If my master plan has worked you have read my blogs which have helped you see the importance of social media for your business. So now that you have set up your preferred profiles and channels for social media marketing (SMM) it’s time for you to acquire followers. Having a strong fan base is the key to SMM success. Here are some tips to help you build your community:\n\nRight under your nose – The first place to look for social media followers is your client list. Current or past clients are the ideal audience to build a foundation for your fan base because they (hopefully) have a good relationship with your company and will have no problems letting people in their network know how much they enjoy working with you.\n\nIf WE build it – We’ve all heard the saying ‘If you build it, they will come.” Unfortunately it isn’t that easy with social media. Including your audience in decisions and encouraging them to voice their opinions will make them root for you much harder. When WE build it instead of YOU not only will people come they will tell their friends about it.\n\nMake it worth their while – The more brands realize the importance of social media, the more saturated social networking sites are becoming. People have the option to follow hundreds upon hundreds of their favorite brands. In order to stand out you’ll need something exclusive to offer your followers. Whether it is exclusive information or special offers/discounts, show your online community you appreciate them.\n\nFollow the leader – A great way to build a following is to tap into a community that already exists by building a relationship with its leaders. Look for popular bloggers in your field, follow them and engage in online conversations. Their networks will soon notice your back and forth and their curiosity will most likely get you a few new followers.\n\nMake friends, not enemies – Definitely try different tactics for gaining new followers to see what works and what doesn’t however, there is one method that has proven to be a social networking no-no. Do not bombard your followers’ networks with unsolicited messages/request to follow you. Most social networking sites have strict rules on this practice; mainly it’s spam. Spamming is counterproductive to building your network since your account will most likely be suspended.\n\nTaking these tips into consideration, your follower count should go up in no time. Remember to provide valuable information and engage with your new found friends. Staying an active member of your own online community is just as important as seeing the numbers rise.
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