Having a million followers means nothing if none of them pay attention to you. The more responsive you can make your Twitter list the more valuable it will be for you to spread your tweets. With a responsive Twitter list you can get many more retweets, and you will develop an audience that is more likely to engage and interact with your content. A more responsive audience means that your content will get more shares, and more comments, and achieving your online goals will become easier overall.
If you want a more responsive Twitter list the following 10 tips will help you achieve that goal:
Show Others What You Want to Talk About :
First, remember to show others what you are most interested in. You communicate your areas of interest in several ways:
- Paint a picture of who you are with your Twitter bio.
- Shows others what you like to talk about with the content you tweet.
- Share the conversations you are interested in by using hashtags in your tweets.
- Tell others who’s important to you with the names of your Twitter lists.
- The lists you are on show how others see you.
By paying attention to the consistency of your Twitter presence, you’ll send a strong message of what interests you and you’ll attract the people you want to connect with most.
List People :
A “follow” does not have the significance it once used to have. For people who have thousands of followers a single new follower may or may not be important, especially since there are many marketers who use Twitter Marketing Software to auto-follow people.
Twitter lists, on the other hand, are usually hand picked by people. People are more likely to pay attention if you list them. If you want to make sure you get the attention of the person you are listing tell them you added them to one of your lists! The more you list, the more the law or reciprocity will kick in and cause others to list you back. List and be listed.
Get Your Actions Right :
Your first impression always counts, even on Twitter. Others will notice content on your Twitter profile page: your Twitter handle, your photo, your name, the page you link to and your bio. And they will also notice the actions you take.
- Follow. Do you have approximately the same number of followers as the number of people following you?
- Autofollow. Do you automatically follow everyone?
- Welcome messages. Do you send a welcome message? Is it a personalized message or one that looks like an automated message? Does it promote something or does it show you want to connect and care?
There are no absolute guidelineson what you should do. You simply need to act in an appropriate way for the people you want to connect with. Twitter monitoring will help you find out how to make the right first impression. Regular monitoring will also keep you up to date on any changing trends in Twitter etiquette so you can adjust your tactics when needed.
Tell your Facebook Friends about Twitter :
On Facebook you can let your friends know that you are on Twitter in a variety of ways. The more ways you tell your Facebook friends you are on Twitter, the better your odds are of getting them to follow you. You can post a status update saying: Are you on Twitter? If so post your user name below and let’s connect there as well! When I posted status update like this it got huge response from my friends and helped me build deeper connections with my network.
Another way you can tell people you are on Twitter, without directly saying so, is to import your tweets using a Twitter application, like Selective Tweets. Selective Tweets automatically imports tweets with the hashtag #fb.
Another thing I do on Facebook is include a link to my Twitter account in the “Websites” section of my info tab.
Retweet Others :
Do you feel uncomfortable about reaching out to others on Twitter? Retweeting is a great way to start networking but you usually need to do a bit more to get a response and start a dialogue. For example, add some personal comments to the retweet. Notice how others engage with people and copy the ones you like.
Follow Highly Targeted people :
By following highly targeted people on Twitter you greatly increase the chance that they will follow you back. One strategy I use to build highly relevant connections is to use TweetAdder to follow everyone on a Twitter list.
Unfollow Unnecessary People :
The more inactive and irrelevant people you can unfollow, the better. Why follow people who have not tweeted in a month, or who use the default Twitter avatar? The free tool ManageTwitter makes it easy to unfollow people who do not follow you and have not tweeted in 30 days or more, or taken the time to change their default profile picture. Here is a video showing how you can use Manage Twitter to clean your Twitter following list.
Link to ‘Other’ Social Conversations :
As you monitor Twitter and other social media platforms, you’ll notice more conversations. Show others you are paying attention to their conversations. When you notice someone’s birthday on Facebook, send a “Happy Birthday” with their @name on Twitter to show you are paying attention to them. When you come across a great LinkedIn question, link to it and give the @name of the author on Twitter. When you read a great blog post, share the link and take the time to find and mention the author’s @name in your tweet. The more you show others you are listening to them, the more they’ll pay attention to you.
Be a Trust Agent :
I’m not saying don’t have a business, I’m just saying it’s going to work out best for you if you do not sell directly with your tweets. Try to build trust with the people you interact with, and if you do this they will consider your products and services on their own. Seek to add value first.
Introduce People :
As you meet more people on Twitter, you’ll see people with similar interests. Take the initiative and introduce people! This is a great way of strengthening your own network because others will notice your introductions and make associations.
As you begin to develop your network on Twitter, you’ll want to regularly spend time making connections beyond Twitter. A phone call or a chat on Skype is always a good step. Twitter will simply become one of the communication tools you use in your overall business networking plan.