Receiving positive feedback from readers, listeners and viewers is an incredible thing.
It not only helps us confirm we’re on the right path with whatever it is we’re creating, but it also gives us a nice boost in confidence we can leverage in order to push ourselves forward.
At the end of the day, every creator wants to know the time and energy they put into creating is moving the needle.
Are you leveraging feedback from your audience?
But how often do you really take the time to leverage the feedback you receive?
A common struggle I both hear and see is that when entrepreneurs first get started, they feel as though they’re talking to no one. How are you supposed to leverage feedback when you don’t receive any feedback?
I felt this exact same way when I first came on board at EOFire – I wondered whether or not anyone was reading the blog, or actually opening our email newsletters – and we already had an audience!
But when I dug deeper (and more often than not, when I dig deeper with individuals regarding this struggle and feeling), it’s not that I wasn’t receiving feedback; it’s that I wasn’t leveraging it properly.
Leveraging feedback from your audience (an example)
Let’s take a look at an example.
Thanks to Meet Edgar, every blog post I’ve ever published continues to be shared on an ongoing basis without me having to do any additional work. It’s totally automated – I just have to enter the content one time.
What this helps us do is share evergreen content so that it’s constantly reaching new people and being promoted over and over again instead of just one time when it’s published.
That’s the first step: getting your content in front of your ideal readers, listeners, or viewers.
But the second step is what seems to be forgotten.
Below is a tweet that was sent out automatically from Meet Edgar, sharing a post I wrote in response to someone’s question, “Why don’t you spend more money?”
After the Tweet was posted, I got a response from Mike Stenhouse, which you can see below:
I super appreciated Mike Tweeting back and letting us know that he thinks we’re amazing; this felt GREAT to receive!
And if I were to treat this like 95% of entrepreneurs online today (and like myself 3+ years ago when I first started), then I might reply and say, “Thanks, Mike!”, or “So happy to hear it, Mike!”, and then the conversation would end.
But what if I do something a little different?
What if I not only send my appreciation to Mike by saying “Thanks!”, but also by asking him a question that can benefit us both?
This is the second step that seems to be forgotten: truly engaging with those who are reaching out to you – not by simply saying, “Thank you”, but by starting a conversation.
In the next post, I’m going to write about just that: How to go from $0 – $1,000 versus $1,000 – $100,000. I’ll share a timeline, some strategy, and several mindset tips that will help you go from $0 – $1,000 on your journey!
Thank you, Mike, for reaching out, engaging, and asking an amazing question!