If you are actively involved in your social media activities, then you may have trouble coming up with new and exciting tweets to share with your customers on a daily basis. However, there is a simple fix for this. Remember, social media is about being social and interaction. When you are not sure what to [...]Continue Reading
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Almost daily there are so many changes to social media and in turn how they impact startup business that it often overwhelming. I am sure that you feel it is hard to keep up. Recently, a few new changes were rolled out across the web and I noticed a couple of patterns that I believe are [...]Continue Reading
You post interesting Tweets every day and add to your Facebook pages up to five times a day. People seem to like your posts, and you are obtaining a following. Good for you! But it may be time to take a closer look at your social media efforts. After all, you may be forgetting one [...]Continue Reading
Hi gang, I really love twitter. Actually, I can’t stand it. What a wonderful tool – and what a waste. I am so conflicted – I am the @chazbono of Twitter users. I’m not going to take the time to explain to you what Twitter is, because you already know what it is. It’s easy [...]Continue Reading
For better or worse, we live in a world full of numbers discussion. No matter where you go, someone is chatting about exact quantities and numbers. How many calories is that sandwich? How many RPM’s does that car do? How much did you earn at your first job? How many ounces did the baby drink [...]Continue Reading
You have signed up for Twitter, learned about Twitter Etiquette here from me, and NOW WHAT? You are an emerging brand trying to establish yourself. You know that Social Media, namely Twitter, plays a role in this process. BUT, you do not know what to do next? How do you connect, engage, and share with [...]Continue Reading
Summer has definitely settled in…..Everyone is busy enjoying some fun in the sun, and I think only in the mood for short and to the point posts. In light of that combined with the universal interest in swimwear during summer, I thought I would give some pointers to help avoid Twitter Behind today. As small [...]Continue Reading
As a small business owner and mompreneur, no matter where I turn, I am bombarded with emails, webinars, seminars and blog posts on the importance of being on Twitter. Well, I am on Twitter – Are You? In addition to having your own business website, writing a blog, managing a Facebook page, and participating in [...]Continue Reading
Hi Gang, “Ooohhh, so THAT’S why our fees are so high,” exclaimed eBay’s seller community today after eBay announced that it is acquiring GSI Commerce for $2.4 BILLION in cash and debt. Hey, I’m an optimist – at least they didn’t buy Skype again! This is a pretty interesting purchase if you ask me. A [...]Continue Reading
I love writing. No, let me put it another way, I love words. Writing is the one skill that I am grateful for. Yet, I’m the first to admit that I’m not a great writer, but just an okay one. There are people who take the written word to a whole new level, and while I [...]Continue Reading
Hi gang, I really dislike the phrase “weight loss”. “Weight loss” implies something accidental, like “wow, I’ve lost my keys,” or “Wow, I must’ve lost my mind when I bought that Wham CD”. Believe me, I have not “lost” weight. I know exactly what I did with it and where it went, thank you very [...]Continue Reading
I’m getting tired of Twitter. There are some days when I don’t log on at all. When I do log in, I am wonder to myself; “Is anybody really listening?” There are some people who are on Twitter constantly, all day long it seems. And it’s fun to see what they are talking about; just [...]Continue Reading
Social media has changed the face of marketing forever. What was once a one-way message pushed from the company to the consumer has become a two-way conversation, requiring both parties to participate. Now your customers have a voice in the marketplace and their voices are loud and clear. One study showed that an unhappy customer [...]Continue Reading
2. Tweepz: http://www.tweepz.com
5. Streetmavens: http://usa.streetmavens.com
7. Journalist Tweets: http://journalisttweets.com
8. Media on Twitter: http://www.mediaontwitter.com
9. Muck Rack: http://www.muckrack.com
10. Listorius: http://listorious.com
11. Twitter advanced search: http://search.twitter.com/advanced
12. Journalist Tweets: http://journalisttweets.com
13. Media on Twitter: http://www.mediaontwitter.com
Manage Twitter on Your Computer:
14. Tweet Deck: http://tweetdeck.com
15. Seesmic Desktop: http://seesmic.com/seesmic_desktop
17. Nambu: http://www.nambu.com
18. Tweetie: http://www.atebits.com/tweetie-mac
Manage Twitter on Your Mobile Phone:
19. OpenBeak: http://www.orangatame.com/products/openbeak
20. Tiny Twitter: http://www.tinytwitter.com
21. HootSuite: http://hootsuite.com/android
22. TwitDroid: http://twidroid.com
23. NanoTweeter: http://code.google.com/p/nanotweeter
24. Twitter for iPhone: http://www.itunes.com
25. Echophone: http://www.echofon.com/twitter/iphone
27. HootSuite: http://www.hootesuite.com
28. Twuffer: http://www.twuffer.com
29. Social Oomph: http://www.socialoomph.com
30. Ping.fm: http://ping.fm
Personalize Your Twitter Background:
31. TwitrBackgrounds: http://www.twitrbackgrounds.com
32. Twitrounds: http://twitrounds.com
33. TwitBacks: http://www.twitbacks.com
Market Your Small Biz with Twitter Applications:
35. Easy Tweets: Promote your biz: https://easytweets.com
36. Twitjump: Monitor your brand: http://www.twitjump.com
37. Listorius: Find the top lists to follow: http://listorious.com
39. Twt Apps: Applications especially for businesses: http://twtapps.com
Just for Fun!
40. Twittersheep: http://twittersheep.com
41. Playtwivia: http://twitter.com/playtwivia
42. Tweetbomb: http://twitter.com/tweetbomb
45. My Tweet Cloud:
Twitter Tips and How To’s
49. Twitter Power 2.0, by Joel Comm (book)
Wendy Kenney is a nationally known Buzz Building Expert and the Founder and CEO of 23 Kazoos, a marketing firm specializing in inexpensive and creative small business marketing strategies. She has honed her marketing skills through over 26 years of entrepreneurship and business management.
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I didn’t like Twitter at first. I thought it was random, and stupid, and a waste of time, and so right after I first signed up I deleted my account. But after a while I kept hearing the testimonials from people who loved Twitter and so I thought I would give it another shot. I’m [...]Continue Reading
(Great tips for handling customer service here.) These are great starting points and should serve as the foundation for any small business looking to incorporate social media in their marketing efforts.
While those are great steps for getting started in social media, it’s important that companies don’t stop there. The real key to your success lies in your ability to actively engage that target demographic. I urge you to roll up your sleeves a little and try some new strategies this year to finally get some ROI from social media. To get you started, I’ve brainstormed a couple ideas below.
- Include a playful and creative flyer in outgoing packages encouraging participation and possibly offering a reward… “Be a sweetie! (attach some candy to the card) Post a pic of you wearing this t-shirt on our Fan Page and we’ll send you a $5 gift card.”
- Create a survey on Facebook or poll on Twitter (twtpoll) asking “friends” to vote on which new products to sell/create…the winning product will be offered to survey participants first, and at a discount. (See how Modcloth does this here)
- Track down recent customers on Facebook and “friend” them with your companies Facebook page (who doesn’t want more “friends”?)
- Spend money to make money…hire a Community Manager that will actually have the time to effectively target and engage new customers and strengthen your online branding. (Not sure what a Community Manager does? Read this by Chris Brogan.)
I truly believe social media is the future for small business marketing and I hope you can find at least one of these ideas helpful in your efforts to engage online. Always be on the lookout for innovative new ideas to reach your customers and don’t be shy. A sincere, heartfelt, and playful “hello” to your customers will be appreciated more times than not. Just make sure you have the infrastructure in place to monitor, measure, and manage all those new customer interactions.
Need help with your social media campaign? Contact me directly here!
I apologize for the outlandish headline, but I don’t really think it’s any more outlandish than crowning Threadless as the sales guru of Twitter. I’m sure you’ve read some recent press in the media bragging about Threadless being the company to emulate when it comes to monetizing on Twitter. (Read one article from Inc here) [...]Continue Reading
So what does this mean for small business?
If you haven’t jumped in on the social media bandwagon yet, now is the time. Customers and clients are using their blogs, tweets, facebook status updates, and more to talk about your brand. (Don’t believe me? Watch this.) With the birth of social search, these conversations will now be mainstream for all of Google to see. In other words, your customers will directly effect your Google search rankings.
Will Twitter be more business friendly in 2010?
Absolutely. Their real-time search collaboration is a big step in the right direction and Twitter isn’t stopping there. It has also launched a “Contributors” function (invitation only for now) which allows companies to have several authors send tweets under the same company profile. It is rumored that this may be one of the many new features in a “business class” Twitter account. These accounts would be part of an anticipated paid model launch in 2010. Also highly anticipated is the new emphasis on GeoAPI which will allow tweets to be seen with geo-location information. (Click here to read more.)
So what should you do?
Take advantage of this new opportunity to leverage social media in your favor by developing a listening strategy (read my post here for a how to), ensuring that your current web collateral can easily be shared socially (use AddThis or ShareThis buttons), and abandon spamming your marketing messages via your social networks in favor of developing mutually beneficial online relationships with key influencers in your industry.
Share your thoughts below in the comments! Are you using Twitter for Business?
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I wouldn’t encourage the naysayers to start chanting “the wicked witch is dead” just yet, but there has been a definite decline in Twitter users. According to the latest research from eMarketer, Twitter posted a decline in users from 23 million to 20 million. How is this possible you ask? Easy. The honeymoon is over [...]Continue Reading
Ready or not, Google is turning real-time. In the past week, Google has started including real-time listings on the first page of its results. The initiative is appropriately called “Real-Time Search.” So, instead of just listing articles, images, videos, blog postings, etc. in its results, Google is now incorporating a list of rotating items from [...]Continue Reading
You want more traffic coming to your website, right? If you already create some type of content for your business, you should try these 5 content strategies to generate more qualified traffic to your site: 1. Target the Weekends The weekends experience a slowdown in business marketing content. Take advantage of the decreased competition by [...]Continue Reading
To follow up on a previous post requesting feedback on topics and offering to highlight members of the community, I learned of the BTS Blog started by Tom Blue, co founder of Lead411— BTS stands for Business, Technology and Sales. The BTS Blog is dedicated to discussing startups, business trends, bootstrapping, tech companies, sales and [...]Continue Reading
Twitter, http://twitter.com/, is a great way to build buzz about your products and services. But if you are using it for media relations activities, here are a few tips to keep in mind: 1. Keep it professional. Although you want to reach out to followers on a personal level, keep it professional and provide valuable information. [...]Continue Reading