There’s a weird myth that you should measure your success in social media by how many followers you have. (Read more about that here.)
There’s nothing worse than having tens of thousands of followers but no engagement. The purpose of social media is to connect with others and if no one is interacting with what you post then who cares how many followers you have.
But really, how to get more followers
If you type in “How to get more followers” into Google, you’ll get a lot of answers:
- Post interesting stuff
- Engage with your followers
- Post during peak times
- Ask questions
- Post photos
- Use trending hashtags
- Tag people or companies when applicable hoping they’ll retweet you
- Do giveaways
- Use JustUnfollow and the like
And most of those will work for you. But it really is up to you to find out how to genuinely and authentically connect with your followers so they will want to RT and share your content with others—which will get you more followers.
But I will add one trick that I have figured out. Every once in a while, search for different hashtags that relate to you (here are some that I would use when I worked at Mars Hill: #marshill #marshillchurch #marshillpdx #markdriscoll) and like/favorite the photos or statuses. If those people didn’t know you had an account before, they’ll gladly start following you.
This works especially well during an event with a hashtag. After the event, search the hashtag and like/favorite tons of stuff. Big events are a great way to let people know your social media presence.
Never, ever, ever use tools or paid programs that promise more followers.
What are some of your “tricks” to get more followers?