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FREE online SMM courseSMM Fundamentals Course with Neal Schaffer

Take your brand awareness, engagement and following to the next level with this social media training course!

27 lessons

27 video lessons created in cooperation with prominent industry expert Neal Schaffer

All SMM essentials in 4 hours

Learn all SMM essentials in just 4 hours. You'll encounter short video lessons, additional materials for self study, and quizzes

100% free

This course is 100% free. You can save your money for various SMM activities

Social Media Marketing Course Contents

  • Module 1. The Background for Your Social Media Marketing Strategy

    Get into the right mindset to benefit from this course. This module sets the stage for your developing social media marketing strategy.

    Key points of the module:
    • Changes in the Buyer's Journey

    • The Social Inside Digital

  • Module 2. The Importance of Content to Social

    Creating a content plan is an important component of any social media marketing strategy.

    Key points of the module:
    • The Convergence of Information and Communication

    • Content is the Currency of Social Media

    • Treating Content as Manufacturing Process for Social

    • Ideas on How to Create a Content Plan for Social - The Concept of 'Content Buckets'

  • Module 3. Understanding Social Platform Choices

    Different social platforms have different strategic advantages. In this module are some social media marketing tips.

    Key points of the module:
    • An Overview and Choosing the Best Social Media Channels

    • Social Media Audit

  • Module 4. The Traditional Social Platforms

    Text-centric social platforms create unique opportunities. Develop a strategy with each platform.

    Key points of the module:
    • Blogging - Creating Audience-Centric Content and Promoting Your Content

    • Facebook - Understanding the Content Types and Profiles vs Pages vs Groups

    • LinkedIn - Understanding the Content Types (Blogging, Videos, etc.) and Profiles vs Groups vs Company Pages

    • Twitter - Generating Clicks = More Website Traffic and Engagement

  • Module 5. The Visual Social Platforms

    This module guides you in understanding how to best leverage visual social platforms.

    Key points of the module:
    • An Introduction to Visual Social: How to Create a Visual Voice

    • Instagram - Hashtags, Posts and Stories

    • Pinterest - Pins, Boards, Group Boards and Engagement

    • YouTube - Video Strategy for Search and Video Optimization and Insights

  • Module 6. Algorithms & Paid Social

    Learn how social network algorithms work.

    Key points of the module:
    • Understanding How Social Network Algorithms Work

    • Introduction to Paid Social

    • Paid Social Targeting Options

  • Module 7. Digital Relationship Marketing

    Learn how to build lasting relationships that benefit your brand.

    Key points of the module:
    • Why It's Time to Leverage the Other

    • Employee Advocacy

    • Influencer Marketing

    • Social Selling

    • Personal Branding

  • Module 8. Social Media Strategy & ROI

    Learning to build your social media strategy is critical for your online success.

    Key points of the module:
    • The PDCA Approach to Social Media Strategy

    • Creating Your Social Media Plan

    • Measuring Your Social Media Results

Who is this course for?

Want to discover proven methodologies to grow your social strategy? Then no matter who you are — an SMM newbie, a digital marketing student, a go-to marketer, or even a business owner — this free course is a perfect fit for you. Complete it and you can take your social media marketing to the next level!

About the author

Neal Schaffer is a recognized leader who has helped businesses through their digital transformation of sales and marketing as a global keynote speaker, university educator, social media agency owner, author, and social media strategy consultant. From Fortune 50 enterprises to a Grammy Award-Winning musician, Japanese exporters to niche startups and nonprofits, Neal has helped leading brands of all sizes reach their next level in social media marketing. Learn more about Neal at NealSchaffer.com.

Social media is a never-ending experiment, because the users, how they use it, and the functionality provided by social networks is always in flux. Marketers will always need to pivot and continually optimize.

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