My Social Media Checklist

I read a couple of interesting articles this week, and I’d like to share them with you. First, there’s this one from Brad Blackman called Write Blog Posts Faster with a Template or a Checklist. In it, Brad simply lists all the things he does when he creates a blog post. He then references this article, How to Easily Double Your Traffic from Social Media, in which Garrett Moon of Kissmetrics demonstrates how to create your own social media publication template for every time you publish a blog post.

They’re both great articles, and well worth a read. But they got me to thinking: I have a formula that I go through every time I write and publish a blog post, as well, so I thought I’d share my social media checklist with you.

I just want to say  upfront that you can’t ever just share your blog post to social media once. I know some folks will be concerned that they will lose followers if they “overshare.” And you likely will. But there’s a sweet spot in there, and that’s the balance you’re striving for.

You see, Twitter, especially, moves way to fast to care if you are recycling content. The half life of a Tweet is, at maximum, around 15 minutes, so that gives you some time to play. Additionally,  your audience is not all going to be online at the same time. Some will check their feeds in the early morning, some around lunch, and some at night. Some people live in different time zones around the world (hi, Kate!) and will be asleep when you are awake.

Social Sharing Schedule from KissMetrics

So, it pays to tweet about your post more than once.

It’s easy enough to do, especially with awesome management programs like Hootsuite or Buffer. The key, though is this: every time you share your blog post, do it in a slightly different way.

When I publish a blog post, I’ll share that post to twitter a minimum of 4 times:

  1. on publish
  2. later that same day
  3. the next day
  4. the next week

If your content is evergreen, you can share it again the next month, or the month after. I basically set up my feed so that I am sharing one new piece of content and one evergreen piece of content from my blog every day, interspersed with content I’m curating from the web that my audience will find interesting.

Every time I share it, though, I do it in a slightly different way. I’ll very seldom schedule up two identical tweets. Rather, I’ll ask a question that introduces a pain point with one, I’ll ask an opinion with another, or simply share the blog post title (which is hopefully intriguing) or a quote from the post.

In addition to Twitter, I share the post to Facebook, G+, and LinkedIn and Pinterest if it’s appropriate for those mediums. I share it individually  to those networks. Yes, it takes a bit more time than if I used Hootsuite to share it to all, but I can tailor it to each individual network better that way.

That’s it! That’s my social sharing schedule.

What’s yours? Any tips you want to share?

 

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Rebecca Coleman

Social Media Marketing Strategist, Blogger, Author, Teacher, Trainer. Passionate foodie, mom to Michael, fueled by Americanos. I love my bike. Soon-to-be cookbook author. Localvore with a wanderlust.

Comments 2

  1. Thanks for sharing this. I somehow missed that social sharing schedule that you posted. For the most part I only send to Facebook once and then forget it. I know, bad Brad, right? I’m currently using a plugin to share old posts randomly about every 23 hours but I’m not entirely happy with it.

    1. It shares the posts to Twitter?

      That’s a cool concept, but I’m a massive control freak about stuff like this. I don’t always like to share just the name of the blog post and the url to Twitter. I like to shake it up… And I get super nervous about stuff that’s entirely automated. I’m afraid of looking like a robot, and not a person. But I love the idea, and how much time it would save!

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