5 Steps to Social Media Success

By , Renée the VA, Virtual Assistant

Solo-E Certified Solo Entrepreneur Expert

Renee Garrin - Renée the VA, Virtual Assistant

Whether you love it or hate it, social media is here to stay! It’s a communication phenomenon—one that has quickly integrated into the fabric of our culture. But it’s not all about sharing cute cat videos or drooling over other people’s vacations. Social media is a huge piece of the marketing pie for any type of business out there.

VA Classroom/#1 online university for virtual assistantsCheaper than traditional marketing, social media is a pathway for building a loyal following and demonstrating your expertise. As a result, Social Media strategy and planning is crucial to any business.

As the internet user population rapidly expands, having a social media marketing plan in place will ensure that you get the right content to the right audience at the right time.

Craig Cannings, co-founder of VAClassroom University is an amazing teacher with a wealth of knowledge. He explains that in order to be a “social media rock star”, you must create a methodology that enables you to strategize, implement, and optimize your chosen social media platform.

Craig calls them the “Five P’s”:


This is where you develop your strategy. Do you have a clearly defined purpose for WHY you prefer a specific Social Media platform? (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, etc.) What are the outcomes you are hoping for? What goals would you like to achieve?


This is where you analyze how you appear on a specific platform. Do you current have an engaging, relevant and up to date profile? Do you have a custom logo and header? Do you have links to your web pages?


Are you publishing relevant content that resonates with your audience? This is where you will establish credibility as an expert in your field.


This is where you build and connect with your base of targeted connections and build your community. Are you actively engaging in other’s content (posts, group threads, pulse articles)?


This is where you are strategically promoting your business. Whether its services, products, programs, software, free and paid offers or events. Post these offers to your connections and groups.

Think about every social media network you use and apply these “5 P’s”. Your target audience wants to know what you can do for them and how you can provide value. They need YOU to help solve their problem.

Use this method to organize and implement your strategy. This will be your pathway to success!


This is just one of the many lessons I have learned since joining VAClassroom University. I am not only gaining knowledge, but confidence in my abilities to assist my current (and new!) clients. Being a part of this program has been invaluable to enhancing my skill set!

Craig and his team of instructors and VA mentors have just launched the September 2017 intake of their Virtual Assistant University, specially designed to help you develop the skills you need to grow your client opportunities and income potential.

This awesome new university features…

  • An incredible and easy-to-use new learning platform to develop in-demand specialized skills
  • 45+ Industry-Leading Certifications, Courses and Workshops across six popular training tracks: Social Media, Business Management, Internet Marketing, Content Development & Management, Virtual Events and Technology.
  • Monthly LIVE skill-building workshops on topics that are important to your business
  • Interactive private Facebook Community that offers valuable support and coaching from experienced VA Mentors!
  • A Professional Virtual Assistant Directory and Job Board
  • A Tech Corner that features timely and relevant tutorials on the technology you need to know right now
  • A monthly “Learning Curve” newsletter complete with valuable tips and tools for helping you grow your VA business this year
  • And so many other business-building resources.

It is amazing and not to mention affordable!

Registration to the new University is only open for a few days and will close down until in 2018, so be sure to go there now to check out all the details!

Hope to see you in class! ☺

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Renée Garrin has a 20+ year history of strong administrative support within a variety of business settings, which have including marketing research, project management and field supervision. Beginning in the fall of 2011, Renee has expanded her vocational scope to the virtual domain and is thrilled to be a part of the growing entrepreneurial community!

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