How to Use Twitter Hashtags as a Prospecting Tool

social media how to Do you find it hard to have meaningful engagements with prospects on Twitter?

Do you want a better way to find quality prospects and increase your Twitter ROI?

Twitter is a key social media tool that gives you access to a targeted audience and relevant conversations, but first you have to cut through the noise.

In this article I’ll detail three steps for using Twitter hashtags to their full potential. Get ready to find useful conversations that connect you with ideal prospects.

Why Use Hashtags as a Prospecting Tool?

Twitter is noisy.

As a social media marketer, you know how important it is to have conversations with the right audience. But finding the right people and starting those meaningful conversations on Twitter is, shall we say, challenging when there are around 9,100 tweets sent every second.

So how can you find what you’re looking for without monitoring Twitter 24/7? Make the most of hashtags. They help you filter Twitter conversations so you can find discussions you can add to.

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Destination organizations and travel agents can find people looking for their help by filtering the #VacationPlanning hashtag.

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9 Small Business Twitter Marketing Examples to Study

social media how to Are you debating whether your small business should invest time on Twitter?

Do you wonder how Twitter can help your business?

By being an active part of the Twitter community and sharing the right mix of content, you can reach a larger audience, generate more leads and become the go-to source when customers are ready to buy.

In this article I’ll show you how nine small businesses use Twitter to cater to their audiences, find prospects and expand brand recognition.

Why Twitter for Small Businesses?

Twitter has evolved a lot since 2007. It used to be about conversations, but these days some would say it’s just another way to push out marketing messages and links without true engagement with customers.

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Twitter is perfect for small businesses. Image source: iStockPhoto.com.

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6 Ways Twitter Chats Can Help You Connect With Your Audience

social media how toIs your Twitter marketing working?

Are you trying to reach a wider audience and generate leads?

Twitter chats are a great way to boost your marketing results.

In this article you’ll discover six ways Twitter chats can help you connect with a larger audience and enhance brand awareness.

Why Twitter Chats?

Most marketers use Twitter to promote content, build brand awareness and interact with followers. Overall, it works pretty well. But what if you could turbo-charge those efforts?

Twitter chats are open, moderated conversations that use a relevant hashtag for a certain topic (e.g., #blogchat or #MMchat for Marketer Monday).

Many chat participants use services like Twubs or Hashtags.org to filter conversations based on the chat hashtag so they can easily follow the conversation.

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Tools like Twubs filter conversations based on hashtags.

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5 Ways to Grow Your Twitter Reach

social media how toAre you struggling to grow your Twitter following?

Do you want more people to see your updates?

If you’re a small business, it can take a while to build up your Twitter followers and that can be frustrating. You may wonder how other companies grow quickly and how you can replicate their success.

In this article you’ll discover five ways to jumpstart visibility for your Twitter profile and tweets.

#1: Follow Twitter Basics

Before you do anything else, be sure you understand a few Twitter fundamentals. You can increase your tweet exposure with just a few tweaks:

  • Don’t start tweets with @username. Starting a tweet with @username restricts its visibility to only you, the person you’re tweeting and any mutual followers. Your reach is automatically cut short!
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    Starting a tweet with @username limits your reach.

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    Here’s an example of a tweet crafted to put text before the first @username to give this tweet a wider reach.

  • Don’t use more than three hashtags in any one tweet. Too many hashtags in a tweet makes it look spammy and reduces your tweet’s shareability.
  • Don’t over-tweet about yourself or your products. The 80/20 rule applies on all social platforms. The 80/20 rule means you spend 80% of the time interacting with and promoting others and 20% of the time promoting yourself and your products.
  • Provide as much value as you can. Listen to your followers and the people you follow. What are their pain points? How can you solve those? When you share relevant, interesting tweets (without over-promoting), people see you as an expert and may recommend you to others as an important resource.

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Twitter Promotion: How to Encourage Others to Promote for You

Do you use social media to promote your product, service or events?

Are you wondering how you can use Twitter to help get more visibility and sales?

To learn how Twitter can be used to encourage others to promote for you, this episode of the Social Media Marketing podcast gives you insight into the subject.

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Social Media Marketing Podcast w/ Michael Stelzner

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It’s designed to help busy marketers and business owners discover what works with social media marketing.

The show format is on-demand talk radio (also known as podcasting).

In this episode, you’ll discover five different ways you can use Twitter to promote what you have to offer.

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How to Network with Influential People Using Twitter

social media how toDo you want to use Twitter to promote your business?

Are you looking for ways to build relationships that matter on Twitter?

In this article, you’ll discover how to build a strong Twitter community with influencers, which will benefit your business.

Building Connections With Twitter

Using Twitter to help your company grow isn’t about the number of followers you have.

It’s about building a community of followers who are passionate about your industry and who eventually become passionate about your brand.

The quickest and easiest way to develop a relevant Twitter community that grows your company is to find connectors and build relationships with them.

Connectors are called many things: thought leaders, industry experts, etc. They are the people who already have a thriving community and your customer’s ear.

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You can benefit from forming relationships with connectors on Twitter. Image source: iStockPhoto.

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How to Use Twitter Ads for More Exposure, Leads and Sales

social media how to Are you interested in learning more about advertising on Twitter?

Have you followed the latest on Twitter ads?

Twitter has many paid options to help you gain more exposure.

Keep reading to discover three ways to use Twitter ads to grow your business.

Why Twitter Advertising?

When Twitter released their advertising platforms, there was a huge lack of functionality when it came to targeting your ads toward specific audiences.

While it’s still not as detailed as Facebook or LinkedIn advertising, Twitter has come a long way in making sure your advertising reaches the right audience.

In this post, we’re going to look at how to create a high-performance Twitter ad campaign for your business.

#1: Gain Visibility With Promoted Tweets

One of the most popular uses of Twitter advertising is to promote a specific message (tweet) on Twitter. For example, if you search Twitter for a particular keyword, you’re likely to see a promoted tweet at the top of search results.

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Example of a promoted tweet from Buffer.

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6 Ways to Protect Your Twitter Reputation

social media how toDo you use Twitter to market your business?

How’s your Twitter reputation?

Twitter’s short form messages require the same care you put into Facebook and other longer-form social media platforms.

In this article, I’ll show you six tips to help you protect your Twitter reputation by avoiding some common mistakes.

#1: Verify Everything You Tweet

False information spreads like wildfire on Twitter. Celebrities die and resurrect daily, inaccurate news gets exposure, bad links get passed and misattributed quotes receive thousands of retweets.

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Do you verify before you tweet, retweet or like a tweet?

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5 Ways Twitter Chats Can Help Your Business

social media how toDoes your business use Twitter?

Have you considered using Twitter chats as a marketing tool?

As the use of hashtags on Twitter continues to flourish, conversations built around specific hashtags—or Twitter chats—have become commonplace.

While you may be familiar with how to use Twitter chats for personal networking, you might not know they can also be used by brands to achieve business goals.

In this post, I’ll show you 5 ways your business can benefit from Twitter chats.

#1: Connect With Customers and Prospects

Hosting an event is a great way for a business to bring its potential and current customer base together to learn, engage and build a deeper relationship. Not all businesses can host a conference or seminar, but every business can host a Twitter chat.

The key to hosting a Twitter chat that helps your business connect with potential and current customers is to choose a topic that resonates with your customer base. Whole Foods, for example, hosts a weekly Twitter chat that discusses (you guessed it) food.


HubSpot hosts a weekly Twitter chat that discusses the science and data of inbound marketing. Their Twitter chat is run in conjunction with a weekly webinar on inbound marketing, which makes it a great lead generation tool for their business. Especially considering that, according to the Hashtagify tool from CyBranding, the #scichat hashtag gets an average of 12 million weekly impressions.

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HubSpot combines lead generating webinars with Twitter chats.

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