Save Time Managing Twitter with Commun.it

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So many different gimmicks out there are supposed to make your social media marketing easier. Many times, they just become a time-suck. Twitter is one of those invaluable tools, you can’t live with it and you can’t live without it. When I look at the statistics on my blog, Twitter is the number one referrer to my site. With that being said, it’s very difficult to monitor Twitter beyond the e-mails that you receive that tell you that you have a new follower.

How many of you know who your top supporters are in your Twitter community? How about the top influencers?

We’ve covered tools like HootSuite and Tweetdeck in the past and you can see that here. I believe those are wonderful tools, I use them myself. I want to share with you something that I’ve been using recently that actually reduces the amount of time that I have to be on Twitter.

Commun.it is one of the best relationship management tools available. It allows you to isolate your followers that are engaging with you, providing a tiered system of followers based on their activity and mentions. Finally, I’ve found a tool to do more in less time.

It works like this, your followers are broken down into three categories: Top Influencers (highest number of followers), Top Supporters (people who talk about you the most) and engaged Twitter users (ones that you’ve talked the most to in the past three days or week.)

If I want to give a shout out to my top followers, I click the link for top high value members (1) then click their picture (2), and then click the heart (3) and out pops a tweet, all ready to go—easy and fast. The best part is, you don’t have to search for the top people, it finds them for you and away you go.

You can do similar things with new followers or your top supporters; it’s all right there at your fingertips on your dashboard. This way, you don’t become a responder all the time, you actually become the initiator. People love random mentions about themselves.

Another neat tool is the “Monitor Engagement” tool. While we have other tools that can follow hashtags and such, this tool allows you to monitor conversation about any keyword, regardless of hashtags.

Let’s say you want to see who’s talking about service dogs. Not everyone that communicates via Twitter #’s everything, you can pick up a lot more conversation about your topic this way.

Plug in service dogs and up pops over a dozen Twitter handles that have talked about service dogs today. If I were Krista Tibbs (of Indies Unlimited fame), who has just released a book of short stories (one is about a service dog) then she would instantly have a bunch more people to follow and potentially buy her new book, Reflections and Tails. In addition, I can see there are 20 people talking about The Card at this time. Play with the different key words and even put website links in to see who’s talking about your stuff.

Go ahead, try it out and let me know what you think. There’s a free option as well as paid versions that allow you to handle more options. If you are looking for a quick and easy way to track and respond to your best Twitter followers, you can’t go wrong with Commun.it.

Author: Jim Devitt

Jim Devitt’s debut YA novel, The Card, hit #1 in three separate categories on the Kindle Bestseller list in early January and was a finalist in the Guys Can Read Indie Author Contest this past summer. Devitt currently lives in Miami, FL with his wife Melissa and their children. Learn more about Jim at his blog and his Amazon author page.

11 thoughts on “Save Time Managing Twitter with Commun.it”

  1. Thanks for this, Jim. My history with twitter is one of either too much time or ignoring it. This sounds like it might be part of the answer to finding that happy medium.

  2. Thanks for this post, Jim. I never understood Hootsuite or Tweetdeck, but this one seems a bit simpler to use, so think I will give it a try. And it isn’t not a tweet robot because I will never use a robot to tweet for me, it is tacky.

    1. You’re right Jacqueline, it’s not a robot at all. If you need any help, don’t hesitate to reach out.

  3. Jim, I think I need to go back to the beginning and read your tutorials. I looked at my Twitter feed yesterday and it was mostly authors offering free excerpts of their books. I want to know how to get readers and non-writers as followers. Have you covered that in a specific post? Help!
    Thanks for sharing your expertise.

    1. Thanks Lois, it’s great to build lots of twitter followers, but if they all do what you do, it won’t help you sell more books. I haven’t covered getting readers and non-writers specifically, but if you look at the previous post I did for “You asked for it” I touched on it a bit.

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