The perfect profile
Do not underestimate the importance of your Twitter profile. This is the first area your followers will see and first impressions, as you are aware, are very important. Make your profile as useful as possible. If you are a car dealer, say what type of dealers you are (i.e. used, new, franchised, supermarket etc.), the what cars you deal with and the location(s) where you are based. Don’t forget your profile picture – you could upload an image of your dealership site.
Always include a link to your dealership’s website or blog within your profile, as people usually like to find more about you before they decide to follow you on Twitter. Finally, don’t forget your Twitter background. A creative and carefully chosen picture can make a real impact on users and increase your followers. Your background picture can also mention your contact details, websites, address etc.
Make sure your tweets engage your users. Write impactful headings and use well-crafted language to share stories, car deals, new or discounted cars. Always try to write tweets that will encourage your followers to visit you and find out more about what you do.
Think visually – a picture is worth a thousand words. Share good quality photos of your cars, premises and other relevant content. Pictures, especially those that come with strong headings, will increase your chances of adding more followers and generating more traffic to your main website. Not every tweet needs to be visual, but work out ways to incorporate images into your tweeting habits.
For your information:
- Tweets with images received 89% more favourites than those without.
- Tweets with images received 18% more clicks.
- Tweets with images received 150% more re-tweets.
It’s not just about me, me, me
It’s not about you, but about your customers. Don’t bombard users with classified ads, or tweets only related to your business. Share other content too, that will encourage people to follow you. Don’t be afraid of sharing external content, stories and pictures that you think might interest your users. Find out what they want and give it to them. It’s all about keeping your audience interested in what you have to say, rather than incessant, aggressive self promotion.
#hashtag works the same way on Twitter as a keyword does for SEO. Hashtags are a powerful way to direct your tweets to people looking for that topic. Users use hashtags to find content of their choice. Just as in SEO, you should define the most relevant hashtags to your business and then use them often to build up your authority and brand under those hashtags.
For example, a car dealer might like to use #usedcars, #cardealer or even use car makes and models, depending on which cars you are dealing with.
Stay in touch
Keep your Twitter account active and use it regularly. Twitter is all about instant and constant communication. If you’re not tweeting often enough, chances are you won’t find many followers or you won’t be able to retain those you do have for long. You can use a number of tools to automate your tweets and then combine this approach with a few manual ones to ensure you’re supplying regular updates, while retaining the person touch.
Build it and they will come
Don’t forget to grow your Twitter followers – don’t rest on your laurels. You can continue to build your Twitter followers in many ways, including the following:
- Actively follow local Twitter users, charities, events and companies, as they are all potential car buyers and customers. More often than not, they will follow you back. But don’t take it too personally if they don t, or if they un-follow you later on. That’s just a fact of Twitter life.
- Re-tweet other people’s stories that you think might be useful for your own audience.
- Ask people to follow you.
- Promote your social media links on your website, print, email signatures and business cards.
- Add stickers related to your social media on your used cars.
- Create key rings and other marketing give-aways with your social media links on.
Appreciate your audience
Target your audience. When you write tweets, or follow other people, make sure you always choose relevant messages and audiences that will add value to your business. Never take support on Twitter for granted. Acknowledge even the smallest added value that someone brings your business and thank people for following or re-tweeting you – manners cost nothing, after all. Use @mentions when tweeting their content to help them notice you in their stream. In effect, it’s all about building relationships.
Having fun with Twitter will help you engage with your audience further. Thanking people, sharing their content, having conversations with them and just having fun could lead you down unexpected routes. Always try to add value – Twitter is all about giving, sharing and participating. Answer people’s queries and questions too, to help your name rise further in their estimation.
One of Twitter’s highly under-estimated features is its advanced search tool. Use this to discover your local twitter community, or to catch potential customers looking to buy or sell cars in real time. If you make advanced search tool your friend, and make sure you use it on a daily basis, you will be surprised and amazed by the results.