I’ve recently started tweeting a series of Twitter Tips and have been pleasantly surprised to find that they seem to be appreciated, judging by the number of retweets and mentions that they’ve generated. Having recently read Dan Zarella’s article on “The Science of Retweets”, I’ve also been paying closer attention to the timing of my tweets.
A colleague recently recommended a Twitter tool, Buffer, that not only tells you the best times for you to tweet (based on performance of past tweets), but allows you to pre-schedule any number of tweets in a “buffer” so that they then get posted automatically at the scheduled times. It even suggests tweets for you if you find yourself lacking inspiration! Since using this I’ve found my followers increasing more quickly than before, and I’m also getting more engagement. I highly recommend Buffer!
I’m going to post my Twitter tips here and I hope that they will help some of you. Why not build up a series of tips related to your own business and see if they help to build your Twitter presence?
looking for a job? the majority of companies (>80%) now use social media as part of their recruitment.
don’t sit back & let everyone else tweet, jump in on a conversation, offer help, build your community & earn trust.
remember you can now add photos to your tweets in the update field – just click the camera icon. Photos get people interested!
more followers -> more reach for your tweets. Use search function, find people in your niche, follow & start conversations
Bear in mind a tweet has a very short lifetime. Approx. 90% of engagement happens within the 1st hour of tweeting.
link to your profile everywhere – Facebook, LinkedIn, your website/blog, email signature, biz card. Be easily found!
fill out your bio using the max. 160 chars. Who are you & what do you do? Include website link and a good head shot.
don’t tweet in textspeak – be creative and make best use of 140 characters, leaving a few for ReTweet
the ideal time to get retweeted is around 4pm EST (9pm GMT) on a Friday
Did you find these helpful? Please let me know in the comments, and feel free to add some of your own tips. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter to get more tips!
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