By Renee Elizabeth Gauntlett
Everyone wants thousands of followers and tons of regular activity on Twitter. What a lot of people do is follow random people in hopes they will follow back, and post a lot of irrelevant content. I can tell you this right now, that practice may not be helping your brand at all. Here’s what will work:
First, you need to have a realistic profile. Use a real twitcon (photo) and give a good description of yourself and/or your company. Remember, it is always beneficial for your brand to have a particular persona. You can also include links to your website, blog and other social networks in your description.
Secondly, you need to be following the right users. Stop focusing on your number of followers and start focusing on the type of followers you have. Follow persons or brands that you can relate to and have things in common with. These are the ones who will follow back and interact with you regularly.
While building your fan base, be sure to constantly post valuable content. Tweet frequently with content relevant to your brand as well as to your Twitter audience. Feel free to include jokes, quotes, photos, videos and external links. Also, be sure to use hashtags so that non-followers can see and find your content easily.
The way you craft your messages are also important. The most concise messages are the most effective ones. So try to keep your tweets under 140 characters as your followers are less likely to click the links to read more.
In order to keep engagement strong, you need to be responding to your followers. Here are a few tips:
1. For new followers, say a quick “thanks for following”, and make it personal by including their name and Twitter handle.
2. Always answer tweets promptly
3. Participate in Twitter chats
4. Asking questions
5. Retweet or ‘favorite’ interesting tweets by your followers
6. Participate in popular Twitter activities such as #FollowFriday (#FF)
Once you follow these basic tips, your followers will be more comfortable interacting with you on Twitter and are more likely to include your handle in Twitter chats and activities.
Other ways to engage your followers include:
– Posting frequently and at optimal times (when your followers are online)
– Host competitions on Twitter
– Have random giveaways
– Start a Vine account and make use of visual content
Be careful though, because once you start using these tips, you have to MAINTAIN it. Or else, your followers may lose interest. So my best advice would be to work out a twitter strategy which includes posting schedules that your social media executives can follow. Take a look at the posting schedule that Twitter has suggested for businesses https://business.twitter.com/make-it-habit
Follow these tips and see the changes for yourself. Remember to keep it light, keep it simple and keep it friendly.