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How to Hire a Social Media Marketing Professional

Before you hire a social media marketing professional, you should know which qualities to look for. Hiring the wrong person could end up harming your business and destroying your brand’s reputation. Many individuals may claim to be social media marketing professionals in order to get a job, but they will not fulfill all of the responsibilities that they should. Here are five standards that your social media marketing professional must always meet.

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1) Extensive Training.

Check to see if your marketing professional has had significant experience or formal training in the job. Since there is no perfect way of verifying whether a self-taught social media marketing professional knows enough about their field, it is always better to go for one with a successful track record.  You can also inquire to social media marketing professionals about how long they’ve been in the business and ask for references.

2) Open-Mindedness

An excellent marketing professional will adapt to your business and cater to your specific requests. If the candidate seems unwilling to listen and would prefer to work in their own way, they will most likely not be a great fit for your business. Pay attention to the subtleties of their answers and be aware of not only what is said but what is NOT said as well.

3) Creative Expertise with Social Media

Adding a little creativity to blog posts, websites, Facebook posts, and other platforms can increase your customer base. Be on the lookout for a social media marketing professional who has a creative side. With creativity, you’re sure to have a social media marketer who will provide 100% quality and unique content wherever he or she posts, and you’ll never have to worry about plagiarism or copyrighted materials. Since popular search engines absolutely love unique, informative content, a creative social media marketer can also help you rank on search engines.

4) Strong Content

It’s a well-known fact that people love to laugh. If a social media marketer you’re interested in has a witty and charming personality, she or he will be able to add that into social media articles, tweets, and other text forms for you. Since humor is naturally attractive, potential customers who are connected to your social media networks can appreciate your business more and want to follow your business as they know your social media marketer will provide them with a good laugh.

5) Deadline Oriented

With over 60 million Tweets per day and nearly 5 billion Facebook likes daily, social media is a fast-paced network and your chosen social media marketer must be able to work well under pressure and be on the ball. When choosing a social media marketing professional, be sure to ask about their work ethic. If they can maintain concentration and quality content even at a quick speed, then you might just have a winner!

When you interview potential employees for your company’s social media marketing, remember that the job of a social media marketing professional is to enhance and grow your business. If the applicants to your job don’t fulfill all of the above criteria, you should never hire them. With some time and research, you’ll be able to find a great marketing professional who helps your business thrive.

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Sara Collins

Sara Collins is a writer for NerdWallet , a personal finance site dedicated to helping consumers find the best deals online.

About Sara Collins

Sara Collins is a writer for NerdWallet , a personal finance site dedicated to helping consumers find the best deals online.

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