Got two minutes? Then check out this week’s quick tip ~ Comparisons between two ‘Crowdspeaking’ platforms
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Most of you have probably heard of the ‘crowdspeaking’ method of promotion where you can launch a ‘campaign’ to gather support for your book. If you meet your support goal, then on the day of your scheduled promo, your message will be blasted from the account (Twitter, Facebook, or whichever platform the supporter chooses) of every person who supported you.
It’s an excellent way to broaden your reach, and potentially get your message trending, although there is no guarantee that it will actually compute to book sales. However, it takes very little effort, so it’s worth a shot, right?
One of the concerns people have in supporting a campaign is that the app asks for permission to access your account. The only purpose for that is so they can send the tweet or FB post in your name and to calculate social reach. Thunderclap and Headtalker have been used a multitude of times by millions, and, to my knowledge, there has never been an issue with them illegally using or gathering information. They have no benefit or interest in doing so. I have supported tons of Thunderclap and Headtalker campaigns and have never had a problem.
I have used Thunderclap in the past, and I like it a great deal. Now, I am trying the ‘new kid on the block,’ Headtalker. If you’d like to see how ‘supporting’ works, and you wish to support me, here is my link. 🙂 I’ve almost reached my goal, but the beauty is, you can expand beyond your goal. The more, the better, right?
Devil’s Promenade on Headtalker
Here are some differences between the two sites:
Has a free option but also charges for some things that Headtalker doesn’t, such as campaign analytics, full supporter list, campaign updates, etc
Requires a minimum of 100 supporters
Platforms: Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr
Approval can take 3 days
Their ‘hours of operation’ are Mon-Fri, 10-6 EST
Is completely free
Requires a minimum of 25 supporters
Sends to their followers as well, which increases your social reach
Platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn.
HeadTalker offers advice on managing a successful campaign.
Approval within 24 hours (mine was only a few hours)
Hours of operation – 24/7
Whichever one you choose, I encourage you to give this marketing method a try. As I said, it takes very little effort and it could be quite beneficial. Have you tried one or both? Please feel free to share your experiences in the comments.
Until next time…Happy Writing (and marketing)!
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15 responses to “Tuesday Two-Minute Writing (Marketing) Tip – Promotion: Thunderclap vs Headtalker”
Hi Alicia! I wanted to tell you that I’ve put the first of my three part Adult Paranormal-Romance series “Immortal Relations” FREE on Amazon-Kindle 20 through 24 July if you know someone who might enjoy it. (-:
Great, thanks! I’ll be sure to let others know. 🙂
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Thank you so much!
Helpful and useful advice as always, Alicia. Thanks!
You’re welcome…thank you!
Once again–very helpful and informative. I have not tried these campaigns before, but I might give it a whirl the next time I have a promoting need. Thank you for sharing. It eases my anxiety a little to hear from someone who has been through it and encourages me to utilize it in the future, rather than just support others’ campaigns. 🙂
So glad you found it helpful. Right, you might as well try it yourself. 🙂 You know I’ll support you when you do! Hugs…
Thanks for the great info. When I’ve supported Thunderclap campaigns in the past, there was a goal of a number of supporters. I thought it was a minimum required, but I’m not sure. I just glanced at Headtalker and didn’t see any mention of a minimum number of supports. Do you know if there is one? Thanks again.
You’re welcome, Marissa. Thank you! Yes, there is a minimum, but with Headtalker, it is only 25.
Just echoing what the others have said. Great advice and analysis. I always hesitate before I give “control” of parts of my identity to a specific platform. At some point, though, I have to just say: “Resistance is futile.” 🙂 It couldn’t be easier from the “supporter” angle. Let us know how it works out!
Thanks, Leah. Will do!
Now that the bulk of summer guests have gone home, I may have the time to try some new promos. Headtalker sounds like a good place to start. Thanks!
Another awesome post about something I really wanted to know! Thank you so much and definitely you have my support on your current campaign!
Best of luck, Alicia!
Great to know!