I just had a LinkedIn aquantance ask me to give him some tips on Twitter & I banged the following out in 10 minutes:
Hey there- What is your handle? I am JenHarris09.
1. See if you can land JoeBob as a handle or Joe_Bob or JoeBob09 (09 used as example of some number…or as a friend of mine did it just to mock me!-funny!)
1A. Make sure your profile is completely filled out. Where you are at (boise) at your URL, a bio that makes you human – not a sales guy.
2. Find locals through lists (you can look on my account and either follow that list and/or (and is best) follow Boise area people).
3. Find locals through http://wefollow.com/. “register” yourself under three tags. Boise or Idaho is best then your profession as well. Then follow all those in the tags that intrigue you for your biz.
4. Tweet that you are in the process of starting your account, you are eager to go to your first TweetUp (@Boise_TweetUp) and wanting to help them with their cell phone woes.
5. Listen/search & set up RSS for those people having woes: go to search.twitter.com (this search can also be done through your twitter home page – but search.twitter.com is better. The search.twitter is just like google-type this in – near:boise “cell phone” . it will search in the boise, idaho area for the words “cell phone”. so whatever words you put in, it will search for & update – you can then get a feed for that (rss) and plunk that into your reader…google reader is best. if you don’t have a reader, just keep checking back to search.twitter.com
6. Listen/search & engage in OTHER conversations more.
7. Listen/search, engage and solve.
8. Listen/search, engage and share.
9. Local Twitter Cell Phone rock star you will be! 🙂
10. Be honest, don’t pitch, be personal (twitter is not your personal billboard) and again, don’t pitch. Think of Twitter as a big room of people where you are getting to know them. You don’t shove your biz card in their hand and walk away, don’t do that on Twitter (or any SM site). There is a reason why they call it “social” marketing! 🙂 Good luck – hope that wasn’t overload.
Just get on & get going!
PS: Great site for Twitter apps that will give you a bit of overload: http://oneforty.com/
I am currently feeling a bit high. I LOVE helping people discover, learn and understand why Social Media is so vital to business.
Dear People, someone please hire me…you will NOT be sorry!