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3 Ways to Increase Twitter Followers While on the Go

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  • June 24, 2015

Life happens but social media never takes a break—and neither can you if you want to increase Twitter followers and keep them Increase Twitter Followersengaged.

Vacation, travel, illness, meetings, car troubles, childcare, or even forgetfulness are normal and inevitable.

But on the days you aren’t tweeting, you may have noticed that engagement and reach declined.

According to Buffer.com, a significant factor in Twitter growth is consistent posting. In fact, those who tweet more frequently increase Twitter followers faster than those who don’t. In other words, you need to keep on keepin’ on—even when you’re on the go.

Whether you’re a newbie or an advanced user, you may find yourself in need of a ‘Plan B’ when life surprises you. The good news is that you can be prepared and maintain your Twitter growth strategy even when you’re mobile.

I implement most of my social media strategy from my smartphone and tablet apps. The result is that I stay engaged and maintain growth by accomplishing these things on the go, wherever I am:

  • content marketing

  • visual marketing

  • video marketing

1. Content Marketing

As mentioned above, consistent tweeting is critical to keeping your followers engaged and encouraging interaction.

I love the Buffer app as a scheduling and content marketing tool. The reasons are simple:

  • It’s free plan is awesome.*

  • The mobile app works and is easy-to-use.

  • Basic analytics are included.

  • The “suggested” content is amazing and engaging.

  • You can “re-Buffer” tweets.

One benefit that differentiates Buffer from other social media management tools is the content suggestion feature. You can quickly, painlessly, and strategically load your queue with shareable, informative content. For me this has resulted in lots of engagement and reach—and some thought-provoking tweets.

I always read or at least skim the suggested article first. Sometimes Buffer’s suggestions don’t include @ mentions for the author, so I’ll frequently add those. This is important because you want to attribute the article to the author/website. Also, the mention opens the door to more Twitter engagement opportunities. Don’t forget to add a relevant hashtag or two.

I have used the mobile versions of other social media scheduling tools, but for the price (did I mention FREE), Buffer is still on the top of my list. Even if you regularly use another scheduler, Buffer is worthwhile to add to your toolset to keep engagement and reach going while you’re on the go.

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THE TAKEAWAY:

Tweeting consistently throughout the day is critical to increase Twitter followers, so don’t forget to post engaging content when you’re on the go.

*I upgraded my Buffer account in early June but have been using the free version up until this time.

2. Visual Marketing

Visual marketing is an essential component in your Twitter growth strategy. With this in mind, remember to include images in your tweets even when you’re mobile. Using images increases engagement and reach in a big way:

  • 18% more clicks

  • 89% more favorites

  • 150% more retweets

So how do you quickly design an image on the go?

One of the easiest, quickest ways is to use Pablo by Buffer.

Pablo is a convenient, all-in-one visual engagement tool. It provides quotes and images that you can tweet, Buffer, or download directly from the app.

There are minimal bells and whistles available with Pablo. You can add your logo and website URL. Also, you can change the text, font, background image, and some colors. The simplicity is what makes this tool a no-fuss, quick, mobile solution for creating social media images. No design skills needed!

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I’ve discovered that, as far as engagement is concerned, tweeting quotes with images always outperforms tweets with text only. My tweet containing the text of the quote as well as the above image resulted in:

  • 8 retweets;

  • 4 favorites;

  • 38k+ potential reach.

Even simpler graphics can result in elevated engagement when combined with a powerful quote. Check out the tweet below: it had 21 retweets and 15 favorites, which proves that your images don’t have to be artistic or creative to help boost reach. You could create the graphic below using the free Canva.com app.

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THE TAKEAWAY:

Utilize mobile-friendly graphic design apps to create images that will increase Twitter followers even while you’re on the go.

3. Video Marketing

Video is considered one of the top three most effective social media marketing methods, especially when you consider the prediction that 74% of internet traffic will be video in 2017. (Source)

Videos, like images, help you add a personal touch to your engagement with followers. In fact, videos on Twitter help your audience feel as if they know you better. Video can help form social relationships that increase not only your Twitter growth but also your leads (and conversions!).

One of the easiest, fastest ways to incorporate video into your Twitter strategy while on the go is to use your smartphone or tablet to record a brief “quick tip” message, answer a question, or thank one of your followers.

Selfie videos can be daunting at first. While I love watching videos of other people, I admit that recording videos of myself wasn’t my first choice of engagement! But I eventually realized that every video doesn’t need a perfect backdrop, ideal lighting, or celebrity-worthy makeup and clothing. The only thing every video does need is for me to be myself.

Recently, while waiting in the car, I used my iPad to shoot a quick video to thank one of my Twitter followers for their support. My backdrop is the inside of the car, and the sun was my lighting. You can even see the parking lot in the background. From this video, followers can see that I’m a real person who leads a regular life, which means they can relate to it and to me.

You may not require any editing after recording your selfie video. I’m notorious for finishing my videos with my arm or hand turning off the device! My editing tool is the free iMovie app on my phone. Using the Twitter app, you can upload video directly by composing a tweet, clicking the camera icon and selecting the video.

 

You can also shoot and edit video directly via the Twitter app doing the same steps above, but you’ll need to select the video camera icon.

 

THE TAKEAWAY:

 

While you’re on the go, use your mobile device to shoot video to connect with your audience in a more personal way, which increases Twitter growth.

 

Now you know how I keep my Twitter growth in check when I’m mobile (which is most of the time). What tools do you use when you’re on the go? Have you tried using videos and what results have you seen? I want to know!

Author Meghan Monaghan

Meghan is a social media manager/marketer and WordPress web designer who specializes in Facebook and Twitter through her company Smart Bird Social Media. Her background includes extensive experience in writing, marketing, and web design for non-profits, small business, and entrepreneurs. As the founder of Woman’s Club Hub, she enjoys helping non-profit woman’s club members meet their club goals through digital marketing. A portion of her business endeavors go to support her true passion: rescuing retired racing greyhounds and retired hunting Spanish galgos so that they can live out their lives as loving pets rather than be destroyed. Connect with Meghan on Twitter: @MeghanMonaghan1

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Join the discussion 112 Comments

  • Natalie Palombi says:

    Aha! Hadn’t heard of Pablo by Buffer… Grabbing that NOW! ?
    These are excellent tips that I feel speak directly to me!! I am rarely on my desktop PC so 90% of my business activities are conducted from my smartphone!

  • Katarina Andersson says:

    Thanks Megan, for the tips. And I really need to start doing the small videos. Just still feel a bit video shy…

    • SocialQuant says:

      Does feel silly sometimes Katarina but I’m sure you’ll see a big dividend on personalized video’s. Also don’t be shy, it’s just you and the camera (until you share it on Twitter with 300,000,000 people) :) You’ll do great!!!!

    • Hello Katarina! I’m not shy, but get me in front of a video camera and somehow I lose my memory! Video can feel uncomfortable. I started by recording many test videos on my smartphone to get used to how I look, how I sound, etc. I’ve definitely deleted more videos than I’ve posted, haha! But I do think practicing helps. And you have such awesome natural backdrops where you are located.

  • Katarina Andersson says:

    Thanks Megan, for the tips. And I really need to start doing the small videos. Just still feel a bit video shy…

    • SocialQuant says:

      Does feel silly sometimes Katarina but I’m sure you’ll see a big dividend on personalized video’s. Also don’t be shy, it’s just you and the camera (until you share it on Twitter with 300,000,000 people) :) You’ll do great!!!!

    • Hello Katarina! I’m not shy, but get me in front of a video camera and somehow I lose my memory! Video can feel uncomfortable. I started by recording many test videos on my smartphone to get used to how I look, how I sound, etc. I’ve definitely deleted more videos than I’ve posted, haha! But I do think practicing helps. And you have such awesome natural backdrops where you are located.

  • All great tips – haven’t used videos on Twitter much although I have on Facebook & YouTube – will have to start doing that.

    • SocialQuant says:

      That’s awesome you’ll start with video. Let us know how it performs. I’m sure you’ll see great results. People love that authentic part of video vs. just a text response.

    • Hello Knikkolette, it’s great to hear that you’re comfortable with video already. I’m interested to see what results you get when you start using it on Twitter too!

  • All great tips – haven’t used videos on Twitter much although I have on Facebook & YouTube – will have to start doing that.

    • SocialQuant says:

      That’s awesome you’ll start with video. Let us know how it performs. I’m sure you’ll see great results. People love that authentic part of video vs. just a text response.

    • Hello Knikkolette, it’s great to hear that you’re comfortable with video already. I’m interested to see what results you get when you start using it on Twitter too!

  • Lisa Swanson says:

    Thanks for the info! I didn’t know about Buffer, Pablo or the video editor in Twitter! I better get started on checking those 3 out.

  • Lisa Swanson says:

    Thanks for the info! I didn’t know about Buffer, Pablo or the video editor in Twitter! I better get started on checking those 3 out.

  • Cathy Jennings says:

    Really excellent post, Meghan!

    I’ve bookmarked this so I can go back and implement these great tips as I build my Twitter community.

    Thanks!

  • Cathy Jennings says:

    Really excellent post, Meghan!

    I’ve bookmarked this so I can go back and implement these great tips as I build my Twitter community.

    Thanks!

  • Michelle D. Johnson Garrett says:

    Great suggestions! I hadn’t thought about video on Twitter! I use Buffer as well from time to time and have seen an increase in engagement when I use it regularly.

    • SocialQuant says:

      Michelle do a little test for 2-3 days and send every other response in text or video. Watch, you’ll see more engagement on the videos I’m pretty sure.

    • Hi Michelle, I’m finding out that many people didn’t know or haven’t thought about video marketing on Twitter. Do you think you’ll try it? As for Buffer, they offer awesome, free options that do increase my reach and engagement too!

  • Michelle D. Johnson Garrett says:

    Great suggestions! I hadn’t thought about video on Twitter! I use Buffer as well from time to time and have seen an increase in engagement when I use it regularly.

    • SocialQuant says:

      Michelle do a little test for 2-3 days and send every other response in text or video. Watch, you’ll see more engagement on the videos I’m pretty sure.

    • Hi Michelle, I’m finding out that many people didn’t know or haven’t thought about video marketing on Twitter. Do you think you’ll try it? As for Buffer, they offer awesome, free options that do increase my reach and engagement too!

  • Carol Rundle says:

    I love Buffer! I used to use the free version, but recently upgraded to Awesome. And I love Canva, too. My problem with selfie videos is I don’t know how to take a selfie. There, I said it. I feel better. Whenever I try to take a selfie, I always end up looking somewhere other than straight ahead. If anyone could give me some pointers, I would appreciate it. (I googled it and all I found were sarcastic, mocking things).

    • SocialQuant says:

      For selfie’s sometimes holding the camera a little above you with your arm extended and looking up at it helps. Secondly look at the camera portion of your phone vs the other parts of the phone.

      With that said, people really don’t care much as they love the sincerity of a personal video and aren’t expecting anything high end. Just check out periscope and how crummy some look but yet how much engagement they still get.

      People love authenticity #1. You’ve got this :)

  • Carol Rundle says:

    I love Buffer! I used to use the free version, but recently upgraded to Awesome. And I love Canva, too. My problem with selfie videos is I don’t know how to take a selfie. There, I said it. I feel better. Whenever I try to take a selfie, I always end up looking somewhere other than straight ahead. If anyone could give me some pointers, I would appreciate it. (I googled it and all I found were sarcastic, mocking things).

    • SocialQuant says:

      For selfie’s sometimes holding the camera a little above you with your arm extended and looking up at it helps. Secondly look at the camera portion of your phone vs the other parts of the phone.

      With that said, people really don’t care much as they love the sincerity of a personal video and aren’t expecting anything high end. Just check out periscope and how crummy some look but yet how much engagement they still get.

      People love authenticity #1. You’ve got this :)

  • Lori Thayer says:

    I love using my car as a video studio. The lighting is great and it’s quick and easy.

  • Lori Thayer says:

    I love using my car as a video studio. The lighting is great and it’s quick and easy.

  • Beverley Golden says:

    Although I’ve been using, Hootsuite, and loving it, it sounds like Buffer has a lot of wonderful features that make it worth considering. Twitter is a fun and engaging site to meet and connect with new people, so all of the points you make do strike home. I’m curious if you have to have the paid version of Buffer for your graphics/images to show full screen? I find in Hootsuite, the “show image” is a link that people I believe have to click to see the actual graphic or image. Not 100% sure, however, it sounds from your piece that this is an automatic with Buffer. Still love PicMonkey, as I haven’t figured out the way to optimize my experience on Canva. Thanks for all the useful info shared here!

    • SocialQuant says:

      You don’t need to use the paid version Beverley to utilize the tool and it does come across as an image vs. link.

      I do use Canva and PicMonkey also. I do like some of those features that PickMonkey has that Canva doesn’t (yet) :)

  • Beverley Golden says:

    Although I’ve been using, Hootsuite, and loving it, it sounds like Buffer has a lot of wonderful features that make it worth considering. Twitter is a fun and engaging site to meet and connect with new people, so all of the points you make do strike home. I’m curious if you have to have the paid version of Buffer for your graphics/images to show full screen? I find in Hootsuite, the “show image” is a link that people I believe have to click to see the actual graphic or image. Not 100% sure, however, it sounds from your piece that this is an automatic with Buffer. Still love PicMonkey, as I haven’t figured out the way to optimize my experience on Canva. Thanks for all the useful info shared here!

    • SocialQuant says:

      You don’t need to use the paid version Beverley to utilize the tool and it does come across as an image vs. link.

      I do use Canva and PicMonkey also. I do like some of those features that PickMonkey has that Canva doesn’t (yet) :)

  • Gisele J Grenier says:

    Great article! I use the Awesome version of Buffer as a standalone and in conjunction with CoSchedule (writing a post on this next week) and totally agree that the images make a huge difference! I have though been frustrated with Canva lately how slow it’s been, so I’ve gone back to using PhotoShop. OH and selfie videos, they can be so much fun. Shows your readers that you are in fact human :)

    • SocialQuant says:

      I agree on the videos. I love shooting a quick video when time to thank my followers who are engaging or just saying hi to someone else. Definitely adds that little extra that can help enhance the relationship.

      • Gisele J Grenier says:

        I’d have to check into it some more, but I’m learning about Periscope and thinking about incorporating that into the feeds as well. It would be for my artistic C2B community, not my design B2B business.

  • Gisele J Grenier says:

    Great article! I use the Awesome version of Buffer as a standalone and in conjunction with CoSchedule (writing a post on this next week) and totally agree that the images make a huge difference! I have though been frustrated with Canva lately how slow it’s been, so I’ve gone back to using PhotoShop. OH and selfie videos, they can be so much fun. Shows your readers that you are in fact human :)

    • SocialQuant says:

      I agree on the videos. I love shooting a quick video when time to thank my followers who are engaging or just saying hi to someone else. Definitely adds that little extra that can help enhance the relationship.

      • Gisele J Grenier says:

        I’d have to check into it some more, but I’m learning about Periscope and thinking about incorporating that into the feeds as well. It would be for my artistic C2B community, not my design B2B business.

  • Liz Benoit Cozby says:

    I’m learning new things every day. 150% more retweets with a visual? Whoa. I’ll be checking out Buffer and Pablo Buffer this weekend. Thank you for the tips!

    • SocialQuant says:

      You’ll love those tools as they definitely make for easy on the go productivity. Pablo is pretty cool and easy to use. Thanks for stopping by Liz and see you on Twitter :)

  • Liz Benoit Cozby says:

    I’m learning new things every day. 150% more retweets with a visual? Whoa. I’ll be checking out Buffer and Pablo Buffer this weekend. Thank you for the tips!

    • SocialQuant says:

      You’ll love those tools as they definitely make for easy on the go productivity. Pablo is pretty cool and easy to use. Thanks for stopping by Liz and see you on Twitter :)

  • Beth - http://EncoreWomen.com says:

    Great tips for maximizing your use of Twitter while on-the-go. Consistency, using visuals and using videos are big helps.

  • Beth - http://EncoreWomen.com says:

    Great tips for maximizing your use of Twitter while on-the-go. Consistency, using visuals and using videos are big helps.

  • Chavi Beck says:

    Excellent article (via Twitter of course) I am so glad I read this. Thanks for introducing me to these useful apps I never heard of, buffer and canva (I’m assuming Pablo isn’t free)

  • Chavi Beck says:

    Excellent article (via Twitter of course) I am so glad I read this. Thanks for introducing me to these useful apps I never heard of, buffer and canva (I’m assuming Pablo isn’t free)

  • You are right. Life happens but Social Media never takes a break! Great post.

  • Ginny Hacker Eiseman says:

    You are right. Life happens but Social Media never takes a break! Great post.

  • Jackie Harder says:

    I have fallen by the roadside when it comes to Twitter. There’s just so much of it! I do post, and use lots of images, but my own engagement bites. I’m there, but barely.

    • SocialQuant says:

      Sometimes it’s the quality of followers Jackie and not actually what you’re Tweeting. If you’re following people strategically that fit your avatar and discuss actively your niche, you should see tons of engagement. Hope that helps.

  • Jackie Harder says:

    I have fallen by the roadside when it comes to Twitter. There’s just so much of it! I do post, and use lots of images, but my own engagement bites. I’m there, but barely.

    • SocialQuant says:

      Sometimes it’s the quality of followers Jackie and not actually what you’re Tweeting. If you’re following people strategically that fit your avatar and discuss actively your niche, you should see tons of engagement. Hope that helps.

  • Delia @ Happy Blogger Plaza says:

    I love tweeting visuals and I see that I get more engagement that way. Have not tried videos yet, but I’m guessing they are powerful as well. Thanks for the tips!

  • Delia @ Happy Blogger Plaza says:

    I love tweeting visuals and I see that I get more engagement that way. Have not tried videos yet, but I’m guessing they are powerful as well. Thanks for the tips!

  • SocialQuant says:

    90% WOW. That’s a lot of on the go :) Glad you liked this and let us know what you think about Pablo

  • Erika Kalmar says:

    Great content Meghan! I love Pablo, too. And I like that you said that you read the content suggested by Buffer. I’m seeing this so often on business pages’ timelines that people post articles that are not congruent with what they teach, simply because they take any post suggested by their social media management system…

    • SocialQuant says:

      Thanks for stopping by Erika and we love what Meghan did here. I agree with you & Meghan 100%. Post whats relevant to your followers or you won’t see engagement.

    • Appreciate the compliment Erika! It’s definitely key to know what you post. I’ve had many occasions when followers ask questions related to the curated content I’ve posted. Good thing I’ve read it first, right? :) Pablo is a gem in my opinion. I am really surprised more people don’t know about it.

  • Erika Kalmar says:

    Great content Meghan! I love Pablo, too. And I like that you said that you read the content suggested by Buffer. I’m seeing this so often on business pages’ timelines that people post articles that are not congruent with what they teach, simply because they take any post suggested by their social media management system…

    • SocialQuant says:

      Thanks for stopping by Erika and we love what Meghan did here. I agree with you & Meghan 100%. Post whats relevant to your followers or you won’t see engagement.

    • Appreciate the compliment Erika! It’s definitely key to know what you post. I’ve had many occasions when followers ask questions related to the curated content I’ve posted. Good thing I’ve read it first, right? :) Pablo is a gem in my opinion. I am really surprised more people don’t know about it.

  • Hi Natalie! Sounds as if you’re just like me and using your mobile devices all the time. I love Pablo–and you can’t beat the price of FREE! I’m thrilled you were able to discover something useful from the article.

  • Beth Kovinsky Blacker says:

    Fantastic article Meghan. I use Hootsuites free version but didn’t know Buffer had one as well. I guess I know who to call if I have questions about it ?

  • SocialQuant says:

    Thanks for stopping by Beth :)

  • Kristen Wilson says:

    That’s awesome Meghan and too funny because I just posted about plan B last week. It’s true that having tools to help get the job done are ever so helpful! Great job

  • Kristen Wilson says:

    That’s awesome Meghan and too funny because I just posted about plan B last week. It’s true that having tools to help get the job done are ever so helpful! Great job

  • Vicky says:

    Great advice. I’ll be checking some of these tools out. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Vicky says:

    Great advice. I’ll be checking some of these tools out. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Thank you Beth! I know Hootsuite is a favorite tool for many, but I never got used to the layout. When I tried Hootsuite last year they didn’t have a good mobile version, which was also a factor. And you know you can call me anytime (for the most part)! :)

  • Lisa Mason says:

    Great tips. I enjoyed this. Big Twitter fan so I will be putting some of these into practice.

  • Lisa Mason says:

    Great tips. I enjoyed this. Big Twitter fan so I will be putting some of these into practice.

  • JoziStyle says:

    I love the tips regarding visuals and video- before I share a link I consider what image to use. My browser kept crashing so I eventually removed all the 3rd party apps but one thing I didn’t link about Buffer is that it truncated my urls- I consider my url a form of branding, so anything that obscures my brand has to go. That includes owly & Hootsuite.

    • SocialQuant says:

      Thanks for visiting and checking out our post. I personally feel shortening a URL on Twitter makes a lot of sense to offer more room for a call to action in the Tweet and not approaching that 140 limit. I do understand where you’re coming from. Have an awesome day.

  • JoziStyle says:

    I love the tips regarding visuals and video- before I share a link I consider what image to use. My browser kept crashing so I eventually removed all the 3rd party apps but one thing I didn’t link about Buffer is that it truncated my urls- I consider my url a form of branding, so anything that obscures my brand has to go. That includes owly & Hootsuite.

    • SocialQuant says:

      Thanks for visiting and checking out our post. I personally feel shortening a URL on Twitter makes a lot of sense to offer more room for a call to action in the Tweet and not approaching that 140 limit. I do understand where you’re coming from. Have an awesome day.

  • Alan Marsden says:

    A great summary. I’m probably some time away from video but the Buffer app is a must. I’ve also started using Tweetjukebox to free up time for real engagement.

    Buffering is so easy though. While I’ve found it easy to add the #tags I keep forgetting to add the @mentions. Thanks for reinforcing this.

    All the best.

    • SocialQuant says:

      Thanks for checking out our blog Alan. We’re also big fans of Buffer and it’s ease of use.

      @Mentions definitely will help with more engagement and increasing Twitter followers.

      Hope your website is going great. Mike

  • Alan Marsden says:

    A great summary. I’m probably some time away from video but the Buffer app is a must. I’ve also started using Tweetjukebox to free up time for real engagement.

    Buffering is so easy though. While I’ve found it easy to add the #tags I keep forgetting to add the @mentions. Thanks for reinforcing this.

    All the best.

    • SocialQuant says:

      Thanks for checking out our blog Alan. We’re also big fans of Buffer and it’s ease of use.

      @Mentions definitely will help with more engagement and increasing Twitter followers.

      Hope your website is going great. Mike

  • I’ve been using the Buffer app (free version) for two years and I love it! I buffer a few tweets before I go to work in the morning, and schedule them two hours apart, so I am ‘on’ Twitter throughout the day.I like to post quotes on Twitter, and using visuals really does increase retweets and likes. Also, when posting a link to a news story, I always include a photo, either my own downloaded photo, or one that is included with the link. Lots more traffic with visuals! I have over 11,000 followers now, thanks to these tips, and following interesting people who follow me. Plus, retweet, retweet, retweet – it’s a great way to get more followers!

    • SocialQuant says:

      Retweeting others definitely is a great way to gain exposure and build that relationship with that person.

      Great job Daniel and thanks for visiting Social Quant and commenting. Happy Holidays ~ Mike

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