My Twitter Automation Experiment. Part I: Preparation

By | October 3, 2015

I already mentioned in one of my articles about Twitter automation that I am starting an experiment to test if it is possible to benefit from marketing automation. The purpose of this experiment is to grow a Twitter account by spending no more than 30 minutes a day (with few exceptions) and automate as many tasks as possible.

In this part I will be explaining what strategies I am going to use and how everything will be automated. Well… almost everything. I just wanted to mention that I am a programmer, so I will develop some simple applications by myself. However, everything can be achieved without any programming skills and I will always provide few alternatives which can be easily used instead.  So, let’s get started.

I will be using techniques everyone probably already know:

  • Auto tweets
  • Auto DMs
  • Follow/Unfollow
  • Favorites

Basic tactics, but I will implement them in my way and will adapt during the experiment.

Auto tweets

As we all know, finding a good content, scheduling tweets and posting them on Twitter can be a really time-consuming task. I decided to simplify it by totally automating. What I did was I created an application that pulls new content via RSS from other websites and schedules to post on my Twitter timeline. All I needed to do was find relevant sources that could be used.
I decided that my tweeting ratio will be one message every hour. And every 4th message has to be a post from my blog. So, the math is simple, I need to find enough content to post 18 messages a day. If you know your niche it won’t be a problem.
To automate this process you can try out these tools:

Auto DMs

Even though most marketers are against automated direct messages, I believe that if used wisely it could provide a huge impact to your marketing. I was spending lots of time composing different kinds of messages I could try sending. Finally, I decided that for now my message will consist of 3 parts:

  1. My introduction and a link to my personal Twitter account
  2. A simple question to establish a further conversation. Something like: “How is your day?”
  3. And finally a link to my free guide

It might look a bit too much information to consume, but I will try to make the message as short as possible. It’s just the beginning of the experiment, so there will be plenty of time to test other options.

To automate direct messages you can use CrowdFire.

Follow/Unfollow

The third strategy is very simple. You find people related to your niche and follow them hoping that they will follow you back in return. To find relevant people you can use Twitter search and filter them by keywords related to you niche. Also, you can find an influencer in you niche and follow his followers. To make it easier, you can use Tweepi. It will help you find more targeted users.
However, a few months ago I found one interesting article from Karan Thakkar about growth hacking Twitter. He showed a way how to follow hundreds of people in a few seconds without using any third-party tool. You just need to follow these steps:

  1. Open your Twitter account with Google Chrome
  2. Go to influencer’s follower list
  3. Press Ctrl+Shift+J to open a Developer console
  4. Copy/Paste the code below into this console and press ENTER:
a = setInterval(function () {
window.scrollTo(0,document.body.scrollHeight);
$(‘.not-following .user-actions-follow-button.js-follow-btn’).click();
}, 100);

 

It will automatically scroll through the page and follow all visible users. To stop this script just copy the code below and press ENTER.

clearInterval(a)

 

My advice would be to follow about 100 people a day. Otherwise, you might raise a suspicion which will lead to your account suspension.
Also, we all know that after you reach the number of 2000 people you follow, you won’t be able to follow any more. That’s why you need to unfollow the ones that do not follow you back. A great tool to do that ManageFlitter. It allows you to unfollow 100 people every 24 hours. Don’t forget to give some time for people to follow you back. I usually wait for one week and only then unfollow them.

Favorites

And the last technique to interact with other people is by favoriting their tweets. By favoriting their tweets you get attention. Some will visit you profile, others will follow you or even retweet some of your posts.
The first thing you should do is make a list of hashtags related to your niche. Once you’ve done that use Twitter search and filter tweets by one of these hashtags. After you’ve done that, open the developer console in Google chrome and use this code:

a = setInterval(function () {
window.scrollTo(0,document.body.scrollHeight);
$(‘.ProfileTweet-actionButton.js-actionButton.js-actionFavorite:visible’).click();
}, 1000)

 

It will automatically scroll down and favorite all messages on the screen. It is allowed to favorite up to 1000 tweets a day. When you are finished, just paste the code below and press ENTER to stop the process:

clearInterval(a)

 

This little trick will let you favorite 1000 messages in just a few minutes. How cool is that?

Human Interaction

I decided that I don’t want my Twitter account to look totally robotic. That’s why I’ll spend few minutes a day interacting with my followers. I will be doing only two simple tasks:

  1. I will personally thank every user who will share my tweets
  2. And I will try to develop a further conversation with people who will respond to my direct messages

That’s it for now. This is the strategy I will be using in my experiment. I am sure that during the time some techniques will change and maybe some new ones will be adapted. From now on I will post an article every 30 days with the results I managed to reach and conclusions I made.

Hope you will find this experiment interesting. And, best of luck to us all!

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