How to Get More Followers on #Vine: Interview with Branden Hampton

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In a recent interview from Startup Grind in Mountain View, California, Search Engine Journal’s Murray Newlands interviews Branden Hampton about using the video sharing app Vine and how to generate a larger following on Vine, or what is commonly known as becoming “Vine Famous”.

There are a lot of self-proclaimed “social media experts” on the Internet, but Branden Hampton is not one of them. With a network of over 20 Twitter accounts, nearly 12 million followers, and an undeniably natural instinct for driving user engagement, Branden has made a living as a “social media influencer.” His ability to identify and capitalize on trends and interact with users has helped him create a massive fan base not only for himself, but for his clients as well.

So, when we caught up with Branden at the recent Startup Grind conference, we wanted to get his take on Vine and how brands can use it as a viable networking and advertising platform. We asked Branden to also share his opinion on what makes successful Vine content and how brands can use the app to build their following and drive sales.

To find out more, watch the full interview below:

These are some key takeaways from the video:

  • Over the course of his social media career, Branden has amassed millions of followers across networks such as Twitter, Instagram, and most recently Vine, and is widely regarded in the online marketing industry as a premier social media influencer.
  • Branden’s advice for growing your following in Vine is essentially the same advice he gives to anybody trying to grow their following on any social media platform—create and share engaging and original content and the audience will follow.
  • Branden does offer up some advice specific to Vine in the interview, explaining that the best way to build a fan base is to share videos that resonate with your followers and entices them to “re-vine” and not only save it for themselves, but also share it with their friends.
  • Capitalizing on trending topics is a great way to get more followers as well, according to Branden. He uses the Super Bowl as an example, saying that you can expect to see a 30 to 40 percent increase in engagement just by using “#SuperBowl” and posting relevant videos on Vine and other social channels.

If you have any questions after watching the video, feel free to ask them in the comments section below! Please visit Search Engine Journal’s YouTube page for more video interviews.

Murray Newlands

Murray Newlands

Murray Newlands FRSA is an entrepreneur, investor, business advisor and speaker. Newlands is also an adviser to the Draper Nexus Network of Things Fund that invests in IOT companies. He advises entrepreneurs and start-ups on various subjects from funding to growth strategies. Newlands received a Bachelor of Laws and he is qualified as a Lawyer. He gained his Green Card by being recognized by the US government as an “alien of extraordinary ability.” Newlands is the author of “Online Marketing: A User’s Manual” published by John Wiley & Sons. Murray regularly contributes to Forbes and Entrepreneur. Murray co-authored Content Marketing Strategies for Professionals with Bruce Clay. Murray runs the agency Influence People based in Palo Alto.
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  • Nathan

    Thanks for this article. I am on just about every social media site there is but Vine is not one of them. It does at times get overwhelming how big the social media scene is becoming and obviously we have services like buffer and hootsuite to alleviate these issues. I will be watching Brandon’s video as Vine is a network I just heard about via Gary Vaynerchuk.

  • Imtiaz Ali

    Really nice interview on getting followers!

    Thanks 🙂

  • Romano Groenewoud

    In order to attract more followers the app should be published as much as they could, for that SEO will act a major role since it will provide a greater awareness for the potential customers.