Learn to Tweet Like a Veteran: 15 Handy Hacks
So you’re new to Twitter. Or you’ve been around but haven’t really 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 you 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 really don’t want to come across as a spammer!
02. Choose your Tweet Times Carefully
Remember that you’re tweeting internationally, so select the right times to tweet to your important 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 over the weekend in general. 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 scrolling and can read your tweet without any bother. According to the statistics, shorter tweets gain more likes and retweets.
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 definitely more popular. If you don’t have any images, gifs or videos to share, make use of 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, to make decisions. Use action words to steer your followers in the right direction.
07. Encourage Conversation
Asking questions on Twitter encourages responses and further communication. The more that you can engage your followers, the more exposure you’ll receive.
08. Be Funny and Encourage a Smile or Two
Twitter can be vibrant and bubbly. Adding a little humour in your tweets boosts follower responses and retweets. Once again this will improve your reach and interaction with your followers.
09. Hashtag It!
Don’t overdo it, but using a couple of original and relevant hashtags in your tweets reminds your followers who you are and what you represent. For business tweets, this is an important tip 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.
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, your reach will be increased.
12. Converse with Your Followers
Encouraging conversation by tweeting with your followers and not at them. Using a more informal and conversational tone means that your followers are more likely to respond and grow your tweet’s impact. Remain professional but professionally-friendly and approachable. Commenting on posts of those you follow, especially market leaders and influencers will also increase your chances of a 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 are to 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 helps 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.
Experienced Twitter users don’t find it difficult incorporating 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.
Warren has been a freelance writing professional for nearly a decade. He runs the CopyFounder website and is a lover of the English language. His background in journalism, editing, copywriting, creative writing, content writing and marketing and an array of other fields has provided him with unique life experiences and an insight into numerous topics. Warren carries experience in writing and marketing for a variety of niches.
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