Help! My Competitors Are Following Me On Twitter, What Do I Do? // Nice @theideabrand :)

This morning I received an email from one of our Brand Partners asking how she should deal with direct competitors that are following her company on Twitter.

“Do we block direct competitors from following us or is this just what happens in social media?”

My answer: You can block competitors on Twitter but that doesn’t really make a difference.

When you block an unwanted follower, the user no longer has the ability to:

  • Follow you
  • See your profile picture on their page or in their timeline
  • Have their @replies mentions show in your mentions tab
  • Add your Twitter account to one of their lists

Why Blocking Competitors on Twitter Doesn’t Matter

Blocking a competitor doesn’t stop them from gathering competitive intelligence through other means such as following your account under a different alias.

In addition, your competitor can still monitor your Twitter profile without actually following your account by leveraging social media monitoring platforms such as Radian6 and Sysomos.  They can gather information about which Twitter influencers engage with you the most, analyze which topics are trending with your consumers, and track down your disgruntled customers to swoop in for a chance to be a hero.

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Effective Tips for Tracking Social Media Trends

It is a fact that staying on top of the latest social media trends takes too much time. Also, most of us don’t have the time to do so effectively. After all, we’re busy with many other things like running our business or taking care of multiple SEO accounts.

So do you think tracking social media trends seems impossible?

Good thing is it’s still very possible. You just need to figure out an efficient way to keep track of social media trends. If this is one of your problems, here are the most effective ways to do it.

Use Flipboard

You can take care of tracking social media trends yourself and do it manually by spending a lot of time on your Facebook and Twitter account. However, if you want to avoid the problem of sorting through all the news and track social media trends easily, you can just use Flipboard.

A Flipboard is a magazine-style interface that can make the process a lot easier. According to social media experts, this is the future of social media trend spotting. The best thing about it is that it is very easy to use and the trends are displayed in the form of a digital magazine instead of the usual boring headline format. Leer más “Effective Tips for Tracking Social Media Trends”