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How to Become Insanely Efficient on Twitter With 1 Hour per Day

How to Become Insanely Efficient on Twitter With 1 Hour per Day

Stay sane with Twitter and your followers — no bot-talk here!

I came to love Twitter years after I started using it. In December 2007, I started off  as  a curious, early adopter and nerd—who, me?—but also as a consumer, a person who only observes what’s happening while checking on my favorite app publishers, bloggers and companies.

Don’t get me wrong—that’s fine if that is what you want.

General remarks about using Twitter and staying sane at the same time

What? There is a wrong way to use Twitter?

Of course not, but there will be a red and blue pill in it, and here is why: everybody is talking about Social-Media Automation these days, so I decided to take one of its poster boys for a spin.

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    (Courtesy of Wikia)

    Yea, I did choose the blue pill.

    Neo, the shining hero of the Matrix Universe took the red one, of course. My experiment went on for 14 days, and I chose the great service of SocialQuant (more from these nice people you can find here).

    Basically, what they’re doing is plugging you into an Autopilot Twitter on Steroids.

    “You will not follow, unfollow anybody, did I make myself clear?”

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    “Yes, Morpheus,” is all you bear to say.

    No joke, they’re doing nearly everything, not only the heavy lifting for you. The only thing they allow you to do  is tweeting on your own. How sweet of you, guys. They followed and unfollowed people and services I’ve never known existed. Very soon, I totally lost grip of my follower base and their likes, direct messages and clicks.

    To be honest with you, that really creeped me out quite a bit.

    Nonetheless, for sure, it turned out, they did a hell of a job: my follower base increased by 77% in only 14 days. But in the end, my still shivering bones forced me asking Morpheus to provide the red pill instead this time, uh, better. Thank you so much. Don’t get me wrong here. If you are serious about growing your business fast and pushing your brand in no time, then there is no way out of content-marketing automation.

    This is what Jeff Bullas pointed out recently in his blog. And boy, this man knows, what he is talking about.

    That leads us to, why are you using Twitter in the first place? Sit back, grab a cup of coffee and think about it:

    • What is your purpose on Twitter?
    • Do you honestly want to achieve a personal or professional goal?
    • Is it that you think you want to use Twitter but feel like you’re drowning?

    If you choose to reach new heights personally or professionally on Twitter, this guide is for you.

    So, why not dive in?

    You’re still with me. Very much appreciated, young Padawan! We both know now that you want to reach new highs on Twitter and not be overwhelmed by the constant stream of information on the platform. Likewise, it wouldn’t harm you to become a Twitter Jedi, who will never turn to the dark side. You don’t want to spend your hard-earned dollars on tools that make you famous. Your fame will be hard earned, but your own!

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    Agreed? Good boy!

    “There are as many goals and Twitter strategies as tweets these days, but only one metric of success: Engagement!”

    —(Quote by me, sorry Marketing Wizards)

    You being successful is based on some fundamental rules you better follow to not shoot your kneecap.

    1. Post regularly even during vacation time and weekends.

    But don’t over-tweet! Some say, do 3–5; some vote for more. Don’t let that confuse you. Go with what suits you best. Want an example? I’ve seen tweet bursts of ten and more, that showed up in a row even at the tremendously full Twitter timeline.

    Speaks for itself, and you get the idea, right?

    I knew it, so let’s go on.

    2. Reschedule tweets 3 times.

    The Master Yoda in marketing, enchantment and former Apple evangelist is, right, Guy Kawasaki.

    He promotes the rule of rescheduling tweets 3 times for 3 good reasons actually.

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    • Depending on the timezone your audience lives in, they might have no chance at all to see your posts.
    • Even though Twitter is going to change the timeline’s behavior, posts slip by in split-seconds. That’s, why even big publishers of today’s newspapers resurrect their top news more than once.
    • Finally, your audience grows, naturally, if you repost. Just simple, stupid math.

    Find out more from the still unmatched Guy Kawasaki: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions.

    3. Let Buffer decide the when of tweeting.

    What this indispensable service does is as simple as genius: you put your tweets in their garage, and they will open doors at the right time to let them out.

    4. Be distinctive and not too broad.

    Bear in mind, you are not the only person in the Twitterverse and others might as well tweet reasonable, good posts. So you need to be specific in reaching out to a targeted audience. Separate apples from pears and stick to it.

    Don’t ever tweet about the all-so-cute kittens if you are not in the animal shelter business or want to go mainstream all of a sudden.

    (Power-Tip) But adapt fast. During my last month’s I learned, my audiences graves for IoT and especially SaaS.

    That is well within my realm, so I immediately did bring up far more valuable content about this topics. A couple of tweets returned more retweets and likes than I ever had before.

    5. Use #hashtags wisely.

    They should maximize engagement and define your content. As with many things, don’t put too many. Having more than three will bring your engagement rate down by 17%. Consult “The ultimate guide to hashtags on Social Media” for in-depth advice on that topic.

    6. Make your tweets vibrant and sexy.

    Images, videos, and links don’t help you to stand out by much these days. But they keep you from drowning in the flood of compelling visual post already dominating the Twitter stream.

    Use of media in tweets
      (Courtesy of AdWeek)

      As the geniuses from bitly and Sproutsocial stressed on recently, clicks will increase by 18%. More importantly, nobody wants to retweet you with images missing (increase by 150%). You got the picture, figuratively speaking, right?

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      7. (Bonus Tip) Add your 2 cents to your tweets.

      Making tweets standout anybody? My 2 cents on it goes here. A short personal blurb can be added to start a tweet. It might look like that:

      Economics, check, security? — Infographic: The #innovation and #impact of #IoT | http://bit.ly/1XbpVRx

      That comments have to be short, like 5–6 words max. Make them catchy, even if it takes time!

      Process and platform

      Fear not, young Skywalker. This one short and fast will be.

      Nonetheless, you need to do your homework. That is incredibly easy with my advice on how to curate content on mobile devices.

      • Curate you favorite content and store it accordingly, if you want it for further reference (strongly recommended).
      • Buffer your curated links regularly and better not let buffer dry out.
      • Reschedule your most popular tweets up to 3 times (buffer again is here convenient like nothing else).

      Remember that you can do each of these tasks efficiently on the mobile platform. Especially, if you travel with such an excellent device like an iPad frequently. Even as a road warrior or during vacation, you will not easily fall back too far.

      Engagement, Engagement, Engagement

      Bear in mind, tweeting is only a small part of the equation!

      Far more important is the real action, like gaining followers, getting humans to click your links, retweets and likes. In this particular order. Why on earth should I do that, you ask? Isn’t it enough I did anything to tweet the good stuff? Hell no, unfortunately.

      Don’t you remember your Grandma saying, “Don’t expect others to do more than you are willing to do”?

      • You need not necessarily engage with everybody of the Twitterverse, concentrate on the followers or people, you want to follow.
      • Show respect, retweet and like nice tweets of each new follower.
      • Follow the followers if they belong to your realm and say thank you with a nice direct message.
      • List your followers if they belong to key areas of your Twitter mission.
      • Visit your lists frequently and engage with the key people as shown above.

      Conclusion

      Being successful doesn’t mean you need to sit for hours in front of your computer each day. Isn’t that nice? Using Twitter for a purpose now will mean a lot more to you, because you know how to engage and not miss out on what Twitter really is about.

      Stick to your Twitter vision and your rules and don’t try to be somebody else. Find the right tone and being supportive and empathetic on Twitter is likewise important.

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      Jochen Burkhard

      Owner Burkhard Consulting

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      Last Updated on February 15, 2019

      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

      Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

      Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

      Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

      So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

      Joe’s Goals

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        Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

        Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

        Daytum

          Daytum

          is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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          Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

          Excel or Numbers

            If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

            What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

            Evernote

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              I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

              Evernote is free with a premium version available.

              Access or Bento

                If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                Conclusion

                I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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