We all know how important social media is in the music industry. No matter which socials you use, consistency is the key to growth on any platform. Having a social media content calendar can help you do just that. Want to save time and increase engagement? Here’s how creating a content schedule can get you there.
How To Create a Social Media Content Calendar for Musicians
Why Should You Use a Content Calendar?
Over the years, marketers have found consistency to be one of the most important factors driving social media success. When you don’t care about how many people see your posts, you can post anything at anytime. However, if a major part of your sales comes from social media, you need to optimize your efforts wherever you can.
What day of the week and time of day you post certain content can directly impact engagement, lead generation, and reach for that platform. Even if you don’t follow your content schedule to a T, it’ll save you a lot of time and give you a good outline to keep you organized and on track.
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Whichever platform you’re on, ask yourself:
- “Do I want more engagement on this platform?”
- “Am I trying to promote a concert or an event?”
- “Am I actively selling something?” (albums, presaves, merch, etc.)
With these goals in mind, you can reassess your content calendar as you go along and utilize content that will push you towards those goals. Of course, everything doesn’t have to be squeaky clean and perfectly strategized. (Trust me, nobody’s perfect and nobody wants you to be.) Just be authentically you while still keeping an overarching strategy in mind to make sure you’re at least on the right track.
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How To Create Your Content Calendar:
If you’re anything like me (a creature of habit and afraid of change), Google Drive is a perfect option for those who are just getting started with content planning. It’s free, easy to use, and you’re probably already familiar with it. In addition, everything is saved to the cloud and you can share, brainstorm, and give edit access to everyone in your team.
Let’s get started…
Step 1: Create a list of core content ideas.
To help you get started, here are some topics to consider: lyric videos, behind the scenes footage, song promo, media coverage, Q&A’s, etc. are all good ideas to keep in your arsenal. (Keep this going as far as your heart desires. — The more ideas you can come up with, the better.)
Step 2: Share this list with your team.
Let your teammates make edits, suggestions, and additions to your list. Watch it grow, and edit as necessary.
Step 3: Create another list of content you already have.
Take note of what did well in the past, and plan to repurpose it in the future.
Step 4: Once you’ve got your brainstorming down, you’re ready to create your content calendar!
Now that you’ve got a healthy list of topics, it’s time to start scheduling. To do this, create a Google Sheet where you can log the date, topic, link, and status of your content.
It should look something like this:
Now you can create separate calendars for all your socials and keep track of what’s been done, what’s new, and what’s ready to be repurposed elsewhere.
As you go along, you can add new ideas, brainstorm, and change your schedule to accommodate whatever your brand needs to improve. Want to switch up your end goal? No problem. Got some new content ideas? Add it to the calendar!
Having a content calendar not only keeps you on track, but it’ll help you see what you’ve already done all in one place. With everything right in front of you, coming up with new ideas and managing your content is easier than ever.