“Social media management can be a full-time job, and even for those who do social along with any number of other tasks, social media marketing can still take 10 or more hours every week. So what would you do if you only had 30 minutes to spend on social media?”
Insight – Schedule your emails, tweets, status updates and blog posts at the right time – when you have a captive audience. You want to catch your audience not only when they’re checking their messages and news feed, but when they might have a few minutes to click through a link and check something out. This article does an excellent job at highlighting how to manage your social media time and get what you need done in 30 minutes.
“Don’t overwhelm your audience with too much text in a single post. Twitter has a character limit for a reason, and it’s good practice to place your own limitations on all your social media posts. Try to keep your non-tweet posts around 250 characters. Not only does this help to keep the interest of your readers, it makes sure none of your text gets cut off.”
Voce Insight- The key to a great social media post is great content. If you don’t have anything valuable to give your audience, it’s not worth posting something just because you feel you have to keep with a schedule. However, that’s not to say that posting consistency isn’t important. Use trial and testing to determine what posting frequency your audience responds to best.
“Public relations can be a simple industry for many who choose to consider it as such: You get a client, call the media, tell their story, go home. At least, that’s the going thought out there.”
Voce Insight – Working to dispel the myth that PR people don’t understand media will help you tremendously to become successful. Research the current media landscape. Seek to understand the pressures of being a reporter today and how you can help them. Write to them with news that would interest their readers and building a rapport with the core media for your client will be much easier.
“You can’t just assume the reporter will understand why your news is so significant, because it may not necessarily fall under his or her main area of coverage. You need to make it clear not just what the news is, but also why it’s important and needs to be covered.”
Voce Insight- Unless you immediately command their attention, most reporters are not going to read farther than the headline and the first few sentences. Your opening should be able to stand on its own, clearly conveying the news and why it’s important. Writing in the inverted pyramid style, with the most important information up top will help reporters (and ultimately yourself) a great deal.
“Career fairs are a great place to network and build strong relationships within your future industry. Talk with as many people as you can at a career fair, advises John Bradac, director of career services at Ithaca College in New York. “Even if a company does not offer what you are looking for, you never know who that company representative may know. You may be pleasantly surprised as to who knows whom and where someone may be able to refer you.”
Voce Insight – Career fairs are an excellent way to build your professional network and find out about internships and job opportunities. This is your time to shine, so make sure to put your best foot forward. Dress professionally, and practice your “elevator speech” so you come across confident, not nervous.
“In today’s world, it’s difficult to stand out and make a name for yourself. We did it…we put ourselves out there, went on interviews, landed the job, and finally have our foot in the door. The question then becomes, what now?”
Voce Insight – You may be the hardest worker at your company – but if you’re not in people’s thoughts, then you will be passed up for any new projects, promotions or additional responsibilities. Even though it may seem tough at first, try and solve problems on your own, without seeking help every step of the way. This will show that you are capable of working independently and effectively. Like this article mentions, “don’t be afraid to take matters into your own hands!”