It was on Justin Wilcox’s marvellous website called Customer Dev Labs that I first saw some sentences Twitterized.
WTH is Twitterized?
Typically, we put sharing buttons at the side or bottom of the post. Like this.
There is some default text attached to those buttons (like the title of the post), and the un-shortened link to the post. Like this.
But let’s say you’ve said something important in your blog and your reader reckons that is what she’d tweet about, instead of the title of the post.
In order to do so, she has to shorten the link to create some space, and type in the sentence again, or at least copy and paste it. Now imagine doing all this on the mobile phone. How many of times out of 10 you reckon your reader’s going to do that?
I got a 63% increase for my blog kkirank.me. Yes, I discovered from experience that –
If you have tens of thousands of visitors every month, the Reach and Return from those tweets could be massive. And the cost ZERO.
OK, not zero since you need invest some time in doing this.
So, here’s how you do it
And here is the code to dress up your tweet on your site.
<div>Your tweet text goes here<a href=”http://the_ctt_shortlink_goes_here target=”_blank”><img class=”size-full wp-image-1570″ src=”http://i2.wp.com/kkirank.me/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/twitter-bird-small.png?fit=900%2C900″ alt=”Tweet this” width=”25″ height=”25″ />
Don’t know what this is? Watch the video above.
Two tips that’ll increase efficiency
I mention two important tips in the video. I will reiterate them here.
Don’t surprise the reader
The text that goes out as a tweet should not be different from what the reader intended to share from your post. Otherwise, the reader will re-think about sharing it.
It helps to –
Now go ahead and click on the twitter bird. You see how the text above and in the twitter box are almost alike. If you felt like sharing this, the tweet text doesn’t surprise you.
On the other hand, if this hasn’t motivated you to share it, then having a different text altogether will most certainly not.
Land the visitors in the context
The second thing to remember is when someone reads the tweet and clicks on the link in the tweet, make sure you land them in the vicinity where that particular text appears in the post.
Since what is tweeted is not the title of the post but a particular sentence in the post, the sooner your visitors see the text that brought them to the post, the more they are likely to get hooked.
I explain this point in the video above at 0.50s onwards.
I hope this twitter hack is useful. If you try this, please come back here and let others know how this or some other twitter tip has helped you get more on Twitter.
Founder @parallelo_app. Formerly @crowdnub and Google.
Parallelo Lite is a delightful Chrome Extension that lets you easily present documents remotely without the need for things like Webex.
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