How to Use Twitter Tailored Audiences

social media how toDo you use Twitter to market your product or service?

Do you want to focus your marketing to reach specific Twitter users with Twitter ads?

Twitter tailored audiences let you target people based on previous engagement with your website or content.

In this article you’ll discover how tailored audiences can put your Twitter ads in front of people who’ve already shown an interest in your business.

Using Twitter Tailored Audiences

In order for your company to take full advantage of tailored audiences, you need an Ad Partner account and a Twitter Ads account.

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Twitter offers two types of promoted ad options.

Ad partners collect data that identifies your audience, which you can use to market to your customers. Twitter ad partners include Adara, AdRoll, BlueKai, Chango, DataXu, Dstillery, Lotame, Quantcast, Conversant (formerly ValueClick) and [x+1].

When your ad partner is in place, set up your Twitter Ads account. The process is pretty straightforward and doesn’t take long.

Here’s what you need to know about the two options you have to promote your business via tailored audiences.

Get Visibility With a Promoted Account

The first option lets you use promoted accounts to get more Twitter followers or build an active community of influencers and advocates.

Promoted accounts are part of Twitter’s Who to Follow widget and boost follower growth through suggestions made to your target audience.

promoted account follow suggestion

Example of a promoted account from Merrill Lynch.

Here’s how to set up a tailored audiences ad for a promoted account.

In your Twitter Ads account, click on Create New Campaign, and then click on the New Promoted Account Campaign button.

creating a new promoted account campaign

Creating a new promoted account campaign in Twitter Ads.

Enter your campaign name and choose the campaign timeframe.

naming a new promoted account campaign

Promoted account campaign name.

Then, choose Tailored audiences as the primary method of targeting.

targeting a promoted account campaign

Choose Tailored Audiences as the primary method of targeting.

Select the audience list you want to target from your Twitter ad partner.

target promoted campaign by lists

Import your first list audience from your Ad Partner account.

Next, select the geographic location you want to reach.

target promoted campaign by location

Choose all of the locations you want to reach.

Now you’re ready to create a tweet that tells users why they should follow your account.

promoted campaign tweet text

Enter your promoted tweet text.

Finally, enter your campaign budget information, and then save the campaign.

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Promoted account campaign.

Here are three ways businesses are using the Promoted Account feature.

1. Convert Existing Customers Into Twitter Followers

Seth McKeel created a promoted account campaign to suggest following his Twitter account to customers who recently interacted with his website.

sethmckeel promoted account tweet

Example of a promoted tweet encouraging users to follow.

2. Communicate With Devoted Brand Supporters

Twitter Small Biz uses promoted accounts to make tweets containing useful and valuable content visible to their most frequent visitors and individuals who’ve visited websites that are associated with your brand.

twittersmallbiz promoted account tweet

Example of how Twitter Small Biz is tweeting useful and valuable content.

3. Target a Specific Group of Customers

Like SERPs, you can use a promoted account campaign to deliver a customized message to prospects who abandoned their online shopping carts, customers who recently bought something from your online shop or any other customer subset in your database.

serpsapp promoted account tweet

SERPS is targeting advanced SEO firms to use their software.

Reach Specific Users With Promoted Tweets

The second option lets you use promoted tweets to show relevant tweets to a specific target audience.

Promoted tweets are displayed at the top of relevant search results pages, within search results for promoted trends, in the Twitter feeds of users (if relevant), in Twitter’s desktop and mobile apps and in several third-party Twitter clients.

twitter promoted tweet example

Example of a promoted tweet on Twitter.

Here’s how to set up a tailored audiences ad for promoted tweets.

In your Twitter Ads account, click on Create New Campaign, and then click on the New Promoted Tweets Campaign button.

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Creating new promoted tweets campaign in Twitter Ads.

Just as with the promoted account campaign, you’ll need to enter your campaign name, choose your timeframe and select tailored audiences for the primary method of targeting. Then, choose the audience list you want to target from your Twitter ad partner and define the location you want to reach.

Next, select whether you want to manually or automatically add the tweets to promote. For the automatic option, Twitter will promote up to five of your most engaging tweets.

choosing promoted tweet campaign manual upload

Enter your promoted tweet.

Again, enter your campaign budget information and save your campaign.

promoted tweet campaign budget

Promoted tweet campaign budget.

Here are three ways businesses are using the promoted tweet feature.

1. Follow Up on Customer Interests

With a promoted tweet, target people who clicked on a link from an earlier tweet and serve up related content and further your relationship with them.

Mass Relevance‘s ad partner identified me as being interested in content marketing so this promoted tweet was shown to me.

massrelevance promoted tweet

Mass Relevance takes advantage of the data collected by their ad partner to target users.

2. Regain Top-of-Mind Presence With Inactive Customers

Develop a promoted tweet campaign to target customers who’ve not visited your website for some time to remind them of your brand.

This price drop tweet from Nokia showed up in my stream months after I’d visited their site.

nokiaus promoted tweet

Nokia targets past website visitors with promoted tweets.

3. Connect With Potential Customers

Send a promoted tweet to target possible customers who’ve conducted searches for products related to your brand or visited sites similar to yours.

I’ve never visited the Eventable website, but they identified me as an in-market consumer. They targeted me with this tweet for consumers interested in in-market solutions.

eventable promoted tweet

Eventable targets people who’ve searched for in-market products.

Over to You

Tailored audiences help you examine each customer at an individual level and select the most appropriate kind of outreach that signifies maximum value for your business. They provide marketers with the capability to focus their marketing campaigns using external data obtained through your Twitter Ad Partner account and your website.

Use the examples in this article to give tailored audiences a try and see if they’re a perfect fit for your business.

What do you think? Will you use tailored audiences for your business? Have you tried it? What other online marketing avenues do you use that other businesses need to know to help them increase traffic? Let me know in the comments below.

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About the Author, Robert Kilonzo

Robert Kilonzo is a sales and marketing specialist for Omnistar Interactive, a web based software company that provides tools to help businesses sell more. Other posts by »




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  • Jasmine

    Twitter Ads not available in India region? Any idea by when they will introduce in India?

  • http://www.osiaffiliate.com/ Robert Kilonzo

    Hey Jasmine,

    It looks like the self-service option is not yet available in India. You can get more information about your eligibility and submit a request to express your interest here https://support.twitter.com/articles/20170376-about-eligibility-for-twitter-ads

  • http://entrebond.com Blake Schreckhise

    I am literally just about to start using twitter ads today! This is just what I needed!

  • http://www.osiaffiliate.com/ Robert Kilonzo

    Thanks and good luck Blake!

    Wish you much success :-)

  • http://entrebond.com Blake Schreckhise

    Thank you I hope it goes well for me!

  • http://www.bloggingfromparadise.com/ Ryan Biddulph

    Hi Robert,

    Communicate with brand fans. Power tip. Build stronger bonds to increase brand awareness, spread the word and tailor your audience. Thanks!

  • MrZtch

    Unfortunately Ad Partners are not interested in Start Ups.Traffic volumes to low and costs to high. Any ideas how to get around this blockage welcomed.

  • http://www.osiaffiliate.com/ Robert Kilonzo

    Hey Ryan,

    Thanks for the power tip.

  • http://www.osiaffiliate.com/ Robert Kilonzo

    You can try promoting your twitter account and promoting your tweets with your Twitter advertising account; instead of Tailored Audiences. Also, try other retargeting options that are cheaper, like Perfect Audience.

  • Steve Warren

    Just be sure to measure response because these things don’t always work — you can set up a campaign that’s great in theory but usually you need to measure, adjust and measure again, maybe several times over.

  • Jitendra Padmashali

    Great!!! In December twitter announced the global availability of tailored audiences, giving advertisers the ability to reach visitors to their websites directly on Twitter.

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