If you have or are considering a career in social media, proper training and experience is critical. You need to start with a solid skill set that comes from formal training, often found in accredited certification programs. You also need a plan to stay current with the ever-changing industry or you will lose business to someone who’s just a little bit smarter or learned something new just a little faster than you did.
To have a successful career in social media, do these three things:
- Get Social Media Certified. Boot Camp Digital’s Online Social Media Certification program is 40+ hours of online digital marketing classes and great for people who are self-disciplined and like to work at their own pace, on their own time. This robust online course teaches you how to turn ideas into action and get better results faster. Boot Camp Digital also offers an intense 4 day Live Boot Camp in 4 cities, which is a great fit for people who learn more in a classroom environment and want to get certified in just 4 days.
- Keep up with trends. With access to the right resources you can keep up with the latest and greatest in social media updates and news by spending only about an hour per month. Boot Camp Digital has a Digital Marketing Insiders Group for social media pros to stay up-to-date.
- Sharpen your skills. Be active on social media for your own brand, work on client projects, and if you’re just starting out in social media, consider taking on a pro-bono or low-fee client to build your portfolio. This can take as much time as you have to dedicate to it. The more you do, the better you’ll get so just get started!
The formula for success as a social media marketer is to always be learning and improving.