5 Ways To Get More Retweets on Twitter

Sarah Hartshorn
Sarah Hartshorn Owner, MindSprout Marketing

Posted on July 22nd 2010


 5 Ways To Get More Retweets on Twitter

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A retweet on Twitter is a simple, but powerful ways to take your content that you’re sharing with current followers and potentially making it viral. When someone retweets (RT) what you’ve posted the message goes beyond your personal follower pool. It’s instantly sent to other new tweeters, which exponentially increases awareness about your brand through your tweet. Similar to other social media phenomenon, a RT is more coveted than achieved, but by following some of the suggestions below you can finesse your tweets to make them retweet-worthy in no time.

1. Retweet Others

Famous Beatle and singer/song-writer John Lennon once said, “the love you take is equal to the love you make,” and that same philosophy can be applied to Twitter. You need to retweet other tweeps if you want them to retweet you. This doesn’t mean that you need to go on a RT rampage. Pick and choose good tweet content that is worth sharing and make it happen through a retweet. Include @reply so that they’re looped in on your generous efforts.

2. Embrace Hashtags

Overuse of hashtags can appear spammy so employ them sparingly. Because hashtags organize tweets so that people can follow them based on category you have a good chance getting your retweet pushed out to many like-minded tweeps at the same time. In other words, a hashtag is like a group. For instance, if you sent a tweet about your award winning chocolate chip cookie recipe and add #cookies to your tweet it will show up in the #cookies hashtag feed and everyone reading that feed will see your tweet. If you want to know how hashtags are trending or being used visit Hashtags.org.

3. Short And Sweet

Twitter has a 140 character limitation on all tweets. The character cap seems even tighter when you factor in a shortened URL, @reply, hashtag and retweet. So, when you craft your tweets think about the other elements that can encroach on the 140 characters. Your tweet should be short, succinct and simple so that your tweeps know what it’s about and when it comes through as retweet it won’t be partially dissected by Twitter.

4. The Best Time

A-list blogger and social media expert Dan Zarella spent some time analyzing and evaluating retweet data to determine if there were certain days or times that favored retweets in comparison to others. Zarella observed that beginning in the morning business hours on Eastern Standard Time (EST) the quantity of retweets steadily increases. Additionally, content that begins as a tweet during this same timeframe will gain a significant number of retweets than original content posted in during other times.

There has been additional debate about specific hours throughout the day that tend to yield more retweets versus others. Some people believe that the hours after lunch and at the end of the work day are when the largest percentage of retweets occurs, however, because concrete data is unavailable we’ve refrained from exploring this area in our blog post.

5. Ask For It

If you want to get something retweeted then ask for it in your tweet. Sounds simple enough, but surprisingly many people choose not to include a call-to-action on their tweets.

How are you using retweets to drive traffic to your blog? What results have you seen? Add a comment or two down below.

Comments

Posted on July 22nd 2010 at 5:04PM

I agree with all of your points and pretty much do all of them. But I do forget to ask for retweets and will def remember to try that to help increase the traffic to my blog. Thanks!

planetshark
Posted on July 22nd 2010 at 10:15PM

Great tips - thank you very much!

Posted on July 23rd 2010 at 1:26AM

Great post. Was getting ready to find out more about re-tweeting.
Thanks. Still need to find out more about hastags....

Posted on July 27th 2010 at 7:00PM

Be sure you thank people who RT you - this makes for conversation and conversation is what social media is about.

Posted on July 30th 2010 at 7:41AM

Some helpful, commonsense tips, thank you. I RT messages that I think are interesting or helpful to my followers but am put off if the message is too long and needs to be cut down to fit 140 characters.

Posted on July 30th 2010 at 8:27AM

Hi, 

I have personally found that around 4pm GMT is the best time for RTs. Need to test this across US time zones. Perhaps we could crowd source the data, to get a much larger sample? 

If you are interested tweet me on @PRBristolblog 

 

 

Posted on July 30th 2010 at 11:04AM
I have read that the best time for tweets is between 12pm-2pm and as you mentioned end of day. Although this is also the heaviest amount of twitter traffic as well. I wonder if its better as you mentioned to start early and maybe get noticed rather than lost? What do you think?
Posted on July 30th 2010 at 1:28PM

 These are good ideas. I retweet when I get a tweet I thinnk other would like.Never asked for a retweet. Is there a special way of  doing that? .

Posted on December 7th 2010 at 8:24PM

Great post with some very useful tips.

Thanks for sharing.