Are You Really Building Your Influence on Twitter?

Posted by Obaidul Haque - April 5, 2011 - Social Media - 9 Comments

Well, almost every business is jumping onto the social media bandwagon. But, the inside story may not be as interesting as it appears from outside. If you are a social media junkie, you must be aware that Twitter celebrated its 5th birthday last week. Since the number of tweets (one billion currently) being sent per week is rising dramatically, it’s obvious that it’s also giving rise to a lot of hubbub. But, are your consumers listening? This is the question that companies need to ask themselves as they continue using twitter for brand promotion.

The truth, however, is that social media has not blessed many with the rewards it can actually bring. Of course, Twitter is also one of the most powerful social media platforms to capitalize on real time business. But if you have a closer look around, you’ll come to know that not many companies have been able to reap the benefits of online marketing through Twitter.

That a brand has 25,000 or 50,000 followers on Twitter doesn’t mean that it is converting as well. There’s a lot of noise all around Twitter. It seems as if everyone is busy doing a ‘roaring trade’.

But the point is, how a brand can create a Twitter influence that gives them maximized conversion. Let us have a look at some of the key aspects to get a clear picture of the situation.

Measuring Twitter Followers May Not Help

Of course, it is quite easy to measure your influence (numerically) on Twitter using the range of Twitter analytics tools available out there including Twitalyzer, Klout, TweetStats and TweetEffect among others. The truth, however, is that measuring the number of your followers on Twitter may only tell a fraction of the story. Moreover, many of the aforementioned Twitter statistics tools are continuously making changes in their measurement algorithms.

Therefore, brands need to be a little more careful while continuing to increase their number of followers by hundreds and thousands. There’s a lot more to social media marketing than actually meets the eye.

Repetitive Tweeting is like ‘Cancer’

Spend some time tweeting and following a couple of brands. And you’ll soon see the noise that’s being created there. People can really get annoyed seeing the same link or tweet being tweeted 20 times in a few minutes. Tweeting in this way is never about engaging your audience.

Focus on Creating ‘Advocates’ of Your Brand

Twitter or attractive marketing may not be of help if you don’t have a great product to offer.  You might be able for sometime to use your updates as ‘excellent jump-off points’. But that doesn’t mean visitors will convert too. Deliver something of value to your audience, engage in real time communication and try to become a solution provider. If you really want to make the most of your Twitter marketing, focus on creating ‘advocates’ of your brand rather than just trying to swell the number of your Twitter followers without getting desirable results.

What has been your experience like while promoting your brand on Twitter? Are you connecting well with the audience? Are you converting really well? Please feel free to share your viewpoints and thoughts.

About the Author

Obaidul Haque

Obaidul Haque works as an SEO manager handling client projects. He focuses heavily on Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Search Engine Marketing (SEM) and Social Media Marketing. He shares his insightful views regularly on HelloBloggerz . He has been successfully helping clients, hailing from various industries, achieve higher rankings in search engines and increase their online sales. You can also follow him on Twitter.
9 comments
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Dave
Dave

I think lots of companies completely miss the point of social media and just see it as junk mail without the cost of paper. I have however seen some companies that truly focus on actually using the medium as a genuine communication tool with great success. I like Marks tip, I think it definitely shifts the focus to communicating rather than just tweeting like a PR bot 24/7. I long for the day when people look at the bigger picture rather than token figures that can often be misleading. My recent post 3 Simple WordPress Theme Design Tips

@obaidulhaque
@obaidulhaque

Thanks everyone for joining in, commenting and sharing useful tips. Mark's tip about Twitter marketing from Blog World last year is 100% (80% @ replies and 20% regular tweets) valid.

Bit Doze
Bit Doze

I don't really am using twitter that much, because for me doesn't seem to bring to many visitors, but I prefer Facebook that I think is more useful (at least for me). My recent post Build My Rank Review

Lill
Lill

I totally agree with creating advocates for your brand, instead of just counting how many followers you already have. When you have advocates, you'll get word-of-mouth advertising which is highly effective for businesses.

Letitia Smith
Letitia Smith

Definitely agree. It is not about the number of Twitter followers, but the influence you can provide. Building brand advocates who will then engage with their own followers is very important for business. My recent post Location- Location- Location

Extreme John
Extreme John

I think the real point that you start building a true following and network is when you stop focusing on the numbers of it all and everything that you have to say. Open up the eyes and ears and make the discussion a two way street traveled. My recent post Custom Facebook App Development Peek

Mark Thompson
Mark Thompson

Yeah, it is one of those things that is more of a long term commitment and strategy. If you are not active on Twitter or Facebook and don't have a following, you wont see any results from it. However if you take the time to engage with your audience, you can see a ton of traffic. Twitter is my #4 traffic source to my blog, just because I have been working at it for years. Just one of those things...the more you put into it, the more you get out of it.

Mark Thompson
Mark Thompson

I think too many executives and marketers get hung up on how many "followers we have", instead of who is actively engaging with your brand and content. I would much rather have 50 active commentors and people who give feedback, then 500 "followers" who are just in it to try and get others to follow them back.