Social Media Marketing: Six Steps to Getting Started with Twitter

Social media marketing using Twitter doesn’t have to be difficult. Follow the six steps below to create, post and manage your twitter account and it will be easy. From deciding what profile name to choose, to sending out your very first tweet, you won’t believe how easy it is to get started with Twitter.

1. Get your free account- Go to twitter.com and click on the join button
2. Choose an appropriate username or brandable slogan
3. Complete and Update your Twitter profile.
4. Follow people of interest to you.
5. Connect with others – Send out your first tweet
6. Participate in the conversation

Some suggestions to make the most of your social media marketing on Twitter:

Choosing a unique username

The purpose of using twitter for social media marketing is to get your name out there, build your brand and to connect with others that have similar interests. So when choosing a username, try to use your own name or brandable slogan so that you can build an identity that others will see as an expert in your niche.

Personalize your profile

Personalize your Twitter profile by adding your name and a current photo; be sure to include your website/blog address (so others can learn more about you or your product or company). Include a brief bio about yourself that uses keywords that will associate you with. To personalize your profile even further you can change your background. TwitBacks.com is a great site that offers a ton of different templates to enhance your twitter profile page and make it more personalized.

Connect with others in your industry or niche

Don’t be shy, get it out there. Others will interact with you when you tweet about something that they have an interest in too. Find out who’s who in your industry or niche and follow them. An awesome site I like to use to find industry leaders is http://www.twellow.com.  You can search the twellow website using keywords that relate to your niche and find out what is being said about your industry and who is saying it. You can also find people on twitter that have interests that are similar, or follow users that are suggested from Twitter by clicking on the find people tab at the top of your twitter home page.

Participate

Be relevant, share, contribute and respond to the tweets of others. Ask questions and evoke responses. Not only tweet about your own contributions, retweet (RT) other tweets that are valuable to you and your niche. Promoting or attributing others when appropriate can help you to build a following faster as you will be considered trustworthy, knowledgeable about your subject and are portraying someone who is not just out to get you to buy something.


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Social Media Marketing: Five Steps to Getting Started with LinkedIn

Social Media Marketing using LinkedIn is made easy by following five simple steps. LinkedIn is the perfect site to build your professional networks, keep in touch with connections, discover opportunities, develop relationships, build authority in your industry and also find leads and opportunities for you and your business. Keep it simple and check out these easy methods to getting started with LinkedIn.

  1. Create your account
  2. Complete and update your profile
  3. Create a summary
  4. Get connected
  5. Engage with Others

Creating an account

Go to http://www.linkedin.com and fill in your name, email and create a password and click the green join now button.

Complete your profile

Your LinkedIn profile is an important part of your social media marketing strategy. Upload a current, professional looking photo of yourself. You’ll want to complete your entire profile, and include previous work experience that you’ve had. Remember your profile is a representation of you. The little details are important to your profile; it should have substance, be grammatically correct and have no spelling errors. Include your chosen keywords liberally throughout your profile whenever you can so that others searching for those keywords can find you. Don’t forget your email addresses, new and old, to increase the opportunity for connections.

Summary tips

A summary should give a good snap shot of who you are and what you do. Use two to four sentences in your summary that incorporate your specialties or expertise. These sentences should include your keywords and add what you enjoy doing to help others to connect and get to know you.

Connecting on LinkedIn

Connecting with others on LinkedIn is controlled. In order to connect with someone on LinkedIn, you must show how you know them. Getting recommended by LinkedIn members who know you and what you are all about is a wonderful way to connect to with others.

Engage with others

Joining LinkedIn groups gives you the opportunity to maximize your networking and social media marketing efforts while connecting you with great people with similar interests. Start by joining employer alumni groups, were you will have connections with people you have something in common with. And finally, enhance your LinkedIn social media marketing experience by participating and interacting with others through posting, responding to posts and networking with other group members.

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Social Media Profile: The Beginning of Your Social Media Marketing

It is important to have a polished social media profile when beginning your social media marketing. Your profile is the branding of you and your business. You may think that social networking is just a way to connect with old classmates and relatives. On the contrary, social networking is building relationships with like minded people who may want to do business with you based on your common interests, their needs and wants or your needs and wants.

In order for your social media profile to work properly, you must have a fully completed social media profile including a complete Bio. You must include your username, some personal information to share, your company name and information. Make sure to fill in all the blanks, omitting information makes it difficult for others to relate to you.

Including keywords in your Bio helps others to find you when they are searching for something that you have in common. Choosing a keyword for your social media profile can be as easy as asking yourself, “if someone was looking for me or my product” what would they type in when doing a search? For Instance if your business specializes in property management, include the keyword property management in your bio to help drive new connections to you.

Adding your picture is one of the most important things you can do to complete your social media profile. Without your picture, you leave it up to the viewers imagination. You are like the person behind the curtain. People will find it hard to relate to you when you do not show yourself. Be sure that the picture is current. It should reflect what you look like now, not what you looked like back then. The photo does not have to be professional either. It is easy to upload a photo from your computer to crop and post to your social media profile. A great site I recommend is http://www.shrinkpictures.com. When converting your photo I recommend to covert it 100 pixels, this is a good size for all social media sites and remember to keep it simple, using no special image effects.

Using testimonials in your social media profile is a way to let people know that you’ve got credibility. When using your social media profile for LinkedIn, testimonials are viewed as recommendations, while Facebook has testimonial apps to use.

After completing the set up for your social media profile, you want to connect with liked minded people. Don’t be shy, engage with others. If it is someone’s birthday, say, “Happy Birthday!”. Be sure to keep your social media profile up-to-date. If something has changed at work or in relation to your business, update that information on your social media profile. Share helpful information by posting links to articles or blogs.

Your social media profile should be duplicate-able, for re-use on each social media networking site. Keeping a clear consistent message on every social networking site your a part of, gets you greater exposure and credibility. And finally, set up a time each week for your “Social Networking” time. This way, you can effectively manage your social media profile and the time you spend on it.

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