By: Kelly Bodell
The end of 2015 is upon us – believe it or not! So seize the day and start planning your Facebook content for the New Year now! In order to plan your content we recommend you follow these five guidelines:
- Create a Content Calendar – We highly recommend you plan and create content ahead of time by using a content calendar. You can use the content calendar template you received during Course 200, or you can create your own.
When creating your content calendar, the most important thing is that it is organized, easy to use and fits your needs. You may find that a Google Doc or Sheet is the best place to store your content calendar if you have multiple people contributing to the content for your Facebook page.
- Define & Use Your Goals – Evaluate the goals you set during PMP 200 and determine if they are still applicable, practical and attainable. The end of the year is always a good time to reevaluate your goals as you look ahead to 2016.
If you did not set goals when you started your Facebook page, now is the time to create them! For example, one common goal for Facebook pages is to keep patients informed about happenings at your facility. These goals will help shape your content for 2016.
- Outline Your Weekly Posts – In order to stick to your goals, outline your posts for each week. For example, if one of your goals is to educate your patients, be sure to include at least one post with health tips each week. Don’t forget: We recommend posting three times per week.
When using your content calendar, summarize the posts you need to include for that week to help you with planning. So instead of writing a full post, simply write “Health Tip” or “Practice News” in that day’s space in order to make it easier to create the content.
- Keep it concise – Whether you are writing Facebook content for the year, six months or just for the month of January, it may seem like a daunting task. However, if you stick to our recommended best practice of keeping your text two sentences or less, it will make writing the content easier.
Remember to keep all the content short, sweet and to the point. For example, if you are posting a health article provide a short teaser to the article instead of summarizing it in the post.
- Plan your imagery – If the images are the most daunting part of planning your content, make them your priority. Because you cannot simply pull any image off of Google due to copyright concerns, this can be the most time consuming element. We suggest that you ask for help from others in your office.
Don’t forget that when you are linking to an article, an image preview will often appear from the site. You CAN allow these images to appear on your Facebook page. You didn’t create the image, but the link to the original source serves as a citation.
We also suggest using a program called Canva, a user-friendly design tool where you can easily create and store any images you may need for your Facebook content. The program is free to use and has an abundance of free backgrounds, images and icons. Some images on the site do cost $1.00 to use, but you can create high quality imagery without ever purchasing any of those. To learn more about Canva, watch this helpful video: