Find Customers Through Advanced Search In Twitter: A Guide

Find Customers Through Advanced Search In Twitter: A Guide


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What Is Advanced Search?

Twitter advanced search is an underrated, little-known tool that's been extremely effective for marketers and small business owners.

Advanced search is available when using the web app and is perfect for:

  1. Finding new customers
  2. Measuring the satisfaction of current customers.

This search puts leads right in front of you and allows you to reach people who have a specific problem that your business could help with.

Key Takeaways

  • Advanced search allows you to tailor your search results in a powerful way
  • By using the filters, you can easily find new customers and measure the happiness of current customers
  • Advanced search also allows you to find the latest news, trending hashtags, and world events faster.
  • This tool can only be used on the web version of Twitter.

Understanding Advanced Search

Advanced search allows you to tailor your search results to specific people, places and date ranges.

Once you've reached Twitter's advanced search, you'll see a variety of different ways to search, filter, and segment Twitters database of tweets.

Here are the filters you can sort through:


  • Contains all of these words
  • Contains this exact phrase
  • Contains any of these words
  • Contains none of these words
  • Contains these hashtags
  • Written in this language


  • From these accounts
  • To these accounts
  • Mentioning these accounts


  • Near this place
  • From this date


  • Tweets sent before and after a specific date


Real World Examples: Find Customers Through Advanced Search In Twitter

There's a few different ways you can find new sales leads:

1. Look for signs that users want to buy

Through advanced search, you can search for terms like "looking for" or "any recommendations" along with the product name to identify buyers looking to purchase something.

For example, if you want to find someone looking for a productivity software, here's one way you could approach this:


From there, you could identify those looking for this type of tool, and tailor your pitch (whether that be direct message, commenting on the tweet, etc).

2. Signals of customers being unhappy with a competitors product or service

The advanced search may also help you identify customers that are not satisfied with a competitors product/service.

Let's imagine you are a CRM startup and you're looking to find new customers

Here's one way you could approach this using "this exact phrase" filter:


Here's a snippet of some of the search results generated:


With the information you stumble upon, you can decide to make conversation with the customer or simply just use their feedback as internal information.

If dozens of customers are upset about a specific feature, this could be your opportunity to fill the gap in the market.

  1. Enter your search into the search bar on Twitter (web version).
  2. Click Advanced search, located underneath Search filters on the upper right of your results page
  3. Fill in the fields to refine your search results
  4. Click Search to see your results


Contributors to this article:

  • Pat Walls, Founder @ Starter Story
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