March 16, 2012

A well planned and well executed  Twitter presence can go a long way towards fulfilling your social media marketing obligations. However, what exactly you should do, what you should tweet, and how you should manage the direction and strategy of your campaign are some of the biggest points that I see potential marketing mavens struggling with day in and day out.

Today we’re going to talk a bit about that last bit – how to structure your campaign.

To begin with, make sure that your Twitter campaign has a target and a direction, and that all of your tweets should move with the central strategy. This sounds obvious, but it can be difficult to implement.

For instance, if you’re going to make a campaign to publicize the launch of a new version of your product at the end of April, then every post you make should be moving you towards that goal. This doesn’t mean that your Twitter has to be totally co-opted by the marketing campaign, but whatever hashtag you’re using for your marketing campaign should not be used for everything else. You do not want to dilute the focus of your campaign.

This should basically go without saying, but make sure that whatever your campaign is, it has a reason for people to participate, and a reason for people to fall in love with it. People have more inertia than you would expect. They are not interested in getting motivated to participate in your Twitter campaign unless you give them a good reason to do so.

A lot of the most successful Twitter campaigns today are including a certain number of prizes, and offering everyone who participates a chance to win a prize. Offer a year’s free subscription to your service to a certain number of people who follow your campaign, or who visit your website from your Twitter and fill out a quick form.  When people stand to gain something, they’re much more likely to act.




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