Get the business leader's guide to using Twitter to gain competitive advantage.
Since 2006, forward-thinking companies like Apple, JetBlue, Whole Foods, and GM have discovered the instant benefits of leveraging the social media phenomenon known as Twitter to reach consumers directly, build their brand, and increase sales. Twitter is at the leading edge of the social media movement, allowing members to connect with one another in real time via short text messages?called "tweets"?that can be received either via the Twitter site or by e-mail, instant messenger, or cell phone. Many companies have started building entire teams within their organization dedicated solely to responding to tweets from consumers about their brand. And this is just the beginning.
In Twitter Power, Internet marketing and Web innovation expert Joel Comm shows businesses and marketers how to integrate Twitter into their existing marketing strategies to build a loyal following among Twitter members, expand awareness for their product or service, and even handle negative publicity due to angry or disappointed consumers. The book also presents case studies of companies on the forefront of the Twitter movement, to help you develop your own social networking strategies. Twitter Power is the result of extensive testing and participation in the social networking community and is a must-have for any business that wants to keep up with the social media movement. Twitter Power features a foreword by Tony Robbins.
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Since 2006, forward-thinking companies like Apple, JetBlue, Whole Foods, and GM have discovered the instant benefits of leveraging social media site Twitter to reach consumers directly, build their brand, and increase their sales. Some companies have whole teams of specialists whose only job is to respond to the tweets of consumers.
In this revised and updated edition of Twitter Power, online marketing guru Joel Comm explores the latest trends in how businesses and marketers can integrate Twitter into their existing marketing strategies to build a loyal following among Twitter members, expand awareness of their product or service, and even handle negative publicity due to angry or disappointed customers.
Twitter Power is a must-have resource for any business leader who wants to keep up with the social media movement.
Twitter Tips from the Author
Driving Followers to the Mall
Look through my timeline, and you’ll see lots of different kinds of tweets. You’ll see links to my blog posts. You’ll see replies to my followers. You’ll see my opinions on politics, gaming, and social media. You’ll even see the odd quote that I’ve thrown in for fun and to spark some comments.
What you won’t see are tweets that tell people they should be buying my products. That’s not what I use Twitter for. I prefer to use it to build a brand and a community. In time, that will bring me more loyal customers and more sales overall. I can already see it happening in the number of visitors to my blog and the type of comments those visitors leave. But that doesn’t mean you can’t use Twitter to drive direct sales.
You can, but you have to follow a number of simple rules:
· Don’t do it too often. A special offer once a week is plenty. More than that, and you’ll start to look like a commercial Twitter timeline rather than a personal one. That will reduce the number of your users.
· Make the offers really special. Time-limited offers and discount coupons make followers feel that they’re being rewarded for reading your tweets. Being part of an exclusive club is a powerful motivator to keep reading.
· Keep the offers targeted. People will follow you for all sorts of reasons. They might have seen your Twitter URL on your blog. They might have seen a reply to you in someone else’s timeline. Or they could have read one of your re-tweeted messages to name just three.
They’ll stick around because they find your tweets interesting and entertaining.
With a group of followers that could be quite varied, the temptation might be to make offers for any products you can think of. If someone offers you an interesting-looking joint venture, you might want to mention it on Twitter, offer a discount code, and see if anyone bites. You could do that, and some people might bite. However, if your keep your offers closely-targeted to your specialized subject—whatever that subject might be—you’ll continue to come across as an expert, and because your trust levels on that topic will be higher, your conversion rates should be higher too.
In fact, they’ll enjoy them and they’ll see the company as having its finger on the pulse, as a firm that feels that it’s part of their community and that knows how to follow the community’s rules. Companies that are seen to view followers as nothing more than walking moneybags, though, aren’t going to pick up followers. They’re actually more likely to lose followers who were once customers.
Link directly to a sales page without making the follower feel that they’re receiving special treatment, and you create the impression that you really want to sell, not tweet.
Usually, the best way to drive followers to buying pages is to use the strategies we’ve seen already: Create entertaining tweets, and throw in occasional special offers that appear to reward followers while avoiding the appearance of a hard sale—or even that you’re marketing.
There is one exception though. A number of timelines have turned up on Twitter that take exactly the opposite approach. They’re a bit like Darren Rowse’s Twitterfeed account: They provide just one type of tweet and followers know exactly what they’re getting.
In this case, they’re getting nothing but special offers. Once in a while, MomsWhoSave (@momswhosave) will toss in a personal tweet. But it’s mostly discounts and coupon codes for its 8,375 followers.From the Inside Flap:
Do you know what Twitter is? You should—if you're in the business of promoting your business, that is. Twitter is a social media platform that lets users blast short messages, or "tweets," to members via the Twitter Web site, as well as cell phones, e-mail, IM, and even through Facebook. It's a great and effective way to keep people connected and up to date on what's going on in their social circle in real time.
But it's not just for staying in touch with friends. It's also a great way to publicize your business or organization. Presidential campaigns use it to keep supporters and volunteers up to date; activists use it to coordinate street protests; and the office of the Prime Minister uses it to keep Britons informed on politics. But most importantly, businesses are using it to interact with customers and other businesses in a whole new way.
Twitter Power shows you how to leverage the power of Twitter for instant business benefits—like reaching new markets and increasing sales. You can build a loyal customer following, expand your brand, and generate instant buzz when you integrate Twitter into your existing marketing strategies. The best businesses of today and tomorrow are using this high-tech, low-cost, and low-hassle technology to gain real advantages over their competitors.
Joel Comm, one of the world's leading social media and online marketing experts, covers every aspect of the Twitter phenomena. He explains what Twitter is and why it works; how to jump into the conversation and build a following; how to use it to build better teams and stronger brands; how to make Twitter your ultimate customer help desk; and how to use it to drive traffic to your Web site. Plus, Comm includes case studies of businesses that use Twitter successfully, giving you the examples and best practices you need to succeed.
Success in business is about staying connected—to colleagues, teams, and especially customers. Twitter offers a new, high-tech way to achieve that connectedness and build a better brand with a core of loyal, enthusiastic customers. If you want to learn to grow your business one tweet at a time, Twitter Power will show you how.
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