13 Ways To Engage Twitter Followers

ID-10025773There are a lot of businesses on Twitter, no doubt.  More and more people join every day introducing their businesses and trying to engage fellow Twitter consumers, customers and  businesses.

Depending on where you get your information from, Twitter has a total number of active registered Twitter users in the millions.

Take a look at Statistic Brain and the statistics below to check out what is happening in the Twitter world.

Twitter Company Statistics
Total number of active registered Twitter users 645,750,000
Number of new Twitter users signing up everyday 135,000
Number of unique Twitter site visitors every month 190 million
Average number of tweets per day 58 million
Number of Twitter search engine queries every day 2.1 billion
Percent of Twitter users who use their phone to tweet 43 %
Percent of tweets that come from third party applicants 60%
Number of people that are employed by Twitter 2,500
Number of active Twitter users every month 115 million
Percent of Twitters who don’t tweet but watch other people tweet 40%
Number of days it takes for 1 billion tweets 5 days
Number of tweets that happen every second 9,100

Now if you look at the stats above, with over 675 million on Twitter, 135,00 Twitter users signing up every day, and 58 million tweets per day and 9,100 tweets were second, it is still incredibly hard, almost impossible to engage users on Twitter and many people are just simply intimidated!

Many people are successful at it, but most people just entering the Twitter-sphere have difficulty getting quality followers  and engaging people to help grow and improve the businesses.  Many feel it’s a waste of time so they never get involved.
If you’re one of those people, maybe the 12 helpful hints below to engage your Twitter followers will help you build some new interactions:
  1. Everyone knows we must build a profile.  In your profile, introduce yourself, but mkke your twitter for business known by building a great profile and bio. Write about yourself  in a clear and brief way and make it friendly. Make it current and give a strong impression of who you are.  Be creative since you only have 140 characters and yes, sometimes that’s a challenge, but it is possible.
  2. Have your website URL and link in your bio.  I find it difficult to interact with people who do not let me know what they are doing or who I have to go searching for their website and info.  If I am going to engage them I’d like to know a little bit more about them.
  3. Try Twitter for business which lets you embed twitter feeds. Check your “Follow” button and make your blog post share with “Tweet this” button. Embed your best tweets for more interaction.
  4. Use twitter directories where people are searching for interesting businesses.  You can search for and reach a larger target market.
  5. Follow the people who are in your niche and who follow your business.  Use retweet as well to share others’ tweets.  If you share someone else’s tweet, they will typically share yours.
  6. Use Hashtags.  Find out what is trending and use hastags to bring it to the forefront. If you come across a hashtag that relates to your business, tag it and retweet those who are using it. Using common hashtags enables you reach a broader general population.  This one I’m trying over the next week to test.  I’ll keep you posted.
  7.  Tweeting plenty of original content will inspire your followers to follow you more.
  8. Bring your customers up to speed by tweeting breaking news, interesting facts or anything that will engage them in a conversation of interest.
  9. If you are asking a question, open a dialogue and engage people in one on one responses which develops a sense or intimacy and trust.  Businesses are built on trust.  This gives people a sense of trust and a sense of having a one on one with you.
  10. Finally add images or videos to your tweets to let people experience interaction with you.  Running a few tests lately I find that when I put a picture up on my tweets, I get more followers.  I thought that was pretty cool. 🙂
  11. Do not auto tweet or post the same information on all social sites. You may share the same idea but do it differently.
  12. Use Triberr to get more shares and also interact with fellow bloggers and followers.  Triberr is a great way to get into tribes of like minds and get even more interaction with Twitter followers.
  13. Do not buy Twitter followers.  These followers are not really following and may not be in your niche and are of no value to you.  These are empty numbers and doesn’t help you at all.  as you most likely not be able to interact with them.  Most are made up and therefore useless.

Well that’s it.  Short and sweet.  You can try one or two of these things and see what results you get or you can do a number of them and see what how it goes.

Have you tried any of these to see how it helps engage people on Twitter?  What have you done engage your Twitter followers more?  Since it’s not as easy as it seems, we’d all be curious to see what else can be done to effectively engage our Twitter followers.


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  1. says

    Hi Barbara,

    Thanks so much for doing your homework with those stats! It’s amazing. Using Twitter properly can get you lots of followers, friends and of course business.

    You know I have had this inner struggle with the love/dislike Twitter thing for a while now. Here, you have made it so inviting and user friendly for me. I do take action on Twitter, but not enough. There are my priorities these days…. But it is always nagging me in the back of my mind because I know how powerful it can be.

    I do go on it twice a week. I know…that may not be enough but I got my toe in the water there. I do syndicate people on it. But I recently have been sharing pictures on it and it has brought more engagement.

    Your tips may be short and sweet, but they are powerful! Thanks Again Barbara,

    donna merrill recently posted…Marketing Your BlogMy Profile

  2. says

    Hi Barbara,

    I struggled with Twitter for the longest time. But, finally, I got it and since then, it has been so much fun being on Twitter and I tell you, when I got it, I realized why people who love Twitter, love it more than any other channel. Twitter is awesome!

    Your tips are on the spot and anybody who follows these consistently for sometime, will eventually get it. It’s all about getting momentum and consistency pays off!

    Thank you for sharing!

    Kumar Gauraw recently posted…How To Ensure A Pleasant Experience To Your Website VisitorsMy Profile

    • says

      Hi Kumar,

      I understand. I struggled as well. It truly is about consistency, even now, it is a struggle for me to keep consistent. We’ll have to keep telling people about it but also mayve from another standpoint. Everyone believes Twitter is so hard, when it’s really not. More posts I guess! 🙂
      Have a blessed week?

  3. says

    Hey Barbara,

    As you know I’m a Twitter lover and I’m oftentimes seeing how people are doing it wrong.

    I had a guy follow me so I like to check out the people, not companies, that follow me so I can decide whether I want to follow them back. I go to his Twitter profile and he had links to his Facebook account and some other profile site but none to a blog or website. Get this though, he claimed to be a blogging expert. Really? Then why aren’t you making it easy for me to connect with you on your blog! I never found it on all the sites he was pointing to so I gave up.

    I don’t think Twitter is for everyone. It might move too fast or because it’s hard to have an actual conversation with someone they think it doesn’t work. That’s okay if they don’t then that just means more for us right! LOL!!!

    Great stats and you know those numbers are only going to continue to increase as time goes by. Hope everyone can keep up.

    Adrienne recently posted…How To Easily Remove Broken Comment LinksMy Profile

    • says

      Hi Adrienne,

      You explained it exxxactly! I hate it someone doesn’t have a link to their website or better yet, the website points to some obscure website or affiliate links or something. I’m like you. I check out who I’m thinking of following.

      I also agree with you about Twitter not being for everyone, but everyone thinks it’s for them ’cause social media says so! Everyone else says so! So it must be right? Wrong…but those who don’t get it will pass on shortly. There are many deserted Twitter accounts. So as you say, more for us lol!

      And you got that right about the stats! Kinda scary! But the question is how many are really active and participating daily! That’s the number I want to see. Although the number of tweets might be an indicating, that could be the same people tweeting over and over again. A true indication of how many active Twitter people against their own tweets would be an interesting statistic.

      Anyway, those who twweet…will get more interaction. Those who don’t…dont…Oh well. More for us as you say. 🙂

  4. says

    Great list, Barbara!

    I’ve been using Twitter for a year now. I still call myself a newbie as I’m always learning new things! I get a lot of engagement from asking questions, however, I don’t pose questions as often as I should. So, this is a great reminder to do so.

    I’d like to get into the habit of sharing a more personal side of me, so using images may be good. Perhaps, I can document my travels or behind the scenes.

    Thanks for this list!! Much appreciated.
    Jennifer Kennedy recently posted…13 Tips to Deliver Content That MattersMy Profile

    • says

      Hi Jennifer,

      I was thinking about you today. Hope you are well. 🙂

      I’m still working with Twitter. It’s is more complicated to grasp and get others involved with you. But I’ve been using pics and it definitely makes a difference. If I post one, I get more interaction. When I don’t, my numbers go down. Very, very interesting. Give it a shot and let me know how it goes.

      Glad you’re still hanging in there. Haven’t seen you for a while. Hope to see you more.

      God bless,

  5. says

    Great list Barbara: I think hashtag is the great tool to make your tweets viral. We just need to learn its uses and never forget to use it in our every tweet.
    The art of making a concise statement of 144 characters without sacrificing any part of your message is equally important to fully exploit the tweeter. While precising our share we drop the important element from it and just put which people already know or doesn’t have wider appeal.
    Your all points are really awesome to make the most of this social media which is moving ahead to break the news all around the world. Thanks a lot for sharing.
    Mi Muba recently posted…4 provocative investing options to make your own blogMy Profile

    • says

      Hi Mi Muba,

      Thanks for visiting my site. Welcome. 🙂

      Also, your points are important. Thanks for adding great value to my post. You’re right about developing a concise statement that says it all in 144 characters. I know I struggle with it constantly. Excellent point!

      Hope to see you again soon here.
      Take care,

  6. says

    Hi Barbara

    I love the stats. Thanks for digging them up.

    I am like Donna and have had a love hate relation sip with Twitter. Probably like hate would be more accurate. Kumar’s words have encouraged me to “get it”. I need the light bulb moment.

    I am so regular with Facebook but not so with any other Social site. Any tips?

    Thanks for inspiring me to get over myself and fall in love with twitter.

    Enjoy the rest of your week Barbara.

    Sue Price recently posted…5 Tips for Success in Your BusinessMy Profile

    • says

      Hi Sue,

      I had to laugh when I read your comment. I think you and Donna and I are not alone. I too have a love/hate relationship with Twitter. I do it, irregularly, but I do it but kind of look at it as a necessary evil. Necessary because there are clients there, people there to interact with and who are looking for ‘us’ and whatever we do!

      It is a matter of consistency, even if you tweet 2 or 3 days a week, it’s something to get you in front of people. But the truth of the matter is that Twitter is so fast and furious, if we are not in ‘front’ of people daily, multiple times a day, then our lack of consistency defeats the purpose.

      Because I’m on Triberr, it is a constant reminder to me to tweet other people’s content and it gets my own out there. But just tweeting links I don’t think is what gets people to notice you. So I go on and thank the people who tweet my Tribber links, who share my stuff. I say hello and how are you? And even have conversations with people.

      I suggest you carve out a few minutes of time a day to tweet. I’m not consistent enough myself, but I do it at least 2-3 times a week responding to those who have interacted with me or my blog. The other thing is to use something like socialoomph which is what I use to schedule tweets consistently. I love it. That way once a week, I can take a hour and schedule all my tweets for the week. Keeps me in front of people.

      Hope this helps. I hope it helps. But don’t feel bad. You’re not the only one who has trouble with Twitter.

      Hope you had a great week-end. Talk soon.

  7. says

    Those are some eye opening stats Barbara!

    As you read them and start to wrap your mind around just how busy and integrated into our business and personal lives twitter has become!

    And there is simply no denying just how influential twitter has become and will continue to be!

    And your eye opening stats sort put in right in your face! So that no reasonable entrepreneur can deny it!

    9,100 tweets per second of every minute of every day is inane!LOL! thanks for sharing and setting the record straight!

    • says

      Hey Mark,

      It’s interesting and I thought kind of scary. It’s competition in business and that is frightening. It could make you wonder how we can compete. That’s why it’s so important to find that niche and work it on Twitter.

  8. says

    Hi Barbara,

    Great tips you have here.

    I have to say that besides twitting links I am not active at all on Twitter at the moment, because right now I just don’t have time for it, but I know that eventually I will. It’s just that these past two months and half it has even got worse 🙂

    Last time I tried to add a picture for a post I didn’t really understand how it worked either. So anyway, I know I’ve got to figure more things out and invest more time on Twitter.

    Thanks for the reminder.
    Sylviane Nuccio recently posted…Subconscious Writing How It Can Help You Write Better And FasterMy Profile

    • says

      Hi Sylviane,

      Thanks. 🙂

      One thing I’m in agreement with you on is Twitter does take time and we are all in short supply of that! Seems like time is getting shorter and shorter and no matter how much I try to organize, it seems to slip away. 🙂 Quickly!

      I found though that to maintain a presence on Twitter it takes more than sending links. I find that when I tweet more, I get more interaction. When I put pics, I get more interaction. But unless we have time to interact, it doesn’t do much good. Unfortunately, I’m in the same boat in that I’m inconsistent because of my time. Instead of getting on Twitter daily, I do it every 3 or 4 days. Gotta get better at that.

      If you’d like I’ll show you how to post a pic. It’s really simple. Maybe next post! 🙂

      All we can do is keep Twitter in our line of site. Then we’ll always get back to it.

      Hope you had a great week-end.
      Take care,

  9. says

    Hey Barbara,

    Nice Stats that you shared. I have to to say I’m part of the 43% that use their phone to tweet. For the longest time I struggled with Twitter. I really didn’t see the value in it since I didn’t tweet as much. Now since I’m using my phone more often to tweet, I can definitely see how it can be beneficial. Especially when it comes to reading and sharing different blogs.

    I really like tip number 9 on engaging people on one on one responses. I started out engaging just a handful of people, mainly other bloggers. Now the engagement with others is subtly growing which I like. We share great information, especially when one blogger is “in trouble”… Each of us can give our two cents on how to help them get out of their dilemma via twitter.

    This was a great share Barbara! I hope you have a great rest of the week!

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