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Tags: apologies, celebrities, fans, Geoff Meeker, Hedley, Joshua Hoggard, pop star, public figures, teenagers
Hedley is a popular, mainstream Canadian band whose audience is mostly very young Canadian women. Its lead singer is Jacob Hoggard, whose career took off after he placed third during the second season of Canadian idol.
The four young, male band members have built a persona that’s just “bad boy” enough to appeal to those very young Canadian women. Although the fact that Hedley band members are ambassadors for Free the Children, the world’s largest network of children helping children through education, suggests they aim to be viewed as something over and above bad boys.
These guys are a “big deal” in Canadian pop music. Hedley has three consecutive double-platinum certificates, over a million downloads, and ten straight videos that reached number one on the MuchMusic countdown. In 2010, Pollstar named them one of the hundred top touring artists in the world.
On the surface, it appears that Hoggard understands that Hedley’s success is dependent on the goodwill of its fans. This is what he said in the band’s website bio:
I never want to assume that because someone’s our fan, that they’ll love whatever we’re doing. I understand that no has any obligation to listen . . . When you start going, ‘Our fans will eat this shit up,’ you show down and get less attentive, less hungry . . . https://www.facebook.com/HedleyOnline
What the Pop Star Did
On Friday, May 25 Hedley played a well-reviewed, sold-out show in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Afterwards, at least three of the band members went to a very popular downtown bar.
Kayla Andrews, a diehard Hedley fan who loves their upbeat, positive message, approached band members Dave Rosin and Tommy Mac at the bar; and they graciously posed for pictures with her.
At 1:30 a.m. she spotted Hoggard. She tapped him several times on the shoulder until she got his attention, while holding her camera at the ready. How did he react? By saying, “Hey, look. It’s a midget!” Then he burst into laughter and turned his back on her.
Andrews, who stands just 4’ 7,” was shocked and humiliated. As a child, she was often bullied because of her short stature. Born prematurely, she suffered renal failure and was forced to endure a kidney transplant at age four.
Now Andrews freely admits to what she did. Not ideal perhaps, but not surprising from a star-struck young woman, who is not, after all, a public figure.
Story Goes Viral
On May 28 Andrews, who was still smarting from the incident, decided to leave a comment on the facebook page of a popular local FM station. That’s where Geoff Meeker, who writes a professional blog for a daily paper, first picked up her story.
Meeker contacted Andrews, who agreed to let him write about it. The next day “Rude Encounter” appeared in Meeker on Media http://www.thetelegram.com/Blog-Article/b/22094/Rude-Encounter.
By May 31, Meeker’s entry had more than fifteen thousand page views and had been shared more than two thousand times on facebook. The comments were mixed, from “what did she expect, it was 1:30 a.m. in the morning, in a bar, he was drunk, he was tired, she was pestering him, he’s a celebrity. JACOB HOGGARD RULES. HEDLEY RULES.” Through “She’s just an attention seeker.” On to “That never happened.” And finally, “He’s a pig. Doesn’t he know it’s fans like Andrews that put food on his plate.”
Many of those who attacked Andrews are avid fans of Hedley. Many have yet to go through puberty. They could use some lessons in manners and empathy. They, however, are not dependent on the goodwill of fans for their bread and butter.
A Less-Than-Gracious Apology
That same day Hoggard finally responded on Hedley’s facebook page. Here is what he said:
Our fans are our number one priority. The reason we’re where we are today. This is why it saddens me to hear a comment I may have made in St. John’s was hurtful to one of you, and for that I am sorry. Those who know us, know that we always try to go above and beyond for our wonderful fans and it was never my intention to alienate or offend anyone. If someone knows who we can reach Kayla, please let us know. We would like to fly her and a guest to one of our Canadian festival dates this summer, and apologize to her personally. Sincerely, Jacob
On June 1, the day following Hoggard’s apology, Meeker picked up the story in “Apology Accepted” http://www.thetelegram.com/Blog-Article/b/22129/Apology-Accepted. Andrews had accepted the apology but declined the free trip. “If he would like to, I would rather he donate the money to the Kidney Foundation,” said Andrews, adding she had been seeking neither compensation, nor fame.
It was a discussion of this incident with one of my teenagers, who is not a Hedley fan, that prompted me to write this entry. She felt Andrews had acted inappropriately in the bar, got what she deserved, and was only seeking attention (and possibly compensation) when she posted on the radio station’s facebook page. Clearly I have work to do as a parent, but perhaps I can do a better job counselling those who are dependent on public goodwill for their livelihoods—hence this case study.
As of June 2, when this was written, Hoggard’s facebook apology had generated 494 comments, 2273 likes, and 65 shares.
What’s wrong with this picture, from a public relations perspective?
Well, there are still some who feel any publicity is good publicity. And I am sure there are some who would say that, if anything, this has enhanced Hoggard’s bad -boy image with his fans, many of whom are very young and, based on their willingness to rush to his defence online, not in the least put off by this incident.
I personally wonder what the fans’ mothers make of it. Can they envision the day when their daughters are the ones Hoggard calls “piggy” or “beanpole” or “dogface.” Because many, many of those $60 concert tickets are paid for by mommies since their daughters are too young to have incomes or credit cards. Or drive a car. Or go to a concert without a parent (read mommy) to accompany them.
In an ideal world, Hoggard would never have uttered those words. In an ideal world, he would learn from his mistake.
If Hoggard wants a few drinks without being bothered by his fans, he should host a private party instead of going to a popular bar on a Friday night just five minutes’ walk from where a Hedley concert has taken place.
In many, many social media comments, fans said that Hoggard is known for being “less than diplomatic” when drunk (restraint mine). So perhaps if he wants to go to a bar to be around his fans, he should moderate his drinking when he does so.
What Hoggard (and Hedley) Should Have Done
That said, he did what he did. And he’ll probably do it again. Here are the reputation management “takeaways” he needs to learn. Same goes for all other public figures.
- Listen. If someone was listening on Hedley’s behalf, why did it take 48 hours to respond after Meeker’s first blog entry. That’s an awfully long time in the social media universe.
- Admit you did something wrong. Not “a statement I may have made in St. John’s was hurtful to one of you” but “I said something hurtful and unforgiveable to a fan in St. John’s, and for that I am truly sorry.”
- Apologize to the one you wronged first. Hedley had the resources to track down Kayla Andrews personally. Andrews deserved to hear the words from Hoggard’s lips (or the social media equivalent).
- Ask what you can do to make it right. Hoggard offered a trip for her and a guest to see a Hedley show. He should have asked what he could do to make it right. And he should have promised to try to do better in the future.
- Don’t ask for anything in return. This is the one thing that Hoggard did entirely right.
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Case Study: Good Works and Strong Emotions Lead to Expression of Hatred—Why Organizations Need a Social Media Policy, and When to Moderate Comments on Social Media AccountsPosted: May 25, 2012 in Public relations, Reputation management, Social media
Tags: aboriginal, animal welfare, hatred, nonprofit, racism, volunteer
This post is entirely off topic; however, I have been watching this public relations SNAFU unfold around me. What follows is a cross between a case study and a cautionary tale.
The volunteer president of an animal welfare group was pissed because a severely abused puppy had to be euthanized. Perfectly understandable. I would be too.
Next to a picture of that puppy on the organization’s facebook page, this is what she posted: “As far as I’m concerned, if a bomb went off and wiped this community off the face of the earth . . . there would not be too many tears shed. There … I have said what everyone is thinking! How many animals have to needlessly die at the hands of those assholes!” That was May 18.
Then in a post to the thread, the volunteer director of public relations for the animal welfare group identified where the puppy had been taken—a neighbouring native community.
No question, at that moment the president of the animal welfare group truly hated that community.
And it took off from there.
A subsequent post by another member of the facebook group read “Is (name of community) a alcohol free reserve?? or are they just plain savages walking around in a human like form.” In all, over 100 posts. I did not read them; but according to a caller to a news outlet’s feedback line, they went so far as to suggest mandatory sterilization of the native group. The same caller said 81 posts were made, including numerous comments from the president, before she made a post to the effect that her comments were aimed at the perpetrators of the abuse, not the entire native community.
Perhaps she would have hated the people of that community regardless of their race—only she knows for sure. I am reasonably sure she would have felt the same way about any community where she found numerous incidents of animal neglect and abuse. Regardless, her hatred was ugly, something better kept to herself. She, however, chose to make it public.
Understandable at some level perhaps, but the wrong thing to do from her organization’s perspective.
Some of the group’s other posters, however, were unabashedly racist. Not at all understandable. Also the wrong thing from the organization’s perspective.
How did the animal welfare group react as an organization? Initially, it deleted the thread and tightened up its monitoring of what was said on the page.
But by May 22 a facebook group called “Shame on (Name of Animal Welfare Group) Negative Comments on (Name of Native Group)” had more than 550 members.
On May 23 the animal welfare group suspended all activity on the facebook page in question. Still, their director of public relations publicly maintained their president had the full support of the board.
Meanwhile, the chief of the native community called for the president to issue a formal apology. She has since written him apologizing for her comment about wanting to “blow them all away,” saying that she didn’t mean to disrespect the community itself. But clearly, that is what she did. Not all residents of that native community abuse or neglect animals, yet she talked about wiping out the entire community. She liberally tarred them all with the same brush.
The animal welfare group has received threatening calls and e-mails. A single female employee was confronted by two truckloads of people, purportedly from the native community, hurling obscenities.
Media coverage has fanned the flames. Animal welfare people have been called racists. Native people have been called animal abusers (and worse).
I know the animal welfare group in question does a lot of good work. I can appreciate that animal rescue work is brutal and unrelenting and frustrating. The volunteers who do this hard work with the support of one paid staff don’t deserve to have their efforts tarnished.
So from a public relations perspective, the real question here is how this could have been prevented. And how can the animal welfare group ensure nothing like this ever happens again.
Where to from Here?
Develop a social media policy. If an organization uses social media, it needs a social media policy. At the very least, the policy should set out
- who can speak on behalf of the organization
- what can and can’t they say (libel, hate, threats, bias are all on the no-fly list)
- who preapproves comments made on behalf of the organization
Someone could have, should have prevented the group’s president from posting in anger. Someone can, and must, ensure nothing like it happens again.
Appoint a moderator or moderators for the group’s media accounts. If an organization deals with highly emotional issues, comments on its social media accounts need to be moderated. I understand posts about lost and found animals and requests for emergency assistance are time sensitive. That is why this organization needs a moderator or moderators, so there’s no huge delay in making those posts. But no post or comment—whether from an internal or external source—should go up before it has been vetted and approved.
Can the Existing Wounds be Healed?
The animal rescue group has taken a black eye. The people of the native group, and other members of their race, are hurt.
The director of public relations would have served the organization better had she said that while the board of directors understood the president’s anger, her comments were wrong, and hateful; and the organization was truly sorry. Instead, she allowed her comments to be coloured by a sense of righteous indignation.
But the bulk of the responsibility rests with the president. It was her initial comments on facebook that fanned the flames, and her failure to intervene earlier in the thread that resulted in the fire storm.
The president needs to make a sincere, very public apology. No back peddling. No trying to explain things away. Not trying to mitigate what she said. Just: “What I said was wrong. It was wrong to threaten the community in that way. I’m sorry that my comments instigated a lot of hateful comments about the residents of that community and aboriginal people in general. And I’m sorry I didn’t step in earlier to stop it. I was upset about what had happened to the puppy, but that doesn’t excuse my behaviour.” Full stop.
She started it. She has to end it.
Things won’t be perfect, but they’ll be better.
Tags: optimal strategy, optimal time, social-media
Ok. Ok. I know a three-part series is supposed to have like, three parts. But as I was clueing up number three, I found more interesting stuff; and I just had to share.
How to Get More Retweets
According to @danzarrella of Hubspot, his analysis of a significant amount of data shows the following 6 things affect the likelihood of being retweeted:
- Tweeting links (60% to 80% of your tweets should contain links)
- Tweeting about Twitter
- Tweeting something new – either the content or the language should be unusual
- Asking for the retweet (I personally don’t agree with this one, unless it’s for a good cause, because I think it breaches the unwritten rules of Twitter etiquette.)
- Tweeting when Twitter and other social media are relatively quiet (see below)
- Tweeting about something other than yourself
FACTOID: Did you know according to bit.ly, the half-life of a link on Twitter is 2.8 hours?
Best Times to Post (According to bit.ly)
Based on the amount of traffic that links posted through bit.ly received, bit.ly explored how content goes viral on Twitter, particularly how the day and time something is posted affects the amount of attention it gets.
Posting in the afternoon earlier in the week is your best chance at achieving a high click count (1-3pm EST Monday-Thursday). Avoid posting after 8pm EST. And according to bit.ly, don’t bother posting after 3pm EST on a Friday since “as far as being a gateway to drive traffic to your content, it appears that Twitter doesn’t work on weekends.”
The peaks of Twitter activity fall before the optimal time to post. The peak traffic times for Twitter are 9am through 3pm EST, Monday through Thursday. Posting on Twitter when there are many people clicking does help raise the average number of clicks, but it in no way guarantees an optimal amount of attention, since there is more competition for any individual’s attention. An optimal strategy must weigh the number of people paying attention against the number of other posts vying for that attention. This is why I think posting on the weekends may have some merit.
For the most complete guide I have found on the best time to tweet, check this out: http://blog.tweetsmarter.com/retweeting/when-is-the-best-time-to-tweet/ I found the advice on using tools to check when your followers are online and active particularly helpful.
FACTOID: The UK now has 10 million active Twitter users, and 80% of them connect via mobile. http://www.mediabistro.com/alltwitter/twitter-uk_b22568
A Simple and Realistic Approach to Measuring Your Success on Twitter
Dave Larson of @tweetsmarter suggests using your RCEF to measure your success on Twitter. Your RCEF is calculated as follows:
- (C)licked on your links
- (E)ngaged, commented, or replied
Wanna Learn More About Twitter? Follow these guys @Tweetsmarter
10 Things that Affect CTR (Click Through Rate)
Once again, I turn to @danzarrella of Hubspot. After analyzing 200,000 link-containing tweets, these are Dan’s conclusions.
- Using hashtags in Tweets makes little or no difference in CTR.
- Daily is out, the signature of popular content curation service paper.li, drives CTR. Check out http://paper.li/introduction.html for more information about paper.li.
- Using via increases CTR.
- Using the @-mention increases CTR. paper.li tweets typically contain 3 @-mentions.
- Using RT drives CTR.
- Please increases CTR.
- Tweets using check as in “check out such-and-such a link” have a higher CTR.
- Tweets with @addthis have a lower CTR.
- Using marketing in a tweet lowers the CTR.
- Tweets with @getglue also have a lower CTR.
So in theory the following hypothetical tweet should create the perfect Twitter storm:
RT @judymsnow Please check out Daily is out! bit.ly/xxxxxxx via @danzarrella
A Little More Twitterspeak
Twitosphere: All Twitter users in the community of tweeters.
Twitterage: When an individual or the community displays rage at a twitter post
And my personal favorite, Twitterpated: Overwhelmed with Twitter messages
Where to Get Those Text Symbols
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And I pinky swear my next post will be about the best way to start on LinkedIn.
A little over a month ago, I began this blog by explaining that as a 23-year veteran of communications and marketing, it was about time for me to wrap my head around social media. Along the way, I would share what I learned on this journey.
I started with a Twitter account. No one followed me, and I followed no one. My last entry talked about how to properly set up a Twitter account, how to listen to the Twitter stream, and how to Tweet. This post builds on that information.
Anatomy of a Good Tweet
We all want to be popular. We all want to be influential. We all want to have followers. On Twitter, the key to all these things is to write good tweets. A good tweet stands out in the stream. Step one in learning to write a good tweet is to listen to the Twitter stream, and pay attention to the tweets that appeal to you. Here are some additional suggestions to help you write good tweets.
- write a good headline or hook
- provide valuable content
- be helpful
- include a call to action
- don’t blatantly self-promote
- use proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation
- don’t use nonstandard abbreviations
- don’t overuse abbreviations
- add a link to useful information (but check to ensure the link works before you send your tweet)
- don’t exceed 120 characters (unless you do not want your followers to retweet it to their followers)
- don’t ask for a retweet
- give credit to your source, if any (This is particularly true if you used a link shortening service as the link will no longer give any indication of its source.)
- don’t use profanity
- don’t exhibit bias or hatred
- give your perspective
- be polite
- let your personality show
- include one or two hashtags (see below)
How to Get Retweeted
- Tweet an interesting quote. Quotes are the most shared content on Twitter.
- Tie your tweet to a trending topic.
- Write a good tweet. (See Anatomy of a Good Tweet above for help.)
- Retweet other people.
- Thank the people who retweet you, and try to reciprocate.
Retweeting—How to Share Someone Else’s Tweet
- Copy the original tweet.
- Shorten any links, making sure the tweet still gives some indication of what the link is about.
- Add your comment to the front.
- Follow your comment with RT @handleofpersonyouareretweeting OR end the tweet with via @handleofpersonyouareretweeting.
- To make room for (1) your own comment and (2) identification of the original tweeter, you may need to shorten any links contained in the tweet using a link shortening service. I have been using http://bit.ly. As a shortened link will no longer give any indication of its original source, make sure the tweet credits the source of the link in some way.
- You can also just hit the retweet button. The resulting tweet will be identified as having been retweeted by you.
Set Up Notifications
If you do just one thing today to improve your Twitter performance, go to settings and make sure you have asked to have Notifications sent by e-mail when:
- you receive a Direct Message
- you receive a Reply
- someone Mentions you
- someone new Follows you
- someone Retweets one of your Tweets
- someone Favorites one of your Tweets
You want to be notified when these things happen, because they require a response.
Thank New Followers
Use a direct message to thank a new follower. You can use a standard message like “D @handle Thanks for following me, Pat” or you can personalize a message to someone with whom you are already acquainted or based on their profile and tweets.
TIP: You can only direct message people who are following you, so if Twitter won’t let you send a direct message to that new follower, it means they have already unfollowed you.
Thank People Who Retweet Your Tweets
Every day or so, send out a tweet thanking the people who have retweeted you, naming them by their Twitter handles.
Thank People Who Make Positive Comments on a Tweet and People Who Mention You
This goes without saying. Make sure to use their Twitter handles.
Twitter gives you the option of marking a tweet as a favorite. While using the term “favorite” would seem to imply you “like” a particular tweet, similar to the way you “like” something on Facebook, most users mark a tweet as a favorite so that they can go back and find it later when they have time to read an interesting link. In other words, they use it as a form of bookmarking. So in my opinion, there is no need to thank someone for favoriting your tweet, but I stand to be corrected.
How to Get More Followers
Your Twitter stream will often include Tweets that offer ways to add 5,000 followers instantly, or something along that line. Don’t be fooled. These followers will artificially swell your number of followers. They will have little or nothing of value to share with you, and they are highly unlikely to be interested in what you have to share.
Here are some suggestions for growing your followers organically, which in my opinion is the best way to build a genuine community on Twitter.
- Retweet people, either by simply sending it on or by sending it on with your added comments.
- Comment on other people’s tweets.
- Reply to people’s tweets when you have something to add to the conversation.
- Congratulate people on their accomplishments.
Hashtags are a way of helping people quickly identify the topic of your tweet. Using #hashtags also helps your tweets show up in Twitter search. Hashtags go before the keyword. There is no space between the hashtag and the keyword. You can put a #hashtag anywhere in a #tweet.
When you click on a hashtag in a tweet, Twitter will show you all other tweets containing that hashtag—sort of a “more like this” function. If you have a public Twitter account, using a hashtag in a tweet allows anyone in the Twitterverse who searches on that hashtag to see your tweet—not just your users.
Trending topics, which I talk about more later on, are often marked with hashtags. If they didn’t start out that way, they frequently end up as hashtags.
A couple of cautions: (1) If you use a hashtag in a tweet, it should accurately reflect the topic of your tweet and (2) using more than two hashtags in a tweet can be considered spamming.
#ff (Follow Friday) is the hashtag associated with a unique Twitter practice. Users who choose to participate in Follow Friday tweet the Twitter handlers of followers they recommend. Usual #FF tweets look something like this:
#FF @judymsnow @2ndhandle @3rdhandle @4thhandle
I have seen people allocate a full tweet to recommending a single follower, and I think that’s a much better approach. This is how that would look:
#FF @judymsnow tweets about #publicrelations, #marketing, #socialmedia. Blogs at https://ishouldhavedonethisyesterday.wordpress.com.
Twitter itself recommends http://www.hashtags.org as a source about common hashtags. I don’t find it particularly helpful. Suggestions for something better would be truly welcome.
Andrew M. Scott @PRMillennial has some good suggestions regarding hashtags for PR pros to follow http://mrpublicrelations.blogspot.ca/2010/11/35-big-twitter-hashtags-for-pr-pros.html.
Anyone can create a hashtag. If you want to introduce a new hashtag, try searching on it first to ensure it isn’t already being used for something completely different. For example, #NL represents Newfoundland and Labrador, where I live, and The Netherlands. Given that an entire tweet has at most 140 characters, it’s a good idea if you’re creating a new hashtag to keep it short.
Like all language, twitter speak evolves. Increasingly you will see people add hashtags to tweets to reflect tone such as #justkidding or #lol. Sometimes this use of hashtags is ironic—the equivalent of #justkidding #NOT!
You will also see hashtags used occasionally for emphasis.
Twitter uses an algorithm to determine trending topics in major cities. Whether or not Twitter produces trending topics for where you live is based on the volume of Twitter traffic your geographic community generates. I live in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, which has a population of 530,000, yet despite the fact that an insanely high percentage of people here use Twitter, Twitter does not track trending topics for my area. The geographically closest city for which I can get trending topics is Toronto.
Trending topics show up in something close to real time and can change several times during a twenty-four hour period. The algorithm takes into account not only how many tweets are about a topic, but how many users are tweeting about the topic. Twitter also looks for variety of discussion about the topic.
Trending topics show up on the left-hand side of your Twitter home page. You can reset the location for any area in the world where Twitter tracks trending topics. Some trending topics have hashtags, while others do not.
Some users try to tie their tweets to trending topics by inserting them into their tweets. It is considered spamming to use a trending topic in a tweet that is actually about a different topic, particularly if that different topic is a sales pitch of some kind.
For various reasons, some users want to be responsible for creating a trending topic. Best strategies for doing this utilize a unique hashtag, the cooperation of multiple users with many followers, the support of one of more influential users, and a good variety of tweets on the topic. In other words, you need a plan:)
Common Twitter Jargon
Most of this discussion of twitter jargon is based on Sprout Social’s @SproutSocial “Twitter Terms Defined” http://sproutsocial.com/insights/2011/03/twitter-term-definitions/.
Followers or tweeps—You follow someone on Twitter, you are their follower. Someone follows you, they are your follower. Followers are occasionally referred to as tweeps.
Tweet—Both a noun and a verb. A Twitter message is called a Tweet. You also tweet a message on Twitter.
Retweet—Forwarding someone else’s tweet along to your followers.
Mention—Integrating another user’s Twitter handle in your tweet. When you insert someone’s Twitter handle at the beginning of a tweet, the tweet goes to the followers you have in common with each other. It will also show up in the @Mentions section of that person’s Twitter account. When you insert someone’s Twitter handle elsewhere in a tweet, it goes to all your followers.
Direct Message (DM)—A private tweet. You can only send a direct message to someone who is following you. DMs are also limited to 140 characters.
Engagement—Conversing back and forth with your followers and those you follow in a way that leads to establishing a relationship. This term is most commonly used in discussions about how to establish a Twitter community and how to use Twitter for public relations and marketing.
Feed or Stream—List of tweets, usually organized from most recent to oldest. Your home page lists tweets from the people you follow. Your profile page is a feed of your own tweets, while Twitter’s search results are a stream of tweets containing the terms you searched for.
Twitter Chat—A meeting or gathering of Twitter users on Twitter. A Twitter Chat is often moderated and usually has an established agenda. It has a set beginning and end time. Participants can listen or participate. Participants incorporate the hashtag associated with name of the Twitter Chat to identify their tweets as part of the conversation. There are a number of tools available to help filter out the noise of the Twitter stream to allow participants to concentrate on their chat.
Twitter Chats for PR Pros—Petya N. Georgieve @pgeorgieve has some good recommendations http://higher-and-higher.com/2010/12/07/13-twitter-chats-for-pr-pros/ .
Tweet Up—A Tweet Up is a face-to-face gathering of Twitter users, most often social, organized via Twitter.
And the Best Time to Tweet is . . .
People seem to pay the most attention to the Twitter stream at the beginning and end of the work day. Users are most likely to click on Twitter links at the end of the week and on weekends—Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Pay attention to the time zones where your followers are located, bearing in mind that some 80 per cent of North Americans live in the Eastern and Central time zones. Generally speaking, you should send 5 or 6 tweets a day, weighted toward the beginning and end of the work day, seven days a week. You can gain an appreciation of the best time to engage with your followers by monitoring your own followers to see when they tweet. There are a variety of apps that can do this analysis for you. Matthew Royse @mattroyse is my source for much of this information. He also provides a very good overview of tools that will help you figure out the best time to tweet and that will allow you to schedule your tweets http://www.ragan.com/Main/Articles/The_best_times_to_tweet_an_essential_guide_44617.aspx.
As of today, I am following 973, I have 465 followers, and I have sent 426 tweets. To date I have had very little success with being retweeted. That is my next goal.
A rough analysis of my first 250 tweets showed that 10 per cent were original content, 20 per cent were responses to other people’s tweets, 35 per cent were retweets with comments, and 35 per cent were straight retweets.
Topics of my first 250 tweets included politics, social media, public relations, marketing, the media, contests, help, congrats, business, language, music, women, the Titanic, icebergs, music, cool stuff, quotes, and the weird.
How to write a good headline, 20 words least likely to be retweeted, 20 words and phrases most likely to be retweeted, and organizing your tweeps into lists.
I’ll Research and Answer Your Questions
Have a question about Twitter? I’ll research and answer any questions with the help of my tweeps.