No matter what industry you’re in, building trust with your audience is a crucial factor in building a loyal community. It takes more than just inspiring people’s faith in your goods or services to establish trust in a brand or company. It entails fostering brand confidence and giving people a positive experience that shows them you’re an expert in your industry, a trustworthy source, and that you genuinely care about the people you’re helping.

1. Be authentic and embrace transparency

It’s easy to be influenced by what other people post online and sometimes we fall into the trap of believing that in order to see the success others have, we must change something about ourselves. The truth is that remaining true to oneself is more crucial. Your content will feel disconnected if you pretend to be someone or something you’re not.

Today’s consumers like to work with brands that are genuine and more transparent about their business practices. Just like authenticity, being transparent about your business’ offerings, prices and procedures will go a long way in building a strong community.

2. Showcase your expertise

People need to see your expertise if you want to gain their trust on social media. By understanding your target audience and what their problems are, you can create content suited to address their concerns. By showcasing your brand as a platform that understands and knows the industry, your audience is more likely to also trust your products or services.

3. Prioritize building relationships

Most consumers would hesitate to make a purchase right away from a brand they’ve never heard of before – they want to feel comfortable or familiar with the brand first. It can be off-putting when a brand is ignorant to what goes on within the community.

Take the time to interact with your followers and fellow members of the community – answer questions and offer support. Be open to interacting with your audience so you have a higher chance of building trusting connections with them and gaining their loyalty.