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The Pros & Cons of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Other Social Networks [Infographic]

The Pros & Cons of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Other Social Networks [Infographic] | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

Learn about the strengths and weaknesses of the six major social networks: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Snapchat.

 

 

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Good information, interesting to see some networks that I am not so familiar with and comparing that the ones I know.

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There Are Only 4 Ways To Get Traffic From Twitter

There Are Only 4 Ways To Get Traffic From Twitter | Internet Presence | Scoop.it


Can you believe that back in the days bloggers used to rely on Google as their primary source of traffic?

They launched new blogs, published lots of articles and waited patiently for people to find these articles in Google.

You could be blogging for a few months without a single visit to your blog, just because your articles didn’t rank well in Google.

What I’m trying to say here is that we don’t really appreciate all the cool things we have at our disposal today (I absolutely love how Louis C.K puts it).

I mean we have Social Media!

With sites like Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Reddit and others we can get a flood of traffic to our blog on the very same day that the first article went live!

So in this article I’m going to explain you four different ways to get traffic from Twitter.

And those are the only ways actually (if you know more, please let me know).

1. Tweet Your Content To Your Own Followers

This one is darn obvious. If you’re on Twitter, the odds are that some people are following you and click on the links that you tweet.

So if you want to get a few instant visitors to your blog – just send a tweet to your followers.

But here’s the bad news: only 1% of your Twitter followers will click on the links that you tweet (that number is taken from a study by Rand Fishkin).

Which means that for every 1000 Twitter followers that you have, you’re only going to get 10 clicks on the link that you tweet.

That is why for most of us (who don’t have tens of thousands of followers) tweeting links to our followers would be the least effective way to get traffic from Twitter.

2. Make Influential Twitter Users Tweet Your Content

Like I just said, on average 1% of your followers will click on the links that you tweet.

So, if a guy with 100k Twitter followers will tweet your link, you’re going to get 1000 visitors to your website in no time!

While most people are obsessed with growing their own twitter following by a few hundred, why don’t you focus on making influencers, who have huge audiences, tweet your content for you?

Making some influential person notice your content is easier than you think. I’m going to share a few tips on how you can do that:

  1. Look at the content that he likes to tweet, write something similar and let him know about it;
  2. Reference the influencer in your article and let him know about it;
  3. Do something that you’ve learned from this influencer, write an article about it and let him know.

See? That’s quite easy. The trick would be to target mildly influential people from your niche instead of trying to reach out to “super stars”. Mildly influential people are much more responsive and you’ll have better chances of getting a tweet from them.

[Note from editor: It is really nice when this happens. Read this article when Alyssa Milano (over 2.7 million followers) tweeted our content.]

3. Make Your Visitors Tweet Your Content

Let me get back to that 1% rule one last time.

When your following is around 1000 people and you tweet your link – you get 10 visits.

When an influential person with 100k followers tweets your link – you get 1000 visits.

What if 10 visitors of your blog with 1000 twitter followers each tweeted your link? How many visits would you get?

(10 guys * 1000 followers) * 1% CTR = 100 visitors

Not bad, right?

What’s more awesome is that someone from these 100 visitors can tweet the article even further to his or her following, which will give the whole tweeting cycle yet another spin. But…

How do you motivate your visitors to tweet your content?

Don’t worry, I have some great tips for you:

  1. Keep the quality of your content above the roof and make sure it has a lot of value. People tend to tweet things that make them look good in the eyes of their followers. Your piece of content should be something they want to be associated with.
  2. Ask your readers to tweet your content. When you’ve finished writing your article add a few extra lines asking your readers to tweet your content. After reading your valuable article many people will feel guilty if they ignore your small request to give back and share it.
  3. Add “tweetable quotes” to your articles. This is a brand new tactic that all the “cool kids” are already using. Grab a tool like ClickToTweet or TweetDis and fill your article with quotes and takeaways that people can tweet just by clicking on them (Neil Patel has used this strategy to get 17,452 visits from Twitter to one of his articles). See a few good tweetable quotes samples within this article here: 8 Predictions For Digital Marketing In 2015.

Another cool thing about creating “irresistible content” is that influencers might just as well tweet it, which kind of combines strategy #3 with strategy #2.

4. Twitter Ads & Sponsored Tweets

This is the last way to get traffic from Twitter and it’s pretty straightforward.

You can either use official Twitter Ads platform or use services like Sponsored Tweets to have influencers tweet your stuff.

The only trick here would be to create something very compelling that will attract attention, so that you wouldn’t waste tons of money promoting something people are not interested in.

I would suggest you to look at your content and your own tweets that performed really well and think how you can benefit from paid promotion of this content (maybe refurbish it into an ebook and have people leave their emails to get it).

Back To You

So these were the four only ways you can get traffic from Twitter.

And once again I’d like to stress your attention that “tweeting something to your followers” is the least effective way to get traffic from Twitter.

The core strategy is of course creating “irresistible content” and making others tweet it for you.

Good luck with it!



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Twitter can be a powerful platform to get your information out in a very short time.

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Fifth way: be judicious in following, try to attract like-minded followers and be persistent in tweeting.

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17 Statistics That Show Social Media is the Future of Customer Service

17 Statistics That Show Social Media is the Future of Customer Service | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

Millions of people are taking service issues to social media channels as their preferred communication route. These questions and complaints are public, and the only real question for businesses is how - not if - they will respond. Listening is no longer an end, but rather a means to evaluating where you need to engage.

To celebrate the release of the Third Edition of the Definitive Guide to Social Customer Service, here are 17 statistics that show social media’s rise as a customer service channel and its bright future. People spend more time on social than any other online activity.

1.  While social media usage continues to increase, it’s already the top Internet activity: Americans spend an average of 37 minutes daily on social media, more time spent than any other Internet activity, including email. (Wall Street Journal) Tweet

2. At the same time, Comscore found that smartphones and tablets combined now account for 60 percent of all online traffic, up from 50 percent a year ago. Tweet

3. Accordingly, 78% of active Twitter users are mobile;  81% for FacebookTweet

This naturally leads to a rise in consumer demand for social customer service.

4. 67% of consumers have used a company's social media site for servicing, compared with 33% for social marketing. (J.D. Power and Associates) Tweet

5.  33% of users even prefer to contact brands using social media rather than the telephone. (Nielsen) Tweet

As a result, although phones continue to be the most popular device for customer service, your customers might be using them to Tweet instead of call.

6. And it’s important to remember: your customers are not just Tweeting about you from their sofas. 58% of consumers used their mobile phones while shopping in-store, rising to 78% for 18-29 year olds. (Pew Research) Tweet

7. 14% of Tweets sent to major retail brands are from customers experiencing problems in-store. (Conversocial) Tweet

Whether in-store or online, fast responses are an essential part of meeting customer expectations for social care.

8. 71% of customers say that valuing their time is the most important thing a company can do to provide good service. (Forrester) Tweet

9. That’s why when customers reaches out over social, you should do everything possible to resolve their issues over social. Only 2% of customers who were given an email address or telephone number on social asked for it in the first place. (Conversocial) Tweet

Certainly, the worst thing your brand can do is not respond at all. 

Gartner found that failure to respond via social channels can lead to a 15% increase in the churn rate for existing customers. Tweet

11. And your customers might be be discussing your brand, just not directly @ mentioning you; fewer than 3% of customers directly @ mention brands on Twitter (i.e. referring to the brand “company” instead of “@company”). (Conversocial) Tweet

As well as speed, quality and resolution are key to delivering a great customer experience. Managed properly, the benefits of providing great customer service over social media are tremendous.

13. When companies engage and respond to customer service requests over social media, those customers end up spending 20% to 40% more with the company. (Bain & Company) Tweet

And remember: on social media, you’re not just showing a single customer a great experience, but also their friends and everyone else watching.

14. Customers who encounter positive social customer care experiences are nearly 3 times more likely to recommend a brand. (Harvard Business Review) Tweet

15. Additionally, 42% of people will tell their friends about a good customer experience on social, while 53% will talk about a bad one. (American Express Global Customer Service Barometer) Tweet

Because of all of this, social customer service has evolved greatly in the past couple of years and will only continue to grow.

16. Adoption of social customer care programs increased fivefold from 12% in 2010 to 59% in 2013. (Aberdeen Group) Tweet

17. And major brands aren’t just adopting social customer service: they’re making it a major priority: 67% of companies believe that social customer service is the most pressing short-term priority for the contact center. (Forrester) Tweet

How do these statistics apply to your business? Any favorites that you'd like to add?


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The Social Media Salary Guide [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Social Media Salary Guide [INFOGRAPHIC] | Internet Presence | Scoop.it
Social Media Week is upon us, so we thought it would be appropriate to delve into the social media industry and see how its salaries stack up.


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10 Real World Examples for How to Successfully Post Social Media Content

10 Real World Examples for How to Successfully Post Social Media Content | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

With all the social media advice out there, sometimes you have to wonder if any of it actually works. Below I will provide you with 10 rules for posting social media content, but more importantly, I will provide examples of how these rules have been successfully implemented. These aren't rules without basis, these are rules with a proven track record that any business can start using today. 

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Good 'social media' rules to live by, from experienced people.

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The 20th Most Popular Person On Google+ Tells You How To Use It Better

The 20th Most Popular Person On Google+ Tells You How To Use It Better | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

As businesses face drastic drops in the organic reach of their Facebook posts, there are no doubt some shifting focus over to Google+. With recent reports, who could blame them? Forrester says marketers need to be using it. Shareaholic says it’s much better than Facebook for post-click engagement (as is YouTube, which is connected). Have you seen success with Google+? Are you looking into it more now that Facebook organic reach is dropping?

What does it take to do well on Google+? Well, Amanda Blain is someone who has a pretty good idea. She’s currently number 20 on the list of the top 100 Google+ profiles. In terms of followers, she’s ahead of celebrities like Shakira, 50 Cent, and Paris Hilton. She knows what she’s doing, and if you want to gain a significant presence on Google’s social layer, you’d do well to listen to what she has to say. So, that’s what we did, and we’re sharing it with you.

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Is Google+ getting more important for you? Let me know. I have seen some good results in Google searches.

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A Scientific Guide to Hashtags: How Many, Which Ones, and Where

A Scientific Guide to Hashtags: How Many, Which Ones, and Where | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

Have you ever found yourself explaining hashtags to someone whose only connection with the word is as a telephone button? Internet language has evolved considerably over the past few years as social media has taken off. Hashtags are a huge part of this evolution. What once was a telephone button is now a social mediap henomenon.  No wonder people are curious.

When they ask, I tell them that hashtags are a pound sign immediately followed by a keyword. They’re used for categorization on social media. Yes, they can be annoying if overused. And yes, I’ve seen the hashtag video of Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake.

Hashtags also have the potential to be truly valuable. The stats and info below make a pretty clear case that we should be understanding, using, and appreciating hashtags.

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The complete story on education yourself on hashtags. Very well done, in plain language, and many examples.

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Here Is The Little-Known Way Google Juices User Traffic On Google+

Here Is The Little-Known Way Google Juices User Traffic On Google+ | Internet Presence | Scoop.it
Google+ has overtaken Twitter in terms of monthly active users, Forrester says.

Until recently, competition among social media networks has been presented as very much a Facebook versus Twitter race, with Facebook running streets ahead.

But according to market research company Forrester, Twitter ought to worry more about the long, slow growth of Google+, the "other" social network that never seemed to gain the cachet or the audience that Facebook has.

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I have been seeing search results with Google+ on my site. Interesting...

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Jaana Nyström's curator insight, April 7, 2014 7:29 AM

Well, we on Google+ knew all this, already. Google search brings up Google+ posts like they were microblogs.

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6 Ways to Create Great Content in Only 15 Minutes a Day #leancontent

Business owners and marketers are under such time pressure. How can they have an effective web presence and keep the business going at the same time? This guide provides helpful tips to keep the content flowing when time is short.


90 quick slides to some great ideas on how to use and share content that you create all the time anyways.


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Some great and powerful tools to get the attention, watch how Mark Shaefer is doing it.

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GKAnanthram's curator insight, February 24, 2014 3:55 AM
Plan and allot the reasonable minimum time for each of the positive prospect ; do not chase a crooked shadow or a mirage !
Ali Anani's curator insight, February 25, 2014 12:18 AM

A well-thought writing process

Paula Silva's comment, March 3, 2014 6:37 PM
Will you check this scoop? Thank you so much. http://sco.lt/5okJ17
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The Revolution Will NOT Be Televised: Google Plus For Real Estate Agents

The Revolution Will NOT Be Televised: Google Plus For Real Estate Agents | Internet Presence | Scoop.it
When it comes to social media, there are two platforms that are no longer optional: Facebook and Google Plus. Yes, Twitter is cool and Pinterest is fun, but they can’t do for your real estate business what Facebook and Google Plus can -- at least not yet.

As a real estate agent, your job is just as much about marketing as it is about actually showing homes. If people don’t know a home is for sale, then there is a very small chance it will sell. So what can you do? Of course, you can do all of the traditional marketing techniques like direct mail, open houses and pounding the pavement, but wouldn’t it be easier (and more cost-efficient) to be able to sell a home from the comfort of your office?

With the ever-increasing clout of social media, this is no longer just a dream. If you play your cards right, it can surely become your reality. In fact, I know because this is a BIG part of my business. My blog is the hub of my business, but it is the social media tools such as Google Plus, Facebook and a few others — along with search engine optimization — that allow me to be in front of more people on a daily basis.

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Totally agree, this is not limited to real estate agents. It's an excellent article that describes all the potential of Google+ in everyday language.

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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, February 13, 2014 6:40 AM

The Revolution Won't Be Televised YOU Will Create & Publish It
Real Estate is about to CHANGE. The space is being "rolled up" by outside forces - forces who know more about Internet marketing than real estate such as Redfin, Zillow and Trulia.

Bloomberg shared the GOOD NEWS (http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-03-07/why-redfin-zillow-and-trulia-havent-killed-off-real-estate-brokers ) about the "resilience" of "the old model". It seems buying a home is something people want help with and are willing to pay for that help.

If the attack of the roll up artists have been at least momentarily slowed there is another problem - how should realtors market themselves. I just scooped a post about niche marketing (http://sco.lt/7V8dLV ).

Finding an ownable "content niche" may be the most important mission any realtor faces and few understand or discuss. An attempt to be all things to all buyers/sellers online is a prescription for disaster.

Online your ability to own a niche such as relocation specialist or passionate about Arts and Crafts bungalows CREATES AN ABILITY TO SELL MORE BROADLY.

This is the CATCH-22 of marketing online where you must effectively narrowcast to have the authority needed to broadcast. Tools mastery reflects this online marketing irony for realtors. YES you can get business from StumbleUpon, but that business may be costly since learning StumbleUpon took away from your mastery of Facebook and GooglePlus.

I don't agree with the elimination of Twitter for realtors. Twitter is the "radio of the web" when you blog something Twitter is a great place to announce its presence. Twitter helps build community and its time to use to mastery is low enough it shouldn't take away from a more concentrated focus in learning how to use Facebook and G+ at high levels.

I do agree with Facebook and G+ along with a blog / website (see my Curatti post on the difference between blogs and websites http://curatti.com/websites-vs-blogs/ ) as the core of any realtors online marketing tool set and arsenal and the linked post does a great job explaining why.

The most important, and counter intuitive, idea is to NARROW to an ownable niche in a real estate agents online marketing since doing so creates the permission and authority needed to benefit from broadcast.


In other words, if you are the Arts and Crafts bungalow expert in Durham, NC you will get more condo and Victorian sales too because your online presence has authority. Trying to become an online authority in more than one niche is HARD to IMPOSSIBLE.

And that online marketing lesson applies to lawyers, doctors, accountants and car dealers too. Find the ownable niche, become an authority even if it is only "local authority" and use Facebook to create community and GooglePlus to create conversation and you will continue to beat back the Zillows of the world.

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Thanks for sharing Marc! I have followed and recommended your Scoop.it page:)
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15 People Ruining Social Media...THE INFOGRAPHIC!

15 People Ruining Social Media...THE INFOGRAPHIC! | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

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I like original content that brings good value. Information we look for that will improve what we are doing. All the rest is not necessary. It clogs up the pipes. Good infographic.

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Google's Matt Cutts: We Don't Use Twitter Or Facebook Social Signals To Rank Pages

Google's Matt Cutts: We Don't Use Twitter Or Facebook Social Signals To Rank Pages | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

Google’s head of search spam, Matt Cutts, released a videotoday answering the question, “are Facebook and Twitter signals part of the ranking algorithm?” The short answer was no.

Matt said that Google does not give any special treatment to Facebook or Twitter pages. They are in fact, currently, treated like any other page, according to Matt Cutts.

Matt then answered if Google does special crawling or indexing for these sites, such as indexing the number of likes or tweets a specific page has. Matt said Google does not do that right now. Why?

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Good information. Definitely a positive to put more time into Google+.

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Christian Verstraete's curator insight, January 24, 2014 3:59 AM

Do we then get a correct view of page ranks?

Alisha Shibli's curator insight, January 24, 2014 7:54 AM

Google's Matt Cutts: We Don't Use Twitter Or Facebook Social Signals To Rank Pages

Bill Gassett's curator insight, January 24, 2014 6:03 PM

Google does not use Twitter and Facebook social signals as a means to rank content!

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10 Surprising Social Media Statistics That Will Make You Rethink Your Social Strategy

10 Surprising Social Media Statistics That Will Make You Rethink Your Social Strategy | Internet Presence | Scoop.it
Know what the fastest-growing demographic on Twitter is? Or how many new members join LinkedIn every second? The answers will surprise you!


1. The fastest growing demographic on Twitter is the 55–64 year age bracket.
  • This demographic has grown 79% since 2012.
  • The 45–54 year age bracket is the fastest growing demographic on both Facebook and Google+.
  • For Facebook, this group has jumped 46%.
  • For Google+, 56%.

Those are impressive numbers against the prevailing idea that social media is "just for teenagers." It certainly points to the importance of having a solid social media strategy if these age brackets fit into your target demographic.

Rethink it: Keep older users in mind when using social media, particularly on these three platforms. Our age makes a difference to our taste and interests, so if you’re focusing on younger users with the content you post, you could be missing an important demographic.


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Excellent information to keep in mind when writing content, sharing articles, or thinking 'strategy'.

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Twitter Officially Launches Its “Retweet With Comment” Feature | TechCrunch

Twitter Officially Launches Its “Retweet With Comment” Feature  |  TechCrunch | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

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Twitter just officially launched its “retweet with comment” feature, which it began testing last summer.

“Retweet with comment” allows users to embed a tweet in their own tweets, which lets them get around Twitter’s 140-character limit when they write their own commentary. The feature is now available on Twitter’s site and iPhone app and will be available on its Android app soon.

Twitter previously let users embed quoted tweets by cutting-and-pasting its URL, but “retweet and comment” lets you do that by just pressing a button. The feature’s arrival has been heralded with much (somewhat ironic) rejoicing by Twitter users. Unfortunately, you can’t embed the full retweet and comment, as I just found out to my disconcertment while preparing this post (click on the embedded tweets to see how they look in the wild).

As my colleague Sarah Perez pointed out last year, however, the feature serves a serious purpose. For one thing, it allows people to share and comment on tweets without having to shorten the original tweet, which means that its context and meaning is preserved.

Forcing users to truncate their rambling thoughts into pithy soundbites was one of Twitter’s original charms, but as the platform matures, many influential users have been devising ways of getting around the character limit so they can use Twitter as their main public communication platform instead of, say, a blog. Hence the rise of “tweetstorms,” which were initially derided by many long-time Twitter users, but show no signs of abating.

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60 Great Tips to Increase and Get Twitter Followers Fast

60 Great Tips to Increase and Get Twitter Followers Fast | Internet Presence | Scoop.it
Get followers, twitter guide for increasing followers instantly, massive free guide full of tips to get more twitter followers.

Twitter followers have always been a controversial point of discussion; some argue that it’s all about quality and not quantity, whilst others play the numbers game all the way. When talking about the popular micro-blogging platform, most people have been asked how many followers they have, so clearly if it doesn’t matter to you it does to others. I personally believe it is beneficial to have a large amount of followers, as long as you are able to spend the time and money required to achieve it. Below I have recorded my observations, experiences, tips and tactics for increasing your twitter followers, starting with the most basic and fundamental factors. Enjoy reading and trying them out for yourself!

Determine your end goal

Decide and determine what you want to achieve through twitter, perhaps you want to establish yourself as an authority on a niche subject or you want to increase leads for your business, whatever this may be make sure that you have a plan that includes figures and timeframes.

Brand yourself

Branding is very important in getting your message across, make sure that everything is working with your brand and that people will know what to expect before deciding to follow you. The more focused you are on your brand the more relevant followers you will attract. Get this fundamental step right and all the other points below will be easily applied.

Choose your username with care

Make sure that your username is unique, original and easily remembered, think what you are aiming to do with your account and what people you want to connect with are likely to find attractive. If you have a username that is not working for you or is unsuitable, change it! This can be done within your Twitter control panel.

Have a great avatar

Your avatar can quickly say something to prospective followers about who you are and what you have to say even if people have never seen you before, a good avatar will immediately allow someone to decide to take the plunge and hit that follow button. If tweeting for personal reasons a good headshot of yourself is a must.

Write an informative bio

Fill in your bio with a short description of what to expect from you, include any keywords and information and make it short but fun and interesting at the same time. A good call to action is an excellent way to get people interacting with you.

Add location to your profile

Think about who your ideal followers are and where they are from, if regional followers are important to you add the location where they are most likely to be found.

Get a custom Twitter background

A good twitter background can quickly convey all sorts of useful information about you, for businesses in particular it can convey what your brand is all about and become an extension of your website. A good twitter background should include important information about you, such as your email and website, if you have stats about the typical screen resolution of your target market take those into account when designing the background, if not design with a low screen resolution in mind for example 1024x768. You can check what backgrounds look like in different size screens here.

Tell people you already know

Let people you already know that you are on Twitter! It may seem obvious but if you take the time to tell people you already know, they are very likely to follow and read what you have to say, it can also be a great way to start interacting.

Announce on your social networks

One of the most efficient ways to tell people you already know is to make an announcement on your existing social networks do this more than once and frequently at the beginning of your effort to gain followers, if you are a big facebook user posting to facebook from twitter will help people to know you are actively using twitter.

Promote your account offline

Every time you shoot a video, give a speech, record a podcast or give a presentation find a way to tell people about your twitter account, give them a specific reason to follow and you will find that your twitter follower count will go up. A great way to promote your account is to have it printed on your promotional material and business cards if you don’t have those you could always give your twitter username along with your telephone when you meet people.

Link to your twitter account

Place links to your account on all your social media profiles, let people know that you are actively using twitter and that you are looking for people to add you on twitter. You can add some great looking widgets and badges to your pages to ensure maximum exposure.

Put a twitter feed on your blog or website

A feed can be a brief insight into your account and an excellent way to get targeted followers for your account, a feed with 3-5 of the latests posts can give enough of an insight into your account to make people curious enough to check and follow your account especially if your site gets a fair amount of traffic.

Don’t be a self promoter

Unless you happen to be a celebrity nobody will be interested in what you have to sell or offer and nobody will be interested in following someone who gives nothing back. So broadcasting about how great you or your product is just isn’t going to work on any level. Give something that people appreciate and will want to follow you for, add value to your followers and your follow count will increase. One easy tip is guaranteeing your followers to follow them back, think out of the box and be creative here.

Get involved in conversations

Read what your followers are talking about and join in, reply regularly to those who you have followed this makes it more likely for them to follow back, it shows you have something of value to contribute and gives the followers of that person a chance to find out more about you.

Tweet frequently

Potential followers will often look at your timeline to gauge whether you are worth following, if your timeline has fresh tweets is current and interesting you have a high chance of being followed.

Post interesting news articles

Find interesting articles and news stories in your niche that really stand out, make sure they are current and easily understood by your followers. There are many news websites with fantastic stories although a search on google news will often return some great ones.

Post good interesting everyday content

Apart from adding interesting links to articles be interactive and post things that people appreciate and find interesting this will encourage people to interact, retweet and most importantly follow you.

Search for tweets with your keywords

Use the Twitter search function to seek out people who are tweeting about subjects you are knowledgeable in, if you are able to add value to the conversation join in and offer your expertise, within the limits of 140 characters ofcourse!

Use hash tags

Using the # tag next to your content makes your keywords easy to find and identify. Quality content that is easy to find will go a long way to make you a desirable follow, use the hash tag sparingly on your most important keywords.

Become a resource

Tweet useful insights about your specialists subject give your existing followers to continue following you and your potential followers an excellent reason to hit that follow button.

Be human and provocative

Show that you are a real person; share intimate details about your life or business, and if you get it right not only will you increase your followers but you will also create an audience that will follow your tweets very closely.

Interact with influential people you know

Target well respected people in your niche, grab their attention by finding what motivates them and build a good relationship. Others will observe your account and also decide to follow you, your reach will increase dramatically as these influential people will also mention you to their followers which will often be great in numbers.

Identify other influential people

There are a number of useful tools that allow the measurement of social media influence, notably the website Klout.com, these sites are sometimes not so user friendly or quick to use so another way is to look at the lists that the influential people you are already aware of have made. This can be a fast way to identify, follow and interact with other influencers in your niche.

Create your own Twitter lists

A topical list of accounts that are of interest to you, such a list allows you to closely follow certain accounts and it is a form of endorsement which may encourage members to follow you back. It is also a great way to increase the visibility of your account through people who are searching for lists in your niche.

Emulate other successful people

Having identified other influential people in your niche, follow their account closely and identify what it is they are doing so well. Implement some of their strategies and continue using the ones that directly increase your follower count.

Get retweeted

Encourage your followers to retweet you, it not only puts your username into other social circles but it also results in visits to your profile page and website. If your tweet is short, witty and topical is has a better chance of being retweeted. You can always just ask to be retweeted by adding “please RT”, this will often work if you have highly engaged followers.

Follow retweeters

You can find people who have retweeted tweets with your keywords recently by going to the Twitter search and searching for “RT #keyword” for example “RT #SEO”. You can then start following and interacting with active retweeters.

Retweet other people

Ok, we have established that getting retweeted is a good idea so if thats what you are looking for why not retweet content that you find useful and entertaining, it’s a great way to develop relationships and a way to stay active on twitter with little effort.

Recommend the most useful users

A great way to build relationships and thank those that are useful to you, a popular way to do this is to recommend people on Friday with the use of the #FollowFriday or #FF hash tag. When you do this its best to include a short explanation of why you are recommending them.

Tweet multimedia

Nowadays most mobile phones have internet access and posting pictures, sound clips and video clips is not only easy but it also gives users an intimate insight into your own personal world. Updates with video, pictures and even sound clips can be fun and entertaining; it can also liven up your timeline and make your account more interesting to follow.

Take time to engage

Make sure that when people start following you and commenting on your tweets you take some time out to engage and reply to the most relevant tweets. Remember Twitter is a powerful communication platform, such engagement allows other people to see that you are a human being that can add value to them and worth following.

Answer questions on your specialist subject

Encourage users to ask you questions, this gives you credibility in your field and also exposes your username to new social circles. Inventing your own hash tag for these questions reinforces your brand and makes it easy for you to find and see all the questions directed at you.

Get listed on Twitter directories

Online Twitter directories are useful for those who are looking to follow people within a particular niche or industry, it is an easy and convenient way for others to follow targeted users. Such online directories include Wefollow and Twellow.

Join twitter groups

There are groups that you can join online especially for the popular micro blogging platform, here is the perfect chance to exchange ideas build new relationships and increase your follower count. Facebook is a good place to start looking for these types of groups.

Go to Tweetups

Tweetups are in-person networking events organised on Twitter itself, here you can put real faces to accounts you have been following and exchanging ideas with. Search on twitter using “tweetup area” replacing area with your own preferred locality, for example “Tweetup London”.

Participate in Twitter chats

These are conversations organised by a person or group of people to discuss issues about a specialist subject. Twitter chats are one of the best ways to identify and follow like minded users who are highly likely to interact and follow you back, not only increasing your follower count but also making your username visible to their own followers.

Participate in forums and blogs

Use specialist forums and blogs that deal with social networking and in particular Twitter to tell everyone about who you are and why you are worth following, take time to introduce yourself and to answer peoples questions on your specialist subject.

Use trends to increase your reach

Observe the trending hash tags in your region, look at the tweets that have been heavily retweeted and think about why they are popular, tweet something along the same lines giving your own spin to the subject. You may combine more than one popular hash tag to potentially propel your username to multiple social circles and increase your chance of being retweeted and followed.

Repeat your most popular tweets

Look at your most popular tweets, if you see that it is still appropriate to repeat them you may do so approximately 8-12 hours after you first tweeted them for people who missed it the first time round, be very careful not to seem repetitive and monotonous though.

Tweet events

These are usually question and answer sessions set up by a well known personality, here you have the chance to ask questions and interact with people in your niche. Look out for any of these tweet events by reading websites and publications focused on your area of knowledge. If you manage to get mentioned by the person or company leading the event you are very likely to be followed by those following the action online.

Interactive television shows

The power of Twitter has really gained momentum over the past few years, we are now seeing even television shows integrating twitter streams as a way to let viewers participate. This is an amazing opportunity to get your twitter username on TV and potentially reach millions of television viewers. In this case you are far more likely to be mentioned if you make a really interesting and amusing tweet that is suitable for the audience of the show. Look carefully at any others getting a mention and spot a pattern of what to say, usually it's easy to gauge what the TV producer is looking for.

Get on websites with mention streams

There are some extremely popular websites that have a stream of all their mentions or mentions of a hash tag, if you spot any of these it can be a fantastic way to get targeted views of your account and if you find a really great opportunity you could always mention their username or tag and ask people to follow you directly!

Tweet quotes

Sharing quotes with your followers is a simple fun and easy source of interesting useful content, quotes are good because you can get them on just about any industry or niche and they are usually positive and inspiring to many people and therefore often retweeted.

Tweet privileged information

If you have something unique to offer followers make sure you let them know about it, this is a prime example of adding value to your followers. This information may include exclusive offers, pictures of inside the Googleplex if you happen to be there or any other type of information that is not widely available. Be sure to develop a relationship with your followers and follow up by getting them to keep following you on a long term basis rather than for the duration of your exclusive information for example you could let them know to watch your tweets closely and look out for more of the same next week.

Tweet during rush hour

Studies have shown that the best times to tweet are around 1pm and 3pm Monday to Thursday, if you take time to study when your typical users are most active reading and tweeting you will gain maximum visibility. There are tools which allow you to schedule tweets ahead of time, one of the most popular being Hootsuite, it can be downloaded onto your PC, Mac and even iPhone for maximum convenience.

Be aware of time zones

Take into account where your ideal users live and in what time zone they are located, if you are targeting people in the US and the UK for example, it might be worth scheduling tweets during optimal times for them to see, interact and amplify your reach.

Be human nobody wants to follow a robot!

So far we have touched upon some of the automation methods though at this point it must be stressed that any automation must be used carefully, nobody is interested in following robots, therefore you should note that if any of these tools are used it must be done in such a way that it doesn’t compromise your authenticity as a human being.

Follow people

Follow people often, around 30% - 50% of all people you follow will follow you back, which means that following as many people as possible will equate to a huge number of followers, in practice this just isn’t possible due to restrictions in place by the Twitter system. These restrictions, known as Twitter follow limits, kick into place when you follow 2,000 or more people. Then you will not be able to follow more than 110% of people who follow you, meaning that if you have 10,000 followers you will not be able to follow more than 11,000 people at a time. This restriction was a smart move by Twitter as it avoids users following hundreds of thousands of people just to have hundreds of thousands of followers!

Follow local people

Follow people local to your area, build a connection not only through you specialist knowledge but also through your knowledge of the area local to you, invite them to networking events or to other events of interest for example seminars or talks on subjects of common interest. You may use tools such as Localtweeps.com and twitaholic to help you find popular people in your locality.

Follow people who always follow back

In light of the fact that there are follow limits it is in your best interest for anyone you follow to follow you back, not only will you gain more followers in this way but you will also avoid the follow limits. You can find people that always follow back by searching their bio and tweets for the following:

  • #TeamFollowBack
  • #InstantFollow
  • #Follow4Follow
  • #FollownGain
  • #500aday
Follow the followers of big followers

Use twitaholic to see who has the most followers in popular cities like London, New York and Chicago. Follow the followers of anyone who is following more than 1,000 people than are following them, these will be people who have amassed a large following from the method above. You will gain followers fast but don’t expect much interaction from these accounts as they are people, and in many cases robots, who just follow anyone that follows them. This method is a mere time saving exercise that allows you to follow people who will follow back without having to search for them through tags such as #TeamFollowBack.

Unfollow those who don’t follow back

The only way to avoid the follow limits if you are gaining followers by following many people is to unfollow those who don’t follow back. This constant “follow – unfollow” process is often referred to as “churn” the rate at which the “follow – unfollow” happens is called the “churn Rate”. You must be aware that a high churn rate goes against the terms of service and there is a risk of your account being suspended if this method is employed aggressively.

Use online Tools

Use tools available online to automate the process of following, unfollowing tweeting following back and direct messages amongst many other things. Once you amass a large follower count it will be necessary to use these tools effectively to employ the methods listed above. Some of the most popular and effective online tools are Tweepi and Manageflitter. Here you will be able to do much of the automation needed to gain more followers on a large scale.

Use computer software

These automated programmes are especially designed to enable the automation of all aspects of your account. Most of these tools, such as TweetAdder, have been developed by internet marketers and commonly allow you to: Find targeted followers Automation of follows and unfollows Automated tweets Automated direct Messages Though automation in business is always a good thing, you must beware that many of these practices go directly against the Twitter terms of service and there is a significant risk of getting your account suspended if the software is not used correctly. Twitter has filed lawsuits against the makers of these tools as they are often used aggressively by spammers.

Show Your Twitter Followers Count

There is something to be said about power in numbers and in this case it is particularly true to say that once you have acquired a large number of followers it is beneficial to display these on your blog or network. The large follower count has a psychological effect that enhances your chances of being followed, known as social proof.

Buy followers

A pretty controversial one, and one that I have included only for information. Buying followers will increase your follower count fast and there are popular sites such as fiverr for this type of service where people are offering up to 15,000 followers for as little as $5. These followers will be of no use except for bumping up the number count and may actually damage your reputation or brand as these fake followers can be easily identified through tools such as StatusPeople, there is probably nothing worse for personal reputation or brand than being “outed” for buying followers. This relatively new phenomenon has not only been discussed amongst tech savvy users but has also recently hit the headlines in the main stream newspapers after several high profile reports of well known people accused of buying fake followers. I do not endorse or recommend this method, in fact it can cause havoc if you are employing some of the other methods above, I strongly advise not to use this method.

Run a contest

This technique was most famously offered by Kevin Rose back in 2009 and since then many companies, brands and individuals have run contests very successfully, when running such a competition remember to check out the Twitter guidelines for running a contest.

Write articles about twitter

If there is one particular aspect of twitter that you know a great deal about why not write a blog post or add a guide to your website, Twitter has become so popular in recent years but it’s still so new that there is still room to write articles that people appreciate and find useful. Such exposure will not only mean more followers but also more credibility within your own social circle.

Guest post on other blogs

Search for bloggers in your niche that have a large number of followers and have popular websites, offer to write an article for their site in return for promotion of your twitter account, your account will become more visible and you will gain followers along the way. To get an idea of how popular a blog or website is check alexa.com.

Track and measure

As anyone in business will tell you: “Anything measured improves!”. It is very important to keep an accurate record of what you are doing to increase your twitter followers. You can use the automated tools mentioned before to track your efforts and if you want to see a more accurate statistic count of the number of followers you have gained and expect to gain use TwitterCounter.

If you are a content marketer and are using twitter to syndicate your content you can keep track of how often your page has been shared on twitter and other social media articles using tools such as the Social Media Shares Counter.


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 A bunch of the most successful  startups are actively using social media  to gain an edge.Instead of shelling out millions of dollars for a Super Bowl ad, these small companies fight to generate buzz by creating viral content and encouraging shares and likes.

Once a product or service becomes the one everyone is talking about, customers gravitate toward it, eager to learn more.

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Curation tools to help you cope with info-overload

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How Scoop.it, Google Plus & Twitter can turn chaos into order.


If you do anything professionally related to online technology, you understand the immense amount of data you need to sort through each day.

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How to find order in the scattered information?

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According to research by Gigya, Facebook is the most popular network for people using their social media profiles to log-in to websites, accounting for around 53% of social log-ins globally in the first quarter of 2014.

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50 Tweetable Twitter Tips You Wish You Knew Years Ago

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Want to get more followers and increase engagement on Twitter? Or do you just want to make sure people don't think you're a space case on Twitter?

Either way, here's a massive list of 50 Twitter tips that will make you a more effective Twitter user, and that you wish you knew years ago. 

Plus, you can look like a Twitter pro, too! Each tip has a [click to tweet] link so you can quickly tweet out that tip. Better yet, schedule one a day for the next fifty days, and you'll look like a marketing rockstar.

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When it comes to social media financial services have been slow to join Twitter. These banks are growing their follower base fast with these tricks.

Celebrities aren’t the only ones who tweet. Twitter gets results in the form of social media followers for banks and financial services. How?  They  use it to launch products, enhance communications, and improve customer service.

When it comes to social media, financial services are often accused of missing the boat on Twitter,  or giving up after some half-hearted effort. Bad move. Here’s a look at some banks heading in the right direction  through multiple forms of customer engagement.

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Here are eleven things you didn't know you were doing wrong on Twitter -- some of which may be why people are unfollowing you.

Are you trying to amass a large following on Twitter? Want to increase your engagement and have meaningful conversations? Or maybe even drive more traffic to your website?

These are great goals to set for yourself, but there are some mistakes you might be making on Twitter that are likely hindering your efforts, and you're not even aware of it.

Making some of these mistakes might even lead to people UNFOLLOWING you. *Collective gasp of horror.*

Here are eleven things you didn't know you were doing wrong on Twitter -- some of which may be why people are unfollowing you:

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With more than 500 million tweets being sent on a typical day and 115 million active Twitter users every month, your tweets could easily be buried under the pile. So how can you make sure your account doesn’t go unnoticed? Here are 10 easy to follow tips to improve your Twitter engagement by getting more retweets and mentions.

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"When Jonah Berger was a graduate student at Stanford, in the early aughts, he would make a habit of reading page A2 of the Wall Street Journal, which included a list of the five most-read and the five most-shared articles of the day. “I’d go down to the library and surreptitiously cut out that page,” he recalls. “I noticed that what was read and what was shared was often different, and I wondered why that would be.” What was it about a piece of content—an article, a picture, a video—that took it from simply interesting to interesting and shareable? What pushes someone not only to read a story but to pass it on?"

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Une (petite) leçon à garder en tête pour la diffusion d'information

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I think this sums up social media quite nicely:

"The irony, of course, is that the more data we mine, and the closer we come to determining a precise calculus of sharing, the less likely it will be for what we know to remain true. "


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Most people will agree getting your first several hundred followers is the hardest. Here's EXACTLY how I got my first 250 Google+ followers.

Earlier this week I crossed the 250 follower milestone on Google+ (at time of writing I am marching towards 300) and I wanted to share with you exactly how I got there so you can learn from my mistakes, experiments and successes.

Now for me this is a big deal, I’ve never had 250 followers in anything. I have tried building a following on Twitter and have a modest collection of connections on LinkedIn (hell, I’ve even got a Facebook Page).

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This is a very personalable story. Rick makes some excellent points. We all have to start small, and focus our efforts there. Doing it with Google+ is a great idea. In the social media scene Google+ is getting more important every day. And, Google has the power and means to keep on doing that. I like Google+ and will definitely give it more attention.

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Really clear and easy "How to" for people just starting out on G+