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Getting the most out of your Twitter Acct.

November 1, 2009

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I don’t pay for any twitter tools and I recommend you do not as well. There are plenty of free tools out there that are sufficient. I don’t claim to be a Twitter expert, but I wanted to write this after seeing that many of you don’t have a lot of Twitter followers. I consider that to be less than 200 for many and less than 50 for even more.

If the only reason you use Twitter is to keep up with friends and fellow sellers that’s fine, but if you want to market yourself on Twitter that won’t work. My purpose in using Twitter is to market to people that might be interested in my products. To use Twitter as a marketing tool you MUST get MANY followers that are interested in your product line. As of right now I have 1,100+ followers. I’ve been with Twitter for a short time and I do not pay to get that many followers. A lot of people will ask if you want thousands of followers and they’ll want you to pay for a tool, but who knows if you’re targeting your niche market with those techniques.

How have I gotten 1,100+ followers? TWITin (and Search.twitter.com sometimes) and Social Oomph. Allow me to illustrate. I did post these two tools in another post but I wanted to post them here to encourage everyone to take full advantage of their tweets.

Unless you are really interest in what someone has to say (like for me it’s celebrity dish) don’t follow the person unless they follow you. Some people start following you just so you follow them then un-follow you once you are following them. You don’t have space on your account to follow people that aren’t following you. You have a max of 2,000 people you can follow before Twitter starts looking at the ratio of followers to following on your account. I don’t know what the ratio is but I hit 2,000 the other day and they wouldn’t let me follow anyone new so I knew it was time to clean out a bunch of people that were not following me. I give people a few days to follow me before I will un-follow them. I try to keep the follow to followers ratio pretty close.
2. I don’t recommend un-following people that are following you just because you think you got ‘em. If you do that to someone like me I will un-follow you automatically.
3. Social Oomph has sooooo many functions. One being to un-follow anyone that un-follows you AND to automatically follow anyone that follows you. This is such a time saver.
4. You can also keep your multiple twitter accounts here so you can tweet from one central location.
5. You can set it up to receive emails when people tweet about keywords like your store name, something you sell or whatever you think you need to watch out for. I should note this tool hasn’t worked for me as I only received one email from it.
6. Social Oomph also allows you to set up tweets when you’re away from your computer. If you want people to constantly get messages from you set it up here. Remember that MANY people that will be following you will be following 1,000 others. So you want to make sure they read something from you everyday. If you only tweet once or twice a day you are going to get lost in the shuffle.

Don’t just post about your store on twitter. For me, that gets boring. If someone is following you that is only following 50 people they are going to get frustrated if all you put up all day is visit my store with a link. Frustration leads to an un-follow. Tell everyone about your day so you are seen as a real person. See what everyone else is tweeting about. It can be dumb stuff like “I just got the laundry out …. I hate laundry.” You might start a conversation with someone else that hates laundry. It makes you more personable.  I’ll tweet about my kids a lot because that’s the center of my world.  If I’m working on marketing ideas for the store I might say something about that.  There are a wide variety of things you can talk about that don’t include a link to your store.

I hope this helps everyone! I want to see higher numbers out there from everyone in my Selling Lounge and Buy It Sell It forums… IF you want to use Twitter as a marketing tool.

Do you have any favorite Twitter Tools?  What do YOU use Twitter for?

AngelaS

Awesome FREE Twitter Tool quality followers

October 25, 2009

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So I was trying to figure out how to mass follow people with interests in dogs to promote my website.  One search in google for “bulk follow” and I found it.

For those new to Twitter maybe I should review why I want to follow people that are interested in dogs, cats, or pets.  Well, many people on Twitter either have an auto-follow set up or they manually follow people if they are being followed.  OR maybe I just look interesting to that person and they decide to follow me back.  Either way, when I follow someone the goal is for them to follow me back.  And if people decide not to follow me back I go through and clear them out in a week or so using Karma (discussed in one of my prior posts).

I was using Twellow to look for people with interests in pets.  That was a bit tedious clicking on people one by one to follow them.  So I looked for the bulk follow as I mentioned above…. JACKPOT!  I found TWITin.  There are a few different ways to approach this site.

  1. First button you’ll see is FLUSH.  This is like Karma.  Get rid of anyone that isn’t following you.  Unless of course you really want to see what people have to.  Celebrities are fun to watch.  Or if you have friends on there.  Or marketers you want to hear from.
  2. The third button is RECIPROCATE.  That one is useful if you are not already auto-following people.  Social Oomph will help you set that up as mentioned in a prior post.
  3. The most important button: GROW!
  • If you click “GROW” without clicking a button on the side menu you will get people the system recommends you follow.  I’m guessing that’s based on who you are already following.
  • The People Search Button: Enter interests based on their bio, a word in their tweet, or their location.  People will come up.  You can “check all” and basically bulk follow about 25 people.  Refresh and do it again.  Another thing you can do is enter words people might use that you don’t want to follow.  Like if someone says “nude” or “naked” they will come up.  And I’m sure you can come up with a ton of other words you don’t feel you need to read on Twitter.  You can block them.
  • The Cross Follow Button” Allows you to enter the user name of someone and follow everyone they are following or follow everyone that is following them.  Maybe I want to get the followers of another store.  Or I think another store picked great followers.  I can follow whichever I choose.  Or both if I choose.

Thanks RotorBlog who came up first for the “bulk follow” search in Google.  There are a couple of other great sources offered over there as well that I might get into some other night if I haven’t already.

AngelaS