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Feb 01, 2019 21:59:05

1000 True Fans

by @seunoyebode | 270 words | 9🔥 | 133💌

Seun Oyebode

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I was on a phone call with a Friend today chatting around the possibility that abounds in starting a podcast. As I explained on and on I found myself explaining the 1,000 true fans concept taught by Kevin Kelly.

The concept says in essence, it is possible to make a living on your passion, you only need 1,000 true fans. You might not necessarily be popular or super rich. But if you have 1,000 true fans who are gonna buy your eBook, buy your video course, buy your CD, buy whatever you make, you'd live comfortably. 

It's simple, imagine having 1,000 people who can spend $100 on your products per year. That's $100,000 per annum.

After explaining it to my friend, who is a classroom teacher. He hadn't heard about it before until i mentioned it. I felt this thing need to be taught everywhere from high school. People should know that with the help of the internet making a living out of your passion now has a pattern that can be learnt.

Being simplistic, 1,000 true fans out of the ~3 billion internet population is so small, minute doesn't do justice. But then if you've been using social media right, you're fairly social in real life, 1,000 true fans is a modest goal.

So, I decided I was gonna tell more friends about the concept. Though i'm yet to figure out how a farmer can make use of it.

By the way, my first reading of the 2008 essay was in 2017.

What do you think? Is it applicable in every single endeavor? Do you think it should be more popular? Please let me know in the comments.


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    @seunoyebode - Awesome piece.... on my favorite topic to learn - marketing.
    I heard about this 1000 loyal fans on Tim's podcast last year. It seems very doable when you think of it at a macro level. But when you try to execute, it is just so hard.

    There is more psychology, attention tricks and daily blogging, vlogging or whatever else is the new thing to do to get and keep the attention of the true customers.

    As a new startup, EVERY SINGLE THINGS depends on you... and I had put marketing and things that are needed for it on the side so I didn't get the loyal followers I need. I found it extra difficult because I had no exposure to it. I think if you make that your focus, it isn't as difficult as I made it out to be in my head.

    Keni avatar Keni | Feb 05, 2019 00:31:23
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      @keni Yeah right. I think once every venture is approached with the mindset that; The Venture/Startup = 50% Product + 50% Marketing. It wouldn't be as difficult as it seems. And true Every single thing depends on founder.

      Seun Oyebode avatar Seun Oyebode | Feb 06, 2019 13:17:03
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