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As Thanksgiving approaches, I’m grateful for the people in my life: a wonderful family, great friends, phenomenal clients.
I’m also very thankful for the brilliant, insightful, and engaging people I’ve “met” online, and for the social media technologies that make that possible.
Lifelong learning has always been vital for career success, but social media has simultaneously made it easier and much broader. In the pre-Internet days, professionals kept their knowledge and skills up to date by attending conferences, reading books, and subscribing to trade magazines.
Many still use those same resources, but also broaden their perspective and specific expertise through social media. The problem with relying on “paid” media is that the costs of print publishing and events necessarily limit the number of “voices” that can be heard to the most popular.
Though such voices still command large audiences, blogging and social networks have greatly increased the number of voices that can be heard. Smart people with interesting perspectives who may, for a variety of reasons, not have been published in traditional media can attract modestly sized but specialized and highly engaged audiences online. Professionals have a much wider and richer range of sources to turn to for ongoing learning.
I’m grateful this year in particular for the expanding list of marketing and PR professionals who really stand out in terms of producing and sharing valuable content and being socially engaging. Here’s a partial visual snapshot; you can find and subscribe to the full list here. Check out these experts; you may find yourself thankful for them well before this time next year.
Guest post by Logan Strain.
There are few things more satisfying to an online marketer than witnessing your brand’s Twitter account reach critical mass. All the work you put into building a large social platform is paying off, and now your account, which was once only followed by your coworkers, is now a social media powerhouse. But after that success, how do you make the most of Twitter as a traffic driver to your blog posts, landing pages, and other valuable content?
Merely providing links to your followers without thinking about presentation isn’t enough. Through a few tactical tweaks to your tweets, you can achieve a higher click through rate and more traffic to your digital properties.
Here are five simple ways to improve your tweets for a higher CTR.
Create Custom URLs
You’re already using a URL shortener to make the most of the limited space you have on Twitter. But are you carefully crafting those URLs, or are you letting your shortener turn them into a nonsensical garble of words and numbers? Random characters in a link have the whiff of spam, so they may get unfairly overlooked on Twitter.
Bitly, one of the most popular link shorteners, now features vanity URLs, which means that your social media links are 100% customizable. So you can turn “bit.ly/jd59i8” into “bit.ly/PrettyLink.” The latter, since it contains an actual word, is appealing and is more likely to earn those coveted clicks from your audience.
Choose An Eye-Catching Image
Gaining followers is only half the Twitter battle. Since your followers scroll through countless other tweets on their feed, you also need to stop them in their tracks when they see your tweets. When we promote blog posts on Instant Checkmate’s Twitter account, we create a banner image for both the blog post and the tweet. This not only makes the post itself more visually appealing, it creates a graphic that can help your tweets get noticed.
Fortunately, you don’t have to be a graphic designer or spend half an hour tweaking an image in Photoshop to create pro-style images. Online graphic creators like Canva can help you make high-quality, customized Twitter graphics in mere minutes. Simply create an image that contains your content’s headline and a visually striking background and your tweets will stand out.
Command Them To Click
Experienced marketers and salespeople know that you have to ask for what you want. Ambiguous calls to action produce lackluster results. But for some reason they consistently fail to apply that knowledge to their social posts. If you want your followers to click the link, tell them to do just that. Commanding your audience with a simple, brief “click here” or “check this out” will turn more Twitter followers into website visitors.
Tweet Multiple Times
When pushing your content through Twitter, there’s no reason to take a “one and done” approach. When scheduling your posts, set your most valuable content to be tweeted multiple times throughout the week. Just like you, your followers have other things to do and might miss tweets relevant to their interests. A tweeting schedule that pushes your best pieces multiple times gives them many opportunities to see your content.
Leverage Hashtags From Industry Events
Relevancy always increases click through rates. If there is a major conference or Twitter chat that is relevant to your industry, take advantage. Include the event’s hashtag in your tweets to promote your content. You’ll get in front of a brand new and intensely passionate audience for your content. By using this technique, you won’t just gain new traffic, you’ll probably also see a bump in followers.
Logan Strain is a web content creator who regularly contributes to Instant Checkmate’s blog, a father, and a podcast addict. When he’s not browsing Reddit, playing with his daughter, or binge-watching Netflix, he’s creating top notch web content. Follow him on Twitter @LM_Strain.
Guest post by Logan Strain.
If you’ve invested the groundwork necessary to build a Twitter account, there’s nothing more satisfying than seeing it actually gain steam. Your best tweets get retweeted on a regular basis, you can count on discovering more followers every time you check in, and you can see that you’re developing a strong presence on a noisy platform.
But all accounts reach a level of stagnation if you use the same tactics over and over again. If you see your growth starting to level off, it might be time to shake things up a bit with new techniques.
How can you break through a Twitter plateau and take your account to an even greater level of success? Use these these five helpful Twitter tools and strategies to build upon what you have already established.
1) Improve Multimedia With Twitter Cards
A highly powerful yet underused optional feature of Twitter is the Twitter card. This feature, developed by Twitter, allows accounts to create media-rich experiences that can help you stand out in the mostly text platform. Accounts can use one of seven different cards in a single tweet.
- • Gallery cards that display images
- • Photo cards that include a single image
- • Summary cards with a link
- • Summary cards with images
- • App cards
- • Player cards which showcase videos
- • Product cards
For example, if you want to show off a few different photos of a brand new product on Twitter, you can use the gallery card to display shots from several angles. Or you can use the photo card to add a large picture to your tweet when you link to your blog.
Using one of these cards increases click-throughs and engagement, since they make your tweets look so much different from those ones in your followers’ feeds.
While Twitter cards have been adopted by some major brands, they are still not used by everyone. To learn more, check out Forbes’ great comprehensive overview on this nifty feature and how to implement it.
2) Use Tweriod For Perfectly Timed Tweets
When you tweet can have a huge impact on how much engagement your tweets generate. While there have been some studies on the best overall tweeting time, every account is different. So how do you find a tweeting schedule that is perfect for your particular niche?
Tweriod is a powerful (and free) tool that can give you actionable analytics to supercharge your tweeting. The tool analyzes your tweets and your followers tweets, and lets you know what tweeting times give you the best results. With this information in hand, you can fine tune when you tweet using your tweet scheduler.
3) Experiment With New Hashtags
Hashtags, of course, are essential to getting attention on Twitter. If Twitter is one giant cocktail party, then hashtags are how you take part in a conversation. Most established accounts use a handful of hashtags, either ones directly related to their industry or market, or ones that have successfully garnered engagement in the past.
But if you keep using the same hashtags, you’ll keep getting the same results. Break out of your tweeting routine by exploring other hashtags to connect with. One easy way to brainstorm new hashtags you can try is use the app in Hashtagify.me.
Just enter your most common hashtags, and it will give you other common hashtags that are commonly associated with it. Now you have several more ways to connect with Twitter users with which you can experiment.
4) Create Your Own Branded Hashtag
There’s no reason why you have to use hashtags that are already popular. You can really break through by creating a hashtag of your very own. For example, to promote their “Share A Coke” campaign, Coca-Cola created the hashtag #shareacoke.
In promoting their breakfast items, Taco Bell joked that “Breakfast Burrito from a burger place? That’s like taking a T Rex to yoga.” They then encouraged other followers to create their own jokes in that vein using the hashtag #thatslike. Think of an interesting or funny way you can engage your potential customers with a clever and original hashtag.
5) Optimize Tweet Length
Since 140 characters is so short, many social media marketers take advantage of the full amount of space available with every tweet. But that strategy may overestimate the attention span of the users of the most hyperactive social network on the Internet. Some studies even suggest that the optimal length of a tweet is a paltry 100 characters.
Shortening tweets below Twitter’s limits has resulted in increased engagement for some marketers. Try your hand at extreme brevity for a week of tweeting and see if it has an impact in shares and favorites.
Never Stop Testing
How do you know you’re making the most of the time you spend building up your Twitter account? By consistently trying new things, and keeping what works. Any Twitter account can see steady growth if you simply maintain a steady and consistent tweeting schedule. But if you want to supercharge your growth, you’ll need to rethink your tactics on a week by week basis.
Logan Strain is a web content creator who regularly contributes to Instant Checkmate’s blog, a father, and a podcast addict. When he’s not browsing reddit, playing with his daughter, or binge-watching Netflix, he’s creating top notch web content. Follow him on Twitter @LM_Strain.
Thanks to its brevity and informality, Twitter has become a phenomenally successful social network, particularly for sharing news and updates, with more than 560 million active users collectively posting 5,700 tweets every second.
While powerful on its own, the 140-character social chatter site is even more useful when extended with tools to accomplish all sorts of tasks, from analyzing current followers and finding new ones to identifying influencers and trends, creating custom Twitter feeds, monitoring brand conversations and more.
Check out the posts below to find reviews of more than two dozen helpful Twitter tools, from a handful of top social media experts.
Expert Reviews of Top Twitter Tools
8 Twitter Tools Every Content Marketer Should Have by Streetwise Media
Caroline Lyle reviews her favorite Twitter tools, among them FollowerWonk which “offers valuable analysis of your followers, and more importantly, helps you find new ones,” and TweetBeep, a simple tool that “sends you an email every time your brand is mentioned” on Twitter.
3 Very Useful Twitter Hashtag Analytics Tools by Razor Social
Writing that “Analyzing the activity around a hashtag on twitter can help you identify the influencers, find useful links, analyze trends and much more,” Ian Cleary reviews three hashtag analytics tools including Tweetbinder, which lets you “analyze a twitter chat to see who is engaged in the conversation, who is most influential, what tweets were shared, what links are shared” and more.
7 Free Tools to Find Twitter Influencers Who Interact with You by Small Business Trends
Frequent best-of contributor Ann Smarty reviews more than half a dozen tools for identifying and engaging with influential Twitters who follow you, such as Who Tweeted Me, “a new tool from Hubspot that finds all people who tweeted your pages and sorts them by number of followers. You can thank them with one click as well.”
Find the RSS feed for any Twitter user with Twitter RSS (Update) by Social Media Slant
Twitter has killed off its RSS feeds, but Cendrine Marrouat recommends using the RSS 4 Twitter tool as an alternative. At last check, the site worked well for capturing individual Twitter feeds, but hashtag support was temporarily out of order.
5 Tools to Research the Demographics of Your Twitter Followers by Small Business Trends
Ann Smarty (again) reviews a handful of “great apps that will let you get the proper stats to start engaging your followers in a real and dynamic way,” such as Birdsong (“Do a quick analytics search of any social media profile and find out exactly what conversations your brand is generating”).
Twools: Social Media Unleashed by iag.me
A more powerful alternative to the issue of Twitter RSS feeds is Twools, a tools from Ian Anderson Gray. It allows you to create a number of Twitter feeds including your home timeline, any user timeline, mentions, favorites and more, and filter these by keyword, hashtag or screen name.
Twitter became a publicly traded company on November 7 and saw the price of its shares climb 73% on the first day of trading. It was the second-largest Internet IPO ever by an American company, trailing only Facebook.
The microblogging service now has more than 600 million registered users (adding 135,000 each day), with more than 100 million active every month. There are 9,100 tweets posted per second; one billion tweets every five days.
Does anyone still think Twitter is for the birds?
With all that activity, it’s imperative that marketers and PR professionals use the platform effectively as part of an overall web presence optimization strategy. What are the best ways to drive website or blog traffic with Twitter? To grow your company’s Twitter following? To generate more engagement and retweets? Utilize Twitter advertising? Get the most out of Twitter search?
Find the answers to those questions and many more here in more than two dozen of the best Twitter guides, tips and helpful infographics of the past year.
Twitter Guides and Tips
10 Ways to Drive Traffic to Your B2B Website with Twitter Influencers by Social Media B2B
Noting that “Influence marketing is getting your industry social influencers to share your content to their Twitter followers (and) 92% of us trust peer recommendations for product choices and brand preferences,” Krista Bunskoek presents 10 ideas for getting the attention of influential Twitterers, from using RTs, @ mentions and favorites to writing about influencers on your blog (hmm, kind of like in this post).
#TwitterTips: 5 steps for a successful 140-character conversation on Twitter by MarketingSherpa
Rachel Katz offers “five tips you can use to create engaging conversations on Twitter,” from having a purpose (“It’s good practice to begin with a purpose for each piece of content shared on social media platforms. Because Twitter is limited by so few characters, this especially holds true. Every tweet should have a purpose”) to having fun.
8 Places You’re Guaranteed to Find Great Content to Tweet by HubSpot
Shannon Johnson presents an excellent collection of resources to help curate content for Twitter (or other uses), ranging from Feedly (which lets you follow pretty much anything—blogs, #topics, vimdeo and YouTube channels, tumblrs, comics, recipes, news sites, podcasts, magazines and more) to StumbleUpon. A worthy compilation, though it’s hard to believe Scoop.it didn’t make the list.
A Simple Tip to Get a Huge Increase in Engagement on Twitter by jeffbullas.com
Noting that tweets with images generate 18% more clicks and 150% more click-throughs than those without, Jeff Bullas recommends adding images to tweets (using pic.Twitter.com to take advantage of the image preview feature) and showcases four examples of brands using making good use of this tactic.
16 Ridiculously Easy Ways To Increase Retweets by Heidi Cohen
Heidi Cohen breaks down Twitter research from HubSpot’s Dan Zarrella into 16 actionable tips for getting more retweets, such as using one (but never more than three) hashtags in tweets; sharing photos (natively or with Twitpic, but not with Instagram); and using the word “please” in calls to action (but not the word “visit”).
5 Ways B2B Companies Can Generate Leads on Twitter by Social Media B2B
Carolyn Hughes suggests five ways to generate B2B sales leads on Twitter, including sharing content to drive website traffic and using Twitter to create “warm” leads: “Your new business development manager could sit down and plow through a lot of cold calls with relevant businesses but this is really a shot in the dark. However, if you start connecting with other businesses and other business people through Twitter, this is a friendly way to introduce your company and start to form a relationship.”
10 Smart Tips for Creating, Marketing and Sharing Content on Twitter by jeffbullas.com
Jeff Bullas (again) explains the three key elements of a tweet, then offers 10 tips for sharing content that resonates on Twitter, from writing a great headline and applying hashtags (judiciously) through targeting influencers and using “action words: more verbs, fewer nouns.”
6 Ways to Use Embedded Tweets to Help Your Business by Social Media Examiner
The erudite and prolific Kristi Hines presents “six ways to use embedded tweets to enhance your content, drive engagement and establish social proof,” from reputation building with customer testimonials to building website traffic with a tweet chat to promoting upcoming events.
40 useful things you can share on Twitter besides blog posts by AdamVincenzini[dot]com
It seems nearly everyone shares blog posts on Twitter. Here, Adam Vincenzini lists more than three dozen alternative types of content to share, from new apps or tools to a Twitter chat transcript, YouTube video, event, photo, or helpful tip.
Seven Tips for Finding Killer Twitter Content by Ishmael’s Corner
Writing that “It takes work to dig out fresh content that hasn’t already been trampled by the masses like the stories from Mashable that always trigger a zillion social shares,” Lou Hoffman offers seven tips for finding unique content to tweet including corporate websites, journalists’ personal blogs, and publications that are “off the beaten path.”
The 10 most clickable Twitter headlines by Ragan’s PR Daily
Allison Stadd lists the “10 most clickable Twitter headlines that will engage your followers, draw traffic to your blog or website and help differentiate your Twitter account,” such as calls to action, how-to’s, the word “infographic,” and, not surprising, top 10 lists.
Misty McPadden looks at four common objectives for business Twitter accounts, and provides helpful tips for achieving each goal. For example, tips for generating more retweets include carefully curating tweets of third-party content, scheduling tweets, leaving enough unused characters for others to easily retweet you.
Tweet tweet – 20 top tips for businesses by Entanet Newsletter
Discover both interesting Twitter facts (such as that each global Fortune 100 company is mentioned, on average, nearly 60,000 times per month on Twitter) and practical tips (among them: “Monitor the best times to tweet using the likes of tweriod.com“) in this useful post.
The State of Twitter, 2013 by Margie’s Moments of Tiyoweh
Margie Clayman responds to 10 not-uncommon questions and observations about Twitter, ranging from common practices, tools and etiquette to queries like ““Some celebs are subscribing to the Chris Brogan method of unfollowing most of their followers. Why?”
Twitter Tips for Beginners
Twitter Best Practices: 11+ Tips for Tweeting Well by Social Media Today
Courtney Hunt provides a guide which “offers a set of Twitter best practices that helps people maximize their ability to maintain a strong signal/noise ratio and avoid making mistakes that can hurt their individual professional and/or organizational brands,” emphasizing the importance of listening, quality and timing among other characteristics.
The 2013 Twitter Marketing Guide by KISSmetrics
Kristi Hines (again) here provides an outstanding beginner’s guide to Twitter (that even veteran tweeters may want to skim) covering everything from initial profile setup and optimization through planning a content strategy, building an audience, advertising on Twitter, and becoming familiar with key Twitter tools.
15 Steps To legitimately Gain More Twitter Followers by LinksToWeb
Though the English is a bit rough, the ideas shared here by Vishnu Aniyan for growing a Twitter following are solid, from creating an interesting Twitter bio, background and custom About page to being generous in linking and retweeting others, and practicing “strategic, not aggressive, following.”
Twitter 101 in 21 Tweets [SLIDESHARE] by Social Media Today
Barry Feldman cleverly provides a helpful guide for Twitter newbies in the form of 21 tweets that explain what Twitter is, how it works, how to use hashtags, build a following, find useful Twitter apps, generate retweets and more.
Advanced Twitter Tips
Custom Timelines – Curation a la Twitter by Relevanza
Birgit Pauli-Haack explains how to use Tweetdeck to create and publish custom Twitter timelines to curate content; for example, for filtering out the best event-related tweets or a selection of tweets from a Twitter chat.
Belle Beth Cooper reports on several key enhancements made to Twitter in late 2012 that not all Twitterers may be aware of, such as Twitter Alerts for emergencies and breaking news, updates for Android and iOS7, and yet another new location for the DM feature.
14 Twitter Tips and Tricks for Power Users by Mashable
Matt Petronzio shares more than a dozen tips on how to do things you may not have known you could do with Twitter, such as getting tailored trends (“You can change the list to reflect trends in your own country or select cities, worldwide and even trends tailored to your interests and those you follow”), using keyboard shortcuts, and creating user widgets (embeddable code for specific Twitter feeds).
Twitter Advertising Tips
Lead Generation Card: Now available to all advertisers, with new features by Twitter Advertising Blog
Tarun Jain explains how Twitter advertisers can use Lead Generation Cards, and highlights recently added features including new layouts, simpler setup and lead collection (including options to load incoming leads directly into a CRM system), and multi-language support.
Step-by-Step Guide for Twitter Ads to Promote Your Business by Kuno Creative
Noting that “Twitter provides its users a customized marketing strategy where they can promote events and sales, gain brand awareness among audiences not currently aware of them and even gain new followers they can advertise to in the future,” Deepak Gupta steps through the different advertising options available on the platform and how to set up Twitter ads.
Tweet tips: Most effective calls to action on Twitter by Twitter Advertising Blog
Jennifer Romanek outlines four of the most effective calls to action on Twitter, starting with asking for a download:”Promoted Tweets in timelines that explicitly ask people to download accompanied by a link increase URL clicks by an average of 13%. Promoted Tweets in search that feature this call to action also increase clicks by an average of 11%.”
Twitter Search Tips
Twitter Search 101 – How To Search by More in Media
Dorien Morin-van Dam passes along three helpful tips for advanced searching on Twitter. My favorite: “Plug the URL of your latest article (or blog post) into the search bar” on Twitter, which enables you to find all shares of that content, regardless of URL shortener or surrounding text used.
How Marketers Can Track Any Link Shared By Anyone On Twitter by All Twitter
Shea Bennett delves into specific uses of Twitter search to track shares of any link on Twitter, and narrow these searches with advanced search operators to find brand, product, blog, competitor and other types of shared URLs.
Best Twitter Infographics
How To Grow Your Twitter Audience by twiends
This creative and distinctively designed infographic illustrates a broad array of tactics for gaining new Twitter followers, from “things you can do online” (e.g., guest blogging, webinars, signing up for Twitter directories) through real-world activities, tweeting and retweeting, and other activities (such as including your Twitter handle in print ads and QR codes).
Twitter: Tweet Cheat Sheet [#Infographic] by Stormnet Media Blitz
Did you know that Twitter engagement rates for (primarily consumer) brands are 17% higher on Saturday and Sunday, yet only 19% of brand tweets go out on weekends? Or that tweets with image links generate twice the engagement rate of tweets without links? Discover lots more interesting Twitter facts and stats in this infographic.
Blueprint For Building The Perfect Tweet [INFOGRAPHIC] by All Twitter
Mary C. Long shares a blueprint-style infographic with tips for better tweeting, such as “using consistent excellence to stand out from the crowd,” “selling the headline in a non-salesy way,” and “using correct (and acceptable) punctuation.”