How Twitter could make you richer #GetIn

By Charlotte Yau
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Though you wouldn’t know it from many people’s feeds, Twitter can be used for more than celeb gossip and cat pictures.

Twitter has become a vital way to keep in touch and follow what is going on in the world. It is also a great way to get free stuff and make a little bit of extra dosh.

Voucher codes

No-one pays full price to eat out anymore. Always check online before going out and paying the full price for a meal or cinema ticket. Aside from their own websites, Twitter can be a great source of voucher codes, helping you save on experiences, meals out and more.

The way that you redeem voucher codes hasn't changed; Twitter just provides a handy shortcut. Follow @vouchercodes@Voucherbox and @vouchercloud to keep up with the latest voucher codes and your ticket to cheaper stuff!

Complaining

Whether your internet is on the blink again or your train is always delayed, Twitter has opened up the ways you can complain. It’s the modern equivalent of writing to a company address but much easier and you’re more likely to get a decent response. Complaining on Twitter has boomed in recent years, producing some of the finest customer service exchanges of all time.

Many big companies have dedicated customer service feeds that you can complain to or you can tweet senior people directly. It is a great way to name and shame and get something off your chest, but complaining on Twitter can also get you money and freebies if you do it right.

Here are some top tips. 

Use the company’s Twitter handle and company name within your tweet so that it can be seen by as many people as possible. Perhaps another user might be having the same issue

Make it short and to the point, summing everything up in 140 characters or less. Your argument will start to lose impact if it carries on over more than one tweet 

Don’t be rude. Avoid this altogether by using humour to get your message across. If you don’t receive a reply, point this out in a follow-up tweet

Don’t swear! Some brands may have a policy that prevents them from responding to abusive tweets 

Ask a friend or family member with a lot of followers to retweet your complaint. The more people that have seen it, the more likely you are to get a speedy response

Crowdsourcing

If you are looking to embark on a money-making venture Twitter can provide a wonderful stream of ideas and supporters for your budding business.

Once you get going, Twitter is still a great way to sell your products or services as long as you follow the right people and get the right followers. Remember to promote discounts and offers to keep your followers happy.

Sponsored tweets

Agreeing to do sponsored tweets can earn you a healthy bit of extra cash, but you need to have a presence on Twitter first.

The company you’re dealing with will need to know how many followers you have, how much influence you have over said followers and how many times you’ve tweeted before they take you on. Of course they’re not going to expect you to have as many followers as some celebrities, but as few as 100 will generally do. They’ll probably need to know how long you’ve been on Twitter too. 

The company will give you guidance on how to create a sponsored tweet, but as a rule you’ll need to state that it’s a sponsored tweet or ad to avoid misleading your followers.

Being paid for posting affiliate links works in much the same way; just don’t bombard your followers or you risk losing them. 

Competitions

Winning competitions on Twitter is really easy on the surface. All you normally have to do is follow and retweet to be in with a chance of bagging a prize.

But because they’re so easy to enter and the entries aren’t always truly randomised, they can be really tricky to win. To maximise your chances, try tweeting near the competition closing time, interacting with the promoter. Being a popular Twitter user also helps, but we’ll cover more on that later.

Avid ‘compers’ should try Hootsuite if they’re using a desktop. This will help to organise several Twitter feeds and searches into multiple columns which makes it much easier to find competitions and track hashtags.

Follow the right people

Sometimes in life it’s about who you know, not what you know, and for Twitter it’s no different. 

So if you are looking for a job in a particular industry then follow the top people, or if you are into a particular brand or team then follow anything associated with that. Also use hashtags to find people with similar interests or so that people can find you.

Top Takeaway

There is plenty of useful tools at your disposal on Twitter to help make and save you money. You just have to be looking for and following the right people and businesses.  As a starting point though, make sure you follow giffgaff money @giffgaffmoney

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