Social media can be a mess. Trying to manage all of your social content across multiple pages and platforms is a big task and things can easily slip into chaos. Luckily, we’ve prepared this five-step spring cleaning guide to help you audit and refresh your social accounts.
1. Check Your Branding
Everything on your social pages has the ability to strengthen or weaken your desired brand image, so make sure no stone goes unturned. First, make sure you have a comprehensive list of all of your social media accounts. Next, ask yourself the following questions:
- Is my avatar or profile photo consistent on every page?
- Are my cover and header photos the same on all pages?
- Do my descriptions and bios match up on each page?
By the end of the audit, you should be able to answer “Yes” to all of these questions. And finally, clear away the junk. Since you last cleaned up your accounts, it’s all but guaranteed that undesirable content has made its way onto your pages. This can include:
- Boring posts with low engagement
- Overly salesy posts
- Low quality images & videos
- Old, irrelevant, or expired offers
- Generic content that anyone else could post
- Content inconsistent with your brand image
Throw it out! Delete it! Get rid of it! Start fresh with only the best.
2. Fold Together Goals & Metrics
Take some time to examine your past goals and assess how you did. Did you get the amount of impressions you wanted? The page likes? The clicks? If you’re unsure, you’re likely not paying enough attention to these important metrics. Now is a good time to set some benchmarks.
Regardless of what you want to achieve, it’s imperative to always have an idea of what metrics you want to keep your eye on. These metrics are crucial because they give you a numerical way to track how you’re doing. They also are a source of important insights that will help in making future marketing decisions.
So, when you’re making goals, be sure to fold social metrics like reach, engagement, and followers in with them.
3. Freshen Up Your Ideas
Have you been running the same boring contest once a week for the past year? Have you been using the same set of hashtags for months? Are you noticing your followers are engaging less with your content?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, there’s a good chance you may just need some new ideas.
It’s easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to social media. Many brands post every day, if not several times a day, which requires a seemingly endless flow of new ideas. And when you finally find an idea that seems to resonate, it’s all too tempting to keep using it over and over again.
Coming up with new content ideas can seem particularly daunting if you’re working with a small team and/or limited resources, but it’s possible. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Monitor current trends online (hashtags, news stories, fads, etc)
- Collect screenshots of interesting posts you see on your personal account
- Follow competitor pages to see what they’re posting
4. Dust off Your Content Calendar
It’s time to start using a content calendar.
A content calendar should be at the heart of any social media campaign. It’s a way to organize all of your content and ideas in one place. You can track holidays, monitor upcoming promotions, and see any gaps that may need filling.
There are many ways to approach your content calendar. Most of the time content is planned monthly or quarterly in a shareable format. Here are some ways you can assemble your calendar:
5. Build the Habit
Remember, cleaning up your social media accounts may be tedious, but it doesn’t have to. If this is your first cleanup, you’ll probably be sorting through years of social posts. Don’t let that discourage you. If you clean up quarterly, you’ll have a much more manageable workload.
Another benefit of regular cleanings is a steady flow of insight. If you are able to recognize more frequently when ideas are and aren’t working, you will be able to adapt your marketing plan more quickly. You may even stop some bad ideas from making it to your pages in the first place, leaving a whole lot less to clean up long term.