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June 13, 2024

Ultimate Guide: How to Find and Hire a Social Media Manager (& Free Hiring Ebook!)

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Thinking of hiring a social media manager? We don’t blame you.

Of the 7.2 billion people on earth, 4.9 billion are active on social media.

Yes, social media is HUGE. If used the right way, it has the potential to take your business to the next level. However, using a platform with such a big reach also means getting it wrong can have horrible consequences.

It’s no wonder so many founders are taking on social media managers (or entire teams or agencies!) whose only job is to make their social media presence shine.

Read on if you want to know how a social media manager can benefit your business, and where you can find and hire the best talent.

If you already know you want to hire someone to manage social media for you, then skip further down the article to find out where to find a social media manager, how much they typically charge, how to write a social media manager job description and more.

And if you're an agency owner looking to start offering social media or grow your existing team, we have info for you too! And make sure to check out our free e-book:

What does a social media manager do?

Every social media manager has their own way of doing things. However, their main tasks will be to:

Create & curate content

A large part of a social media manager’s day-to-day tasks will be to create regular content to share on your social media accounts.

Whether that’s articles, podcasts, videos or infographics, this should be a healthy mixture of original, curated, and promotional content.

Are you an agency owner?

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Schedule posts

After they’ve got your content together, it’s time for your social media manager to schedule your posts at optimal times throughout the week.

Many social media managers will use a scheduling tool likeHootsuiteorBuffer to make this process a little easier. We talk a lot about the pros and cons of social media automation here.

Here at MixBloom we use Buffer to schedule our agency clients’ carefully written social media content. Learn more about how we work.

Manage the content calendar

A very important job for your social media marketer is to make sure you always have great content ready to share every week.

They should be keeping track of all content drafted, shared and how each post is performing in an organized and regularly monitored social media calendar.

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Engage with followers/partners

Engaging with other social media users is really important. This not only gives you more visibility, but it also makes your brand seem more personable.

Your social media manager should be regularly commenting, sharing and responding to questions and mentions of your brand.

Related: How to Increase Engagement on Social Media

Monitor social media trends, news and best practices

Social media moves at a really fast pace.

In order to stay current, your social media manager will be constantly monitoring trending hashtags, viral news and any changing best practices and trends in the industry.

And if you're an agency owner interested in white label social media, you can rest assured MixBloom‘s social media managers know exactly what works (and what doesn’t) on social media. Check out our website to learn more about our services.

Review analytics and put forward a strategy

Your social media manager will keep a close eye on how your content is performing: i.e how many click throughs your Instagram post gets, your engagement rate, how long the reader is staying on the page etc.

Based on this data, they should be able to analyze its performance, pinpoint where it could be improved and suggest a strategy to move forward.

Related: Social Media Analytics Tools For Agencies

Why do I need a social media manager?

We know what you’re thinking: I use social media every day. Can’t I just curate and schedule posts myself?

Technically, there is absolutely nothing stopping you from running your own social media. The question is: will it produce the best results? And do you have the time? Even mastering one platform can be a full time job.

Let’s get a little more specific. Having a social media manager allows you to:

Focus on your business

Running a successful social media account takes serious time.

Hiring a social media manager allows you to focus on the things you just can’t hand over to someone else.

After all, that meeting won’t go on without you, and that business plan won’t write itself… oh and there’s that never-ending list of emails popping up the corner of your screen.

Stay ahead of trends

We’ve said it before, but we’ll say it again. Social media moves at a ridiculously fast pace. If you want to be making any sort of noise, you need stay on top of trending hashtags, news, and events.

This requires checking different social media platforms and getting involved in conversations in your industry daily, or even hourly (yes, hourly!)- something you probably don’t have time to do yourself.

Abide by good social media practices

You may be a regular social media user yourself, but do you know how many hashtags see the best engagement? Do you know what images drive more shares? Did you mention/tag the author in your tweet?

When it comes to social media, there are a lot of “best practices” to remember. For a social media manager, though, this should be basic stuff.

Want to make sure you’ve got the right social media manager on board? Check out our post on what mistakes to avoid when outsourcing your social media.

Maintain consistent branding and tone

One of the benefits of having a social media manager run your accounts is that they’ll establish your brand’s tone and, most importantly, maintain it.

Whether that’s through your style of writing or type of images/content, your social media manager will make sure anything shared to your accounts are on-brand and relevant to your followers.

Related: How to Create a Brand Style Guide for Social Media

Post regular, high-quality content

If you’ve already tried it, you know how time-consuming sourcing and creating high-quality content on a regular basis can be.

When you’re trying to manage it on your own (as well as run your business), it’s kind of inevitable for there to be gaps in your content calendar. Having a dedicated manager to do this for you, however, means no content gaps, and no bad quality posts.

And if you're an agency owner, with MixBloom, your content calendars are never empty. See for yourself with a free consultation.

Increase engagement

Abiding by social media practices, keeping consistency and sharing great content can only equal great engagement, right?

If you have a skilled and experienced social media manager, it will only be a matter of time before you start seeing more shares, likes, comments, and follows.

Track performance and implement growth strategy

A big mistake founders make when running their own social media is to post content and hope for the best. For your social media to be really successful, analytics and strategy are essential.

Having a social media manager ensures that all content is carefully tracked and later optimized for best results.

Do I Need a Social Media Manager Near Me?

Whether or not you need a social media manager near you will depend on a few things, such as the type of business you own and your budget.

Why you should hire someone near you

Here are the top reasons why you might hire a social media manager who you could meet in person:

You need photography and video for your business

If you are selling specific physical products, such as clothing or jewelry, your social media should be sharing photos and videos of your products themselves.

You will need a social media manager who can visit your business to snap those pictures or film those videos for social media content.

Related:The Best 6 Social Video Maker Tools

You have the budget to pay for this

A social media manager who works with you closely in meetings, events, activities, or for special projects will come at a higher cost.

You should be prepared to pay for the additional cost of travel, equipment, and time needed for their services.

You need or want to meet in person

Despite the pandemic teaching us the possibilities for remote collaboration, not all of us feel we do our best work together virtually and prefer meeting up and discussing matters face-to-face.

Plus, you may simply not feel comfortable enough in employing someone to work on your brand remotely.

In this case, you will want to find a social media manager in your area.

Why you should hire someone remote

If you don’t feel you need to have a social media manager near you for any of the reasons above, take advantage of the benefits that come with hiring remotely!

They are cheaper and easier to find

Hiring remote expands your pool of qualified candidates to a global level, and you will have a better chance of reaching someone you truly admire and will work well with.

There is no commute involved, and the work is more straightforward since you will have to agree on what work is expected of them from the start. This makes them more affordable for you.

A remote social media manager means less of a commitment

Working remotely allows for more flexibility and you can give as much attention to your social media as you wish.

You can be more direct about what you need from the start, optimize the time you spend managing their work, and scale up or down the tasks you require.

An agency can serve more of your needs

If you are interested in other digital marketing services, the agency behind your social media manager can help you in expanding you with other services such as blog writing.

Are you an agency owner looking to offer social media to existing clients? Look into white label social media management agencies!

You can start and stop work easily

Remote social media managers or agencies are flexible and accustomed to seeing clients come and go.

If you want to pause content creation, or aren’t happy with the work being done, a remote arrangement makes it easier to pause your contract, or end your work contract and seek someone else, with less weight on your shoulders.

Before you start looking for a social media manager, ask yourself…

Convinced you need a social media manager? Great!

Before you sign any contracts, ask yourself the following questions about your brand and social media goals. This should make finding and hiring the perfect social media manager a whole lot easier.

What are your objectives?

When you hire your social media manager, the first question they will ask you is: what are your objectives?

When this happens, you want to have a clear idea of where you want your social media to be in the next 3 months, 6 months etc.

Do you want to be sharing original content daily? Do you want thought leaders in the industry to be engaging your posts? Maybe you want to appear in trending hashtags, industry events, or news?

Make sure you set realistic, actionable goals. For example, to ‘go viral’ in a months’ time or ‘get more followers’ isn’t a very clear, or constructive, target. The more specific you can be, the easier you make it for your social media manager to succeed.

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Where are you in your social media life cycle?

Are you just starting out? Or do you already have a loyal following? Your strategy will look quite different depending on these two stages.

For example, if you’re just starting out, you’re probably going to try and build your following by liking and sharing other people’s content, getting involved in trending threads and following relevant people in your industry.

On the other hand, if you already have a following, you’ll want to find out which content is working really well and retarget those engaged followers.

What makes your brand unique?

With so much noise on social, you really have to find a way to stand out. A good way to do this is to find your niche and stick to it.

What makes your business unique? What tone, style and content suits the brand image you want to portray? The idea is that your followers will be able to identify your posts at a quick glance.

You want to be able to communicate this really clearly to your social media manager, so they can start creating brand-relevant content from day one.

If you're an agency owner, MixBloom's social media managers can work with you to achieve your social media marketing goals.

MixBloom is the easiest way to hit the ground running with a talented social media manager assigned to you within minutes of you signing up.

Related: Comparing MixBloom and SocialBee: Which is the Best Social Media Management Tool?

Where to find a social media manager

Once you’ve got a good idea of where your social media marketing strategy should be headed, you can start searching the internet for social media managers.

This can sometimes feel like you’re searching for a needle in a haystack. However, if you search in the right places, someone will eventually stand out.

Here are some of the best places to find top talent:

Social media groups

Social media groups are great place to ask for recommendations.

While freelance sites can be great (discussed more below), we’ve found tried-and-tested managers in your industry can be invaluable-and save you time and money in the long run.

Join your industry’s groups on Facebook and LinkedIn and reach out to your fellow entrepreneurs. Who are your competitors and industry peers using?

You could also post on your own LinkedIn account or business page that you’re looking for someone. LinkedIn normally connects you with great talent.

Look at other brands’ social media

Are there any brands you think are smashing their social media? Maybe you really like their approach, tone of voice, or use of visuals?

Ask them who runs their handles. It may be that their social media manager works freelance and is looking for a gig. If they’re not, chances are they’ll know someone who is.

Related: 5 Brands That Are Nailing Their Social Media Strategy

Job boards

We’ve mentioned job boards before. They can be great. However, a certain amount of luck is involved.

As many sites aren’t fully vetted, there are people out there that exaggerate (or make up!) some of their experience.

Make sure you interview your candidates thoroughly and check up on their experience. It may also be a good idea to ask them to write a few posts for you as part of the selection process. We’ll go through this in a little more detail in a bit.

In the meantime, here are some of the most popular freelance job sites you should start with:

How to hire the best talent

Once you’ve chosen your platform, it’s time to start hiring!

There are plenty of talented social media managers out there. However, they’re not always that easy to find.

Truth is, you won’t know if you’ve hit the jackpot until they get to work. But don’t despair! There are a few things you can do to attract the best talent:

Write an awesome job description

A detailed, well-written job post will help you attract to the best candidates.

This is your chance to sell your business to your ideal social media manager. Why should they work for you? How will this job benefit them?

A social media manager job description should include:

• Outline of the job

• Daily tasks

• What skills you’re looking for

• Any particular benefits

Your job description is also a good way to make sure people applying know exactly what they’re getting themselves into.

Bonus: check out our social media manager job description template, it's free!

You don’t want a scenario where the candidate has completely misunderstood their role, what your business is, project scope, or what your goals are.

Remember: make your job offering sound exciting! The key to hiring the most engaged candidates is to sound enthusiastic and positive about your business and the role.

Related: In-House Social Media vs Agency: What's Best For You?

Make a shortlist

Once you start getting flooded with applications, you’ll need to narrow down your shortlist.

As with any hiring process, it’s always hard to know whether you’ve found the best talent until you see them in action. However, here are some social media skills and qualities you should look out for in their CV/cover letter:

Are they creative?

Social media managers must be able to approach a wide variety of situations with tons of creative juice. How would they approach your social media to make you stand out?

Do they understand social media for business?

It’s one thing being an avid social media user, but do they understand business objectives, metrics, strategy and goals?

Can they manage a team?

Once your social media starts to grow, you’ll want your manager to take the reins on organizing writers, coordinating news/events, and making sure all leads are followed up.

Are they organized?

Managing a social media strategy takes serious organization. Can they keep your content and scheduling calendar running smoothly?

Ask the right questions in interview

Even if you’re convinced you’ve found the perfect social media manager, we always recommend scheduling a quick Skype or face-to-face interview.

Here’s are some of the questions you should ask to get a better feel for your candidate:

How do you stay on top of social media trends/best practices?

Your candidate should have a solid understanding of what those trends and best practices are right now, and how to monitor them. See if they’re aware of the tools out there to help them do this.

Which channels do you think would work best for our business?

This will not only help you see if they’ve done their research about your brand, but will also demonstrate if they understand each platform.

What would be your first steps to growing our audience?

Don’t expect a full marketing plan here, but more of some general tactics such as focused hashtags, keywords, quality content, mentions etc.

Look out for candidates who really focus on reaching your target audience, rather than just getting followers.

Pro tip: why not put them to the test and ask them to write a couple of posts for you as part of the application process?

Related: How to Grow a Client's Social Media Quickly

Social Media Manager Tips for Agencies

The biggest question for agencies is usually whether to hire someone in-house, or hire freelancers to work as independent contractors.

There are pros and cons to each.

An in-house employee will typically be more invested long-term - but they tend to cost more.

Freelancers might be cheaper and more flexible but as you probably know, they're like herding cats.

There's a 3rd option!

White label social media agencies offer the quality and consistency of an in-house team, with the flexibility and pricing of freelancers.

Here at MixBloom, we have an amazing team of talented, 100% native English speaking social media managers ready to take over your social media management so you can focus on scaling your agency.

Here's what you get when you sign up with us:

  • A 30-minute onboarding & strategy call with our Lead Social Media Manager, plus monthly check-ins to revise the strategy
  • A dedicated social media manager who will manage and post all of your content through our content management dashboard, which you can brand with your logo, colors, and URL
  • Access to the entire rest of the team in case your social media manager is unavailable for some unusual reason
  • Unlimited revisions
  • Static and video content styled and formatted correctly for all major platforms, starting at only $239 per month -- check out our pricing plans
  • Streamline communications between you, your social media manager and your clients by leaving feedback and requesting revisions (did I mention they're unlimited?) easily through the dashboard. No more emailing back and forth and sifting through Slack threads!

If you think we'd be a good fit, apply here for our 7-day free trial or check out some of our client reviews.

Key takeaways

Having a professional dedicate their time and attention to your social accounts really is key for getting the most out of social media.

There are plenty of avenues out there for finding and hiring a social media manager. It’s just a case of having clear objectives, writing a detailed job post, and asking the right questions in interview.

For today, brainstorm your objectives, branding and current social media status. Where are you in your social media journey and where would you like to be in six months’ time?

Once you have these objectives clear in your mind, you can then set out to find your perfect social media manager.

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