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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.
Picked this book up. Quick and easy read that gave a lot of good insight for a first time e-commerce twitter user. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mikkel Linskey
I thought this book was ridiculous. I don't know a lot about Twitter, simply b/c I don't use it. However, this book was written more so on common sense. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sheena Youngers
This book was a decent resource, but it is heavily outdated at this point. It had points like 'connect Twitter to MySpace' and suggested social networks like 'Plurk' which I don't... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Troy Blackford
I bought this book in an effort to help me kick start my art business, and Joel's advice helped a lot! Read morePublished 12 months ago by Sam
So far so good But has yielded 2-3 tips so far in fiirst few pages. Should finish in a day or soPublished 17 months ago by Marty Roddy
I thought this book was absolutely awesome. I have avoided social media, esp Twitter for a long time. Only have people I care about on Facebook (friends and family). Read morePublished on September 19, 2012 by papillonmom
This book livened up Twitter for me. As I read, I started to think about my favorites, as in my favorite podcasts, movies, and books. Read morePublished on June 30, 2012 by Bill at Torg Stories
If you want to get into the Twitter game, step-by-step and reap the many rewards, this is the book for you.Published on June 25, 2012 by Cinn
This is a book for people who are serious about growing their presence on twitter. For those of you who just plan on reading this book once and then getting 10 thousand followers... Read morePublished on May 28, 2012 by Luis Castle