4 Essential Actions for Getting More from Twitter

February 24, 2013

Twitter is a powerful medium for getting one’s marketing message across to thousands of people with minimal investment. However, it can be deceptively simple and may prove to be ineffective if one doesn’t get some basics right. Four essential actions – ‘Timing, trending, responding and repeating’ - have to be blended in the right proportions to make your campaigns successful on Twitter.

  1. Timing - Tweet at a time when your targeted audience is most likely to view your tweet in their Twitter stream. For this it is important to know where your audience is located and when they are on Twitter. Correct timing is critical to being visible on Twitter.

 

  1. Trending - Tweet on a subject that your targeted audience is likely to be interested in. Tune into trending topics on Twitter and if appropriate, link your message to that topic. Promote your brand’s hashtag along with that of the trending topic’s hashtag in your tweets. Provide useful tips, information and interesting content to remain relevant to your current followers and engage propsects.

 

  1. Responding - If someone asks a question or comments on your tweet, always respond as soon as possible. You can opt between replying publicly or in a direct message, but it is important to engage parties who are interested in interacting with you. This requires active monitoring of tweets for mentions of your user handle to ensure that you do not miss out on any important messages, whether negative or positive in nature.
     
  1. Repeating - The beauty of Twitter is that you can repeat the same message a number of times without appearing to spam people. It is, however, a good idea to keep your message fresh by adding some new element of interest each time. This would ensure that you engage and not annoy your followers.  Don’t forget to include your hashtag when you retweet messages from influencers in your vertical.

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