Klout 200 – Tips and Best Practices

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Last week we gave an intro to the world of Klout for those that were not familiar. Today we’ll conclude with tips and best practices for Klout.

These include:

1) Google Chrome and Klout Extension
2) Twitter
3) Klout Score Analysis
4) +K and Thank You’s
5) Klout Topics
6) Klout Profiles
7) Klout Achievements

Google Chrome and Klout Extension: Even if you’re not a Klout user I would recommend using Google Chrome as your browser. The toolbar is clean, not cumbersome, and Chrome provides the best experience for surfing. Internet Explorer (IE) is dead right now. Chrome has something called extensions that work to enhance certain programs and sites. Yes there is a Klout extension with Chrome that I highly recommend downloading. It will make your Klout experience that much more fruitful. Similar extensions available on Firefox and Opera.

Google Chrome Download

Klout Extension

You’ll see the arrows pointing at the K. The K appears next to handles in Twitter after the Klout Extension is downloaded. You can click on the K in Twitter to get to that profile.

Twitter: To really get the most out of Klout, you should really be using Twitter. Klout becomes difficult to manage if you are only on Facebook. Klout’s foundation is Twitter. Register today if you’re not on already on Twitter.

Klout Score Analysis: Each day your score updates and you’ll see the score action on a graph within your profile. Below is an example from my account.

+K and Thank You’s: +K is important part of Klout. +K are something you give to other Klout members in Topics were you’ve been influenced and/or because you like the person. They serve as a nice gesture to other members and are a good way to build rapport. When you first start with Klout you are given 5 +K’s per day to give out. It’s use them or lose them in that 24 hour period. Recently, active members were given 10 +K’s per day to disperse daily. Try to use your daily allotment whenever you’re online. People appreciated receiving these little nuggets. Finally, make sure to thank the person via a tweet, FB message on wall, or by reciprocating with +K back. There are automated Thank You’s within Klout that can be used as well.

Klout Topics: Based on the content of your messages the Klout program will generate Topics. Early on there was a lot of noise on this because Klout was generating Topics for users that had little or no relevance. That has died down, and the Topics generated are now generally on the mark. You also have the ability to hide a topic if you wish. I try to keep number of Topics at about 10 and have a few blocked currently. Topics are generated monthly. Below is an example of Topics.

Klout Profiles: Based on your messaging Klout will provide you with a Profile. An example of profiles includes Broadcaster, Feeder, Thought Leader, Pundit, Specialist and others. Again this is something Klout generates based on your content and behavior.

Klout Achievements: Klout gives you badges based on hitting certain milestones. These are fun and can automatically sent out via Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn. Below is an example of some of the badges.

Hopefully this provides a good overview of Klout and what it offers. It’s a fun part of the Social Media experience, and I foresee Klout being around for awhile. They continue to improve and enhance their service. Enjoy the Klout experience.

19 comments
SteveBorgman
SteveBorgman

Klout has changed a little since this article was written, but the basic principles remain the same. One thing, though, that seems to conflict with what I read in your article is that I thought Facebook carried more weight than Twitter on Klout. About 70% of my current influence in Klout comes from my Twitter account, versus from any other social networking platform. I'm thinking I need to up my Facebook participation.

Sukhraj Beasla
Sukhraj Beasla

Wow, you really know your way around Klout. Thanks for all the information and for keeping us updated. Klout really angered a lot of users today.

Cindy Ronzoni
Cindy Ronzoni

Thank you for all the informative Klout updates.

Ricardo Bueno
Ricardo Bueno

Useful post and great explanations!

Curious on the business application (if any) on Klout Scores? Thoughts? Do any businesses here actively display their Klout score on their website?

Mitch Devine
Mitch Devine

Thanks for the handy Klout extension. I've been using Chrome almost exclusively lately and like it a lot. I think this post deserves a +K!

Karla Campos
Karla Campos

Thank you for sharing the Google Chrome Klout extension information. I usually use Firefox, but I do have Google Chrome installed as well so that I can experiment. Have a great day!

HART (1-800-HART)
HART (1-800-HART)

Thanks for sharing these tips. I personally do not like Klout because it doesn't recognize all my active social media accounts and even messed them up more when trying to merge them but, a lot of friends care about it.

Despite that, I still believe it's always good to at least maintain your profile in any social media platform (or get out) whether you participate or not :D

Melissa Galt
Melissa Galt

Hey Steve,

Well done on Klout tips, been up there for over a year and like the new functionality. Quick question, I've searched the site over and can't sort how to get a Klout extension for my Twitter profile. Sure it may be obvious, but I'm missing it. Let me know if you do. Thanks.

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech

Hi Ricardo,

Thanks for the comment. If you're in a Social Media or Marketing role, Klout has a little weight. Actually maybe a little too much weight. I've read of some companies tying bonuses to Klout scores, and others having competitions among employees for highest score. In some of these verticals it is more important then you might think.

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech

Thanks for stopping by Karla. Have a great evening...

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech

Hi Sally,

It's really driving everyone crazy tonight with the "adjustment" - Might need one more blog on Klout tomorrow...People are not happy...

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech

Hi Hartley-

Yes, Klout is still working to find itself. They like change, and generally seem to be working continually to put out a better service. It's far from perfect, but it definitely has the attention of many.

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech

It sure did evolve today Dennis...Well at least that is one word for it...

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