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5 Steps to Creating an Invincible Platform

5 Steps to Creating an Invincible Platform

How you can use social media to clarify your purpose, achieve financial independence, and become luckier than all your friends.


Matt Woods

November 19, 2018


  1. 5 Steps to Creating an Invincible Platform How you can

    use social media to clarify your purpose, become financially independent, and become luckier than all your friends.
  2. Why did Winston win?

  3. He built a platform. 10 million words published •11 volumes

    •400 articles •350 speeches In 8 years…
  4. You can build a platform to create the life you

    want, faster. “It is the ultimate insurance policy and the most durable form of influence and power.” - Ryan Holiday, Author
  5. Hi, I’m 
 Matt Woods. Marketer + Developer mattwoods.io @matopher

  6. Where does Social Media fit?

  7. Free tickets to a marketing conference — twice.

  8. Leveraged LinkedIn to connect with 25 growth professionals from great

    companies in ~24 hours
  9. Opportunities to meet founders & CEOs from Hubspot, Drift, Shareaholic

    & more
  10. Passively absorb without adding to the conversation For most people

    social media is a distraction. No clear direction or mission Pretend to be experts at everything
  11. What if you did the opposite?

  12. Lead a passionate tribe by giving first Solve real problems

    & lean into big movements Don’t create; Document. What could a strong platform look like?
  13. State your mission 2 1 3 4 5 Understand your

    tribe to find 1,000 true fans Document consistently & generously on 1 channel Do things that don’t scale Build momentum and repurpose what’s working How do you get there?
  14. What’s the wrong that you can help people make right?

  15. Everyone wants to be part of a larger movement that

  16. Make your customer (or audience) the hero.

  17. Pick one primary channel that makes sense for you to

    go deep on. ➡ Ask: Do the people you need to know like to spend time there? Do you like spending time there? 
 ➡ Who do you already know? Text/Call/In-person 
 ➡ Treat every channel like its own country. LinkedIn has powerful network effects. It’s your business card / resume. Twitter is great for talking to strangers with common interests and events.
  18. Two contrasting specialties = your superpower MATTWOODS.US Software Development Marketing

    (Skill #1) Your Superpower (Skill #2)
  19. Build a Three- Circle Network

  20. MATTWOODS.US Inner Circle Professional Network The Crowd Start with your

    Inner Circle and grow naturally
  21. Inner Circle Prioritize Mentors, role models 1-level above you, best-in-class

    peers, and mentees “Who can I learn from for 10x growth and tough decisions?”
  22. Professional Network Professional groups, “superconnectors,” classmates, family friends, relatives, former

    coworkers “Who can I ask a favor from with a quick message?”
  23. The Crowd Social media followers, email subscribers, website visitors, blog

    post readers “Who can I meaningfully help today?”
  24. Major to Networking in 2018 (Without Being Looking Like a

    Try-Hard) • Flashbulb effect. Successful people want to be seen with other successful people. Your initial connections in a space carry FAR more importance than your later ones. • Only post when you have unique value to add. Then make it count. • When an opportunity happens - jump on it. Momentum dies when you sit on it. • Don’t be afraid to jump out of digital-only communication. Send an email. Hop on a call. Schedule a coffee meeting.
  25. Who is the smallest group of people you’re uniquely positioned

    to help?
  26. Hand to hand combat > Going Viral

  27. Endless follow-up = your new default. Don’t attribute to hostility

    what can be easily blamed on busyness.
  28. Do things that don’t scale. You can’t write 1 million

    people a hand-written note — but that shouldn’t stop you from starting the habit!
  29. Once I followed up with an investor 48 times until

    I got a meeting. -Steli Efti, CEO @ Close.io “ “No,” can mean “not right now.”
  30. General Follow-Up Schedule Day 1: First follow-up (+2) Day 3:

    Follow-up (+4) Day 7: Follow-up (+7) Day 14: Follow-up (+14) Day 28: Follow-up (+30) Day 58: Follow-up (+30) … (from there on once a month).
  31. You only need 1,000 true fans. True Fan = Someone

    who will purchase anything and everything you produce.
  32. $100 x 1,000 fans = $100,000

  33. How do you find true fans? Focus on helping, not

  34. “When you make your platform about other people, they’ll make

    it about you.” -Jeff Goins
  35. Pick 1 primary channel (and stick to it.)

  36. Don’t be a guru. Just share your raw experience.

  37. None
  38. Start small & consistent

  39. "When you want the absolute best chance to succeed at

    anything you want, your approach should always be the same. Go small.” - Gary Keller
  40. None
  41. 1) Discover new pain points 
 2) Validate ideas quickly

    Tap your community for on- the-fly insights
  42. Social Post -> 1:1 Follow-up

  43. Justin Mares validated Kettle & Fire with in 2 weeks

    with for less than $100 using Bing Ads. Source
  44. State your mission Understand your tribe to find 1,000 true

    fans Document consistently and generously on 1 medium Do things that don’t scale Build momentum and repurpose what’s working 2 1 3 4 5 5 Steps to Creating an Invincible Platform