Top 5 Favorite Tools as a Social Media Marketer

You’ve probably been asked the following question at some point in your life:

“If you were going to be stuck on a desert island for a year and could only bring five things with you, what would they be?”

Well, I’m not planning on being stuck on a desert island any time soon but I have been asked, “What are five things you could not live without to do your job?”

That’s a much more simple answer.

Social media marketers might answer this one a few different ways. Whether they mean literally tools like a laptop, cell phone, camera, etc., social media engagement or analytics platforms or favorite social channel.

I decided to go with a hybrid. This is my list.

  1. Laptop with internet, email and Photoshop. This is a pretty obvious one. I like to be prepared and often have my laptop on me. I rarely leave it at my desk at work because working an industry that moves 200mph (not that much of an exaggeration), you have to be prepared for breaking news at any time so it’s good to keep it handy. Also, I love being able to check in what fans and followers are saying at all times on accounts I manage for work. We have set a precedent with fans where they expect us to respond ASAP and engage with them in a fun and creative way. This is easily my favorite part of my job and I am happy to always be ready with a quick, quirky tweet or response to a comment that makes a social media user smile and feel more connected to the brand.
  2. Access to Mashable. I can’t truly express myself for Mashable enough. They are not my only source for social media news but they are my favorite.
  3. Music. Some people like to work in total silence. Some people like to chat with others while working. Some people, like myself, enjoy listening to music while they work. Just like one of Snow White’s Seven Dwarves, I feel like music helps me work better (even though I don’t whistle while I work). Sometimes it’s just a great distraction from office noise. Then there are other times where I lean on music to help me be more creative. For me, listening to a lot of Broadway show tunes when I find myself in a rut with writer’s block seems to do the trick. Country and pop tend to be my go-to otherwise.
  4. Tea. I find myself taking more of a liking to yoga in the past six months or so. I love how it’s all about focusing on your own mind and body to gain a better perspective in life. A key tool for many yogis is tea. Drinking tea is not only great for you but for me, it allows me to have a few moments of zen and relax even when there’s a lot going on at one time.
  5. Evernote. I love being able to jot down my ideas quickly and easily with Evernote whenever I’m on the go. Although I am guilty of sending myself reminders via one-off emails to my work account, I feel I can better organize my thoughts with Evernote and am really getting into the habit of doing so.

So fellow social media marketers, what’s on your list? Respond with your comments below.

The Necessary Evil of Keeping Up with the Kardashians as a Social Media Marketer

Kardashian. One word that can invoke polar opposite reactions from anyone who has ever heard of at least one of the members of this famous family.

* Photo from Page Six

* Photo from Page Six

Kim, Kylie, Kendall, Khloe, Kourtney and Kris are just some of the members of the Kardashian “klub” (because it’s all k’s with these folks).

I love celebrity gossip. I’ll admit it. I have always been an avid consumer of film and television and it’s just one of those things I like to keep up on.

The Kardashians, not so much.

Not long after the show premiered, I was fan. I enjoyed it for about a year or so before each of their careers really took off. Since then, I find myself not as interested.

So why do I feel this overwhelming urge to still keep up with the Kardashians? Simple. I’m a social media marketer.

Whether you love them or hate them, these ladies know (or least their people know) how to use social media not just effectively but well. Really well.

Let’s take a look at just the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram following of Kim Kardashian-West, Kourtney Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner.

 Name Facebook Twitter Instagram  Total Network
Kim Kardashian-West 26,533, 280 36,600,000 50,200,000 86,800,000
Kylie Jenner 8,707,150 12,000,000 40,500,000 61,207,150
Kendall Jenner 9,691,071 13,100,000 39,600,000 62,391,071
Khloe Kardashian 14,737,309 16,700,000 34,600,000 66,037,309
Kourtney Kardashian 12,555,676 16,400,000 27,500,000 56,455,676
 * As of 10/26/15 Total 332,891,206

In other words, these ladies can reach a lot of people separately but even more combined – and on a global scale. It’s no wonder that so many brands want to work with them.

From fashion lines to nail polish to mobile apps, they have their names adorning so many different categories of products, it’s enough to make your head spin – and that’s just their products. Additionally, major brands spend millions on for just a few social media posts of them enjoying a given product.

They’re usually some of the first celebrities to be given access to beta features for Twitter and Instagram because their following could provide a given social platform a great test to see whether or not their new feature would be great for the general consumer or at least celebrities and brands depending on the feature.

Their strategy folks are some of the best in the business because it seems they are always intriguing to their adoring fans and they have taken their personas from their various television shows to 24-hour, year-round access to these women.

So to keep up with the biggest emerging social media features and trends, the ladies Kardashian can be some of the best folks to follow.

** Featured image from Page Six

Same Stage, Different Platform

I have a confession. In junior high and high school, I was a HUGE theater nerd. I was one of those kids from “Glee” before it was cool. It was not uncommon for my friends and I to sing Broadway tunes down the halls on the way to class, or opt to improvise a scene about a subject in class rather than pulling together a poster board. In a nutshell, I was consumed by theater.

From a curtain call dress rehearsal of “42nd Street” from my junior year of high school. I’m on the left.

I performed in plays, musicals, and improv troupes. I also was dedicated to choir and even won a few medals from ensemble competitions.

So here I am now as a social media marketer. A month or so ago, I found myself looking for inspiration while working on a client’s posts for the next month. I kept thinking about the customers who typically would go to the restaurant. I thought about what they sounded like, what they looked like, and how the spoke. I thought further and thought what would they expect a person who manages the Facebook/Twitter/Foursquare of the location to sound like. Then it hit me.

I needed to change the way I was writing by creating a “character” for the restaurant.

When I was cast in a play in the past, a common exercise would be to develop the character’s story from inside and out. Everything from how old the character was, to where they were from, and even down to what food they liked. This would all help build the character for the performer. So I did the same for the restaurant’s character.

And it worked! It helped the words flow with a quirky edge that this restaurant fits. Since writing in this way, the page’s interaction has gone up on Facebook in particular, and more customers are commenting.

I guess it goes to show you, you can take the girl out of the theater, but you can’t take the theater out of the girl.

Spotify = Love

I have to admit. I was a little late to board the Spotify train but now I can’t live without it.

For those who are unfamiliar, Spotify is a music sharing service. What’s especially interesting is you can link it to your Facebook page to see what your friends are listening to.

As a creative professional in the social media marketing industry, I strive to be inspired to come up with the most interesting copy to engage my clients’ customers. For me, I get a lot of inspiration from listening to music. If I tailor a playlist to music that my target demo. would probably listen to, the words just seem to come to me.

I’m a huge fan of just about every genre of music. It’s not odd for me to go from listening to a song by Barbra Streisand to Usher and then to Carly Rae Jepsen. I’m a little all over the place.

So as a fan of so many genres, Spotify allows me to create as many playlists as I choose, and even subscribe to playlists created by other users. For example, I subscribed to a playlist of songs about Chicago, my hometown.

Basically, if you’re a professional who finds work easier when you’re listening to the right tunes, or a person who loves being able to listen to all the music they love for free via their computer – Spotify is absolutely for you.