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18 Tips, Tricks and Tools to Rock Your Twitter Campaign (That Actually Work)

by Krissy Brady · 4 comments

Twitter Campaign Tips Tricks Tools

With over 140 million active users and over 340 million tweets daily, it’s no wonder Twitter’s become a crucial tool for marketing campaigns.

Below are 18 simple tips, tricks and tools I’ve compiled to help you rock your future Twitter campaigns. Enjoy!

Twitter Campaign Tips

1. Choose a Unique Hashtag

Choose a unique hashtag as it relates to your event. Make sure it’s short, easy to remember, and one your consumers will relate to. (A perfect example is Nike’s #MakeItCount hashtag.) And of course, search Twitter to make sure it’s not already in use.

2. Set Specific Campaign Goals

The more specific your goals, the easier it will be to steer your campaign in the right direction. Are you using the campaign to build your mailing list? Encourage donations? Raise awareness for your cause?

Choose one primary goal and use it as your campaign’s compass.

3. Promote Your Hashtag In Advance

Count down to the launch of your campaign by using the hashtag in all updates relating to it. It’s a great way to build excitement and dialogue with your followers.

4. Ask For Retweets

When it comes to important campaign messages, simply ask for retweets! Asking can generate four times more retweets.

5. Leave Room For Retweets

Many people like including a comment with their retweet, so make sure your campaign tweets leave room for participants to do so. Otherwise, they may not bother sharing your content.

Recommended length? Shoot for around 100 characters.

6. Use No More Than Two Hashtags Per Tweet

Not only will using more than two make your tweet look spammy, studies have shown that when tweets show up to two hashtags there’s a 21% higher engagement rate (and a 17% decrease in engagement if a tweet includes three or more).

Use the hashtag of your campaign, along with a hashtag that targets the audience you’re looking to reach.

Twitter Campaign Tricks

7. Take Note of the Least ReTweetable Words

A study by Dan Zarrella revealed the 20 least retweetable words. Avoid using the words below in your campaign tweets:

  1. game
  2. going
  3. haha
  4. lol
  5. but
  6. watching
  7. work
  8. home
  9. night
  10. bed
  11. well
  12. sleep
  13. gonna
  14. hey
  15. tomorrow
  16. tired
  17. some
  18. back
  19. bored
  20. listening

And use the words/phrases known as the most retweetable instead:

  1. you
  2. twitter
  3. please
  4. retweet
  5. post
  6. blog
  7. social
  8. free
  9. media
  10. help
  11. please retweet
  12. great
  13. social media
  14. 10
  15. follow
  16. how to
  17. top
  18. blog post
  19. check out
  20. new blog post

8. Compile User-Generated Content

According to Hubspot, approximately 8 out of 10 Generation Yers say user-generated content influences their purchases.

Boost engagement by encouraging your fans to post photos, videos, and other content as it relates to your campaign. It’s a great way to boost engagement and spread the word about your campaign, brand, and products/services.

9. Have a Plan In Case Your Hashtag Goes Viral… For The Wrong Reasons

If there’s one thing we can all learn from the disaster that was #McDStories, make sure you have a strategy in place for if there’s a campaign backlash, and your campaign’s trending for negative reasons.

10. Rock Your Headlines

Tweets are like magazine and newspaper headlines. Rock your headlines to catch people’s attention, and a creative campaign to keep them engaged.

11. Use Targeted Keywords In Your Tweets

Make a list of keywords that best describe your business, industry, and campaign. Do your best to incorporate these keywords organically into each of your tweets. This will help your audience find you faster.

12. Use Your Twitter Background to Its Fullest

Each time you have a Twitter campaign going on, customize the background of your Twitter account to promote it.

Twitter Campaign Tools

13. bit.ly

Use an URL shortener to not only use less characters per tweet, but to keep track of which tweets are more popular than others.
www.bitly.com

14. Buffer

Pre-schedule campaign tweets as a way to connect with followers in various time zones.
www.bufferapp.com

15. The Most ReTweetable Words Finder Tool

Find out what the 20 most retweeted words are on a particular topic and incorporate them into your tweets.
http://danzarrella.com/the-most-retweetable-words-finder-tool.html

16. Tweepi

Research Twitter users whose followers would also be interested in following your account (for example, influencers in your industry). Use Tweepi to follow and interact with them to build your list for future campaigns.
www.tweepi.com

17. TweetReach

Want to know how a specific tweet is doing? Simply paste the URL of the tweet in TweetReach, and it will tell you how many people saw it, who saw it, and if/when they shared it.
www.tweetreach.com

18. Tweriod

Tweriod will keep track of how well your tweets perform, and when your followers are most active. This will help you make sure your campaign tweets go out at times where they’ll reach the most people.
www.tweriod.com

Have you hosted or participated in a Twitter campaign? Feel free to share your insights below!

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Krissy Brady

Krissy Brady is a freelance writer from Gravenhurst, Ontario. She freelances for women’s magazines and is currently writing her first screenplay. Like the women she writes for, she wants to have it all, but first needs to figure out what that means.

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Juliana Reed March 13, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Hi Krissy, your article was referenced in webhostingmadness blog It referred to your list of top retweeted words, I had to check it out and find out where you cited it from.

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LoriRTaylor March 19, 2013 at 6:03 am

Hi there Juliana – thanks for stopping by! I found the study on http://danzarrella.com, and he has a ton of posts related to most successful and least successful words on various social networks – his site’s awesome! *Krissy

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