Heather Tranen is spot on with this blog. Read this if you plan on tweeting during an upcoming professional conference!
Anyone who knows me knows I LOVE Twitter. It’s a great tool that I find really useful for researching what’s going on in social media and career services (my two main areas of interest), but we can have a love/hate relationship sometimes. She is VERY high maintenance and requires a lot of attention.
Because of this, I really enjoyed reading this blog. It’s always good to go back and remind yourself “what’s my purpose?” Who is my audience? What am I trying to say? It’s easy to get stuck in the mindframe of mindlessly sending out content just to get something out there. To be considered active on Twitter, you should already be posting a minimum of 2-3 times a day if not more, so it is tempting to tweet just for the sake of tweeting.
If you’re starting to get tempted to do this, here’s what I recommend:
- Start asking your followers what they would like more information on.
- Retweet (useful!) content your most interactive followers are posting. This will help further build your relationship.
- Start commenting on other Twitter users’ posts in the meantime until you have an idea for new content.
- Google it! Tweet interesting articles, video or blogs.
This should be a good start to get you out of a Twitter rut. Do you have any other ideas for tweets when you run out of original content?
Recently I’ve noticed quite a few businesses tweet out job listings. Sounds like a good idea right? In theory yes, but I’ve found that many of these links are broken or those that have good links lead to job descriptions that don’t match what the tweet indicated the job would be. If your followers click on your link to find out more information and are taken to something completely unrelated, why would they continue to follow you or read your content?
When I looked a little deeper into the company accounts, I found that some had a large amount of followers that were spam accounts, competitors, or people that were not remotely qualified for the positions they were tweeting about.
So what should we take away from this?
- Make sure your tweet is clear and aimed to your target audience. Have a job title, location & what you’re looking for clearly indicated to make your followers more inclined to click on your links.
- Search for the leaders in your industry and follow them to find potential employees. Follow the leaders followers too. This will make your potential prospects at least aware of your account.
- Consider sending a DM (direct message) directly to leaders in the field to see if they will retweet your information or to those you think could be good prospects for the job.
Ultimately, you want to give people a reason to follow you. If your message is consistent and is related to what your 140 character profile states, you will emerge as someone worthy to follow.
To follow or not to follow…you never want that to be the question.