July 13, 2013

July 13, 2013

25 Twitter Tips To Help You Tweet Like A Pro

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Saturday and I hope you have had a beary safe and great week so far. It is another busy weekend for Dab the AIDS Bear and me. Dab the AIDS Bear is on the Saddle Up LA today to raise money for the Life Group in Los Angeles, California.

Now most people know I am on Facebook and some of you even now I am on Twitter now where my handle is @daddydab. But I am still not an expert at Twitter and still learning. So the next couple of days, I am going to blog about 25 Twitter tips to help you tweet like a pro. I had twenty five of my top twitter friends each send in a suggestion to help us out.

Almost everyone we know has a Twitter account and have a multitude of reasons for what and why they use Twitter. Some use it as a news feed while others use it as an RSS feed and some use Twitter as a messaging tool to communicate with friends and family. Aside from personal uses, Twitter has become an essential promotional tool for bloggers, Internet marketers and social media professionals. The question is then: Are you making the most of the time you spend on Twitter and generating the positive results you expect? To answer that question, we gathered 25 Twitter tips to help you tweet like a pro from successful, influential power Twitter users.

1. My best tip for those who are new to Twitter is to follow the ‘CBS Rule’. It stands for Connect, Build, and Share.

C: Connect with new people everyday, you can do so easily with Twitter chats, following new people, joining a conversation or even by reaching out to blog authors.

B: Build relationships by continuing engagement with people. This can be done by responding to tweets and keeping conversations going. Best tip to maintain a great relationship would be to add people to twitter lists. Build your Twitter lists to separate the conversationalists that you need to engage.

S: Share tweets that adds value to the stream. Adding value to the stream is how to stand out in Twitter. A good tip would be to pick a balanced mixture of content.

2. One of the best things I ever learned to do with using Twitter is to connect with people through event hashtags before the event. Find a few people you find interesting and make it a goal to seek these people out at the event. If they have a website, make notes of things in common to talk about in person. Some of my best friends and clients have come from just doing my research on people before conferences. It’s also a great way to get involved in event hashtags and make yourself visible to the community.

3. If you’re just getting started on Twitter, take a peek at #hashtags that interest you. A hashtag (the # sign directly touching the front of a word, no space) is simply using a word purposefully, so other people can proactively be involved in the conversation/tweets on a topic anywhere in the world. #SocialGood is a personal favorite. You can also find people near you talking about things that interest by you using Twitter Search in a number of ways. If you look around a bit it’s easy to find people and topics you’ll enjoy following.

4. Be yourself. Don’t be upset if your first tweets seem as if they’re going out into nothing. Talk about what interests you, share articles on topics that interest you. Use hashtags to help others find them, and always make sure you @ tag the author, when possible, in the tweet. If you find an article because of someone else on Twitter, even if you tweet it from the article page, make sure to tip your hat to that person in the tweet, so they know you noticed. Even the most seasoned Twitter pro feels good when someone shows they found something cool due to her tweet.

5. Social media is not just for transmitting a message—you should listen, like you would if you were sitting in front of someone. Make sure you give more than you take, just like in real life, because the karma effect works magically when we all share and promote others. And always do your best to be yourself. It’s just as important online as offline to be authentic, fun, creative and, if possible, inspire others with your words and actions.

6. When you first begin interacting on Twitter, it’s very similar to attending a networking event where you may not know a single person. One of the best ways to show up and get the most out of your time on Twitter is to have a clear goal outlined with action steps and desired results.

Know who (business contacts), what (information) and why (purpose) you are looking to connect with on Twitter and beyond. Your tweets should share thoughts, tips, resources that will help your target connections to reach their goals.

Be generous with retweets, but don’t forget to share your own thoughts that can be retweeted. Twitter is not as much about you getting what you want as it is you helping others to get what they want. It is about sharing and having conversations that are win-win scenarios for everyone involved. Bottom line, be smart and have fun!

7. Social Media is about connecting, engaging and meeting incredible people. Twitter is such a powerful medium. It allows us to connect with people across the globe. We can form long-term friendships with those who truly support us. There are many different and creative ways to utilize Twitter, but my #1 tip is simply: engagement. Reach out, Retweet, thank, and support one another. Always be yourself and stay positive. Twitter is real life in digital form. Better yet, you can take your online friendships further and meet in person.

The more you engage others, the stronger relationships you’ll form. There is so much to learn from others. Twitter is a source of knowledge, limitless content and valuable information. You can connect with brands, business owners and anyone you’d like to reach out to. The opportunity is endless. Keep Engaging. Twitter is Awesome.

8. My number one tip has always been share and be nice. OK that was two. I have also seen myself as being like customer service. Helping my followers in anyway I can. Through sharing good and helpful information, reshare my followers content or tweets (must be quality stuff), engaging my followers, asking and answering questions. Be consistent, be yourself and be nice. The 7 rules I’ve always stuck to since I started on social media over 5 years ago. I’ve never changed or wavered the whole time. That’s why people like me. Well most people do. :)

With that said, also be careful who you trust and believe in Social Media. There are many fakes and spammers and scammers. Do your research and go with your gut feeling.

9. Tweets that start with “@…” are mostly private and won’t be seen by many people. If you are @Mom on Twitter, and @Dad sends you this tweet:

@Mom Dinner out tonight? None of @Dad’s follower’s will see it unless they also follow you. So that also means, none of your followers will see a tweet like this:

@TweetSmarter is very helpful—if you’re looking for help, contact them.…unless they already follow @TweetSmarter! To rewrite the tweet so more of your followers can see it, put something in front of the username. The two most common ways to do that are:

.@TweetSmarter is very helpful—if you’re looking for help, contact them. If you’re looking for help on Twitter, try @TweetSmarter. They’re great!

10. Converse with others…don’t just tell the world what you are up to, or only post your activities. Engage your followers and speak to them…even if you don’t have the time for lengthy dialogue, a quick tweet by hello or thank you shows your acknowledgment of their tweet to you. As in other aspects of our life, twitter is in real life…and we must honor those who take the time to send a smile… so remember to be genuine and treat others here as you would at a networking event.

To accomplish this I use an application called Hootsuite. This tool helps you stay in touch with your followers and to manage your social media across many different platforms. One post can reach your twitter followers, your Facebook or Googgle + contacts and others! They have a great free service ! They are also on twitter and very helpful to users @hootsuite.

11. Be real. Engage peeps who inspire. Be relevant, retweet, reach out. Twitter is a gift. Be present to others, they’ll be present for you.

I wrote this quote about a year after I started twitter: Like wind in the sky, twitter takes ideas to places out of your control, and returns ideas within your grasp.

12. To gain new followers you have to follow people back, but not necessarily everybody. One of the most helpful sites to help me manage this is Manage Flitter. Not only will it help you weed out inactive accounts, it will also show you who isn’t following you back.

And since being new may be undoubtedly overwhelming at first, make sure to utilize the “Favorite” function within the Twitter platform. Not only is this a good way for you to “mark” where you left off or perhaps note good content you may want to look at later, it will also let the original content creator know that you have taken the time and are interested in what they have to share…and who knows, it may very likely prompt them to start following you.

Tomorrow, I will finish up with the other 13 tips for tweeting. Hope you have a beary safe and great Saturday!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab