When Facebook first launched over a decade ago, it was all about helping college students connect with each other. Then as the platform grew, people outside of college campuses were allowed to join. This transformed the platform into a place where friends and families could interact with each other. Eventually, Facebook allowed large companies to establish a presence on the platform. This was later expanded to businesses of all sizes. If you look at the other major social platforms, most have followed a similar strategy of initially focusing on individuals and then bringing in businesses.
When businesses first got on board with social media, a large percentage made the mistake of only using these platforms as a means for self-promotion. Since that strategy is almost always doomed to fail, businesses moved on to looking for a better way to engage with social media users.
The Importance of Listening First
The search for a better approach to social engagement led many businesses to the same conclusion. That conclusion is listening needs to come first. Because social media is all about conversations, listening is a must for finding opportunities to engage in an authentic and meaningful way. Although this approach may initially seem backwards to the way businesses normally approach marketing, those that stick to this method realize it’s actually very powerful. Businesses can establish a strong connection by taking the time to understand customers and then letting them know the business understands what they’re saying.
How Agencies Can Help Clients with Social Listening
If you run an agency that does social media marketing for clients, they may want you to take the lead on social listening. And in many cases, a client may not fully understand the value of this type of activity until you’re able to show them real examples and successful outcomes.
In the past, social listening across multiple platforms could be quite challenging for a single brand, let alone multiple client brands. But thanks to Send Social Media, you can pull all this information into a centralized dashboard. This efficiency means you’ll be able to make the most of monitoring client brands and engaging in social listening.
Thanks to the features of Send Social Media, it’s possible to take full advantage of activities like listening to industry conversations to get a better sense of your client’s niche, identifying customer pain points to create better content and finding potential brand advocates for your client. Being able to easily manage these kinds of activities will have a noticeable impact on clients’ customers experiences and brand images, which in turn will allow your agency to charge a premium for the value you’re delivering.
If you’re a social media manager, you work hard to deliver awesome results for your clients. While it always feels great when a campaign goes especially well, that doesn’t mean your work is over. Not only do you need to be focused on what comes next, but you have to communicate just how well the campaign went to your client. The best way to do this is with a social media report. Although social media reports are a very powerful tool, they can be difficult and time-consuming to create. Between pulling data from many different sources and getting everything formatted exactly how you want, reporting can feel like it’s taking up more time than your other work.
Since this is a very common problem faced by managers and others who work in social media, we knew something needed to be done. That’s why we put a lot of resources into making our reporting features more powerful than ever. With our new features, social media reporting is so easy that you can focus on doing great work and always have a very compelling way to communicate this awesome work with your clients. Let’s take a look at just how simple it now is to use Send Social Media to create stunning reports that your clients will love:
Just a Click Away
Part of why social media reports have traditionally taken so long to create is you have to open multiple social profiles & analytics and then grab data from all those different tabs. With Send Social Media’s new reporting, that’s no longer necessary. Since all that data is pulled into our tool, you simply click what you want and then our tool takes care of compiling it into a report.
Easy to Customize
We’re committed to making social media reporting as simple as possible, which is why we have an optimized default format for reports. But we also know that not every client has the same needs, which is why we make it a breeze to customize reports. Whether you want to spotlight top performing posts or focus on a specific social platform, you can choose exactly what you want to be included in your reports in just minutes.
A social media report is only as useful as your ability to share it with clients or other stakeholders. With Send Social Media, we ensure that your reports are created in a format that’s easy to share. Every report you create will look just as good on a screen or tablet as it will if you need to print it out.
Reports are an important part of doing social media work for clients or your own internal stakeholders. However, that importance doesn’t automatically mean these reports need to be a burden on your workflow. If you want to see just how productive you can be when you have a way to generate truly great reports in less than fifteen minutes, be sure to take a look at a free demo of Send Social Media.
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If you’re a marketer or team member of a business that utilizes social media as a marketing channel, chances are one of your responsibilities is sharing how social is performing for the business with internal stakeholders. And if you run or are part of an agency that offers social media marketing services, your clients likely want to know the results they’re getting on a monthly basis.
One of the elements that make social media marketing so interesting and very effective when done well is it’s something that occurs across multiple platforms. While that’s great for driving marketing results, it’s not so great when the time comes to compile all relevant data into a report that people who aren’t involved in this practice can easily understand. Since reporting is something that has created headaches for people involved in all facets of social media marketing, the good news is there’s now a much easier way to handle this task.
Thanks to the powerful functionality and features we’ve built into Send Social Media, creating excellent social media reports is now a breeze. This is just as true for business owners focused on their operations as it is for marketers and agencies managing multiple clients. Let’s take a look at how Send Social Media can help streamline all of your reporting activities:
All the Data You Need at Your Fingertips
As mentioned above, one of the reasons social media reporting has always been viewed as a very time-consuming activity is it requires pulling data from multiple sources. With Send Social Media, you can say goodbye to doing this work manually. Since all of the profiles you’re managing are already connected to this software, we’re able to pull all the data into a central location.
While having all your data in a single dashboard is a big timesaver, it’s just the tip of the iceberg with what Send Social Media offers for reporting. Not only will you be able to build reports that look great based on the specific needs of your business or clients, but you’ll be able to use all of this centralized data to spot actionable insights.
For example, you can see exactly which posts are performing the best. You can then take this information and directly use it to guide future social media marketing efforts. Another use of this data that Send Social Media makes easy is identifying users who are the biggest brand advocates. Best of all, these different examples we’ve shared can easily be exported into a PDF and then shared with stakeholders or clients.
If you want to see just how much time the reporting features of Send Social Media can save you, head over to our plans page and then sign up for the one that’s right for you!
Social media has become an integral part of the work that many agencies do. One of the challenges that agencies often face as they grow is being able to keep up with posting for all clients across multiple platforms. Because this is something that’s obviously too time-consuming to manage manually and is actually too demanding for many social media tools, it’s vital to find a tool that’s built for the specific needs of an agency. Here are the types of features that are essential for a social media management tool used by agencies:
Not having this feature is a deal breaker. When you want to work on social media content for a client, it’s important for a member of your team to be able to sit down and fill up a queue with lots of posts. Not only is this essential for the sake of efficiency, but it’s also very important for being able to take a strategic approach to social media posting. By choosing a tool that makes it a breeze to queue up plenty of posts, an agency will be able to keep the social profiles active for all its clients without feeling constantly overwhelmed.
Although social media has become an absolutely essential part of online marketing, it hasn’t eliminated email. In fact, as more activity has moved out of people’s inboxes, being able to communicate through this channel is arguably more valuable than ever. That’s why the best agencies know that integrating email into the marketing efforts for their clients is a must. With the right tool, you can easily manage this type of activity. Having this ability is great for using social media as a lead generation tool and then converting those leads into customers.
Ability to Respond
Regardless of the specific platform, social media activity is driven by engagement. If people try to communicate with a profile and never get a response, they’re going to lose interest. Since many agencies handle this type of interaction for their clients, having a tool that pulls all messages into one location and then makes it easy to respond is incredibly useful.
Without analytics, it’s very difficult to know what’s working and what isn’t working as well. With a social media management tool that offers detailed analytics, you’ll be able to use this data for the agency, as well as easily share it with clients on a regular basis.
If you want a social media management tool that you can count on to handle all of your agency’s daily needs, be sure to take a product tour of Send Social Media.
One of the reasons that businesses often have a little hesitation about getting started with social media is because they feel like there’s so much to learn. While it’s true that it takes some time to get a really strong feel for the dynamics of different social networks, the good news is tools like our social media dashboard make it easier than ever to get a handle on things. Continue reading
Whether your primary goal is to increase brand awareness or generate leads, social media can be a great channel for helping your business to grow. While social media is a very powerful tool, it does come with some challenges. One of the most common challenges that businesses face is trying to stay on top of their activity across multiple social media sites. Continue reading