7 Tips for Getting More Quality Social Media Followers

Posted on June 9th 2014

7 Tips for Getting More Quality Social Media Followers

ImageThe world of social media is opening up a vast array of possibilities for businesses, particularly in raising brand awareness and reaching out to customers. Using sites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram effectively can really give companies an advantage over their competitors, but it requires getting enough followers to make a difference. As social media has matured, it has also become apparent that getting a lot of followers isn’t the only key to success; they have to be quality followers. With that in mind, here are several ways you can get good followers for your various social media outlets.

1. Use Social Media Buttons

Don’t ignore the other ways you can reach customers. Think about how many people have access to your website or blog. If you don’t have social media buttons in an easily accessible place on those outlets, you definitely want to fix that. Also make sure to include ways for people to follow you in all your other outreach efforts. Including your Twitter handle on outreach emails can make a big difference. Also, don’t forget to place follow buttons on other social media sites (i.e. putting your Instagram page link on your Facebook page).

2. Be Active

You got to be active on social media if you want to get more followers. If you never post updates on Facebook or if you rarely tweet on Twitter, people won’t think to follow you. Tweeting frequently or posting fun pics on Instagram daily will definitely increase your chances of gaining good followers who are eager to see what your business has to add to the conversation.

3. Hashtags Are A Must

Facebook and Twitter are easily the most popular social media outlets in the world, so using them is likely a very good idea. But to get more quality followers, you need to do more than just tweet or post updates--you need to use hashtags. Hashtags help to connect your business with others who are talking about the same subjects. You can even use hashtags that are trending to really see a boost in followers.

4. Timing Is Important

You can post all day long if you want, but if you’re not seeing a bump in the number of followers, it might be because you’re not posting at the right time of day. Posting during peak activity hours will help you get noticed much more quickly. Studies show that the best time to tweet is at 5:00 p.m. ET, while posting on Facebook is usually best right before and after business hours. (Tweet This: Studies have shown that the best time to send a tweet is at 5:00 p.m. ET. #tips #twittertips)

5. Engage With Targeted People

Not everyone will be interested in what you have to say. That’s why you need to list those people who will take an interest in your business. Once you’ve done that, you have to engage with them, commenting on their posts, complimenting their insights, and following them when you can. Once they see how interested you are in what they say, they’ll be more interested in following you.

6. Share Good Content

If you’re filling up people’s timelines with easily dismissible material, you’re doing it wrong. Make your content count by posting things that are informative, entertaining, inspirational, intriguing, or a combination of the above. If you show how much you care about your content, people will value what you say a lot more, and you’ll get more quality followers. For a good example of a company posting quality content on social media, check out Nu Skin’s Facebook page.

7. Offer Exclusives

Your business has things to offer that no one else can. Take advantage of that fact and use it to push your social media channels. By offering exclusive content, you make your social media presence more valuable and you’ll get better followers. The exclusive content can be one-of-a-kind deals, contests, interviews, or anything else you can think of.

Getting followers can be a challenge, but getting quality followers is an even bigger hurdle. By following these tips, you’ll be sure to get the best followers for your business and make your social media sites a must-visit destination.

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Paisley Hansen

Paisley Hansen is a writer and blogger in health and fitness. She lives in Alabama, loves her family of five kids and graduated in communications from Auburn. Her hobbies include fishing, boating, swimming, exercising, reading, and traveling. Her plans are to start an online health journal to help people who are struggling with their diet. 

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Comments

Krish TechnoLabs
Posted on June 9th 2014 at 5:33AM

Very informative, Today eight out of ten people use social media sites. There are many use of these social media sites by which user can make money like marketing,etc

ToyotaMel
Posted on June 11th 2014 at 7:00AM

Very informative and helpful.  I find that my biggest dilemma is trying to fit all of the social media, reputation management, along with managing leads coming into our dealership.   Trying to figure out what is most important each day is a challenge.  Would love to hear any suggestions of informative seminars for internet/marketing managers in the automotive industry.  I get bombarded with different companies who want to manage all of this for me but I want to manage it myself and do it the most effective way....thanks for any feedback or advice

Talking Finger
Posted on June 12th 2014 at 4:16PM

Great article, all good points....except one...and one that irritates me to no end:

"Studies show that the best time to tweet is at 5:00 p.m. ET, while posting on Facebook is usually best right before and after business hours. (Tweet This: Studies have shown that the best time to send a tweet is at 5:00 p.m. ET. #tips #twittertips)"

*Sigh*. No no no no no. Did I say no?

The best time to Tweet, post, or do ANYTHING on social networks is when your OWN analytics tell you. I admin 140 Facebook Pages, 30 something Twitter accounts etc etc...all across from non profit, to local business to major sports team, arenas...and it is rare that our analytics line up with these "best times" infographics and articles.

I am adamant that the best times to post are best taken from an aggregated duration of content that is measured. 

PaisleyHansen
Posted on June 16th 2014 at 5:25PM

Unfortunately I was unable to go as in-depth as I wanted to for my article, so I had to write it for as general audience as possible, which included businesses which may not have access to or experience in analytics. Each business will of course have a different "best time" to post, but for those just starting out or struggling in social media, I stand by what I wrote.

Justin Belmont
Posted on June 15th 2014 at 7:50PM

These are very helpful tips for how to gain more followers on social media.  At www.ProseMedia.com, we think that one of the most important tips is so be active and engage your audience; that makes them comfortable and shows that you keep up to date with your accounts. We touch on similar ideas in our post about increasing invisibility if you're interested: http://blog.prosemedia.com/5-ways-to-increase-visibility/

PaisleyHansen
Posted on June 16th 2014 at 5:24PM
Thanks so much for your comment! I agree that one of the keys to getting good followers is to show you truly care about their concerns and interests. And thanks for your link. I found it an informative read. I especially liked your fifth point of not being afraid of technology. So many businesses seem hesitant to embrace multiple social media outlets, but they're missing out on a valuable avenue to reach new fans.