Twitter is a great tool for conversations, building community, finding brand advocates and reading the latest news. That’s why celebrities, athletes, your competitors—and hopefully you—are on Twitter.
The growth and usage of Twitter is not surprising. Compete.com estimates approximately 21 million unique monthly visitors, and a quick search on Twitter yields a variety of conversations from music, sports, politics, events and products.
You’ve likely heard stories about how big companies are using Twitter as a powerful listening tool. And although Chris Brogan has been telling us to grow bigger ears for a while, what are you actually doing about it?
Do you want to improve your Twitter listening skills? Here’s a closer look at how to monitor your brand, yourself or your competitors using Twitter (and you don’t need to be a big business!).
Why Is Twitter an Ideal Listening Tool?
Social media has many uses—from making contacts to performing customer service—but driving quality traffic to your site is Twitter’s secret weapon. The big question is this: How can we get more of that lovely attention we crave?
As my recent poll shows, generating incoming traffic is the number-one need that people have right now, and for good reason. Traffic translates into:
- Attention, engagement, conversation and recognition
- Spreading your message far and wide
- Prospects and subscriber opt-ins
- Customers, increased sales and leads
- Media and interviews, which lead to more attention
… and last but not least, an ego boost.
In a previous article here I mentioned the many benefits of Twitter for your business. Now here are seven key points you need to know if you want to get more targeted traffic from Twitter:
A compelling, active Facebook fan page should be an integral part of your marketing plans. With its 350 million users and average daily session time of 25 minutes, Facebook provides an exceptional opportunity for visibility, Google indexing, live search ability, and fan engagement—whether you’re a solopreneur, a large brand or anywhere in between.
But, if you build it, will they come? And if they come, will they stay and engage?
Yes, Twitter is hot. Have you noticed this growing trend: retweet buttons showing up on websites everywhere?
Did you know you can add retweet buttons inside your PDF files? The benefit: readers can effortlessly share your great work with their Twitter followers—just by clicking a button in your PDF file.
Below I lay out how to do this in six simple steps. By the way, if you like this article, please click the retweet button you see above.