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Social Media

A Social Media guide with example posts for Chicago Early Learning preschool programs.

Why Social Media is Important

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What are your goals and objectives?

What do you want to get out of your social media platform? Why are you doing it? Are you trying to have higher enrollment numbers? Are you trying to keep parents informed? Do you want to build relationships with parents and boost loyalty? Your answers to these questions should affect the type of content you post.

How to build an audience

Understand your current audience

Who follows you? Parents? Other education sites? Who are you trying to engage moving forward? What are their problems and/or needs? You can make a few assumptions to get started, but over time you’ll want to craft a well-researched profile.

A. Monitor their engagement on your page

Compare different kinds of content you post, do they like and comment on one type more than others?

B. Ask them

This can be done by making a text post or poll that asks your audience what they would like to see.

Engage with other people

You can post content every day, but if you don’t interact with your followers, it will be a struggle to grow your account. Engaging with your audience can take a lot of forms, but here are 2 easy ways to do it.

A. Comment on other posts

By commenting on other people’s content, you’ll take advantage of someone else’s audience. Head over to similar accounts and converse on their posts. Make sure your comments are insightful and helpful.

B. Participate in groups

Facebook has tons of groups (some public, others invite-only) created around countless topics. Join other groups (as your brand page). Post your content and reply to others. Be genuine, helpful, and add value.

Use Hashtags

A hashtag is a word or phrase that combines content around a certain topic (example: #ChicagoEarlyLearning). Users who are interested in certain content can click the hashtag or search for it to see all posts that include that hashtag.

A. They expand your influence outside of your current audience. Users do not have to be your followers already to see your posts with hashtags.

B. It’s a high targeted method of reaching new people. You know someone is interested in early education when they’ve searched for “#EarlyChildhoodLearning.”

Stick to one or two hashtags per post on Twitter. Use up to 30 on Instagram, but add a few return lines after your caption so that they don’t clutter or take away from the actual post.

Post Consistently

One of the most important rules for growing a social media account is a consistent posting schedule. Your audience will grow to expect your content. A recommended amount of posts is 2-3 times a week.

If something worked well on social media, post it again! Just do it in new ways. See example below about sharing an education article:

  • 1st share: Title of article + link
  • 2nd share: Quote from the same article + link
  • 3rd share: Main point from the article + link
  • 4th share: Change in graphic of article + link
  • 5th share: Ask a question + link

Share More Video

Video is the most engaging content type on every social media platform. So, it's always a good idea to create at least some form of video content to maximize engagement on your page.

Lots of views can lead to increased reach, engagement, and exposure for your organization.

Change your Page profile photos and cover photos

Change your Page profile photos and cover photos - Your profile photos and banners will be some of your most-viewed content. Use these tools to showcase all of your great work and the stories of those who benefit from your services.

On Facebook, consider changing your cover photo at least once per month and profile photo at minimum once every 6 months.

QUICK TIPS

For growing your audience:

Create and plan content

Not sure what to post? Here’s a strategy template:

Organization Objective
Social Media Goal
Content Idea
Increase Enrollment

Awareness - Shares, more Followers

Text post, “apply now”, Flyers that can be easily shared

Conversation - Comments, likes, @Mentions

Community Engagement

Photos of children learning or doing a fun activity

Sentiment - Comments, Shares

Increase Retention

Testimonials from current or previous families

HERE'S A DOWNLOADABLE AND SIMPLE CONTENT CALENDAR FOR YOUR USE: PDF OR EXCEL

Below are available assets to post on your social media platforms:

Social Media Images

Below are available assets to post on your social media platforms.

Choose your preferred version of the graphic for each post and click on the image to download. Then copy the social media caption text to add it to your post.

Post #1
English Versions
Spanish Versions
General Caption (English):

Preschool enrollment is open to every child in Chicago for the 2021-2022 school year.
Will your child be 3 or 4 by September 1, 2021? If so, apply today at ChicagoEarlyLearning.org

The sooner you apply, the better your chances of getting your preferred program in either a CPS or community-based program.

#ChicagoEarlyLearning #PreK #preschool #cps

General Caption (Spanish):

La inscripción preescolar está abierta para todos los niños en Chicago para el año escolar 2021-2022.
¿Su hijo(a) cumplirá 3 ó 4 años para el 1 de septiembre de 2021? Si es así, aplique hoy en ChicagoEarlyLearning.org

Cuanto antes presente la solicitud, mejores serán sus posibilidades de obtener su programa preferido en CPS o en un programa comunitario.

#AprendizajeTempranadeChicago #PreK #preescolar #cps

Preschool for all Caption (English):

Preschool options available for every 0–5 year-old in Chicago. Enroll in a high-quality early learning program!

When choosing the right preschool program for your family, there are plenty of no-cost or low-cost early education options to choose from. @chicagoearlylearning

Learn more and apply today!
Visit chicagoearlylearning.org

Or call 312-229-1690.

Preschool for all Caption (Spanish):

Opciones preescolares están disponibles para todos los niños de 0 a 5 años en Chicago. ¡Inscríbase en un programa de aprendizaje temprana de alta calidad!

Al elegir el programa preescolar adecuado para su familia, hay muchas opciones de educación temprana gratuitas o de bajo costo para elegir. @chicagoearlylearning

¡Obtenga más información y presente su solicitud hoy mismo!
Visite chicagoearlylearning.org

O llame al  (312) 229-1690.

Post #2
Caption copy (English):

School starts soon, and there’s still time to register! See if your child is eligible for FREE or low cost preschool by registering on our website today. ⁣#ChicagoEarlyLearning #PreK #preschool #cps

Caption copy (Spanish):

¡La escuela comienza pronto, y todavía hay tiempo para registrarse!  Vea si su hijo(a) es elegible para preescolar GRATUITO o de bajo costo registrándose hoy en nuestra página de web. #AprendizajeTempranadeChicago #PreK #preescolar #cps

Post #3
Caption copy (English):

Need to update your application? Be sure to double check your application before submitting. If you need to update info you’ve already submitted on an application, you’ll need to call the Chicago Early Learning Hotline (312) 229-1690 where a dedicated representative who can assist you further.

Caption copy (Spanish):

Necesita actualizar su aplicación? Asegúrese de verificar su solicitud antes de enviarla. Si necesita actualizar la información que ya ha enviado, deberá llamar a la línea directa de Aprendizaje Temprana de Chicago (Chicago Early Learning ) (312) 229-1690 donde un representante dedicado pueda ayudarlo más.

Post #4
English Versions
Spanish Versions
Caption (English):

There are safe-in-person early learning options available for every 0–5 year-old in Chicago. Both CPS and Community-Based preschool programs take daily precautions to protect the health of their students and their families.

Caption (Spanish):

Hay opciones seguros disponibles de aprendizaje temprana en persona para todos los niños de 0 a 5 años en Chicago. Tanto los programas preescolares de CPS como los basados en la comunidad toman precauciones diarias para proteger la salud de sus estudiantes y sus familias.

Platform Dimensions and Best Practices

Facebook Cover Photo: 820px by 360px

Tip: The facebook cover photo is a great place to advertise upcoming events, feature team members, or even promote open enrollment.

Tip: Facebook cover photo mistakes to avoid:

1) Having too much text. However, your cover photo should actually be an image that’s able to speak for itself. (ex: photo of classroom, teacher/student, etc).

2) Not adding branding. When possible, always adding branding, like a simple logo, to your image can make a big difference with having families and your community remember who you are.

Facebook Event Cover Photo: 1920px by 1080px

Instagram Post: 1920px by 1080px

VERTICAL: 1080px by 1920px
HORIZONTAL: 1080px by 1080px

Tip:

1) Do your best to use high quality photos. Use natural lighting for clearer photos with more vibrant colors.

2) Post the types of content your audience wants to see. What motivates them? What do they love? Once you know this, you will be able to create quality content around what they like to see.

3) Create a balance between promotional and inspirational posts. People go on Instagram to see images that make them feel something (ex: photos of their children, of the school, of their favorite teachers). Rather than making every Instagram post an ad for your organization, find ways to include images that inspire your audience and encourage them to start a conversation.

Instagram Story: 1080px X 1920px

Tip:

1) Make sure your photos and videos are vertical.

2) Instagram stories can be fun and lighthearted. Offer your community of followers a genuine glimpse into your everyday life, or go behind-the-scenes at your organization's latest event.

Twitter Header: 1263px by 421px

Social Media Bio’s

Your social media bio is your audience’s first impression of you and your organization.

To make sure you cover your bases, we’ve created the following easy-to-use templates so you can create your own social media bios for Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

To use this template: Fill in the blanks of the bio template that suits your needs. Then, copy and paste it to the appropriate social media profile.

Make Sure your Instagram Account is a Business Profile