Twitter is all the rage, but it is fairly new so many people aren’t sure how best to utilize this form of social media for maximum internet marketing opportunities. In a nutshell, twitter is a platform for website owners or bloggers to befriend each other and keep up with what’s going on with them. This is basically the technological way to network, and has become a must in the business world.
The way it works is you follow people you are interested in hearing from or about, and who you think are best to market your product or business to. But, keep in mind that this is social media; key word being social, so you don’t want to just dump all your latest blog posts on them, you want to interact with them. You are only allotted 140 spaces so your “tweets,” which is what your messages are called, are limited. This has been a major plus for many users, as they don’t have to read through a bunch of drivel. On twitter, you have to get to the point and fast. You can also reply to tweets others on twitter are posting, or send them a direct message that only they will see. This is how you build up the networking relationships that are vital in internet marketing.
In fact, there’s been a great deal of articles on how Twitter can be used for marketing purposes and I think most of them can be condensed to the simple aim of tracking and directing attention. Twitter allows you to monitor how influencers think or feel, and hopefully you get feedback through blog comments as well. Twitter isn’t the only form of social media, but it is the hottest one going right now. So, what are the biggest benefits to using twitter?
Personal Branding. This is what I mean by getting attention and directing it. Social media is one of the best ways to get your brand into the public arena, and it’s free! If you want to get a new blog or website noticed, this is really the fastest route to take.
Driving traffic to your site. Twitter can be used to get traffic to your websites, blogs or the sites of friends. Not only will new followers check out your site to find out more about you, they will also begin to respond to your tweets by clicking on the links you provide to them. One note here; make sure that the content you are tweeting about is useful in some way. Nothing will annoy the twitter community more than what’s called “link dumping,” or thinking automated responses are great ways to market your blog. But, if you or somebody you know has a blog post that you feel will inform, entertain or cause people to think, by all means share it with your followers.
Managing Your Business. Because you only see the tweets of those you are following, and vice versa, companies can use twitter as a business platform. Sign your employees up, and you can send out messages to them through this system easier and faster than even through emails.
Keep in touch with clients and customers. There’s a system called the Twitter Feed, which allows you to send tweets directly to those who sign up for your feed. This is a great way to utilize your client data base and market your company to people that are already interested in you.
There are many more benefits to twitter, but you really have to go on and found out for yourself. If you have a website or blog, if you want free and powerful avenues to utilize internet marketing and if you have a business you want to promote, social media has become the best way to go about it. How about you? How do you use twitter? Have I left any important information out? Please leave your comments, suggestions or questions and let’s learn together