Written by Heather Buckley – Thu 14 Jan 2010
One question I’m often asked by those who are starting to tweet is ‘What do I tweet about?’ So I have written 30 Tweeting Top Tips.
Even the most experienced tweeters get twitter block sometimes. Here are a few ideas to keep you going. Incidentally many of these suggestions make good blog ideas too. I did write a post on Blog Ideas earlier.
If you are new to Twitter and are only just finding out about Social Media and what it can do for your business, why not book onto one of our Social Networking Training in Brighton, Sussex.
At least half of your tweets should be an answer, a response, or some kind of communication or dialogue. Remember it’s about relationships.
Let everyone know what you are writing about, and make the tag line snappy. Next time you are wondering which links to click on in twitter ask yourself why you chose them, make a note then use the same technique.
Every time you read something you think is interesting, useful or fascinating – tweet it.
Often people let you know if they are having a bad day, say something supportive or cheering.
What do people want to read about? Look back over your tweets and make a note of the ones that got attention. To do this go to Topsy and type in your twitter name to find your most re-tweeted tweets. Alternatively type in another username and learn from their successes.
Keep your eye on the latest news, watch for trending topics and tweet the latest use Twitscoop to find out what's trending. Even better write an up to date report on the subject and tweet about it.
Re-tweet the best jokes and write your own but be careful, it has to be funny!
It’s a good idea to keep a notebook with you as these will present themselves to you from time to time, on TV, listening to other peoples conversations (not that I do that!).
This can be a good way to build relationships; you might review a book or a Social Media application. Don't forget to Direct Message or mention them to let them know.
Are you going somewhere? Ask for a good hotel, restaurant etc. Are you buying a new camera? Ask for advice.
When someone says something nice about you tell everyone.
Are there any inspiring or useful sites you keep going back to? Tweet about them
While you want to keep direct sales tweets to a bare minimum, if you have a special one off offer tell all your clients about it, everyone likes a good deal
Is there a new development/product in your field? Tweet about it.
Have you won an award or landed killer contract, have you been listed somewhere impressive on the web?
Look out for other people’s success stories and congratulate them
While I don’t encourage thanking every re-tweet, you could thank a select few, likewise with followers, personally I’m not keen on automated thank you messages as you can spot them a mile away, but many people use them, it’s up to you.
Read some interesting stats or studies? Tweet them.
Have you seen an inspiring, amazing or really funny on YouTube Video lately? Even better have you uploaded one yourself? Tweet it.
Do you think something is around the corner, tell people and say "you heard it here first".
Give away free PDFs – guides, reports, stats, e-books. Do you have office furniture you don’t want any more – offer free to collector.
Is there an appeal you would like to support? Tweet about it! Then later thank everyone who supported it.
You can upload images to Twitpic or link to your Flickr account. If you use Tweetdeck you can attach images to you tweet.
Is there something going on locally, or nationally, or is there a good web seminar, TV Programme, Radio programme coming up?
Let people know any nuggets you have gleaned
A good way to start a conversation is with a question as many people want to help others out. If your question is controversial you may attract a lot of interest. Your question could be hypothetical - what would you do if….
Always look out for these; if it’s a techie question it’s worth taking the time to look up the answer, the original tweeter will thank you for it and you will have a stronger connection.
This is a great way to build followers, and traffic to your blog. Ask people to Re tweet your competition to enter and tell them to follow to find out if they have won.
Make sure they are great though, I see a lot of lame quotes floating around on twitter, and those people who just tweet quotes can be a bit tiresome.
Let them know you are listening, give them some feedback.
ITIL®, PRINCE2®, PRINCE2 Agile®, MSP®, M_o_R®, P3O®, MoP®, MoV® courses on this website are offered by The Knowledge Academy, ATO of AXELOS Limited. ITIL®, PRINCE2®, PRINCE2 Agile®, MSP®, M_o_R®, P3O®, MoP®, MoV® are registered trade marks of AXELOS Limited. All rights reserved.