Journalists write awesome headlines – but behind that they have to deliver great facts. We got asked by HARO to send in advice to
this journalist John Brandon
I have about 4,000 followers on Twitter now (jmbrandonbb) but want to test getting to 5,000. But not just for the raw numbers — I want to measure the stickiness. Followers who also click links and re-share, etc.
Twitter tips to grow followers
- post a ratio of 8 retweets to 2 original tweets [Guy Kawasaki's tip]
- post your original tweets 3 times per day at different times to take advantage of timezones when different people are online
- most people in business look to Twitter to get tips, hints and links to interesting articles.
- stay in your niche and share relevant links that are meaninful for your audience
Target new followers by joining tweet chats
- follow and RT people in the tweet chats – it’s an easy way to get new followers who understand Twitter and will RT your observations. #B2BChat is a good one I go to #BlogChat is another one that has a huge membership
- Go through your Linked In connections and follow the ones who have Twitter listed [sadly I think this is a manual job]
Keep a spreadsheet of your original tweets
- note which ones get the most RTs or replies
- analyse the type of message in these tweets and create more of the same to encourage greater engagement
Create content on aggregator websites
- if you write an article for them they usually tweet it. Their audience is larger than yours. I write for AgencyPost.com and Business2Community for these reasons
Good news is John is now at 4439 followers today – so only 560 to go to his target. Any other suggestions?