Boost your Mailing List with Twitter’s Lead Generation Cards



Do you use Twitter?
Do you want to Increase your Email List?
Why not try Twitter’s Lead Generation Cards?!


Get Sign Ups Directly through Twitter

It’s now possible to get people to sign up to your blog, web site or email newsletter- straight through Twitter. You can even add this person’s details automatically to your CRM (customer relationship management tool).

It’s a technique I’ve been using for a few weeks now after reading this helpful post by Ryan Hoover called “Grow Your Email List with this Simple Twitter Hack“. It’s not really a hack, it’s a service from Twitter called Lead Generation Cards that were introduced back in May 2013. Initially the service was only available to big brands through Twitter Advertising, but Twitter made Lead Generation Cards available to all in August. You’ll have seen Twitter cards before- it’s the way Twitter gives a preview of the article a tweet links to, or an image or video. There are many types of Twitter cards including summary, photo, gallery, app, player, product and lead generation.

It’s best to show you an example of a lead generation card to show you what I mean. Instead of just replying to people who share your content or retweet you, why not give them the option to subscribe to your blog like this:

— Ian Anderson Gray (@iagdotme) November 26, 2013

lead-gen-card

I’ve really been able to boost the number of people subscribing to my blog and email newsletter since doing this. It’s also a great way of engaging with people and providing more value on Twitter. I included Twitter Lead Generation Cards in my “Thank You Replacement List” in the article Stop Saying Thank You on Social Media & Say Something Meaningful.

It’s a little tricky to set it up, but once you have you’ll be able to share your sign up link again and again.


Step 1: Sign into Twitter Ads

Firstly, you need to sign up for Twitter Ads.

Don’t worry, setting up Lead Generation Cards is completely free. However, unfortunately, to set them up you do need to enter a valid credit card number. If you’re not going to be using Twitter ads, don’t worry- your credit card won’t be charged. If you don’t add a credit card you won’t get the option for the cards, something I was confused about for a while!

Once you’ve added your payment information, you’ll see the creatives item in the top navigation. Click on this and then click on “cards”.

Twitter Ads Nav bar

Once on the creatives page you’ll see the option to create a lead generation card as well as a list of all previous cards.

Lead Generation Cards

To create you first card, click the big blue “Create Lead Generation Card” button!


Step 2: Connect your Email Marketing Software or CRM to your Card

The next stage will depend on what software you use for your email newsletter. I use MailChimp and so I’ll show you the options for that. However, Twitter Lead Generation Cards work with many other mailing list and CRM providers. Twitter has published a well written article on setting up Lead Generation Cards and gives links to the instructions of each provider:

In order to set up the lead generation card for any of the providers, you’ll need to create or get the following:

  1. Short Description 
    This is the headline for your lead generation card. Make it short and snappy, for example “Subscribe to my weekly newsletter!”
  2. Card Image
    This is a wide image (4:1 aspect ratio) for your card. This needs to be visually engaging and in keeping with your brand. The minimum size of the image is 600px (width) by 150px (height)
  3. Call to Action
    This is the text on the blue button under the image. In most cases you’ll want to put something like “Subscribe” or “Join”.
  4. Privacy Policy URL
    This should be the privacy policy on your website that shows how the information collected will be used.
  5. Card Details (Fallback) URL
    A page on your website where the person can find out more about you and your newsletter
  6. Submit URL
    The URL to which the data Twitter collects will be sent so that it your CRM or newsletter provider can add it to their database.
  7. ‘CUSTOM KEY NAMES’
     These are the names of the fields in your CRM or newsletter provider. For example the name of the NAME or EMAIL field.
  8. LIST ID
    Depending on your CRM or newsletter provider you may need to enter more fields such as LIST ID.

Here is a screenshot of my set up. I’ve hidden some of the more sensitive fields, but you should get the idea…

Create Twitter Card

Step 3: And you’re done!

You will then get the web address for the Twitter card. Copy this and keep it somewhere where you can access it easily. My Twitter card, for example, is https://cards.twitter.com/cards/p0r8x1/39d.

Let me know how you get on. Do you think you’ll find this useful? Have you used them yourself? Let me know in the comments below.


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About Ian Anderson Gray

Ian is a speaker, coach, social media consultant, web developer & Partner of Select Performers. In real life he is a husband, dad and geek and is rather partial to tea, coffee & Indian cooking. Find out more



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Dmitrii Kustov
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9 months 30 days ago

Do you know if there is a way to generate a LGC using twitter API?

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Lead master.in
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1 year 2 months ago

Hi,

Awesome post thanks for sharing such a wonderful post. I found something new in your post.

Thanks

Ian Anderson Gray
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1 year 2 months ago

So glad it helped. Let me know how you get on! Ian

Ryan Wuckert
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Ryan Wuckert
1 year 2 months ago

Could you revisit the set up. I think it has changed and there are no free cards any longer. OR could you clarify the credit card portion you mention in the article?

Thx
R

Ian Anderson Gray
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1 year 2 months ago

Sorry, Ryan, I seem to have missed your comment. Twitter are still offering lead generation cards for free. However, as I mentioned in the article, they do require you to add your credit/debit card because lead generation cards are part of the Twitter Ads section. However, they are still free, and you will never be charged unless you set up a Twitter ad. A little frustrating you need to add your card, but I’ve never had to pay anything I assure you. Ian

DeryckOE
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DeryckOE
1 year 2 months ago

Hello Ian,

First I have to say: “Great tutorial” I past from zero to be able to work with Twitter API Basics with minimal effort. Thanks for that, you gain a reader and follower.

Now, if you don’t mind I would like to ask for something I need to accomplish and I´m completely lost. I pretend to develop a simple web app with server stats to every Twitter logged user. API has a rate limit and I can´t server to all users using only an account. I think every user can authorise my app in their twitter account and get a API token and their own limits.

I’m right? How can I do that?

Thanks for your kindly help.

-Deryck

Ian Anderson Gray
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1 year 2 months ago

Hi and thanks for your comment.
Your question sounds like a response to another article I wrote on how to create your first Twitter app using PHP. In that article I show you how to build a simple Twitter app which will show you the latest tweets from a stream. There are different ways to authenticate with Twitter and it’s all a bit complicated to be honest. Most of the social media tools adopt the “sign in with Twitter” approach. In that case the app has it’s tokens and you have your tokens. When you log into the app, the app uses your tokens to authenticate with Twitter on your behalf. That means each authenticated user has their own limits. In the article, I explained how you could get all the tokens yourself- the app ones and your ones. Unfortunately I’ve not yet been able to work out how to set up a “sign in with Twitter” approach- basically because the wrapper script I used doesn’t support that. Hopefully one day I’ll be able to get my head round that!
Ian

DeryckOE
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DeryckOE
1 year 2 months ago

Thanks Ian. Sorry for comment here you´re right it´s not the article but I did not notice. I´m sort of newbie with Disqus. Thanks for your help with my issue, really.
Der.

Ian Anderson Gray
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1 year 2 months ago

No worries! Sorry I couldn’t help any further with your question, but I am working on it! If I learn anything new on this I will be writing an article on it! Ian

DeryckOE
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DeryckOE
1 year 2 months ago

Don´t be sorry. You help me more than you think. Now I know it´s a “Sign in with Twitter” I have everything more clear and I manage to get documentation specific to that subject. Have a great day and thanks again.
Der.

Ian Anderson Gray
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1 year 2 months ago

Glad I could help! 🙂

Adrienne
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1 year 10 months ago

Hey Ian,

I had to stop by and check out your blog. So hello there my new Twitter friend. Let me say, nice blog and I’m loving this post.

Now let me share my thoughts with you about this. I always have something to say! LOL!!!

This sounds like a good thing to do but I don’t like to ask anyone to sign up for my list. I do the encouraging through the relationships I’ve built and the help I’ve been able to provide them. Sure, if they are a new followers on Twitter and they haven’t visited my blog then they don’t know me from Adam. I do a lot of chatting though so I can remedy that rather quickly. Still, asking for subscriptions just isn’t my style.

I love the idea though and I’m definitely going to check it out. I mean if I happen to attach something like this maybe they’ll be impressed enough to want to come check my blog out right!

Thanks Ian and appreciate this information. Hope you’re enjoying your week.

~Adrienne

Ian Anderson Gray
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1 year 10 months ago
Hi Adrienne, Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment- it means a lot! In fact, what you say is music to my ears. I’ve had to do a lot of thinking about my mailing list recently and decided to put it on pause. It is important to have a proper strategy and a focus, and that is what I am currently doing. I’ve removed most of my sign up forms and am working on building relationships through my social channels. I think you’ve mentioned the most important thing- it’s about relationships. If people want to find out more about you and hear what you have to say, they’ll sign up for your mailing list. It’s much more important to have the people who are interested in what you are saying on your mailing list! Having said that, it’s also important to make it easy for them to sign up to the list- for example, a form on your website. However, I think Twitter’s lead generation cards can be a useful tool in your social media tool kit. I don’t use them very often, but sometimes it might come up in conversation and I can make it easy for… Read more »
Adrienne
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1 year 10 months ago
Hey Ian, Oh, my pleasure and I’m kind of happy to hear that you’re focusing on this direction instead. I remember being taught that it’s all about the numbers but that’s a bunch of bull if you don’t have a connection with any of those people. I would rather my list remain small and active then big and not worth my time or money to have them hanging around. If you hang around me long enough you’ll come to learn that I’m ALL about the relationships. I’ve built a great community on my blog and they have been so darn supportive. It’s true, focus on the relationships and it will definitely pay off. I’m kind of known for my long comments too but that’s only because I usually have a lot to contribute and that gets people interested as well. You are right though, it doesn’t hurt to have a form like that to make it easier for them if they want but if they drop by my blog my form is in my header too so you just can’t miss it! It’s all pretty easy actually. Thank you Ian for your response and great chatting with you about this.… Read more »
Melanie Deardorff
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2 years 1 month ago

This is great — thanks for the instructions. It took me a couple of tries, but I successfully created a card and set it up to connect to MailChimp. Now I need to figure out the best way to query MailChimp to see how often Twitter is the referrer …

Ian Anderson Gray
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2 years 1 month ago

Melanie, that’s great. I am glad you managed to get it sorted. It is a little tricky to begin with, but once you’ve sorted it you don’t have to do it again. As for the referrer, I added a hidden field to my list and sent “Twitter LG Card” to that field. Let me know if you need help with that.

MyOStaff
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MyOStaff
1 year 9 months ago

Hi Ian, I had this working a few months ago with Mailchimp but I now keep getting an ERROR:Unknown Test card failure. I have tried to go through the steps and while the URL of the Lead Generation card works where an email address is captured by Mailchimp, I am unable to use my Twitter Ad account to send out a tweet including the cards I created. I would appreciate if you could help me. Thanks in advance, Berny

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Praveen
2 years 2 months ago

Thanks Ian for sharing. This is true gem!

Ian Anderson Gray
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2 years 2 months ago

Glad you found it useful!

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Ian Cleary
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2 years 3 months ago

Very interesting Ian. It doesn’t support office autopilot but can you paste in html code from email providers?

Ian Anderson Gray
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2 years 3 months ago

Thanks, Ian- glad you found it useful. As far as I can tell Twitter Lead Generation Cards should be compatible with most newsletter providers and CRMs. All that Twitter does is to post the information to the provider as it would be if it was sending a form. If autopilot supports forms which it obviously does then it’s a case of finding out the Submit URL, CUSTOM KEY NAMES and possibly List ID. I’m very happy to take a look if you like. Have you got an example of one of your sign up forms?

Robert Hunter
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2 years 3 months ago

Fantastic. Thanks.

Ian Anderson Gray
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2 years 3 months ago

Glad you found it useful, Robert. Let me know how you get on.

Ryan Biddulph
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2 years 3 months ago

Ian, way cool! Any way to capture subscribes directly through twitter makes sense to me. So much engagement, so many tweets. Thanks!

Ian Anderson Gray
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2 years 3 months ago

No problem, Ryan- glad you found it useful. Do you use a particular mailing list provider?

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