Engaged Social Media Community Starts Offline.

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Happy 2015! This year, as you partner with Successiory on your journey to social media community success, I'll take you through the basics - popular or not - of how to create the community that's right for you, your business and your clients.

Back to Basics

For those of us who started using social media socially, who did you connect with online when you first started? Whether social media for you started with Facebook, ICQ, car forums or bulletin boards, most of us started with people we knew, or people recommended by people we knew. Human nature hasn't really changed that much. Even if people find and connect with you on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook or other channels, sustainable commitment tends to come from those who know you personally or professionally.

Connecting Offline

Even if you grew up in a bubble, starting your business means you've done some networking. Perhaps you've joined a board of trade or chamber of commerce in your city, found industry peer organizations or groups of vibrant entrepreneurs. Regardless of your chosen path, in business, you meet people. If you're clear on who you'd like to connect with, those people become collaborators, clients and confidants. These are the people that value, invest in and champion you. These are the people who matter on social media, online community.

Take it Online

Social media community serves a myriad of functions for entrepreneurs, but for solo entrepreneurs, it offers a host of unique support options. You have 24 hours each day. Less, if you value health, productivity and longevity. You'd love to have coffee dates with all of these great people, but can't do it often enough. Social media gives you more time with them. It is community. If you're a solo entrepreneur - a consultant, coach, author, speaker - your personality is what attracts your collaborators, clients and confidants. Social media can magnify your personality, your brand, but not if you're talking to everyone and no one.

Status Quo

If any of this makes sense to you, step back and take a look at your social media community. What is your over-arching strategy? What are your goals? Are your goals feasible based on your schedule? Are you attracting the right people?

A Different Perspective

Despite the popular perspective that "the more followers the better", if you're a solo entrepreneur, 5,000 passive followers can be demoralizing. Focus on engaging the 200 active followers, the small percentage who genuinely do the following for you, your business:

  1. Value and need
  2. Invest in
  3. Champion and promote

This approach, targeted organic growth, generally takes a longer time, but the engagement rate is far higher. It can mean the difference between 0.004% and 2%, at least. The conversations are more in-depth, based on real expertise, questions and encouragement, and the people tend to attract others like themselves to your community.

If that sounds good to you, let me know. Successiory e-News gives tips and pointers for DIY social media strategy. 

Upcoming events

If you're in Toronto, and are looking for some events to start connecting offline to build your strong online community, here are a few upcoming events I'll be attending:

Each have great networking and learning opportunities. More on Successiory's e-news. Hope to see you at a few of these!

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Crystal-Marie S

(2016-Aug-18) On paper, my career began in 2001, spans Successiory (2009), my MBA from the Schulich School of Business (2010), two countries and several industries, including business strategy, social media consulting, environmental and engineering consulting, higher education and more (see LinkedIn). 

In 2015, I was nominated for Canadian Association of Marketing Professionals (CAMP) Awards,Entrepreneur of the Year and became an Amazon.ca bestseller on August 9th 2015. I spoke at 12 events in 2015 alone, including several GroYourBiz Advisory Boards, Bank of Montreal (paid), Iler Campbell’s Tools Conference and Toronto Public Libraries’ Small Business (sometimes paid) series. I think I love speaking!

On a personal note, I'm an MBA, entrepreneur, millennial, dancer, author and so much more yet, like you, I don't fit the stereotypes. After years of workaholism and the health and relationship losses that go with that lifestyle, I've stopped 'paying lip service' to terms like authenticity, self care and sustainability. My health scare pushed me into living them. Here's hoping I can inspire you to live and work better without learning the hard way. Welcome. Still curious? More here... www.successiory.ca/crystal-marie

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