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SOCIAL MEDIA / AUG. 24, 2014
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The Qualities Social Media Managers Should Have

Huge companies have many different departments or units for them to function well and to succeed in the marketing industry. Every unit has many different responsibilities and a manager is needed to oversee, lead and manage people working in that department. Because of the many things companies have to do, it is not a surprise that the social media manager exists.

Social media managers, or sometimes referred to as digital managers, are people who are responsible for managing all matters and functions related to online communication. The scope of their responsibility also includes the representation of the brand, the monitoring of the mentions of the brand online and responding to such mentions.

However, looking for a person who has the qualities, skills, knowledge, training and education to become a social media manager is somehow difficult. It will take time for companies to find someone who fits the job. To help businesses narrow their search, here are a few characteristics that a remarkable and efficient social media manager should possess:

An efficient social media manager should be passionate for social media.– One of the main characteristics a company should look in a candidate for the position is the person’s passion for this field. It is important for the company to identify this characteristic because it is one of the basics that a good and efficient social media manager should possess.

The person who is passionate for social media is active not only on several social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, but also has a personal blog that is well-maintained, updated and with various engaging comment streams or forums.

The candidate for the social media manager position is someone who has the ability to spot and look for promising and entertaining social media platforms, and makes a presence in some social media networking sites. The individual also has the interests that are close to the company’s concern.

A dedicated social media manager should be a good communicator. – Because the social media manager’s job greatly involves communication, the manager is a person who knows how to communicate well and how to listen attentively. The manager knows how to listen, where and when to listen.

Listening means paying careful attention to social media sites, blogs, forums, social media platforms and other related matters. Though online communication is usually where and how the social media manager works, he or she must also know how to handle offline communication.

There will be instances that social media managers will work with a team or various members in the company, so it is a necessity for the manager to have the ability to deal with offline communication. The manager along with this characteristic should be someone who is compassionate, witty, approachable and capable of responding to criticisms and complaints in a calm and rational manner.

A good social media manager should be flexible. – The social media manager should be a person who is flexible, which means he or she is capable of adapting to any changes in situations and to admit and learn from whatever errors and mistakes committed.

A social media manager is an important asset for any business or company. That is why the manager should possess these characteristics in order for him or her to efficiently and effectively manage the company’s communication strategy.

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