Twitter Tips For Big Success

Profile picture of the author mikestenger by mikestenger Posted: 09/10/2009
Hey guys,

I've been away from the forum for a week or two. Been super busy but plan on being here as much as I can everyday.

Anyways, I have my own Twitter oriented blog and I don't see a ton of posts on here about Twitter so I wanted to possibly start up a "Best Twitter practices/tips" type of post.

Mine to add is think targeted when building your presence on Twitter. I see a lot of people auto-follow which is cool and all but if you have a gazillion people following you that are just auto-following as well, with no interest or paying attention to what you have to say, how's it helping?

Just a thought....

Another very important one is to take the time every so often throughout the day to engage & interact with your followers. It builds better relationships and shows others you care which can translate to more followers in the long run.

What do you have to add? Let's get this ball a-rollin'!
#big #success #tips #twitter

  • Profile picture of the author Adam Carn
    Adam Carn
    Nice one Mike,

    My Twitter tips include:

    - Engage in conversations (stole your tip there!)
    - Every now and then tweet something that would benefit, interest your followers.
    - ReTweet interesting tweets, the original tweeter will love you for it. Good for building relationships.
    - If your tweet is re-tweeted, make sure you thank the re-tweeter for it.
    - Try and reply to all your @replies.

    Thanks,
    Adam
  • Profile picture of the author Lisa Gergets
    Lisa Gergets
    One thing and one thing only, and this applies across-the-board to all social media:

    Be genuine.
  • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
    Andyhenry
    I've already posted hundreds over at one of my blogs - Twitter Reality - The real story about how to use twitter effectively and avoid the problems.

    I don't really want to repeat them all again here and fill up the forum with Twitter stuff, many people aren't interested.
  • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
    Andyhenry
    Originally Posted by Adam Carn View Post

    Nice one Mike,


    - Every now and then tweet something that would benefit, interest your followers.


    Thanks,
    Adam
    I'd say almost ALWAYS, rather than every now and then.
  • Profile picture of the author Wade Watson
    Wade Watson
    I think the most difficult thing for marketers trying to use Twitter is avoid over-tweeting. The most common reason people unfollow is in response to too-frequent or serial messages. Take it easy. Three or 4 a day is OK. Try not to tweet more than once per hour, anyway.

    Also, autotweeting has become so common that it's easy to recognize and has become a real put off. It's not that hard to write a few personalized messages a day. Twitter is about people connecting, not machines connecting.
  • Profile picture of the author Lisa Gergets
    Lisa Gergets
    Originally Posted by Wade Watson View Post

    I think the most difficult thing for marketers trying to use Twitter is avoid over-tweeting. The most common reason people unfollow is in response to too-frequent or serial messages. Take it easy. Three or 4 a day is OK. Try not to tweet more than once per hour, anyway.

    Also, autotweeting has become so common that it's easy to recognize and has become a real put off. It's not that hard to write a few personalized messages a day. Twitter is about people connecting, not machines connecting.
    I agree with your autotweeting comment, but definitely not with your once-an-hour tweet. Many of my customers know me on Twitter and I can have entire conversations with three or four people at a time. They know that I'm a real person, not a persona. I've organically grown my followers that way because they just love knowing there's an actual person on the other end, ya know?

    Now, in terms of advertising tweets, I'd say maybe one in ten of my tweets is an advert. People have to know you're real before they're going to check out anything you're advertising.
  • Profile picture of the author Peter Temp
    Peter Temp
    You are right, Twitter gives big succsss.
    Adding niche related followers is best. Say, you want to promote something about degree studies, so, when you search for "online degree", there you will find your COMPETITORS not your target people..., in this case, you have to little bit wise on how to get targeted follwers
    Am I right?
  • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
    Andyhenry
    Originally Posted by Wade Watson View Post

    Take it easy. Three or 4 a day is OK. Try not to tweet more than once per hour, anyway.
    That's me stuffed - I've tweeted 10 jokes today and 10 DMS, about the same @ replies too. And retweeted about the same.

    The problem is -people keeping saying they like it and asking for more...

  • Profile picture of the author mikestenger
    mikestenger
    Originally Posted by Wade Watson View Post

    Take it easy. Three or 4 a day is OK. Try not to tweet more than once per hour, anyway.
    It all depends on your followers & what you post. The real kicker is, as long as you post something of value or interest to your followers, they won't care if you post 20 times/hour.

    One way to gauge this is to just pay attention to your follower numbers and what people are saying. If you've got people saying "Slow down!" or "I'm unfollowing you because you tweet so much", or you're losing followers consistently, you may want to tone it down a notch.
  • Profile picture of the author Lisa Gergets
    Lisa Gergets
    Oh, I forgot to add that there's no better advertisement than someone gushing on in a tweet about how they LOVE your product!
  • Profile picture of the author DyLan Lee
    DyLan Lee
    Originally Posted by mikestenger View Post

    Hey guys,

    I've been away....

    What do you have to add? Let's get this ball a-rollin'!
    Auto follow/unfollow can make your life easier. There are many people out there follow others manually. Also twitter users tend to follow back when others followed him/her.

    These software helps get as many followers as possible at the beginning. When your followers hit 5000, then you should start engaging them by giving good values information and tips. Building the trust before you link them to your sale page.

    For example, if you have 100000 followers, 1% read your tweets(good quality) and trusted you. Then you prospect sales would be 1000. Each gives you $10/month. You will be earning $10k/month.

    Auto tweet application will also help you in giving good tips to your followers. Eg. tweetlater, twitrobot etc allow you to schedule your tweet for future. This might make your life easier.

    One important point here to share:

    When you follow manually and engage them manually, who do you think will actually follow you back and like you?
    Answer: Those who are searching tips & info using twitter/chatting online.

    When you auto follow and engage them, who do you think will follow you back and like you?
    I don't see any different between both question.

    So, why not we use auto follow software which can save your time? Use this extra time to engage and i think you will get higher conversion rate.

    DyLan
  • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
    Andyhenry
    Originally Posted by DyLan Lee View Post


    For example, if you have 100000 followers, 1% read your tweets(good quality) and trusted you. Then you prospect sales would be 1000. Each gives you $10/month. You will be earning $10k/month.


    So, why not we use auto follow software which can save your time? Use this extra time to engage and i think you will get higher conversion rate.

    DyLan

    Sorry but I disagree with this logic.

    There's a HUGE difference between manually following targeted people who can help your business and automatically following thousands of random people who you don't know.

    It's a recipe for disaster.

    If you follow more than a few thousand people in this way you will lose track of virtually all the 'good' people because a big percentage of your followers will be people doing what you're doing - autofollowing and you're on their list of endless promotions.

    This is really bad advice for someone starting out and it's the reason so many people don't get where the value is in Twitter.

    Andy
  • Profile picture of the author katiec
    katiec
    Sending a Direct Message to one of your followers simply asking how they are is always a way to reach out and interact.
  • Profile picture of the author mikestenger
    mikestenger
    Yeah, I gotta agree with Andy on that one Dylan. Some autofollow, others manually follow. I think manually following & being selective is truly the way to go when it comes to personal accounts. It's not about how many followers you have or any of that stuff but who actually listens and cares and the same on your end.

    Someone with 2000 followers can be just as effective as someone with 20000 followers, as long as they build value and showed they care by engaging and interacting with others. IMHO, John Reese summed the whole auto follow ordeal up pretty darn good - 5 Reasons Why Twitter Auto-Follow Is Bad Marketing
  • Profile picture of the author mikestenger
    mikestenger
    Originally Posted by Cecille20 View Post

    As far as I know as long as you handled your twitter account in a right procedure you will succeed. Also, if you are going to use some software, you should still implement what twitter rules. I mean like don't just promote your link at all with your account.
    I agree. Not sure what u meant with your last sentence but I've heard linking directly to salespages tend not to work too fantastically as compared to user generated content such as reviews, videos, blog posts, etc..

    So yeah, probably not the best practice to link directly to salespage. I'd recommend video or a blog post with some great info in advance. Not too often and only once you've built a good following who is already appreciating what you're doing.
  • Profile picture of the author mikestenger
    mikestenger
    Originally Posted by katiec View Post

    Sending a Direct Message to one of your followers simply asking how they are is always a way to reach out and interact.
    Yes and not some copy & paste mumbo jumbo if ya know what I mean ;-) @replys work just as well too and with all the spam people get in their DM's lately, if they follow quite a bit, could get your message lost.
  • Profile picture of the author Alex Rich
    Alex Rich
    Lots of great insights and advice forum mates... Twitter is definitely about posting value filled tweets. I find it interesting that many are posting tweet after tweet of ads and invitations to look at something that's making them rich...without one single person to person type of post.

    The key to Twitter happiness is that hundreds of thousands are joining twitter looking for something, however, their search is mostly for interaction with someone who will help them get what they need...be it chatter, where to find the parties this weekend or how to melt love handles before next summer

    To borrow a thought from my real estate buddies, Twitter success is about Value...Value...Value!

    Happy Tweeting,
    Alex
  • Profile picture of the author kendrickyi
    kendrickyi
    Hey all

    I have a dilemma.
    I have followers from different timezones and I'm wondering whether I should retweet the same tweet 2 or 3 times a day.

    For example, I'm in the GMT+8 timezone.
    I might wanna tweet "Content Message 1" at 9am, 1pm and 7pm my time
    and then tweet "Content Message 2" at 10am, 2pm and 8pm.

    I haven't been doing that though because I though my followers would think I'm too spammy.

    What would you do if you were in my shoes?
  • Profile picture of the author mikestenger
    mikestenger
    Originally Posted by kendrickyi View Post

    Hey all

    I have a dilemma.
    I have followers from different timezones and I'm wondering whether I should retweet the same tweet 2 or 3 times a day.

    For example, I'm in the GMT+8 timezone.
    I might wanna tweet "Content Message 1" at 9am, 1pm and 7pm my time
    and then tweet "Content Message 2" at 10am, 2pm and 8pm.

    I haven't been doing that though because I though my followers would think I'm too spammy.

    What would you do if you were in my shoes?
    I would not retweet the same message multiple times/day. If people are interested, they'll go back and look through your tweets. Not sure if you are but if you are automating your tweets, make sure to still engage every day so you don't look like a drone.
  • Profile picture of the author Wade Watson
    Wade Watson
    Originally Posted by TinkerAndPo View Post

    I agree with your autotweeting comment, but definitely not with your once-an-hour tweet. Many of my customers know me on Twitter and I can have entire conversations with three or four people at a time.
    Originally Posted by mikestenger View Post

    It all depends on your followers & what you post. The real kicker is, as long as you post something of value or interest to your followers, they won't care if you post 20 times/hour.
    I was actually referring to broadcast tweets, not conversations, but if all your followers see it, some could be put off. I suppose if you know your audience well and they're that devoted, go for it. Most of us can't pull that off, I think. One of the sharpest IM-ers in the business sent 45 tweets in 3 hrs. the other day and I thought it wore on a bit much.

    Originally Posted by kendrickyi View Post

    I have a dilemma.
    I have followers from different timezones and I'm wondering whether I should retweet the same tweet 2 or 3 times a day.
    Just freshen the message with a slightly different angle, but the same link. I see people do this all the time successfully.

    Wade Watson

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