Always Learning Something New on Twitter
Reposted from BetteDaoust.com
Today I thought I would try and catch up with all my statistics, see where my followers were retweeting, looking at getting a few things cleaned up and start working on building a bigger following. The I discovered yet another trick for gaining followers that are actually engaged in the whole process.
One of the things about twitter is that you can put systems in place to build your base with a targeted audience. I will let you in on a few secrets in a later article. The base is the starting point. My base is around 14,400 followers and I need to build that beyond 20,000 over the next month. I just have to put in the work and get it done. It is not difficult to do, it just takes time!
The problem with having a lot of followers is the fact that you do not always get the interactions you want. What is the point of having so many followers if no one retweets your material, no one is truly engaged with your work, and no one actually shows any interest? There has to be a solution! Right?
After reading a dozen or more blog articles all telling me what to do and not how to do it, I got very frustrated and knew there had to be a way to increase the engagement without adding copious amounts of time and effort. I found two great solutions!. One is a $0 solution and the other is free with paid options. Both work extremely well.
Let’s start with the free with paid options. The app is called PostPlanner (for those that cannot get to the link it is: http://bit.ly/PostPlannerIdeas ). Here you can find trending news, quotes, images, and more. All you need to do is schedule in what you want. The key here is that the app allows you to schedule posts and tweets, you create the schedule then add items of interest to your audience and plug it in. This is the greatest place to find items that will tentatively engage your audience. I have certainly seen a huge change with interactions.
The How to:
- Create a post planner account – go here http://bit.ly/PostPlannerIdeas and login with Facebook to create your account. Very easy!
- Add up to 3 free profiles for Twitter and Facebook. You can add more when you upgrade your account to the paid version but if you are working with only a couple of accounts, the free version will give you a lot to start with.
- Go the scheduler and decide what you want to have for tweets (or posts) and the time slots for each. Post Planner recommends that you vary the type of item in the schedule. For example, tweet an image, then a linked item, then something that is plain text. The variety will help to keep the attention of your audience.
- Once you have your schedule in place, you are ready to set up some posts. Go to the posts area, pick items from the left hand side and schedule away. Be sure to choose the profiles where you want the items to go with each post. You can post to all your profiles or simple choose one or two, that is entirely up to you. I know for me, I have some profiles where I want to schedule separately because the audience is different.
- Do all your scheduling one day in the week, it should only take you 30 minutes or so. Add your own items to the list as well. You can upload graphics or use the Canva link in the message area. Great feature!
Oh, BTW (By the way), when people respond, take the time to reply back to any and all DMs (Direct messages) or conversations. IT will pay off!
Now for the next item, the other $0 solution. This idea came from a couple of YouTube links that I discovered. One person here had over a million followers. He did pay for a lot of them so I am not sure about how targeted that audience really is AND I wonder how responsive you can be if people start to interact! Just something to think about.
Here is the idea:
You should find people that follow a hashtag that is part of your current interest and what you are putting forth for your followers. Find the most retweeted item from that list and follow those that have been retweeting the item. These are the people that are the most likely to interact with content you post.
The How to:
- Open Twitter and type your hashtag into the search box. Hover over a couple of handles that show up and look at their follower base numbers. You are looking for profiles that have a huge following. Find one that fits and click on the profile or the hashtag.
- When the page opens, you will see all the tweets that have happened for that profile. Scroll down the list and look at the number of retweets each item has. Find one that has a big number (I generally go for items that are over 150 retweets). Once you find one go to the next step.
- Click on the date the item was posted. You will find this just under the profile handle on the right hand side. If the date is simple 2hrs or a specific date, simple click on it to open the item on the screen.
- Now you will see a number for retweets and a number for likes. Both of these items will have a list of people who retweeted or liked the item. Click on the number for the retweets.
- A list of retweeters will appear on your screen. Go down the list and follow each person on the list. You can do the same for those that liked the post. You will now have followers that are actually active and more likely to be engaged with your content!
I would suggest you do both methods. Start with post planner (http://bit.ly/PostPlannerIdeas) and then add extras through the retweeting process. The point is that you will have great content scheduled and a group of followers that are engaged.
Enjoy the journey!
Dr. Bette Daoust in an international best-selling author. Her expertise is in helping authors, speakers and artists succeed. Her latest book is 25 Quick Ways to Sell More Books Today. Bette along with Carina Grace Kamara have written and produced over 150 books. Join us on our Facebook page (http://facebook.com/AuthorsSuccessGuild)
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