10 more ways to grow your Twitter influence

Since I still had more ideas to add to my previous blog post 10 Ways to Grow Your Influence on Twitter, I have returned with 10 more ways to boost your Twitter influence.

1. Provide insight and ask questions

Comment on other blogs to promote your Twitter username and your blog Web site. Also, crowdsource. Ask others what they think about a topic, a new tool or technology or even advice on something that is on your mind.

2. Be an enthusiast

It is all about what you say and how you say it! Gary Vaynerchuk is a great example of someone you should follow on Twitter. Warning: His enthusiasm is contagious.

3. Be like Mike, as in Michael Jordan

Find people on Twitter that you admire. Whether it’s someone like Gary or Top Celebrities on Twitter. Look at their Twitter stream and see what, when and how they Tweet… and take notes.

4. Do your homework

Research other people’s Twitter streams. Find out what items they mark as a “favorite” or whom they interacted with. Also, subscribe to newsletters like SmartBrief or grow your RSS feed with blogs found on Alltop or Google Blog Search.

5. Create a contest

There are many ways you can structure a contest. But first, figure out what you want to accomplish with a contest. More followers or more Web site hits? Check out 5 Tips for Creating a Successful Social Media Contest for more information.

6. Type slow, think fast

Remember the Five Ws (Who, What, Where, When and Why). “Why” is the most important question to ask yourself. Why would this tweet be important to be my followers? Remember, the more people “talking” about your tweets, the greater your influence.

7. Attend social media events

Attend events that discuss social media. Find those events in that area and live tweet on the event’s hashtag. For example, find your local Social Media Club in your area or attend a Ragan Communications social media event.

8. Find your niche

What topics do you usually tweet about? Is it leadership, marketing, PR, news of the day? Identify 5 to 10 topics you like to talk about most and stay within those lines. Your followers need to understand what you are passionate about and what topics to expect when they look at your tweets.

9. Help others

Are you a Meformer or Informer? 80 percent of Twitter Users talk about themselves. Be that 20 percent of Informers and help others. Pay it forward. It will come back to you.

10. Know your limit

Remember not to over-tweet. I know I look at the history of a Tweeter before I follow him or her because I don’t want to get spammed with irrelevant information on my Twitter stream.

What do you think? Do you have other tips?

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14 thoughts on “10 more ways to grow your Twitter influence

  1. Jody Raines says:

    Great post. Personally, I subscribe to the 70-20-10 rule… 70% of the time is conversation, 20% of the time, add value and ideas, and 10% of the time you can share about what you do.

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    • mattroyse says:

      Thank you, Jody, for reading and commenting. I really like the 70-20-10 rule. It is a good rule of thumb for everyone. Thank you for sharing it.

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  2. Heidi Thorne says:

    Follow Who They Follow – When someone in my Twitter stream Retweets someone’s post, I look at the profile of who made the original tweet. I have found some incredible people to follow (who then often follow me since we’re interested in the same subject material). Thanks for the 10 great ideas!

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  3. Grace says:

    Royse, this is truly the most informative “tweet” info I have ever received. Thank you so much, very informative. “Abundance follows those who help others.” – Grace.

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  4. Martine Howell says:

    I’m so glad I found this post. I bookmarked it a few weeks and just referenced it again. Twitter can be overwhelming especially when you are first starting out. I’ve only been using the service for a little over a month and a half. I love Twitter and I am amazed everyday at the amount of new information I am exposed to! Still I am having a hard time finding my niche. I’m a public relations student and I follow a lot of public relations professionals. I’m trying not to tweet and re-tweet ‘old’ information, but it’s hard! Thanks again for this post and these suggestions!

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    • mattroyse says:

      Glad to hear Martine that you found this post helpful. Good luck with school and please let me know how I can help with your job search after graduation.

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