Learn to Tweet Like a Veteran: 15 Handy Hacks

So you’re new to Twitter. Or you’ve been around but haven’t tweeted much. You’re possibly feeling a bit overwhelmed. How are you going to be able to fit all you want to say into just 280 characters while still getting your point across? There’s a trick to it, and hopefully, you’ll learn to tweet like a veteran by reading these 15 handy hacks:-

01. Tweet, Tweet and Tweet Some More

Tweet regularly. You’re on the right side of the statistics if you tweet a few times a day, as opposed to any less. Tweeting more often will gain more followers, and whether you’re trying to build a brand or just a personal following, being more Twitter-active will be beneficial. Try not to tweet links every time, though – space these out as you don’t want to come across as a spammer!

02. Choose your Tweet Times Carefully

Remember that you’re tweeting internationally, so select the correct times to tweet to your essential followers. Business tweets aimed at other businesses statistically tend to have more impact after lunch and before dinner on weekdays. Those business tweets targeting consumers are better on Saturday mornings and weekends. For personal tweets? Watch your followers’ activity.

03. Keep Your Tweets Short

What? 280 characters is short! That may be the case but using less than 100 characters means that your scrolling followers don’t have to stop and can read your tweet without any bother. According to the statistics, shorter tweets gain more likes and retweets.

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04. Make Use of Visual Media

There was a 62% increase in Twitter video views between 2019 and 2020. Colourful, visually-appealing tweets are eye-catching and are more popular. If you don’t have any images, gifs or videos to share, use a brightly coloured emoji or two. You can double your engagement that way.

05. Don’t Be Shy

Ask your followers to retweet your tweets. Be bold. You’re likely to gain up to 12 times more exposure! Retweets account for nearly 80% of user engagement with brands on Twitter.

06. Be Dynamic

Encourage your followers to participate and, in marketing scenarios, make decisions. Use action words to steer your followers in the right direction.

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07. Encourage Conversation

Asking questions on Twitter encourages responses and further communication. The more you engage your followers, the more exposure you’ll receive.

08. Be Funny and Encourage a Smile or Two

Twitter can be vibrant and bubbly, and adding a little humour to your tweets boosts follower responses and retweets. Once again, this will improve your reach and interaction with your followers.

09. Hashtag It!

Please don’t overdo it, but using some original and relevant hashtags in your tweets reminds your followers who you are and what you represent. This is an essential tip for business tweets as it increases brand exposure.

10. Tag Others

Tag some applicable followers, brands and influencers in your tweets, and use wording that encourages responses. If an influencer or top brand does happen to respond to your tweet, it can increase that tweet’s reach substantially.

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11. Quote Well-Known People

Validate your tweets with quotes from celebrities, market leaders and other recognisable names. This adds substance to your tweet and encourages more likes and retweets. Once again, you’ll increase your reach.

12. Converse with Your Followers

You are encouraging conversation by tweeting with your followers and not at them. A more informal and conversational tone means that your followers are likelier to respond and grow your tweet’s impact. Remain professional but professionally friendly and approachable. Commenting on the posts of those you follow, especially market leaders and influencers, will also increase your chances of greater reach.

13. Keep It Simple

You’ve only got a certain number of characters to use, and, as previously mentioned, it’s better to use not even half of those. With that in mind, the simpler your words and language are, the more likely you will get retweets, likes and exposure.

14. Throw Some Numbers In

People love statistics. Using numerical format saves you characters, and interesting numerical and statistical facts and figures also help to engage a following.

15. Encourage Further Investigation

Pique your followers’ curiosity with some open-ended statements, especially if you’ve posted links to click on. Us humans are naturally curious and, as such, often can’t help following up on an unanswered question or a leading statement.

In Conclusion

Experienced Twitter users don’t find it challenging to incorporate much of what I’ve said in this article. If you’re new to the platform or haven’t used Twitter much, you may find much of this information valuable in your quest to learn to tweet like a veteran. I hope so.

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