Thursday, June 28, 2012

Effectively # Your Way To A New Reader!

The one and most important thing on TWITTER is the # (hashtag). If it weren't for the idea of the #, Twitter would be a nothing!

But you have to # effectively or you will never reach the target audience you want to reach.
There are certain hashtags I use to get to my target audience. For instance, when I want to tweet my blog, I hashtag my tweet with keywords that will help me reach blog readers. Today I tweeted Effectively # To Gain  #reader #marketing #indieauthor #amwriting (url here) or use #amediting #writertip #promoting #writer.
These hashtags help me reach you, my target blog audience.

When I tweet my book, I use #mystery #ebook #2.99 #bestseller #womansleuth #beadedjewelry #streetteam. PLUS too many more to type here, but you get the point. Those hashtags help me reach my target reading audience.

Here are some tips to help # your way to success:

1) Pick KEY hashtags. Like I said earlier, pick hashtags that are already out there. Don't make up your hashtag that NO ONE will see. If you aren't sure what hashtags to use, go to the search box on Twitter and start typing in key words that will help you find your target audience.

2) Keep your tweet short. Sometimes you can do too many hashtags and the reader gets lost in the tweet. Even though you are limited to 140 characters, that too can be too many sometimes.

Here are some popular hashtags for writers:
#amediting  posts from people who are editing
#amwriting  posts from people who are writing
#askagent  agent questions and answers
#fridayflash  flash fiction on a Friday
#nanowrimo  national novel writing month
#pubtip  publication tips
#vss   very short story
#webfic  web fiction
#weblit   web literature
#wip   work in progress
#writetip  writing advice
#writingtips  writing advice
Some hashtags are specifically “chats” – which means they work in the same way as all tags, but are mainly used at certain agreed times : 
#yalitchat   young adult literature chat 

So get your tweet on and # effectively to reach your target audience.

Do you tweet effectively?


  1. Hahaha! I love this post!
    Ironically enough, I recently blogged about how confusing Twitter is to me and how much I dislike it compared to FB!

  2. Dominique! Great minds, girlfriend!! Twitter can be easy if you break it down to fit the needs of your target audience. That is how I got use to Twitter. Once you get use to that and work your way around it, you can start thinking outside the box.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Um, possibly? But I could do better. Great post ;)
    Another... #pblitchat (picture book chat)

    1. Oh! Thanks, Michelle! I'm going to add that to my list. I really should put a tab up at the top with hashtags that would be easy for writers to grab and go:)
      We can use all the help we can get in this crazy marketing world.

  4. I sometimes wonder if I am reaching as many readers as I could be. I'm certainly reaching other authors (and yes, they read), but am I reaching readers?

  5. Do you hashtag to the specific reader target? I make sure that I tweet with cozy mystery readers or beading hobbyist. That way I put #beader #beading #beadhobby #cozymyster #crazyforcozy in my tweets when I want to communicate with my target reader.
    Go in and search the target reader audience and start tweeting with them. Don't push your novel, but once a day send out a fun tweet about an upcoming contest or fun fact about your novel.

  6. Loving this list, Tonya. Thanks! BTW, I found you via a #Tweet ;)

  7. Thanks, Joanna! I'm so happy to connect with you here and there! What # got in your feed? This is what I LOVE about Twitter. Bringing great people together!

  8. I tweeted promo for my October debut (once a day, so as not to irritate my followers) for a couple weeks, using #romance #ebook #kindle #nook, etc. and it didn't lead to a single pre-order. It just made me feel #dirty. Was I doing something wrong, or are people just not interested in pre-ordering this far in advance?

  9. Tonya, I vowed to tweet more, but I have no idea what I'm doing. It's too confusing with # this # that and I have no idea how to do any of it. To me, tweeting is like the forgotten middle child. I really have to figure it all out. Wish someone I knew was a tweet expert. I'm muddeling through and trying to figure it all out. My new montra is "I must tweet." Thanks for letting me know I'm on the right track.

  10. thank you so much, Tonya, I had seen others use the # before a word in twitter-I did the same for one word only #freebie-so thanks again-following you!

  11. Using social media platforms effectively is an ongoing learning curve, but worth it and made easier with all the wonderful advice from fellow peeps. Thank you for these tips, Tonya.

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  13. Great article! Thanks, really needed to get some decent keywords!