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In all the spats about who can show a users picture on which network in which format, before Instagram and Twitter took away each other’s ball, Twitter was holding on to a hole card… their mobile application was ready to go with all the funky filters that morph people’s smartphone images into social media objects.
Sure, Twitter’s photo filters are only a pathetic attempt at making it seem like parting ways with Instagram was a good idea…or at least not a bad idea. But, the real questions remain:
Will this deter people from using Twitter? Deter people from sharing photos with 140 characters?
I doubt it. Our pics will just be somewhat less sharable, but we’ll still try.
I recently attended a webinar called “Sales Is Social,” and during the hour-long discussion we learned about to use social networks to boost sales. A lot of what was discussed is how a sales team can utilize its company’s existing social resources to find new prospects and relate to clients.
The webinar had some great suggestions on how social networks (namely LinkedIn, but this could work for Twitter, too) could help you become a better sales person through reaches, gathering intel, and contributing insights.
Attaining reaches is a no-brainer on networks like LinkedIn. Each of your company’s employees has a diverse background. We come from different parts of the country, have studied at various schools, have different hobbies, and therefore many different connections. One person (or company) may not be a prospect for your GM, but could absolutely be someone that is perfect for you and your next sales goal. Leverage these differences between you and your coworkers to introduce yourself to new people online. The point here is you never know who knows who, and by using our corporate network of employees, you can find new prospects you may never have known were out there.
By using social media to gather intel you can relate better to your new and existing contacts. Social sales is not chit chatting about your golf game like you might on the phone or in an in-person meeting. Instead it’s using the platforms to engage and find common ground professionally. Today’s networks have a plethora of information that is available to you about active members. You can learn where they studied, other places they’ve worked, hobbies of theirs, and a little about their family life. The more relatable you are to a prospect, the more likely they are to trust you.
Lastly, you can contribute insights aka be the expert. You already know a ton about your practice, trade, and industry. Being a know-it-all about the area in which you sell (best pizza joint, good realtor, best way home to avoid traffic, etc) is also considered insightful. Additionally, if you find that a handful or more of your prospects share a common interest in a particular hobby, sport, or whatever…make yourself an expert on that topic. Heck, even bacon ties people together these days. Your insights do not have to be trade related but rather should be topics that you are passionate about. That passion will resonate more than a forced post about “work stuff.”
These sales tactics do take time and results do not happen overnight, but if you build up your network and your own reputation online, you could see a huge difference in the results you bring in every cycle. The most important take-away is to just get online and start connecting with people. Even if your relationship never gets past a follow or connection, you’ll still be building that critical network.
Who you know is what you know.
Mike Schaefer at Business To Community published a blog last week asking: “Should you out-source your Tweets?” and he wasted no time getting right down business.
“Should you out-source your tweets? No,” read the first line of his blog.
He goes on to defend his reasoning citing an example of when outsourcing tweets turned into a PR disaster.
I have a friend who had been building a Twitter relationship with a business executive she admired. They had tweeted back and forth a few times and he had provided some helpful career advice to her. When they had a chance to finally meet at a networking event, she introduced herself and was met with a puzzled stare. He had never heard of her before, and sheepishly explained that his PR agency was tweeting for him. Obviously his reputation was ruined for this young woman … and also to all those she talked to about the incident!
So, sure…this does make outsourcing seem dangerous. But, why would anyone pretend to be someone else? Just because you’re outsourcing your efforts on Twitter does not in any way mean that person needs to pretend to be you.
As a business owner or leader you should think of Twitter as one huge networking event. Sometimes you can attend the meeting yourself and sometimes you send employees on your behalf. But, never would you send someone there pretending to be you. That’s just weird.
So, the issue isn’t about outsourcing. Rather it’s about faking it.
Take three examples from major brands who are outsourcing their tweets and doing it right.
So, you see, you don’t need to run your own Twitter account to have a successful line of communication with your fans, friends, clients, and customers. By using one of these examples you can be upfront, honest, and still utilize Twitter as a viable marketing resource for you and your work.