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Building a Twitter following that is engaged, and exceeds ten people – who are not friends and family – can be a difficult task. Followerwonk is a great tool that we regularly use at Fresh Egg that can solve this issue.
It may have a silly name, but this Moz-owned Twitter tool has a lot of great features that we recommend all marketers using Twitter are aware of.
As well as growing your follower-count, Followerwonk also helps you:
This post focuses on the first bullet point, to show you how you can grow a relevant and engaged community on Twitter, using Followerwonk.
Twitter is a powerful tool for any brand – it builds influence by creating conversations with customers, enabling them to instantly engage with the people they wish to sell to. So building a strong following on Twitter is crucial.
When setting up and managing your Twitter account, always consider your objectives for this channel. Do you want to build a community, provide customer service or drive people to your blog?
But it is no longer so much about numbers, follower count is simply a vanity metric if these followers have no interest in your services. Having engaged, relevant followers on Twitter will help increase the reach of your tweets and content. An active Twitter presence can also lead to an increase in visibility of your brand in search results.
How can you grow a relevant community on Twitter?
Followerwonk’s most valuable feature, for me, is the ‘Search bios’ tab. For those with brand new Twitter accounts or accounts that have been slow to grow followers, this function can help.
Who is your ideal customer? What are their interests? What is their job title? Put a relevant keyword in the search bar to search the bios of everyone on Twitter for these people. Follow those relevant users to extend awareness of your brand on Twitter (and hope that they follow you back)
Add more targeting by searching by location. Select the ‘Advanced search’ tab and then enter your location. This can be country or city based
To look at this in closer detail and group certain audience personas together, download the data to a spreadsheet. That way you can decide on your priorities and develop an ongoing strategy
For those using Followerwonk with their Moz Pro account (see end of blog post for further details), you can filter your results by relationship. The most beneficial way to use this feature if you are looking for new followers, is to filter by “no relationship”, as shown below
Another great feature for pro users is that you can simply follow users from within the platform
The ‘search bios’ tab also enables you to select the Twitter users who are most likely to engage with you (and share your content with their followers). Engaging with active and influential Twitter users related to your industry can dramatically increase the reach of your tweets.
For example, if you are a company specialising in UK cottage holidays, engaging with national travel bloggers could be beneficial for seeding your content. Building rapport with engaged Twitter users can also lead to happy customers and brand advocates further down the line. However, how do you decide who the right people to target are? This is where Followerwonk can be really valuable.
Social Authority is a reliable metric scored out of 100, which is calculated by:
Those with a Social Authority score of higher than 50 are more likely to be able to influence a large audience. When searching bios, sort the list by Social Authority to find these users, as shown below:
Hover over each person in the list, you will see a ‘Total engagement’ score. This is based on the percentage of that user’s tweets that are replies or retweets, determining how often they engage as opposed to broadcast. These people will be more likely to tweet you back once you have started a conversation and, therefore, they are the people you need to search for when deciding on those to target to help promote your content.
Once you have your list of prospects, follow them and begin engaging. If you’re using an outreach tool, like Buzzstream you can download your list and upload in Buzzstream. This can help you keep track of your relationships.
Followerwonk and Moz joined forces in 2012, so if you have a Moz Pro subscription you can link your accounts up.
Alternatively the free version of Followerwonk still offers plenty of features and insight.
If you’re interested in understanding more about how Followerwonk and Twitter Analytics can be used to analyse your Twitter audience, we’ll be blogging about this in the near future. Subscribe to our emails at the top right of this post and you’ll be notified as soon as this is published. In the meantime, keep up-to-date with social media by following Fresh Egg on Twitter.
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