* Why social media marketing agency founder Andréa Jones doesn’t try to game the social media algorithms to build her audience and, instead, spends a lot more time behind the scenes* How she finds people to connect with, how she
* Why social media marketing agency
founder Andréa Jones doesn’t try to game the social media algorithms to build her audience and, instead, spends a lot more time behind the scenes* How she finds people to connect with, how she starts the conversation, and how she follows up* The process and tool she uses to track her time spent on her behind-the-scenes audience-building* Why creating social media content is still an important part of how she’s building her audience
Back in 2010, I was spending a lot of time on Twitter.
And, I can remember realizing one day, while working from my dining room table back before I had an office to call my own, that a lot had to be happening behind the scenes.
In other words, there was everything I could see happening on Twitter, in emails, on websites, and in teleseminars. And then there were all of the conversations that had to have happened to make that possible.
I could see people promoting each other’s programs and services. I could see joint ventures. I could see genuine friendships and deep collaborations.
I could see these same people start to rise to the top, see their audiences explode, their authority grow exponentially.
And I knew—for certain—that it wasn’t just happening, it was being nurtured and engineered behind the scenes.
All of a sudden, I felt like I was on the outside looking in.
Except, I didn’t feel like an outsider. I just felt like I needed to find the door.
My hypothesis was that much of this relationship-building that turned into serious audience-building was happening in-person at events and coffee dates.
I didn’t have access to that.
But I did have Twitter and it felt like the next best thing.
So I started to put together a list of the movers and shakers that I wanted to form relationships with.
I made that list the main Twitter feed that I saw. I spent a good hour or two every day (okay, probably more than that) pouring over that feed and interacting with what people tweeted. It was strategic and genuine at the same time.
The results came fast and furious.
In no time, I had all sorts of new friends and opportunities.
And, even though I was forming these relationships one at a time, I started to see my audience grow exponentially from the shares and comments I was receiving from the people who I was interacting with. I was getting interviewed, hosting panel discussions, and being invited to events.
Those individual relationships led to massive growth.
Over time, I started to rely on these relationships and stopped putting such an emphasis on meeting new people. In fact, meeting new colleagues and influencers became a pretty low priority.
That was a mistake.
When I realized that my audience-building had stalled out last year, I started thinking about what I could do to jumpstart growth again.
So I asked myself: what’s worked in the past?
The answer was easy, networking behind the scenes, connecting with people one at a time, trusting that real relationship-building leads to real audience-building.
And yep, I can say the results have been typical in the best possible way.
Here’s what I know:
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