Top Ten Ways To Accelerate Community Growth

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Top 10 Ways To Accelerate Community GrowthSue Reddel & Diana LaskarisCo-Founders of Food Travelist

Why Do you Want A Thriving Community?People are hungry for real communities that share their personal interestsA thriving community offers you greater opportunities and the perception of being an influencer and expert in your areaThe primary way to make money is to have influence over a large number of people with common interests that can be marketed to

#1 Engage Your Audience Create unique and focused contentMake interaction simpleWelcome new members and encourage participationCultivate key members

Quick Tip: Use Google Analytics to learn where your audience is coming from and build on it.

#2 Connect With Other InfluencersDont be afraid to reach out Be friendly and be yourselfComment and interact with themAdd valueStay on topicQuick Tip: Follow influencers, comment on their posts tell them how the information helped you & share with your audience.

#3 Make Content SharableMake the headline catchyUse high quality visualsMake it easy to shareShare everywhere relevant

Quick Tip: Use a headline generator like: www.internetmarketingcourse.com/freeheadlinegenerator

#4 Clearly Define Your NicheBe obvious and stand outBe consistent in your messagingProvide unique valueInclude in all communicationsQuick Tip: Find successful influencers in your niche and learn from them. Dont copy learn and refine.

#5 Listen For What They WantFind the common interestsAsk and answer questionsPay attention to trendsSpend time with your analytics

Quick Tip: Respond to every comment and question as quickly as possible. Set up email alerts.

#6 Make It Rewarding For ThemSay thanksRespond to questionsBe part of the conversationCelebrate their wins Acknowledge evangelistsQuick Tip: Everyone needs encouragement. A quick thank you or share of their work can make someone's day.

#7 Be ConsistentPost regularly and oftenUse your own voiceBe honest and respectfulBe conciseQuick Tip: Create an editorial calendar and use scheduling tools like HootSuite, TweetDeck and Buffer to make your life easier.

#8 Let Your Personality ShineBe natural & use your own wordsImagine youre talking to friendsUse humor and tell storiesShare appropriately

Quick Tip: Share your experience and expertise. Dont tell them about your vacation tell them why they need to go.

#9 Keep Quality HighIf the photo is fuzzy dont use itDont use 10 words if 3 will doProofread before publishing anythingWould you read it?

Quick Tip: Use photo editors like VSCO Cam & iMajiCam on your phone to do on the fly photo editing. Also take more photos than youll think you need.

#10 Have FUN! Remember you are asking for their spare timeKeep it lightEntertain, inform and educateInspire them with your ideas

Dont ever permit the pressure to exceed the pleasure. Joe Maddon, Cubs ManagerQuick Tip: Take time to celebrate the wins.

Examples of Vibrant CommunitiesGypsynesters

Examples of Vibrant CommunitiesIAmAileen

Examples of Vibrant CommunitiesFood Travelist

Tools You Can UseSharing tools: Hootsuite, TweetDeck, BufferContent Creation: Feedly, Pocket, Canva, Stock Photos, IFTTManaging Followers: JustUnfollow, Twitter Counter, IconosquareFind Influencers: Communi.it, Buzz Sumo Managing Your Brand: Google Alerts, MentionWhen to post: Tweriod

Contact info: Sue Reddel sue@foodtravelist.comDiana Laskaris diana@foodtravelist.comPlease join our community!

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