20 Twitter Growth Hacking Tools for Startups

Twitter is the third largest social network after Facebook and Instagram. This stems the importance of Twitter to small businesses and startups around the world. Growing a large social media base is difficult on Twitter if you don’t strategize well, and use the right tools. That’s why we have compiled a good number of Twitter tools that will help you hack the growth of your company’s page on the platform:

1. Pay with a Tweet

This is one of the most prominent Twitter growth hacking tool being used by small businesses today. When people want to access your blog for example, all they have to do is post a tweet sharing the post or page, and they have the access. This tweet goes out to their followers bearing your Twitter handle and a link to your post or website. What a way to kill two birds with one stone! In fact, in this case, three birds.

First, you get your posts or website shared out to as many people as the users who visit your website. This improves the traffic which comes from the clicks on the link that went out with the tweet.

Second, these tweets go out with your twitter handle mentioned. More people get to see your twitter handle, some will come over to check out your twitter profile and others will even follow you.

Third, you eliminate something that would have sent more people away from your website: money. By not asking for money, you get more people to access the information, improve your website traffic and get you more followers. Money is sweet, but for what price? Sometimes in a startup, getting a lot of PR supersedes earning money.

2. Click to Tweet

This is a convenient way of sharing your content on Twitter. Include the “Click to Tweet” functionality in the power statements of your content. As people share this power quotes, you get more traffic. Even better, the tweets go out with your twitter handle attached, ending up with more followers.

3. Twilighter

Unlike the Click To Tweet tool where you select the quotes to be shared by your visitors, the Twilighter tool allows people to select whatever part of your content they want and then share on Twitter. The tweet also has your handle attached and improves both website traffic and Twitter followers.

4. Hello Bar

The hello bar is a sticky bar that you can put on your website either at the top or bottom while showcasing your social media accounts. Your website’s visitors can therefore click any displayed social media network to go to your profile and follow you.

5. Hootsuite/Buffer

Hootsuite and Buffer both do the same thing: scheduling of posts to your social media networks including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Google Plus. Both tools assist you to stay in touch with your Twitter followers.

By sharing content through such scheduling tools, you stay in constant communication with your twitter followers making them remember you as much as they see you on their timelines.

The informative, interesting and actionable content shared generates more followers.

6. Klear

It’s the most sophisticated influencer search engine out there. Using this tool to grow your company can go a long way. It basically provides you with all information you need on the influencers in your niche or category so that you can know whom to reach out to or target.

7. Manage Flitter

This web application has a lot of features but what I found most exciting is the ability to search for people to follow based on their Twitter bios. By finding people who are relevant to you, it reduces the number of search results from millions to a few hundreds or thousands who you can relate to. People in your niche have a higher probability of following you than those who aren’t.

Another powerful feature is the application’s ability to tell you when the best time to tweet is. This is when your followers are online. It eliminates a common problem where you could post your tweet but it disappears in the crowd unseen.

You can also follow and unfollow people as well as get your twitter profile’s analytics.

8. Social Rank

It’s most important features are the ability to manage both your Twitter and Instagram followers as a team and Market Intel which enables you to compare your competitor’s followers. If you are a team managing one account, you can create different logins and email addresses for each member of your team. They will all have the ability to log into the account to organize, sort and filter the account’s followers.

With Market Intel, you can compare your followers to your competitor’s, build influencer lists and target filtered twitter handles for your promoted campaigns.

9. Twitter Counter

This has got to be one of the best tools for startups to use in getting a clear picture of the progress on their Twitter profile. The application gives you engagement metrics that include optimizing the best time for you to tweet for maximum engagement and the type of content that speaks to your audience.

Furthermore, their audience insights show you how fast your account is growing, who are your new followers and unfollowers, as well as showing you the people that matter the most.

You can compare various accounts (read competitors) to yours, and listen to the conversations that matter most to your company.

10. Bluenod

Bluenod uses a mapping system for hashtags to provide you with information you need to build conversations around your events, or chat with your community. You start by creating a new map which involves adding a particular hashtag and beginning to track it. Once the results for tracking start trickling in, the tool shows you a map.

Hovering on bigger nodes shows you who are the most influential in the hashtag topic and smaller nodes show the least influential and how they are all connected.

You can add the influencers into a particular list, which you can share on Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus, as well as importing that very list to your twitter account. During events and community building projects, this tool can be very important to show everyone who is talking about your events through the use of the tracked hashtags.

11. Sumall

Sumall is a tool that is meant to turn your social media audience into customers using the fact that the overlap between followers and customers is usually less than 4% as a justification. And they’re right. Sumall will therefore provide a better overlapping tool, which allows you to add all your social media channels in one place and utilize the actionable reports, data-driven guidelines and shareable visualizations to target your audience turning them into customers.

With better targeting of your audience, you can definitely grow your customer and follower base on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram among other social networks. The auto tweeting feature also enables you to stay in constant contact with your followers.

12. Twitonomy

Twitonomy is basically an aggressive analytics tool giving you almost all the data needed to track the progress of your account. Some its features include the ability to track clicks on the links in your tweets, get visualized and detailed analytics on anyone’s tweets, retweets, replies, mentions and hashtags, browse, search, filter and get insights on the people you follow and those who follow you among other interesting features.

13. MyTopTweet

This tool provides you with your 10 top tweets to show you what type of content your followers are interested in so you can continue to replicate the same success.

14. Twellow

If you are looking for hundreds of Twitter followers in a particular category or in a specific geographic location, look no further. Twellow is the tool that will help you get that.

15. TweetReach

This is another analytics tool that provides detailed information on the best time to tweet, your top hashtags and URLS, your biggest content amplifiers (influencers interested in what you post), and insightful metrics on both organic and earned conversations.

16. Mention

This web application enables you to track people that are talking about you on Twitter. Be it your CEO, your products, your team, if someone on Twitter is talking about them Mention will let you know. You will also be able to reply or get into such conversations as soon as they happen.

17. Twilert

This does the same thing as the previous tool (Mention) and goes an extra mile in telling you when your hashtags and keywords are also mentioned.

18. Ritetag

This tool helps to enhance, integrate and automate your tweets by automatically auto-hashtagging your posts, instantly providing you with beautiful images to go with the tweet and even adding a customised Call-to-Action on the links you share. You also get the feature to schedule your posts to go out at your required time-frames.

19. Hashtagify

You can gather more intelligence on the hashtags that reach your audience better. For example, if you use #leanstartup a lot, this tool provides you with 10 more hashtags that are relate to your main hashtag to help you grow your audience further.

20. Commun.it

Commun.it’s most important features include prioritizing of social tasks, identifying valuable members in your follower base, free twitter analytics, social insights on campaigns and managing of twitter lists.

Have I forgotten any other twitter growth hacking tool you know of? Let me know by reaching out on our Twitter page (@thepressfarm)


Originally published at press.farm on March 21, 2016.