5 Tips for Using Twitter Effectively.
When I first started my Twitter account, I honestly didn’t know what to do with it. I’m still learning every day.
Once, I read somewhere that you should “retweet” 10 tweets a day in order to help grow your twitter presence. Trouble was, I didn’t know what it meant to “retweet.” Over time, I’ve learned how to retweet and how to do other things on Twitter. Now it’s all making more since.
I’d like to share 5 simple tips to help a new or an experienced Twitter user. There are more tips, of course, but these are 5 that I feel are useful to emphasize.
1. Watch the experts before you start tweeting much.
There are many leaders in the marketing industry who effectively use Twitter for there business. Examples of a couple to watch are Lilach Bullock (@lilachbullock), Michael Brenner (@BrennerMichael) or Scott Stratten (@Unmarketing). There are so many others; too many to mention. It pays to watch them for a while first before getting too into your twitter activity. Watch how often they tweet and what kind of things they tweet. Most do not just tweet information about their own blogs or websites. Most share works of other industry leaders. They try to bring useful information to their followers.
Spend some time watching the experts, then work to use the best techniques they demonstrate.
2. Give Great Content to your Followers.
Twitter and Social Media in general is about building relationships with others. You followers follow you because they want what you share. That’s how it should be, anyway. You need to share content that makes people want to follow you.
Share links to good articles or blogs. Share inspirational quotes. Share anything that you think will benefit your followers. One of the best ways to grow your followers is to provide information others will want to read. When your followers like what you share with them, they are more likely to retweet your information to their followers and then some of them might follow you, as well.
Become known as someone who shares useful information. Give great content to your followers.
3. Be Socialable.
This may seem obvious, but maybe it’s not to some. I didn’t get it at first. What I mean is present yourself as sociable and pleasant. Upload a friendly picture of yourself. Use a picture with you with a SMILE. People want to be friends with people who look and act friendly. The first place to start is with a nice SMILE.
Write your Bio so people know a little about who you are; your interests; where you live; what you do. Share something about yourself that will make people want to know you better.
Thank those who follow you. You can do this with automation is you want, but either way, thank your followers. They didn’t have to follow you, so say “Thanks!” Thank those who re-tweet your content. Be gracious and friendly.
Reply back to those who send you a personal tweet. Start a conversation. That’s what social media is all about. Be Sociable.
4. Define who you are.
Find what you are all about on Twitter. What is your interests: marketing, music, etc? Define who you are and what you stand for by sharing content related to that.
People tend to follow those people sharing content about what interests them. So share content on your interests and others of like interest will follow you.
5. Interact with others.
Social media is all about interacting with other people around the world. So interact with others. Respond to their tweets. Thank them for their tweets or comments. When you interact with others, you show yourself friendly and others will want to interact with you and follow you.
The key to social media marketing is to be sociable; to interact with others; to be friendly!
I know there are other tips and ideas to improve how you use Twitter, but I hope this short list will be of help as you begin or continue your Twitter experience.
Connect with me on Twitter as Jerry_D_Ross (@Jerry_D_Ross).
Here’s to your Twitter Success!
Jerry D Ross
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