Twitter now represents a huge pool of potential customers for online marketers. In this article, we’ll be looking at several mistakes that you have to be careful to avoid when marketing on Twitter.
A common mistake that is made by beginners in Twitter marketing is that they get too personal with their followers. While on one hand you’re trying to be like everyone else with your tweets, you still want to separate your business from your fun time. Whatever you choose for your subject matter, make sure you stay on subject and keep your personal life out of it. Your followers won’t be interested in how much fun you had at the last night’s party or why you think Mondays are boring. They only want to hear about the subject you’ve focused on, and how they can benefit. You can be laid back and laugh, just make sure you stay on subject. Going back to our SEO example, let’s say you find a funny video that talks about the search engines; you should go ahead and share it with your followers. While you’re not necessarily assisting them with an issue they may be having, your tweets will become entertaining to others. This helps in a big way because people get to know the real you, and yet you’re still within your target niche. If you want to let others know about your personal life and what movies you like, etc., you can always create your own Twitter account as long as you separate the two.
Another mistake you don’t want to make is not making optimal use of your followers. This doesn’t mean asking them to market your business for you. What you can do, however, is build up your list of followers by enlisting the help of your current followers. So what is involved in this process? It involves nothing more than making a simple request to your followers, that they re-tweet a few of your better tweets! Nothing more than that.
This means that each of your followers who does this will be sending your tweet to their own followers, which is why this is an effective viral technique. You can really create momentum this way, as your tweet goes out to people you could never have reached otherwise. But if you get shy when asking them, it simply means that you’re not using their full potential. Don’t worry about sounding unprofessional because there’s nothing wrong in directly asking them. You want to learn how to expand your influence on Twitter as efficiently as possible.
New marketers sometimes try and be anonymous when approaching their followers. When that stance is taken, people are left wondering what you’re about and what you’re into. If you want to build a trust with these people, you’re going to have to reveal your identity and explain what you want. Nobody wants to lose money to a scammer and they only want to do business with someone they trust. That’s why you’ll never want to cover who you are by using a moniker or someone else’s picture.
In summary, Twitter represents a huge platform where you can find lots of targeted prospects. But the only way you can make the most out of it is by doing your homework and keeping away from common mistakes.