If you’ve tried to use Twitter for marketing your small business and abandoned the idea soon after starting, you’re not alone. Plenty of businesses and individuals sign up for the service at the recommendation of a friend, only tweet a few times, and then give up because they don’t “get” what all the fuss is about. Here are some tips that can help catch you up to speed!
1. Make sure to post regularly and to Post quality links – If you link to another website, be sure it is worth the time of your followers. Also always Respond to Twitter mentions – Twitter users “talk” to one another by including the “@” sign in front of your Twitter name. Twitter allows you to see who has mentioned your small business Twitter account.
2. Include exclusive sales and discounts – Your Twitter followers can be an exclusive group to whom you offer special deals and discounts. Be sure to reward your Twitter followers, and encourage them to pass along the savings to their followers.
3. Use auto posting software – Posting on Twitter can be a time-consuming job, but you can spend just a few minutes a day writing quality posts to be published at a later time. Software like Hootsuite allows you to easily manage your social media accounts and save posts to be uploaded to Twitter at periodic intervals.
4. Analyze Your Twitter Analytics-You can post all you want on Twitter, but you won’t know how effective they are without analyzing the results. Use online tools like Klout.com, which is an effective website that measures your overall Twitter effectiveness and gives you pointers on how to improve your influence.