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Robyn Braley is committed to helping Rotarians grow their clubs to become better equipped to help people who need help. He has led two club teams that were awarded RI PR Awards and served as the District 5360 PR Chair. He has been a Rotarian since 1999.

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Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Why Quality Content is the Key for Social Media Success. 21 Tips!

Written by Robyn T. Braley

Social media is the new go-to method for service club promotion. However, when not developed properly, your social media experience can lead to frustration. 

Don't get me wrong, if your club is not active on social media, time is passing. I want to help you make the leap by explaining the lifeblood of social media. Quality content is the foundation for success. 

If you are already active and have experienced success, there are ideas that will help you offer greater value to your digital communities. 

Social media is central to online communication and relationship building. At a club level, a program will help you ...
  • Increase the club's profile
  • Promote club activities
  • Build an online community through likes, follows and connections
  • Align with collaborative partners
  • Communicate with members and circles of influence 
  • Attract new members. 

Millennials are the future of community service. It is natural to consider them as a key target group for finding new members. However, more people of every age group are social media users. In fact, there are seasoned users in every age group. 

Whoa Matilda! It's Not That Simple

Some make the assumption that using any old social media platform to announce meeting times, upcoming speakers or fund raising events will be enough to engage target groups. 

Unfortunately, it's not quite that simple. To achieve your goals, social media must be done well. It takes discipline and focus to develop quality content and an editorial strategy that will take you where you want to go. 

Why is content important? Millennials have grown up online. Their lives are fully integrated with social media. It is a way of life. I'm reminded of that every time my daughters text each other at the dinner table.

So, when another user invites them to join their community, they make an immediate assessment based on the quality and value of the 'inviters' content. In seconds they make a judgement call about further engagement. 

I've looked at a poorly written bio or silly picture and rejected the invitation in seconds. A positive first impression is that important. 

What is Content

Content is everything you see, read, hear or in any way experience online. It includes; 
  • Design
  • Text
  • Headings
  • Interactive forms
  • Chat forums
  • Punctuation
  • Spacing
  • Photos
  • Symbols
  • Graphs, charts
  • SoMed Bio
  • Videos
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Podcasts
  • Live streaming
  • Action buttons
  • More  

What is a Content Curator 

How do you find or create content that will attract your target audience? Who ya gonna' call? The content curator, of course!

Pictures that tell stories are key

Content curation is the process of finding or creating relevant content, gathering and organizing it into an easy-to-manage system, and then sharing it in a consistent and meaningful way. 

The final step is to use analytics to measure the effectiveness of your efforts so you can adjust your strategies. Most platforms have a free analytics component. 

A Curator ...
  1. Is a real person (probably you), not an online trolling program (sorry!)
  2. Identifies a lazer-focuses on a target audience
  3. Works with a team to develop a strategy that includes goals
  4. Finds or creates content that adds perspective, insight or guidance
  5. Identifies and frames your online voice 
  6. Is discerning and able to separate good stuff from the bad (include personally created material)
  7. Understands the key to growth is long term commitment and consistency  

Content Builds Communities

In review, your Social Media platforms must take visitors through the relationship building model. Content that makes a positive first impression leads to engagement. 

Visitors want content that is transparent, authentic and will add value to a visitors online experience. In other words, it should answer the question, "Why should they care?"
  • Know
  • Like
  • Trust
  • Engage

Is Your Rotary Club About to Plunge into Social Media? Read! 8 "Ps" for Success!

Simplify the Process

I hope I haven't discouraged you by implying that the work required to do social media properly is onerous. As my daughter would say, let's back the bus up. These ideas will settle your nerves.
  • Find someone - family, friends, team members, consultants - who will help you with the basics
  • Choose one platform and master that (more about that in later posts)
  • Write a short profile of your targeted audience 
  • Begin with what you know and the resources you have at your finger tips
  • Shape your online voice. Frame your stories
  • Think bright, light, attractive, entertaining and engaging
  • When in doubt, JGT (just google that). It's all online with easy-to-follow written and video tutorials

Time Savers 

There are tremendous online tools at your disposal. For example, there are easy-to-us automation tools to help you organize and share your content.

How to Reduce the Time it Takes to Properly Manage Social Media

Editorial calendars force you to plan your content distribution. Remember, brand-building requires consistency, continuity and predictability. 

Following a plan will help you achieve that. Seeing past, present and future content laid out in your dashboard tells you all you need to know. Just google editorial calendars. 

Use a stand for quality phone videos

Quick Tips

In this section are ideas for developing content for service clubs. It takes time and effort, but it doesn't have to be laborious. 
  1. Take photos of real people doing real things. They tell stories
  2. Do a 5 minute Interview with a speaker after a meeting using your phone. Clean it up using free editing programs like Audacity, Garage Band or Windows Media Player for an instant podcast
  3. Create attractive images to profile messages Click here for Shareable Images
  4. Shoot several photos of the same action, item or people. Pick the best one. Try different heights and distances. It's what the pros do 
  5. Write a 500 - 700ish word account of a project and launch a blogsite. Include pictures. Link to it from other social media platforms  
  6. Share positive quotes like these. Golden Quotes
  7. Ask a member to write a 500 word Rotary or life moment for a blog post. 
  8. Shoot a video using your phone. Use free software on your phone or free programs like Windows Movie Maker or Filmora. 
  9. Creative block? Ask questions like, "How or why do we do this?"
  10. Download action photos of clean water, polio or other activities from the Rotary International social media resources
  11. Share fun facts that are relevant
  12. Repurpose old stories from newsletters
  13. Quote guest speakers 
  14. Follow people who's content you trust. Share relevant items
  15. Subscribe to a low cost photo bank selling royalty photos 
  16. Share meaningful content about an organization you are supporting. Include likes to their website
  17. Link to online videos of people who need help
  18. Create a silly or serious survey. Share the results
  19. Share a solution to a common personal problem
  20. Interview a recipient of a scholarship, student backpack, warm jacket or other gift that made a difference in their lives. 

What do you think? Do you have creative content ideas? What is your biggest content problem? I want to hear from you. Please comment below.  

Robyn Braley is a brand specialist, professional speaker and writer. He is also a Rotarian who is passionate about Building the Rotary Brand. He has led two teams that received the Rotary International PR Award. He has also served as the PR Chair for District 5360. He often speaks at Rotary clubs, conferences and leadership development assemblies.

Contact Robyn

Email: robyn@robyntbraley.com   Connect on LinkedIn Follow on Twitter: @rtbraley_rotary 

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