Social media is not just simply posting a status on Facebook or Twitter now and then – it’s about consistency, engagement, authenticity, and listening to your audience. Unlike traditional marketing, social media marketing can change overnight. There is a desire to be “in the know”, and is not always doable when you are trying to run your own business. Social media is not going anywhere, so you need to ask yourself, can I afford to not have a social media presence? If not, you may have to hire a social media manager.
To hire in a social media manager, look for a few different traits and ask yourself, are they knowledgeable? Are they focused? Do they have the willpower to continue to learn? Are they consistent? Are they authentic? Are they committed? Are they loyal? These are traits that you want your brand to show off. You should ponder these questions while interviewing and getting to know the potential candidate to reflect the person that would be the voice behind your brand.
There are skills that can be learned and skills that are natural. Determine what can be taught and what cannot be. The skill-set and knowledge of social media is important. They must have the initiative to lead a company with a knowledgeable social media marketing plan and execute it confidently.
How do you know how to hire if you don’t know anything about social media marketing? Learn! Do some research, read blog articles, and know the position you are hiring for. No one expects you to become an influencer within a week, however with the base knowledge you will be able to relate more to the potential social media manager.
Do your homework upon hiring to prepare yourself and to distinguish your top candidates. Research candidates’ prior work and get to know their personality. Check their current social media, blogs, references, and Internet presence to get to know how they represent the one person that means a lot to them – themselves. Focus on if they will be a good fit for your company, as well as if you will be a good fit for them. These factors should determine their ethics, communication style, and authenticity.
Hiring smart leads to smart decisions within your company. You know your business the best – hire the best and great results will follow. All in all, hire your voice and the voice of the brand.
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