Steven’s Short Twitter Survey – The Results – Part 1

In April I decided to test Google Forms by creating a poll based on Twitter.

I asked a series of multiple choice questions and also asked for comments.

I then embedded the form in my WordPress blog.

To encourage people to take part in the survey I ran missions on Empire Avenue , tweeted of course and mentioned the survey on my Facebook timeline and in the groups I run there.

I am grateful to the 119 friends who completed the survey , they are all active on social media daily and represent a good cross section of Twitter users.

It is now time to publish the results , Part 1 today and Part 2 next week

How long have you been Tweeting ?

The figures show that the vast majority of people have been using Twitter for 2 years or more , some are still using it since it started and new people are joining

How long have you been Tweeting ?

Number of Followers

In Twitter as in other social networks there is no one way to run your account , you should run it at the level that suits you.

The more people who follow you , the greater your potential audience and the more people can see your tweets.

If you decide to grow your audience , you can use the free GROW YOUR ACCOUNT facilities at Unfollowers.com

 

 

Number of Followers

How many times do you Tweet per Day ?

Having a Twitter account is one thing , using it effectively is another . Again there is no wrong way to do it (unless you start annoying people)

The majority of people in the survey tweet up to 10 times per day (63) , a number of people tweet up to 20 times a day (including me) (27).

We can see that a significant number tweet up to or over 50 times per day

How many times  do you Tweet per Day ?

What Percentage of Tweets are automated ?

We can tweet live from a wide variety of applications , but our audience is global and the biggest benefit of automation is to send out tweets to our contacts when we are asleep or not online.

50 people in the survey do not use any automation , what you see are tweets they have posted live.

A significant number (30) automate a third of their twitter output . This is the level I operate at using Scoop.it , Scredible and Hootsuite

A small number automate 50% of their tweets and 17 people use automation over 75% of the time.

My perspective is that most of the time when I tweet I am online and people can see my tweets and can respond and start a conversation

There is a debate as to whether Twitter is a broadcast medium or is for conversation , ideally it is a mix of those.

What Percentage of Tweets are automated ?

What are the benefits of using Twitter ?

I asked people to write about the benefits of using Twitter , these quotes are selected from the responses

 

A constant stream of stuff, like a never ending magazine that you can open any time and leaf through the pages’near real-time ‘conversations’ with friends all over the world.’

Brand engagement and reinforcement

Connecting to an international community of doctors, researchers, healthcare providers and patients and that would otherwise be unavailable to me. Conferences, journals and webcasts are also made available via Twitter.

I’m really not sure…

Driving traffic to my blog to gain readership, meet new people and learn.

For me it is essentially a very useful means of gathering news and opinions globally. Additionally, it is useful for political interaction and, rarely, personal interaction.

Get instant feedback about your products and/or services

Has helped me build a strong audience for my blog, website, apps and business in general.  It is the best Social Media channel for me and my business.

Spread important news, quick turnaround, lead generation and branding

Requests for help.

Updating followers.

See things I wouldn’t otherwise see. Develop mutually- helpful relationships

social interaction, empowering sharing of good content from others, news

Networking, getting sustainable informations, raising awareness about human rights issues.

Quickly able to spread the word or message that I need to.

Meeting people at a grassroots level, I’m a journalist and they are the one’s who really know what’s going, can tell you the real story.

Social interaction, empowering sharing of good content from others, news

 

Again a BIG thank you to everyone who took part in the survey 🙂

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A Tale of Two Tweets (why some tweets are read more than others) #EmpireAvenue #IALTY

On twitter the size of your audience matters , the more people who see your tweets the better chance you have of being noticed . The aim should be to engage an increasing number of people in your interests and business expertise.This applies especially when you are building your online reputation using Twitter.

In my last blog post I referred to the Tweet activity dashboard

I promoted the blog post in two tweets and monitored their progress using the dashboard

This is the first tweet

tweet-1

As you can see the tweet was viewed a reasonable number of times but there was no further activity.

The second tweet was sent out moments later

tweet-via-empire-avenue

As you can see the text in the tweet is similar to the first one , the reaction however is markedly different

tweet-2-activity

What made such a difference between reactions to the two tweets ?

Why did the second tweet have 7164 views compared to 149 for the first tweet , after all they were both promoting the same blog post and tweeted from the same account.

The second tweet was retweeted by 49 people ; 48 people actually clicked the link , 35 people favourited the tweet , 4 people replied to me and most rewarding 5 people followed me.

The reason is simple ‘the Empire Avenue’ effect . On Empire Avenue you can create a mission asking people to visit a tweet and read it , they are then free to take any other action they wish . I ran a mission 64 people visited the tweet from Empire Avenue and 49 people took further action.

This signifies at least three major points ..

1 If you tweet once and do nothing else you will attract a reasonable number of views. That is the end of the story.

2 The real benefit comes from encouraging interaction on the tweet.

The more people who RT (retweet) you , the larger your audience and the bigger the reaction.

3 Having systems in place that encourage people to promote you.

The key to this is investing time in interacting with people building relationships and trust. This is also known as networking

It really is about engagement and I am still learning daily on how to improve , which is why I joined the #klout70 inititative .

If you have any questions about Empire Avenue or #klout70 then please ask.

Note #IALTY is the tag for ‘Is Anyone Listening to You’ which is the theme of this series of blog posts.

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Empire Avenue Beginners Guide

Empire Avenue

Introduction

This is the first in a series to guide you through Empire Avenue when you first start

You are being guided by (e)StevenJH and (e)Angelika

Invitation to Join

 

 

If someone you know invited you to join Empire Avenue , the invitation will look like this

Simply click ‘Accept Invite’ (1)

Invitation to Join

When you

click ‘Accept Invite’ , you will be taken to the Empire Avenue webpage

Press ‘Get Started’ (1)

When you

Registering on Empire Avenue

The blank registration screen

Registering on Empire Avenue

Enter your details

(1) Your Email Address
(2) Your Name
(3) The ‘ticker’ or ID you would like to use.

Everyones ticker should be unique , the system will check whether the one you choose is already in use . If it is simply choose another one

(4) and (5) enter the password you want to use . Both fields need to be the same

Enter your details

Tell us how you want to use Empire Avenue

At this stage you may not know, so select the closest match.

Tell us how you want to use Empire Avenue

After registering

A quick tour of the system starts

After registering

Follow the tour

it only takes a few minutes and it will help you .. honest

Follow the tour

The main

features of the system are explained

The main

First steps .. your mission is to ..

There are several small missions which you can perform to familiarize yourself with Empire Avenue

Each one will earn you eaves , which are Empire Avenues virtual reward currency , As a new player you need every eave you can earn.

You need not complete all the missions one after the other , you can return at any time and pick up where you left off.

The first mission is to confirm the email address you used when registering

Click the complete mission button (1)

First steps .. your mission is to ..

Activating your Email Address

The mission description is shown.

Now check your email account for a message from Empire Avenue

Activating your Email Address

Your Confirmation Email

Click the link (1) to confirm your email address and activate your account

Your Confirmation Email

Uploading your picture

This is the second mission .. to upload a picture of yourself.

Remember Empire Avenue is a social network with forums and people like to know who you are , so use a recent photo .. perhaps the one from Facebook.

There are of course always exceptions and I will introduce you to Fenya later 🙂

(1) Choose a file from your computer

(2) Upload the file.

Uploading your picture

Your uploaded picture

will then appear.

Your uploaded picture

Connecting your social networks .. Facebook/Twitter/G +

Connecting your Facebook and Twitter accounts is straightforward . Just click each connect button in turn.

As soon as each account is connected EAv (Empire Avenue) will begin is measure your success on those networks and will provide network scores and give you recent trends and posts.

When you undertake missions the links to your accounts enable easy manual posting to each network

Connecting your social networks .. Facebook/Twitter/G +

Connecting Facebook

Empire Avenue requests several permissions in order to function at its best. This task has been undertaken by thousands of players without any problems.

Empire Avenue does not post on your behalf.

If you are happy with this press OK (1)

Connecting Facebook

Connecting LinkedIn

Empire Avenue requests several permissions in order to function at its best. This task has been undertaken by thousands of players without any problems.

Empire Avenue does not post on your behalf.

If you are happy with this press OK (1)

Connecting LinkedIn

At Last your profile page is ready

(1) Your Name and Ticker (ID)

(2) Location .. EAv has taken a best guess , you can change this later if you wish.

(3) Network Scores .. each network is given a score based amongst other things on your activity.

It will take 4/5 days for your scores to show . I always track the tend of the scores .. daily fluctuations will happen but it is a great general guide.

(4) As soon as your profile is visible someone will notice you and send you a message and buy your shares.

EAv is a friendly place and the more you interact , the more fun you will have getting to know people.

(5) Wealth , you have already been paid Eaves for he missions you took earlier in setting up your profile..

At Last your profile page is ready

Buying your first share

On the screen above you can see a search (spyglass) icon (6)

Use it to find the account of the person who invited you or someone you already know.

In this case Angelika searched and found me.

Click the Invest button (1)

Buying your first share

The Buy Shares Screen

is displayed ..

It shows more information .. and says you can buy up to 200 shares (1)

DO NOT BUY 200 SHARES … you will have no virtual money left .

Buy 1 share to get started ..

It will tell the person that you have joined Empire Avenue and they will probably buy shares in you.

At this stage do not worry if someone buys more of your shares than you did of theirs , in time you will catch up.

Empire Avenue is after all a social stockmarket where members invest in each other.

NOTE

In the first 7 days of running your account there are limits to the number of shares people can buy in you ranging from 200 to 400 depending on how they are operating their account.

When the 7 days are up everyone can buy more shares in you , up to 2800 .

So you need to be active in the first week to encourage people to buy and invest further.

Be aware that people can buy and SELL your shares at any time . That said if you create an active presence few people will sell.

 

The Buy Shares Screen

After buying the share (s)

You can post a personal message .which will appear on the users personal profile page.

Enter your message and press Post on Profile (1)

At this stage leave a message when you buy shares , not only are you investing but you are getting to know people

After buying the share (s)

Update your Status

Enter a short message in you profile status and press post (1)

Update your Status

This will encourage

members to get in touch 🙂

This will encourage

END

This is the first in a series to guide you through Empire Avenue.

You are being guided by (e)StevenJH and (e)Angelika

 

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