7 Twitter Retweet Tweaks To Encourage Others To Retweet You On Twitter
You publish a post and tweet it yourself. You know you’ve done a good job with the blog post. You expect a lot of retweets and it’s a surprise to you as to why no one is retweeting your tweet.
You can’t force people to retweet but there are minor tweaks you can do to increase the chances of your tweet bing retweeted.
1. Retweet other people’s tweets YOU find useful
You can’t expect others to retweet your tweets, when you don’t retweet yourself!
There are advantages of retweeting, to the person who retweets too.
Let’s assume you are person John, and you retweeted a tweet from person Jane.
If what you retweeted is of value to your followers, you will create a good reputation with them.
- It shows you are not just another spammer
- It shows that you are not self centered, you help out others and share useful things
Most people, look at the tweet history before following someone. If most of your tweets are about “me me me”, the chances of someone wanting to follow you would be slim, Unless you are Justin Berber. When Justin Berber says goodnight, do you know how many people(girls ahem..) RT him? …. unbelievable!
Retweeting builds goodwill with the tweet originator
Provided you keep the @twitterID when retweeting, you will get noticed!
With reference to the above diagram, Jane Doe will know that John Doe retweeted her tweet. Jane might be thrilled and end up following John. Jane might retweet the tweet John retweeted with John ‘s @twitterID intact.
So @BetterBloggingW will be noticeable to all followers of @EnhanceLife and who knows, some of @EnhanceLife‘s followers might end up following @BetterBloggingW!
Hopefully by now, you are convinced that you need to tweet others. Why not start by retweeting this post
2. Content is king even in Twitterville
Write tweets that are useful and interesting so that your twitter followers will want to retweet them to their twitter audience.
Try to avoid pointless ramblings and importantly don’t spam!
3. Keep your tweets shorter
A practice I use is, I try to keep the length to less than (15 + Number of characters of your twitter name )
Twitter message limit is 140 characters for a single tweet. When it’s retweet, the message will have a prefix .
For example, if someone tries to retweet one of my tweets, it will append “RT @BetterBloggingW”
So if I really… want others to retweet my tweet, I keep the tweet message to less than 120 characters.
There are times when even 120 characters are sufficient! when more than one person retweets, it requires more characters! So try as much as possible to keep the tweet short yet informative and reweetable.
Has this post been useful thus far? Would you consider sharing it with your twitter audience?
4. Say Thank You for ReTweeting
This will depends on the how many retweets you get. If you get 100s of retweets then it doesn’t seem practical to thank each one individually. However, if it’s manageable do some small thing which shows that you appreciate the retweet. Here are a few things I have noticed and practice myself.
1. Say thank you directly to one person
2. Retweet one of their tweets you found useful
3. Say thank you to more than twitter followers
5. “Retweet” your own tweet!
There is no harm in retweeting your own tweet. But be smart about it! Again.. don’t spam.
One of the classy ways of doing this is to retweet someone who has retweeted your tweet as I mentioned aboved.
6. Make sure the Retweet button is visible!
Do you see the twitter button on the left here? Ya, that’s very important. I have come across a few blog posts where I read the post and want to retweet it, but I can’t seem to find the retweet button! I wouldn’t spend more than a few seconds looking for it. A retweet opportunity missed!
7. Know the science of ReTweets
Dan Zarrella, an expert vial marketing science (who I admire a lot!) has done various experiments, collected data and shared useful metrics. Be aware of these insights and adjust your tweets/twitter strategy according. Here are a few highlights his presentation on the Science of Retweets.
- Retweet Peak Hours – 3pm to 11pm
- Retweet Peak Day – Friday is the best day (Sunday is the worst)
- Retweetability is highest if you use bit.ly to shorten links
- Ask and you shall receive – ask for retweets, say “PLEASE” so PLEASE Retweet
I recommend that you run through the presentation below. It’s really worth the time!
Before you leave this page, just take 10 minutes and to create some new tweets that you want to be retweeted.
- Create a short checklist based on the above information
- Create a few tweets
- Verify those tweets against the checklist
- Schedule those tweets based on the best retweeting time and days.
You are likely to forget what you read, so create a short checklist and re-use it every time you post a tweet that you want retweeted.
If you send me a message on twitter @BetterBloggingW, with the hash tag #bbwretweet I promise to retweet your tweet(Provided that it’s not spam or adult content!). So if all fails, you will at least have one retweet
I would like to hear the outcome. Did you notice an increase your retweet rate?
Over to you.. PLEASE Retweet this post.
Any other tips that you can recommend to get more retweets? What sort of tweets do you normally retweet?