According to Twitter’s 2013 Q3 IPO filing, there were more than 200 million active users each month that generated roughly 500 million tweets each day. That amount of activity poses the difficult question of how you stand out in a busy social media platform. One of the best ways to spread your message and brand through Twitter is by retweets from other users.
Take a look at these six simple tips for receiving more retweets on Twitter:
- Don’t be shy, ask for them. It really is that simple, just ask other users for retweets on your posts. Do this by including request phrases such as “Please Retweet”, “RT”, or “Pls RT”.
- Be smart, tweet at prime time. The highest percentage of tweets sent is during the week between 12 – 4pm, whereas the highest percentage of retweets is on the weekends later in the evening. Try to tweet your content according to these prime times.
- Provide value, include links. Research shows that more than half of retweets contain a URL, a desired trait in most tweets as Twitter acts as a high turnover newsfeed for news, tips, education, and more.
- Set a good example, retweet for others. Like with any social platform, being courteous will often earn you the best results. If you ask for retweets, make sure you give out plenty of retweets to your followers and other users.
- Be on topic, use hashtags. Like tweets with links, tweets with hashtags are more likely to be retweeted. Use a popular or trending hashtag that pertains to your content in your tweets.
- Save space, leave enough characters. To encourage retweets, remember to leave enough characters for other users to leave a comment or recommendation when they retweet. Try to leave between 30 – 50 characters when requesting a retweet.
What do you think works for receiving more retweets? Tell us in the comments below.
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