In the small business and blogging world, social media can be one of the most mystifying and time-consuming parts of the day. That is, until you find a formula that works for you! I finally found the right tools that shot my Twitter growth into overdrive. The best part? It took just minutes a week to manage!

I’ve gained nearly 1,000 followers in less than a month. My tweet engagement increased by over 80%! I’ve saved time and energy, all while increasing website traffic. If you’ve been looking to increase your following while minimizing your stress, here are the tools I used.

Narrow

I heard from a fellow blogger about a wonderful Twitter growth tool called Narrow. She’d seen wonderful results with it, so I decided to give it a try. Originally I was a bit leery about the $20 a month price tag for the “Basic” account, but was reassured by Narrow’s money-back guarantee.

Narrow allows you build a targeting following by entering hashtags, keywords, and locations that are pertinent to your niche. It took less than 10 minutes for me to set my keywords. Within days, I had a great set of analytics to work with. The analytics are easy to use and show which keywords are bringing the highest results so you can further define your focus. I was actually surprised to see which keywords were bringing the most followers for me! It helped me zero in on the type of content I should be sharing more of.

Click here to check out Narrow for yourself.

Post Planner

This app has been the single most time saving social medial planner I’ve found! Not only can I schedule my own content to post, the folks at Post Planner have gathered some of the top performing content from around the web for you to share with your followers. To make things even better you can schedule both Twitter and Facebook posts. This is especially handy since I have Twitter and Facebook pages for ┬áboth my business and the blog.

I credit Post Planner with the boost in my post engagement. They make it easy to find and share content that interests my followers. To make things even better, I can plan an entire week’s worth of posts in less than 45 minutes! It used to take me hours to find great content to schedule and share.

For more about Post Planner, check out their site here.

Final Thoughts

During the past month, I’ve also experimented with pinned tweets. With all the new traffic I’ve generated, my top-performing pinned tweet was seen thousands of times. It not only reached, but exceeded goals for my last sponsored post in record time. If you have a blog post or business offering you want to make especially visible to your audience, pin the tweet!