Is Twitter really that important? Well, if you’re an entrepreneur of any kind, then the answer is probably “yes.” The most common remark I’ve gotten from non-Tweeters is, “I tried Twitter, but I don’t get it…” So basically, if you haven’t gotten into the swing of all things tweetable yet, you’re not alone!
There are a number of self-described Twitter gurus (or even “evangelists”) online these days, but how can you learn from them if you don’t know the basics? To get some tips for those with Twit-phobia, UrbLife.com turned to our friend JAWAR, an author and brilliant motivational speaker who recently published the Twitter Resource Book.
While JAWAR‘s Top 7 Twitter Tips are great for beginners, they are also good reminders for those brand-builders who want to get the most from their social networking experience. Latch on to this advice, get more followers the right way, and by all means follow up with JAWAR on Twitter and on his website (info below)!
1. Be Yourself
Your tweets are a reflection of your thoughts at a particular moment in time. It’s best to be yourself, yet use good judgment before tweeting. It’s not wise to use profanity or share something you may letter regret. However, you must be who you are without compromise. Comedians may be allowed to say more politically incorrect things because of their profession… people may even expect it from time to time.
2. Share Useful Information
People appreciate information that will benefit there life and/or business in some way. Keep in mind that you have to know your audience, as what you think is useful to one person may not be useful to someone else. If you are building your personal brand it’s important that you are perceived as an expert in your field by your followers. This is often done by continually tweeting target and useful information.
3. Engage the Community
People who have little to no celebrity status often find that when they engage the community on Twitter, they are better received than if they simply blast their messages all day long. People have told me that one of the reasons they continue to follow my Twitter stream is because I actually engage the community.
4. Retweet (RT) Your Followers
Retweeting your followers helps in a number of ways. First, you are seen as caring about what other people say and people tend to like this. Second, when people see you retweeting other people, they seem to get in the mood to retweet you. RT is one of the most effective ways to get the right type of followers for your brand.
5. Follow More People
Following more people is a simple way to get more followers. Initially, you may be inclined to follow everyone, and that is a strategy that serves some people well. On the other hand, you may be inclined to follow a select group of people, and that too has served some people well. It’s been my experience that when you are new to Twitter that it’s good practice to follow everyone that follows you.
6. Communicate Beyond Twitter
It’s a good idea to move beyond Twitter to strengthen your relationship with people. Some of the things you may do include texting, talking on the phone, scheduling live video chats, email instant messaging and meeting in person. All of these things helps to grow your relationship and build your brand with people you’ve met on Twitter.
7. Who, What, Where!
Twitter gives you the ability to put one link, a short bio and location on your profile. You may even upload a custom background. It’s wise to take advantage of these options, as people will visit your link should they find value in what you tweet. Additionally, putting up a bio and location helps other complimentary sites to find you through Twitter, which may increase who and the number of people that find you.
JAWAR is a motivational speaker, author and business consultant. He speaks on personal achievement, social media and self-publishing. Schedule JAWAR as a motivational speaker or consultant by visiting JawarSpeaks.com and calling 404.532.9324
To learn more about JAWAR’s Twitter Resource Book, go to TwitterResourceBook.com!