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How to get more followers on Twitter

By November 10th, 2013No Comments

Twitter logoI’m often asked how to get more followers on Twitter. Here’s a quick checklist:

*  Fill in / update your Twitter profile. Make it interesting!
*  Include a photograph of yourself looking at the camera and smiling (alternatively, for a business, use your logo).
*  Follow more people (quite a few will follow you back).
*  Ensure that Twitter opens up, first thing in the morning, within your internet browser
*  Tweet every day, at least six times *gasp*.
*  ReTweet interesting Tweets (this counts as a Tweet, in its own right).
*  A business should Tweet about its ‘professional knowledge’, i.e. your area of expertise.
*  Write a blog at least once a week within your website and share it, via Twitter. Here are some blogging tips.
*  Use a URL (web page address) shortening service such as or so that you can fit long URLs into your Tweets.  Insert the (shortened) link after about four or five words (as you will get more clicks).
*  URL shortening services also provide metrics – so that you can see how many people have clicked on your links.
*  Within Twitter,  click on @Connect in order to see who is mentioning you. Respond to these mentions.
*  Install the Twitter App within your smartphone and use this on a daily basis.
*  Check the profiles of new Followers and then thank them (via a public Tweet). Include a question, i.e. “What’s your top #coaching tip” (if they are a coach).
*  Use #hashtags. By putting the # symbol in front of  a word, it makes it clickable, within Twitter. People can click on hashtags to find things which interest them.
*  Share interesting items which you find on the internet (i.e. by using share buttons).
*  Read and then re-read each Tweet, before you press Send.
*  Don’t use automated systems to send Tweets. We’ll know that you are a machine.
*  Promote your Twitter account, i.e. within your email signature, website, business cards etc.
*  Join The Marketing Compass and ask social media questions.
*  Finally – you can’t bore people into following you. Be interesting and responsive.

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Nigel Temple is a social media consultant, speaker and trainer. He shows business owners, professionals and teams how to get better results from social media – including brand awareness, website traffic and sales enquiries.  To find out more about Nigel’s services email or call Joanna on +44 (0)1628 773128.

He welcomes media enquiries about social media / digital marketing. He has appeared within the national press and broadcast media.

Nigel is the founder of The Marketing Compass – join thousands of business owners, tell us about your business and ask some marketing questions!



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Nigel Temple is a marketing consultant, speaker, trainer and writer. Topics include: AI / ChatGPT, Marketing strategy, Digital marketing, SEO, Copywriting, Mailchimp. Nigel is available to hire for a consultancy meeting, training workshop, speaking event or marketing project. Email: Or call Nigel on: 01628 773128

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