5 Jul 2012

A Social Media Task Calculator

One of the great modern unknowns for Hotel Managers is just how much time and resource is needed to run your Social Media successfully. 

To help here's a basic Social Media Task Calculator.

The following applies to individual properties, whether part of a chain or independent. And please keep in mind that there are always exceptions to the rule. The goal of this calculator is to define a 35-40 hour work week for the prospective social media manager.

1. Basic social media (Facebook, Twitter) management: posting 5-8 items per week about general activities at the property and surrounding area; keeping up with activities; management reporting; organizing an activity calendar pro-actively: 5-10 hours/week

2. Add a meaningful blog with 1-2 well-researched entries per week, in addition to social media posts, bringing the total posts to 3-4 items per week: 4-6 hours/week

3. If you have a spa and want to address spa trends and activities: 2-3 hours/week

4. If you have a golf course and want to integrate activities on the golf course with specific references, course guides and course activities: 2-3 hours/week

5. If there are multiple F&B outlets, your chef has a following, you want to disseminate recipes and you have socially-oriented food events (such as a wine tastings, food demonstrations, etc.): 5-8 hours/week

6. If you have any other seasonal activities worth talking about, such as tennis, water sports or hiking: 2-3 hours/week

7. If you want to champion local charitable or cultural activities to make your property a hub for your region: 4-5 hours/week

8. If you want to generate social media buzz for weddings with a separate bridal photo collection (using Flickr, Pinterest, Picassa, etc.): 4-5 hours/week

Adding It Up

I might be generous in my hour allocations, but the fact remains that unless your property is a fully-featured resort with a range of facilities, there really is no need for a full-time in house social media manager. The issue becomes what to do next. Should you have a part time position or allocate the work to a third party?

The answer here is more complex. Any staff member, part- or full-time requires supervision. An independent takes more supervisory time than the assignment of social media responsibilities to your marketing agency. This decision is much more tactical.

Who Makes a Good Social Media Manager?

If you make the decision to hire a full-time or part-time social media manager in-house, the next thought is to the type of individual you bring aboard? And, what should be their required skill sets? Look for solid writing skills, an out-going personality with an independent work mentality, basic Photoshop skills, and great customer service skills.

Give that individual free reign to learn all about your property and embrace it. Monitor the results and encourage your entire team to embrace social media as a core component of your marketing communications plan.

Based on an original article in eHotelier