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(SOCIAL) Social Media Steps For Right Now

6-25-2014

According to Mondays Wall Street Journal, major companies are finally altering their social media strategy away from capturing the most likes. The smart money is on moving to a model where they judge engagement as the real benefit of being involved with social media. For a local radio station, it is the same. The goal should not be getting the most people to like you. The true goal for radio is, and should always be, to validate those we most want to attract, engage them, and to be their authentic and local source for entertainment and companionship.

To do that effectively, we should:

1. Develop a specific social media content strategy that has involvement and buy-in, from the top local management to the individuals responsible for daily execution.
2. A focus on visuals because we want to be a part of The Visual Web.  Do you know why Google originally purchased YouTube? Its because they were concerned that people would stop using words. Sounds crazy, right?  It isnt. Its people. They might. People respond to light and visuals. So, be both. Often in your social media.
3. Do yourself a big favor and figure out how to produce small and intimate video because it will help you in the long run. Dont say, What would I use video for? Radio is very entertaining and much of your social media should strive to be entertaining. Video is the future. Embrace it. You dont have to be a famous movie director. Authentic, fun, entertaining, local. Thats it.
4. When you develop your social media content strategy, put some time and effort into what percentage of different types of content should appear weekly, as well as which channels you will want to use for your radio station, morning show, or sales department (yes, your sales department should have an effective social media strategy).
5. Spend some time trying to do the difficult. In other words, try to eliminate you from your posts. Make this about them (the people you most want to attract and grow a relationship with). If you work very hard to eliminate the word I or we or simply focus all content on them, you are much more likely to have a stronger level of success.
6. Want people to share your stuff? Make your content helpful, entertaining, funny, or simply make your listeners look smart for sharing whatever you are posting in social media. (Again, this is putting yourself in their shoes to think about why people would share what you post.)
7. Be real, yo. Yes, it is true. As society pulls further and further away from the real in real life, people crave authenticity (even if they dont know it). So, be real. Be vulnerable. Show yourself and be human. People respond well to this becausethats what they are. When you do this in social media, people can be drawn directly to you. Just always be careful with your content to understand your target audience and know that whatever you post is public forever. So, make good judgments and make sure you are representing the company as the company would like to be represented.

Social media offers a dynamic opportunity to reach new people, engage people who know of you, foster relationships with the people most likely to mean the most to your ratings, and stable revenue over the next 15-18 months and beyond. Why not invest time and energy into being the best in your market at social media and tying it directly with your on-air and local marketing.

Were 14 years into the new century. The world is changing at a faster pace than it ever has. Learn the new, open yourself to new opportunities, and grow your career. Youll become more valuable and that is worth doing anytime. Good luck.

Loyd Ford is the digital revenue, direct marketing, ratings and social media strategist for Rainmaker Pathway and Americalist Direct Marketing. Loyd has programmed very successful radio brands in markets of all sizes, including KRMD AM & FM in Shreveport, and WSSL and WMYI in Greenville, WKKT in Charlotte and WBEE in Rochester, NY. Learn more about Loyd here:  http://about.me/loydford. Get his radio-social media content sent directly to your smart phone or email for free here:  www.rainmakerpathway.wordpress.com. Reach out to Loyd via e-mail HERE.  Visit his Facebook radio social media page HERE.



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