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This presentation provides 20 ways to tweet and use twitter from a company, corporate & small business perspective. Among the companies listed are the usual suspects: 'Starbucks, Zappos, Dell,' but ...

This presentation provides 20 ways to tweet and use twitter from a company, corporate & small business perspective. Among the companies listed are the usual suspects: 'Starbucks, Zappos, Dell,' but also a series of small to medium sized businesses using Twitter, including: 'Discount Tire, Umi, The Creme Brulee Cart, Christopher's Wine, and Jobing.com' Hopefully this gives companies an idea on how to use Twitter and achieve the results they are seeking.

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    20 Ways To Tweet: For Companies, Corporations & Small Businesses 20 Ways To Tweet: For Companies, Corporations & Small Businesses Presentation Transcript

    • 20 Ways to Tweet: For Companies, Corporations & Small Businesses
    • Why This Presentation
      • As Twitter becomes increasingly popular for businesses to use, companies need to make sure they are:
      • Using Twitter effectively
      • Not there ‘just to be there’
      • Seeing a return on their time
      • These objectives are achieved by the way companies choose to tweet.
    • So without further ado… … here’s 20 ways to tweet from an organizational perspective
    • Respond & Answer Questions… But remember… Questions usually come in through your @replies tab.
    • Especially if you’re a large company, chances are that you’ll receive a lot of response, replies, mentions, criticism, and praise. Remember that people are following you, so if you send out a tweet, that may address the problem or praise for many.
    • Be Thankful It’s always good to thank your stakeholders. Just be conscious of the fact that this is a public thank you note.
    • Sympathize with your Stakeholders It’s important to pay attention to tweets from your stakeholders. Whether they’re having a bad day, or announcing discouraging news like this, it allows you to send your best.
    • Highlight What’s Special Twitter gives you a great platform to share what’s special about your company in 140 characters. But like using a highlighter in a book, only highlight the important things. Otherwise, your followers won’t be able to read anything because there are too many colors.
    • Share a fact about your company Every company has milestone dates that can be celebrated. Figure out what those dates and events are and share them. They can serve as a great boost internally for employees, and a great way to connect externally to customers.
    • Answer the Question, ‘What are You Doing? Twitter asks you a simple question…‘What are you doing?’ All you have to do is answer the question and you’ll fit right in.
    • Say what’s on your mind If you say what’s on your mind, make sure what you say is beyond surface level intelligence. When you have a tweet like this, it should drive conversation and get people to think in a new way about an issue your organization is passionate about.
    • Create Anticipation One of the biggest benefits Twitter can deliver to a business revolves around branding. If your tweets create anticipation, that will brand your company with a consumer in a very effective way. Just make sure you’re actually creating anticipation, and not just tweeting to tweet.
    • Please, oh please share Twitpics Twitpics are an incredible opportunity to showcase why you’re company is cool. Plus, the twitpic links are the most opened links on Twitter.
    • 12 Second Videos I’ll admit, this is the most far reaching way for a company to tweet. You compile a 12 second video on your iPhone and send it to your Twitter account for people to view. But, I think there’s a lot of potential for companies to use this effectively without a huge time commitment. Remember, the most successful tweets on Twitter are multimedia oriented…test it out…Starbucks is: 12seconds.tv
    • Welcome your Stakeholders to Twitter Twitter is about community. To build your community and the community of your stakeholders, be sure to send out welcome tweets.
    • Recruit Qualified Candidates With unemployment at a record high, right now is the perfect time to attract applicants interested in employment with your company. The reason? When employment turns around, you’ll have a large base of people to recruit from. So tweet your jobs.
    • Be Helpful Being helpful with your tweets helps establish your company as the go to place for industry information.
    • Ask Questions One of the biggest benefits Twitter can deliver to a business revolves around branding. If your tweets create anticipation, that will brand your company with a consumer in a very effective way. Just make sure you’re actually creating anticipation, and not just tweeting to tweet.
    • Share Accomplishments Go ahead, brag a bit. You deserve it.
    • Announcements Twitter is cool because it’s one of the quickest ways to communicate news that needs to get out. If you announce something important, your followers will help spread the word for you.
    • Play Giveaways and Give Discounts People love free stuff. There’s nothing wrong with experimenting with a few giveaways and discounts…but be sure to measure the results. There are so many giveaways on Twitter now that you have make sure you’re 1) Unique and 2) Getting the bang for the buck.
    • RT useful, funny, or relevant tweets Retweeting information that you find useful, funny, or relevant is a great way to provide value to your followers. It’s also a great way to massage the egos of the people you want to connect with. If you’re trying to develop a relationship through Twitter, RT’ing is a great way to go.
    • Be funny & transparent The most successful companies aren’t afraid to show a little personality. They speak in their authentic voice, and followers appreciate that.
    • Last, but not least … … promote what you want to promote
    • At least 50% of your tweets should answer questions, respond to remarks, or be sharing information about interesting content you’ve come across. Less than 10% of your tweets should involve any kind of direct selling (that’s why the last slide was at the end of the presentation. You should promote what you want to promote 10% of the time. Because really, how annoying is it to be around someone who just talks about themselves all the time?) Remember the 4/12 rule. The 4/12 rule goes something like this: it take 4 interactions for people to remember you and trust what you say, and it takes 12 interactions before that person begins to be a part of your community. Remember this rule when you tweet, because RT’s and @replies can be huge contributors to creating community. Tweeting Takeaways… Tweet once a day to keep the doctor away. Measure your results. Look at the number of replies you receive, the number of replies you send out, and the amount of engagement you can derive from participating in Twitter. Then, look at the other stuff: Google Analytics, # of followers, # of updates, and # of new customers, partners, or recruits.
    • Brett Farmiloe is one of two social media managers for Jobing.com- the nation's largest, locally-focused provider of employment media. Brett is a Gen Y’er who frequently speaks on the topic of how to use social media to attract and retain top talent from Generation Y. He has interviewed hundreds of executives and employees in companies like Microsoft, Nike, and EA Sports in a social media intensive project he founded entitled Pursue the Passion ( www.pursuethepassion.com ). He also consistently consults with companies, organizations, and associations on how to incorporate and implement a social media strategy that best benefits their business. Any other questions…don’t hesitate to ask. Email: [email_address] Twitter: http:// twitter.com/thatpassionguy Facebook: http://facebook.com/brettfarmiloe Linkedin: http://linkedin.com/in/brettfarmiloe