Sunday, August 3, 2014
Stuck in a Twitter Rut? Do This One Thing and Watch What Happens!
Although I was very proud to be at 8900 followers, I seemed to have been stuck there for months and months. Still utilizing all my Twitter tools and such, I found myself in a rut.
So I observed some of my most loyal followers to see if they were suffering from the same malaise. What I found was that I had missed the boat on a very valuable tool:
I mean, I had been doing that before, so it wasn’t anything new to me. But what I learned is the frequency of shout-outs versus all other posts, including your own book plugs makes a significant difference.
The most successful Twitter followers appeared to be doing shout outs around fifty percent more than their own book plugs.
I began scheduling my Tweets, using Hootsuite, approximately every half hour. I would pop in all my own book plugs for the day first, using the auto schedule feature, and then I would create book and author shout-outs for my followers and insert them.
Within one and a half weeks, I was up over 150 followers. And on some days I had so many retweets and book shout-outs from others, I almost couldn’t keep up with them.
If you need some examples of things to post for others, here are a few samples of actual Tweets that I send regularly:
KEEPING KYLEE is Book Two in the TEXAS BOYS FALLING FAST series! Available now from @JanRomes It's a must read! http://ow.ly/zm2tk
@AJWaines is a psychological thriller writer, #author of THE EVIL BENEATH a spine-tingling thriller that I loved! http://ow.ly/zQiz9
and for something a little different:
For spine-tingling thrillers, see @JohnDolanAuthor and pick up EVERYONE BURNS, HUNGRY GHOSTS or THE POISON TREE http://ow.ly/z8zVG
I also placed in my profile blurb that I support those who support me, which has helped. And don't forget to say thank you when someone retweets you if you don't have time to create a shout-out. Last, make sure to engage with your followers. If someone tweets you directly, respond to them!
If you need more direction on Twitter use, and some help with how to schedule posts and create shout-outs on Hootsuite and/or Buffer, please pick up this handy-dandy book loaded with simple tips and tricks to get you going!
One other way to get more followers and more eyes on you is to do guest posts. If anyone is interested in having me guest post on their blog, or guest posting on mine, please feel free to contact me.
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