7 Steps To Setting Up Your Twitter Account the Right Way
Does this sound like you?
"I’ve never used Twitter before – any tips for setting it up or point me in the right direction so I can do it right? I’ve heard there are lots of ways to do it wrong".
Of course! Here are 7 steps to getting your Twitter account set up the right way.
1. Choose a profile name
This is the name you’ll be known as on Twitter (also known as your @name). I’d recommend using your real name if it’s available. If not, try and include your name or initials. For instance, I’m@AbsoluteAlicia. Not my first choice but everything else was taken.
If you own a shop and will be using the Twitter profile to raise its visibility you can use the shop name instead, but if you work as a consultant I’d still recommend using your own name. When you talk to people about your business, they’re more likely to remember you not what your business is called.
Whatever choice of @name you make, you’ll want to make the account user your own, full name so other users know they’re tweeting with another person. It will also help people you know find you. Oh, and keep your @name short and memorable so it doesn’t take up too much of Twitter’s 140 character limit and people can remember it.
2. Add a photo of you, not your logo
It’s really important to add a photo of you so people can connect with you on a personal level. Don’t use your logo or a cartoon picture, and definitely not the default egg image.
Your profile picture is displayed every time you post a tweet so you want to differentiate your tweets from everybody else’s. Your profile picture will help.
3. Complete your bio
You’ve got 160 characters to tell everyone what you do, why you do it, and what interests you so use them all – make it interesting and sociable.
Use this so people can make a connection with you. Many times I’ve read a bio and decided to follow that person on the basis of what they’ve written in their bio. I’ve discovered some amazing people that way, seriously!
4. Add your website address
There’s a space to add your website on your profile. Use this even if you don’t have a website. Instead, you could link it to your blog, LinkedIn profile, Facebook page, or anywhere online so people can find out more about you. And they do click on it so you’ll want to add something there.
5. Follow some people
And I don’t mean celebs either. Of course you can follow whoever you want, but more importantly you want to follow profiles that can help your business – that’s why you’re there! Don’t follow too many profiles to start with because you’ll get overwhelmed.
Tip: A good place to start is looking at who is following profiles with the same kind of customers as you and local people.
6. Get tweeting
The best way to learn is to get involved. Watch the experienced users, ask questions and join in some conversations. Don’t get hung up about saying really profound stuff, just relax with it and have some fun.
7. Check your mentions regularly
This is really important. You want to keep an eye on who is talking to you and about you. Many people forget (or don’t know) to do that. Conversation is key on Twitter – if you’re not talking to people, replying and responding you may as well not use it because you won’t get results. Fact.
Social media specialist, Alicia Cowan lives in Winchmore Hill and helps micro and small businesses use Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and blogging to increase their recognition and create more business opportunities.
Alicia understands what small business owners need from social media. She delivers simple, easy to use strategies and mentoring that fit their busy lifestyle and get results.
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