A few years ago I created a tool for my own use that I’d like to share with you. I found that when I sat down to write content for my various social media channels that I’d forget to talk about certain topics. I gravitated towards the obvious, the easy, and rarely addressed some important issues that simply weren’t my favorite. I needed a way to make sure that I covered all of my content, but how? I created a Social Media Theme Schedule and it solved a lot of problems. (I’ve included a download at the end of the blog for your use.)
I love spreadsheets! They are an amazing way to track lots of information so I opened a blank sheet and asked myself the following questions:
What are the important subjects I need to cover?
What do my clients need (and want) to hear from me?
What are my profit centers (ways I make money)?
I entered the answers from my first question in a column that I later named Content. My clients regularly want to know when I teach my classes, what tools I recommend, and about online safety. I also included topics I knew my audience would find interest in such as strategy and education via blogs (mine or from other sources), history of technology and social media, and great examples of social media use. I italicized the content that affects my bottom line or drives traffic to my website to remind me of it’s importance$$$.
Next I added days Monday through Sunday in the left most column. Then I matched the content to the days I would post. Under Theme, I gave the days cute names to help me remember which I can now sing like a song. I also capitalized on a very popular internet wide theme, Throwback Thursday.
The benefit of using theme names helps when I’m out in the world living life. Everywhere you look there is something that may apply to your talking points. I will spot something and say, “That’s Back to School Monday!” or “This is a great safety tip for Safety Sunday!” I’ll take a photo or save the link for later. I use my photo album as a reminder and collection depot. I might send links to myself via email or use the Save function on Facebook. When I’m in need of content, I go back to my wells and look for what will serve my current purpose.
The last column, Channel Focus, serves an entirely different purpose. The platforms and tools change so regularly, this is my way of making sure that I spend time on the channels I don’t love as much, that I spread my attention around. My goal is to spend 20-30 minutes on the channel designated for that day to acclimate to any design changes, check out my competition, try a new feature, get answers to questions regarding its functions, and do research on topics or hashtags. Either way, I’ve “touched” the channel, I make sure there are no glaring design problems, and I stay comfortable with the tool.
I keep this theme list taped above my desk
I started sharing this schedule after I found it worked well for me which I use just for Facebook. You can use it for whatever suits your needs. My clients and students love it so I thought you would like it too. I’ve included the Social Media Theme Schedule that I use and a blank spreadsheet for your use.
Kerry is a Social Media | Technology Trainer | Speaker | Author based in Santa Rosa, CA. She offers consulting and social media training in the form of individual lessons, customizable classes, and is available to speak at your event. People and tech, together changing the world.