How to Use Skype to Build Fans, Followers, and Amazing Relationships
Are you using Skype to build relationships and increase your network of friends, fans, and followers? If not, you’re truly missing out on one of the best pieces of technology the world has seen in a long time.
But assuming you already understand the beauties of Skype, but don’t fully see how to leverage it to build these relationships, I’ve selected the example of a few people that have taught me wonders of how to truly do just this when using this amazing medium. Here goes….
The Example of Derek Halpern
I had the pleasure of chatting with Derek Halpern of the stellar blog, Social Triggers, on Skype yesterday. Derek has done some incredible things online. He has a huge audience, has been interviewed by Chris Brogan, and is as innovative as they come with internet marketing. Notwithstanding all his success, and with very little to ‘gain’, Derek spent 30 minutes with me on Skype, discussing web marketing, blogging, and many other topics businesses and bloggers like you and I deal with on a daily basis.
Looking to take my blog to the next level, I asked Derek to identify the things I was doing wrong with my site and without blinking, he immediately offered concise pointers as to where I was falling short, with the main one being my poor efforts in building a proper email list. (Speaking of building your email list, if you haven’t signed up for Derek’s free series on this subject, I strongly recommend you do so now by clicking here).
In all reality, the advice and tips I received from Derek would have cost me quite a bit of money from a ‘consultant’, but $$$ wasn’t his goal with this half-hour video chat. Instead, he just wanted to help a fellow blogger and further a budding friendship.
Simply put, Derek Halpern understands the power of Skype to build relationships.
The Example of Paul Wolfe
Oddly enough, a few hours before my conversation with DH, I had the pleasure of meeting ‘in-person’ through Skype one of my favorite bloggers from across the pond, Paul Wolfe. Many of you have likely already read articles from Paul’s excellent writing/online marketing blog, One Spoon at a Time, but what you may not know is that Paul is already making a very decent living online through his bass guitar website, a niche by which he has made quite the name for himself in that corner of the internet.
Just as with Derek, instead of me having much value to offer Paul, he focused instead on asking me questions about TSL. As we discussed my future plans for the site, Paul came through with some tremendous suggestions for a series on the site that would directly align itself with the eBook that I’m in the process of putting together and will be releasing within the next few months.
After spending an hour with Paul on Skype, I was left with an incredible appreciation for a fellow that not only talks the talk when it comes to marketing a product and service online, but truly walks the walk—a guy that has built huge followers and makes a great income through incredible amounts of hard work and content production.
Simply put, Paul Wolfe understands the power of Skype to build relationships.
The Example of Robert Dempsey
About 6 weeks ago, I finally caught up on Skype with Robert Dempsey of the popular Dempsey Marketing Blog. Within minutes of chatting with Robert, I was blown away with his desire to learn more about me, my goals, and where I was taking TSL. We discussed a variety of topics, and with his years of online experience, Robert gave me some incredibly sound advice. But not only that , as we were discussing my site, I mentioned to him a little code issue I was having with the design, at which time he immediately jumped under the hood of TSL and fixed the problem—something that would have likely cost me $75 or more with my WordPress designer.
As you can assuredly imagine, I was simply blown away with Robert’s help and interest, and because of his actions, I’ll always be a loyal fan.
Simply put, Robert Dempsey knows how to use Skype to build relationships.
It’s All About Service
I’m sure you’re getting my point with these three examples. Skype can be an incredibly powerful medium folks. It allows us to take online relationships to ‘the next level’, and as shown from the gents above, the entire key to making Skype work for you is by asking questions, offering solutions, and looking for ways to help and serve the other person.
This is exactly what Derek, Paul, and Robert did—and it’s what you should be doing if you have access to this ever growing communication tool that is literally changing the world around us. I could literally go on and on about the other people (like Ingrid) that have become some of my best friends, on and offline, simply because of the connective awesomeness Skype allows for each and every one of us. My point? Use it folks. Sign up for it you haven’t already. And if you already use it, ask yourself if you can do a better job of building true and lasting relationships because of what you give to others. Oh, and lest I forget—my Skype name is Marcus_Sheridan, for any of you readers that would like to connect even further. 🙂
First of all, are you using Skype currently to build relationships and/or better your business? If so, how has it made a difference in your online relationships? Can you think of an experience you had where someone really served/helped you by using this medium? As always, I hope everyone jumps in here, and if you have any questions about Skype in general, make sure to fire away below.
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