People want information!
And where do people go for information these days? They turn to Twitter.
Don’t let Twitter be the outcast of your social media strategy. It’s a lot easier to use and understand than it looks. Plus, you can reach people, who are telling you they want to be reached, for FREE.
The Business Guide to Using Twitter for Free
Understanding Who Uses Twitter
The starting point for understanding how to integrate Twitter into your business’s social media efforts is to know WHO uses Twitter.
- Twitter is used equally by both males and females.
- Twitter is excellent for reaching ages 18 – 29
- 29% of internet users with college degrees use Twitter
- 80% of Twitter users are on mobile devices
READ MORE: Social Media Demographics to Inform a Better Segmentation Strategy via Sprout Social
Optimize Twitter for Your Business
Now that you know who is on Twitter, how do you make sure your Twitter profile is it’s optimal best?
Here are the very basic, first steps to getting it right.
1. Upload images: Cover Photo 1,500 x 500 pixels and Profile Photo 400 x 400 pixels
2. Test your profile on mobile devices to make sure your images display correctly. Make any necessary adjustments.
3. Bio: Google reads twitter bios, so include “keywords”, or words that you want to be associated with, in your short bio. (Example: Our Twitter bio reads, “Social media advertising experts that help you drive instant web traffic, leads, and sales through Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and more.”)
4. Consider including a URL in your bio.
5. Be sure your business name (not your @ username) is listed consistently with how you want your business to be known.
6. Include a location for people searching by geography.
7. Add a hashtag that may be relevant to your industry or business and will help people find you.
Our Best Twitter Tips & Tricks
Now that you know who uses Twitter and your profile is optimized, here are the best ways to use Twitter, for free, to reach your audience.
- Pin a Tweet that showcases an event, big announcement, or showcases your brand.
- Regularly update your bio and cover image to tie into current campaigns, events, or promotions.
- Include photos! Tweets with photos get 18% more clicks and 150% more retweets.
- Use your Twitter “likes” to create a list of great interactions & tweets about your brand!
- Create custom lists that your Twitter followers might find useful, helpful, or entertaining.
- Research and, if appropriate, contribute to a trending topic.
- Participate in Tweet Chats to grow relationships.
- “Listen” to what your competition and others are saying about your brand by searching business name or name variations. (BONUS: Reply to questions, solve problems, or start a conversation.)
- Engage with reporters, bloggers, and other influencers who might be looking for content that you can provide.
- Go to ads.twitter.com and select “analytics” to learn about your Twitter audience. You can do this even if you do not run ads on the platform.
Twitter may not be on the top of your priorities list for social media, but your customers are on Twitter, and they will come to you seeking information. Now, you’ll be ready.