How to Partner With Other Content Creators (and Why You Should) - Social Media Explorer
How to Partner With Other Content Creators (and Why You Should)
How to Partner With Other Content Creators (and Why You Should)

These days, social media is overrun with content creators.
Even niche, specialized industries seem to have dozens of influencers all
competing for a voice, and all competing to be the frontrunner for the space.
And if you’re invested in the world of social media marketing, this can be
intimidating, or even frustrating; after all, these people are competing with

But there’s a way to harness the power of this competition:
partnering with those content creators.

Why Partnerships Are Beneficial

Working with other content creators, instead of directly
competing with them, can have several benefits:

  • Follower cross-pollination. First, you’ll have the opportunity to cross-pollinate your follower pools. At least some of your followers will discover this person for the first time, and at least some of theirs will discover you for the first time.
  • Mutual support. If you co-produce an impactful piece of content, both of you will be willing to distribute and promote it. That means twice as much effort, and hopefully, twice the results.
  • Link opportunities. Regardless of who hosts the finished content, each partner will build links to the other’s site and social media profile. More, higher-authority links lead to more referral traffic, but more importantly improved search engine rankings.
  • Reputation by proxy. This is especially beneficial to newcomers in a given industry, but you can grow your reputation simply by being associated with other high-authority figures in your industry. The more people see you with the top brass, the better they’ll think of you.
  • Competition softening. Working with someone else gets them to stop seeing you as a competitor. Accordingly, you may enjoy more friendly offers instead of territorial pressure.

Types of Partnerships to Consider

The term “partnership” is vague, so what does that actually
mean? You can team up with another content creator on social media in many
different ways, with varying levels of commitment and intensity. For example:

  • Commentary and discussion. Engagement
    is always a good thing
    on social media. Sometimes, simply commenting on the
    same thread or having a friendly discussion is all it takes to start building a
    partnership—especially if you have a respectful disagreement or different
    points of view on a major topic in your industry.
  • Interviews and round tables. You could
    also conduct interviews, shining a spotlight on your partner while getting some
    visibility for yourself. If you bring multiple partners into the fold, you can
    host a bigger, more involved “round table” discussion on a given topic.
  • True collaboration. In one of the more
    advanced types of partnerships, you can truly collaborate on a piece of work
    together. For example, you can co-author an eBook, or share research to create
    a comprehensive piece on a given topic.

Over time, you’ll likely gravitate from lower-intensity
interactions to higher-intensity ones, but there’s no surefire recipe to follow;
do what works best for you.

Building an Initial Partnership

The hard part is finding a potential partner and convincing
them that collaborating will be good for both of you. There are a few best
practices that can help you in this regard:

  • Choose the right candidates. Not everyone
    is going to be open to partnership, and not everyone would make a good partner.
    Keep your eyes out for people who seem friendly, chatty, responsive, and good
    at creating content. Also make sure they have similar interests and a similar
  • Start slow. Don’t let your first message to
    someone be, “Hey, you want to write a book together?” Start slow, with friendly
    comments and questions, and build the relationship from there.
  • Be sincere. Be sincere and honest in your
    interactions. If you’re only partnering with someone to get access to their
    followers, they’ll probably be able to tell.

Nurturing Your Successful Interactions

Inevitably, you’ll run into content collaborators who shirk
their responsibilities, dismiss your ideas, or otherwise make themselves
difficult to work with. Don’t worry about these people. Instead, focus on the
partnerships that were really successful—the eBooks you cowrote that
got thousands of shares
, and the people who are eager to work with you
again. You may be tempted to search for new partners, but it’s equally
important, if not more important, to spend time nurturing the high-quality
partnerships you’ve already established. The more you interact, the stronger
your potential collaborations will become.

Too many people view social media marketing as a solitary
venture. They want to outcompete everyone else in the space and foster a
gigantic audience for themselves. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Instead,
spend more time and effort interacting with your peers, even if they are your
direct competition, and work together on something better than either of you
could have created individually.

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About the Author

Nate Nead
Nate Nead is the President & CEO of SEO company, an agency focused on growing organic and paid traffic in search and social for online brands. For over a decade Nate and his team have facilitated online marketing growth for hundreds of brands, including many on the Fortune 500.

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