Tweets that contain one or more hashtags are 55% more likely to be retweeted than those that do not, according to a recent analysis Dan Zarrella of HubSpot.

Zarella examined a dataset of more than 1.2 million random tweets to find correlations between the use of non-alphanumerical characters and the number of retweets. His analysis found two characters with particularly strong correlations: hashtags and quotation marks.

While not quite as impactful as hashtags, quotation marks also dramatically improved a tweet's chances of getting retweeted.

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Ayaz Nanji is a digital strategist and a co-founder of ICW Media, a marketing agency specializing in content and social media services for tech firms. He is also a research writer for MarketingProfs. He has worked for Google/YouTube, the Travel Channel, AOL, and the New York Times.

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