Ever had ad copy you wanted to test without spending a fortune up front?

Ever wondered if your email subject lines are performing as well as they could be?

Here’s an easy way to get the answers to those questions: use Twitter.

If you’re wondering what sorts of things get YOUR audience to click, throw away all of the useless “perfect email subject line” infographics and other nonsense. None of those are tuned to your specific audience. At best, they’re generalizations of the Internet population as a whole. At worst, they’re completely non-representative of your audience and you may end up doing more harm than good by following a formula that actively offends your audience.

So how do you fix this problem? Dig into your basic Twitter analytics.

Start by going to ads.twitter.com. Go to the analytics menu. Select Tweet Activity. Then look for your top tweets in the most recent period in the table that appears:

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If you’re sharing regularly, some tweets will stick out as being favorited, retweeted, or commented more than others. Make note of them. Make note of the language structure you’re using, of the words, phrases, and syntax that resonates most with your audience. Then use that information to craft your ad copy for short-form ads like Google AdWords, or for subject lines in your email marketing.

After that, take those learnings and use them to keep creating better and more compelling tweets, so that you’re always testing, always improving your ability to catch someone’s attention.

Here’s why this matters: your audience is specific to your brand and company. They know you, they presumably trust you at least a little, and thus when you share things in social media that might be of use and value to them, you have a true and accurate way to measure their responses to you, day in and day out.

Of course, this tactic is predicated on the assumption that you routinely share useful information on Twitter with your audience in an attempt to be helpful, in an attempt to build trust with your audience. If you’re not doing that, then this tactic won’t work as well for you. Be sure you’re doing that first!


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