Twitter is often an enigma to many authors when it comes to online marketing. I’ve talked before about social media and how it works for selling books, but I want to use this article to narrow in on Twitter and talk about how authors can take full advantage of it.
- Use Twitter as the top of the funnel, not the bottom. Over and over the numbers show that Twitter is an awful place to promote your books. However, it can be a really great place to engage potential readers. Instead of trying to get them to spend money, invite them to visit your blog or join your email list.
- Put Twitter into a bigger marketing system. Getting more followers isn’t the point, selling books is the point. Come up with a plan to move people from finding you on Twitter to visiting your platform and then buying a book.
- Harness other people’s followers. It’s much easier to get 10 people with 1000 followers each to promote your book, blog post, etc than to build your own following of 10,000. Focus on building relationships with a small group of people that will gladly retweet and promote on your behalf.
- Connect to other authors and influencers. If email or other forms of connecting fail, I’ve often been able to get people to respond to me on Twitter and then a followup email has a much better chance of success.
Marketing on Twitter is a tricky thing but follow these guidelines to get the most out of your efforts on this social media platform.
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November 25, 2012