Top 5 Local Calendars for Social Media Content Calendar Creation

Local Calendars for Social Media Content

Top 5 Local Calendars for Social Media Content Calendar Creation in Kalgoorlie Boulder

Local businesses are getting pretty savvy with their Social Media these days and that’s great!

You can see almost instantly how having ‘likes’ can be converted into customers and how keeping up the conversation with your ‘likers’ and ‘followers’ can convert those customers into loyal customers too.

Sometimes it can be tricky to think of what to say online. You might get a burst of inspiration that amounts to three posts a week and then another week get so busy that you only post once. We’ve got tools to automate our Social Media content which are so helpful in these times but still…without anything to say you’ve got nothing. It’s proven that if you post early, often and be seen to be helpful and up-to-date with community events that your community will respond with ‘likes’ which keep you in their newsfeed so they’ll remember you and turn to you first over searching for competitors.

See below for my list of the Top 5 Local Calendars you can use when creating a content calendar for your Social Media accounts. Just click on the name to be taken to the calendar!

Note: Dependant on your industry you might want to include topics that are related to the seasons e.g: Swimwear in summer, jumpers and jackets in winter etc. I haven’t listed the seasons here, they don’t change!

Where to get up to date correct calendar information:

Kalgoorlie Boulder Visitor Centre – Calendar of Events

Without a doubt, this is my favourite! This calendar has been created for use of Kalgoorlie Boulder residents and visitors and should really be used by all community organisations and members as the central calendar of events. It’s really easy to use and you can upload your own event information, catergorise it to specific industries or interests and if you ask nicely even export it to your own website for people to peruse.

ArtGold

Possibly swayed towards the more artistic in nature the ArtGold calendar is a basic listing of all community events that the ArtGold committee are aware of. Coupled with the regular ‘Stop the clashes’ meetings, ArtGold is determined to provide a resource that people can consult when choosing a date for their upcoming  event. This calendar has information from government, community organisations and local businesses. It’s also the first place you’ll find information on Art & Culture events in the Goldfields.

Edit: This calendar is now available as a word document so you can easily copy and paste event information!

My Community Connect

Added bonus here – it’s a national calendar! You can define search results to show community events in your area or from anywhere in Australia. Powered by Radiowest it’s a great resource for mostly free sporting events and fundraisers. Just like the two before it, you can upload your events quite easily!

Western Australia events

Want to reach further? Go bigger? The state calendar of things to see and do is supported by the State Government of Western Australia and resides on the Western Australia tourism website. It’s here you can find information about large festivals and events.

Search Perth metro or Regional WA.

School Holidays and Public Holidays for Western Australia

No content calendar is complete without noting public holidays and school terms. You might need to know these dates already for staff rosters and your businesses closure dates. You will need to know these dates well in advance if you are trying to attract youth or people holidaying within our state.

Go through and decide which dates appeal to you and fit in with your target market. When copying the information into your content calendar don’t just put the date of the event or holiday consider raising awareness and hype by talking about it days or even weeks in advance. I suppose you could say that you should treat it like Christmas….all the big retailers have their Christmas stuff up already…you should to to capitalise on people purchasing gifts and checking out holiday destinations.

Remember to post early, often and stick to relevant topics. No point in posting about Easter after the fact or trying to get last minute sales when you close in 2 hours. Most Social Media feeds won’t relay your content fast enough to your followers and if they ‘like’ it, chances are their friends will see it too late.

So, these are the 5 calendars I use to set the framework for customised Social Media calendars for Kalgoorlie Boulder clients. Do you have a resource you use regularly?

Bonus links to consider:

National Calendar

Days of the Year

 

 

Not all SME’s need to tweet, post and pin

Do you Even Tweet?

Not all SME’s need to tweet, post and pin.

A common misconception about using social media for business promotion is that business owners feel like they need to have an account with.every.single.different social media platform in order to be found online, to be hip and on-trend and to give everyone a chance to see what their business offers.

They’ve been told they MUST have a Facebook Page for their business.

“Don’t forget to Sign up to Twitter so we can live Tweet when we shop in your store”

“Whatya’ mean you don’t have a LinkedIn account for your business? How is anyone going to find you?”

I’m going to buck the trend here and say….

“No. You don’t need to be tweeting, pinning and posting 24/7″. If you’re not comfortable with using so many different accounts, adhering to their varied guidelines for sharing content and don’t want to waste valuable time trying to make sense of Facebook’s algorithms then don’t!”

But (yeah there’s always a but) you do need to know what these platforms are, how they work, who is using them and why they might be worth your time and energy.

The most popular social networks being used by Australian consumers are:

1. Facebook – 14,000,000 users (steady)
2. YouTube – 13,750,000 UAVs
3. WordPress.com – 5,800,000
4. Instagram – 5,000,000 Monthly Active Australian Users (Facebook/ Instagram data)
5. Tumblr – 4,500,000
6. LinkedIn – 3,550,000
7. Blogspot – 2,800,000
8. Twitter – 2,791,300 Active Australian Users (see calculation)
9. WhatsApp – 2,400,000 Active Australian Users (see calculation)
10. TripAdvisor – 2,100,000

See full statistics here at Social Media News

Start brainstorming the Pro’s & Cons of different platforms and how they could work to help promote your business’s products and services

Things to Consider:

  1. Who your audience is
  2. Where they get their information
  3. What content do your consumers like to see?
  4. Are you able to share often enough to be seen?
  5. Can you track your success?

Don’t go deleting your Facebook page just yet. If you’ve already put in the time and effort to create a happy little community then keep it up. If it turns out that creating and managing an Instagram account will benefit your business’s online presence and ROI then link the two. Upload your picture to Instagram, with appropriate hashtags of course, then post to Facebook. Simples.

You may already have an online presence and not know it!

Search your own business name using search engines like Google or Bing or within any social networking app itself. See if your business name comes up, has somebody hashtagged your business name? Has somebody left a review about your business on an automatically generated page?

Trust me, it’s a quick exercise which can root up some excellent reviews, consumer photos and also half-hearted-but-now-gone-stale-because-nobody-knows-the-login-details-since-the-last-receptionist-left pages and accounts!

Claim all the listings, the reviews sites, the stale pages and accounts and list which platforms you are now going to focus on, gather a little content and start owning that online presence using the tools that you are comfortable using.

Remember to review this new social media strategy every couple of months too!

Quote from Erik Qualman #smm

Let me know if you’ve had successes by changing your social media platform for your business promotions!

Pride and Prominence | 0437 057 212 | sarah@prideandprominence.com.au

#Hashtag101 – A best practice guide for business

#hashtags101

#WHAT #WHEN #WHERE #WHY AND #HOW to use Hashtags for Business

Hashtags are increasingly becoming popular not only as a way to catergorise pictures and topics on popular social networks such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook but is becoming a way for consumers to search for products and services within these applications and the internet.

#WHAT is a Hashtag?

A Hashtag is the ‘hash’ or ‘pound’ symbol which I personally still use to represent a number.  I believe Urban Dictionary contributors define it best.

My favourite is #3. That’s number 3. The third definition down the page.

Think of Hashtags as SEO for your Social Network Platforms  – click to tweet

Continue reading “#Hashtag101 – A best practice guide for business”

Social Australian SME’s Have More Business Confidence

Australian consumers are becoming more receptive to advertising within their social networking platforms, are engaging with brands and will use social networking platforms to actively search for discounts and offers.

In the latest report from Sensis they report that over half of Australian SME’s that use a social networking account for business purposes were more confident going into the next 12 months than SME’s who didn’t use social networking actively or at all.

It’s not just confidence that they are excelling in, all social SME’s were also able to report an increase in sales and profitability and what could be most joyous in our current economic climate – employment!

YAY!

Hold that thought.

They are confident, increasing sales and are able to employ others because of their social efforts but disappointingly 81% of small businesses stated that they did not have any strategy in place to guide them, no goals to strive for and no policies in place to keep that upward trajectory.

Just like a business would track their return on investment after performing a catalogue letterbox drop or after running a television ad campaign, conversion from social networking platforms need to be measured too.

Sure, they’re free to set up but actively managing multiple accounts for businesses can be a drain on time. Most likely a small business’s social network accounts are managed by staff who already wear many hats and may not have the training or understanding to convert those browser to shoppers, increase brand loyalty and resolve disputes in such a public arena.

As part of a Pride and Prominence Marketing Plan measuring a business’s ROI is part of the package.

As well as:

  •  A tailored Social Media Policy
  • A 6 month content calendar
  • In-house training for staff in charge of Social Media
  • Social Network Account of your choice with administrators set up and branding

Email through your query or give Sarah a call to learn how you can become a confident social SME!

Pride and Prominence | 0437 057 212 | sarah@prideandprominence.com.au

Why SME’s should blog and other interesting facts

Sarah Hinton Marketing and Events Professional

You have a website. You probably have a Facebook page or another popular social networking account. You might advertise on television or the radio. You might think that all of those tactics are enough. Your business is out there, you’ve spent enough time and money on creating a presence so why blog?

1. It’s free!

2. It’s an extra opportunity for your business to be found in search engine results – providing you are using relevant keywords in your blog content. Search engines like fresh content, so when you publish a blog post to your website it is considered to be a change in content, helpful for your websites search engine result ranking.

3. It’s an opportunity to share your knowledge and expertise. When you prove your authority on a subject your readers will trust your opinion and be more likely to purchase your products and services.

4. Conversation! Allow comments on your blog for your readers to ask questions or give feedback. Your blog is not an ad it is a forum for you to share ideas, experiences and information! Save the sales pitch for places where people expect to find ads (newspapers, radio, television) Make sure to allocate time during your day to respond to comments or allocate the task to one of your friendly team members.

5. It fills up space in your content calendar. Once you’ve published your latest blog post share it to your social networking accounts. It means that readers will be transferred to your website as opposed to staying within the social networking app and gives your readers a chance to explore the other pages that make up your website. Remember to upload your blog post to social networking accounts with relevant pictures and correct formatting to help entice the reader.

What you should avoid:

1. Incorrect spelling and grammar. Sure you can use colloquial terms if that’s part of your brand voice but a poorly written blog is hard for readers to understand and easy to switch off from.

2. Blogging without a purpose. You are sharing your knowledge and expertise on a particular subject which is relevant to your business. If you’d like to talk about your hobbies or experiences that might not be related then start another blog! Keep focused on your blog purpose and make sure it’s clear from the beginning

3. Don’t blog inconsistently. Subscribers to your blog will expect weekly, fortnightly or monthly posts and will come back when they know there will be fresh content. I’m not saying you must religiously stick to a schedule of the first and third Thursday of the month but if your content calendar brainstorm allows for more than one blog post a month go for it and try to stick to two a month there after.

4. Plagarism! When you are writing your informative and helpful blog post you might have done some research to back up your claims. Remember to credit research results or news articles correctly by listing the source or even linking to the article. Remember, links are helpful in search engine results so don’t be afraid to use them. If you’d like to link to another blogger it is common courtesy to ask permission or atleast let them know. They can find your reference in their backlink check so you’re not going to get away with plagarising for long…..and anyway, your blog is to be written from your point of view, your personal experience or opinion not someone else’s.

5. Don’t give up! Stick to your content calendar and keep on creating your posts even if at first no one reads them or comments. Creating a back catalogue of interesting posts will only support your authority on subjects in the future. Added plus – you can refer to your past blog posts or update them as recycle them as fresh content when new statistics or new technology come to light.

If you have any tips or tricks or successes in blogging for business please leave a comment below!