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How to Use Twitter Like the Pros

How to Use Twitter Like the Pros

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One of the many social media tools I use for marketing my blog is Twitter. With only a short time on Twitter, I have already made some great connections in my industry and I really love the feedback I get from it. In this post, I will give a brief example of how one of the social media pros I came across is using Twitter to engage, not only her customers, but her blog readers as well.

If you are new to social media and would like to know how to use it more effectively, please read below:

How did this all begin

In my daily research to find relevant blog posts to read and comment on, I came across a great article comparing WordPress and Tumblr. For those of you who don’t know, on my site you can purchase premium themes for WordPress and Tumblr, so naturally this article sparked my curiosity. I decided to check it out and boy am I glad I did. The post was from Kristi Colvin who owns and operates the social media firm, FreshID.

Kristi Colvin Twitter bio

You should be following her!

WordPress vs Tumblr

The post was a great comparison of the two most popular blogging platforms and Kristi did a great job distinguishing the fact that both platforms are awesome for there own, separate reasons. Here are a couple of quotes from the post:

BOTTOM LINE: Tumblr is simply fun to use, for writing posts and sharing images and video content. WordPress is fairly easy-to-use, and if your requirements demand additional features that Tumblr does not offer, it’s no less easy to do posting of text, pictures and embedded video.

 

BOTTOM LINE: Both platforms can be customized beautifully and have navigation to other areas in-site and off-site, but WordPress is by far more extensible and flexible if you want to mess with your own site design and layout a lot. If you need to do big business with eCommerce, forms, listings, heavy content, advertising and the like, WordPress is the direction you need to go.

So I left a comment

Kristi uses Disqus comments on her blog. After I left my comment, a notification said that it was being held for moderation, which is normal for most first-time comments. I didn’t think anything of it until the next morning when my comment still had not been approved.  I started to wonder if it got flagged as spam, or if the moderator just decided not to approve it. Now, my goal is to find out why my comment had not been approved…

Twitter to the rescue

I decided to ask Kristi about it, via Twitter, and here is how it went down:

Tweet 1Then a couple of minutes later, she wrote:

Tweet 2Then no joke, about 10 minutes later, I got the following response:

Tweet 3I was amazed at, not only the speed of her response, but also the fact that she would take the time out of her busy schedule to respond to my little question about a comment on her blog. This was just one simple example of how social media helped me get a quick answer to my question and make a great connection.

Social media takeaways

  • If you are a marketing/social media firm, you should always practice what you preach.
  • Twitter, if used correctly, can be a fast and easy way to communicate and connect.
  • Don’t be intimidated by other professionals on Twitter who have a big following.

Do you have a great example of using social media to make a professional connection? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

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3 Comments

  1. Chris, thanks for being so kind about my response to you, our blog post and for writing this post. You said something very important here that I wish everyone who doesn’t quite get why Twitter is so helpful when you use it a lot, could experience for themselves:

    • If you are a marketing/social media firm, you should always practice what you preach.
    • Twitter, if used correctly, can be a fast and easy way to communicate and connect.
    • Don’t be intimidated by other professionals on Twitter who have a big following

    I totally love that you pointed this out – it is why Twitter is my preferred method of communication, at least as a starting point. It’s fast, it’s simple, it pings me (I have a smartphone and it makes a chirping noise when I am tweeted and on my iPad a message appears over what I am doing), and it by design it isn’t intimidating. So glad we connected there. One more smart cookie is always welcome in my little corner of the twitterverse!

    • Thank you for your comment Kristi!

      I must say that I was impressed with the way you handled everything. It was really nice to see how a pro handles Twitter.

      When my blog takes off and I need to hire a social media firm to represent me I will be calling you up… =]

      Enjoy your weekend!

  2. Great post! I have been experimenting with some of the social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. In my limited time using them, I have seen some great response and I think these will definitely be a new source of incoming leads for my real estate business.

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