September 15, 2023
Do you know what really goes on behind-the-scenes during the average day of a social media manager so they can get great results? It’s an often-underrated profession that comes with a large workload and the need to always be ‘switched on’. So, seeing the dedicated Social Media Manager’s Day was on Sunday (of all days!) the 17th of September this year was ironic but accurate…
A social media manager rarely gets time off due to the fast-paced nature of the job and ongoing updates. The job is often misunderstood and almost never appreciated for the value it provides to a brand. Yet it’s often over-glamorised (on social media) and or positioned as just a side gig that isn’t to be treated seriously. The community of social media professionals within the industry don’t always get much credit for the adaptive, creative skills needed to make social media management a success. Kudos to the team at CommsCreative who created the Social Media Manager’s Day in effort to raise awareness of how social media managers help brands to thrive, and what they do to achieve it.
Seeing Social Media Manager’s day on my planner got me thinking about the ‘how it started vs how it’s going’ in the industry since I began my journey (spoiler alert: it’s not changed all that much!).
Getting started in social media management
Like many others, I started working as a social media manager by accident. I fell into it while working on a pro bono project for a ballet festival. While I was very comfortable with marketing for B2B and professional services, doing social media for an arts event wasn’t ordinary business for me. However, I enjoy taking on a ‘left field’ project once in a while because it takes me out of my comfort zone, challenges me to be curious, and inspires me to learn. So I did.
Back then, social media management was simpler, as the main platforms were Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter – and all had great organic reach. To get in front of people on social media was faster, and there was far less competition. We didn’t encounter trolls or bots in the field of international ballet; growth was super fast, engagement – explosive, and love for the arts – limitless. Ah the good old days!
Combining social media with digital marketing and PR
When it came to getting the word out for the ballet festival, the social media campaign was paired with an enormous (and successful) digital and print PR effort, spanning across mass digital, print, and TV media. Everything from free press in the subway to TV interviews on national news at prime time (and syndicated online many times over), meaning thousands tuned in to the ballet festival’s live-streamed awards ceremony for free, and they still do to this day.
But back then, I didn’t know I’d end up leaving a corporate role to set up my own business offering digital marketing for B2B, covering everting from strategy to digital marketing campaign execution.
7 unchanging factors to great social media management
Although it’s great to reflect on the good old days of being a social media manager reaching people without worrying about constant algorithm hacks, there was still a lot of learning on the go… and constant learning is something that still dominates the life of a social media manager today.
So, what hasn’t changed about good social media management? Alongside being curious and always learning, here are seven things that haven’t changed…
These things would have been unchanged if the national Social Media Manager’s Day existed almost 15 years ago. Like all marketing, you need to get the basics right in social media management first. Plus, for a successful digital PR campaign strategy, you need to tie-in all your marketing activity and use social media to your advantage.
Hopefully, as the Social Media Manager’s Day campaign grows in popularity it helps people to realise that the average social media manager’s day isn’t simply taking a few aesthetic snaps and uploading them to Instagram. Strategy, planning, creativity, and adaptability all need to work together – daily.
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