People are always asking me how I made 5,000 Facebook friends and the answer is very simple. I’ll give you all the details later in the post…… for now, I would like to focus on why some businesses can’t build 5,000 Facebook friends.
Why Can’t you Make 5,000 Facebook
One of the main reasons is that many people wishing to grow their business online using Facebook, simply don’t realise there is a process involved. What people do is they take it for granted that people will want to be their friend. This is not the case as a rule.
You must remember that not everyone on Facebook is there simply for business and not everyone is interested in what you have to sell.
Treat your Facebook friends with respect, the way you would like to be treated is a great way to start.
What is the process?
To start building 5000 Facebook friends the right way you need to have the follow.
A clear photo of yourself preferably in business mode. Many people put blurry images up which are very unprofessional.
Having a picture of you in a bikini or with your shirt off will not attract professionals interested in your business.
After all you wouldn’t go to a meeting in a bikini or with your shirt off.
Treat your Facebook friends like your business associates. One of the crucial mistakes people make when building 5000 Facebook friends is they force sell. What do I mean by “force sell”? Force selling is when you friend someone on Facebook you immediately post your business on their wall or send them a personal message saying “Hey Sandy, great to friend you, have your heard of this awesome new protein shake my company makes.” ? Or how about this one “Hey Sandy, great to have you as a friend here on Facebook. If there is anything I can help you with feel free to ask me.”
What’s wrong with this you say? Well for starters, how do you know I’m looking for help and secondly why are you assuming you actually can help me. You have no idea what my qualifications are and who I am. If you did you wouldn’t be asking such questions. These are actual greetings people have used with me.
This is the worst one. “Hey Sandy, I love networking and I see you do also. What do you think of my business opportunity http://pushymarketinglinkhere.com?
The most popular strategy for making 5000 Facebook friends is the attraction marketing strategy. I’ve been marketing on Facebook for over 3 years now and I would have to say three quarters of the business people on Facebook are not using this method.
Once friended, they also think this is a rite of passage to then send their business opportunity link by either a personal message, via direct email or posting directly onto their new friend’s wall.
What’s my secret to 5000 Facebook Friends?
I can tell you this… I don’t do any of the above. However, what I do is take an approach of actually making friends and sharing valuable information with them. You have to remember these people have friended me for the following reasons. They want to get to know me, they are looking for a business opportunity or they are looking for what I sell.
They are attracted to the way I market my business online. They see that I’m not spamming my business opportunity but having conversations with my friends and they want in also… they see this as a safe environment to be in. They need this safe environment where they can relax and take their time and get to know, like and trust you.
So, how do I use attraction marketing to gain 5000 Facebook friends?
When you are just starting out you will want to friend about 15 to 20 people per day. This is time consuming, however done the right way can get you great results in no time.
Choose friends with a professional image
Make sure when choosing friends that you surround yourself with those people whose profile image is of them. Don’t go choosing people who use their pets, cars, babies or the latest rock star or Hollywood icon. If you’re using Facebook for business you want to position yourself as a professional so, make sure you also have a professional looking photo of yourself.
Not like this
When people friend you, do this.
When people friend you on Facebook, except the friend request then send this message below. This is the exact message I used to gain 5000 Facebook friends.
I’m glad we could connect here at Facebook and I’d like you to know that I mainly use Facebook to build my successful online business.
Feel free to share your blog URL with me if you have one, I’d love to learn more about you, what your interests are and what you’re into online.
Hope your week is a successful one.
Above is the exact message I used every time I received a new friend request or sent a new friend request. You will notice there are no links to my business opportunity plus I have added a few options for contacting me. You will find by using this message invokes curiosity and your new friend will ask you what business you are in. This gives you the opportunity to send them your free offer and an option to take a look at your business if they choose. This is a much better way to 5000 Facebook friends without having to spam everyone you meet with your business opportunity.
Use the attraction marketing method to build 5000 Facebook friends and remember is not really about the number of friends you have but the way you interact with these friends.
How to build a relationship with 5000 Facebook friends.
Now, just because they are now your friend does not mean you can start spamming them with your business opportunity. In fact, I can say that I have never posted my business opportunity unless someone has requested it. I would go to the extent of not even posting my business opportunity on my own wall and only post valuable information that will help others. Remember, the average person wanting to learn more about marketing their business online has little or no knowledge on the subject. Take an interest in their posts by commenting and starting discussions and just basically being your friendly self.
How to interact with 5000 Facebook friends?
When interacting you’re 5000 Facebook friends you should be sharing valuable information with them. This information should be shared via your website/blog. Not your business opportunity website. You can share posts about your products and services, new stock, marketing tactics, reviews etc…. what you share specifically depends on your business and what you do. Not only do you share this information on Facebook, there are also hundreds of other social networking sites you can share your valuable information.
Last tip for 5000 Facebook friends
It won’t take too long to get up around the 2,500 mark and when you do making Facebook friends becomes much easier. You now look popular to other people on Facebook and they will soon start sending you requests in bulk, which certainly takes the pressure off your friending regime.
Social Networking can be a time consuming strategy, however being a free method for lead generation, can definitely work to your advantage.
I think Facebook should lift the 5,000 Facebook friend limit….. what do you think?
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