How To Get More Snapchat Followers and Friends In 2017
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We can all agree that nothing is quite as fun as snapping silly pictures and cool moments to your friends. Snapchat has made it possible for friendships to become even closer.
Instead of Tweeting or writing on a Facebook wall, you can Snap pictures and videos in real time to stay updated with each other. The app is a jack of many trades when it comes to friendships, branding, news, and more.
Unlike other social networks, Snapchat doesn't have a database to easily look up other users. So how exactly does one more friends and followers on Snapchat?
Expanding your Snapchat friends and follower base numbers might seem like a daunting task, but with a bit of strategy, you can be on your way to huge growth in no time.
Here Are 7 Important Tips On How You Can Get More Snapchat Followers And Friends In 2017:
Snapchat Growth Tip #1
Share your SnapCode anywhere and everywhere.
If you don’t already know what a SnapCode is, it is that QR code/Snapchat logo hybrid looking thing you have probably seen on Twitter.
Taking a photo of someone’s code in Snapchat makes you automatically add them as a friend. Once you have screenshotted or even saved the picture of the SnapCode, navigate to the ‘Add Friends’ tab in your Snapchat app. Once there, you should see a section to ‘Add by SnapCode,’ tap this and your camera roll will appear, allowing you to automatically scan the saved Snapcode.
You can get your own Snapcode on Snapchat's website here.
You can share your Snapcode across your different social media accounts, so your friends on other platforms can keep up with all of your snaps and stories on a daily basis.
While you can pick and choose who sees your Snapchat Stories and who can send and receive snaps from you, this SnapCode essentially makes your username public wherever you share it... so make sure your privacy settings are set how you want them.
For businesses, it’s best to set your stories viewable to all and limit the users that can send personal snaps. If you are trying to get a little personal fame on Snapchat, that could also be the way you want to go with your SnapCode. Just remember quality of places you share your code is more important than quantity of shares.
Snapchat Growth Tip #2
Set Your Snapcode As Your Profile Picture On Other Social Media Sites.
If you are on other social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, set your profile picture to a picture of your Snapcode.
By changing your profile picture to promote your Snapchat account, you are displaying a call to action to everyone who sees your picture appears.
Pro Tip: Don't change your Instagram profile to your Snapcode. Because Instagram profile pictures are circular, it makes scanning your code useless.
Instead, just add a section in your Instagram bio and display your Snapchat username with a clear call to action to add you.
Snapchat Growth Tip #3
Share and display your Snapchat profile URL on other social media sites. What this does is basically allows you to share a link that when clicked by someone, automatically adds you on Snapchat.
In order to get your Snapchat profile URL, simply add your username into the URL:
For example, our Snapchat username is buycustomgeofil
So our Snapchat profile URL is https://www.snapchat.com/add/buycustomgeofil
Not only can you share your Snapchat profile URL on social media, you can be a bit crafty with it especially on sites like Twitter that allow you to include links in your profile bio.
By including our Snapchat profile URL in our Twitter bio, it allows anyone who visits our Twitter profile to easily and conveniently add us on Snapchat with just one click.
On average, we get 5-15 new Snapchat followers per day using this simple growth trick.
The best part of this Snapchat growth trick? It is almost effortless to do.
Snapchat Growth Tip #4
Create interesting and valuable Snapchat content.
Once you have friends and followers adding you like crazy, it is crucial to keep them around. This means you must master Snapchat's geofilters, stickers, lenses and perhaps even invest in a pair of Snap Spectacles. Remember that the people following you on Snapchat are wanting to keep up with you. That is why they added you in the first place. Make sure are interesting and you really put yourself in the audience's shoes. Would you want to follow an account that constantly self promotes?
So add fun stickers to your snaps to really make them pop and add geostickers so people can see where you are!
An important security note: For those looking to gain a massive Snapchat following, using Snapchat geofilters and geostickers shows people your general whereabouts. While this feature can be fun and a great way to locally connect (especially through the ‘Add Nearby’ tab in the ‘Add Friends’ section), it can also encourage overly exuberant followers to pay you a visit. If Snapchat is something you’re looking to do as a way to connect with your actual friends, geostickers and Snapchat geofilters can be a great way to let your friends know where you are without having to provide any directions.
Another great way to keep people interested in your content is to actually engage with your followers. For instance you can host things like Q and A’s, contests, inviting your followers to go on a hunt and to snap you pictures of something fun (eg ‘everyone send me snaps using the puppy filter’).
Snapchat geofilters are also a great tool to keep your friends and followers in tune with you. Do you Snap videos/updates to your followers in the same spot everyday to make your story more like a vlog? Perhaps you record videos or podcasts?
Utilize On-Demand Snapchat geofilters for these types of meaningful locations. When used correctly, geofilters are a fun tool way create a sense of exclusivity to an area.
Great content all depends on what your followers are interested in. If you're a business, followers are usually looking for product updates, giveaways, or content related to the business/products/market/or topic.
If you're a personal brand, your followers want content by you. So don’t be afraid to be yourself.
Snapchat Growth Tip #5
You already have friends on Facebook who care about what you're up to... so add them on Snapchat and utilize your already established network.
Syncing your Address book with your Facebook account lets you easily find and add those that are already in your network on Snapchat.
The best part? This takes only a few minutes to do.
Snapchat Growth Tip #6
Snap frequently but document... don't create.
Don’t let the air go dead on your Snap feed! Snapchat Stories only last 24 hours and snaps themselves last mere seconds, ten at most, so you need to be constantly publishing new content.
So how do you Snap multiple times, every single day? Document. Don't create.
Quality and quantity tend to butt heads when it comes to Snap, but that is what will keep you competitive and interesting to all of your followers.
Important Side Tip: Snapchat followers tend to be annoyed if you directly snap them the same thing you put in your story, so be wise when sharing all of your updates with your Snapchat friends!
Snapchat Growth Tip #7
Coordinate Snapchat Takeovers
Invite one of your friends to "takeover your Snapchat account" for a day. By doing this, you are able to cross promote each other's content to each other's followers.
Snapchat takeovers are especially prominent among brands.
Take for example, Victoria's Secret. The world famous retail giant used their models to give those who followed their Victoria's Secret Snapchat account a behind the scene's look at what it's actually like to be a Victoria's Secret model. Not only that, but Victoria's Secret also periodically unveils new products and bra;s exclusively through Snapchat.
Whatever it may be, having a guest on your story can induce some variety for your followers and it allows you to expand your audience to potentially a wider audience.
If you do a Snapchat takeover, obviously make sure you give control of the account to someone you trust or has agreed to only control the account for X number of hours.
You should also change the password to your Snapchat account once the takeover is done. Otherwise, you could be at serious risk to lose your hard earned followers to someone who stole your Snapchat account.
By taking these seven growth tricks seriously, you are setting yourself up in a great spot to be successful on Snapchat.
Just remember your privacy and security settings are your friend (especially once you start to really amass large amounts of followers). While your content reaching hundreds, thousands, or maybe even millions is a good goal to have, you can still keep some things private.
Don’t be afraid to let loose and have some fun with the silly lenses on Snapchat for all of your followers to see, but also don’t be afraid to block any user if you feel they should no longer have access to your Snapchat Stories and Snaps.
Remember: you are the creative director of your own account and you can use your account however you want. You can change your content however you see fit, but stay true to yourself and have fun.
Snapchat is not a platform where you can pretend to be something you're not. At least not for long, and not successfully. Because you really need to Snap every single day to be successful, this forces you to produce raw and genuine content that tells your story and paints your narrative.
If you are consistently putting out great content into the Snap world, followers will come. However, like other platforms, it does take time and a tremendous amount of effort to really build up your Snapchat following. Be patient and don't expect to be a Snapchat sensation over night.
Expanding your follower base is a huge commitment but it should be fun. If you’re not enjoying yourself, it will show in your content. Keep in mind that Snap Inc. is a company that built Snapchat for you to enjoy it with your friends! So have fun, be safe, be creative... and most importantly, be genuine.
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