Over the past year, more and more businesses of all shapes and sizes, are investing time to explore what all the hype is behind “Twitter.” What many have discovered is that this microblogging phenomenon presents a great opportunity for their companies. I list below links to four great posts/case studies on how different types of business are successfully using Twitter as a tool to ultimately …make ….money!
Leveraging Twitter as a lead generation, customer service, or overall branding tool takes time; a precious and scarce resource when you are running your own small business. Time and lack of expertise are barriers preventing most small businesses from successfully utilizing Twitter for lead generation and networking. According to a recent Marketing Studio poll, 79% of small business owners avoid Twitter because of: lack of expertise, not enough time or insufficent understanding of how it can make an impact on their business (i.e. no proven ROI model).
Well here is a quick public service message to small business owners: “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance” (Derek Bok, former Harvard University president). Bottom line is this: if you are not making an effort to learn more about Twitter, you may be costing your small business an incredible opportunity.
I have the privilege of hosting a live webinar Wednesday, March 11 at 12 PM EST where four experts in social media will not only answer the question “what the heck is Twitter?” but also outline three real life examples on how companies are actually leveraging Twitter to grow their business. Join us (it’s free). Meanwhile as a prelude to our discussion on March 11, I list below four interesting case studies/stories.
Zoomdweebie’s Tea Bar How Twitter saved a small business in Wichita, KS. Now they may relocate because they need bigger space!
The Big Guys A Business Week article outlining how some of the biggest companies in the world are using Twitter to communicate with their customers.
BBGeeks A great, must read on the trials, tribulations and “results” of a self proclaimed “Non-Big Brand.”
During Marketing Studio’s March 11 webinar we will feature three additional real life examples of how people are leveraging Twitter to Grow Their Small Business. Below is our “dream team” of panelists with links to their latest blog posts:
Aaron Strout, VP, Marketing, Powered
Becky McCray, Small Town Entrepreneur
Kyle Flaherty, Director of Marketing, BreakingPoint
Monica Valentinelli, Social Media Expert, Musicnotes.com
*** Register for the March 11 webinar here (registration is free) ***