social mediaWhen it comes to helping you out with Social Media, we often like to categorize things. For example, we’d write about the optimal timing of your posts, or how to come up with the best headlines, and the like.

What happened over the last few weeks though is that we collected a number of awesome tips to post on Social Media, that didn’t quite all fit together. So we thought, why not creating a list of unique tips, that might not have that much in common, but are hopefully still very useful for you!

So, here we go, a list of 6 rather random Social Media tips to help you improve your marketing today:

1. Stop making the most common Twitter mistake

Here’s a quick tip about a mistake that is made all the time on Twitter. In a HubSpot post, Jay Acunzo was kind enough to offer up his own experience with this for us to learn from.

Here’s Jay’s Tweet, which he used as an example:

The mistake is an easy one to miss, but it all comes down to the very start of the Tweet. Starting a Tweet with a username (this one starts with @HubSpot) means that only the sender, the person mentioned and anyone who follows them both will see it.

In this case, Jay and HubSpot will both see the Tweet in their timelines, and anyone who happens to follow both Jay and HubSpot will see it in their timelines.

Of course, anyone who scrolls through Jay’s whole Twitter profile would see it as well, but we want to focus on getting your Tweets into the timelines of your followers.

So, how do we solve this? If you really want to start your Tweet with a username, add a period to the beginning, like this:



Gary Vaynerchuck even created a 44-page slideshow for this one Twitter mistake. It’s definitely worth flicking through it:

So next time you want to Tweet about someone, don’t forget to add a period at the beginning if you want all of your followers to see it!

Of course, writing great headlines for Twitter, can often be a big pain in general, so we collected some of the best tips here.

2. Schedule your updates to post just before or after the hour

Convince & Convert founder Jay Baer shared a great tip in this Social Media Examiner post for scheduling your updates at just the right time.

If you’re trying to reach business people like marketers, office workers or managers, this is especially handy. Jay sets his Buffer schedule to post updates just before or just after the hour. He does this to catch people who are checking social media just before or just after a meeting.

Here’s Jay’s example:

Meeting is scheduled from 1-2 pm. Meeting lets out slightly early at 1:57 pm, and attendees check Twitter on the way back to their desk. Meeting goes a little long, and that dip into social media occurs at 2:03 pm.

Jay also makes a note that scheduling Tweets around common lunch and dinner times (if you can—time zones can make this a bit difficult) is a good way to make sure more of your posts are seen. When look further into the science of timing, there’re also some other great tips beyond Jay’s ideas.

3. Follow or favorite all people retweeting your articles to grow your audience

One tip that I learned from Leo when I joined Buffer was to keep an eye on who shares my content on Twitter.

Just by monitoring mentions of my username, I can find people who are interested in the posts I write, and then quickly follow them or favorite their Tweet.

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This is a good way to gather more followers who enjoy your content. You can also use a Twitter search to find people who aren’t mentioning you by name.

Try searching for your website’s name or URL, your full name and any specific keywords or hashtags that you use. If you don’t have time to reply to all of the matching Tweets, a quick favorite can help you make contact with those users.

Being able to get more Twitter followers with a number of tips that simply show gratitude are my favorite, since they’re completely non-intrusive and build on your previous efforts. We’ve written about more examples here.

4. Keep an eye on Facebook’s changing guidelines

Facebook has had some pretty strict guidelines for running promotions on your Page in the past, and it’s always a good idea to make sure you’re not in breach of any of these. In fact, their recent big algorithm change, turned the Facebook marketing world upside down.

What you might not know is that Facebook has actually lifted some of the rules for running promotions (they’re fond of changing things at Facebook). A recent Socially Stacked blog post looked at five of the guidelines Facebook has removed:

1. Promotions on Facebook must be administered within Apps on, either on a Canvas Page or a Page App.

You can now run promotions on your Timeline or by using a third-party application.

2. You must not condition registration or entry upon the user taking any action using any Facebook features or functionality other than liking a Page, checking in to a Place, or connecting to your app.

Now that you can run promotions on your Page’s Timeline, you can require a Comment or Like on your post for entry. You still can’t ask fans to enter by sharing your post on their own Timeline, though.

3. You must not use Facebook features or functionality, such as the Like button, as a voting mechanism for a promotion.

Not only can you ask fans to Like or Comment on a post to enter your competition, but you can use Likes as a voting feature now, as well.

4. You must not use Facebook features or functionality as a promotion’s registration or entry mechanism.

You can actually use a Like on your Page or a check-in to your business as entry into a promotion, now. Since Likes aren’t differentiated for promotions, however, the Socially Stacked team don’t recommend using this option.

5. You must not notify winners through Facebook, such as through Facebook messages, chat, or posts on profiles (timelines) or Pages.

Facebook has relaxed this guideline, so that you can now use the comment stream, status updates, your own blog or website, and even email or Twitter to notify winners.

Being in the know of Facebook’s changes is crucial, especially as they’re changing things so often and frequently.

5. Add a complete address to FB so people can check in

If you have a local business, or you manage the Facebook Page for one, this tip can improve engagement.

If you add a full address in your Page’s settings, your fans and local visitors can check-in to your business on Facebook.


You’ll need to make sure your Page is registered as a local business in the business type section for this to work, so it’s not for everyone. If you are a local business though, why not take advantage of this feature! For more Facebook tips, be sure to look at our Facebook section where we highlight a lot more.

6. Get more YouTube subscribers with this pop-up

For those of you who use YouTube as a main marketing channel, this is a great tip. It’s a really simple, easy way to increase subscribers to your channel.

This post on the Gleam Marketing Blog explains how to add a small light-box pop-up to your YouTube page, encouraging visitors to subscribe:


All it takes is adding this extra bit of text to the end of your YouTube URL whenever you share it:

Pretty easy, right?

What other social media tips do you have that I missed? Let us know in the comments.

If you liked this post, you might also like 10 Big, Recent Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn Changes You Should Know for a Better Social Media strategy and The 10 Most Popular Social Media Marketing Guides of the Buffer blog to Kick-start 2014

P.S. Recently we launched brand new Buffer for Business, with Google Analytics support, fan and follower growth options and more. Check it out and see if it can help your social media efforts.

Image credits: Nonprofit Tech for Good, Gleam Marketing Blog, HubSpot

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Written by Belle Beth Cooper

Belle is the first Content Crafter at Buffer and co-founder of Exist. She writes about social media, startups, lifehacking and science.

  • Another great post of great tips. Especially Tip #2 on posting time. Makes so much sense but never really thought about it. Great!

  • Albert Freeman

    Your explanation of “the most common Twitter mistake” is the best I have ever seen. It surprises me that not even Twitter explain that one. No wonder so many people make that mistake.

    The YouTube tip is rather smart. Does it work on mobile I wonder?

  • Thanks for sharing these awesome tips. I had no idea you could add periods like that in tweets. Reminds me of CSS classes. 🙂 I will definitely use Jay Baer’s tip and the YouTube one.

  • Brian Armstrong

    Wow, these are fabulous, especially the YouTube trick! Thank you!

    • Avril111

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  • Great Stuff!

  • Albert Freeman

    Another simple tip I’d offer is to get your image size right for each platform, and get this right at the beginning of the design process.

    For instance, Twitter’s timeline preview of images is approximately 2:1. So, if your image is 2:1 to start with, the whole thing will show up in people’s timelines. If your image is anything other than 2:1, be prepared that some of it will be hidden in the preview, only visible if people click to see the full thing.

  • Great tips, thanks very much 🙂

  • Julia Tomiak

    I had no idea about the limitations of starting a tweet with @- thanks!

  • Now this is truly value added content! I’ve never heard of the Twitter problem anywhere before and I make the mistake daily. The YouTube subscribe extension is also one of those, “Why didn’t they explain this?”, anomalies.

    Great job!

  • Thanks for the mention Belle 🙂

  • Awesome post, Belle! I love the one about posting status updates just before or after the hour. I never really thought of it that way before. Super smart.

  • Akash Agarwal

    Really, this is amazing. Now a day’s social media is the most favourite way of online marketing. You have provided here some random social media tips is just awesome. Thanks for sharing.

  • Lisa Randolph

    I read this right after I made the first mistake you listed! You would think they would add the period in automatically at the beginning if you are retweeting something.

  • I always wondered why people favorited my re-tweets. Now I know!

  • 6/6. Great stuff as always.

  • Randuser

    Actually popups like the YouTube one turn me off to subbing to your channel. I want to see content and not be delayed by a message to dismiss just so I can see what I came to see. If I like the content, then ill sub.

  • That YouTube trick is money

    • MikeMeisner

      Agree – love simple and effective tips like that. Possibly the best little golden nugget of the week.

  • Fiero Interactive

    We have made that first mistake so many times, could never figure out what the issue was!

  • Good roundup of tips. Amazing how many people don’t know #1!

  • Christy Rivers

    Great Tips! Thanks!

  • rocketwp

    Very handy tip on YouTube subscription. Great stuff as usual

  • David Lio

    Can you maybe give some tips for local social networks? what about websites like and others?

  • Arun Mehta

    Social media marketing provides a platform for our business. Some social networking sites like facebook, twitter, etc. provide such type of platform where you can you promote your business globally. But I would like to say, there are various social media agencies like evomantra, glocaledge, they provide good services & qualities in web promotion. You can choose one of them.

  • juepucta

    there is a special place in hell for people that dig pop-ups, they stopped being cool in the late 90s – other than that, the list is solid

  • WOW! Mind = Blown! Love these tips, and all your articles! These awesome pointers are things I can actually implement into our social media strategy!

  • Tia Johnson

    Mind blown with the YouTube trick. Funny thing is I saw a tweet today that had the “.” before the screen name. I thought it was a typo! Thanks for the info!!

  • Samantha Mykyte

    Awesome tips…I never thought about sending my tweets near the hour before. AMAZING!

    • Thanks, Samantha!

  • somnath

    In the twitter trends list, what is the difference between items with hashtag and those without?

  • Go Get Digital Corp

    This is a great post! Thank you for sharing it. #3 is so important to remember but so easily forgotten.

  • Thanks for these, certainly a couple that will make me tweak how I manage marketing stuff via Twitter

  • @bellebcooper thank you for the great tips! Oops, did it again…the old dog thing ya know.

  • What a fantastic article! So many great tips here, especially for twitter.
    Thank you for putting this together.

    P.S. I really hope there would be an image, which I could have pinned. ;-( such disappointment.