Twitter Business Center: A Great Place to Start

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If you’re new to Twitter and you have a business, but you don’t understand how you can use Twitter for business, this is your bible.

I understand that a lot of small businesses don’t have the budget to hire a social media manager and some of you just want to learn how to do business on Twitter yourself. I don’t remember how I ran into this resource, but I though you might find it useful.

Some of the things you’ll find here are:

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10 Powerful Twitter Tools The Pros Use + a Bonus

There are a lot of Twitter tools out there and when you’re new to social media, you just don’t know what to use. If you want to manage your Twitter account the right way, you want to be using the best tools. In this article I’ve put together 10 tools that I’ve seen my Twitter mentors using.

(update: if you just want to download the bonus scroll to the bottom)

Plus I’ve also added a bonus that will help you hack twitter and get the best results with little effort.

Bit.lyBit.ly

bitly helps you collect, organize, shorten and share links. We are currently reinventing how people discover and share content on the web. When you sign up for bit.ly you can see all the stats in your dashboard from all your tweets, you can manage multiple accounts also. As an added bonus, you can even create your own custom short domain to match your brand.

Some of the online celebrities using bit.ly are: Darren Rowse, Mari Smith, and Joast de Valk.

Paper.li

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Paper.li is a content curation service. It enables people to publish newspapers based on topics they like and treat their readers to fresh news, daily.

It’s a great tool to drive traffic to those site that are mentioned on the paper.li (like your followers or people you follow), and in most cases they’ll be thankful you’ve shared their tweets.
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How to Use Twitter in a Real Life Business Scenario

Earlier this week I received an from a reader asking me if I could explain how to use twitter for her business.

I figured that more than one person is probably asking themselves the same question, so why not share it with all of you. So in this post I’m going to explain how powerful a tool social media can be for improving the sales process.

The Situation

Say one day one of your sales reps or yourself is returning a call to a lead you get from your website lead generator. Now if by any chance you couldn’t reach that person on the phone, so you leave a voicemail just saying you’re following up on their requests.

Now this could be the end of the conversation.

But later you find out (because you monitor your @reply tweets) that this prospect was unhappy with the voicemail that was on his inbox.

For example: @theprospect: “I just heard the voicemail @yourbusiness just left me and they said….” really? Who does that?
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Social Media Is Booming [Infographic]

You wanted the facts Search Engine Journal said “okay, we’ll give them to you”. I still get clients asking me why all the hype about social media, honestly sometimes I just don’t know how to explain it to them.

A lot of them think that it’s just going to go away soon, it’s just a bubble waiting to burst, they say.
Well I think this infographic speaks for itself, it really quantifies social media in terms of global use. Just in a few years social media has done more than what traditional media did in years.

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Quick Tip: Where Should My Small Business Be Present Online?

I know that if you’re a small business owner, this question has been coming up a lot. Let me ask you a question, well actually a couple of them:

Have you ever looked for recommendations of a product online, for example, Twitter, Google, Facebook, Youtube?

If you at least said “yes” to one of these, then there’s the answer to your question. Don’t you think that if you’re doing it, your customers are too? Of course they are, they think, act, and buy just like you do. Most people research on Google before they buy a product these days.

Or they ask a friend on Twitter or Facebook what they think about the product if they’ve bought it already. Actually a lot of people buy stuff now because they’ve posted it on Facebook to begin with, they saw their post and went and bought it.

I know there’s to many different social networks to start with and you’re just probably wondering where to put all your energy and effort first without wasting any time.

It seems to difficult to maintain a presence on all of these while achieving the same success.

I want to help you focus on the ones that matter at the moment. Here are the most popular social networks that are widely recognized and used by the majority of your customers:

  • Youtube (570+ million users)
  • Twitter (200+ million users)
  • Facebook (750+ million users)
  • LinkedIn (100+ million users)

Are you on any of these yet? If you’re not yet and you have a small business, you’re missing a huge opportunity to grow your business.