Crowdfire Review - a look at how crowdfire has performed with regards to getting and retaining Twitter followers.

I did the Crowdfire review because more and more people in the IM arena are bleating on and on about how brilliant this software is at getting followers on Twitter.  The fact is that I have never been a Twitter fan myself, I find it boring, tedious and quite frankly useless in just about every respect.

It is well known to be totally spammed out - full of junk gossip and cat photos, it just hasn't appealed to me at all.  In other commercial areas I have thousands and thousands of visitors to highly thought of websites with good branding and sales.  On these I have the cruddy twitter follow button, with the hope that some of these thousands of visitors may click it and follow for news updates on the products (which in themselves are extremely sought after).  But no - after around 15,000 unique visitors to one site in particular, guess how many people followed the associated twitter account?  NONE.  Thats right - you read that correctly - not one single visitor to that site followed it.

The Crowdfire software platform aims to help you to semi automatically get followers on the premise that if YOU follow people, then SOME of those people you follow will return the sentiment and follow you back.  So in this Crowdfire review and case study, I will take a look at how this works, how much it costs, and how effective it is in gaining and retaining followers.

Crowdfire Review and study.

The idea behind Crowdfire is that you "follow" the people who are already following other twitter members.  So for example, if you are into search engines, then you may want to get some people interested in you who follow other search engine related twitter accounts.  In the above image, you can see that the software is listing all those following the popular search engine forum.  You can also see from the options that you can follow people who match by "keyword" - so if you want people who are into product reviews for example - enter reviews there and see what kind of people appear in the list.  This can take some practise, but with time you should be able to figure out how to get the most appropriate people in your group.

Simply clicking on the PLUS sign next to each person in turn going down the list will cause you to follow them - it's up to them whether or not they can be bothered reciprocating.

As a side note - the list doesn't always populate correctly - but otherwise this is quite a strong bit of software - the integration with the idiot twitter coding must be a nightmare and I suspect as they review connections they probably change their API making systems like this fail and require updates quite frequently.  So congrats to the authors!

The menu down the left side shows Fans (whatever they are supposed to be?), recent unfollowers (so you go and unfollow them - as they are useless to your cause and because they only followed you because you followed them in the first place - so by definition they need zapping.  The options really are very simple and easy to use.  The reason for this is that the overall objective is fairly straightforward.

For my Crowdfire review, I tend to follow around 20 to 40 people per day, because I have zero faith in this I miss the odd day or two - but feel this contributes to helping keep twitter of my back by keeping my churn rate below their radar.

Initially, I'm very sceptical about how effective crowdfire is, I take the view that other people are pretty much just the same as me, they know that this software exists, and when a total stranger comes along in my subject area then I become suspicious and ignore them.  This makes me think twice about how best to locate the people who are most likely to follow me back.

For example - if I'm  running an SEO site, then crowdfire can show me all the followers of large SEO agencies.  Many of these are smaller SEO agencies - on other words they are my competitors and are not very likely to be interested in me.  However - if I can find a way of getting crowdfire to show me all the people interested in SEO and who are perhaps looking for the service, then these are a potential target.  The difference (I suspect) in success rates will be extremely variable - I feel that this is important enough to mention.  It's no good randomly choosing groups of different interests - you have to sit down and THINK about what you want to hook into.

To date, after about 3 weeks of use, I have 67 people.  Given the cost and the amount of daily work this is appalling, I am bored with it and despite doing a tweet, I have not had any response whatsoever.  This is fairly typical of the rubbish you will have to contend with - see below.

Crowdfire rubbish.

Now its fairly early days yet in my case study of crowdfire, and I am confident that the aquisition of members is also influenced by counts of followers.  It is very much thought of as a "much gets more" situation - so with time as my follower totals grow (if they grow) through this methd, then i'm hoping the total will help to make the account seem more appealing.

CROWDFIRE REVIEW - CASE STUDY OVER TIME.

 

28/01/2016

Having been a member and actively promoted the account using crowdfire for around 3 weeks or so - I currently have

67

People following.

Most of these are dross.

12/02/2016

We are now at 90 followers (a gain of only 23) - this is a complete waste of time and money - I have followed over 400 people for this "return" - a total joke - many of the followers are the kind of prats you simply don't want to be associated with - never mind trying to sell them anything.  The software itself works - there is no mistake about it - but the concept of people "following you because you followed them" is long past its sell by date in my opinion.  I will cancel my subscription to this now.  I tried following SEOs, IMers, By keyword and existing groups.

GREAT SOFTWARE - BUT A FAIL IN TERMS OF GETTING FOLLOWERS FOR ME.  WITH FOLLOWING 40 OR SO PER DAY FOR TWO WEEKS I GOT JUST 23 FOLLOWERS - THIS IS FAR TOO TIME CONSUMING AND BORING TO CONSIDER CARRYING ON WITH GIVEN MOST OF THE FOLLOWERS ARE JUNK ANYWAY.

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