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Other CrowdCLOUT Building Blocks
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Building an Audience of 1000 True Fans in a Noisy World

Building an audience for your work is easier and harder than it’s ever been. It’s easier because we have the tools and resources to create our work, and the distribution channels to spread that work.

  • Every aspiring author doesn’t have to wait for a publisher because they can self publish their books on Amazon. It’s the most valuable thing aspiring authors can do for their careers.
  • If you want a TV show or Radio show, you can record videos and post them on Youtube, or start a podcast and distribute it with iTunes.

It’s harder than ever to build an audience because there’s a scarcity of attention. Most people spend a few minutes on dozens of web sites instead of several days reading the books of one author. With such a scarcity of attention, the only viable strategy to build an an audience for your work is to focus on mastery instead of metrics.

Catering to the lowest common denominator might give you a large audience, but it’s worth considering if those are the people you want to serve. Jerry Springer did. Oprah didn’t, even though Jerry was getting better ratings. Sometimes you have to start with an audience of one to reach an audience of millions.

The proliferation of tools has fragmented the media landscape in such a way that there will never be another Oprah because the system is no longer designed for it. Media for the masses is a commodity, while media that serves the smallest viable audience is not. The new systems don’t reward compliance, waiting for permission to be extraordinary, or waiting for a gate keeper to approve. As Seth Godin says, “The internet is an amplifier of people who pick themselves.”

If you build an audience of 1000 true fans, you won’t have to spend a fortune on advertising or keep implementing growth hacks. Instead, you’ll have a much more sustainable way of growing, one in which the people who love what you do become your biggest fans, who spread the word, who recruit more people to join your tribe, buy your products, and who would miss you if you were gone. There’s no tactic more powerful than someone who is a true fan of your work.

1.What happened to 1000 True Fans?

Youtube videos, articles on the internet, and Instagram memes went viral, leading to books like Contagious by Jonah Berger. We became obsessed with reverse engineering virality, and the internet got littered with clickbait, cat videos, clever headlines and false promises. We have slowly wasted the potential of the internet, using it as a tool for digital vouyerism instead of meaningful contribution. We’ve become addicted to what Cal Newport referred to as “the reality Show of other people’s lives” in his new book Digital Minimalism.

If you’re serious about finding 1000 true fans for your work, you need to stop confusing attention with accomplishment and make a shift from metrics to meaning. This is not an easy shift because as a society we are programmed to seek out status. And more is the ultimate indicator of status: more followers, more money, more traffic.

Not only that, building your audience this way is a commitment to the long game, to creating what Ryan Holiday would call “a Perennial Seller”. I’ve already noticed this perennial seller effect. My second book has sold the same number of copies as my previous book in one quarter of the time. As Ryan wrote in a recent piece, “the best thing you can do to market your book is to start the next one”.

Building your audience this way is a commitment to showing up day after day, year after year, and being ok with the fact that you might not hit a home run, but instead you’ll win through a lot of base hits. It might take you 1000 days to reach 1000 true fans.

2. The Smallest Viable Audience

The goal of the smallest viable audience is to find people who will understand you and will fall in love with where you hope to take them. — Seth Godin, This is Marketing

One person who reads everything you do, who buys every book you write, and spends the precious currency of their attention on your work from the day you start is more valuable than a million people who show up because of something that went viral and never come back. The lifetime value and lifelong attention of that person will be worth more than a million people who pay attention to you for a fraction of their day.​

Reaching your first 1000 fans begins with shifting your mindset from “how can I reach more people” to “how can have a meaningful impact”? Instead of wondering how you get somebody’s attention, you focus on creating something worthy of their attention.

3. The Mindset

Fear

I’ve seen this fear play out in front of my eyes with our content strategist Kingshuk Mukherjee. He’s been working on a 6000 word mega post which he’s yet to publish. It’s been so long I don’t remember when he started.​

But he recently wrote the content for one of our newsletters, which people raved about. They said it was one of our best emails ever and asked us if we could republish it as a blog post for sharing. I refused to take credit for it and encouraged him to publish it as a guest post on Unmistakable Creative.

Every time you ship, you plunge your sword into the dragon of resistance and you silence the fear.​

A Story Worth Telling

  • Even though it went viral on the internet and led an amazing book, The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch wasn’t for us. It was for his kids, to make sure they had something to remember him by.
  • It’s likely Paul Kalanthi didn’t live to see the freakish success of When Breath Becomes Air , but he’d die knowing that his daughter would have a way to remember him.

Even if the only people who are impacted by it are your loved ones, your story is worth telling.

4. Choose Your Medium

  • Don’t Follow Trends: The one thing that all trends have in common is they come to an end. In 2009 when I started a podcast, blogs were trendy and everybody said podcasting was dead. Doing something that some internet celebrity says everyone should do is a recipe for mediocrity, mimicry, and creating pale imitations of what already exists. Not only that, many of the people who are encouraging you to do something also happen to sell a course on how to do that thing.
  • Be Open to Feedback: One of the first pieces of feedback I received when I started a blog was from Sid Savara. He thought I was a much better interviewer than writer and suggested that I’d be more successful with a podcast than a personal development blog. So I kept writing for myself and produced the podcast for my audience.
  • Follow Your Curiosity: Mars Dorian spotted a stack of comic books next to the ice cream at a grocery store when he was 3 years old and he’s been drawing ever since. He’s managed to combine his love for drawing with writing.

While choosing a medium is important, you can always defy the limitations of a medium.

5. The Message

When I looked back, all of my work had centered around the idea of what we should have learned in school but never did, and how to create things that stand out in a sea of noise. The interviews on The Unmistakable became my personal school of life that gave me an education that kicked the crap out of the one I got in school.​

  1. The more you create, the more you’ll learn about what resonates with people and what matters to you. Stick to a schedule and put your work out into the world.
  2. Get someone to interview you. This is something Danielle Laporte recommended in her book Firestarter Sessions. Many of my ideas for blog posts, copy for our website, and other pieces of my writing have come from things I’ve said to other people in interviews.
  3. Hire a Copywriter: Often we’re too close to our work. We can’t see the forest through the trees. And a skilled copywriter can find the nuggets in your story.

You can do all of the above. But there’s one challenge that you’re not going to solve through courses, books, and articles like this one: sticking with something long enough to see a result, far past where the average person quits. Grit is a non-negotiable aspect of finding 1000 true fans for your work.

6. The Small Army Strategy

  • It’s not scalable to visit every one of your first customers in person, but it worked for Airbnb.
  • It’s not scalable to email the first 10,000 subscribers to your email list personally. But it worked for Chris Guillebeau, AJ Leon and many others.
  • It’s not scalable to get on the phone and talk to the listeners of your podcast or users of your app. But it’s what I did for the Unmistakable Creative, and what I encouraged the founders of Reason8.ai to do with their users.

There’s probably nothing that will get you to an audience of 1000 true fans faster than doing things that don’t scale. It paradoxically takes longer, but grows your audience faster.

Do Things People Notice and Overwhelm People With Joy

It’s absolutely insane to custom illustrate every single attendees name tag at a conference. But that’s precisely what AJ Leon did at the first Misfit conference, and it’s likely nobody threw their name tag away.

  • You can design breathtaking ebooks and send people gifts in the mail.
  • You can use an app like Bonjoro
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