As Ooligan Press’s social media manager, one of the most common questions I receive is how to best schedule social media posts. A post that is perfectly punchy and easily searchable is worth nothing if no one sees it. So many posts are filtered through social media managers that it’s impossible to post and schedule all of them by hand, so I recommend using a scheduling software to make your job easier.
You’ve probably never heard of Litsy, and you’re not the only one. But what is it exactly? Litsy is a mobile iOS app (an Android version is in the works) that launched in the spring of 2016 by the founders of Out Of Print, a clothing company all about books. It brands itself as “a place to organize, interact with, and document all things books,” and Bookriot has deemed it as what would result “if Instagram and Goodreads had a perfect baby.” The layout looks and feels like the Instagram app, and similarly, you can scroll through a timeline of images uploaded by users. If you want to find something more specific—perhaps you are looking for reviews on a book you are considering purchasing—you can use the search tool to find authors, titles, etc. Essentially, it is an ideal marketing tool for those wishing to promote upcoming titles.
Just having social media and posting occasionally isn’t enough. In order to garner engagement, you need to know who you are; you need to build a brand. Here are a few tips for cultivating and maintaining your brand in the publishing industry.
Social media monitoring and outreach is an important part of the marketing machine here at Ooligan Press, and since we and a number of our authors were involved in Wordstock 2017, we did a quick analysis of Wordstock’s social media “footprint” via two platforms: Twitter and Instagram. This isn’t an exhaustive analysis, but having a cursory understanding of the conversation surrounding events like Wordstock can provide information for where the festival is at and how Ooligan Press fits into its narrative as a premier literary event.
Publishing houses employ some of the most creative people around, and that creativity often extends further than just choosing the right books to publish. Marketers in publishing are challenging perceptions in a traditionally conservative industry by implementing targeted branding strategies. Branding is one of the most essential components to a marketing mix, and is usually recognized as an image or symbol companies use to differentiate themselves from other companies.
As the social media manager of Ooligan Press, I use Hootsuite (a platform for managing social media) to maintain our bulk uploads. . . . Below is a step-by-step version of how this process works.