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My Tips for Twitter Success

Following a brilliant event at WorcestershireHour LIVE last November, I thought I should share some tips I have found for working with Twitter after being called a Twitter Queen! For those who want to know what WorcestershireHour is – join in on Twitter every Monday 8-9pm for business and charity networking. You can follow me @natballard and Kissed Off @KissedOff

10 Twitter tips

#1 – follow @bizitalk and @udontework (or anyone else on my allstars list – great for RTs, and be sure to RT in return!)
#2 – If you are mentioning your product or anything else you want Retweeting, first say “pls RT”, secondly be sure to add #bizitalk and #udobiz for automatic retweets as well as other relevant hashtags that you will find along your Twitter journey.
#3 – there are some great twitter hours out there. The best for us is Worcestershire Hour – phenomenally busy and we had our first live event on Monday along with TV and radio coverage. To join in make sure you add the chats hashtag e.g. #WorcestershireHour
#4 – Tweet to give and not to get. For every post you tweet about your product, you should do roughly 10 RTs, 5 personal tweets, 3 useful snippets of information
#5 – People buy from people, this is never truer than on Twitter. People know me at networking events by my twitter profile alone! If possible get known by a nickname – hence my tag is Nat and not Natalie, and have a good photo and not a logo as your icon. As I have two accounts I can do both, and the difference between the two accounts is astonishing! Don’t be an egg!
#6 – Support your local businesses by RTing, and remember that networking is not just to the people in the chat or conversation but also all their followers.
#7 – If you have a good news story, tell it – either by snippets or link to a blog post. A great way to drive traffic to your blog!
#8 – Tweet links to blog posts, LinkedIn content and other sites as well as your own site. This lets your followers see there is more to your involvement than just your own website.
#9 – Make lists of your regular RTrs, clients and suppliers for easy targeting of tweets.
#10 – Be consistent, tweet daily and NEVER tweet drunk LOL

To get the most out of Twitter

#1 – Connect it to LinkedIn in your account settings on both sites. Don’t send everything you say on LinkedIn to twitter tho – be selective. Twitter link is automatic so not controllable – so remember that if you choose to link to Facebook. A lot of people have unfriended me because of my tweets being posted automatically.
#2 – Try to have a variation in content. e.g. I cover craft, books, tech and biz as well as my own stuff. I also RT within these subjects so my followers know what to expect.
#3 – register on U-Do and bizi websites, and join up as a paid member – the benefits outweigh the cost.
#4 – check it frequently, and only post when you have time to respond
#5 – Make sure if you include an image that you use Twitter’s attaching options so it can be seen without clicking on a link.

In terms of software, I use TweetDeck which gives me a constantly updated feed, as well as easy RT, lists and search columns for running chats in. I also use as I try to control my follows. So if I don’t follow you back immediately, I’m not being ignorant I’m just trying to find you a spot!

Also, I would now advise to make the most of Twitter’s new image guidelines and possibilities. Now you can tag images, use multiple images to one post and more! A blog post on this soon!

First posted on 21/11/2013
Written by Natalie Ballard and updated for Kissed Off