Twitter Strategies: Tell a “Tweet Tale” To Influence

Twitter hashtag events, #Winewednesday and #Followfriday, have been a mainstay in helping wineries network with their consumers and affiliates, raise awareness for their brands, and open lines of communication. The most important strategy to ensure success during these events is to understand how to write creative tweets that illustrate why you are recommending a person or brand. One such strategy is what we call a “tweet tale.”

Tweet Tale: A Short Story

What is a Tweet Tale? The object is to create a micro-story that showcases the people or brands you wish to recommend to your followers. The following example of a Tweet Tale:

This Tweet Tale is based on a question asking readers if they have visited the Bardessono Hotel a fantastic Napa Valley resort, dined at Thomas Keller’s French Laundry, enjoyed St.Supery wines, danced at Napa’s newest event facility Uptown Theater, and visited vaunted Napa art gallery Cordair Gallery.

Tell a Tale:

If you get creative your  tale  will take the reader through a wonderful micro story, recommend your favorites, and create goodwill for your brand.

Twitter Lists: Twitter’s #1 Advantage Over All Social Networks

Twitter lists help businesses from small to global segment, track, monitor, engage, and recognize their target audience. Whether you are monitoring competitors, establishing a new account, or creating campaigns for specific audiences, Twitter’s list feature is the best feature available in social media today.

In order to take advantage of the list feature, you must first know your targeted audience. One of the best ways to find brands and important niche specific people on Twitter is through Mashable.com’s Twitter List Directory.

Twitter List Directory: Mashable’s Top 5 Lists

There are thousands of lists on Mashable in dozens of categories- here are the top 5 lists on Mashable:

Top 5 Lists Links

1. @Mashable/Mashable

2. @Mashable/SocialMedia

3. @Mashable/Marketing

4. @Mashable/Tech

5. @Mashable/Media

Mashable’s “Web Faceoff”: Foursquare vs. Facebook Places

Mashable.com, the leading social media news source site, has instituted Web Faceoff an “ongoing series comparing technology apps or ideas.” In this week’s Web Faceoff, Mashable asked their readers “which location-based service  do you prefer: Facebook Places or Foursquare?”

Foursquare vs. Facebook Places: The Winner is Foursquare

Mashable’s readers responded overwhelmingly in favor of Foursquare- a complete blowout!

  • 57.11% of the vote (1,611 votes), Foursquare remained the king of geolocation
  • 18.86% of respondents voted for Facebook Places
  • 7.73% (218 votes) said it was a tie between the two
  • 16.31% of you (460 votes) said that you preferred another location-based service

Visual Results: Mashable’s Poll:

Slideshare: How to Share Your Presentation Content

Slideshare is a slick, easy to use,  tool for the masses to “upload and share Powerpoint  presentations and documents.” Whether you are a blogger, entrepreneur, own a small business or a large company, Slideshare will provide you with a platform for training materials, communications of ideas, or sales presentation visuals. The following is a short tutorial on Slideshare:

5 Reasons to Use PicApp Free Images on Your Blog

Bloggers are constantly faced with finding media, specifically pictures, that will both draw the attention of their audience and entertain. One of the biggest challenges is finding pictures that are not copyright protected. Beyond mining the Wikipedia’s of the world for your photo content, the best picture resource is PicApp.com.

5 Reasons to Use PicApp

  • Free: the images are free to use
  • Copyright: there is not copyright infringement possibilities as Pic App allows you to use their library of photos without legal ramifications
  • Ease of Use: it is very simple to cut and paste the embed code into any blog article
  • Search Engine Optimization: according to PicApp “All PicApp images include the right meta-data to assist search engines index the images and your posts better.”
  • More Traffic: high quality images improve your blog content, help to ensure people stay on your blog longer, and helps to facilitate return visits to your blog

Twitter Strategy: Rate Your Recommendations with Exclamation Marks on #FollowFriday

Twitter hashtag events like #WineWednesday and #FollowFriday are powerfully effective networking events that allow participants to recommend people or brands to follow. These events are integral part of any Twitter launch in order to attract new followers, raise awareness for a brand, or begin to create goodwill within the network with your targeted audience. One effective new strategy to raise awareness is the utilization of exclamation marks within a hashtag message.

Exclamation Marks: Rating your Recommendation

A way to differentiate your recommendations of people or brands during a hashtag event is to place an exclamation mark after the Twitter “handle”

In this example for #WineWednesday, I placed an exclamation mark after @leesgreenberg. The results? Lee messaged the brand that he received an exclamation mark and that he was being recognized as special.

Benefits of Exclamation Marks

  • Rating System: exclamation marks can be used as a rating system for your recommendations
  • Recognition: using an exclamation mark is a method of recognizing people-brands
  • Open Communication: because you are differentiating a Twitter from others this can act as an opening of the lines of communication in many cases
  • Differentiate Your Brand: by utilizing an exclamation mark rating system you are showing your network that you are interested in them and putting maximum effort into your messaging

Twitter is a creative direct marketing channel. With an anthropologists’ zeal for experimentation you can begin to leverage the network as a tool for more than just simple broadcasting needs.