On this edition of “Social Media Corner,” we’re going to be talking about people who are asking you to follow other people. Yep, I’m going there.
Before I get started, let me clarify something: This isn’t for people spreading awareness. I’m talking about people who constantly saying something that is along the lines of this:
Make sure you follow my buddy @insertfakeperson
Once in awhile is fine and doesn’t really bother me. What bothers me is when they constantly do and it’s just not one person, but rather 50 people and it’s all the time. Spamming me to follow these people isn’t going to make me follow them but rather unfollow you. I’m all for supporting people and helping them gain a following but doing it that way isn’t alright.
There’s a way to help build someone’s audience without spamming people. You have to treat it like advertising and because that is exactly. You are advertising to your follower a person you support and want to help get a bigger following. You don’t want to over-saturate your feed with it. If you over-saturate, then every time you post a “hey follow @insertname,” it will be meaningless. If this is something you really want to do, then I recommend planning out your post. This will help make it seem less like spam and also let you have a plan. If you are a social medialist, then you really should be planning your post all ready.
When you are telling people to follow this person, make sure you give valid reasons that will resonate with them. Just putting “they are a great person” is like the kiss of death that people write in the yearbooks of people they hate. That is just bland and meaningless. You might as well put the following:
Follow @insertname because he told me to put that there
Make it well thought out and worth people attention. If they are attracted to check out that person, you have won the battle. You can’t force people to follow that person unless they are sheep and just do whatever you say. If that is the case, good for you but they aren’t worth it. You want people to follow because they like what you are putting out there and not because they were told to. Also, getting views on the content is doing more than followers will ever do. While they are following you, they aren’t guaranteed to alway see your stuff. By just viewing it, they are getting to know the person. Even if it was a tweet. I also recommending share a link of one of their content and tagging their social media in it. It gets the job down on both ways.
Hopefully, this will help you in your promoting others. Just remember not flood your feed with it and you’ll be fine. For the love of your idol, please don’t flood people it because that shit gets old fast and it’s not okay.
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