2.23.2015

How to Be a "Tweet Master" in 11 Easy Steps + Giveaway

How to maximize twitter as a blogger

Last month, Ashley deemed me the "Tweet Master." Although I had no idea I was the master of anything, let alone Twitter, I wanted to take advantage of this epic title and share how I "do" Twitter. Twitter is tricky, and to be honest, I hated it at first. I had no idea how to use it and was easily overwhelmed by it. Slowly but surely, however, I have grown to love it and see it as a great tool for my growing my blog! Here's my advice for how to be your own twitter master.

1. Use your down time to interact. Waiting in line for your morning coffee? Jump on Twitter for 2 minutes to favorite, retweet, or respond to tweets! The key to a successful Twitter presence is consistency. I achieve consistency by getting on Twitter during my down time or multitasking when possible.

2. Schedule your tweets. I use Hootsuite but there are a ton of options out there. Scheduling tweets allows you to maintain an online presence without having to be active on Twitter 24/7. I usually sit down once a week to schedule tweets about previous posts, inspirational quotes, and the like. Each morning, I also take about 10 minutes to schedule promotional tweets for my post that day as well as my sponsor's posts. In my opinion, scheduling tweets is the key to success on Twitter because who can actually afford to be online throughout the entire day?

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3. Participate in Twitter parties. I will be the first to admit I am not the best at these. That being said, you don't have to be perfect to benefit from them. Twitter parties are a great way to connect with new people that have similar interests. I have met some of the most amazing women through Twitter chats (such as #createlounge). Since these are not my forte, I will point you to Amber's post on how to win at Twitter parties.

4. ENGAGE. The key to success on social media, no matter what medium, is engagement. Don't be scared to tweet your favorite blogger or retweet a blog post link that stood out to you. Without engagement, you have no presence.

5. Utilize multimedia. Although Twitter is largely focused on text, don't overlook the importance of adding images and links to your tweet. Did you see a podcast that stood out to you this week? Share it! Did someone's blog post have a pinterest worthy image associated with it? Use the bloglovin' Twitter share option to share it! Rich content is eye-catching!

6. Use hashtags (without overusing them). Hashtags are another easy way to find people with similar interests! Here's a little activity: search the hashtag "blogger" on Twitter and see what you find! Follow the accounts that stand out to you during your search.

7. Write an interesting bio. I have had a number of people tell me they found me on Twitter and just HAD to click my blog link after reading my bio. It doesn't have to be anything flashy, but it should represent who you are as well as what they can expect from your blog.


8. Be authentic. I tend to be outspoken. When appropriate, I take my thoughts to Twitter. Typically, when I do this, I am asking for other people's thoughts on the issue or inviting them to engage in some other way.

9. Utilize lists. Although I do not use Twitter lists (mostly because I am too lazy to organize people), this is a great way to categorize people based on interests or topics. Those ladies on Twitter you just love? Add them to their own list so you can be sure not to miss any of their tweets throughout the week!

10. Don't underestimate consistency. If you only engage once a month, that won't get you anywhere. Consistency is key with any social media outlet. That doesn't mean you have to tweet every hour, but it does mean you shouldn't go 5 days without tweeting a single thing.

11. Share other people's content. That blog post you just LOVED this week? Share it on Twitter and tag the author! I promise you it will make their day AND put you on their radar! However, be authentic about this. Don't just share posts to gain recognition- that will quickly ruin your reputation.
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38 comments :

  1. Yes to all of these. I love Twitter for a social media platform it's by far my favorite. I love and cherish the interactions of Twitter. You can really connect with others there. It's not like Instagram or Facebook. I think you killed it with these pointers!

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  2. great tips! I would agree that you are pretty amazing at twitter! I don't have an interesting bio though. However, I have had people follow back / check me out just because my bio is a Monty Python Quote. haha. :D

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  3. I'm attempting to better my Twitter presence, so these tips came along at the perfect time! Very helpful post!

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  4. Thanks lady! I hope this is helpful to you!

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  5. Thank you for these tips! I think Twitter is my weakest area of social media. I just get so overwhelmed with so much going on at once. But I think I'm getting better.

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  6. It was definitely overwhelming for me as well. I think lists would be really helpful for you to compartmentalize things more :)

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  7. Great tips!! I love Hootsuite and I am so glad there are scheduling apps out there. And I am totally a fan of interacting during downtime. Interaction is HUGE!

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  8. Couldn't agree more! Thanks for reading!

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  9. You win at interaction period. Not just on Twitter but all over the place. It amazes me how available and quick you are always... I wish I had the discipline and dedication you've got. :)

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  10. Oh the flattery! Thanks so much Amber.

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  11. You are ah-mazing! Thank you for sharing these tips!

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  12. Organizing those twitter lists isn't easy with their current setup, but twitlistmanager makes it a little easier. Also, Twitter parties STRESS ME OUT. Some of them are so jam-packed with responses I feel like I can't keep up.

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  13. Great list! You are quite the tweet master :)

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  14. I completely agree with this! Was actually thinking the same thing...so maybe you should be the #interactionmaster. And yes...I seriously wish I had that much discipline.

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  15. I'm not all up to date on Twitter but I have liked using it lately. I didn't even know you could make lists. thanks for the great tips cass! ❤️👍

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  16. I have felt the same way about Twitter parties...I always feel like I'm a step behind! Maybe I should give it a 2nd chance. I'm going to check out twitlistmanager!

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  17. I freaking love you and your tweet master abilities. That's all.

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  18. You're the best. OH MY GOSH GREAT QUESTION. Part of me thinks they're smart and the other part of me thinks they make the blogger seem desperate for their post to be shared?! I mean, the convience is nice but if everyone tweets the same thing it's not very authentic, right?! What are your thoughts?

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  19. They're definitely overwhelming. I think I realized I didn't have to feel rushed to respond. As long as I was answering the prompts and engaging a few others I have been successful. Amber's post is really useful too.

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  20. Thank you for inspiring this post!

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  21. I agree...Besides, I'd rather they come up with their own take away from my post, not something I have spoon fed them. Does that make sense?

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  22. You are great at Twitter! I used to think that people didn't use it much but I need to get into the game better.

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  23. I NEVER used it up until this last year, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE it now!

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  24. Number one! I believe in doing that for all social media...especially Pinterest!

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  25. YES! I suck at pinterest so I have been trying to spend more time with it!

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  26. Hootsuite is the best! I've just recently discovered twitter parties and I kind of like them!

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  27. Yeah, some of them bother me hahaha but others are really great!

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  28. You really are the Tweet Master! I love following your feed. And I am consistently impressed by how genuine and authentic you are, even when sharing sponsor content. Thanks for being a great example!

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  29. Thanks Laura. I try hard to be authentic so that really means a lot to me! :)

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  30. Ohhh this is great! I've just started trying to be more interactive with Twitter (scheduling posts, etc) so this is a great guide for a newbie!

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  31. These are some good tips, most of which I have used and have had good results from using them. I get the most out of twitter from interaction, and I try to pop on during downtime throughout my day. :)

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  32. It's cool to see what some people are already doing and what things they are working to improve. Thanks for sharing!

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  33. Love these tips - the one about the bio is a great one! I always think it's important to make that space count. I also like your idea of lists, though I am the same - can't be bothered to make them, haha!

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