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Connecting With Your Readers Through Twitter – #authortoolboxbloghop

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So before the New Year, I did a series on connecting  with your reader as part of the blog hop. (You can see my last toolbox post here.) I wanted to share some tips for using Twitter to connect with readers, so I decided to go ahead and add another post to this series.

As with all the other venues of social media, you want to be commenting and liking your readers’ posts. Just like with Instagram, hashtags are key for finding like-minded people on Twitter, but there are also other ways you can use Twitter. Here are a few ways to use Twitter to connect with your readers:

  1. Share articles or quizzes that your readers will enjoy. This can be your own content or content you’ve found from somewhere else. For instance, I share a lot of things from the Epic Reads site. They have quizzes about YA books, and articles about the newest YA releases. Just remember to credit who or where you got the content from.
  2. Share the same things you share on Instagram or on other social media sites. You get the best use of your content when you share it on all your social media platforms. To help with this, there is even a slider button on Instagram that allows you to share your post to Twitter or Facebook. However, sometimes I find it more effective to share your content separately. When you share posts via the IG button, the picture doesn’t actually post directly to Twitter,  it’s just a link to the photo. If it is something you really want your followers to see, it is more effective to post directly to Twitter.
  3. Use your hastags! Like I said earlier, hashtags are how people find your posts. Find some relative hashtags for your genre (#yalit, #yabooks ect.) to use with your posts. Also, just like on Instagram, there are challenges you can participate in using specific hashtags. (#fridayreads, #yearofepicreads ect.)
  4. Share what you are reading.  Your readers love to hear about new books.  They also enjoy hearing about the kind of books their favorite authors like. Sharing what you are reading is one of the best way to connect with readers.
  5. Make use of the poll option. One of the cool options Twitter has is the poll capability.  (When you go to post a tweet, it is the button on the bottom that looks like a little bar graph.) You can use the poll option to find out what your readers like most about your books, what their favorite genre is, or which of your books they enjoyed most.

These are just some of the ways you can use Twitter to connect with your readers. You can connect with me @charityrau1 on Twitter. What are some you favorite ways to use Twitter? Let me know in the comments!

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This post is part of the #authortoolboxbloghop. It’s hosted by Raimey Gallant. For more details and to join in the fun, go here.

 

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26 thoughts on “Connecting With Your Readers Through Twitter – #authortoolboxbloghop”

  1. Good post. I’m not consistent in using hashtags on Twitter. It’s something I need to improve. Also, it seems most of my followers are writers instead of readers. This is fine, but I’d like to grow readers as followers on social media including; Twitter, my website, Facebook, and my email lists. In general, I’ve had much better results advertising on Facebook/Instagram, although you need to keep an eye on costs. Wish you a great new year!

    1. Yeah, at first I had more writer friends/followers, and then I realized I needed to also reach my readers too, so I’ve been working on growing that side of things. Glad you enjoy the post! Hope you have a great new year as well. 🙂

  2. I love the reminder to share posts on reading. I’m a big reader but not always as fast as I would like, and often forget to recap my thoughts. These are all great strategies and fun (easy?) ways to engage. Thanks, Charity!

  3. Great ideas, Charity. Thanks so much for sharing them with Author Toolbox writers. Must admit, I’m not on instagram. There are so much social media to choose from. Sometimes I think I’m drowning in social media and have no time to write. I appreciate your insight. Thanks for sharing.
    http://victoriamarielees.blogspot.com

    1. I agree, there are so many sites to choose from. I focus mainly on Instagram and Twitter, because I find that’s where my target readers tend to be. Glad you enjoyed the post! 🙂

  4. I am not a good Twitter, so appreciate the tips. I especially need to remember to use the hashtags. One of my goals for the year is to improve my use of this tool.

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