Get Twitter Followers: Execution and Tools

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Twitter is a rat race.  Tweets fly by at a frenetic pace, and many experienced on Twitter control from third party applications.  Users come and go, but if you can get past that first month you’re on your way to experience what makes Twitter great.  In the last post, we spoke about building a foundation on TwitterIn today’s post we’ll dive into Twitter Execution and Tools to help gain more followers.

 

Why you need a lot of Twitter Followers 

Twitter is a different animal.  Twitter is a grind.  It is not an immediate gratification network, and because of that many fall off the face.  You really need to enjoy Twitter to be successful on Twitter.  Let’s say you have a 1000 followers that you have deemed quality.  Well, you really don’t have a 1000 followers.  In that 1000 count you could have anywhere to 10-30% that are inactive (no tweeting for more than 30 days). Get Twitter Followers - Follow Us

Just to give you an idea, I currently have 30,223 Followers but 4235 (Tweepi) of those followers have been inactive for more than 30 days.  So 14% of my Followers are inactive.

Another argument for gaining followers is the short shelf life of a tweet.  From my experience, I don’t think most users go to someone’s profile and read their last 50 tweets.  That’s just not the nature of Twitter.  People either see it when it happens or they don’t see your tweet.  If they don’t see it, it won’t be retweeted or mentioned.  More followers gives your tweet a better chance of being viewed.

People have to be looking at Twitter or a third party Twitter application to see your tweet.  If you have 1000 users, some are inactive, and many won’t be on when you’re tweeting.  The window is smaller with fewer followers.

 

Execution – Have a Plan

As with most things in life you need to have a plan.  Twitter is no exception.  If you don’t have a plan, chances are you’ll get frustrated and disinterested.  Your account will fall off the cliff and your time will be wasted.  Below are some tips on following that will increase your follower rate.

In the last post we spoke about how and whom to follow, but I wanted to share a tool that you should be using if you’re not already.

Tweepi is a powerful tool that helps you manage your Twitter account.  Below is a screenshot from the free version of Tweepi (they also have a premium version).  Tweepi uses a checkbox system where you need to check each user, but it can be done fairly quickly.  These tools allow you to focus your efforts on who to follow.

Get Twitter Followers - Tweepi

 

A good rule of thumb is to give people a week to follow you back.  If they don’t follow you back you need to unfollow them.  You need to be consistent and do this weekly.   You can use Tweepi again for this process.

Get Twitter Followers - Tweepi Unfollow

Follow Everyone that Follows You – This can and should be automated.  As you get more people following you on daily basis, and you will, this becomes a chore.  If you don’t automate, you’re bound to drop the ball.  What, follow everyone that follows me?

Here’s my theory on following everyone that follows me.  Twitter is part of Social Media.  With a few exceptions, it’s an open network in that you can send a message to anyone and vice versa.  If someone follows me, I take that as someone reaching out to shake my hand.  Would you walk away from someone reaching out to shake your hand?  (Rhetorical)… So I don’t snub anyone.  I use automation because I just can’t keep up with it manually at this point.  You’re wasting your time if you analyze everyone that follows you, and trying to decide if you should follow.

I use Social Oomph.  They provide an Auto Follow tool that makes the process seamless and efficient.  There is a nominal cost for this, but I’m serious about my Twitter account so money well spent.  They also provide many other features and benefits that tie into Twitter.

I believe you should unfollow inactive users (30 days), eggs, and no profiles.  Once a week I suggest you go into Tweepi and clean out these three types of users.  Following someone that is inactive serves no purpose.  Following someone that doesn’t take the time to put up a photo and/or profile is generally not worth following.

Have fun with Twitter.  Yes, you can make connections on Twitter.  Yes, it can help get people to your blog or site.  Yes, it can help your small or medium business with new and current customers.  Have a plan, execute, and make it happen.  A little patience will go a long way.

Please share if you found the piece of value.  Looking forward to your comments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29 comments
Wade32
Wade32

I love these ideas, tweepi is a tool that I have recently found that I love!

donnamerrilltribe
donnamerrilltribe

Hi Steve,

 

I am brand new to the Twitter platform.  A friend of mine introduced me to the powerful effects it can make in my business.  I'm still trodding along, but this post helped so much!  I love social media, but didn't think I could keep up with Twitter.  It confused me.  But now, as I learn little by little, I am already seeing a good effect.

After 2 months of engagement and putting out Tweets, other than those connected to Facebook and people I synidcate,  I had an AHA moment which you have read in my last blog.

I made up my own quotes!  Since then, people have been connecting with me like crazy!  I do have to start using Tweeps and Hootsuite.  I haven't got to that part yet....but it is a wonderful time to focus on it on this holiday weekend.

 

Thanks so much, this came at a time most needed.

 

Donna

Yourinda
Yourinda

Hi Steven,

thank you for the very interesting information and the overview of Tweepi.

 

Personally I rather check the people who follow me first before following them back.

 

'Just unfollow" is a tool I have used and I wonder whether you know how it compares to Tweepi.

 

Much appreciated!

 

Cheers,

Yorinda

vendaragroup
vendaragroup

Seriously Steven...follow EVERYBODY who follows you? Worst advice I have EVER heard! Social media is about quality not quantity. I have no desire to follow someone who pushes out drivel and crap. I only follow people who push out GREAT content. Why would you do anything else unless all you care about is numbers? Of course, being a sales guy, all you care about is numbers so that makes sense I guess. And, as far as Tweepi goes, yes, it's a nice tool. That being said, it's not like you're sharing anything groundbreaking here unless your followers are newbies to Twitter.

thisisspain
thisisspain

This is as good an overview as I saw in 2012. What will 2013 bring? 

CatherineLuense
CatherineLuense

Awesome Blog! Tweepi is an awesome tool! Thank you so much for sharing this information with us. I just registered and was so happy! Thank you again! I cannot sing your praises enough!

jessica ann
jessica ann

I use a different tool for Twitter automation, but may need to check out Tweepi as an option. As to @haroldgardner's comment about Twitter vs. Facebook. I look at it this way: Facebook is for friends I know from my past. Twitter is for friends I'd like to meet in the future. About 95% of my FB friends are people I've met in-person (I keep my connections pretty tight - although I've started to Accept more "friends from social media" recently). About 95% of my Twitter friends I have NOT met in-person. But like everything with social media, it's quickly changing. truth is, I'm creating a Twitter list for 2013 for "people I want to meet in 2013" as a way to actually meet them :) Thanks for a great article, Steve!

JamieBishop
JamieBishop

Hi Steven,

 

Thanks for the post.I really enjoy learning about new useful apps/programs and especially those that have to do with social media.You made some good points as well, especially those about following those that follow you and basically "weeding out" the inactive ones.

 

Thank you for sharing,

 

Jamie

Lydia Brown
Lydia Brown

Steven I enjoyed this post I love finding out about new tools to use particularly if they help me be productive. I will check Tweepi out.  When I get an email that someone has followed prior to following back I check to see if I can send them a message if not I don't follow. Too many times someone will follow then unfollow. Not everyone markets with the same ethics.  I also have used Just Follow it does some of the same things you mentioned here but It seems more can be done with Tweepi even with the free version.

Ian Wright
Ian Wright

Useful article - I'm getting to the stage when I need to automate, though I'm wary of autofollowing "unsuitable" accounts. Any advice?

itechcode
itechcode

Another Awesome article on Twitter. .  . I always love to test various types of Social media tools and I checked it Tweeepi too... You have already shared this with me on Hangout :) Thanks Steven.

haroldgardner
haroldgardner

I saw someone call the relationships in twitter loosely coupled.  Facebook relationships are more tightly coupled.  That squares with my experience also.  

msmir
msmir

I actually want to check Tweepi out, thanks for sharing!

mithuhassan
mithuhassan

Very interesting and useful !! Thanks to share !!!

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech moderator

 @donnamerrilltribe  Yes, those quotes are magical, and your quotes are solid.  Mix them in with other tweets and you should get some attention.  Tools are a must with Twitter.  You need to isolate the key users and friends in your sphere.

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech moderator

 @vendaragroup Hi Nat - I hope all is well.  The Giants need a lot of help of today to get in, but we'll cheer them on...If keeping it small and locally focused works for you that's great.  If you're target is AZ, and AZ only it makes sense to keep it smaller.  Twitter has high percentage of attrition and user inactivity.  It's the nature of the beast.  Social Media is about "Social" that's why it's in there, so we just have different philosophies.  That's fine.  Some of the people that you follow share my follow back philosophy including Mari Smith and Matt Monge.As far as Tweepi, just because you and I might now about tool, it doesn't mean everybody does. The evidence is in the comments.  All the best in 2013 Nat, thanks for taking the time to comment.  

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech moderator

 @itsjessicann  @haroldgardner Hi Jessica Ann - Yes, there are some different options available that share similarities to Tweepi and Social Oomph.  Just a matter of choice on Facebook whether to open it up or keep it tight.  Both have their pros and cons.  Might have to send you FB request, and see if I make the cut.  I like the Twitter list idea, that's a good thought.  Thanks for stopping by Jessica Ann.

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech moderator

 @JamieBishop Hi Jamie - Glad you enjoyed the post.  Yes two great tools that make Twitter a bit more manageable.  The following everyone then cleansing method has worked well for me and made might account a bit tighter.  Thanks for the comment.

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech moderator

 @Lydia Brown Some similar tools out there Lydia, but Tweepi has many additional features for the user. I think you'll enjoy Tweepi, give it a shot.

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech moderator

 @Ian Wright Hi Ian - I think if you consistently flush them out on a weekly basis using a tool like Tweepi you will be fine.  I haven't had any issues and I follow everyone initially.  Following manually is a time suck.  Give everyone a shot.  If they go inactive, have no photo, or profile, you can weed those out...

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech moderator

 @haroldgardner I think Twitter can serve as an extension to Facebook, but I've also made some nice connections on TweetChat (which I didn't mention in the piece).  Thanks for the comment Harold.

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech moderator

 @msmir Hi Miriam - Tweepi is a must for managing your Twitter account.  The free version has a lot to offer...

CatherineLuense
CatherineLuense

 @GeeklessTechThis is a very good and useful blog! I cannot thank you enough,  and to know I was the first one to comment on your new post! I feel special! :) Thank you again!

 

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