Growing an engaged and relevant audience on Twitter is hard work. We struggled expanding our following but then things changed, drastically.
Before we employed this Twitter growth hacking technique we had just a couple of hundred followers. Now we have close to 5,000 real and engaged followers.
Here you’ll find out exactly how we grew our number of engaged Twitter followers by 923% in just 60 days, and how you can use the exact same technique to grow your Twitter audience.
This here is a “watch over our shoulder” walk-through of the Twitter growth tools we use, and how you can copy and use this exact technique to rapidly expand your audience of followers on Twitter too.
But before we dive into the social media tools.
Why is getting more Twitter followers important?
Your followers on Twitter are the people who receive your Tweets. When someone follows you they will see your Tweets popping up in their timeline. So why is this important?
Because by having more, real and engaged Twitter followers helps to:
- Drive more traffic/visits to your website or blog from Twitter. More traffic means more conversions, and more conversions mean more leads or sales
- Create awareness for your brand or persona, and help you become an influencer or authority
- Increase the chances of your tweets being seen and interacted with, and getting liked and re-tweeted
- Build one-to-one relationships and conversations, and help you connect with your peers, clients or customers
So what tools do we use to increase our Twitter followers?
6 Twitter growth tools we use
Here is a list of the six tools we use, and the exact same tools you should sign up with and use too, to grow the number or followers to your Twitter social media account:
We’re not going to go into too much details here but Twitter is a microblogging platform where people and brands can share short status updates (i.e. tweets that are limited to 140-characters).
Your tweets can include links, videos and photos. If you’re completely new to Twitter you can check out these resources to help you get started:
- Learn how to sign up with Twitter
- How you can customize your Twitter profile
- How to get started with Twitter
Alright so now you got Twitter sorted out. The next tool on the list will help you share your own content on Twitter, on autopilot.
- Revive Old Post
Revive Old Post is a plugin made for WordPress that automatically shares your old (already published) blog posts across your social media accounts, including Twitter.
The Revive Old Post WordPress plugin keeps your old blog posts alive.
Re-sharing your old (already published) content on Twitter more than just one time is a proven way to drum up engagement and drive more traffic to your site.
The tool lets you choose the number of posts to share (and from which category/ies or tag/s), and how often to share them on Twitter.
The next tool on the list will help you identify content from other websites and blogs that you should share on Twitter.
Feedly is a free RSS feed aggregator that helps you organize, read and share content from your favorite websites and blogs.
A big headache for us used to be; what to share on Twitter? Feedly is a great tool for identifying relevant content from other blogs and websites to share on Twitter.
Only sharing your own content is a big no-no. We try to follow a 80/20 rule when it comes to sharing content on Twitter.
Meaning that 80% of the time we share content from other blogs and websites, and 20% of the time we share our own content.
The next tool on the list will help you automatically schedule and share your Feedly RSS feed content.
Buffer is a social media sharing and scheduling tool that makes it super easy to share content on Twitter.
Keep your Buffer queue topped up and the tool will automagically share the content for you through the day.
Buffer lets you schedule all your posts in advance and then they will send them out automatically according to the posting schedule you put in place.
Buffer has a free plan but if you mean business then go and sign up for their Awesome plan ($10/month). You’ll get:
- 100 updates in your queues
- 10 social profiles to connect, either Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+ or LinkedIn
- Create multiple schedules (e.g. one for weekdays, one for weekends)
- 15 RSS feeds of content, per profile
- Filtered analytics—sort your updates according to post type and performance
We also recommend that you get their browser extension (for Chrome or Firefox).
It lets you add content to your sharing queue with a click of a button and the extension will automatically grab the page title, image and the link, which you can use to customize the post you want to share.
The next tool on the list is a really clever way to recommend your own content within any links you share on Buffer.
- Start A Fire
StartAFire.com is a really clever and free tool that promotes your brand and content on any link that you share.
This tool adds a branded badge with links to your content within any link you share on Twitter.
To see the badge in action where we promoted our own content go and checkout this blog post from Shopify which we shared on Twitter (you’ll notice the badge appearing in the bottom-right corner).
What’s really good about StartAFire.com is that it’s 100% plug-and-play with Buffer.
It automagically connects and integrates with Buffer to automatically add your content recommendations within any link you share, meaning you don’t have to do anything to get the badge to appear.
We have saved the best Twitter growth tool for last.
Now you are all set up and you are sharing your own, as well as sharing content from other blogs and websites. Plus you are recommending your own content within any links you share.
It’s time to get followers – real targeted followers.
- Social Quant
Social Quant (free two week trial) is an online Twitter growth tool that will rapidly grow the number of targeted followers by using a powerful auto-follow algorithm.
They promise a 93% average growth in 14 days.
Social Quant is a really smart tool that uses big data analytics to listen in on relevant conversations that take place on Twitter.
If one of the keywords you have selected is mentioned on Twitter then the tool will analyze the keyword, and if deemed relevant the tool will auto-follow the user behind the conversation.
Auto-following relevant and targeted users mean that many will then follow you back, but if they don’t the tool will automatically unfollow those users.
- Social Quant – Free 14-day trial, with full access to the tool and no credit card is required
You got to use this tool! Almost immediately after you have set up Social Quant you will experience a steady stream of targeted followers starting to follow you on Twitter.
Growing the number of real, engaged and relevant followers on Twitter isn’t an easy feat. We struggled with this big time as we couldn’t figure out the answer to this question; how to grow Twitter followers for our business?
Then we started using the tools that we have gone through here, and we haven’t looked back since. You can do it too, use our Twitter growth hacking technique to grow your followers – because you have nothing to lose but everything to gain.
Have we missed anything or do you have a suggestion to make? Let us know in the comments below!