We’ve overheard lots of questions from authors around how to make the most of your content on Twitter and this best practice guide covers some key points to ensure your tweets resonate with teachers and potential customers.
Twitter best practice guide
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From authors to authors
Brian Taylor, Tes Author Magictrickster, shares his personal author social media experience
A strong social following doesn’t happen overnight, but Brian Taylor - winner of the Tes 'Authorpreneur' competition – was given the confidence and skills to increase his Twitter following of two to 578 (and counting) in just over a month. Brian’s gone from a social-media wall–flower to creating engaging posts for over 500 potential customers daily.
Why not follow in Brian’s footsteps and get started right away?
- Start off by thinking about what you could offer and consider your audience – what do they want to see on their news feed? I’m not one to talk about myself so I keep things interesting by regularly offering graphical puzzles, releasing the problem first and then tweeting the answer a few hours later. I get inspiration from my own resources as well as fellow mathematicians I follow on Twitter.
- Don’t be shy of posting because busy teachers might only log in every now and again and will scroll quickly. As I follow more people I notice how much noise there is so upping your frequency is perfectly acceptable.
- Over time, I have followed over 4,000 accounts and then after a week or so if they didn’t follow me back, I unfollowed them. My advice is don’t beat yourself up about it – it’s all about maintaining a healthy balance like pruning your garden! Be a bit discerning and don’t just follow everyone; think whether they might one day become potential customers, influencers or are relevant to your subject field.
- Don’t abandon it! You do need to be consistent and I noticed that when I stopped posting, the growth of my followers lagged. To reap the rewards you need to put some time in, so make it a habit.
- Don’t be afraid of advertising yourself and highlighting discount codes, as an interested audience will love to take advantage of your offers. If you post an advert, avoid too much small text that people won’t read and remember to include a link back to your shop.
Tes Author, Mike Richards, explains why you might want to promote your Tes resources on Twitter.
How do you make it work?
I’m quite selective with what I tweet and generally only tweet when there is a sale. Sometimes I use the social media cards provided by Tes and also include a link to my shop saying that there’s an additional 25% off all my products. On other occasions, I publicise a specific resource (again at a sale price) like my complete UKS2 Maths scheme of work for October. Most importantly, however, is the way I use hashtags. By targeting twitter groups consisting of NQTs, teachers etc, I can reach a much wider audience than I could ever hope to via Facebook. And by retweeting daily during my sales, I keep reminding that target audience of just what I offer.
What are your tips?
1. Include a link to a specific product or your shop.
2. Target specific groups using a # ie, #teachers.
3. Let teachers know that your products are on sale.
4. Publicise a specific product at a specific time like an end-of-term resource pack.