5 Tips for a Successful Social Media PlanNo marketer wants to feel the sting of a   disappointing, or under preforming social media campaign.  Social Media Marketers need not be content with failing campaigns. A well designed social media strategy can help campaigns reach success more often.  Here are 5 tips to ensure your campaigns are headed to success.

1. Have Goals

Knowing what your goals are before you set out will help guide the entire campaign.  These goals should be quantifiable and related to your business goals.  Examples of good goals might be increase fan engagement to increase buyer loyalty and repeat business.

2. Be Social

Be social in the truest sense of the term. Successful social media campaigns interact with their fans, they don't simple talk at them.  This can be one of the biggest separators between successful and unsuccessful social media campaigns.  Listen to your fans & respond to them. Conversation is a two way street.

3. Know Your Audience

Research your audience demographics. Know who they are, where they are, and what they like.  If your audience is mainly on LinkedIn, all the Instagram posts in the world won't reach them. Focus your efforts on where your audience actually is.

4. Collaborate

Social media is a team effort, remember your brand is more than just your social media presence. Fans are interacting with your actual products and services. Get feedback from other departments.  You never know where the next great idea will come from.

5. Use Your Analytics

Pay attention to your analytics.  This includes setting and tracking goals for key stats as well as using the data to influence your content and strategy going forward.  Analytics will help you determine what campaigns are successful and which ones are not and learn as you go forward.

A successful social media plan isn't fool proof, or an automatic guarantee for success, but it will increase the chances of social media success.  What tips would you add to create a successful social media plan? Share them in the comments.