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How to Growth-Hack Your Way to 1000 Followers in 1 Month

Growth-hacking is a marketing technique used specifically to amplify audiences and broaden reach.

If you understand and implement growth-hacking into your social media strategy, you will have a competitive advantage that will be hard to surpass.

Twitter is arguably the easiest platform and the best starting point to build a large audience, quickly and organically without spending a lot of money on advertising. Consequently, a large following on Twitter will help you to promote content from your other networks and drive traffic to your website.

So, how do you growth-hack your way to 1000 followers in 1 month?

STEAL FROM YOUR COMPETITORS

Yes, that’s right, steal from your competitors!

Open social platforms, like Twitter, have an abundant supply of free (and legal) information and data.

It is likely that there are plenty of other similar companies or organisations, who are already on Twitter, with curated lists of people who are potentially interested in your kind of service — just click on the “followers” list of your competitor’s Twitter account.

It is also beneficial to find relevant blogs using Twitter, this will especially help if your idea or product is bespoke or unique. For example, if you’re a music speaker manufacturer, have a look at accounts such as WhatHifi, Audio Review, and other music tech blogs and follow people who follow them!

Keep track of who then follows you back. A week later and every day thereafter, you can begin to unfollow all of the people who didn’t follow you back. By following and unfollowing targeted Twitter accounts in this way, you will soon see a drive of new accounts following you back. 

Remember: be selective with who you follow. The best results are achieved by following the most relevant Twitter users to your target market. It is important to limit the amount of users you follow and unfollow to 300 accounts per day. This is especially true as a new user, otherwise Twitter will think you are spam account and suspend you. After a few months, you can gradually follow and unfollow more accounts.

It can be time-consuming, finding the right people to follow and unfollow — this is where ManageFlitter can help.

ManageFlitter can help you target appropriate users by keywords, followers, account age, location and more.

“Go from millions of Twitter users, to just a handful you care about in seconds!”

ManageFlitter can filter the users you are following, who don’t follow you back, who are inactive, have no profile image, or have a high spam score.

ManageFlitter’s ‘Freebie’ subscription is free, with limited features. To unlock additional features such as ‘Power Mode’, you will have to start paying from $12 a month. But for $12 a month, it’s totally worth it.

OTHER INTERESTING METHODS

CHROME DEVELOPER TOOLS

Don’t be put off by code, you do not need to be a developer to master Chrome Developer Tools. All you need is Google Chrome, a good source and the ability to copy and paste.

This growth-hacking technique is the brainchild of Karan Thakkar, from his blog post, “How I Grew From 300 to 5k Followers In Just 3 Weeks”.

Karan Thakkar shared some very simple script that you can run in Chrome which will automatically favourite tweets on Twitter. All you have to do is search for keywords (or hashtags) related to your industry. It’s easy! Open Developer Tools for Chrome, paste this script and press ENTER.

a = setInterval(function () {
window.scrollTo(0,document.body.scrollHeight);
$('.ProfileTweet-actionButton.js-actionButton.js-actionFavorite:visible').click();
}, 1000);

This will automatically favourite all visible tweets on that page, scroll for you, load more tweets, favourite them and so on. If you want to stop the script, just paste the following line and press ENTER.

clearInterval(a)

Try searching for tweets with trending hashtags like #growthhacking, #socialmedia, #smm, #marketing, #seo and #blogging for social media marketing specific tweets.

Remember: do not spend all your favourites on one hashtag, distribute your favourites among multiple trending hashtags. After favouriting 1000 tweets, you will be restricted by Twitter.

"NOTICE ME" LIST

What is the number one goal in marketing? It’s getting people to notice you!

Once you have their attention, you are then able convert these people into customers. But first, you want people to notice you.

Twitter ‘lists’ is a largely underestimated tool that serves a variety of different purposes for a spectrum of user requirements, such as sourcing great content from industry leaders.

A “notice me” list displays all of the Twitter users who you want to notice you. This is a way of tracking their updates, engaging with their tweets, and hopefully getting a follow. It is important to make connections with influencers early on so they can become evangelists for your brand.

This idea is highlighted in the Green Umbrella blog:

“These are your key people / prospects that you would like to engage with and ultimately you would like them to follow you back. Once a person in this list then follows you back, they get removed from the list and added to your client list. Then you add your next prospect.

Another important function of Twitter lists is to keep a list of people you want to reward, for example, your loyal fans or partners. If you continue to interact with these accounts on a weekly basis, even by simply favouriting their tweets, they are likely to feel more engaged and return the favour.

Remember: don’t be a ‘fangirl’ or a spam account. If they do not respond favourably after a few tries, move on.

PURCHASING FOLLOWERS

Do not buy followers. Seriously, don’t!

Purchased followers are most likely to be fake accounts that will not interact with you — you want to be followed by real people. In addition to this, they will be easy to identify and extremely detrimental to the benefits of analytical tools which aid in market research.

If you follow this guide and use these methods effectively, you will be well on your way to 1000 followers in 1 month. And no, you won’t have to pay for any of them.

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