What are MY Do’s and Dont’s of Twitter?
If you’ve been dabbling in social media for any period of time, I’m sure you’ve read numerous posts with tips about Twitter. Some may include links to 3rd party applications that work with Twitter, some may be tips how to get more followers or market yourself online using Twitter. There are many sites out there such as JeffBullas.com, Social Media Examiner, and Michael Q Todd just to name a few that offer great tips on Twitter and other social platforms. In fact, I would recommend you subscribe to each of these blogs because they have valuable content you can use.
Below are my recommendations, that have worked for me to not only gain followers, but cultivate relationships through Twitter that ultimately allowed me to makes sales.
DO: If you notice someone has posted “Good Morning” or “Hello”, respond with a warm greeting! A long conversation is not necessary… people just want to know there’s someone out there.
DON’T: Post and run! I’ve seen so many people who are new to Twitter post links to their websites, “promotions”, etc… thinking this is the way to use Twitter to get new business, then they hop offline with no intention of getting to know their target audience. Think about it this way… Would you turn on your television or radio just to watch or listen to commercials or infomercials? Didn’t THINK so!
DO: Pay it forward. Whether you are promoting another person’s blog, business, charity, contest or whatever, the general rule of thumb is to follow the 90/10 or 80/20 rule. Promote others the MAJORITY of the time and yourself the minority of the time. It was Zig Ziglar that said “You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.” and that’s true for Twitter as well. As you promote others… you are building your own cheer leading team.
DON’T: Auto DM (direct message) a generic message asking your new follower to like your fan page, read your blog, or buy your product! This is just down right RUDE! There are many many people (myself included) who will unfollow you just as quickly as they followed you if they see this type of message in their DM box.
These are just a FEW of my Twitter a Do’s and Don’ts… heaven knows there are SOOOOO many more! Is there something people do on Twitter that really gets under your skin you would like to share? How about something people SHOULD do? I’d love to read what you’ve got to say!