Twitter is a hugely important platform for businesses to be on and utilising in their social media tool belt, unless a firm already has a lot of traction online or is advertising their account then getting your content noticed in amongst the hundreds and thousands of other Tweets in a users stream is going to be tough!
Although there are a lot of guides out there providing tips on how to grow your Twitter account not all these strategies work for everyone and it’s important to experiment with different tactics.
I stumbled across this interesting post the other day on Socialfresh.com, the author Jason Keath had observed how Conrad Hacket who works for Pew Research, had sent the exact same Tweet 20 minutes apart (back in August) on some data relating to population growth by 2050. What was interesting about the second Tweet was that he didn’t include a link to the original data source, he simply used the content of the most populous countries, however the second Tweet was re-shared almost 300 times where as the first one with the link in it only 86 times. See for yourself:
— Conrad Hackett (@conradhackett) August 4, 2015
This is just a single example so obviously nothing is conclusive here but it’s an interesting experiment. Why the Tweet without the link got more shares and reactions isn’t clear but I would say that Conrad appearing to be providing useful information & data himself instead of just re-sharing something from a website as pulled in his followers attention. Also when a link is shared you are prompting your followers to click that link which will take them out of Twitter and thus reducing the chance of them sharing your Tweet.
If you are normally Tweeting links on your account either from your own website or others, try changing this tactic up a bit and share the data from these posts without any link and see what happens.
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