Thanks again to Mark Isherwood for submitting his Top 3 Online Marketing Questions.
Yesterday I answered his question, Do Traffic Exchanges Really Work?
Today’s question is:
Can you really expect good marketing results from Twitter? It would seem that you are only marketing to those who follow you.
The short answer is yes, you can expect good marketing results from Twitter, but you need to learn how to use it properly.
You see, Twitter is just a tool and there are hundreds, maybe thousands, of different tools available to you in order to market yourself and your business more effectively.
The great thing about Twitter is that it is a giant online conversation. I’ve heard it compared to a cocktail party or happy hour at the bar. There are different conversations going on around you, and based on your interests, you can step up and get involved in any of them. If you’re shy, this might seem a bit akward in person, but it’s totally expected on Twitter.
You can find conversations you are interested in by using the Twitter Search tool. Just type in the topic you are interested in and you’ll find people who are talking about it. Then, all you need to do is follow them to keep up with what they are saying.
I think where people go wrong with Twitter is that they try to use it as a direct marketing tool by always promoting their own stuff.
Well, nobody is going to follow you for long if all you talk about is you and your business.
Treat it like a real conversation and listen to what others say and then help promote them to your followers, which addresses the second part of your question.
When you tweet about something, you’re not just talking to your own followers, you’re potentially talking to their followers and their followers and so on. In essence you have a global audience. If you are sharing quality content and information it’s going to get passed around.
People like doing business with people they know, like and trust. Use Twitter to build relationships and the money will flow.
For more information about using Twitter for business, check out this handy guide created by Twitter called Twitter 101 for Business. Be sure to read the Case Studies and look through the Other Resources for additional ideas about using Twitter for Business.
Tomorrow I’ll answer Mark’s third question, “Is Google Adwords still the top marketing tool?”
To your success!