How I Grew My Social Media Presence Using Crowdfire

Over the last year I have quietly been using a great app called crowdfire ( to run my social media and it has taken a lot of the work out of having a steady presence online. I’ve steadily gained about 3000 followers and have developed many new relationships along the way. It has even influenced the number of people who follow my Podcast (Voices In My Head) and helped the show into the top 100 chart on iTunes last summer.  Because it has been such a help to me, I wanted to give you a closer look at Crowdfire.

Crowdfire has helped me gain more followers on Twitter (follow me!), to gain more followers on your Facebook page (Like me!), and drive more traffic to your personal site (Me Again!).

It might interest some of you too so here I’m quickly going to reveal my secret weapon for steady, long-term Twitter and Facebook growth: the Crowdfire app.

So what is it?

The Crowdfire app is focused on improving engagement across social media platforms with the help of features like content recommendations and smart posts.

A big part of gaining social media followers is following others and interacting with them. But following lots of other people can take a lot of time that you may not have and risks being pointless if you’re not doing it correctly?

Gaining meaningful followers on social media is less about following people and more about creating relationships with the people you follow and who follow you.

You don’t want to simply follow random people and hope that they are interested in what you have to say, right? That’s pretty much a waste of time. Having random followers means that you’ll be less likely to have a long term, engaged audience. However, if you want to keep your brand exposed, you do have to keep following new people.

So here’s what you can make happen with Crowdfire:

1. Keep your social media timelines active using the content recommendations handpicked by Crowdfire depending on the topics you enter.
2. Promote your creations- After connecting your blog, Crowdfire makes it easy to promote all of your new updates on the blog across all of your social medias with the help of a few clicks. Crowdfire will draft beautiful posts for you with a link to your blogpost which you can share across all of your social medias together. This saves a lot of your time. You just create, Crowdfire will take care of the marketing.
3. Post and schedule social media posts for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Linked In and More.

`For Twitter`

4. Quickly and quietly unfollow people who aren’t following you (“non-followers”).

5. Follow relevant people based on who they are following. (“Competitor’s Followers”).

6. Follow relevant people based on keywords or hashtags that are relevant to your brand/interests (“Keyword Follow”).

7. Unfollow people who aren’t active on social media (“Inactive Following”).

8. Whitelist accounts you don’t want to unfollow or Blacklist people you do.

9. Check to see if a specific person (or account) is following another specific account.

How I  Use Crowdfire to Gain Twitter Followers

I use Crowdfire to gain Twitter and Facebook followers, and I also love Crowdfire’s  services for scheduling posts on those platforms. I can schedule a post for the best time for engagement and not even have to be online when it happens.

Some tools I use a lot are the “Non Followers” tool and the “Copy Followers” tool because I can “spend” my follows on meaningful people and accounts that are like mine.

The “Non Followers” tool is especially helpful in keeping your numbers low,  which is important because it’s best to keep the number of people you follow below the amount of people who are following you.

I also love the “Copy Followers” feature because I can choose other influencers in my niche, and then follow their followers.  For instance, If you love comic books then you can copy followers of your favorite writers.

You really need to get on Crowdfire to get the feel of it but I wanted to share a couple of screen shots with you so you can catch a glimpse of what it’s like as a user. Here is a screenshot of what Crowdfire looks like on a PC as well as a screenshot of what it looks like on the iPhone app.

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PC Screenshot
iPhone Screenshot

For me, the very best thing about using the Crowdfire app is that is frees up my time. I can schedule posts, follow, and unfollow people one time a day, right from my phone, and it takes care of all my posting for me. I don’t have to be tied to my phone or PC for the rest of the day and am able to get some real work done like songwriting, service planning, and caring for my son.

Note: Due to the Terms and Conditions of various social media platforms, Instagram doesn’t allow the “Copy Followers” feature. Also, Instagram doesn’t support every feature mentioned here.

So how much is Crowdfire?

The price is the best news, Crowdfire has a free and paid version. Depending on your needs and how many accounts you want to manage it can be very affordable to manage your social media presence on Crowdfire.

That’s about it for now. That’s how I have gained over 3000 followers in about a year. I hope you have found this helpful and will give Crowdfire a try. (


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Rick Lee James worship leader, a singer and songwriter, preacher, author, and Podcast host with over 15 years of experience in ministry. As host of the Voices In My Head Podcast Rick has worked with Jason Gray, Andrew Peterson, Sara Groves, Paul Baloche, All Sons and Daughters, Michael Card, Brian Zahnd, Tripp York, Brett Mccracken, Ian Morgan Cron, Michael Card, Walter Brueggemann and many more. In 2013 Rick released his first Live album of original songs called, Basement Psalms Live. In 2014 Rick released a book to accompany the album called, Out of the Depths: A Songwriter’s Journey Through the Psalms. The book has since been used as a textbook by National Praise and Worship Institute’s Psalms survey course at Trevecca Nazarene University. Rick also was a contributing writer for the book, Renovating Holiness, edited by Jay Thomas Jay Oord and Joshua Broward. Rick has also been a contributing writer for Worship Leader Magazine and has had a number of songs published by Lifeway Worship. Rick’s new album, ‘Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations’ will release on March 17th, 2016 (St. Patrick’s Day). All songs on the record are being published through Lifeway Worship and are written, co-written, or arranged by Rick.