What To Do After You
Buy Twitter Followers
You’ve made the wise decision to kickstart your followers with our award-winning Twitter Service. Well done. Now it’s time for the real fun - taking advantage of your new-found popularity and social proof on Twitter to make your goals a reality.
Our Social Media experts have put together two short-and-sweet guides below to help you or your business exploit Twitter to its full potential. Whether you’re a professional seeking to become more influential in your industry or a business looking to attract and engage customers - we’ve got your back.
1. Review Your Twitter Profile
Your Twitter profile is the first thing people see, so make sure it looks as awesome as can be.
Profile Photo: The little image representing your profile to the Twittersphere should be a recognizable photo of you. A headshot works best in most cases, but feel free to be creative if it fits your brand. Just know that the image must be square, and exactly 400x400 pixels. If you don’t set the dimensions yourself, Twitter will do it for you—but their random cropping efforts may not be accurate.
Header Photo: In the header, you want to create something eye-catching and interesting. You can also place some concise text here such as a personal hashtag. Go to Twitter Covers or this Hubspot post for some ideas. Twitter suggests 1500 x 500 pixels as the ideal size.
Bio: The bio is limited to 160 characters, so use them wisely. Putting hashtags in your bio can help your profile find its way into relevant searches. You can place an active link here, too.
Links: You’re allowed to put one link on your profile page, in addition to one within your bio. Often, these links would be directed to the homepage of your website, blog or primary social network (such as YouTube or Instagram).
2. Tweet and Engage
If you’ve already been tweeting for a while, Twitter can help you determine which of your tweets are the most popular, and you can use this information when composing future tweets. To view your statistics, just click here.
There you will see all kinds of visual statistics on your tweets’ reach, engagement, clicks and more, which will help you understand your followers’ interests.
WHAT to Tweet: Twitter is considered a micro-blogging platform, and a tweet is actually a short post; a-140-character shout out to the world. You can tweet about anything you like, but what you should tweet about really depends on who you are and what you’re trying to communicate to your followers. Here are some tips for a personal account:
- Voice your opinion
- Share personal photos and videos
- Start a revolution in another country
- Converse with others and form friendships
- Stalk your ex-boyfriend or girlfriend
- Follow current events and cultural trends
- Mention your congressman’s profile in tweets about escort services
HOW to Tweet: Now that you’ve defined your goals, how should you go about successfully engaging with your followers? Here are some typical features of effective tweets:
- Keep It Short & Sweet - You're given 140 characters for each tweet, but the most effective tweets are shorter...and sweeter. According to a recent article on Buffer, the ideal length is between 71-100 characters, and tweets less than 100 get 17% higher engagement*.
- Hashtag it - Include one or two relevant #hashtags but no more than that. This will help your tweet find its way into conversations on your topic. However, #overloading on them #can be #annoying to your #regular #followers.
- Use Pics & Videos - Stats show that tweets with images gain a 35% increase in retweets, while videos give you a 28% boost.
- Ask questions to encourage feedback—you might also gain some valuable information from your followers/customers.
- Link it - Linking to something that adds more value is always a good thing. Though, we don't recommend you have a link in every tweet (that's going overboard).
- Be funny. Twitter is the ideal platform for the sharp one-liner. If you don’t have a big repertoire of jokes at the ready, steal someone else’s. Check out these from the BuzzFeed.
WHEN to Tweet: The issue of timing is important on Twitter because the “lifespan” of a Tweet is particularly short, compared to other social networks. If your followers aren’t on Twitter when your Tweets are posted, the chances are they won’t find them in their stream. Therefore, you want to space your Tweets out over the course of a day.
To really optimize the timing of your tweets, use the Tweriod app to define the exact times during the day when the greatest number of your followers are online. You can also check out your Twitter Analytics to see when your tweets receive the most impressions.
There are some free Twitter management tools such as Hootsuite or TweetDeck that can help you get organized. They will enable you to schedule Tweets throughout the day, even when you’re not signed into your Twitter account, and will also allow you to seamlessly manage multiple Twitter accounts. They both offer “pro” versions, but for personal accounts the free version is probably enough.
3. Promote to Your Current Audience
Twitter thrives on engagement, and people take notice of the more active tweeters in their feeds. Indeed, many users will delete their inactive followers, so don’t be one of those. It’s important to engage with your current followers wherever they happen to be. There’s a reason it’s called “social” media. Be social. Speaking of which...
- Use Other Social Networks in Harmony - You can link your Facebook or Instagram account with Twitter, you can share (and automatically embed) your SoundCloud tracks or YouTube videos on Twitter and of course, you can mention tweets on those other social networks as well. Remember that just because they found you on Instagram or YouTube, doesn't mean they know you have a Twitter account.
- Promote Your Twitter On Your Website or Blog - It could be a simple link, icon or widget. Widgets are especially useful because they allow you to showcase your newly found social proof (you’re welcome). Not only will this make your Twitter account more credible, it will pass on this authority to your website. Think of this as a mutually-beneficial relationship between your Twitter and website. Set up your widget here.
- Include Your Twitter In Your Email Signature - Always include links to your social media profiles in the signature section of your emails. This can either be in the form of a full link (https://twitter.com/devumi), a text link (@Devumi), or a clickable image link.
- Add Your Twitter Handle to Printed Materials - This includes business cards, letterhead, and resume. In most cases, you’ll just want to display it as your handle (@Devumi), and not the full URL.
4. Increase Your Reach Externally
While it’s important to stay connected to your current followers, obviously you’ll want to expand your network. There are several ways to do this, both for free and for a price.
Twitter offers advertising opportunities within the application that fall into three basic categories: promoted tweets, promoted trends, and promoted accounts. These can all be effective, but just know that advertising directly with Twitter is NOT cheap.
More affordable--and more effective--solutions for personal accounts can be found with third party marketing companies. With Devumi’s Sponsored Mention service, you can hire verified influencers to mention your account to their active, targeted followers. This is absolutely the best way to quickly advance your account, both in quantity and quality.
Participate in Twitter chats within your industry by searching for relevant hashtags. For example in the travel industry there is a hashtag called #TravelChat where once a week, industry professionals pick a topic to discuss. Inevitably, many of the participants will end up following you after the discussion. Some will be peers, but many will be potential leads.
5. Keep It Going!
Especially if you’re new to Twitter, you need to be very active with your followers. Here are some easy and fun ways to accomplish this.
- Conversations: It has been said that Twitter is a very “chatty” platform, sort of like an online cocktail party. You should join that party if you want to understand current trends and stay relevant with your followers. The best way to that? Just talk to the them directly!
- Give back: When someone retweets you, responds to one of your tweets, or mentions you in one of their tweets, they are seeking a connection. Make sure that you answer back, or at least thank them. These small courtesies carry a lot of weight on Twitter and will pay dividends in the long run.
- Mention Influencers: If relevant, mention somebody really well-known in your field by their Twitter handle. Don’t be afraid to aim high, because you never know when your tweet will catch their attention. Sometimes all you need is one retweet from an influencer with 100,000 followers to make your blog post or video go viral.
- Make Lists: Twitter allows you to group accounts into lists. Do this to “filter” your feed, and keep your eye on just the people you want to really follow without all the background noise.
6. Let Devumi Help You Go Further
Buying followers is a great kickstarter and if you follow our advice above, you’ll find yourself better than most of your competitors and rivals. Pretty awesome, right? However, buying followers isn't our only way of helping you out.
Retweets and Favorites are important as well. They are the #1 Engagement factor on Twitter and help your tweets STANDOUT (greater visibility & credibility). Our Buy Retweets & Favorites service helps you boost the retweets and favorites on any of your tweets, instantly. Our new Automatic Twitter Engagements service does this to all of your tweets (you guessed it) automatically.
We also mentioned Sponsored Mentions earlier and the awesome power of having your account promoted by influencers in your niche. You can purchase Sponsored Mentions together with a Twitter Followers plan.
Ideally, we suggest combining these services to maximize your kickstart on Twitter - both social proof and targeted exposure.
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