TWEET: Small 140 letter updates that generally answer the question “What are you doing?”
RETWEET: Reposting a tweet to share with others while still giving credit to original author
TRENDS: Top ten topics found amongst tweets are posted on the site and can be easily navigated</li></li></ul><li>Hashtags & what They’re good for!<br />Hashtags are essentially a simple way to catalog and connect tweets about a specific topic. They make it easier for users to find additional tweets on a particular subject, while filtering out the incidental tweets that may just coincidentally contain the same keyword.<br />
How can this tool be utilized by companies?<br />
Twitter As A Business Platform<br />Companies build brands<br />Marketing or public relations channel<br />Enhance or extend company’s reputation<br />Connect to countless valuable people and companies<br />Do research<br />People tweeting about their daily habits stand as a free focus group on a massive scale<br />Quick feed-back from customers<br />Send information to customers<br />Announcing sales, events, store hours<br />Communicate future projects, micro press releases<br />Conduct e-commerce<br />Create communities for users<br />Tightly tie audiences to the business with use of social networks<br />Customer support option<br />
STARBUCKS<br />Among the early adopters of social media as an effective campaign platform<br />
Store hours, nutrition information, new flavors, deals, events
Helps customers find resolutions to their problems
Replies to mentions of Starbucks (by use of search
Uses Twitter to ask customers about ideas and to highlight promotions</li></li></ul><li>Marketing Campaign:Displayed posters in major cities and challenged people to be the first to find and tweet a picture of the poster This generates internet buzz & ad recognition<br />
Non-Profits on twitter<br />Twitter provides:<br /><ul><li> a free easy-to-use interface
the ability to engage in conversation with people
the ability to create an alternative subscription source for consumers
Feedback and support</li></li></ul><li>NON-PROFITS ON TWITTER<br />#Beatcancer<br />Instigated by Beat Cancer Everywhere, a site that works to raise money for breast cancer research<br />Became the largest social mass media message distributed in a 24 hour period<br />For each #beatcancer recorded, eBay & MillerCoors donated 1 cent to breast cancer research<br />Received 209,771 mentions in a single day<br />The campaign set a newly-developed world record for online impressions and raised over $70,000<br />@Drew<br />Campaign to raise money for LIVESTRONG auctioning the Twitter name @drew<br />Drew Carey announced he would donate 1 million dollars if he can reach 1 million followers by the end of the year<br />
White house social networking<br />The political use of Twitter can be a powerful force for change and for helping the government keep their pulse on the American public.<br />
Obama’s use of twitter<br /><ul><li>By use of microblogging, President Barack Obama and colleagues were able to rally 315,000 people to call into Congress to voice their support of health care reform in just one single day.
Obama also held a live webcast to answer questions for thousands of supporters.
This call to action proves how Obama was able to reach thousands of voters, even some who don’t generally engage in the political progress by use of Twitter.</li></li></ul><li>
What are some potential drawbacks with companies using twitter?<br />
Be Aware<br />Make sure to be aware that giving your customers a voice doesn’t mean you’re going to like what they say<br />A company has to keep certain things in mind when they tweet that an individual may not (they have their own rules of conduct)<br />The danger is that the Twitter community could turn against a marketer viewed as being too crass by being relentlessly self-promoting<br />Twitter is self-governed by its members, and companies must take that into account as they join the service<br />Ex: Starbucks Campaign Hijacked<br /><ul><li>On a blog post published at the anti-Starbucks website Brave New Films created, people were encouraged to take pictures of themselves in front of Starbucks stores holding signs targeted at the company’s “anti-labor practices” and then upload them via Twitpic with the same hashtags Starbucks had predetermined for their campaign</li></li></ul><li>Sources<br />http://mashable.com/2009/01/21/best-twitter-brands/<br />http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1704471/announcing_white_house_joins_obama.html?cat=15<br />http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/19/business/media/19starbux.html<br />http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1901188_1901207,00.html<br />http://maverix.typepad.com/brandingunbound/2009/05/starbucks-twitter-campaign-hijacked-by-activists.html<br />http://bloggasm.com/anti-starbucks-filmmakers-hijack-the-coffee-companys-own-twitter-marketing-campaign<br />http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2009/apr/20/small-business-profile-social-media-can-be-an-if/<br />http://www.chrisbrogan.com/50-ideas-on-using-twitter-for-business/<br />http://mashable.com/2009/09/04/twitter-hashtags-business/<br />http://www.ducttapemarketing.com/blog/2009/02/26/17-ways-to-use-twitter-for-business-and-some-not/<br />http://www.copyblogger.com/grow-business-twitter/<br />http://www.copyblogger.com/go-viral-on-twitter/<br />
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