My 5 top tips for building a Twitter following that interact with you
What is the difference between engaged followers on Twitter and followers on Twitter? It can be the difference between being successful and getting results or just having an account on Twitter. Anyone can increase the number of followers they have on Twitter easily (just go and follow other accounts) without paying money for a 1,000 followers, never ever do this as it is a waste of money and can do more harm than good. Engaged users will interact with you either by retweeting your tweets or having a conversation with you, this will get you and your tweets seen by more people. Also if you are seen to be chatting with people on Twitter it is more likely that other people will start conversations with you. So here are my 5 top tips for building an engaged Twitter Following.
1) Complete your Twitter profile
Completing your Twitter profile is very important, so important that I have written a separate blog post all about it, Twitter Basics Part 1 – Profile. Your profile should have a picture that is same as on other social media sites and the written bio which is 160 characters should include keywords that people might search for when looking for your services. A header image that is either relevant to your business or tells people more about your business helps you stand out. You need to give people information so they can easily decide that you are someone interesting to follow or that they already know you.
2) Follow other Twitter users that are active on Twitter
Follow other active Twitter users that you find interesting and that engage with people on Twitter. If you only follow accounts that broadcast on Twitter, it is unlikely that they will see your tweets never mind interact with you.
3) Start a conversation
Rather than just following someone, start a conversation with them either about something they mention in their profile or something that they have tweeted about. For example I might start a conversation with someone, who like me, mentions in their profile they like Dr Who. If the recent Dr Who series is running I might ask what they thought to the latest episode or if not I might ask something more general like who is their favourite Dr. This shows I have read their bio and we have something in common.
4) Get involved in a local networking hour hashtag
Find your local county networking hour hashtag and start chatting to people that are also using the hashtag or find a hashtag that is relevant to your business like #weddinghour and get involved in the conversation. Don’t just tweet promotional tweets about what you do but have conversations with people and retweet relevant tweets. Always check the etiquette for the hashtag, telling people in a tweet that you are new to the networking hour and asking if there is anything you need to know is a good way to start. Then follow people from the networking hour and follow back anyone that follows you.
5) Share great relevant content in your tweets
Sharing great relevant content will get people following you, as we all like to follow people that share great content especially if it is relevant to what we are interested in. Share a mixture of your own content along with retweeting other “expert’s” content and business’s content that you think your followers will be interested in.
What makes you engage with other Twitter users?
If you found this post useful or want to know more about how I get great results with Twitter check out my 30 days to Twitter Success.