Social Media managers can tell: their job is constantly in flux. Switching between multiple hats is now part of their routine, from marketing to customer services to sales. Consequently, this diversity of tasks requires to mastering an assortment of different skills! However, what ever the type of skills you need to develop, be conscious that they might take time and effort to master. Some of them can be technical such as programming and copywriting, while others might be already part of your personality traits and easy to exploit (let’s say… being organised!).

As an expert social media company in the industry, we have identified 6 skills that can be trained and that are essential to the success of any social media manager.

#Creative

As you probably know, social media constantly involves visuals, mostly since posts with images get 84% more clicks through! Therefore, having an eye for creativity can be very useful. Of course, that doesn’t mean you have to become a professional photographer, video maker or graphic designer!  However, there are numerous tools (such as Canva) that will inspire you and enable you to create good quality images due to their numerous templates.  At the very least, you should be able to create your own designs.

Try to always keep an eye on the current trends that might inspire you as well. Being creative is also having a sense of humour and ability to improvise in any given situation.

#Adaptive

Social media and the industry as a whole is ever evolving similar to most users’ habits. Thus, being  adaptive is essential for any social media manager. Keep an eye on Twitter and Facebook Trends when looking for new content and try to follow influencers in your respective industry to keep yourself updated. You should also be able to willing to try out new features and change up your posts to fit with what’s being discussed in the timeline.

#Copywriting

No surprise: writing is an essential skill for a social media manager. If you want to grab your audience’s attention, you’d better be able to write efficient short posts properly! Indeed, unless you’re writing a blog article,  you will rarely write full-length posts. For instance, the ideal length of a Facebook post is 40–80 characters.Therefore, to improve your post engagement, try to  make them short and be consistent. If you can, be creative and strategic to spread a positive image of your brand. If you want to know more about how to improve your post engagement, read our other blog article here.

#Sales and Customer service

Social media is an excellent tool to promote your products or services. But as you’ve probably noticed, you constantly have to provide customer service which means, answering to comments, reviews etc.When 34.5% of customers prefer social media as their customer care option, you need to be able to clearly articulate solutions for customers, be consistent in your responses and of course available.

#Strategic

Having a documented social media strategy is a real plus to boost engagement. Your strategy should include the best times to post, how to write efficient post (learn more here),  balancing marketing campaigns and keeping an eye on the current social media trends. Finally, with a well-conceived strategy, you will be able manage your goals and image.

 

 

#Analytical

Analytical skills are highly important for a social media manager. Indeed, to measure you SM impact and performance, you will constantly need to have a look at your social networks analytics reports. It will help you see what type of posts have been performing well and which haven’t. Thus, be able to adapt your SM strategy regarding the results you’ve obtained in terms of engagement for instance. We recommend taking a look regularly  to make sure you’re on the right track.

Conclusion

With the constant evolution of Social Media, SM managers have to master a diversity of multiple skills that keep on changing over time. Social Media is a continue learning process and for this reason, it takes time to become an expert! However, you will still be able to develop and master new skills that will be very helpful to your business success.

As social media experts, we would be pleased to help you and answer your questions. Feel free to click here to arrange a FREE Consultancy meeting, send me an email at Lola@CFMGroup.co.uk or Follow our CEO below on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram 

Author

Nicholas is a social entrepreneur, passionate marketeer, career + life coach, consultant, speaker, and community builder. He does this through 1-on-1 coaching, non-profit and businesses consulting, and on a larger scale as Co-founder + Managing Director of CFM Group. He is an internationally recognized strategist, coach, speaker and in the process of writing his 1st book. Possessing over 13 years’ experience in helping clients realise their potential through clarifying their vision, message and market to design the strategies and roadmaps needed to succeed. Utilising this extensive background in strategic planning, pitch and message design, marketing and communications, executive and speaker coaching was his pathway to founding www.CFMGroup.co.uk. His knowlegde was fundamental in building the company with an investment capital of £1 and a large social impact community and professional development hub in Cambridge, UK. Feel free to comment on any of our articles that interests you or message our CEO directly at Nick@CFMGroup.co.uk ! We hope you enjoy our blog ! ———————————— Fellow Member of the Institute of Sales and Marketing Management (ISMM) Master of Arts in Marketing and Innovation. BA Hons in Business Management BA Hons in Business Economics Cambridge University & Michigan University English Proficiency degree —————- Former Trustee and Marketing Director for Emmaus, a nationwide charity.

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