How to be a good Tweeter - some do's and don'ts
- Allow yourself to be found - Choose a Twitter name that people are likely to associate with you and therefore search for. If they can’t find you then they won’t follow you.
- Make the most of your profile – Write a clear and informative profile description that uses keywords that people might be searching for. Make sure you include a link to your website too.
- Don’t shout – If you use capital letters on the web, it’s often considered shouting. Using full capital letters on Twitter is considered impolite. Think about your grammar and spelling, too— it’s still important to remain professional in 140 characters.
- Provide juicy info - Twitter is a great place to let people know about special menu items, deals and discounts or one time offers. Everybody loves to get the inside gossip, so make your Twitter followers feel special by giving them a look behind the scenes with photos or exclusive tweets.
- Don’t repeat yourself too much – There’s no need to mention your Facebook page everyday —people can find that on their own. It’s good to send out your new blog post link a couple of times a day but don’t bore people or give them the impression that you are spamming them.
- Ask for advice and recommendations - Twitter is a great place for getting recommendations and getting a majority feel for what people like or want: Do they agree with Simon Cowell on the X Factor? Are they excited about Wimbledon? Do they think Andy Murray has a chance? Do they like Italian Restaurants? Which ones do they think are the best? By getting into conversation you could find out valuable information for your business and even recommend yourself or others. By following Carvill Creative’s @iamlookingfora – you’ll find a feed dedicated to all ‘requests’ – look at it, tweet it, respond to it and share.
- Don’t tweet anything you wouldn’t say – Remember that anyone can see your Twitter account and anybody can print anything you write. A tweet is a direct quote from you so be careful not to lash out or write anything you wouldn’t actually express in person.
- Avoid being too corporate – Twitter is supposed to act like a community, sharing articles and opinions, retweeting tweets by others and supporting each other. If you appear too anonymous or corporate you might turn people off. If you can - we’d suggest making about half of your tweets non-self promotional.
- Refrain from sending out auto-DM – This is a personal opinion but we’re really not fans of the auto direct message that people send out to new followers. It’s impersonal and appears too corporate.
Does anyone out there have any other big Twitter rules that they like to follow?
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Enjoy the post… Vikki
Vikki Mills is Social Media and Marketing Executive at Carvill Creative – the online visibility experts. A digital marketing and design agency based in Maidenhead, Berkshire. The agency covers all aspects of online visibility – covering social media marketing and social media training, user focused website planning and conversion focused website design.
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