15 Simple Tips that will help you get more Twitter retweets

Posted by Murray Sye

on Thu, Jul 16, 2015 @ 10:29 AM


Are you using Twitter for business?

Are you looking for ways to extend your influence online? Twitter retweets will help.

Your exposure increases when someone retweets your blog posts, webinar, slideshare or whatever. Your original tweet will be shown on the feed of the person who retweets you and all those that follow that person will also see your tweet.

And, if they like what they see, chances of them following you are very high, which in turn increases your reach and the number of your followers.

And so it grows.

Here are 15 simple yet effective tips that will 'help' you get more Twitter retweets.

  1. Visuals 'will' help 
    Tweets with images get 150% more retweets, 89% more favourites and 18% more clicks than those without.
  2. Videos 'will' help
    Tweets with videos get 28% more retweets.
  3. Hashtags 'will' help
    Tweets with one or more hashtags are 55% more likely to be retweeted than those without.
  4. Open and close quotes 'will' help
    Tweets with quotation marks are 30% more likely to be retweeted than those without.
  5. Excitement 'will' help
    Tweets with exclamation points get more retweets per follower than those without.
  6. Numbers 'will' help
    Tweets with numbers or digits get 17% more retweets. (But don't let this tip be your focus)
  7. Top retweeted words 'will' help
    The 5 most retweeted words are you, Twitter, please, retweet and post. Find a way to incorporate them in your tweets to get more retweets.
  8. Please 'will' help
    Tweets with the words Please RT, get 3 times more retweets than those without and tweets with the words Please ReTweet get 4 times more retweets than those without. So if you want more retweets, ask for them.
  9. Length 'will' help
    Tweets between the lengths of 71 and 100 get the highest number of retweets.
  10. Shortened links 'will' help
    Tweets that contain links shortened using Bitly are 9.28% more likely to be retweeted.
  11. 24 Minutes 'will' help
    It takes a tweet 24 minutes to receive half of its retweets. This is the pinnacle of all its engagement. Receiving retweets may continue, but it will be incomparable to the initial spark. For maximum engagement, schedule your tweets with 24-minute intervals. 
  12. Mentions 'will' help
    Tweets containing 'Via' and '@' have higher click through rates on their links. The best way to use the word and the symbol is by mentioning others. So make it a point to mention and credit people in your tweets.
  13. Link location 'will' help
    Links placed about 25% of the way through the tweet receive the highest number of clicks. So place your links early on in the tweet, instead of the end.
  14. Timing 'will' help
    The best time to post on Twitter is between 1PM and 3PM and the best days are between Monday and Thursday.
  15. Sharing 'will' help
    Users who share more links in their tweets gain more Twitter followers. So share links to a lot of content in your tweets.


There you go. 15 simple tips of which you can start implementing today. If you have others, please don't be shy. Flip us your comments below and we'll add it to the list. And, don't forget to access the Twitter issue of Fish Where The Fish Are -- below!

Twitter Edition - Fish Where The Fish Are

Written by Murray Sye

Murray is the CEO and Creative Director with the award-winning
Toronto HubSpot agency partner, WhiteSpace. You can
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