Mihai Serban

Cluj-Napoca, Romania ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด

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How I grew my Twitter followers from 500 to 1000 in just 12 days ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Serban Mihai / 11 May 2018

~2 min read

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Twitter can sometimes can make you feel like youโ€™re tweeting to a lonesome abyss.

Before we dive into the How To, let me tell you that Iโ€™m not a social media marketing expert. Iโ€™m a software engineer and #socialmedia doesnโ€™t come natural to me ๐Ÿ˜….

My twitter followers have always stagnated at around 300โ€“400. This is mostly because I was just consuming information and didnโ€™t spend time sharing relevant tweets and building an audience.

Recently Iโ€™ve decided to do an experiment and see how far I can take my Twitter account. So letโ€™s get down to it ๐Ÿง

My Twitter followers before doing this experiment: 435

After doing some research I made a plan:

  1. Setup profile bio, be authenthic, write what your passionate about.
  2. Add a profile photo.. nobody wants to follow an โ€œeggheadโ€ ๐Ÿ˜’
  3. Identify my audience. My audience revolves around #swift #objectivec #javascript #graphql #reactjs #nodejs ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป. Use tools such as hashtagify.me to research what hashtags to use.
  4. Engage audience with relevant tweets. Be consistent! (post 3โ€“6 times a day). Tweeting/retweeting too much will hurt your profile.
  5. Follow and engage with active people with the same interests as yourself. Search through relevant hasthtags (eg.: #technology) and engage with the people that actively like and retweet other peopleโ€™s posts.
  6. Engage in Twitter chats. This can lead to massive exposure.
  7. PRO TIP: pin your most engaging tweets to your twitter profile. Use Twitter Analytics to find your most popular tweets.

In order to tweet to my twitter audience Iโ€™ve setup a workflow using the following tools: Buffer, Feedly and Zapier.

  1. Feedly letโ€™s you find and subscribe to quality publications. Also can easily be plugged into services such as Zapier or IFTTT.

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  1. Zapier allows you to create jobs which check if a new article was published into a Feedly category and then automatically add it to my Buffer social media queue.

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  1. Buffer is the last piece of the puzzle. The service schedules content to be sent out to my social media profile. TIP: Make sure to keep that queue filled and review it once every couple of days. Add hashtags, mention authors for extra engagment ๐Ÿ‘Œ

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One takaway is that consitency is keyโ€ฆ Building an audience takes time. Treat your Twitter profile like you were running a marathon, not a sprint. Let me know if you have any other tips for growing your social media presence ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

See you on Twitter Happy #GrowthHacking!

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