Let me be the first to admit, I had to be dragged, kicking and screaming on to Facebook. You can imagine how hard I tried to resist Tweeting. I thought it was the dumbest thing ever. Why would anyone need to broadcast their every move? However, once I realized just how much my tweeting would enhance my business, (like Facebook has done) I quickly became a big supporter.
Tweeting is so much more than just frivolous updates every few minutes. Of course there are always going to be people who only use Twitter for that purpose, but this article is a MLM training tool for those who are looking to expand their social or business networks.
If Fortune 500 companies are on Twitter, you better believe it makes since for every self employed, small business owner to do likewise. Where else can you simultaneously connect with so many for free? Connect with thousands of current or future consumers / fans / friends / subscribers with one single post. (140 characters or less)
There are services you can use like: TweetAdder 3.0 that will find people for you to follow automatically. You can use keyword searches with or without geographic locations. For example, I’m an consultant for a premium anti-aging skin care, health and wellness company, so I might do an automatic search for people with the keyword “anti-aging” in their profile. Since our company is just beginning to go global, I would type in the locations that our company is already in. These searches continue on their own as I go about my life. At the moment TweetAdder cost about fifty five dollars. In my opinion well worth the price.
It’s important not to get too greedy with these search tools. You don’t want to set it up to follow a thousand people in one day, that would start to look like you were trying to spam. Nobody wants to see that, including Twitter. So set up your automatic following to a maximum of about 100 per day. You can also setup the time these automatic searches run. Again you don’t want to look like you’re using an automated system, so set it up to run during normal working hours.
Most people will follow you back, either automatically or if they are intrigued by your tweets or Twitter profile. So make it interesting. In just months you’ll be able to increase your twitter followers by the thousands. You’ll be able to set it up to automatically follow the people who are following you. You can also set it up to “un-follow” the people who stop following you.
It’s not enough to just accumulate followers; you must also be making a connection with them. Of course it may be impossible to connect with all of them, but if you’re making an honest effort to respond and connect; it will definitely be noticed and appreciated.
It’s still a social networking site, so make sure you’re not cramming your business opportunity or product down everyone’s throat every single tweet. You’ll be surprised how many wonderful new acquaintances you’ll have in just a matter of weeks. Over time, you’ll build up a meaningful relationship with your friends / fans / subscribers / consumers. That’s what it’s all about in the end.
Another great tool that has really helped me to not become too overwhelmed is, TweetDeck. This is a great free tool that allows you to do many things. My favorite is the ability to post updates simultaneously to Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, LinkedIn, and even my IMDB page. That saves so much time. For those days when you just don’t have time to check in with all your social sites. TweetDeck rocks. You can post to all or just one of the sites. You can also include photos or videos to your post. Perfect for posting without getting sucked into spending an hour on Facebook. (which we all know is easy to do.)
To Tweet or not to Tweet. Hopefully that question has been answered. Having thousands of people following you on Twitter can be a wonderful thing. What you do with that exposure is up to you.
That’s my two cents.
To your phenomenal success.
Mark Edward Smith