Marketing is largely about building and maintaining trust. After all, it’s one thing to be able to reach out to a huge audience but that doesn’t mean anything if said audience is simply going to ignore everything you post. This is why it’s so incredibly important that you ensure you are doing everything you can to build the trust of your followers and to establish yourself as an authority. How do you go about doing that? Keep reading!

How Building Trust Works

The first thing to understand when it comes to building trust and authority through social media or any other means, is that it takes time. This is not going to be something that happens overnight or with a single post but rather something that you need to develop and build on. At first when people read your posts they may ignore them. If you manage to get them to stop, take notice and teach them something, some of your messaging might sink in. At this point though, they may not become paying customers. The second time they notice a quality post of yours though, you might find that it registers with them and sparks a memory – but only if your branding is good. In other words they might remember that they enjoyed the post you shared last time and therefore they might decide to pay attention to you in future. Over time they will then go from ‘taking note’ of what you say, to ‘actively seeking you out’. It’s only once you reach this latter point that you will have their trust and attention and that you can effectively start to make sales. The trick here then is consistency and quality. Posting relevant, informative and accurate information is ultimately what will set you apart and help you become a thought leader in your industry or niche.

Helping Things Along the Way

There are a few things you can do to speed up the process. For one, if you can get a mention from someone that your audience already trusts this can go a long way by sharing some of that trust. Likewise it’s also important to engage with your audience, to respond to their questions and to make sure you appear approachable and responsive. Pay close attention to what the leading names in your industry are doing and you should be able to pick up more pointers that way. It’s not by accident that some accounts rise to the top but rather through careful planning and hard work.