How to plan a successful Black Friday social media campaign

Social media plays a significant role in marketing for Black Friday, and now that even more businesses have transitioned online, it's more important than ever to nail down your Black Friday social media strategy. Keep reading for a step-by-step guide to planning and running this year's Black Friday social media campaign for your small business.

Step 1: Define measurable goals for your campaign

It's always smart to define your goals before you plan anything else around your campaign. Ever heard of SMART goals? By considering each aspect of the SMART acronym when writing out your goals, you improve the chances of accomplishing them.

Specific - be specific about what you want to accomplish. Answer the what, why, how, when, and where questions.

Measurable - ensure you can accurately measure your goal. What metrics are you going to use? Common metrics for social campaigns include engagement and reach.

Attainable - set an attainable, realistic goal for yourself. Think about whether you have all the tools and skills necessary to accomplish each goal.

Relevant - be sure that your goals are in line with your company strategy.

Timely - think hard on the timeline of your goals and when you're projecting to accomplish them. Remember to be realistic!

Step 2: Decide which social media platforms you're going to use

Where are you going to publish your campaign materials? Choose which social networks you'd like to use.

Additionally, decide whether you're going to promote your content. You can choose to boost your content on Instagram or Facebook, set up a Facebook ad campaign, or advertise your business on Pinterest.

Step 3: Draw out your content calendar and content plan

Creating a content calendar helps you plan out your content in advance. When planning your content strategy ahead of time, you can avoid typos and mistakes, save time, and create higher quality content.

Having a content calendar full of scheduled social media posts also gives you some wiggle room to fit in more content as you see fit. You already have everything planned out, so you can move things around to accommodate as needed.

Here are the steps you should take when planning out your Black Friday and holiday content calendar:

Decide what your calendar needs to track

You should record the date and time for each post in your content calendar, but decide if you also need to track the copy, the images, the tags, hashtags, location tags, or categories. This process will be unique to your business.

Figure out how often you're going to post

What does your daily, weekly and monthly social media cadence look like? Are you going to post once per day to Instagram and four times per week to Facebook? Maybe a few times per day on each social channel? Decide on a consistent, realistic posting rhythm that works for you and your business.

Decide on workflow

How often are you going to work on social media throughout the week? The month? Decide how often you're going to revisit your content calendar, whether or not you need to run any posts by approvers or co-workers, and generally how much work you should put in to keep things running smoothly.

Step 4: Create your social media content

Now that you've figured out the basic needs of your content calendar, start creating your content. Brainstorm some ideas, and then go into Ripl and start creating!

Use Ripl to create professional social media posts for your Black Friday campaign. See below for a few of our Black Friday template collections - click on them to start creating your own!

Don't forget to include your businesses' branding and logo in your social media content.