Is there any difference when using a social media manager in Sande compared to working with this at the house? Should you employ experts from a social media manager in Sande or can one just as well use staff in the organization to take care of social media in the firm?
The questions above has a number of aspects that you should think about. In the article I will discuss some of the things you should be aware of before deciding whether a social media manager can be useful or whether it is better using internal staff in the organization at the local branch office in Sande.
Use of own staff in Sande to manage projects outsourced to the social media manager
Often, people in the Sande-office can have broader knowledge of what is going on locally than what one would expect from a social media manager far away or what the people at the headquarters of your organization know about. However, this does not necessarily mean that it is good use of resources to engage internal human resources locally in relation to the social media manager. Below I will highlight some of the things that need to be considered.
The project you think of setting out to a social media manager can be time consuming and difficult to learn, but it can be well worth the time and resources
Putting the work out to a social media manager can certainly pay off, but it is still important that there are available resources that can handle this in a proper way on the part of the company.
If you already have limited resources, the project will almost guaranteed not get enough attention and dedication from in-house staff without adequate resources dedicated to handling the social media. The social media manager knows that these things require a lot of attention and dedication and are knowledge-intensive, so they have dedicated the resources needed to handle the project in a responsible and thorough way.
However, it has always been clear to me that it is you who know your service and your market best, so if you have the resources needed, it is definitely the best thing to do it yourself. This is something that must be carefully considered before making a decision on how to proceed with social media.
Good social media tools
There are some things you need to be aware of when using a social media manager – whether this is handled by your department in Sande, or centrally at the corporate headquarter. Below is a handy checklist of things you need to think about, as well as the best tools you can use for either free or commercial tools where free alternatives are not available or significantly inferior to the commercial ones.
To be on top of things, it is important to know what happens as early as possible. Google Alerts sends you an email every time someone mentions the words and phrases you specify. This can be anything from trademarks that are important to you, people of interest or general words and phrases that are important to your business. You can have alerts for all employees, freelancers you use, your trademarks including websites you run and words and phrases you focus on. All of this gives you a good overview of what is being talked about that matters internally. Google’s notification is free to use and helps you to be early in terms of being on top of what your competitors in Sande are doing, potential public relations disasters in the form of negative reviews and much else useful.
Ranks.nl has many professional SEO tools that I can really recommend. One of the tools I use most is Page Analyzer. With this tool, you can check keyword density on each subpage of your domain to optimize for keywords or phrases. If the social media manager you are planning to use is at all professional, they probably use the tools available from ranks.nl – or similar tools extensively.
Majestic SEO is the world’s largest link index. You can use this tool to find out everything you need to know about links to your own pages and what your competitors locally in Sande are doing, or what national and international competitors are up to. Links to your website and subpages are crucial to your search engine rankings, so this is important to keep tabs on.
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