What is the best way to gain the most relevant and engaging Twitter followers?
I'd like some information on how to legally acquire legitimate twitter followers to my account @marindependent1 ... any ideas out there? I am not interested in purchasing followers.
Follow other people in your area of interest and then show up. Be engaging, deliver great content, join conversations. I've built some fantastic relationships over twitter... the secret is getting past the tweet phase.
Tweet what's relevant to your audience, and they'll follow.
You are asking the right question because at the end of the day quality matters more than quantity.
1.- Identify your target audience
2.- Find accounts similar to yours (Perhaps a competitor) and follow their audience
3.- Weed out people not following back after a few days.
Rinse and repeat.
You can do this organically or you can use some tools that can speed up the process such as justunfollow or manaflitter.
Hope that helps!
4 Ways to Grow a Twitter Following That Matters:
Find ways to comment on your feeling about a topic. For example there was an article through The Huntington Post digital and also Linkedin Pulse that showed a picture of a new Planet. I said we are not alone. post interesting thoughts on twitter that tease. Most important about twitter is the people you can follow without asking them.The trick is to get them to follow you back.
One of the best ways to find engaging people to follow you is to participate in Twitter chats. That way, people can see that YOU are engaging, add value to a conversation, and want to follow you. Also, I usually tell folks on the chat that I will be following THEM. It's a nice technique.
Engagement is the only way. Contact me, I can tell you about a few other ways I gain legitimate followers.
The absolute best way is to be a well recognized authority in your niche. This way you'll get followers naturally without resorting to following back, buying followers or Twitter advertising. If you're not there just yet here are few more things you can do.
Twitter advertising - Twitter lets you promote your profile and only charges when someone follows you back. Because they don't have an incentive to follow you have a good chance of getting followers genuinely interested in you.
Twitter contests - The relevancy of your followers you get through this will be determined by price. If the price is an iPhone they you'll get all sorts of people following you to win the prize. If you're giving away something valuable but specific to your niche then you have good chance of getting followers.
Twitter Software - There are software that will help you find followers based on location, keywords etc. If you're a local business then you can find followers by location. Otherwise you can find followers by keyword. The trick is to not to target general keywords but to target niche keywords.
I've written a blog post covering these steps and more, do check it out if you're interested to find out more. http://rumblinglankan.com/2072/increase-twitter-followers-fast/
Create or at least link to interesting content that interests your target audience. Identify and engange opinion leaders. Spend a lot of time doing this and eventually you will get there.
Hi Scott, simply said.............Content.
Write articles to share with key words that will produce interest in your services.
I write on my FB and twitter and it produces followers. Content, Content......
Maybe try writing content about a new service or a related service and attach it to your offerings.
First of all, why do you think you need Twitter followers?
Hi Scott ~
An excellent question, and thanks for wanting to engage with real people. That's the operative word, "Engage" (just as on Star Trek: Next Gen), and Michael Byrne offers some very effective ways to do so. I'll add:
Twitter makes suggestions for who to follow based on who you're already following. You'll see these show up right on your Profile page. You can also choose to follow people that others follow, or anyone who appeals to you. Since you focus on the insurance industry, you may want to type #insurance (that's a hashtag in front of the word insurance) into Twitter's search bar and see who pops up. Do the same with other keywords for your business.
A few sources to find potential people to follow include Twellow.com, which is Twitter Yellow Pages and can also help you target people in a particular niche. Then there is Refollow.com, which allows you to target a specific person and customize their follower list to meet your needs, then follow these people. Chances are, when you follow people who are aligned with your interests, they will follow you back.
Finally, be generous. Do #FF (Follow Friday) at least occasionally, to promote your favorite Followers (or anyone who's mentioned you recently). You can also do it any time as #Follow or #FollowNow, for example. Retweet information and links you find useful often. Use humor appropriately, but do include it sometimes — everybody enjoys the lighter side. And don't be overly concerned about the numbers. It's more valuable to have a smaller number of actual, active, engaged and relevant Twitter users than a huge number of bots or dead accounts. The former are the only kind that can generate business for you.
There is no best way - there are several ways ... each makes the other tactic stronger when done in unison.
1. Tweet frequently (every 3-6 hours if you can, twice a day if not)
2. Use images - they dominate news feeds when a user searches for a certain...
3. Hashtag - test frequently, let people tell you where they feel you're strongest
4. @ Replies or @Mentions - 1 in 4-6 tweets should be a reply at the very worst. Combine retweets, sharing the content outside of your own, and #FF mentions, and the "@" should at minimum outnumber the selfish outreach
5. Proven content presentation = Headline / Subject / Question / Top 10 List / etc. FIRST (and NEVER start a tweet with a hashtag) --> link second --> "via @Whomever" where relevant --> hashtags third
6. Integrate your followers with leads, fans, subscribers and other contacts to sync them and see who's who in your influencers lineup ... no matter what you sell, you need the influencers. Having MailChimp, Hootsuite and / or automation tools like Hubspot is well worth its weight in wealth.
Other ideas that you've probably seen regurgitated across "thought leaders" are newsjacking, follow button callouts everywhere from email signature to signage, etc. - but the other really quick method is to simply follow, interact and share ideas with your industry thought leaders / enthusiasts ... then unfollow those in who don't return the dialogue. Wash, rinse, repeat.
One of the most secure ways of obtaining Twitter followers without having to pay for them is to seek out others on Twitter who have similiar interests or business ventures like you. Then, start to re-Tweet some of those messages that you like. Once a message has begun to acquire several recipients, send a "much love" or "thanks" Tweet to everyone on that Tweet. In order to get Twitter followers, you have to be one yourself.
You should add people who will follow you back. You should retweet the posts.
This is a great question with many variations that I receive fairly often in the Social Media realm, and one that doesn't exactly have a 100% clear cut answer. If there was a mathematical formula for gaining a twitter following by plugging in steps and getting results, everyone would have an enormous following over night. This obviously is not the case, but there a few steps you can take to put you on the right track to not only growing an audience, but growing a relevant audience.
Step 1: Be Interesting and Relevant Yourself
This seems pretty obvious, but many people don't understand what exactly goes into being interesting and relevant. Being interesting doesn't mean having the latest news headlines in your twitter feed, or retweeting anything and everything that is somewhat relevant. If your twitter following has the same interests as you (which they should), they will have already seen the story you're tweeting. Rather than tweeting "The FCC is planning to kill #NetNeutrality", give your opinion on the matter at hand. Something like "If the FCC kills #NetNeutrality, businesses small and large will suffer." You can also follow up with a question about something relevant to directly engage followers. If one of the people you follow says something about Net Neutrality, tweet @ them and ask them a question. For example: "If the FCC were to kill #NetNeutrality, how would your business be affected?" Use appropriate hashtags, and others will see the conversation and hopefully join in.
Step 2: Hash Tags are not just for Teenagers.
Hashtags are your best friend on twitter. If something is trending in conversation, use of a hashtag gets you involved, and shows your tweets in the hash tag feed. While teenagers are posting #Selfies, there are businesses posting under #business, #smallbusiness, #smallbiz, and a variety of others. Rickey Riberio wrote all about this in his article here. http://www.biztechmagazine.com/article/2012/06/25-small-business-twitter-hashtags-follow
Follow the hashtags that are most relevant to your business regularly, and respond directly to as many people as you can. Twitter is a conversation hub, not a news feed. People enjoy it for the interactivity. Become part of the reason your followers enjoy twitter.
Step 3: Integrate your Twitter Everywhere
By everywhere, I mean everywhere it is remotely applicable. It should be easily accessed on your website. It should be linked to in your other social media profiles. Each branch of your online presence should prop up the others, and funnel traffic back and forth between them. If you have followings elsewhere, make sure they're checking out your twitter as well!
These are a few of the many steps you can take to increase your following. You've got the right idea about not paying for followers. On ANY social media outlet, I would take 1 genuine follower vs 100,000 fake ones.