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Loyd Ford

Your Social Media Content Strategy


People always want to take the shortcuts. It is human nature. How can I get all the things I need to get done and not really have to do all that? Ah, shortcuts! 

Private equity tries to do that every day by trimming employees, process, and commitment while retaining the look of proper business. Oftentimes they end up with a more profitable business that isnt as good as it once was. For us in radio, we must be careful to accomplish relationships with listeners instead of merely faking it. To that end, you can use some or all of the tools I mentioned recently in this column to take short cuts, but your focus should still be on strengthening validation of the listeners you most want to attract, entertaining them and drawing them back to the products your company owns, and maximizing revenue potential (as that is how we are all judged).

1. If you dont have a social media content strategy, schedule time right now to review what your competition is doing, what others are doing in other formats similar to yours, what radio in general is doing, and what brands similar to radio but not in radio are doing in social media.
2. Develop a significant and specific social media content strategy that takes into consideration the audience you most want to attract, the cheerleaders out there for your brand, your goals for your radio station, your social media as it relates to your specific local product and market, and how you can effectively move the needle and accomplish real-world engagement meant to strengthen your brand through your social media work.
3. Make sure you have buy-in from the top and make sure you develop your social media plan in general, and specifically your social media content strategy with those people who will be passionately executing the strategy.
4. Start with visuals. Radio is very visual and social media gives us the opportunity to jump out of the speakers, out of the computer or smart phone, and visually engage audience. We should be doing that with video and photos showing our business for what it is: fun, entertaining, and as if you are missing something if you are not tuned in right now!
5. Share content to make your listeners look and seem smart and they will share your content in social media.
6. Share content that is funny and they will share your content.
7. Validate listeners. Validate those active in local charities important to your listeners. Engage them in their lives because social media is their space.

Social media should be fun, but it is a waste of time unless you are consuming it. We should be engaged in developing relationships and drawing local listeners back to our stations. Oh, and making money in social media and digital. Thats it. If youre not doing that, you are behind in either execution or strategy.

Find out how to put the focus of your social media in the right place and get busy.

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: Get his radio-social media content sent directly to your smart phone or email for free here: Reach out to Loyd via e-mail HERE.  Visit his Facebook radio social media page HERE.