Social Media Strategist Job Description
Companies all over the world are scrambling to hire someone to help lead them into the world of Facebook, Twitter, Quora, or any other social network that will be emerging as the next giant over the next few years.
Different companies use different titles to describe this person; social media strategist, social media manager, social media marketing manager, community manager. Some people are even referring to them as gurus, ninjas, experts, or my favorite, Jedi’s (these titles actually make my skin crawl, please avoid them).
One thing is apparent, there is a lot of misunderstanding and confusion about what kind of experience and knowledge a social media strategist should have. Over the past few weeks I researched social media job postings in a variety of industries. From that data I compiled this job description. As with anything this may not exactly fit with what you are trying to accomplish, so please feel free to modify as needed. Also, please leave a comment and link to the job posting should you decide to use this description.
Social Media Strategist
- Develop and maintain a comprehensive social media strategy that defines how social media marketing techniques will be applied to increase visibility and traffic across all [insert company] brands and products
NOTE: An effective comprehensive social media strategy will manifest itself in the form of a “road map” that can be used by all brands/departments within a company to develop section specific tactics. This offers a certain level of autonomy and creates opportunities for creativity.
- Lead the development of organization-wide social media management standards, policies and rules of engagement for social media
- Define key performance indicators and implement enterprise level measurement, analytics, and reporting methods to gauge success
- Mentor and provide training to communication and management professionals throughout the organization on best practices for creating, managing, monitoring, and developing content for social networks
NOTE: The person must have the ability to effectively communicate complex and technical theory and information in an understandable manner
- Work with all [insert company] brands to explore and identify ways to integrate social media into business strategies and marketing campaigns
NOTE: This is where internal communication skills and the ability to adapt come in. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of working with administrators and executive level management to coordinate projects.
- Apply marketing research and development methods to learn and understand emerging trends and technologies and to communicate this knowledge clearly and concisely
NOTE: Part of the social media strategist’s job is to make sure your company stays on top of emerging trends. In the interview, ask candidates how they stay on top of their game. Do they read blogs? Which ones? Do they participate in industry specific Twitter chats? Which ones?
- BS/BA degree from an accredited college or university and 3-5 years experience in advertising, communications, marketing, or public relations
NOTE: I have seen many people posting jobs where an advanced degree is preferred. This is fine if we are talking about an executive level position, but ideally, the social media strategist would overlap into a variety of departments including communications, human resources, IT, R&D, etc. True integration happens in more than just one department.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Knowledge of graphic design best practices and principles for both print and web projects
- Strong technical background with advanced computer skills
- Ability to work independently and as a member of a team, as well as independently
- Aptitude to develop and maintain strong working relationships with both internal and external stakeholders
NOTE: the social media strategist will be charged with managing online communities. To be most effective, look for someone who has experience volunteering with non-profit groups in their community, or serving on the board of directors for a community organization. These people are more likely to have the skills necessary to your social communities.
- A solid understanding of ethical search engine optimization techniques
NOTE: Test this! Google the name of your candidate, if they know how to apply search engine optimization they should appear at least a few times on the front page of Google results, even if they have a common name.
- Exceptional leadership capabilities and strong interpersonal skills
- Extremely strong communication and presentation skills
- Demonstrated experience and a passion for the social technology universe (i.e., Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Foursquare, Flickr, blogs, wikis, RSS, social bookmarking, discussion forums and community software)
- Experience with online monitoring and measurement platforms including but not limited to Omniture, Facebook Insights, YouTube Insights, Google Analytics, HootSuite, TweetDeck, and Social Mention.
- Experience with creating and identifying quality social media content related to [insert industry specific topics here. I.e. healthcare, fitness, healthy lifestyles, parenting, etc.] is preferred
- Experience developing and launching email and text messaging campaigns preferred
- Ability to work effectively under deadlines and juggle several assignments simultaneously
- Ability to distinguish and behave with a good sense of decorum; acting as a brand ambassador is absolutely required
- Data, analytics, and metrics oriented
- Experience using:
- Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook 2007 or 2010
- Adobe Design Suite CS4 or CS5 (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Flash)
- Strong understanding of HTML and CSS
- Knowledge of web usability best practices, website navigation design and flow, content classification, and content management methods and systems
Is there anything I missed? Is there something that I included that you don’t think is necessary? Please, leave a comment and tell me about it.