This week we look at how to grow your Twitter and Instagram following using a free app called Crowdfire.
Lets be honest, creating a big audience on the different social media channels can be extremely time consuming and a major pain in the butt, however, it's one of those things you really need to pay attention to. If you grow your audience in these different channels not only can you push traffic to your destination of choice, but you also have a fairly captive audience, who you know are at least somewhat interested in your topic.
Your social channels are also an excellent way to develop your network and build relationships within your niche, which you can reach out to for things like link building in the future.
What exactly is Crowdfire?
Think of Crowdfire as a central tool where you add all of your social media accounts and use this as a control panel to distribute content and grow your audience.
In short Crowdfire will do the following:
Simply add the topics and niche that you are interested in and Crowdfire will suggest content to you that you or your audience may be interested in. If you're interested in a piece of content you can simply share it to all of your social networks (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest) at the click of a button.
Post your Own Content
If you've just written a blog post then you can distribute this through the click of a button to all of your social networks as well. Even better than this, Crowdfire has a built in option where it will automatically post content for you at the best time (ie when your readers are most likely to engage with it)
Grow your Twitter Audience
In my experience Crowdfire works best with Twitter as it will:
- Suggest who you should follow (users with similar interests or users who have followed you)
- Suggest who you should unfollow (dormant accounts)
- Show who has followed you
- Allow you to create an automatic message for users who start to follow you
The nicest thing about Crowdfire is the principal that if you spend a few minutes a day using this tool then over time you will be able to massively grow your following. Each day it suggests to you a number of things that you should do, for example:
- Share relevant content in your different channels
- Share your own content
- Post relevant images on Instagram
- Which users to follow, unfollow
It also will give you a score card each day, showing you the number of followers, unfollowers, likes etc that you have created.
Overall I really like this app and the approach of slowly building your following. If you want to know more here's a vid that goes into good amount of detail: