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An almost foolproof way for increasing Twitter followers

An Almost Foolproof Plan to Increase Your Twitter Followers

We are living during a time that everyone shares, well, pretty much everything. Whether you like it or not, whether you agree with them or not. One thing we can all agree on it that it’s gonna fill up on your Twitter feed.

Twitter allows users to follow important topics, people, and conversations that are relevant or interesting to them as it happens… like a breaking news feed tailored to you and your interests. This type of connection will help you find prospects for your business. Now, how the honey to do you make sure the right people are following you?

Tweet Often, at the Right Times

Who is going to follow someone that never tweets? You should be tweeting at least once a day, but truthfully if you’re looking to be visible set your goal at 4-15 times a day. Along the same lines, make sure you’re not wasting your 140 characters. The best times to tweet are before tweeters head to work (before 9 am) or after they are finished for the day (after 6 pm). That’s right, weekdays over weekends. Don’t forget to cater to different time zones if your target audience is worldwide or across the country.

Use a Scheduling Tool

Don’t let the idea of tweeting upwards of 2,000 characters a day scare you. Tweeting regularly increases your visibility, reach and ability to engage and is manageable! Using a business tool like Hootsuite or Social Sprout to schedule your tweets keeps you visible and notification alerts let you stay in the conversation on your terms. Oh and don’t forget, weekend tweets between 1 pm and 3 pm and weekday tweets tend to get read more J

Share Others’ Tweets

Did you come across something that you loved or found interesting? Share it! You can retweet it (send it to your followers as is) or quote the tweet and add your comments in a new tweet. These are great ways to create a support network and encourage others to follow you and share your posts in return. Just be careful that you don’t go wild and retweet 50 tweets from the same users in one day, spread the love.

#Awesome #Connect #Power

You can’t deny the power of hashtags! Hashtags are an awesome way to connect with the twittersphere and attract new followers that have similar interests PLUS they will increase your visibility. But like everything in life, hashtags should be used in moderation. Pick one or two relevant or amusing hashtags, which add to your tweet. Don’t just add hashtags onto words that appeared in the rest of your tweet, or include them just for the sake of it.

Follow Your Followers

It may seem pointless to do this when you’re focused on gaining followers, but people who notice that you didn’t follow them back might unfollow you. Also, when you follow back, some people might respond to you publicly, which will give you some added exposure to their followers. Don’t worry about keeping up with that many people or tweets, you can be selective in who/what you read.

Keep it Cool

A tweeter typically checks a few recent tweets before deciding whether or not to follow an account. Be sure to have fun tweets that are informative and interesting. Mix it up; make sure you are sharing links, videos, and photos. Appeal to the visual senses too.

Twitter is one of the easier Social Media platforms to figure out. And when you get lost remember the golden rule of Twitter – use it to engage.

8 Important Things to Remember Before You Network

Growing a successful business requires participation or some involvement in networking.  Luckily, over the years the networking world has flourished. Whatever your interest is, there is a networking group for you. Amid celebrity appearances, boat cruises, whiskey & wine tastings, and paint nights, strategic networking often gets lost. We cannot forget that networking is just that; work, not net eating, net drinking or even net partying.

Here are 8 ways to make the most of your experience –

Arrive on time

Let’s face it; it is so much easier to approach people at the beginning than to try and jump in the middle of someone else’s conversation. And more importantly, it also shows respect for the event, the other attendees and the company hosting the event.

Look the part

If you seem like a disheveled mess, that is how you will be treated. Dress appropriately for a business function while representing your brand. Being well-dressed is a form of politeness, and it will give you the opportunity to show how brilliant you are.

Make a great impression

It is crucial to make your first impression a good one. A smile, handshake, and eye contact are all excellent ways to have your presence felt and noticed. Direct eye contact and a solid handshake, along with a friendly smile and good body language, conveys to others that you are confident and comfortable in social settings.

Grab attention while being understood

Be prepared with an interesting and easy to comprehend self-intro. “Hello, I’m Colleen Montgomery; I write code at Blue Bumble Creative.” You might think oh wow, that’s super cool, but what the hell does “write code” mean to the average person? Next time try, “Hello, I’m Colleen Montgomery; I build websites at Blue Bumble Creative.”

Be the sultan of small talk

Once you master the art of small talk and making people feel comfortable, you will be golden.  Making small talk is not only essential for networking, but it is also a lifelong skill. The more you practice, the better and more comfortable you will become!

Follow-up

A good rule of thumb is always follow up with an email. If you really want to stand out, you can send a handwritten note. But remember, always make sure it is within 48 hours of meeting someone, and NEVER longer than a week.

Make new connections, but keep the old

One is silver; the other is gold. With sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter it is super easy to build your contact base. Think of LinkedIn as your Rolodex for business connections and use it! Make sure you are keeping your information update to date, sharing posts and congratulating others.

Pay it forward

Help others achieve. Introduce them to potential clients, recommend them, offer support, and send business their way. And try to do this without looking for something from them. Be sincere when asking how they are, and listen. This alone will set you apart.

Must haves for attending a networking event:

  • Business cards, duh!
  • Breath mints or gum
  • A solid handshake
  • Knowledge of what is going on in the world
  • A warm and welcoming demeanor with an upbeat attitude
  • One or two funny clean(ish) jokes
  • Helpful information
  • Willingness to follow-up
  • Ability to make eye contact, in a non-creepy way
  • Knack for not outstaying your welcome

Once you conquer the art of networking, doors will fly open for you. You will start to experience a happier work life and help others achieve their goals while meeting your own.

What is your #1 Networking Tip?