Regardless of whether you are a regular or a newbie on Twitter, there are times when all of us could use some help to catch the interest of people. You may want more followers or would want to form more conversations with other users. Trust me, we have tried just about everything on Twitter and have found what we believe works best. It is still a new technology, so we are open to new ideas and suggestions so feel free to add them to the comments section below.
There is a temptation for business owners to misuse Twitter for their marketing agenda. Do not try to ‘sell’ aggressively on Twitter. It is simply not the platform to do so. It is about creating connections and meaningful conversations. This in time should develop into sales if it’s done well. Just do not try and take shortcuts by spamming people and sending endless sales messages.
There are so many things you could do to grab people’s attention and create conversations on Twitter. It all comes down to two basic principles:
- Be yourself
- Engage in conversations
Here are some effective tips to help you catch the attention of people on Twitter:
Post informative and useful facts or tips
This is one of the first things you should do to create conversations. Your target market will welcome this, especially if you are able to answer their questions or share a new perspective.
Posting a fresh tweet every hour will help you establish a stronger presence on Twitter. Use error-free spelling and grammar to let people see your professionalism and attention to detail. It will also be helpful if you leave a space of at least 25 characters after your tweets. This increases your chances of being retweeted.
Ask and answer questions
On Twitter, it is the questions that get the most notice. Coming up with powerful questions might take a while, but they work like magic and engage people to form valuable conversations with you.
Acknowledge people through retweets.
If you want to be seen as someone who acknowledges the presence of the people around you, then take the time to retweet. Adding a comment as well will make you bring in more to the conversation, giving people the notion that you are a sociable person. This will make people take notice of you, resulting in the creation of future beneficial conversations.
Respond to posted tweets
Reply to a posted tweet in a true and sincere tone. Sincerity is extremely engaging so you are likely to get a large number of people responding to your tweets. If a tweet interests you, say so and retweet it. Show you actually care for other people on Twitter.
New followers deserve an introduction
Personally welcome your new followers. This will show that you want to know them on a more personal level. Depending on your type of audience, do this either on the public feed or through direct messages.
In adding people to your Twitter List, it is best to let them know
You can do this by posting shout-outs. This kind of recognition, although small, can truly be appreciated by Twitter users. After all, they are there to connect with people.
Be grateful if somebody puts you on their Twitter Lists
Usually, you are added to a person’s Twitter list because you have the same interests. This makes this person a reliable connection, thus deserving a thank you and a personal introduction.
Asking for help is nothing to be shameful of
You are not the only one looking to form crucial conversations on Twitter. For people to find it easy to respond to your need, tell them exactly what it is.
Saying “thank you” is extremely beneficial
There are a considerable number of reasons why you should express gratitude on Twitter. Gratitude opens doors to significant conversations.