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Social Media Shoutouts: How To Get Traffic From Others

By Timur Y.

A social media shoutout can attract traffic from other users with large audience.

Getting a social media shoutout can really boost your business. Shoutouts are a part of influencer marketing widely used for business promotion along with other methods. Keep reading to learn how to get paid and free shoutouts.

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What is a shoutout?

Centuries ago, if you saw a new painting or a piece of jewelry at your neighbor’s place, you could ask, ‘Hey, where did you get that?’ The neighbor would tell you about a good painter or a jewelry store.

The same thing happens even nowadays as we share our experiences with relatives, friends and colleagues, as we recommend certain goods and services.

Social media shoutouts work pretty much the same way. Whenever a social network owner mentions another account, page or channel and provides a link, it’s a shoutout. The idea here is to advertise a product or a social media account to another person’s audience.

Let’s suppose I have a kitchenware store and I’ve found an Instagram account that posts food, recipes, etc. If its owner agrees to post my materials with a link to my web store (i.e. to give me a shoutout), this person’s audience will see my wares and may want to buy something or at least visit my store.

Simple, right? In fact, we give each other shoutouts all the time by liking posts, reposting, etc. Except we don’t do it in order to help someone make money.

Brands usually ask popular influencers to give shoutouts because these people have large and loyal audiences that follow their recommendations. From this perspective, shoutouts are integrated into influencer marketing. However, we will see that you can get profitable shoutouts from people with tiny audiences too.

Who can provide shoutouts on social media?

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You can guess that it’s no use asking any random account owner to promote your product. For example, if I sell kitchenware, a shoutout from an account owned by a heavy metal band will look like a joke. There are three main criteria you should keep in mind.

  1. Similar niche

This is what I’ve described: if you want a shoutout to bring you visitors and clients, you need to find an influencer who works in the same or similar niche. However, be reasonable: you can’t ask direct competitors for shoutouts. Instead, look for people who may truly, sincerely recommend your products to their followers.

  1. Social network type

Even if you’ve found a good account with a similar niche, whether it could give you a good shoutout depends on what type of social network it is. For example, an Instagram account owner could mention your article, but people browsing Instagram usually don’t want to read. So, this shoutout may not be as effective as you expected.

  1. Different audience

Lastly, a similar niche doesn’t necessarily mean a given account has the same kind of audience. Be it gender, age, marital status or anything else, it can make a huge difference.

Getting free social media shoutouts

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Let me make it clear right away – very few influencers will agree to give a shoutout for free because if you want something from them, you probably have no other choice but to pay. Still, some people get lucky.

  1. Find influencers

First of all, you’ll have to manually find an influencer. Use hashtags to browse social networks in search of accounts with a similar niche. Sounds simple, but depending on your niche, it can take a while before you discover a really interesting page.

Avoid influencers with a lot of followers because they get interesting offers from entrepreneurs (who agree to pay) quite often. So, an account with 100,000 subscribers is not good! Instead, look for account with a similar number of followers as you.

Before making a contact and asking for a favor, I recommend spending some time liking and commenting their content. Get noticed and show yourself as an active subscriber.

  1. Contact account owners

Contact the account owners. As soon as you’ve found a number of interesting pages, subscribe to their communities and only after that send a message to them.

Don’t ask for a shoutout right away. Don’t ask them to visit your page. Lines like these irritate because it becomes absolutely clear what you’re after. Instead, start with praising their content and be sincere. There’s a chance the person on the other side might get interested in your content as well.

  1. Offer S4S

After that, you can offer co-operation. Since you want to do it for free, your only option is the so called S4S model, i.e. shoutouts for shoutouts. Simply speaking, you and the other guy will promote each other. But for god’s sake, don’t write about it in comments or something! It’s a private matter.  

If the other party agrees, it’s a good idea to discuss the plan in details – who’s going to post what, how and when. Remember, you two are in the same boat, you’re partners, so you both have to take it seriously.

Getting paid social media shoutouts

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Selling shoutouts is a common practice in influencer marketing. Paid shoutouts on large accounts can help you reach a much wider audience, thus bringing you subscribers or sales.

Follow the same steps and ask the account owner if he or she makes paid shoutouts. Ask for prices as well.

If you don’t want to manually search for influencers, you can use one of paid apps and services such as Shoutcart. They can save you hours and days by providing a list of influencers along with detailed statistics. You will see what niche these people occupy, how many followers they have, their average efficiency, prices, etc.

Are shoutouts worth it?

It’s really difficult to judge whether shoutouts can or cannot boost your business. A lot depends on your niche: certain things are popular while others have a narrow audience. As I mentioned before, an influencer’s audience is also important. And you can’t be sure this influencer won’t do the job half-heartedly.

As a result, there’s no guarantee it’ll work. So, if you decide to ask for shoutouts, either try doing it for free (S4S) or try a small budget to see whether the result is worth it.

Along with social media shoutouts, you may want to use Facebook and Instagram ads as these platforms have proved very effective for small businesses. Save time and get better results by using this service!

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By Timur Y.
Timur is a senior copywriter at AliDropship who is keen to create easy-to-read educational content for ecommerce newcomers. His area of professional interest is marketing tips for beginners in dropshipping.
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