Social media management is messy. When you manage social media for several brands and clients, things get even messier – so many channels, accounts, platforms, posts, image specs and length restrictions to keep in mind.
One of the key skills that agencies and social media professionals managing multiple client’s social presence are required to have is time management. Allocating time for each client’s social activities is essential, so each account gets the attention it deserves. However, you also need to be careful when switching from one client to another: each one has a different audience, tone of voice and identity. Getting confused and mixing things up in the process could be extremely dangerous, both for you and for the client.
Everyone has their own way to organize their day and mind around the thousands of tasks to do, but here’s a checklist with some useful tips on how to handle the main struggles – assuming you have your strategy & content calendar all figured out already, of course.
Main struggles when managing multiple social media clients – and how to handle them like a pro
1. Time-consuming and messy reporting & analytics
Most social media agencies are expected to send weekly, monthly and yearly reports to their clients. When reporting, it’s important to break down the data and stats in a way that your clients can understand them easily. One client may prefer beautiful graphs, while another wants clean excels with just numbers. Stats may include clicks, followers, traffic, engagement rate, ROI, etc. But most of all, they should focus on real results and highlight the results that are important to your clients based on what theirs goals and objectives are. Your reports should also highlight growth by comparing current status to a previous period.
Reporting for multiple clients that have multiple channels can take up a huge chunk of your time. Using each social media channel’s own reporting is time-consuming, and the reports show very different metrics and look completely different too. That’s why you should invest in a good social media reporting tool that helps by dividing your clients into separate accounts and views, and lets you manage multiple channels on one single dashboard. This way also reporting can be easily automated and done simultaneously for several channels, and sent to your clients for a review in no time.
Professional reports look good and can be customized with e.g. your client’s logo & and the desired metrics. This means you don’t need to manually work with Excel and PowerPoint to unify the files you’ll send out to the client. Click, click, download and forward – it doesn’t get much easier than that.
2.Lack of Social Media Policy
Do your best to avoid common mistakes that sometimes happen when brands work with external partners and social media agencies: slow response time, inaccurate information when replying to questions and comments and inappropriate messaging are just a few of them.
Establishing a protocol as to how fast to respond, when you will respond to a message or comment directly and when you should ask for approval first, etc. will help to avoid these blunders. A good social media management platform will have a social media team feature, which allows you to get notifications for comments, assign tasks, add notes and set access levels so that the social media team leader stays in control on everything that’s being published – this way all issues should be easily avoided completely.
3. Little communication with the client
Keeping updated or communicating regularly with each of your clients helps you learn about the latest news and happenings in their businesses. These could include upcoming events, new product launches, change of target audience, new goals and anything in between. In turn, it helps you adjust your strategy and stay relevant. It’s also good to keep an open relationship with your client that goes beyond just social media reporting. After all, we’re all human and a genuine relationship will benefit both parties in many ways, from direct feedback to a more honest communication and a better business relationship.
4. Multiple everything means messy organization
So many brands and clients, all with different channels and login passwords, can cause a real digital chaos if you don’t stay organized. Social media management platforms let you log into multiple channels at once, and help even further by dividing your clients into separate accounts and views, so that you can effectively manage multiple channels on one single dashboard. On top of that, you also get a lot of other useful features like analytics, post scheduling and reporting, which enhances your efficiency even further. This is not just ideal, but an obligatory tool for agencies managing multiple clients. The only way to stay in control, is to create organization with a help of a dashboard divided by client, channels and social media team. Tame that chaos!
5. Losing the brand voice
Once you’ve identified your client’s brand voice, make sure to stay consistent across all channels and campaigns. Not only that, but you also have to maintain a consistent brand image including tone of voice, images and hashtags. Make a mental note every time you switch over from one client to another – you need to adapt a different brand identity and think and act like the brand you’re talking about every time you switch over. Double-check every word and image before hitting that “publish” button. The little details can end up making the difference.
Overall, it comes down to being organized and working as efficiently as possible with the help of a good social media tool, and in maintaining a good, open relationship with all your clients. That’s all social media and communication are about, don’t you think?
How are you handling multiple clients’ social media management? Do you have some other struggles you keep encountering daily?