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Building a Better B2B Twitter Presence for Small to Medium Sized Businesses

Inbound Marketing

We all know a strong Twitter presence increases traffic to your website and landing pages, builds your brand, and positions you as an influencer in your own right. By now there is a wealth of data to help researchers such as Dan Zarella determine what you should do to effectively and efficiently build that presence.

Optimize Tweet Frequency and Timing

Frequency Wave

Research on data from thousands of tweets and users shows that tweeting both too often and too little results in fewer followers and markedly less engagement. That same data also draws a picture of the best times of day and days of the week to receive maximum interaction and increased click through rates (CTR).

  • Best days: Saturday and Sunday
  • Best time of business day: Between 1PM and 3PM, preferably earlier in the week
  • Optimal number of tweets per day: 4
  • Optimal number of tweets per hour: 1

Re-tweeting

There are two parts to the re-tweet equation:

  • You re-tweeting others
  • Others re-tweeting you

With strategic following, you will always have a source of valuable information to pass on to your followers. You need to seek out and follow those who are sharing information about your industry, speaking to the topics you find interesting and important. With a rich source of information to re-tweet you not only build your own reputation as the “go-to” for your specific niche; you begin to build relationships with those you re-tweet.

Others will re-tweet you if you have something of interest to pass on. More research by Zarella and Buddy Media (now owned by Salesforce.com) shows how you can significantly increase re-tweets:

  • 86% increase in engagement: Include a link 25% of the way through a tweet
  • Double engagement: Include up to 2 hashtags
  • Double engagement: include a link to an image

Initiate Conversations



Twitter tends to be a broadcast medium but conversations are important:

  • Ask a provocative question
  • Posting interesting tweets and ask others to weigh in
  • Re-tweet the best posts of others
  • Don’t use self-referential sales tweets; offer links to your blog and other resources when appropriate

@mentions and @replies

A conversation is a two-way street. Respond immediately to @replies because this is from someone who is eager to engage with you. When someone references your work with an @mention jump right on it to engage them and expand on the topic.

Grow Followers

Follower to Following Ratio

The optimal ratio of followers to following is 5:1. You have five followers for everyone you follow. It takes time to build this balance and you will begin by having a higher following number. A portion of those will follow you back and begin to pass on your tweets and links. This will gain you more followers. You strategically follow back if they have valuable information or influence.

Unfollows

Track your followers. Also track your unfollows. Determine the reasons for unfollows to make sure you are engaging properly and targeting the right audience. Above all, do not be afraid to unfollow; who you decide to follow tells a story about you. Indiscriminate following creates a mash-up of unrelated people that can make your account lack distinction. Plus there will be little engagement from those who don’t share your interests or industry.

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