Growing a social community online might sound easy but it does take some time to have a community that will consistently help spread your message and interact with you. You have to have a certain likability surrounding you and strong branding is really a must. Communities are more likely to build and grow if you have a strong brand surrounding your company or yourself.
Here are some ways to build your social community:
Frequent contests are a great way to really build up your following on the social communities. People really enjoy taking part of a good contest if the prize is worth their while. Pick prizes that will directly appeal to your audience. A year’s worth of software to help them with their business? Or even free tickets to an event or tradeshow surrounding their business. Make sure the contest works for your business model as well.
Write in a blog every single day and pushing it through your social networks will definitely help you build your following. If you give your audience something to read on a daily basis they will eventually refer to you as an authority or a leading source in your space, as long as you put together well written posts.
Give your community a personality. A personality is a way that people are attracted to participate with what you have to offer. Ask questions, joke with your community and get people to reciprocate in some sort of way. Give your community a reason to talk and chatter about you online. Don’t worry about how crazy it might sound online because crazy is sometimes good. As long as you are not offensive you will get people inquiring about you or your company.
4. Open Minded:
To build an online community you have to be open minded and willing to try a wide range of efforts to build up your community. Your social community should be approached like a business so it is important to try different marketing efforts to get people’s attention.
There are many ways to build a community online and these just happen to be some of my tips to build a following in the online space. Approach your social community like a big brand and over time you will generate a nice following.