By Jonny Lis on March 4th, 2013 | 383641 comment on this postKnow+your+Twitter+etiquette%3A+6+guidelines+for+hassle-free+tweeting2013-03-04+11%3A15%3A35Guest+Bloggerhttp%3A%2F%2Fsmartblogs.com%2F%3Fp%3D38364
As of December, Twitter had more than 500 million registered members, an astounding number if not for the fact that this is still growing. That means you have the opportunity to irritate millions of people, if you’re not careful.
But hey, this is social media we’re talking about. Are there any rules or standards that fit? Are there really legit and a nonlegit ways of using Twitter? Of course, there are.
Joining the Twittersphere doesn’t mean you’re not bound by any expectations or limitations. There is proper tweeting etiquette that needs to be followed. As with any rulebook, there are certain “thou shalt not” amendments you need to remember, which include the following:
1. Just say no to automated direct message. A lot of us are coping with busy schedules, but that’s no excuse for you to set up an auto-tweet each time someone follows you. Remember that the whole point of Twitter is for interaction, not auto-sharing or robotic tweeting. (read more…)
By Scott Robertson on February 26th, 2013 | 38362Comment on this postWhat+to+say+when+you%27re+out+of+things+to+say2013-02-26+11%3A03%3A33Guest+Bloggerhttp%3A%2F%2Fsmartblogs.com%2F%3Fp%3D38362
Oh, the pressure of a blank status update staring you in the face. If you’re managing a community on social networks for your own business or a client’s, this can be a real challenge because you always want to be engaging, interesting and possibly edgy/cool — but the reality is that your company or client doesn’t always have something to say.
So what do you do when you feel this way? Well, here are five suggestions guaranteed to get you posting.
- Real-time research: All those comments and discussions on your page(s) are what the honchos call “real-time research/data,” and you can use those to spark new conversations because what do people want to talk about the most in the world — themselves. Believe it. Simply ask a question to one of your followers and allow them the opportunity they’ve been waiting for. As Picard would say, engage!
- Sawdust on the floor: Every company has interesting things happening every day, whether it makes the approved distribution list or not.
By Chris Martin on October 29th, 2012 | 323461 comment on this postGetting+the+most+out+of+your+microblogging2012-10-29+11%3A49%3A34Guest+Bloggerhttp%3A%2F%2Fsmartblogs.com%2F%3Fp%3D32346
Twitter. LinkedIn. Facebook. These and many other sites facilitate microblogging, which allow users to share thoughts or information in about 140 characters or less. Smart people and companies can use microblogging as a marketing, advertising or engagement tool. Here are several suggestions for maximizing the effects of your microblogging.
- Avoid sending “crap.” Here’s a newsflash: None of your professional contacts really cares what you ate for dinner, where you are at the moment, what your kids did at school or how you’re feeling emotionally. Keep those messages on your truly “social” social media channels. If you continue to microblog about superficial topics, people will tune you out — including when you post something worthwhile.
- Tailor your messages to your target audience. This sounds basic, but you’d be surprised how often microbloggers try to send “crossover” messages to different groups of people. Like discussing industry minutia with your general business contacts or linking to articles that have a very narrow appeal.
By Adi Gaskell on October 12th, 2012 | 31744Comment on this post4+Twitter+tips+for+David+Cameron2012-10-12+11%3A35%3A28Guest+Bloggerhttp%3A%2F%2Fsmartblogs.com%2F%3Fp%3D31744
Many senior managers and politicians are in a quandary about social media. On one hand, they look at this incredibly popular phenomenon and feel it’s something they should be a part of; on the other, they see a potential time sink and a reputation risk.
Politicians might be slightly more engaged, as U.S. President Barack Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney attempt to use social media heavily during the presidential election. Their example has no doubt played a major part in the decision this week for U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron to join Twitter. Looking at the early activity on the account, however, I can’t help thinking that he’ll miss out on many of the good things social media can provide, so here are four tips for how he can make better use of Twitter:
#1 Have a clear purpose for the account. (read more…)
By T.J. Crawford on September 21st, 2012 | 30449Comment on this postHow+brands+can+utilize+the+Twitter+header+photo2012-09-21+10%3A21%3A17Guest+Bloggerhttp%3A%2F%2Fsmartblogs.com%2F%3Fp%3D30449
Facebook Timeline cover photos gave us our first taste of social networking profiles for companies that could visually represent the brand but, more importantly, the personality of a business. Spicing up profiles on most other networks was left to creative descriptions and creative content. Twitter just changed that.
Launched this week, Twitter is starting to look more like Facebook, a move that’s great for brands trying to better showcase themselves on the network. For individual businesses and agencies, this presents several opportunities not to overlook.
- Make your Twitter header image meaningful. More meaningful header images give visitors more knowledge of who and what you represent on Twitter. For nonprofits, this could translate into a switch every month of the photo to highlight an impact you’ve made on the community, with updated photos of projects and outreach programs. Oxfam America is already showing followers one of its missions through its header image.