Dennis Yu

My first day on Clubhouse-- how I got 650 new followers

This morning, I hopped into a Clubhouse room and 350 people followed me.

So then I opened up my first room this afternoon and got another 300 followers.

It’s not the number of followers, but the quality of the folks and the depth of the conversation.

During the first few minutes when I opened the room, it was just me sitting there by myself. I was going to just “leave quietly” in failure. But then folks like Tristan Parmley, Chris Collins and Keith Brassfield joined in. And the top folks in digital hopped into our room, causing the live users to hit nearly 200.

I finally ended the room FOUR hours later, having eaten up my entire evening. But the conversation was so good, I just couldn’t leave.

I’m now mainlining the heroin that is Clubhouse. I’ve got projects to work on, places to be, sleep to catch, and a life to live— just like you.

And just after I exited the room, Michael Stelzner (the godfather in social media marketing) called me up and gave me coaching on how to run maximize my impact on Clubhouse.

My mistakes:

  • I didn’t know you should make a room private with your speakers first, then invite people to join.
  • I didn’t know I should have one person moderate the room (promoting speakers, muting, tracking time), so I can focus on the speakers.
  • At times some people hijacked the mic, and I didn’t intervene— and left dozens of people without their questions answered.
  • I didn’t understand the dynamics of live audio panel conversation, which is not the same as conference speaking or podcasting.
  • A couple of times I was looking up people who joined the room or inviting them up on stage while losing track of the conversation.
  • Sometimes people would ask a question and I wasn’t sure if I should answer or push to another speaker I promoted— and other times, I hogged the mic when someone else had more expertise in the topic.

But overall, a great experience for my first time hosting a room. Folks who were there— what did you think? And if you weren’t there, it’s time to drink some Kool-Aid or snort some crack— whatever your favorite analogy.

The fastest way to grow your network on Clubhouse is to be a speaker in a large room. The second best is to follow speakers live while you’re in a room.

This includes looking at their Twitter and Instagram in their bios and following them there if you find them interesting. Balance learning and giving— it’s not one-way speaking, but two-way conversations.

It’s not about more followers on social, but deepening a few key relationships. So ironically, by being better known, as Michael Stelzner teaches in his amazing course, your relationships deepen and business actions become more effective.

I’m here on Clubhouse for FOMO— since most of my peers are raving about it. Yet I struggle with time management among other priorities.

What you get out of Clubhouse or any social network is mainly dependent upon who you follow and the quality of the nuggets you put out.

You do need to have an iPhone (not on Android yet). And the social network is invite-only, so ping a friend who is talking about it so they can invite you. You have to be in their address book for them to show up.

Here’s a live snapshot of my notifications:

Dennis Yu

Dennis Yu

Dennis Yu is co-author of the #1 best selling book on Amazon in social media, The Definitive Guide to TikTok Ads. He has spent a billion dollars on Facebook ads across his agencies and agencies he advises. Mr. Yu is the "million jobs" guy-- on a mission to create one million jobs via hands-on social media training, partnering with universities and professional organizations. You can find him quoted in major publications and on television such as CNN, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, NPR, and LA Times. Clients have included Nike, Red Bull, the Golden State Warriors, Ashley Furniture, Quiznos-- down to local service businesses like real estate agents and dentists. He's spoken at over 750 conferences in 20 countries, having flown over 6 million miles in the last 30 years to train up young adults and business owners. He speaks for free as long as the organization believes in the job-creation mission and covers business class travel. You can find him hiking tall mountains, eating chicken wings, and taking Kaqun oxygen baths-- likely in a city near you.
I'm a member of Blitzmetrics Academy and a friend of Dennis to boot. Not only is Dennis highly intelligent and full of great and creative ideas, he's also incredibly generous with both his knowledge and his time. Success couldn't come to a better guy. Thank you for all that you do for the world, Dennis! 🙏

Michael Pacheco

Marketer

Thanks 🙏 for being shining light in this industry. Love what your building for works overseas too network for jobs so innovative. Dennis helped me navigate having bad experiences with marketing agencies and doing dollar a day marketing which has helped my personal brand tremendously. Highly recommend.

Eric Skeldon

Founder at Kingdom Broker

Working with Dennis has been a delightful experience. After meeting him in 2015 I got to collaborate with him on countless occasions. His understanding for state-of-the-art marketing, his implementation, and his leadership put him into the top 0.01% of marketers and mentors.

Jan Koch

Ihr kompetenter Partner für innovative KI-Strategien.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Dennis for my podcast in 2021 and since then we have maintained a friendship that grows with each interaction. I have seen Dennis' devotion to his friends and clients firsthand, and our conversations often result in us talking about how we can provide more value to the people around us. He is someone whom I can ask questions on a technical level, and look to on a personal level. If you have any hesitancy about hiring him, get over yourself and do it!

Isaac Mashman

Help scaling personal brands.

Geez, where do I start recommending Dennis? First, he is an absolutely brilliant marketer who understands where marketing is today and where it's going tomorrow. He also has an incredible passion for the International Worker community. The lessons he has taught me from his almost 20 years of experience hiring International Workers have been immense. Most importantly though. Dennis Yu is someone who wants the absolute best for you and is willing to tell you the truth. Dennis sat with me at a point in my business where I was floundering but did not want to admit it. He asked some very straight forward questions to get me to admit my issues, highlighted the issues, and then helped me create a roadmap to success.

Atiba de Souza

International Keynote Speaker | Video Content Superman | Superconnector |

Dennis, which I had the pleasure of working with is one of the most giving, honest and tell you as it is person I ever know. The knowledge this man has is remarkable and he just gives it out freely. He is not pretentious and always entertain anyone big or small in the industry always willing to help. If you ever get a golden opportunity to work with him or mentored by him say YES!. You will notr regret Dennis, which I had the pleasure of working with is one of the most giving, honest and tell you as it is person I ever know. The knowledge this man has is remarkable and he just gives it out freely. He is not pretentious and always entertain anyone big or small in the industry always willing to help. If you ever get a golden opportunity to work with him or mentored by him say YES!. You will not regret

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