How to Create a Twitter Marketing Strategy that Rocks | Written by Jeff Bullas


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There are many bloggers and brands that just leap onto Twitter, setup an account and start  tweeting. This random approach is fine if you are a person that is doing tweeting for fun and you want to share your rambling rantings to any Joe that  wants to leap into your stream and share sweet nothings.

Don’t be blinded by the shiny new Twitter tool, it needs to be used wisely and if you put in place a planned strategy it will deliver results that will delight and amaze.

The principles of a coherent marketing strategy should not be discarded because social media mania has turned your brain to mush. Twitter in the right hands with the right plan and approach is a very sharp marketing tool.

Twitter is the Perfect Marketing Channel for Bloggers

Top bloggers have now realized that Twitter is a very effective and highly leveraged social media marketing platform to engage with a highly targeted audience and a channel that drives traffic and adds to and enhances their current marketing.

Twitter provides you with a potential audience of over 220 million but those that are interested in your topic of choice will be a subset of that big number. Finding that audience whether it be car lovers, or fashion tragics will be an important component of your strategy as well as achieving goals that are included in your plans.

So Where do you Start?

There are some Twitter basics that are vital when setting up your Twitter account

1. Create a Twitter account that has the same name as your blog domain

2. Include a link to your blog in your settings

3. Include your location

4. Upload a logo or photo that is consistent with your blog branding

5. Include a Twitter background that suits your brand image

6. Include a description in your Twitter settings that include “key words” that are congruent with your blog topic that Google will like.

So you have set up your account which has the  essentials completed, it’s now time to create a Twitter marketing strategy.

Twitter Marketing Strategy Blueprint… Leer más “How to Create a Twitter Marketing Strategy that Rocks | Written by Jeff Bullas”

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TweetDeck: ¿Cómo PROGRAMAR TWEETS para ser publicados EN OTRO MOMENTO?

Voy a darles un ejemplo usándome a mí mismo. Soy de leer mi timeline (línea de tiempo de Twitter) a altas horas de la noche. Muchas veces mientras la reviso, se me ocurren nuevos tweets para compartir. Sin embargo, publicar un tweet a las 2 o 3 de la mañana, es condenarlo al fracaso, ya que la mayoría de las personas, están durmiendo. Ergo, el tweet será leído solo por algunos noctámbulos como yo. En cambio, si en lugar de publicarlo en el mismo momento que lo escribo, digamos 2 de la mañana, lo escribo y lo programo para que salga publicado a las 11 de la mañana, mientras estoy trabajando y ocupado con otras cosas, la cantidad potencial de lectores (o audiencia potencial del tweet) se incrementa notablemente. Es decir, dejo todo planificado y programado para que algo que redacté en un horario marginal y en el cual estoy tranquilo y relajado, salga publicado en un “Horario Principal” (en televisión diríamos “Prime Time”) en donde hay mucha gente conectada a Twitter (a pesar de que yo esté reunido con clientes o colegas, tratando otros temas).


Tiempo atrás escribí un TIP sobreTWEETDECK y cómo esta aplicación nos permitía “disfrutar a Twitter en serio”. Describí muchas de sus ventajas y varios lectores de Adrian Tips optaron por usar TweetDeck como plataforma preferida a la hora de twittear. Hoy vamos a sacarle un poco más de provecho a TweetDeck, aprendiendo cómo twittear “en diferido”, o dicho de otro modo, cómo escribir un tweet en un momento y programarlo para que salga publicado en otro momento.

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Esta función llamada “schedule this update” (algo así como “agendar este tweet”) es sumamente útil, ya que nos permite escribir uno o varios tweets y decidir con precisión en que fecha y horario queremos que los mismos salgan publicados. Leer más “TweetDeck: ¿Cómo PROGRAMAR TWEETS para ser publicados EN OTRO MOMENTO?”

3 Tools That Let You Escape Social Media

You know the drill….Twitter, email, Tweetdeck, Youtube and round and round. It happens every single day of the week all over the world as our attention spans get shorter and shorter. It’s very hard for all of us to work when we are only ever a notification or a ping away from getting interrupted. Even if you actually vow to switch it all off you’ll more often than not find yourself clicking back in for that one sneaky look that inevitably takes you off on another merry go round of social media goodness. So with that in mind I wanted to find 3 simple tools that let you escape it all and actually physically took control of your computer as if you were in the online version of rehab for a couple of hours.


You know the drill….Twitter, email, Tweetdeck, Youtube and round and round. It happens every single day of the week all over the world as our attention spans get shorter and shorter. It’s very hard for all of us to work when we are only ever a notification or a ping away from getting interrupted. Even if you actually vow to switch it all off you’ll more often than not find yourself clicking back in for that one sneaky look that inevitably takes you off on another merry go round of social media goodness. So with that in mind I wanted to find 3 simple tools that let you escape it all and actually physically took control of your computer as if you were in the online version of rehab for a couple of hours. Leer más “3 Tools That Let You Escape Social Media”

How Industry Marketers Can Save Twitter’s Ecosystem

The Demise of the Ecosystem

Until this year, twitter had plenty of feature gaps. I remember when it wasn’t unusual to go to Twitter.com or text 40404 to share my thoughts with my followers. Over time, new companies were formed to take advantage of what Twitter wasn’t doing on its own. Smartphone apps, analytics, scheduled tweets, pictures and video, among others, were integrated into the service through third-party development efforts to make Twitter easier and more useful to its rapidly growing user base. This trend gave us a new wave of social media household names, such as HootSuite, TweetDeck, UberTwitter and Topsy.

The market for enhancing Twitter was robust and growing … which his probably what caught the company’s attention.

Though Twitter has dabbled in closing its feature gaps in the past – e.g., with the 2008 acquisition of Summize – it approached the task in 2010 with unparalleled vigor. Kicking off the Chirp developer conference in April with the acquisition of iPhone app developer Tweetie, Twitter introduced new features, applications and revenue models at a rapid pace, much of it coming at the expense of the ecosystem that fueled its popularity. Then, with the “new Twitter” rolled out, it almost looked as though the company was truly going head-to-head with its own application ecosystem.

And, it makes perfect sense.

Twitter is ostensibly eager to demonstrate the legitimacy of its sky-high valuation, estimated to be around $4 billion recently, especially if a liquidity event is in the cards. In the near-term, it’s prudent for the company to consolidate user interaction and traffic to increase revenues, widen margins and cultivate end-user loyalty. Consequently, what’s good for Twitter isn’t necessarily good for the companies that have tied their future to the platform – leaving the ecosystem exposed to considerable risk.

The Standard Coping Mechanism

The prevailing wisdom for ecosystem companies has been to pursue broader reach. It’s a straightforward diversification play, in which Twitter ecosystem companies expand their services to other platforms. HootSuite, for example, lets users publish to LinkedIn, Facebook and WordPress, as well as Twitter.

This tactic does reduce platform-related and strategy risks, but it fails to provide an opportunity for differentiation. Social media content and analytics management is already well on its way to commoditization, leaving little room for the rapid growth that Twitter ecosystem companies (and their investors) likely crave. The only ways to compete are on usability, insight and cross-platform reach. The barriers to entry are low – as Twitter has demonstrated in triggering this problem for its ecosystem – making differentiation virtually impossible.

For the ecosystem as a whole to recapture its momentum, a fundamentally different approach is necessary. Finding a way to cut through the endless tweets to help users with specific interests monitor and participate in a targeted manner could provide a wide range of opportunities to a sector that’s watching its future shrink.


The future of the Twitter ecosystem is uncertain, to say the least. A wave of enhancements this year has allowed Twitter to take traffic share back from the third-party application developers that helped accelerate Twitter’s growth. And, this appears to be a significant part of Twitter’s strategy going forward.

As Twitter looks to shore up its position, particularly as suitors reportedly bring multibillion dollar offers for the company, the ecosystem could suffer. Many of these companies are looking for ways to survive, yet they don’t seem to be looking in the right places: a great opportunity could be slipping through their fingers. For this sector of the social media market to regain its footing, it should look back to an approach that’s been around in the marketing world for decades. Leer más “How Industry Marketers Can Save Twitter’s Ecosystem”

TwitSprout Growth Report – Beta


A Reference Guide to the Growth Report Prototype

One page with clear metrics to answer the question… are you growing?
This is the first prototype. We’re following an early beta launch philosophy to seek input from you, our beta gurus. You’re the experts.

I have put together this reference guide to help explain the calculations and purpose behind the analytics.

1. @username
This is the Twitter account of course. Need more be said? 🙂 Leer más “TwitSprout Growth Report – Beta”

5 Steps to a Stronger Social Media Presence

Social media and social networking sites present tremendous opportunities to all kinds of business, including web design. If you’re not currently active with social media you are missing out on one of the best methods for networking and for free or low-cost marketing.

Many designers who are using social media are not getting the most out of it. In this post we’ll look at 5 simple steps that you can take to improve your effectiveness with social media, regardless of whether you are already a user or if you have not yet gotten started with social media.
Step 1: Identify Your Goals and Priorities

It’s important to set a solid foundation for your efforts with social media by first defining what you hope to get out of it. This is a critical step that many designers and freelancers overlook. Yes, social media can have a significant impact on your business, but you need to have some direction or else you will be wasting your time.

Some common goals or priorities for designers who are using social media include finding new clients, networking with other designers, increasing traffic to their website or blog, improving name recognition and branding, finding a new job, and simply enjoying activity with the community of users. It’s possible to improve your business or career in any number of ways with social media, but you need to be aware of what is important to you because it should shape the way in which you use social media.
Step 2: Target a Few Specific Social Media Sites…


http://vandelaydesign.com/blog/social-media/stronger-social-media-presence/

Social media and social networking sites present tremendous opportunities to all kinds of business, including web design. If you’re not currently active with social media you are missing out on one of the best methods for networking and for free or low-cost marketing.

Many designers who are using social media are not getting the most out of it. In this post we’ll look at 5 simple steps that you can take to improve your effectiveness with social media, regardless of whether you are already a user or if you have not yet gotten started with social media.

Step 1: Identify Your Goals and Priorities

It’s important to set a solid foundation for your efforts with social media by first defining what you hope to get out of it. This is a critical step that many designers and freelancers overlook. Yes, social media can have a significant impact on your business, but you need to have some direction or else you will be wasting your time.

Some common goals or priorities for designers who are using social media include finding new clients, networking with other designers, increasing traffic to their website or blog, improving name recognition and branding, finding a new job, and simply enjoying activity with the community of users. It’s possible to improve your business or career in any number of ways with social media, but you need to be aware of what is important to you because it should shape the way in which you use social media.

Step 2: Target a Few Specific Social Media Sites… Leer más “5 Steps to a Stronger Social Media Presence”

Does The Future Of The Internet Have Room For Web Designers?

It seems that new posts about what the Internet has in store for us down the road pop up every week or two. Some propose that the Internet will deliver more of the same, but different somehow (it’s usually ambiguous just how), while others propose such radical changes that it’s hard to believe they could ever happen. And the truth is, none of us really know what will happen with the Internet in 10 or 15 years.

After all, it was only a little more than 15 years ago that Clifford Stoll wrote the now-infamous “The Internet? Bah!” post (subtitled: “Hype Alert, Why Cyberspace Isn’t, and Will Never Be, Nirvana”). In that post he detailed why a lot of things just wouldn’t happen online but most of which are now commonplace.

As web designers and developers, what the future holds for the Internet is imperative for our livelihoods. If the Internet has radical changes in store for us, we need to understand how they might effect what we do to earn a living and what we’ll need to do to adapt and keep pace — if that’s even possible.


By Cameron Chapman | http://www.smashingmagazine.com

It seems that new posts about what the Internet has in store for us down the road pop up every week or two. Some propose that the Internet will deliver more of the same, but different somehow (it’s usually ambiguous just how), while others propose such radical changes that it’s hard to believe they could ever happen. And the truth is, none of us really know what will happen with the Internet in 10 or 15 years.

After all, it was only a little more than 15 years ago that Clifford Stoll wrote the now-infamous “The Internet? Bah!” post (subtitled: “Hype Alert, Why Cyberspace Isn’t, and Will Never Be, Nirvana”). In that post he detailed why a lot of things just wouldn’t happen online but most of which are now commonplace.

As web designers and developers, what the future holds for the Internet is imperative for our livelihoods. If the Internet has radical changes in store for us, we need to understand how they might effect what we do to earn a living and what we’ll need to do to adapt and keep pace — if that’s even possible.

The Future is Content and Data

Look at your mobile phone. If you’re like most tech-savvy consumers, you’ve likely got a smartphone of the Apple or Android variety (or maybe a Blackberry, especially if you’re working in the corporate world). Most of us use our smartphones on a near-constant basis doing everything from checking email to working on projects to entertaining ourselves. How much of all that do you do in your phone’s browser?

The answer is probably “not much”.

We use an app to check email. We use the Facebook app for status updates. We use Twidroid or TweetDeck or the official Twitter app for tweeting. We use a YouTube app to watch videos. We use the Pandora or Last.fm apps for streaming music.

Prism in Does The Future Of The Internet Have Room For Web Designers?

Mozilla Prism is an application that lets users split web applications out of their browser and run them directly on their desktop. Is this the future of mobile applications?

It’s likely a similar scenario on our desktop or laptop computer. We use apps for a lot of our common Internet-based activities. We even have options to create our own apps with single-site browsers (like Fluid or Prism). And Google’s Chrome OS is just around the corner with devices already planned to use the web-based OS. Leer más “Does The Future Of The Internet Have Room For Web Designers?”