Chris Brogan wrote an amazing blog post about the number that matter. The examples that he gave was number of hugs you distributed today, number of meals you ate with people you love, number of times you promoted someone else and many others. It got me thinking about the numbers that matter on twitter. Is followers count important? Yes to a certain extend. I wrote more about this on a blog post called the never ending debate about quantity and quality followers. So besides the followers count what other numbers that matter?
1. How Engaging You Are
I think engagement is one of the most important key in social media or twitter, especially when no one knows who you are on twitter. If you’re starting out nobody will realized you’re on social media at all. With so many people posting tweets at once. How will people notice you? Talk to them! Get their attention. If they are following you on twitter, don’t hesitate to DM them too. A lot of people might not seem as though they reply much on twitter, but in DM’s they reply. I read a blog post that there are people disagreeing with this before and the reason behind that is because they had a blog even before twitter existed so they actually had blog readers before they had a twitter account so what if you’re new to everything? I recommend people to talk at least 5 people a day to build relationships with them. After all you want people to know you. The best way is starting a conversation with them.
2. Number of Quality Tweets
Quality tweets are important because people that are following you are reading them. You don’t want them to read about you all day long, instead give them something to read about. I usually post and retweet articles which I find educational and people might benefit them. Most of them are from my followers too. This also applies to the number of quality tweets you send out in a day too. I am still experimenting with mine as I tried posting 1 tweet an hour and 2 tweets an hour to see the number of responds and retweets. So far I notice 2 works really well although if I want more clicks I shouldn’t put too many out there.
3. Number of Help
Are you helping your fellow friends on twitter? Usually I’ll try my best to help if people ask me. If I can’t I usually will redirect them to someone I know on twitter that know the answer or can help them. I do get people asking me to give a shout out so that they can get more followers on twitter but usually it doesn’t work that way. One of the funniest responds was from @kim who I think responded to someone and told him/her to change their name to @justinbieber if they want to get more followers on twitter. I usually help out other request like tweeting and retweeting great blog post.
4. Number of Retweets
I did mention a little about this on top but the number of retweets is important. This is because you want people to see you often on their time line as often as possible. So get their attention by retweeting them. If they don’t notice you drop them a tweet. An “argument” about the tweet works too.
5. Number of Virtual Hugs
Who doesn’t like a free hug? I know I sure love them. I give and receive from @suuperG all the time. She’s an awesome friend of mine whom I met on twitter and never fails to give a free hug to anyone. Who says it only works offline eh @chrisbrogan? (he didn’t say that)
6. Number of Thank You
When was the last time you thank someone on twitter? Sending out a thanks for a retweet or #followfriday helps. I wish I can send out more thanks but having too many tweets will flood my time line but I do send out personal thank you every once in a while (need to increase this)
7. Number of Relationships Built
All the numbers above are important, but the second most important one is the number of relationships you built with your followers who are now your friends. It is important to build a close relationship with them. Meet them offline if you can or if they are nearby. You can always tweet up. I know many of my fellow friend’s tweetup with others.
So there they are 7 numbers that matters on twitter. What about you. Do you have anything to add?
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