By Troy Eadie
  • How to build a fan base

    How to build a fan base


Creating a passionate fanbase for your business or product is the secret of success - just look at the big brands and how they create fanatical followings for some inspiration.

There’s a popular myth in business that if you invest in advertising you will get more enquiries, which will then lead to more sales, and ultimately more money in the bank.

From a marketing and advertising viewpoint, that makes total sense. Because chances are if you get more enquiries you’ll make more sales, and of course adverts are a good way of reaching an audience.

But here is the fundamental trap, and most of the time you can’t even see it, and to make things worse, most marketing experts can’t see it either. While you spend precious time and money trying to get more sales enquiries, the real issue goes unseen and doesn’t get any time or investment from you.

The reason why most businesses don’t attract enough sales is not because they don’t have a good marketing strategy.  It is simply because not enough time and energy is invested in making sure every client becomes a raving fan.

Think about an Apple store every time a new iPhone is released – that’s what I mean by creating raving fans.

Just imagine if your product or service was so good that your ideal client just had to have it and felt the need to tell other ideal clients about it. I’m sure you already know that the best way to market your business is good old-fashioned ‘word-of-mouth’. The trouble is, if your product or service is merely ‘good enough’ you will be lucky to get any word-of-mouth referrals.

For example, online fashion retailer Zappos was once a small business too. In 2002, with sales around $1.6 million, it had cash flow issues and was struggling to survive. Incredibly, they decided to stop spending on advertising and to focus on building a culture of extreme service to customers. 

By 2009, sales were over the billion dollar mark when the business was sold to Amazon for around $1 billion. It was Zappos' focus on creating raving fans instead of investing in marketing and advertising that led to billion-dollar success in only eight years.

My recommendation? Stop spending money on marketing tactics and advertising until you have started making your business so good at serving its clients that all your clients become raving fans. 

There are five steps in the process of creating a raving fan base for your business.

1. Understand the psychology of the market

Understanding the psychology of your market is all about gaining clarity on your clients’ buying strategy. Find out how much they know about:

•    What you offer;

•    The nature of their problem;

•    What they understand about potential solutions;

•    The benefits of solving their problem now;

•    Willingness to seek the solution and;

•    How much they will invest to solve their problem.

2. Make your business attractive

Make your business attractive by developing clarity and certainty about what you stand for, which will automatically attract people who aspire to the same values. This means creating services, products and processes that:

•    Draw people in irresistibly like a mouse to cheese;

•    Provide a great experience and;

•    Make them want to talk about you.

3. Clearly communicate your message

Clearly communicate your messages in a way that elevates you from being transactional around your products or services to building relationships with raving fans by focusing on what’s important to them, with the following steps:

•    Define the ideal client profile you want to attract;

•    Intimately engage that market;

•    Educate the market on what really matters;

•    Propose the start of a potential lifelong relationship and;

•    Remove the risk of failure.

4. Deliver the ultimate experience

Crystalise the physical, psychological and emotional needs of the market into an ultimate experience that creates raving fans by developing:

•    A team of people who care;

•    Processes that serve and;

•    Service that wows.

5. Build the raving fan community

Building a raving fan community is all about uniting your raving fans and mobilising them as a powerful force to accelerate your growth exponentially with:

•    Energetic celebration;

•    Significant connection and;

•    Viral communication. 

Troy Eadie is a business growth specialist and co-director of consultancy firm Business Success Systems. He specialises in assisting business owners to discover their unique market positioning and to quickly leverage their business by attracting more ideal clients and building the systems to create raving fans.  To contact Troy visit or email him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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