So you’ve got some fans and are regularly sharing your work with them. Congrats! Building a community from the ground up is incredibly difficult.
But now that you’ve earned the trust of your followers, it’s more important than ever to stay engaged with them.
Below, are some easy-to-use tools that’ll help you engage with your community without disrupting your workflow or costing you a dime. Chances are, you’ll even get some new fans in the process!
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Just ask popular acappella artist Peter Hollens and he’ll tell you: one of the most important aspects of keeping your fans engaged is by responding to every one of them. This may seem almost impossible if you have a large fan base, but free tools like TweetDeck make it easy to stay on top of your Twitter feed.
With Tweetdeck, you can tweet, reply, retweet, favorite, send direct messages and manage and monitor multiple Twitter accounts and streams, all in one simple interface. Instead of waiting for news to reach you, you’ll intercept it at first mention.
One of the most engaging pieces of content is an image and one of the most engaging images is an infographic! With Infogram, you don’t need design chops in order to turn some cool bits of information into a sweet little graphic.
Whether you just got your 5,000th Facebook follower or are celebrating ten years in your industry, creating an infographic is a fun way to share a bit of your history with your fans while also making them feel instrumental in your success.
Periscope was created out of a desire to see through someone else’s eyes, and what better way to connect with your fans than by letting them see through yours? A bit more lightweight than other services, and run directly through your mobile phone, Periscope is best for spontaneous live-streams.
With the ability to sign up through Twitter, you also have an opportunity to reach a wider audience by sharing your broadcast on your Twitter feed.
Fans love being able to ask their favorite creators questions and an AmA (“Ask me anything”) gives them the opportunity to do just that! On Reddit, you can start an AmA in one of two places: r/AmA is Reddit’s general AmA feed whereas the r/IAmA section is best for creators with bigger audiences.
Reddit may seem a little overwhelming at first with its text-heavy forum design, but don’t let that scare you! Setting up an AmA is one of the easiest (and most rewarding) ways you can connect with your fans.
Your fans ask you questions all the time, but when was the last time you asked them anything? Sending a survey to your followers is not only a great way to make them feel engaged—it also gives you the opportunity to learn more about what they like about you and what you can do to make them an even bigger fan.
With Typeform, you can build a fun and fan-friendly survey and share it with your followers. A couple ideas for things to ask: How did you first hear about me? When are you usually online? What social media channels do you use most frequently?
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