Make Twitter Work for You – 10 Ways To Rock Your Tweets

Never mind the Rock Stars who Tweet. This post will highlight 10 ways that YOU can Rock at Tweeting.  These are 10 easy actions that will not only help you Tweet well, but moreso take a Tweet and leverage engagement and connections from that Tweet …in an authentic and fun way. 


I was inspired to write this post as I sat Tweeting (a lot) in recent weeks.  I wrote a blog post that went relatively viral (I say viral not in the million-YouTube-hits-kind-of-viral, but in the sense that the post had a huge reach to the target market I intended it for; and was reposted a number of times by some major websites. And then there were the much valued Pins, Shares and of course Tweets that followed.

Here is the post and here is the post as it was published as a guest-post on Shall I say right here… Love Grateful for being able to write for them. Following the period of heavy Twitter traffic, I want to dive in and showcase a number of things you can do with a Tweet, especially a Retweet or @mention of your content (any of your content). Many of these I have used in the past few weeks, so I know that they work.  These strategies will help you to build your audience, your relevant audience on Twitter.

These 10 strategies will help you to:
  1. stand out from a sea of Tweets
  2. make connections
  3. build your following
  4. make sales (because if you do this right, people will follow you for your content and your personality online – there will be no need for the hard sell!).

If you are new to Twitter, check out my recent post for Europe's Social Media Blog – it is a great overview of how to get started on and use Twitter effectively.

10 Ways to Rock Your Tweets: 
#1  Use 1st Names

I have posted about this before, here.   I say that we should bring back good old-fashioned etiquette and use the person's name (where relevant) in a Tweet.  I am still amazed at how little people do this!  By using their name in a Tweet you are immediately personalising your Tweet.  You will stand out, trust me. It is definitely worth the 3-10 characters that it requires on average to do so.  I also recommend that you:

  • Check your @mentions daily and respond to people by name.
  • If someone RT's (retweets) one of your Tweets, go to their profile and check to see if they have a “real” name listed (if not part of their Twitter Username).  Use their name in the thankyou Tweet!  For example, I am @sociallysorted, but my name appears asDonna Moritz.
  • Using their name shows that you are not sending an automated RT Thankyou Tweet.
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Use first names. It's worth the effort!

I don't know about you, but I take notice when someone uses my first name!

#2  Look for things in common.

It doesn't take long to click on the “author” of a tweet and have their profile pop up. Do a quick scan on the profile and see if you have any things in common with the person. Do they live in an area similar to you? Do they have interests similar to yours?  Are they someone that you simply admire for the work they do yet, you had not made the connection about them previously?  What can you squeeze into your tweet that is personal, about them and links you to them?  It's human nature to make “relevant” small talk and we love to find things in common.

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It turns out that @CarlaYoung and I have something in common! Other than being Mums and Social Media Addicts…oh and loving coffee…

I don't know about you, but I take notice when someone goes to the effort of finding out a little about me (in a non-stalky-kinda-way).

#3  Give Compliments
If you see something great about the person, let them know. You would be surprised how a little comment, compliment or acknowledgement of something  will make their day. It doesn't have to be much, but if there is something you can acknowledge, then do so. It only takes a second.
Compliment on Twitter
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It only takes a second to pay a compliment! In this case, I loved Joel's creative Twitter Bio, so I said so!

I don't know about you, but I feel good when someone pays me a compliment.  Try doing it for someone else!  

#4  Always Give Thanks
This one is a no-brainer for me. If someone shares your stuff, Retweets your stuff, mentions your stuff, compliments you on your stuff…whatever your “stuff” is, then thank them.  Every time my Twitter username is mentioned I try to respond.  And I always say thankyou. A simple gesture that only takes a moment.  And sometimes you meet really cool people during the “engagement” afterwards:
Twitter Thank You Example
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Alexandra paid a great compliment in her Retweet of my post. I just had to say thanks….especially when it was such a great endorsement. She turned out to be kinda cool (and she has this compliment thing worked out!).

I don't know about you, but I like to be acknowledged.  You? 

#5  Add them to a list…a nice list.

I wrote about setting up Twitter Lists and the importance of them here and here.  But perhaps the most important post I have done so far has been this one. It highlights the importance of connecting with people who engage with, and connect with your content on Twitter.  In all of these posts, I talk about setting up lists that:

  1. allow you to track people you follow and organise them into searchable groups
  2. provide some sort of compliment. If you are going to put people into a list, make it one that they feel good about!
For example I have lists titled Engaging People Who Rock, Mums I'd Do Coffee With, Companies I love, Social Media Innovators, Savvy Marketing and Tools that Rock.  In most cases I try to make the lists positive, upbeat and “complimentary” while still being functional in my need to track the people I follow.
My personal favourite is Engaging People Who Rock. Anyone who interacts with me with a direct mention (not always just for a retweet… an actual interaction is usually required) gets added to this list. They might indicate that they want more content, say thanks, show interest in my content or services, comment about blog posts.  You could do the same, or even have one just for Retweeters.  Just be creative with it!
Twitter List Example
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Erin kinda loved being added to Engaging People Who Rock!

I don't know about you, but it's kind of nice to be added to the cool group, don't you think?  
#6   Show you are real

Even if I am sending out a bunch of Thank You Tweets, I have a rule that every tweet will be different, if I can make it so.  For example, I will use the person's name or mention their company or respond to something that they have said, or talk about a particular event (ie upcoming weekend, Christmas, Thanksgiving Weekend). I will also try to be wary of “location”.  Thanksgiving weekend is not a public holiday in Australia, but it is in the States, where a lot of my readers are. Why do all of this? Apart from showing an interest,  it also shows that you are “real” and the tweet is not automated.  If you are going to tweet, then make it genuine.  I don't mind automation for the sake of scheduling “content” tweets containing links to posts, but if you are addressing a specific person, make it personal!

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Make it real!

I don't know about you, but I kind of like talking to a real person in real time, at the other end of a Tweet! 

#7   Go beyond the @Mentions

By this, I mean take a moment, and actually click past the RT or Tweet. Take a look at the profile of the person. Perhaps take it a step further and check out their website.  See if it looks interesting to you.  In just the last two weeks, I have discovered that people who have retweeted my articles have included:

  • the social media manager for a major European Football Club. Football Nut Husband paid attention to “social media” when I mentioned that one of his favourite European Teams actually had a social media manager who was Tweeting hello.
  • the original writer/director of my favourite modern-Disney film!  And yes, I did say hello and got to tell her that I loved it!
  • Social Media blogs I did not know existed, but produce awesome content.  I now follow them on RSS.  Now was that worth their Retweet? I think so. It was definitely worth me checking their website out!
  • A Forbes top 10 Female Social Media Influencer.
  • People who are not famous or successful on Twitter, but are massively creative, savvy and downright funny. Yes, I followed. Yes, I engaged.
In short, these are people I would not have connected with, had I left their RT just floating in a sea of RTs and not checked out who was the person behind the Tweet.
I don't know about you, but I think it's nice to know that someone might actually look at your Profile or website and comment!  

#8.  Follow Up on Lists that you are added to by someone else

This is another way that a simple Tweet can lead to something more.  If you are added to a List you can see it:

  • in your newsfeed
  • in your List section (under Member Of).

This guest post that I wrote (one of my favourite posts ever!) grew out of the simple gesture of someone adding me to a cool list.  I did not know Angela Hemming at the time, but she added me to a list with a great name:  Transmedia Savvies.  I liked it. I thanked her.  We chatted.   Had Angela not added me to a list with a great name, I might not have found out that she was a talented film producer.  I might not have found her blog. I might not have found out about her skill as a photographer. I might not have agreed to do a guest post for her “Tools of the Trade” series.  And I would not have been able to welcome her as a guest writer on my blog to write Beyond instagram – How to Use Multiple Apps to Get the Photo Effect You Want. All from being added to a little old list.
Sometimes it is not about product sales and getting new clients. Just sayin'.

And here is the visual for how we met:

Angela Hemming
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If someone adds you to a list, thank them! You never know where it might lead!

I don't know about you, but I would say that those few seconds it took Angela to add me to a list had a good outcome, wouldn't you?

#9  Don't forget new Followers

Of course, another way to acknowledge other Twitter Users is to thank them for following you – and even better, follow them back.  In my case, I tend to follow more when someone engages with me than when they follow me. It is a personal choice as I like to acknowledge engagement, but you may choose to follow everyone.  Regardless, the very act of following is a “thankyou”. But you can take it one step further and thank them for following you with a simple Tweet.

#10  Share Great Content

Don't ever discount how much a simple RT or mention of somebody's hard work means to them. If someone has worked on a blog post or piece of writing, the very act of sharing and acknowledging it means the world.

Even experienced bloggers like to know that their work is appreciated.  So never underestimate how much it can mean for you to take a couple of seconds and share a post with your network, no matter how big or small it is.  I can guarantee that it is worth it. Not only to your network (as they get to benefit from content that you think is great…and you should know!)…but the person writing it gets a hat-tip from you, and possibly more people beyond you.  We pay for magazines but we read blogs for free. The best thing we can do to show that we liked an article is to share it.

Note:  If you struggle to get the time to share posts, I highly recommend that you set up Buffer App – it allows you to easily space out the content that you come across as you browse the web.  Easy!

That's my tips for Tweets that Rock. What are yours? Have you had any great connections come out of a single Tweet?  

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Donna Moritz

Visual Social Media Strategist at Socially Sorted
Donna is a Visual Content Strategist and founder of Socially Sorted, listed by Forbes as a "Top 5 Social Media Blog You Need to Know About". Donna helps brands leverage the power of visual storytelling and content strategy in their business. Her content has been featured in publications such as Forbes, Inc. & Entrepreneur and she is a speaker and trainer on visual content for the marketing and tourism industries internationally.

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  1. Michelle

    Great article with excellent tips.

  2. Donna Moritz

    Thanks Michelle – glad you liked it! I basically just wrote them all down as I was doing them in the past 2 weeks so it was an easy one to write. Enjoy and have a Happy New Year!

  3. Cathy Brown Sykora

    Thanks for great tips. Twitter is going to be one of my 2013 successes! ~Cathy

    • Donna Moritz

      Thanks so much Cathy – glad you liked it …and if you use these tips, you will be well on the way. Be sure to let me know how you go over at @sociallysorted! Happy New Year!

  4. traceygrady

    Hi Donna, I’ve really enjoyed reading this post. Your tips for working with twitter are refreshingly different to the same old stale advice that so many people serve up. I especially like your idea about coming up with great names for lists. Thanks for providing such an interesting way to approach twitter.

    • Donna Moritz

      Hi Tracey – that is so nice to hear! I sometimes wonder if it is just me that gets so impressed by simple courtesy on Twitter but more and more I am seeing that people actually appreciate it and it does make a difference – and saves you less time working out who to connect with! Have fun playing with the tips!

    • Donna Moritz

      PS I will try to remember to touch base with you after New Year (remind me!) – love your illustrations and web design! Happy New Year

  5. Baja By Bus

    Great summary, Donna. Plenty for us to work on in 2013!

    • Donna Moritz

      Thanks guys! Let me know how you go. Love your website. If I didn’t have two little ones I think I would be jumping on your bus! I used to be such an independent traveller….lol…

  6. Lillian Leon

    Another awesome post Ms Moritz! Am sharing 🙂

    • Donna Moritz

      Aw thanks! Sharing always welcome ha ha. Glad you liked it!

  7. Maegan Anderson

    Simple list of tips yet it rocks:)

    Saying thank you for the retweet is the best attitude. It is the first step in making more followers.

    • Donna Moritz

      Thanks! Yes it is amazing how much of an impact you can make with a simple “thank you”.


    Hey Donna,

    this post is fantastic. It is so refreshing, thank you! I already bookmarked it to regularly check if I am sticking to all the great tips 🙂

    Best, Stefanie

    • Donna Moritz

      Hey Stefanie – thanks so much! That is so great to hear. I must admit it is one of my favourites too. It is good to know you will be another person using Twitter well and with class! ha ha

  9. vilma ovalles

    I love your web is simple and fresh, very visual and the content interesting.
    thanks for sharing the information

  10. Memoirs Rhonda Johnson


    I am new to Twitter and reading this Post, gives me a better UNDERSTANDING of the do’s and don’t. Thank You for the insight #Memoirsof2165

  11. George

    Excellent tips Donna – many thanks!

  12. Sober Sista

    So true, engagement and especially content is important, but nothing beats hiring your own PR firm, like Mohr Publicity. It’s not just for celebrities anymore. Anyone who needs an online presence can benefit.



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