Twitter advertising campaign costs

Leaked Email from Twitter reveal costs per follower


Recommended link: Original post on the Drum

Our commentary on the costs of Twitter advertising

These are the costs revealed in the leaked email from Twitter’s ad sales department:

  • Cost of $2.50 and $4 per follower
  • $0.75 to $2.50 for each click, favourite, retweet or reply.
  • Commitment to a minimum campaign spend of 3 months and $15,000

Since Twitter introduced it’s advertising through it’s Promoted Tweets we’ve had questions from marketers about costs and whether the service would become available to advertisers with smaller budgets as is possible through Adwords, Facebook and LinkedIn.

This leak gives an idea of the costs and suggests the programme isn’t likely to become available to small and medium businesses any time soon.

Marketing implications of the Twitter fees

While most marketers will continue to use Twitter as a low-cost way of engaging and building an audience, it’s useful to know that advertising isn’t an option – if and when colleagues ask “why aren’t we advertising on Twitter?

If you work for a larger organisation or agency with larger budgets available for this programme this raises questions about the value of a follower compared to other channels. While the cost appears expensive at first glance, it may not be in comparison to other channels like Adwords where someone who clicks on an ad is arguably less engaged. It will be interesting to see ideas and cases on calculating the value of a follower in the same way email marketers assess value per subscriber.

  • Pingback: Twits « Unfounded Accusations

  • Bryan B

    I wonder if these prices have changed now. Have there been any updates that you know of? $4 a follower seems like a lot (even $2.50 is), and how they calculate it would make a huge difference. I’ve noticed a lot of people will follow and end up dropping a day or two later if you don’t follow back… I’m wondering how this would play into the pricing and calculations of true followers.

    • Dave Chaffey

      Hi Bryan,

      Thanks for the question. It seem you have to try it to find out since Twitter doesn’t have a self-service model that shows you readily.
      So, there are a lot of threads on Quora about this:

      No recent ones answer the question, but they seem in line with what you’re saying.

  • Shaira Kaye

    I have used some free training I found about Twitter Ads. A guy called Adrian Fleming has done a video and after watching it Twitter Ads are working really, really well for me too, the video is at

  • Yeasmin

    In uk how much it cost for advertising

Feedback Form
Feedback Form