By Mike Mindel | September 22, 2007
This is the long awaited explanation of why I (Ed) believe Twitter is good for internet marketers.
What is Twitter?
Twitter is a web 2.0 tool that keeps you in touch with other people. This is what it looks like
A lot of people wonder what’s the point? Why would anyone be interested in snapshots of people’s lives? At first glance it doesn’t seem to make sense.
Oh but it does.
The Alchemy of Economics
When Paul was writing this book he had one rule: ‘a new technology will be accepted and used once it is better and easier to use than the preceding technology’.
Look at Twitter. It fulfills that rule beautifully. What does Twitter replace? Letting people know what you’re doing and letting them follow what you’re doing.
What used to fulfill that role? Group phone msgs, group email, bulletin boards, forums, and gossip…
Gossip isn’t strictly a technology, more like a human mechanism for sharing facts and views. Wikipedia describes gossip like this
Gossip consists of casual or idle talk between friends. While officially value neutral, the term often specifically refers to talk of scandal, slander, or schadenfreude relating to known associates of the participants, and discussed in an underhand or clandestine manner.
I think Twitter is like gossip but is more value neutral. Twitter, for one thing, is self regulating. Your gossip is public for all to see and others can attribute the things you say back to you. Which makes you more careful. Perhaps Twitter is self-aware, self-regulating gossip or gossip 2.0? (Enough of the 2.0 already!)
Many Ways to Access Twitter
Here’s a screen shot which shows you four different ways to access Twitter just from my screen and one from my mobile.
Each red circle shows you how I have set up my browser to access Twitter.
More Contact = More Sales
The most important reason I think Twitter is so important is the golden rule of sales, more contact with your potential customers = more sales. The person who makes the most contact will make the most sales. Every internet marketer I know is in that position and follows this rule.
See here is my (Ed) particular Twitter timeline
I use this to keep in touch. It’s like micro-blogging.
One Link for Many
If I type a post in Twitterific (a fun little application for the Mac that lets you read and publish twitters) that post can appear in many places.
Due to the way my twitter feeds are distributed this will go out to 16 or 17 places online. E.g. look at the Twitter updates on my website
Google Loves Twitter
Twitter and Google have a great relationship. Google loves Twitter.
It’s not a magic bullet but Twitter is indexed by Google which makes Twitter very useful for low competition keywords.
Most Powerful Lesson of All
Every time we’re communicating with a sales letter or we send out an email we’re face to face communicating.
Our customer (who may not consciously be thinking this) has got their sales defenses up. They’re thinking ‘I’m getting an email or a video from Ed Dale, he must be trying to sell me something’.
Here’s the cool thing about Twitter. It’s side by side communication. Here’s a picture of Dan & I (Ed). Say Dan twitters ‘hey, I’ve found this amazing site, go check it out.’ Do I question it? Do I have defenses up? No. I go straight there. You feel like a fly on the wall.
Where Do I Twitter?
Here’s a specific sense of that ‘fly on the wall’ feeling. Take Twittervision. You can see I’m (Ed) currently in London.
It’s Not for Instant Messaging
If you use Twitter as an instant message client then you’re dead in the water. There’s nothing more annoying for people following on Twitter to see conversations they’re not a part of. It’s rude! If you want to instant message then use one of these internet messaging clients.
If you use Twitter for selling then people will think Twitter is another face to face selling mechanism. You’re going head to head with your customer again and they’re no longer a fly on the wall. Bad idea.
What Are You Doing Right Now?
When Twitter first started they had a brilliant question which has been the entire reason for their growth. That question is ‘what are you doing?’ This question which will never fail you. If you’re stuck for something to write then put in what you’re doing now. e.g going to watch a movie, going out for dinner.
How to Join Twitter
Head on over to http://www.twitter.com.
Click ‘Join Twitter’
Fill in your details
Answer the question
Click ‘Update’ and view your timeline
When I find someone who has been really good at something and had a lot of success, I just follow what they’re doing. So go to these addresses to see how Dan & I (Ed). Follow us and take a look.
So let’s head on over to Ed’s timeline
Click follow to follow Ed’s twittering
You can see that I (Ed) follow 19 people and have 1501 followers
Back to your profile
You’re following 1 – Ed Dale. Now over to Dan Raine’s timeline
Do the same. Click on ‘follow’
Now head over to Mike Mindel’s timeline (you want to be the first to know when I post dontcha?)
Follow Mike Mindel
Now you can click on the ‘With Others’ tab
You can now see the whole conversation (this is from Mike Mindel’s own timeline)
Stick Twitter in Your Browser
Click on ‘Download Now’ and Twitbin installs as a Firefox plugin
See Twitbin on the left hand side of your Firefox browser
Here it is a little closer
Twitter from the Twitbin yourself
Stick Twitter on Your Facebook
Add the application
See how Twitter has been added to my Facebook profile
Head over to http://www.twitthis.com.
Add the twit this code to your blog so it appears next to each post like this
Anytime a visitor sees a post they like, they hit the ‘twit this’ button and twitter your website – so all their friends can see!
Here it is on my Twitter feed
Twitter Each Blog Post Automatically
Head on over to http://www.twitterfeed.com
Sign up to Twitterfeed and add your blog RSS feed
Anytime Twitterfeed spots a new blog post from you, it will post it to your Twitter feed automatically.
I just love this app.
Add a Twitter Badge to Your Blog
Head on over to http://twitter.com/badges/which_badge and choose a badge for your website
You can customize the Flash badge
Here it is on my blog
Look down the sidebar of this post and you’ll see it.
The Power of Twitter
Whilst out for a stroll you wistfully twitter from your mobile phone…
…and it ends up on a friend’s t-shirt as they walk and talk in Second Life
Economist, author and trend forecaster, Paul Zane Pilzer says: “The greatest fortunes to be made in the years ahead, will not be made in what people were doing 5, 10 or 15 years ago. They will be made in industries that most people today don’t even realize exist, or don’t yet think of as “industries.”’
Think about it…
Next Lesson: Check Moves – How to Sell Without Selling
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