9 Ways to Use Twitter for Business Naturally

Your art is a business. Treat it like one. – Leigh Langston

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By Karen S Musselman

You can use Twitter for business and actually get more hits and traffic to your blog or business opportunity than you can on Facebook. At least that’s been my experience lately.

I don’t claim to be a Twitter guru, but I’ve noticed that you can get more Twitter followers just by being yourself and interacting with other members.

So, here are some general tips on how to set up and use this social networking site to your advantage, and get the most out of your business marketing.

#1. Attraction Marketing!

Be sure your Twitter account profile is attractive and says something about you. Use a photo of yourself, not an “avatar” or company logo.

Remember, branding is still very important here as on any other networking site. So if use the same photo across all of your profiles, people will get to know you.

I actually had a follower tweet to me, “You’re everywhere!” That’s the point!

#2. Add eye-catching photos to your tweets!

Twitter allows photos to be uploaded to status updates (tweets) too, so when possible, it’s a good idea to upload a relevant image in every few tweets.

#3. Don’t include a link with every status update.

#quote is a very popular hashtag, so along with trends, use an interesting quote without a link to any other site.

#4. As for links, mix them up!

Don’t just use the same link to the same landing page all the time. Link to a relevant blog post, a favorite or new YouTube video and different landing pages or business opportunities.

People on Twitter like variety!

#5. Every few tweets, add something simple and “personal.”

Here’s an example – “Had a dinner date with hubby! Great to take some time off work and enjoy the evening.”

Your personal tweet – without a link – can be about anything; what your cat just did, how much snow your area is getting, where you took your last vacation.

Personal tweets are something that just add a little more about you so your followers will get to know you, and so you’ll get even more followers.

#6. Say something about one of the Twitter trending topics.

Scan the list of trending topics on the sidebar. Find something interesting and say something about it, like your opinion on the topic, and be sure to use the #hashtag in your tweet.

#7. Ideas for marketing your business

Remember, not every post needs to have a link! The key for marketing here is the same as it is on every social networking site.

You will get more followers, sign ups or sales when you allow people to get to know, like and trust you.

Here are some things you can do to effectively market your business on Twitter:

  • Share something about a new app or tool you use
  • Share a Facebook post to start-up a conversation
  • Talk about an event that’s coming up in your area, like a trade show or community event.
  • Create coupons for a discount on your services or products

#8. Interact with your followers

Respond to followers who mention you in their tweets or retweet (RT) one of your posts. A simple ‘Thanks for the mention’ or ‘Thanks for the RT’ goes a long way!

#9. Avoid Auto-follow and Auto direct messages!

You do not have to follow everyone who follows you. It’s best to simply check your followers a couple of times a week and follow them back if you want to.

For example, there are some “adult-related” members who follow me but I don’t want to see graphic adult-rated images on my feed, so I don’t follow them back. And if they eventually unfollow you because you haven’t followed them, that’s fine.

Hopefully these few tips will help you get more Twitter followers and get the most out of your marketing on this fun social networking site too!

Karen Musselman works from home and provides “Online Marketing Help Without the Hype,” and the importance of video marketing at her blog, “Working at Home with KSMusselman,, where she also has training videos for members of the marketing company she’s a member of. Stop by Karen’s blog today for more online marketing help.

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Senior Citizens Dig Us!

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I got this amazing tweet today!

I assume she is referring to How To Spot A Stalker Before It’s Too Late but she could be referring to 4 People You’ve Cyberstalked But Will Never  Admit It or How To Stalk Your Favorite Celebrity.

Either way, I am glad to know that I am reaching an older audience.

Older people can #KeepitDangerous! too 🙂

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#ImSoFlint Takes Over Social Media: Get all updates here!

Flint is the largest city and county seat of Genesee County in the State of Michigan. It is located along the Flint River, 66 miles (106 km) northwest of Detroit. According to the 2010 census, Flint has a population of 102,434, making it the seventh largest city in Michigan.

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#ImSoFlint on Twitter

#ImSoFlint on Facebook

A series of tweets by Facebook and Twitter users took over social media this week where those of us who grew up in Flint and are still living there, or in the area, proclaimed our Flint Pride, fond memories and funny stories with the rest of the world. Or anyone that cared

I was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. I currently live right outside of Flint, or shall I say, down the street from Flint in Burton. I work and sometimes play in Flint. I also have a section of this network devoted of Flint (Flint Positive Spotlight). So, I am definitely So Flint!

However, like most things on social media, it is playing out (see getting on my nerves) quickly. But, I won’t complain too much. Flint is usually in the media for negative reasons so I’m happy to join the crowd. It’s fun. And, other than love we all need more fun.

What Makes YOU So Flint?

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Dangerous Lee Interviews Comedian – Kris Shaw

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Dangerous Lee interviews Kris Shaw, a fan favorite who tours comedy clubs, colleges and events all across the United States and Canada. He has entertained troops in Iraq, Kuwait, Japan, Korea, Saudi Arabia and Africa. Kris also appears in national television commercials and had a recurring extra role on the CBS drama “Close To Home”.

Your Facebook page is listed under “Dready Murphy”, what do you think about Eddie Murphy?

I like Eddie Murphy. He’s one of the most brilliant modern pioneer story tellers. He raised the bar for the current comedians. From there was born Chris Rock and so on.

 

Who laughs at your jokes the hardest, Black people or White people?

That’s a very interesting question. There’s no specific color that laughs at my jokes. I think that people get that my funny is different. It’s not the typical stuff that most comics are doing. That’s what I like about it; there’s no color barrier.

 

How do you use your dreads?

Haha. I love my dreads. A lot of the time, if I’m bored I like to take stupid pictures to make faces with them. Sometimes if I’m on the plane, I’ll use them as “mini blinds” to cover my face while I sleep.

 

Is there anything that you absolutely won’t make a joke about?

I don’t care for jokes about harming babies or rape. I don’t think that comics that cover those topics have ever been a part of such a sensitive issue. If they have kids, they wouldn’t do those jokes and if they personally knew someone that was molested, then it would be the furthest thing from their mind to joke about.

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Is every day Steak & Blowjobs Day or is it a special occasion?

I think everyday should be a Steak & Blowjob Day. Life is too short to just make it annual.

 

Are people in L.A. as fake as they are rumored to be?

I believe people all over the country are fake. In LA, you just tend to have a bigger melting pot of fakeness. It’s where people go to try and make their dreams come true. It’s also where a lot of dreams end. I can see thru it all just like anywhere else in the country so it really doesn’t bother me as much. I expect it.

www.KrisShaw.com

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#WriterWednesday: Could Your Reputation Hurt Your Book Sales?

bad-reputationWhen a reader purchases one of an author’s books for the first time, he or she may not have a clue what the writer is like.

At that point, it may not even matter. But if the reader decides to read more of the author’s books, it’s probably to learn more about the writer.

Uncovering a bad reputation online can be enough to stop consumers dead in their tracks and prevent them from buying an author’s books.

Additionally, a well-known negative reputation can also keep readers from buying a particular author’s books. Clearly, this has an impact on book sales and can hurt the amount of royalties a writer can earn.

Those who believe that their online reputation isn’t important are deceiving themselves. Left unattended, a negative reputation can hurt book sales.


A questionable reputation can make buyers suspicious and lead to loss of book sales.

Situations that Can Negatively Impact Reputation

  • Responding Negatively to Reader Comments or Reviews.Writers put their hearts and souls into their work, so it’s no wonder they react emotionally when someone comments negatively on a book. Letting emotions take the lead and leaving a nasty comment in response puts the writer at risk for reputation damage. It may feel good to blow off some steam, but an unpleasant and unprofessional response can come back to bite the writer.Unfortunately, with the internet, deleting negative comments may not be enough to save face, as other users can spread the word faster than the author can delete.
  • Unsavory Postings on Social Media Venues.Drunken pictures and off-the-cuff posts might seem funny at the time, but they can really do a number on an author’s reputation. Readers tend to put favorite authors on a pedestal, and it’s important to maintain a professional image at all times. Keep occasional partying private.
  • Someone’s Spreading Rumors.Reputation damage isn’t always the writer’s fault. An ex or just someone looking to cause trouble can easily spread lies across the internet, causing damage to a writer’s reputation. If people are willing to believe what the other person is saying, the rumors can spread fast and impact a writer’s book sales.

Ways to Recover from a Damaged Reputation

  • Reach Out to Offended People.If people have been offended by an author’s behavior, words, or actions, the best response is to reach out in a positive and professional manner. This can be done with a blog post, a post on Facebook or Twitter, or through the author’s email list.
  • Negate the Bad with Good.Time does heal all wounds. Eventually the negativity and upset will dissipate. To facilitate this, an author should work toward rebuilding their reputation with positive posts and actions. Sincerity is important because readers will see right through actions that are taken purely for the sake of saving face.
  • Do Some Online Housecleaning.

    Clean up all social media venues by removing inappropriate or unsavory images, deleting harmful posts, or closing certain accounts altogether. Unfortunately, there’s not much that can be done about what others have posted about the author, but continued reputation rebuilding will counteract that over time.


A professional reputation can positively impact book sales.

Allow Time to Recover

Although a reputation can be damaged in an instant, it can take time to fully recover. Negative experiences shouldn’t keep writers from writing or publishing their works. But at the same time, they must spend time each day on rebuilding their reputation.

Regular communication with readers and reviewers will help as trust is slowly regained. After a while, book sales will start to pick up again as consumers reach the point where they believe the writer’s reputation is acceptable and warrants being given another chance. When this point is reached, it’s imperative to continue maintaining a positive online reputation because people aren’t likely to give a writer yet another chance for the same transgression.


Author Bio:

Mary Ylisela is a freelance writer who writes on a variety of topics and coaches other freelance writers on best practices for small business success.

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Women's History Month Spotlight: Tone Trezure – Singer, Artist, Musician & Composer

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Name and Occupation:

Latonya G. Givens aka Tone Trezure.  I am an singer/artist/ musician and composer.
 
What do you love about being a woman?

What I love about being a woman is that we hold the keys to any or everything in this world.  We have the power to heal, to nurture to sculpt minds.  The first voice a child hears is it’s mothers. We have the power to make or break souls.

What do you hate about being a woman?

What is there truly to hate about being a woman?   I am provided the same opportunities as men and I have more weapons to win the world over.  These long lashes, my beautiful brown eyes, my curvy hips, my big lips… a brain the size of Mt. Rushmore with a imagination that won’t stop.  I love being a woman.  I love the fact that I can mind-f@ck just about anyone if they let me.  Hypnotizing…
 
Something about you that would shock people?

Something about me that would shock people is that I wanted to be a Country and Western singer when I was growing up.  I love storytelling and no one tells a story like a good soul from the country.

 

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Women's History Month Spotlight: Kim Randall – Social Media & Marketing Pro

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Name and Occupation:
Kim Randall, Entrepreneur, Social Media and Marketing Professional

What do you love about being a woman?
I love that there is so much untapped opportunity for females in the business world.

What do you hate about being a woman?
I hate that even today we are judged first on looks and last on personality and drive to achieve and succeed.

Who influences you?
My competitors, family, other female entrepreneurs hiking up the same hill as I am.

Something about you that would surprise people?
I hate wearing heels, would rather throw on a pair of flip flops and jeans for my next business meeting

Anything else you`d like to add?
I am an entrepreneur that owns a Social Media Strategy and Management company as well as an online dating website recently launched at DEM Fall 2012 in Silicon Valley. I am a co-organizer of Tampa’s Startup Weekend, Social Media Day, Have spoken at Tampa’s TEDx and sit on the board of advisers for a local University.

www.kimrandall.me

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Dangerous Lee Joins The Walking Dead!

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Make your own at – https://apps.facebook.com/deadyourself/

  • Orianthi Retweets Dangerous Lee! (dangerouslee.biz)
  • Dangerous Lee’s Top 10 Picks of March 2013 (dangerouslee.biz)
  • Dangerous Lee’s Top 10 Picks of February 2013 (dangerouslee.biz)
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#ArtsyTuesday: 5 of The Best Ways To Get Your Art Noticed

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If your creative juices have led to a masterpiece or two, you’ll be looking for great ways to market your artwork .Target a wider audience with these 5 tips.

E-commerce Sites

Nowadays, you need to have a presence on the web to market your creations effectively and showcase your work to as many people as possible from around the globe. There are now sites dedicated to selling handmade crafts, like Etsy and Society6.

On Etsy you’ll find an entire section for art in all its various forms: collage and mixed media, drawing and illustration, prints and posters, paintings, photography and more. The website is very user-friendly and visually pleasing to the eye, which always helps when you’re trying to get your art noticed.

Society6 is all about artwork and selling designs, sketches and paintings on a variety of mediums. People will be able to see (and buy!) your art on iPhone cases, T-shirts, canvases, pillows and prints.

Twitter and Facebook

Social media has revolutionized the way we communicate. Promoting your work through sites like Twitter and Facebook will definitely improve your chances of getting your artwork seen and sold.

Follow galleries, exhibitions and artists on Twitter and start building up a following. You can add an image of one of your eye-catching pieces of art as your banner. Networking is an ideal way of researching new places, ideas and sites for showcasing your work.

Create a local business page on Facebook and post high-definition images of your artwork with captions of what inspired the creation and how much it costs. Make sure you share the page on your profile and ask your friends to help get it noticed through likes and shares.

Tumblr and Pinterest

Blogs like Tumblr and platforms like Pinterest allow you to post and share images. People can re-blog and pin your artwork on their own pages. You’ll see images of your work spread like wildfire.

Try to get in touch with other artists and look at their pages to discover different styles of promotion. As these sites are highly visual (with little text), your art will be able to speak for itself. Just make sure the work is tagged as your own.

Magazines

Art magazines and online publications are a great way of promoting your work for free. They tend to have a wide readership and promote local artists. Look for magazines like PAPER who are entirely dedicated to showcasing the work of artists and designers. PAPER even has a shop in the city center of Bristol where artists can sell their work.

Galleries

With the huge marketing potential provided by the internet it’s easy to forget to try local galleries and exhibitions. Search for them online and look out for niche artsy areas in your city or town. This way, people can actually see your art first hand, and they might make a purchase straight away.

People know people; so always try to personally network. If there is a social gathering, or a gallery exhibition, be there and make yourself known. This is how to sell art through real-life social networking.

The most important thing to remember is to get your artwork on e-commerce sites and then add links to your work from all the social networking sites mentioned above.

How do you get your art noticed?


Stephanie Croft is a freelance writer interested in artwork, interior design and social media. She writes for Art Gallery.

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