Twitter is a powerful platform and with over 645 million active users there is no need for an introduction, but are you using it in the most effective way to promote your product? Here are some quick and easy ways to improve your tweeting habits.
Twitter recently redesigned their platform, and with that came new opportunities to promote yourself and your brand. In addition to the avatar (400 x 400 graphic) there is now a header image (1500 x 500 , but 1500 x 421 fits best) across the top of the page. This give the most space for promotion. Be careful of text placement on the graphic though as it will appear slightly different on mobile devices.
It is also important to remember that when clicking on individual tweets, the background image that was previously prominent on your page is still visible so make sure it is up-to-date and relevant. The bio section located under the avatar is a great place to include album pre-order or buy links. The new layout also allows you to pin tweets to the top of the page. This pinned tweet will remain at the top of the page so it is best to pin a tweet of importance i.e buy links, video premieres, tour announcements, etc.
When it comes to tweeting itself, some things to keep in mind are to vary your tweets with authentic content, content with links, retweets, photos, and videos. Engage your fans by replying to their questions and comments. Hold a Twitter Q&A if you want. There are some great platforms that can help you run these seamlessly like CrowdChat.
Always use handles. Unless you use a handle, the likelihood of that person/brand/publication seeing your tweet is slim. Tagging allows people to know when they have been mentioned and flag a tweet they may want to retweet. You would want a publication to use your handle if they were tweeting wonderful things about you, right? Keep it short and sweet. There is a 140 character limit for a reason. So now that you know what you should do, here are a few don’ts to remember.
Don’t over do it. Excessive selling, self-promotions and retweeting will clutter people’s feed and turn them off from what you have to saying.
Don’t link to other platforms. Twitter has its own voice and should not be linked with other social networks. If you tag someone on Twitter and your Twitter account is linked to Facebook, the tweet you sent will show up with an @ instead of tagging the proper person/publication. Take the time to give each platform the attention they deserve.
Don’t share important news without a link! “We are heading out on tour this fall, tickets on sale now!!!” Cool, but where in the world can you buy them?!?! If something has a link, make sure you include it within the post.
The next important don’t has to do with hashtags. Everyone loves them or at least everyone likes to pretend they do. The reality is is that they can easily take away from the text of your message. Hashtags can be a useful tool, but use them sparingly. Regularly including three or more hashtags in your tweets means people will probably start overlooking them, because they tend to look like spam and are harder to read quickly.
That about wraps it up. Happy tweeting!