The Central Bank of Indonesia Reaches 100k Twitter Followers

The Central Bank of Indonesia Reaches 100k Twitter Followers

Social media banking. In April 2014, the Central Bank of Indonesia reached a major social media milestone with 100k twitter followers on the @bank_indonesia twitter account.

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As part of our Visible Banking Twitter Watch series, my Team now tracks well over 3,000+ twitter accounts (bankinginsuranceinvestmentcards and payments) globally: over 220 million twitter followers from 88 countries (1st May 2014).

Congratulations to the Central Bank of Indonesia (@bank_indonesia) for recently reaching no less than 100,000 twitter followers!  It positions their twitter account in the global top 50 financial services accounts.

@bank_indonesia’s growth in Q1 2014

In the last three months, @bank_indonesia added 12,000 new twitter followers.

Central Bank of Indonesia Twitter Followers Tweets Q1 2014

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If it is easy to have a twitter presence, and create one or several twitter accounts, it is much more challenging to build trust and establish yourself as an authority and a source worth following on the popular microblogging service.  Twitter is saturated with a mix of inactive or spamming accounts (mostly fake, bots or ghosts) and the volume of noise and meaningless conversations has reached an all-time high.

To have a chance to achieve success on twitter, and in social media in general, you must:

  • Know Your Followers (KYF©): so you have a big twitter follower base? Good for you. Bear in mind that it is easy and cheap to buy tens of thousands of ‘real looking’ twitter followers nowadays.  Like with your facebook fans, you must aim to attract the right followers. The valuable ones: influencers, journalists, business partners, employees, prospects, customers.  Size is important, but it is not everything.

  • Tweet and engage with your audience on daily basis (SMO): having an account and pushing the occasional press release is not enough. Tweeting once a day a few tweets in a row with a poor syntax (hence virtually no reach) doesn’t work.  You must understand the popular social media channels like twitter or facebook, design and implement a smart twitter strategy based on quality content, engagement, response, and call to action.

How do you think you compare with your peers in banking or insurance?  Do you feel your current twitter presence doesn’t generate enough activity?  How much do you know about your ‘communities’ on twitter and facebook?

As usual, I invite you to share your comments on the Central Bank of Indonesia’s major 100,000 twitter followers milestone, and also your best practices on twitter and social media in financial services here, on twitter or on google+.

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Based in London, Christophe is an entertaining social media keynote speaker and a trusted advisor to the global financial services industry on the topics of social media, social business and digital innovation. Christophe has contributed to over 140 events in 18 countries. Currently, Christophe is 'Social Media Senior Managing Consultant' at IBM Interactive Experience. He's also a Digital Advisor at the Financial Services Forum and the Moller Centre (part of the Churchill College in Cambridge). Christophe's views on VisibleBanking.com are his own, not necessarily his employer's.

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