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How to Auto-Reply (and spread your message) With Twitter

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Update April 3, 2011
I originally wrote this article in 2009. It’s still one of my most popular, but I have to say, I don’t really recommend this method anymore. Twitter is five years old now and has really changed since 2009. The auto-respond practice has really been beaten to death. Now, when I follow people, I often have second thoughts about them if I get an auto reply. It feels spammy, and I sometimes look at the person I just followed with more scrutiny especially if the auto reply has a marketing message. Though more time consuming, I would recommend reaching out to your new followers in the public stream with personal attention or overall global value… Not an automated triggered response. Still, for those of you who’d like to know how to do it, read on.

Original article:
Twitter is a great marketing tool if you use it right.  Like any social media, it’s a relationship building tool.  When you earn the love and loyalty of your network, you find your stage has a pretty bright spotlight.  The more you use Twitter and contribute useful content, the more you find followers will find you.  There are many tools where your authority can be found aside from just surfing Twitter itself.

Twitter offers the ability to send a direct message to people who follow you.  Have you ever noticed on occasion when you opt to follow someone, you immediately receive a direct message with something like “thanks for following – check out my site at www…”  For that direct message to be sent, the Twitterer is either doing it manually (unlikely, especially if they’re busy) or using a web 2.0 tool like Tweetlater.  This Twitter auto respond tool lets you schedule your tweets, but also has a convenient “auto-reply” feature:

Auto Reply With Twitter
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Pretty useful to market yourself a little further.  Just make sure you have something to say in your Twitter auto messages.  It’s a great way to Twitter clients specifically, as well.

For those who were curious but didn’t ask, my Twitter obsession also hits Tweetdeck, Twhirl, TweetEffect, TwitterGrader, TweetBurner, Tweepler, MyTweeple, and TweetVolume pretty often.  I’m about as addicted to these as I am Firefox extensions.

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    1. D. A. Shaver
      February 12, 2009

      The auto response could a problem if you add self-promotional a message. Imagine you follow someone because they provide the same service that you provide. When you follow them your auto-response would send them a message offering to provide to them a service that they provide for their clients. Not a good way to get way followed back.

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    2. D. A. Shaver
      February 12, 2009

      The auto response could a problem if you add self-promotional a message. Imagine you follow someone because they provide the same service that you provide. When you follow them your auto-response would send them a message offering to provide to them a service that they provide for their clients. Not a good way to get way followed back.

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    3. Dave Crandall
      February 12, 2009

      In all marketing there’s a chance of a redundant message or sending your message to a competitor. I think this WAY outweighs that off chance.

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    4. Dave Crandall
      February 12, 2009

      In all marketing there’s a chance of a redundant message or sending your message to a competitor. I think this WAY outweighs that off chance.

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    5. Jordan
      March 29, 2009

      Super-Duper site! I am loving it!! Will come back again – taking your feeds also~! Thanks.

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    6. Jordan
      March 29, 2009

      Super-Duper site! I am loving it!! Will come back again – taking your feeds also~! Thanks.

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    7. Marketing Meerkat
      September 1, 2009

      Thanks for this info, Bill. That’s very helpful.

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    8. Marketing Meerkat
      September 1, 2009

      Thanks for this info, Bill. That’s very helpful.

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    9. Freelance MD
      November 28, 2009

      Nice. All the Twitter marketing and ad stuff in one place.

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    10. Freelance MD
      November 28, 2009

      Nice. All the Twitter marketing and ad stuff in one place.

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    11. turbochagers
      May 9, 2010

      useful info, thanks Bill.

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    12. turbochagers
      May 9, 2010

      useful info, thanks Bill.

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    13. Debbie
      August 16, 2011

      Where is your RSS I would like to follow you?
      Thanks,
      Debbie

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    14. Debbie
      August 16, 2011

      Where is your RSS I would like to follow you?
      Thanks,
      Debbie

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    15. @billsebald
      September 21, 2011

      @Debbie – my RSS is http://greenlane.wpengine.com/blog/feed/

      Thanks for the follow!

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    16. @billsebald
      September 21, 2011

      @Debbie – my RSS is http://greenlane.wpengine.com/blog/feed/

      Thanks for the follow!

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    17. Russ Sacks
      January 7, 2013

      Bill, I know this comment is late to the party but we recently did a study on the effect of using an auto response direct message in driving traffic to a website. Although the participants of the study were made up exclusively of those who publish investment newsletters, we determined that there was no statistically significant improvement or detriment to web traffic or emails acquired due to using an auto responder message. The promoters saw a better conversion rate by using other forms of twitter engagement, such as tweet thanking for the follow. You can read more at wordpress.rallytype.com

      We like you site by the way!

      Best wishes,

      Russ

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