How to Get More Retweets on Twitter

Twitter is about making news, information and content flow across the social web.How to get more retweets on Twitter

It is loved by politicians, often used badly by celebrities and is a bloggers best friend. Twitter is often misunderstood as it has a funny name, can be seen as trivial (only 140 characters) and available in boring mono-media (text only).

Scratch its surface and start to dig deeper and Twitter’s true character starts to be revealed. It is nimble, efficient and it works well in a time poor society.

It has developed multi-media capabilities and YouTube videos, images and even Slideshare presentations are viewable and can be embedded in the stream of tweets.

There are two basic principles that will help you get your tweets to be shared by your followers in large numbers.

  1. Quantity – Build a significant following on Twitter as bigger is better.
  2. Quality – Engage with your followers and build a  loyal and fanatical fan base that will love to share your tweets.

Combine these two and you are well on the way to having your news, information and content retweeted widely at velocity.

So how do you get more retweets on Twitter?

10 top tips to get more retweets

There are some  basic tips that will help you get your tweets retweeted  more. Some are obvious and others may surprise you.

Here are some easy to implement tips on how to get more retweets.

  1. Ask  for a retweet (eg. “Please ReTweet”)
  2. Tweet links
  3. Pick the right time of day (Tweet between 12-2)
  4. Leave room for a retweet (The sweet spot for a retweet is use between 71-100 characters)
  5. Use hashtags
  6. Include one of the top retweetable phrases
  7. Write a tempting headline
  8. Pick the right day of the week (Friday)
  9. Don’t make the tweet about you
  10. Tweet the latest news

Here is an infographic which puts the art of getting retweeted on Twitter in a visual format.

How to Get More Retweets on Twitter

Infographic source: Visual.ly 

What about you?

Is Twitter still an enigma for you? Are you still asking the question “what’s the point of Twitter?”

How are you using Twitter? Have you found it effective and what do you like about Twitter?

Is there anything you don’t like?

Look forward to hearing your stories and insights in the comments below.

 

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Comments

  • http://www.bringbackdesire.com/ Ande Lyons

    You make my heart sing Jeff Bullas! I always gain fab tips from your posts, especially when they’re about my FAVE platform, TWITTER – thank you!

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Great to hear that you found the tips useful Ande. :)

  • NewYorkean

    This article has de-mystified twitter somewhat. Thank you.

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Glad to hear I have somewhat demystified Twitter! :)

  • venkyiyer58

    Right time to tweet is between 12 to 2: AM/PM? Which time zone? Include one of the top retweetable phrases: where do I access a list of these phrases (apart from those on the infographic)?

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      If you are global you need to to tweet most where your biggest audience is. For me 40% of my readers are from the USQ. I need to ensure I am tweeting when they are awake! :)

  • Arvind Joshi

    How do we know the LOCAL – best Time/Day to Tweet? Any links you can share, Please.

  • http://exposureofthoughts.com/ Ashutosh

    Hi Jeff,

    You are right. Twitter has emerged as a very strong and effective marketing tool in the arena of social media. Everyone is busy and many don’t like reading all the stuff in a go. The short and simple also helps us to enrich it with high quality as there is no scope for stuffing useless words. I am sure that people with right acumen are using it in the right ways.

    Thanks for sharing your deep insights and motivating us to understand the power of social media marketing style using Twitter.

  • Alastair

    12am – 2pm? Doesn’t make sense!

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Middle of the day!

    • Kuratur

      I think that’s supposed to be 12 PM to 2 PM. It’s written below the clock icon as “noon to 2 pm”.

  • Perk Idea

    Twitter is also a community of like minded folks. I use twitter to inspire, to motivate, to add value, build new relationships. Well done Jeff.

  • Aleks George

    If you want it – just ask. Keep the good stuff coming Jeff!

  • Antionette Blake

    I enjoy getting celebrity retweets!

  • Chrissy Crust

    Another great article thanks Jeff. Good reminder for me about including hash tags especially #ff – which is more effective, grouping #ff’s or listing individually?

  • Kuratur

    Getting retweets is on my mind these days, so this was useful.

    I get a little squeamish over using “please RT”, though. It just seems cheezy or desperate-sounding to ask for a RT on every original tweet. Am I being silly?

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      The numbers show that asking works. For me I don’t ask, but you need to do what “you” are comfortable with.

      • http://www.praverb.net/ Praverb

        I agree with you Jeff. Some people have the reach to ask for retweets. Jeff, I was wondering if I could build a copy of Blogging the Smart Way from you in pdf format? (I do not have a Kindle or Nook).

  • Kuratur

    Yep, I had the same question…

  • Gabrielle Mazur

    Love the infographic! I never thought of the 70-100 character limit if you want to be retweeted. Great info!

  • Tim Bonner

    Like a couple of others have mentioned Jeff, I’d be nervous about asking for a Retweet. It seems a little desperate but as the infographic suggests, it does seem to be effective.

    It’s no different from me asking people to comment at the end of a blog post, I guess.

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Yes, the numbers don’t appear to lie regarding asking for a ReTweet. I have seen it highlighted in other studies as well. Like you, I don’t like asking for a RT!

  • http://www.pmhut.com/ PM Hut

    Hi Jeff,

    I have +3,500 followers on Twitter and I would never ask for a retweet. I think it’s a bit cheesy.

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Yes, I don’t ask but it is an individual thing

    • Sunshinegirl

      I suppose it could be in how you ask, but I’m also a bit hesitant at times.

  • ijenti

    Asking for the Please Retweet is like the call of action in the message. This also reminds the reader to share it with their friends and family. ~Madeline

  • Madeline Anderson-Balmer

    Great tips Jeff! Will definitely work on these very simple, but obviously powerful tips.