10 Tips for Twitter

10 Tips for Twitter:

There is not doubt that social media (Facebook and Twitter) can be beneficial to expanding your business or etsy shop.  Twitter promotion is a reason many businesses have been flocking to twitter.  A lot of you may have already dipped your feet into twitter.  Social media can be a powerful tool to launch or expand your crafting business and allow others to interact with your creations.  Here are a few tips that we have picked up along the way:

#1 Pitch Pusher:  A great quote – “… think of twitter like the water cooler at the office”.  If you are constantly tweeting about your business and pushing a sales pitch, your followers aren’t going to be very interested in what you have to say. 
#2 Be Human:  Scheduled tweets can be benifital but try and mix it up with conversation too.
#3 Listen:  Listen to what others are saying.  Another great quote ” … twitter is like a party of strangers”.  Listen to what your followers are saying, maybe anwser some questions or engage in some conversation.
#4 Be a Helper:  Offer something to people with your tweets – information, entertainment or tips. Reply to other tweets – anwsering or commenting on other posts.  A helpful tweeter will make you someone that others want to talk to. 
#5 Give them what the want:  Do a search on your brand – find out what your followers want.   Perhaps your readers don’t want to know that you just walked your dog, but maybe that you walked your dog and the handmade scarf by … kept me warm. 
#6 Keep it light:  Ensure your tweets aren’t link heavy (ie. a URL with each tweet).  Sometimes readers just want to read.
#7 Share:  Did you read an interesting article or an interesting tweet? Share it – retweet it. 
#8 Promote others: One of our favourites is promoting others.  If you see something that you like, retweet it – or comment on the product.
#9 Build Using twitter you can build lists or streams to follow a group at once.  For example, we use www.hootsuite.com and have several streams, including a stream featuring sponsors and vendors of the Made by Hand Show.
#10 Ask: Tweeting your blog posts and shop etsy is okay, but what about wording your tweet as a question?Follow us @MadebyHandShow on twitter. Don’t have twitter?  What are you waiting for it’s free http://www.twitter.com/

Happy Tweeting.