How to Make the Most of 140 Characters

How to Make the Most of 140 CharactersHere is a number: 140. It seems like a large enough number, but it might be surprising to discover how small it really is, especially when it comes to social media marketing in Oakland and other Bay Area cities. Sometimes it is just exactly the right amount to get the point across. There are ways to help make the most of the 140 characters that Twitter allows in tweets.
Remember relevance. Use keywords and optimize for search engines when composing tweets. Use the keywords that are used for the company’s website to help tie them together. Use hashtags inside the tweet instead of at the end to increase their effectiveness. Be current; things online become obsolete at an amazingly fast pace. Do not miss opportunities by taking too long to tweet about current news. Stick to a topic if the purpose of tweeting is to show expertise in an area. Get to the point, creatively, but without being verbose.
Look at length. It does not take much effort to use up 140 characters (spaces count!) so keep an eye on what words and characters are being used. Use a shortener for URLs, such as bit.ly, to help them to take up less space. There are plenty of shorteners available which you may find with a quick search. Newspaper headlines are a good example of how to get to the point and still catch people’s attention. The more people viewing the tweet means more click-throughs. It is acceptable in tweets to abbreviate, use contractions and acronyms, and replace letters or words with symbols or numbers. Many Twitter users drop vowels and punctuation to help the tweets fit better into the character limit. It may be surprising how much information can be squeezed into 140 characters.
Plan to promote but do it without being overwhelming. Tweet regularly to keep the attention of your followers, but if too many tweets hit their feed, they may stop following. Retweeting is a good way to keep important things in front of your followers. Twitter is a good source for interesting material, and retweeting is not a bad thing if you intersperse it with original content. It may help to use a widget on the company website so others who visit the site will learn about the Twitter feed. Some widgets are helpful for sharing on other social media outlets, as well.

Social media marketing in Oakland – or, really, anywhere – has many facets. Marketing through Twitter should be only one of these. An excellent marketing strategy should include many outlets, including those less restrictive than Twitter and its 140 character limit. Twitter can be a useful tool for internet marketing through social media, but should not be the only tool in the box. Diversification is a wonderful thing!

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