If you are on Twitter, you are probably aware of how hard it is to get followers, particularly if you are new to Twitter. However, there are ways you can remedy this; Twitter has tools that can help you do exactly that. One sure way you can do this is by using images. A recent research done by Dan Zarella found that tweets using pic.twitter.com links were 94% more likely to be retweeted. This sounds like a slam dunk for people hungry for retweets as it is easy to post any image on Twitter. However, it’s not as easy as it sounds. One must tailor the images to make sure that the images display the exact message that you want.

Tweets using pic.twitter.com links are 94% more likely to be retweeted. Click To Tweet

Below are some tips as to how to go about this. We are using the same tricks to get out there.

  1. Set up your blog for easy image sharing.

If you have a blog and are looking for traffic from Twitter, then images are just the things to get you on the right path.

As mentioned earlier, using images are a sure way of getting more retweets, this means more people will view your tweet and eventually your blog. However, your tweets and blogs are supposed to be set up for easy image sharing. Kim Garst, who wrote an article about it, recommends using Twitter cards. You might have seen this already in tweets that appear as texts only but expand into something beautiful when clicked. Using this will get you started on your road to becoming a pro blogger.

  1. Use a Twitter size Template

For many of us on social media, the primary source of the images that we use on our posts are from other sites on the Internet. (We create our images) Most of these images are either too big or too small to be used on Twitter. Many people never take their time to reconfigure the images to a size that is ‘Twitter friendly’. The question remains, what is the right size? Well, there are no official dimensions but according to http://www.reviewzntips.com a width of 550 pixels is the minimum one can go and as for height anything over 300 pixels works. If this is too technical for you, then an easier way to do this is by using templates. There are many available templates that can be used, Canvas is, however, the most popular. Apps like Peg Fitzpatrick can also do the same job.

  1. Tailor your tweets for Live Chats

If you have been on Twitter for as long as I have, you have probably heard or even participated in Live Chats or tweet ups. They are events where a bunch of people get together on Twitter to discuss a common topic. This might seem like everyday Twitter to you, but it’s not. These events are a big thing for those who participate. They are held weekly or even monthly. They even invite guests and have a moderator. The guests are professionals from various fields who can weigh in when required. The moderator is there to make sure that the chat goes smoothly, adding questions and helping the guests respond to some of the issues. These conversations can become pretty intense and attract a large number of people. You can use this excellent opportunity to gain more retweets and followers if you play your cards right. An exquisite way to do this as already noted above is to use images. If you use images just the right way, then you are bound to gain a lot from the tweetups.

  1. Make your Twitter Feed Image-Centric

Using images is a tool that even big savvy brands are using to reach their customers. They more than other ‘tweeps’ are using images to get more followers and retweets. It is interesting to note that even a company such as General Electric is using the idea. If you take a look at their Twitter handle, you will notice that their tweets are very image-centric. They use images in almost every post. Other big players include Hubspot and Constant Contact. Hubspot is perhaps the best example. As a world-leading marketing and sales platform, Twitter is an imperative tool for them to reach their clients. They do this by making their tweets as image centric as they can.

  1. Use personalised tweets

A company might find it time-saving to use automation to respond to their tweets. However, this can never beat a personalised tweet. A personalized tweet is tailored to capture that particular person’s attention. If used with an image it becomes even more appealing. If you are looking to attract attention, then this is the best way to do it. One of the best ways to do this is by sending a thank you tweet to any person who follows you, retweets or favourites your tweet. He/she will feel appreciated, particularly if you attach images to the tweet.

  1. Humanize your tweeter profile

In the world where people are starting to get weary of the idea of a corporation, it may be wise to make sure that as a company your Twitter handle is as human as possible. This to many might sound to be unnecessary, but I promise it yields results. You can do this by putting your company name in the header and use your personal photograph for the square profile. This way when someone looks the Twitter handle he/she will get the idea that there is a real live person behind the company.

  1. Buffer your images

Last but certainly not least it is important for you to buffer your images before you put them on Twitter. This ensures that any image you get on the web is sized up, and a link is included to credit the owner of the image. You can easily do this by enabling buffer extensions on your web browser.

These are but some of the many ways to make sure that your tweets get noticed by many people, so next time you tweet be sure to use an image.

Share with us some ways you use images to get the right attention on Twitter. See you in the comment section below. Let’s get noticed on Twitter.

Stephen Kanyi

I'm the head of content strategy at Designer Task. I love to write articles that help people achieve more with less, enjoy walking at the beach and playing with my dogs.

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