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A presentation which helps you get up and running on twitter - References to tools, websites, and pitfalls.

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  • 1. Keep in mind branding Personal name vs. Company name CharlesAtDell or DellSales Following stays with name Be careful of length the shorter the better Retweetability the My Number rule

2. Branding Recognizability Do not change lightly Determines first impression 3. Branding Be careful of width Second impression Be innovative, impressive, creative 4. Others use this to decide if you are worth their time About 160 character limit Remember that the bio is searched for relevant terms when people are looking for various services 5. A URL shortener takes what may be a very long URL (web address) and shortens it so you have more room out of the 140 characters allowed in a tweet to give your message. One of the better URL shorteners is Http:// The reason for this is that if you have an account with it also tracks the number of clicks on each link and more. 6. RSS (Really Simple Syndication) can be used to automatically tweet new information from designated sources, such as the Einstein news feed. You can use any of a number of tools to facilitate this. Just a few are: Twitterfeed Feedburner Yahoo pipes 7. Search is a powerful way to find out what is going on about the institution on twitter or on the internet. Just a few powerful search tools are: Google blog search Tweepsearch Tweetalerts Geo search 8. As with anything, backup is essential. But backing up something that exists primarily on the internet can be a problem. Luckily there are at least 2 tools that will help. Tweecious ( This solution backs up up all your tweets which contain internet links. You must also have a account (social bookmarking site) Backupify ( This backs up everything in your twitter account. If you go beyond the free version you can backup other online entities. 9. TweetEffect ( shows which tweets were followed by follower jumps up or down Tweetree ( displays your tweets in a conversation format TweepML ( lets you create lists of tweeters (twitter is currently rolling out its own list feature) Twittercounter ( shows your twitter followers statistics Klout ( gives you a klout score and categorizes your tweets ( is a site that lets you check your twitter background in various screen resolutions and even gives you a template to help correct errors Twitter grader ( generates a grade out of 100 for your account and notifies you of any problems Twit Analyzer ( analyzes your profile for Influence, Signal, Generosity, velocity, and clout. TweetStats ( creates a graphical representation of your tweets bar graphs and cloud graphs 10. There are many different types of twitter clients and the one you use depends on a couple of things. The way in which the organization has decided to use twitter Who is going to be tweeting How the tweeting will be done Time investment 11. The client used by many businesses is Cotweet ( CoTweet is a web client which means you must have a web browser opened to use it. Best for use if more than one person is tweeting on the same account. This client can schedule tweets ahead of time for convenience Cotweet uses CoTags which identify the person tweeting (^TZ) Cotweet can also integrate the URL shortener Can have multiple twitter accounts as well 12. Tweetdeck is a desktop client (stand alone application). Like CoTweet TD can have multiple accounts. You cannot schedule tweets with TD Although you can manage multiple accounts it does not lend itself to multiple users 13. Like TweetDeck, Seesmic Desktop is a desktop client. SD manages multiple accounts SD does not lend itself to multiple users Seesmic is more multimedia friendly There is a version of Seesmic on the web called Seesmic Web 14. This is the way a majority of tweeters use twitter. You must be in a browser to access the site. There are fewer capabilities than the stand alone apps such as tweedeck and seesmic desktop. While stand alones access Twitter through the sites API which will work many times when the site itself isnt working, if you are using the website it must be working for you to do anything 15. PeopleBrowser can be either a stand alone or a web app. PB does many of the things that the other apps do. It does not measure up in many ways though. 16. is a site that lists ~120 popular social media sites. Use this site to check that your brand is not being used/stolen/spoofed by someone else. 17. 1. Determine your message What are you trying to say? Do you have more than one message? Develop a short paragraph that encapsulates what you want to say and continually reference it as you work on social media tools. Source: 18. 2. Determine who the audience is Who is your audience? Are they tech savvy? Creating a plan to enter the social media arena is irrelevant if none of your audience will follow you there. Consider surveying your donors to determine how they want to hear from you. Source: 19. 3. Develop goals What do you want to achieve from social media? Donations? Awareness? Determine your goals and remember to keep them handy as you progress. Source: 20. 4. Determine the exact ROI expected This goes hand in hand with #3. Get specific about the return on investment you are expecting. If you want donations, what's the amount? If you are looking for new supporters, how many? Source: 21. 5. Research and determine which social media tools work for you There are multiple social media tools out there. It's important to determine which ones work for you. Signing up for everything isn't going to be the best use of your time. Source: 22. 6. Create a strategy Developing a strategy for your social media activity is extremely important. You need to determine what content you want to create and where you want to put it. Source: 23. 7. Create the analysis method What's your method for analysis? It's important to track what you do on social media tools so you can examine whether you are achieving the ROI that you want. Source: 24. 8. Determine the main contributor as well as the sub contributors Who's writing the content for your social media sites? Is it the same person who's posting them? Are there more than one person contributing? Hashing this out ahead of time will make the process flow much smoother. Source: 25. 9. Develop content ahead of time Create some of the content you need ahead of time so you aren't scrambling to find something to post/write about everyday. Source: 26. 10. Develop response procedure What's your procedure if you recieve a negative comment from someone? Or even a positive one? Determine how you handle questions and comments from your audience. Source: 27. The 5 Rules of Social Media For Non Profits (and everyone else) 28. 1. Listen. Social Media is not about you. Its about peoples relationships with you. Listen before you speak. 29. Use the H.E.A.R. method of listening: H E A R EAR MPATHIZE NALYZE ESPOND Listen carefully to what is being said Put yourself in the speakers shoes Determine what the goals of the speaker are and if there is any underlying meaning Reply with a meaningful, constructive, thought out response 30. 2. Get involved. Social Media is about conversations and building relationships. It takes effort. Dont just talk about yourself. Ask questions, engage people and link, Most of all be inspiring. 31. 3. Give up control. You cant control the conversation. If you want people to spread your message, you have to trust them. Listen. Inspire. Engage. Let go. 32. 4. Be honest. You cant spin the truth with Social Media. Be open, honest and authentic in everything you say and do. 33. 5. Think long term. Dont expect immediate, easily measurable results. It takes time to build trust and make connections. 34. Source: 35. Dont use the following words in your bio, no matter how much you think they will attract followers: Social Media Expert Guru Make Money online Affiliate Marketing Increase your Followers 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. There are 2 distinct ways to measure the effec