How to Create a Social Media Marketing Plan: The Consultant Cheat Sheet

BEN SAILER | September 4, 2019

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Marketers know that having a documented strategy is strongly correlated with success. But we also know that social media marketing moves fast, often leaving documented strategies obsolete shortly after they’re written. The best approach, then, is to keep your strategy simple, flexible, and adaptable. That way, you can provide your team with a framework to follow without spending an excessive amount of time crafting a plan that will be rendered useless tomorrow. You can easily document your strategy by creating a Word document or PowerPoint presentation with sections dedicated to each of these points. To save some time, you can use this publicly available Google Sheets template. It’s easily editable and includes a slide for each of the following sections.

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