Social media platforms are an excellent way to build community, send messages, and engage with your target audience with branded content. Use social media to promote your department events and accolades, engage with students, prospective students and alumni. A polished social media presence also makes for a well-rounded, reputable institution and gives credibility.

The College of Arts & Letters has several college-level accounts that are managed by the Marketing Office and MSU Content Studio student interns.

Maintaining an active social media account takes time. You will need to plan content, post content, monitor accounts and messages, and interact with other accounts and messages. An active social media account will have an continuous flow of posts and interactions. Consider devoting one to two hours a day per each social media platform.

Read more about Social Media Guidelines by Platform.

Goal Setting

Different social media platforms will appeal to different audiences. Consider setting goals for your post content based on the social media platform and the different audiences you’re trying to reach.

  • What are you trying to achieve and why?
  • Who are you trying to reach?
  • What do you want people to do (or what’s the call to action)?

Analytics

Each social media platform offers a set of analytics natively within your managed account. To start, we recommend tracking post reach and engagement/impressions to help gauge the effectiveness of your posts. Setting specific goals for your social media platforms and messages can also help you determine what makes sense to measure in terms of analytics.. 

If you are interested in a more in-depth look at your social media account analytics, there are separate social media management tools like Buffer, Hootsuite, and Sprinklr. With a social media management tool, you are also able to schedule content, manage all of your accounts, and track your engagement and interactions all in one place. 

Michigan State University uses Sprinklr to help schedule and post content, as well as for social media reporting and analytics. The College of Arts & Letters pays for a seat in the institutional Sprinklr account and uses it mainly for college-level social account analytics.

Engagement & Commenting

Social media platforms also allow for meaningful interaction with your audiences, and can help you build important connections. Engaging with your audience is also a way to build community.

Whether it is crediting the photographer for a post you published, mentioning a business directly in a post, or location tagging an organization that was involved in a story, take the time to find these accounts and include them in your posts. If an account directly mentions, tags, or shares your post, continue to engage and interact with the account.

Reposting User Generated Content (UGC) is another way to build community. UGC is content created by your audience members or followers that is reposted, after asking for permission, from your account. UGC often performs well and provides a way to be more authentic and inclusive.

When building connections through social media, sometimes negative feedback and comments can arise. If there is a post, comment, or message that brings criticism from another user, respond in a professional and appropriate manner that is solution-oriented and avoids accusatory and defensive language. To the best of your ability, your brand should respond with an explanation and a solution if possible.

Consultation

For one-on-one consultations regarding questions about social media, please submit a Marketing Request Form with the College of Arts & Letters Marketing Office.

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