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12 Hacks to Get a Better Following on Social Media

12 Hacks to Get a Better Following on Social Media

Social Media has become an essential digital marketing channel for most businesses. However, far too often, people overlook the hard work and dedication behind strong profiles and stick to believe in the “overnight success” story. Unfortunately, social networks don’t work like that.

This post will reveal 12 hacks and strategies to grow a better following on social media.

1. Mention Influencers and High Profile Bloggers

Whenever you produce a piece of content that mentions other bloggers, websites or influencers, ensure to notify them via e-mail or private message. If they find your piece particularly valuable for their audience, it will get shared across their networks.

2. Make use of Scheduling Tools

There are plenty of tasks that have to be carried out prior to and during a social media campaign, which can be time-consuming. These include content research & creation, planning, execution, promotion, posting and so forth.

Reputable brands have dedicated social media teams who create and overlook all social activity. That said, small businesses have a way to manage the social workload. There are a number of cross-posting tools, such as Hootsuite and Buffer that allow scheduling posts across different social platforms, which ultimately, can save a lot of time.

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3. Post relevant, engaging, quality and unique content

A bit too much to ask for, isn’t it? No. Similarly to content marketing & blogging, social media users only consume quality content that is relevant to their interest.

Hence, in order to develop an impressive social media following, the content you produce has to be original and of top-notch quality.

4. Consistency is the key to success

Like any other digital marketing channel, social media takes time to bring ROI. There is no real sense in posting for 2-3 weeks and then refusing to believe that it will ever work.

If your strategy is to develop a base of loyal subscribers and get noticed, you should consider posting consistently.

5. Want it shared? Make it easy to share!

One of the biggest mistakes that web owners make is not providing an easy way to share the content on the site. If you wish your web content to get discovered on the social arena, you should implement an option to share your posts easily.

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If your site is running on WordPress, there are social sharing plugins like Monarch and Sumome that can help you with this task.

6. Don’t over-promote

The vast majority of social media users have built up an “immunity” against obvious self-promotions. Excessive self-promotions can put your brand’s reputation at risk.

Instead of sharing promotions and product deals, try to provide a stream of useful, engaging and original content.

7. Engage in conversations and answer questions

A good way to get noticed on social media is to join conversations, expressing your opinion and thoughts. Twitter is a great platform to do this, simply mention a person in a tweet.

Speaking of Twitter, a lot of customers engage with brands by asking questions on Twitter. Therefore, ensure that you are being proactive by responding to queries and questions, even if they are negative.

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8. Hashtags are there for a reason

Hashtags make it easier for users to search for the content that is relevant to their interest. Several platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Tumblr support hashtags. Thus, there is almost no reason not to make use of them.

Moreover, hashtags can help your posts to pop-up on top of relevant feeds.

9. Follow Influencers in your field

A tool like Followerwonk allows searching for influencers on Twitter who have similar interest to yours. By scanning through their bios and feeds, you will see whether they share similar content to yours.

This strategy would allow you to get your foot closer to people who have a serious reputation and large following. Some of them may follow you back and/or share your update.

10. Don’t just share your own content

Sharing solely your own content would look something of a self-promotion.

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If there is a quality piece of content produced by your competitors – share it! That’s not a crime nor a reputation damage. Your users appreciate the quality, and only quality, no matter where it comes from. In fact, there are several benefits to why you should share other people’s work.

11. Run Giveaways

Contests are a great way to reach a broad audience and encourage people to share and comment on your post. Giving away a couple of samples would not cost your businesses a fortune, but can be an effective strategy to get your product seen by thousands of people and gain more followers.

12. Guest Post & Contribute

Guest Posting can be powerful for many aspects of the business, such as content discovery, traffic, website authority, brand awareness and recognition.

If you happen to have the opportunity to guest blog for other sites, ensure to add social media links in your profile description snippet.

There are many more ways to improve your social following and build awareness. But, with these 12 tips, you will be able to build a solid foundation, which will get you going in the right direction.

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Last Updated on February 11, 2021

10 Secrets of Making Every Presentation Fun, Engaging, and Enjoyable

10 Secrets of Making Every Presentation Fun, Engaging, and Enjoyable

Not a lot of people are good at public speaking. You could even say that virtually everyone needs to get some practice, and preferably good guidance, before they can learn to stay calm when facing a room full of people. Having all eyes on you is an uncomfortable experience and it takes time to get used to. However, even if you can manage to control your stage fright and stay focused, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your presentation won’t put people to sleep. This is usually the case with long presentations on a very dull subject, with the presenter speaking in a monotone voice and dimming the lights to play a PowerPoint presentation.

You have to work hard to develop the right skills

If you want to be remembered and actually get people engaged, you need to make your presentation fun and enjoyable, without coming off as corny or desperate to please. I know, it doesn’t sound that easy at all! A good presentation during a promotional event or given to an important client can be a game changer for your business, so it is easy to get stressed out and fail to perform all that well. Luckily, giving an interesting lecture is something that can be practiced and perfected. There is plenty of advice out there on the topic, but let’s look at the most important aspects of giving a memorable and fun presentation.

1. Make your presentation short and sweet

With very long, meandering speeches you tend to lose the audience pretty early on, and from then on out it’s just a test of endurance for the few bravest listeners. Not only will people’s attention start to drop rapidly after sitting and listening to you talk for 30 minutes, but you also risk watering down your core ideas and leaving your audience with little in the way of key phrases and important bits of information to take away from the whole ordeal. Famous speakers throughout history have known the importance of condensing the information by using well thought out sentences and short phrases loaded with meaning.

JFK’s famous: ”It’s not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country,” expresses so much in very few words and gets the audience thinking. Ancient Spartans, for example were famous for their quick, dry wit, often demolishing their opponent’s argument with a single word or phrase. You’ll want to channel that ancient spirit and be as concise as possible when preparing your presentation.

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2. Open up with a good ice breaker

At the beginning, you are new to the audience. There is no rapport, no trust and the atmosphere is fairly neutral. Even if some of the people there know you personally, the concept of you as an authority on a particular matter giving a speech will be foreign to them. The best way to encourage a warm and friendly atmosphere is to get some kind of emotional response out of the audience right at the beginning. It doesn’t matter what emotion it is, you just need to connect with them on a more personal level. It can be shock, curiosity, laughter, knowing smirks, nervousness – whatever gets them out of that initial feeling of indifference. There are different kinds of effective ice-breakers, but generally speaking, the most successful ones utilize one of these tactics:

  • Joking
  • Tugging on their heart strings
  • Dropping a bombastic statement
  • Telling an interesting and relevant anecdote
  • Using a metaphor or drawing comparisons

You can make a small, self-deprecating comment, stir the presentation one way and then suddenly surprise the audience, use sarcasm, open up with a short childhood story that taught you a lesson, quote a famous person and elaborate on it from personal experience, use an inspirational anecdote or hit them with a bit of nostalgia. Just remember to keep it short and move on once you’ve gotten a reaction.

3. Keep things simple and to the point

Once you’re done warming up the crowd you can ease them into the core concepts and important ideas that you will be presenting. Keep the same presentation style thoughout. If you’ve started off a bit ironic, using dry wit, you can’t just jump into a boring monologue. If you’ve started off with a bang, telling a couple of great little jokes and getting the crowd riled up, you have to keep them happy by throwing in little jokes here and there and being generally positive and energetic during the presentation. You need a certain structure that you won’t deviate too far from at any point. A good game plan consists of several important points that need to be addressed efficiently. This means moving on from one point to another in a logical manner, coming to a sound conclusion and making sure to accentuate the key information.

4. Use a healthy dose of humor

Some of the best speeches and presentations in the world, which have been heard and viewed by millions, all feature plenty of humor. No matter the subject, a great speaker will use natural charisma, humor and beautiful language to convey their points and get the crowd excited about what they are saying. A great example of building rapport with the audience through the use of humor is Barrack Obama talking about the government building Iron Man.

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It is silly and fun, and absolutely not something that you would expect from a man in a position of power speaking in such a serious setting – and it’s exactly why it works. The more serious the situation and the bigger the accent on proper social behavior, the harder your jokes will hit.

5. Try to tell a story instead of ranting

Some people can do all of the above things right and still manage to turn their short and fun little presentation into a chaotic mess of information. You don’t want your speech to look like you just threw a bunch of information in a blender in no particular order. To avoid rambling, create a strong structure. Start with the ice breaker, introduce the core concepts and your goals briefly, elaborate on the various points in a bit more detail, draw logical conclusions and leave your audience with a clear takeaway message. You want to flow naturally from one part to the next like you are telling a big story chapter by chapter.

6. Practice your delivery

Standing in front of the mirror and practicing a speech or presentation is a technique as old as mirrors – well, come to think of it, as old as human speech, since you can see yourself reflected in any clear and calm body of water – and that means that it is tried and true. The theory is incredibly simple, yet the real problem is actually putting in the effort day in and day out. Work on your posture, your tone of voice, accent, pauses between sentences and facial expressions. The most important thing is to talk slowly and loudly enough to be heard and understood clearly. Many famous speakers, such as Demosthenes and King George VI, overcame speech impediments through hard work.

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7. Move around and use your hands

Although you won’t instill confidence in your project if you are very jittery, moving around erratically, not knowing what to do with your hands and making fast movements, standing dead still can be just as bad. You shouldn’t be afraid to use your arms and hands when talking as it makes you seem more passionate and confident. The same goes for moving around and taking up some space. However, try to make slower, calculated and deliberate movements. You want your movements to seem powerful, yet effortless. You can achieve this through practice.

8. Engage the audience by making them relate

Sometimes you will lose the audience somewhat in techno-babble, numbers, graphs and abstract ideas. At that point it is important to reel them back in using some good, old-fashioned storytelling. Make comparisons to events from everyday life that most people are more than familiar with. By making things look simple, not only will you help your audience get a better understanding of the subject by enabling them to visualize the information more clearly, you will also draw a connection between you. After all, you are all just regular people with similar experience, you just happen to be performing different roles at the moment.

9. Use funny images in your slides

Although slides are not really necessary at all times, if you do need them to make your point and present your information more effectively, it’s best to liven them up. They say that facts aren’t always black and white, and your presentation should reflect this. Add a bit of color, make the information stand out and use an interesting animation to switch from slide to slide. You can use the slides to add some more humor, both in terms of the text and the images. An image that is used to elicit a positive response needs to be funny within the context of what you are discussing. For example, if you are discussing the topic of authority, an image of Eric Cartman from South Park in a police uniform, demanding that you respect his “authoritah,” is a nice way to have a bit of fun and lighten things up.

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10. End on a more serious note

When all is said and done you will want the audience to remember the core concepts and keep thinking about what you have said after the presentation is over. This is why you should let things naturally calm down and end with an important idea, quote or even a question. Plant a seed in their mind and make them think. Let us turn to Patrick Henry for a great way to end a speech: “Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.”

As you can see, there is quite a bit to learn when it comes to giving a good presentation, one that is both memorable and fun. Be sure to work on your skills tirelessly and follow in the footsteps of great orators.

Featured photo credit: Austin Distel via unsplash.com

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