The Life of a Social Media Consultant: Empowering Brands and Building Connections

In today’s world, sharing our personal experiences can help create a deeper connection with our audience. I tell clients this all the time.

So I believe that telling my own story of how I became a social media consultant, it might help my client and audience connect a little more with me! Here’s my journey to building a successful career in social media consulting while juggling family responsibilities and personal growth.

jacinta social media consultant

Balancing Family and Education

My journey began while I was pursuing a part-time degree in business and raising my young son, Aaron.

Juggling my responsibilities as a mother and a student wasn’t easy, but I was determined to make the most of my educational opportunities. In fact, returning to education at an older age really suited me.

I struggled a bit in school but once I went back to get my degree I was able to find different ways to learn. Ways that worked for me. I got a 1st class honor in my Business Degree and was a little shocked, to be honest.

Identifying a Niche Market

During my studies, we noticed a gap in the market for small businesses that were struggling to understand and leverage social media effectively.

I was inspired to create a solution to address this need and help these businesses succeed in the digital world. So one Saturday evening while my son was at a birthday party I sat with John and mapped out what this business would look like.

Launching

Armed with my newfound passion, I founded my company thescoialnetwork.ie and embarked on the never-ending journey of learning about social media. The main focus was to provide small business owners with the support they needed to achieve success online.

We provided social media management, content creation, SEO (search engine optimization), lead generation, social ads, and of course social media consultancy services.

Furthering My Education

While completing my degree, I also enrolled in online courses to deepen my knowledge of social media. One of the most transformative experiences was taking the Meta Blueprint course, which equipped me with valuable insights and strategies to better serve my clients.

The social media management services I offered at that time included online customer engagement and this really helped to understand the platforms fully.

Gaining Certifications and Recognition

As my expertise grew, I obtained various certifications from Meta, including the prestigious Lead Trainer Certificate.

These certifications not only validated my skills but also provided credibility and recognition in the industry.

jacinta feedalpha

Transitioning from Freelance to Employee: Embracing New Opportunities with feedalpha

My journey as a social media consultant took an unexpected turn when I began working with feedalpha, a platform I had been working with as a freelancer for some time. The opportunity to be more deeply involved in the growth and development of the tool, from its design and features to expanding its user base, was too good to pass up.

Although I had previously said I would never work for anyone again after experiencing the freedom of self-employment, the team at feedalpha presented an offer that was simply too good to ignore. Also, I didn’t have to do boring invoices or VAT returns anymore!

One thing that made this transition smoother was the flexibility that feedalpha offered. I was able to ensure that my son always came first, while still enjoying the benefits of a flexible work schedule.

Working at feedalpha there is never two days the same! I have been here nearly 2 years and I have hated probably 2 days and only cried once. That’s a win for me! The experience of working with feedalpha has shown me that embracing change and stepping outside of our comfort zone can lead to awesome opportunities and adventures.

social media marketing

What Is Social Media Marketing?

Social media has taken the world by storm, and Ireland is no exception! With nearly 4 billion people connecting with each other online, it’s become an amazing way for businesses to spread awareness and the word about their brand, find their perfect audience and achieve their marketing dreams.

Thanks to social media, reaching your target demographic, no matter where they are in the world, is now a piece of cake. Plus, it’s way more budget-friendly than traditional advertising methods.

Of course, not every brand will hit the jackpot with social media marketing without a solid game plan in place. But don’t worry – there are loads of handy tools, resources, and social media marketing pros out there who can help you make the most of this incredible platform and reach your marketing goals.

Social media marketing is all about using platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Pinterest to introduce your business’s products and services to the people you want to reach.

The goal is to help your business grow and thrive. To make this happen, it’s essential to share valuable content, like photos, videos, and useful info that really grabs the attention of potential and existing customers online.

When your content is engaging and super informative, people will take notice and be more likely to choose your service or brand. That’s why having a social media strategy is a must—it helps you keep track of your goals and figure out what’s working and what’s not for your business on social media.

social media consultant strategy

What is a social media strategy?

A social media strategy is how you navigate the online world. It’s all about figuring out the best way to chat with your audience and make your business shine. You’ll set some goals, do research to find out where your ideal customers hang out, pick the perfect platforms, and create engaging content they’ll love. With a strategy by your side, your brand will stay consistent, focused, and ready to rock the digital scene! Having a strategy in place allows you to schedule your planned content and be more creative with your live content.

So What Exactly are Social Media Consultants

A social media consultant is like your go-to friend for everything related to social media. They’re there to help all kinds of businesses figure out their social media marketing game plan. From setting up goals based on what your business wants to achieve to checking out what your competitors are up to, they help you pick the best platforms and marketing strategies that suit you.

The key is to research and find out where your audience hangs out online, how to catch their attention, and eventually turn them into customers. Social media can also help keep those customers interested and coming back for more!

Social media consultants are there every step of the way – from brainstorming campaigns to putting them into action and checking out how they did. They’re up for all sorts of projects, whether it’s a one-time gig like launching a new product or sticking around long-term to make sure your company and social media presence stay strong.

social media marketing

My Key Points For Clients

Know Your Audience

The first step towards creating a winning strategy is knowing who your audience is. As a social media consultant, I work closely with clients to understand their target demographic, their preferences, and their online behavior.

This enables me to craft targeted messages and content that resonates with the audience and drives engagement. Often I have people who love their product or service, as they should, and believe that everyone will want to buy it! Even if that is the case and what you want to sell is the most desired product in the world you can’t reach everyone at once!

Well, you can with the right budget and viral content but do you have any idea how hard it is to get content to go viral? The moon needs to be in retrograde and Venus needs to be in the shadow of a death star. So start with mapping out your audience. If the products are for everyone you will also need to have these audiences mapped out so you can serve them the right content in the right way.

Choose the Right Platforms

It’s essential for clients to choose social media platforms that not only cater to their audience but also align with their own preferences and abilities. As a consultant, I help clients identify which platforms are best suited for their brand and provide guidance on how to effectively use these platforms for the best results. Once they have got their heads around these platforms we look at introducing them to others. I find when you do too many platforms on your own at once you can become overwhelmed!

Monitor Competitors, But Don’t Compare

Competitive analysis is a crucial part of any social media strategy. However, it’s important not to get caught up in direct comparisons, as it’s impossible to know their budget or how well their content actually converts. Instead, use competitor insights to identify trends, opportunities, and areas for improvement. This will enable your brand to stay ahead of the curve and focus on what truly matters – your own unique offering.

Stay True to Your Brand

In a world full of noise and distractions, staying true to your brand is more important than ever. Consistent brand identity and authentic messaging will help your brand stand out and connect with your target audience. You want your social media presence to be a reflection of you and your values. So be sure they are your values and not what you think others want to see.

Don’t change your brand every month on Canva. Keep the font consistent. I say all this and if you look at my own Instagram it might appear I don’t live by my own rules. Change can be good and refreshing but limit it to big changes or launches in your brand.

Engage with Your Audience Regularly

One of the most rewarding aspects of being a social media consultant is helping clients build genuine connections with their audience. Encourage your clients to engage with their followers regularly, by responding to comments, sharing user-generated content, and hosting events like Q&A sessions or live streams. This will build a sense of community and also provide valuable insights into your audience’s needs.

Last Word(s)

If you’re interested in considering a similar path, don’t do it! Digital marketing can be the most ungrateful, hateful, fun-sucking place ever.

If that doesn’t put you off, remember that determination, passion, commitment to lifelong learning, and the ability to fake it sometimes are essential to success in this industry. My journey to becoming a social media consultant was never in my plans, I thought I would go into HR. Anyone who knows me knows this would have been a shitshow!

Until next time 

Jx