Converting Your Connections to Fans


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Conversations are the key to converting your connections into advocates and fans. This applies to social media connections as well as traditional face-to-face contacts. All customer relationships are built on trust. And, trust is

An Engaged Conversation

established through a series of communications that enable participants to learn more about you, your business, your expertise you’re your value. More importantly, these conversations enable your connections to share their values, interests, likes and needs also.

It is the interactive exchange of information that facilitates a conversion form contact to customer, advocate, or fan. In the virtual world, this exchange of information often looks more like a conversation. However, until that conversation, virtual or not, takes place, there is not enough trust or credibility established to facilitate a conversion from curious connector to fan or advocate.

Converting a follower into a fan or advocate requires an series of engaging interactions. These interactions can be:

  • perspectives exchanged through the social media platforms regarding news or events
  • comments shared on blog posts or articles
  • recommendations made to links of value or interest
  • short messages interactions on a platform like Facebook

Building an on-line, social media based relationship requires that you find some way to engage connections you are interested in building a relationship with. Just like you may work on discovering ways to engage people in conversation at a networking event, the process is similar in social media programs. You need to discover ways to engage people in interactive exchanges, or conversations. Until you have these conversations, your followers and connections will be distantly and passively connected to your business. Converting them to fans and advocates requires a interactive, trust building exchange of information and ideas.

Republished with author's permission from original post.

Dave Cooke
I leverage my 25 years experience in sales and marketing to create and implement strategic initiatives and develop educational programs that increase both revenues and profits. I take great pride in my experience in turbulent, chaotic, and transitional work environments. It is from these experiences that I have developed my commitment to collaborative teams, strong internal and external relationships, effective communication, decisive leadership, and a cohesive, collaborative strategy as keys to sustainable revenue growth.


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