A Cinquain for my Muse

Muse

Beautiful, terrible

Demanding, inspiring, uplifting

I couldn’t live without your lyre

Terpsichore

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How to Get Organized in Social Media

I have to say, I love my editorial calendars, I use them all day every day. They are my key to success, organization and project deadlines. I have one personal, and several in the office. The purpose of most of my calendars is to create a schedule within which I can regularly post content and engage with our fans, followers, and other shareholders, but my daily schedule and personal calendars are just as important to the organization and to my life respectively.

The calendars I create for each of my social media outlets include in-organization events, citywide events, milestones, specials, deals, changes in season, sports events, the weather, and even strange facts such as Friday, May 13, 2011 is the only Friday the 13th this year. I need all of this to keep content fresh, engaging, and valuable. I have found that the best practice is to have an overarching calendar for the year, and have a one month ahead 3-month rolling calendar in front of me at all times, for example I currently have a white-board calendar that shows my editorial schedule for May, June, and July which will quickly be showing June, July, and August.

Who Benefits from an Editorial Calendar?

Your Team, because the calendar lets everyone know when content is scheduled, gives a regular schedule for content to go out in addition to deadlines, previews of upcoming promotions and event. Remember, its social media so the calendar is not an absolute, if you have a last-minute event, promotion, or even a celebrity sighting at your store, post!

Your fans, followers, readers, subscribers, in essence all of your social media stakeholders. Consistent posting of fresh content is the best way to keep people engaged with your brand, plus they will look for your updates among the myriad of friends, celebrities, news organizations, and other brands they have in their feeds.

So How do I develop an Editorial Calendar?

  1. Determine how many posts you want to publish per day, per outlet. For example, I want to send 2 Facebook posts and 10 Twitter updates per working day, but I only want to upload 1 YouTube video per week.
  2. Set up a calendar that has a place for the subject of each post (or the complete post), the social media account, and the time that the post should be published. You can do this many ways. I have a Word document set up that separates the posts by venue, then by outlet, then date & time. I also suggest adding tasks or meetings to your Outlook or Google calendar to remind you to post at certain times or by scheduling the posts in a 3rd party application like HootSuite.

Easy, right?

Sure, but what’s the payoff?

Identify opportunities ahead of time, if you can get a snapshot of the next 3 months to a year, and a detailed overview of the next month it will help you to see and create patterns. It also makes it simple to create timely event-based content, submit project requests for any needed collateral, and other collaborative efforts well ahead of your deadlines.

Reduce Writer’s Block, your manager wants to see all posts by end of day tomorrow and you haven’t written any yet? Well with your editorial calendar the subjects is already in place and can be switched up if needed.

Track Engagement.

t’s all about the strategy. This type of editorial calendar will give a jumping off point to compose weekly, monthly, and yearly reports. It will help you determine which campaigns had high engagement or low conversion rates so you can see what needs to change. Statistics like these can garner valuable insights for a bigger better content plan moving forward.

The Takeaway

Editorial calendars can you help you get your team organized, stay on topic, plan ahead, and track key performance indicators. Remember though, plans can change, real life and situations always creep in, so give yourself and your team the flexibility to change the editorial calendar as needed and get that last-minute change out as soon as possible.

The Movie Theater

A man and his daughter approach the ticket booth of a movie theater. As their turn at the window approaches, the girl shuffles her feet and stares into the distance.

“How many”

“One adult and one child for Beauty Reaver”

“I don’t want to see this,” the girl pipes in.

“There is nothing else showing right now.”

The young girl sighs and accepts the choice.

“Come on, hurry, inside, we cannot miss the previews,” urges the father.

She continues to shuffle her feet and reluctantly hands the ticket over to the slightly older boy at the door. He stares, and she quickly takes the ticket back and moves towards the snack bar.

“No, why do you want any of that anyway?”

“I’m thirsty”

“Stop whining, you won’t need a drink during the movie”

“It’s my money,” she stutters as she takes in the scene of brightly colored candy boxes, warm soft pretzels, and quenching soda pop.

“Save it.” He moves towards theater number 4, right hand side, the dark red cloth paneling on the walls breaks up the movie posters and the lights are dimmer.

She follows, “I still don’t want to see this movie, I won’t be able to sleep tonight”

“You’ll be fine, you have seen films that were more frightening.”

“No, I haven’t, not by choice”

“It’s good for you”. He finds a seat, perfectly centered in the theater and settles in.

The girl attempts to sit one row up and several seats down, out of sight and out of reach.

“What are doing? I thought you said it was too scary, you better sit by me.”

She involuntarily sits to his left, “I don’t like movies with this much violence.”

“It’s what makes the film so good, plus the suspense, you never know what’s going to happen.”

“I’m still thirsty”

“We’ll get something after the movie, I promise”

She shifts uneasily as the gore in the movie increases, “I am going to be sick”

“What, you can’t handle this? You wanted to see it, you practically begged me,” the girl gets up to go to the bathroom, “Sit down, you are going to watch this entire film,”

She lowers herself back down, as if she was made of glass, trying not to get sick in the theater.

“I hate this movie, you never know when the creature is going to show itself, Mom would never make me watch it.”

“Don’t bring her into this, she works too hard for your whining.”

“I am going to tell her you took me to see this.”

“No you’re not, even if you do, why would she believe you over me.”

“I will show her the ticket stub,” she says holding it up.”

“She will think you went with your friends, without her permission.”

Defeated, the girl is silent for a while.

“Why do we always have to see horror films,” she asks timidly.

“You ask for them, you provoke me into taking you.”

“How do I do that? I never ask for things like that”

“Of course you do, now hush I want to read the credits”

The girl stares sullenly at the blue and black credits scrolling on the yellow background. The lights start to fade back on.

“Time to go. Remember I love you honey”

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