BETTER WAYS TO ENGAGE WITH YOUR FOLLOWERS
Why Is It Important to Engage With Your Followers?
When it comes to running a platform and building a brand, it is always important to focus on thriving and growing. While you may be taking steps in the right direction, there is more to the process than you may think. Although techniques such as staying consistent with uploading and informational content is important, we are here to give you the secret key to success! One of the most important things you can do: engage with your followers!
Although it may sound obvious, ensuring that you are consistently communicating and engaging with your audience is more important than you might think. Here are a few reasons why it is so essential:
Personalizes Your Brand - Engagement adds a personal touch, making your brand feel more friendly and relatable.
Gathers Feedback - Provides valuable insights and feedback, which helps you understand your followers preferences in content.
Builds Community - Helps followers feel like they belong to a community, making them loyal supporters of your brand.
Improves Customer Service - Easier accessibility to respond to questions and issues efficiently, which demonstrates good customer service and satisfies clients.
Potential Increase In Business - By creating a stronger connection with your followers, they are more likely to become a client or spread word about your brand.
Enhances Content Relevance - By understanding your followers, you can make more personalized content that is tailored to their interests and preferences.
Proves Loyalty - By engaging regularly with your audience, it proves your commitment and dedication to them, which will build stronger loyalty and trust in your brand.
Strengthens Brand Identity - Consistent engagement proves your brand’s values and keeps up a good reputation.
Where to Engage With Your Followers?
Now we know why the process of engaging with your followers is so important, let's talk about where you can start. The platforms you are present on makes a major impact in how you stay engaged with your followers. With this being said, it is important to know which social media platforms are the easiest to communicate and engage with others. Examples of platforms that you should focus on are:
Now knowing what social media platforms are best to use in this case, remember that each platform has its own specialized and individualized ways in how to connect and interact with others. As long as you are familiar with each platform’s key features and elements, engaging with your followers will be easier! Keep reading to find out specialized techniques you can use with specific platforms and in general to help engage with your followers!
Ways to Engage With Your Followers
Finally, after knowing all of this information and having a good starting point, it is time to dive into the ways to engage with your followers!
Interactive Stories - Use features like polls, questions, and quizzes to get direct feedback from your followers (There are features on Instagram and Facebook where you can post polls and questionnaires on your story that followers can engage with).
Respond to Direct Messages - By engaging one-on-one with your followers who reach out through direct messages, not only are you providing personalized support, but you are also providing a sense of community (DMs are most common on Instagram)
Respond to Comments - Reply to your follower’s comments on your posts to show that you value their input and opinions.
Themed Content Days - Create consistent themes for certain days of the week so your followers have something to look forward to (One example of this that we have here at gpalcreative is our “Song of The Week '' where we share weekly what the gpal team is listening to!)
Behind-the-Scenes Content - Give your followers a peek into your daily work,how things are done, and what your team does to make it more personal (A good way to approach this is either by making a “Behind-the-Scenes” or a “Day In My Life” video on TikTok, or even posting updates on your Instagram story)
Celebrate Milestones - Recognize follower milestones, such as hitting a certain number of followers or anniversaries to show your gratitude towards your support.
Share Memes and Humor/Share Humorous Posts - Add humor and relatable content to make things more personalized and lighthearted (Some ways you can to this is by posting a spontaneous, funny thought on Twitter or even a funny meme on your Instagram story)
Engage in Trending Topics - Participate in relevant trending conversations or challenges to connect with a wider audience and to stay relevant (You can do this by making a TikTok to a trending sound or post about a trending topic on mostly any platform)
Now it’s your turn! If you follow these steps and use these techniques to engage with your followers, you will be thriving in no time and you will see how much of a change it will make!