. Whatever we do, we should end up with clear next steps. By using my framework, you’ll have a laundry list for each stage, and then you fix them in order of importance, ease of correction, and urgency.
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On today’s you ask I answer Maria asks, What is a proper social media audit? That’s a good question. There’s a lot to a properly done well constructed social media audit. The function of a social media audit is simple as simple purpose to find out what’s working and your social media programs do it better. Now the components of a social media audit revolve around
social media marketing strategic framework, use any framework you’d like I’m sure your mind he’ll bring it up here
at each stage in this social media lifecycle. We audit what exists, what’s missing, what’s working and what’s not working. So those four things so what we want to identify for each of the stages around this wheel. Our goal is to identify these forecast for characteristics for each stage and then use that as a plan of action for making money.
pairs so let’s go through these stages real quick here I’m bring bring bring this here
number one in the first stage of clarify stage what are our goals and our business objectives and so a lot of this is where a lot of social media programs run into trouble it right away what they have his goals and business objectives are not tied to the business itself so they may be like hey let’s let’s get more shares on Facebook cool
it’s measurable but doesn’t have any bearing on the business doesn’t create any business impact and a good chunk of the time the answer is going to be known
for your goals this is also going to force you to think a lot about your analytics because you need to be in to be able to measure your goals and if you don’t have any set it’s going to be a struggle. So that’s section one. Section two creation
what content you’re creating, what formats are you creating text, audio, video interactive, etc.
So again I’m going to audit what’s there what’s the what’s not there what’s working what’s not working and again you’ll have to rely a little bit on your analytics to understand you know for example our videos doing it for your brand on the platform of your choice the third stage is choosing what channels are you on so what what social media channels have you evaluated and are you participating on and again you’ll need some audience analytics here to understand what channels should you be on where should you be you may need you may find you need to do qualitative survey to ask people flat out hey when you’re checking social media for whatever your product or services where do you go for it Who do you listen to and so on so forth
this is also where you make choices out budget well how much are you putting into paid how much you putting into organic stage for his connection? Are you connecting to your audiences have you identified your audience as well? Have you identified your influencers well, and
How well you connecting with them? How well are you staying in touch with them? I’ve been a part of some influencer programs where their contact with the influences is pretty nominal. And as a result, they don’t get the impact. They’re looking for us. We want to assess connection. What’s working? What’s not, what do we have? What do we don’t?
Number five is coordination. How well are we executing our social media program? How will we budgeting time how we’re using our resources, how well scheduled, how much is automated, that should be automated, these are important questions. And this is where you’ll get into a lot of tools and stuff. I we’re using the right software for the for the purposes that we’ve set out. Number six is collaboration, how well are we collaborate, how are we engaging with our audiences? How will we building a community so this is where we look at things like returning users to our website, from our communities looking at things
amount of activity within our communities. There are a lot of companies that are doing a great job with private groups, slack channels, things like that, where social media is not the public social networks is now private. And how much engagement Are you getting out of those?
Number seven is communication. How well are we monitoring? how effective is our monitoring and identifying issues? What are our response times to identify issues? This is also where we get into crisis communications. What kind of crisis communications plan do we have in place? When was the last time we ran a drill simulating a crisis? And if if we did that relatively recently, how impactful or effective were we at executing the drill a well and finally the conclude stages What do we have for analytics What do we have for insights how well we turning analytics into insights and then into strategy, tactics and execution on
A real time basis or near real time basis, what software, what systems do we have in place to automate all that to make it as easy as possible for everyone who is participating in our social media strategy to get good insights. Now, this framework, this strategy, it’s big and it is designed for the enterprise. If you are a smaller business, all this may be done by one person and it may not even be their full time job. That’s okay. As long as that’s a conscious choice.
That is okay as long as you still have tasks for that person to do that scale down to the individual level. So you may not have a full crisis communications team but you still need their crisis plan even if it’s just a pile a post it’s taped somebody’s wall you still need influencer identification. It may not be a data science firm like like Trust Insights.
Doing massive scaled data site date I’ve infants identification it may be again that may be an intern googling for people as long as that’s a conscious choice that’s fine. There’s nothing wrong with that.
So it needs to the stages you’ll scale them up or down based on your company and the resources you have allocated to social media.
The one thing the one area i would i would not skimp on if you can avoid it is in analytics. huge surprise. I know but the ability to measure the impact of social media and to show increasing results will dictate how much additional resources get in order to do more social media or to do it better. So if there’s a place that I would not skimp on on spending money on tools and analysis and people and process that’s the area I would start and finally, I can’t say this enough those goals those social media program goals of
Got to be aligned to business objectives. That is where 99% of bad social media programs run into troubles. There’s no value to the business that can be explained in a concrete, tangible, measurable, repeatable way. So that’s where you got to fix it up. So that’s what a proper social media audit would look like.
Again, depending on how large your company is and how
and how thorough you need to be and what resources you have this could be a couple PowerPoint slides or maybe a one page document at the for the smallest of companies all the way to this could be a massive binder like a multi hundred page behind her findings and next steps that all gonna hand out to different departments, different people within the company because your company will need it. So the social media audit when properly done as Marie asked, What’s a proper social media audit is going to be as thorough as your social media marketing efforts are
expansive. So great question. Social media or audits also going to take a lot of time. If you do an audit, and you are a large company and it takes you two hours, you’ve done it wrong. You skipped a bunch of stuff. Now, if you’re a one person solo printer, then yeah, a couple hours would be sensible to but even then, you might have a lot to do, depending on how good you are at social media. If you’re terrible at it. It’ll be a quick audit,
though, the better you are, the longer it will take because you’ll have to gather that much more data. So great question. As always, please subscribe to the to the newsletter and to the YouTube channel and stuff and we’ll talk to you soon. Take care
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