23 May 2013
Getting Started on Twitter
Getting Started on Twitter
Alex White, a co-founder of
The Next Big Sound
and content manager for the band
Sing It Loud
has offered the following tips for making the best use of your Twitter account. Have your own tips?
Send them our way!
The simple registration takes :30 seconds.
Ideally you can get twitter.com/yourbandname
Customize your page with your band logo and colors
Include a link to your most frequently updated online site in the Bio section
Follow @artistdata -
Getting used to Twitter
Post what you are doing for a few days to test it out and build some content and activity.
Upload your personal address book to see which of your contacts are already using the service. You might be surprised how many already are.
How to Build Followers:
You need to find you fans and start following them. If your â€œtweetsâ€ are interesting and they are actually a fan, they will follow you back.
A good way to find your fans is to see who is already talking about you. Type your band name into
and start following anyone who talks about your band. Search for people who mention your record label or bands you are on tour with and start following them as well.
Include a link to your band Twitter from your MySpace page and anywhere else you have an online presence. Make a sign with your Twitter URL to put on the table with your merchandise.
Periodically go through everyone following you and make sure you follow them back!
What to Say:
Your fans really do care what you are doing on a daily basis.
Offer insights into life in the band. Most people have no idea what it is like on the road, in the studio, on stage etc.
Respond. Make sure to read all your @replies and Direct Messages and respond to each one!
Post regularly. Being active attracts more followers.
Your Twitter followers get real-time updates on your band and are the first piece of the promotion puzzle: use them to get the word out about special concerts, merchandise, new music and videos. Reward them with exclusive downloads, contests, tickets, or just some extra online or in-person attention.
Donâ€™t Spam your users with link after link to buy things. Include all your relevant online locations in the â€œAbout Meâ€ section on the right side of your profile.
Ask them questions, engage them in your band decisions. The purpose is to get as many responses from your followers as possible. Questions that received lots of feedback when I ran Sing It Loudâ€™s Twitter were questions like:
Where should we go for dinner? Chipotle or Panda Express?
Other Great Resources
How to Monitor what's being said about you on Twitter
Great general intro to Twitter
10 Ways To Increase Your Twitter Followers by Kevin Rose
Music Think Tank
Twitter For Musicians and Bands: A How-To Guide
Musiciansâ€™ Guide to Rocking Twitter
19 Feb 2009 08:02 PM
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