7 Tips for Networking on Twitter

-by Al Ferretti and Skeeter Hansen

The secret to networking on Twitter is to harness the power of your tweets. All things being equal, people will do business with, and refer business to, those people they know, like, and trust.

With that being said networking on Twitter is all about three core values; engaging, building relationships and providing value in your tweets.

7 Tips for Networking on Twitter

1. Engaging: You will make more friends and attract more followers by becoming interested in other people versus trying to get other people interested in you. The key to engaging with others on Twitter is making the other person feel important. A great way to connect with someone new is to give them a compliment. There’s always something nice to say about someone.

2. Building Relationships: People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. With Twitter, People can get to know, like, and trust you much faster and more efficiently than traditional means of marketing by focusing on one major step when building relationships, the follow-up.

3. The Fortune is in the follow-up. Many successful business owners have discovered when following up with people has made all the difference to their business. If you don’t follow-up with people, your competitors will.

4. Providing Value: Your true worth is determined by how much more you provide in value than you take in payment. When you effectively engage and build relationships by providing value and give people what they want you will gain new and repeat customers with Twitter.

5. Be the referral source: by referring a persons business to other people. There is simply no better way to get someone to want to do something for you, than first doing something for them

6 Connecting: Before you connect with someone go to their blog/website and do some basic research. Visit their about page and send a tweet with a positive comment about them or their business. Doing this will show them you took the time and are being thoughtful.

7. Tweetups:This is an excellent opportunity to meet with multiple people at one time in person. Meeting your friends and followers in a group setting will give you the option to share ideas and take your relationships to the next level.

Using these 7 tips for networking on twitter can generate beneficial results for your business fast and it can also be a lot of fun.

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23 Responses to “7 Tips for Networking on Twitter”

  • Hey you guys, great little article. More to the point, it’s timely and important. I now have well over 3000 followers and must say, sometimes it’s a bit of a struggle to make meaningful connections.

    So, I appreciate any tips I can get on this issue.

    Mostly it’s just common sense and “Give and you shall receive”.
    For instance, I’ve been seeing some fairly shocking statistics lately that suggest the vast majority of Twitter users have less than 10 updates, less than 10 follows, less than 10 followers, no URL in their bio.

    Seems they have simply lost interest. Well, end result is when these ppl follow me, I usually block them because I feel they are just bogging me down.

    I don’t care about building up big fat stats without being discerning about the quality of my follows.]

    A better method is to hand-pick great people to follow as you say.
    In this case, quality is far better than quantity! Even one or two meaningful interactions can make all the difference.

  • avatar Ann Evanston says:

    Great tips! I think people forget that networking is about relationship building, and I know that the question “what are you doing seems” like all you are supposed to do is create what I call “monologue” tweets, but it’s about connection and that means you need to “talk” to me!

    Ann Evanston
    http://Warrior-Preneur.com
    The Warrior is Within You

  • avatar WatchDog says:

    Happy Friday to you Ann~

    You knocked the ball out of the park with that reply~

    Thank you for commenting :-)

    -Al
    @alferretti

  • Great article, thanks.

    For us, it was amazing to watch the Law of Attraction at work on Twitter.
    We started out by selecting several people of interest by looking at their Bio, started following, communicating with them and built relationship on a small scale.
    Amazingly, out of our 2000+ followers, around 95% are people who are either directly related with our business or are dealing with SEO/Web design (since we built/desiged/maintain our site on our own).
    We didn’t “do” it, it just happened.

    So here’s a small tip: Think what is our desired your reality on twitter (who do you want on your followers list and what type of relationship you want with them) and vision it. Maintain a positive feeling (tweet positively :-) and watch the LOA miracle happens.

    Happy Tweeting.

  • Great additions, thanks for sharing :-)

  • avatar Are Morch says:

    This is so true :)

    I think I have really discovered the power of Networking after I get involved with Twitter. Twitter has opened doors for me that would taken me forever to open otherwise.

    Building a unique relationship is crucial to your Social Media success in general. It is really amazing to see some of the people that get back to me know. But you don’t get something for nothing. You have to build a quality relationship over time. And make sure you avoid some of the common mistakes. Plus avoid spamming.

    We all do one or two mistakes, but it is when we keep repeating those mistakes that we start tick off people in our network. And then we end up getting the wild fire effect but not in a way that we wanted.

    Guess I have to check out if you have an article here on most common mistakes done by newbies on Twitter..

    Cheers… Are 😉

  • avatar Bryan Quinn says:

    Excellent tips and some sound advice.

  • avatar Ron Barber says:

    Hi…

    Thanks for the tips… I am new to this networking world…

    Ron…

  • GREAT advise!!!! Thank you for posting this!

  • Great article! Totally on point. I’ve been on twitter about 8 months now and have seen others make the mistakes you talk about. Fortunately, I worked with a social media consultant who helped me avoid making mistakes that the novice is bound to make. It’s really important to have a strategy going in or you can waste a lot of time and not get the benefits of twitter. I believe in slow growth through actual contacts, rather than those tools “to get 500 followers a day!” Twitter has provided me with new clients, referrals, introductions, testimonials, and expertise from peers around the Country. I’m learning just as much as I’m communicating. It’s a great tool and I was 180 degrees against it initially, thinking I was too busy and didn’t have time to email people all day! That’s a common misperception of professionals about twitter. Thanks for sharing these great tips. I RT’d your article and will share it with newbies in my network. Lori T. Williams, Your Legal Resource, PLLC

  • avatar Al Ferretti says:

    Happy Friday Lori~

    You articulated that post so well. Wow~ Great job~

    Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to serve you~

    -Al
    @alferretti

  • avatar Al Ferretti says:

    WOW~

    You hit the ball out of the park~

    How can we clone you Lori?!?!

    Thanks so much for sharing, articulated very well~

    -Al

  • avatar Ron Outlaw says:

    It seems tweeter is changing everyday and it’s not all for the better. It’s good to see someone bringing
    us back to reality.

  • avatar Kelley Moore says:

    I really enjoyed and learned from this article, thank you! I have just been on Twitter this year and still have a lot to learn. My area is fitness/nutrition and the networking has been great. Now I’m loking to connect with people who need assistance in this area. Thanks again for the great tips!

  • avatar Al Ferretti says:

    Thanks for your comment Kelley

    Skys the limit on Twitter in your area of business.

    Come back again, we are here to help~

    -Al

  • avatar Al Ferretti says:

    Thanks for allowing us to serve you Ron~

    If people harness the true power of engaging, building relationships and providing value on Twitter, it can be like hitting the goldmine~

    -Al

  • avatar Betty says:

    Great tips! I’ve just tweeted my followers. I hope they read it as all I get from some of them is business offers. They haven’t learned to build relationships first.

  • Excellent advice. Thanks for sharing on twitter this morning.

  • avatar Michelle says:

    I LOVE your tips and thank for this. Interestingly I was having a similar discussion with a fellow entrepreneur today about Twitter and what it brings. I look at Twitter quite often as a classroom…because I am learning about others and their businesses as a result. Being on twitter for almost two years gave me the courage to step out and start a blog. There are soo many great people on twitter that it is such and eye opening learning experience that I just cannot get enough. I too follow almost 3000 and I want to find a better way of connecting with those that are valuable yet I don’t always see their tweets so I know I am missing it. Besides I need to make sure I am efficient with my time on Twitter and my time on my business. Thank you again this was some goood stuff :)!

  • avatar Al Ferretti says:

    Hi Michelle~

    Glad to hear you love the tips and thank you for commenting.

    I noticed you mentioned that you would like “to find a better way of connecting with those that are valuable yet I don’t always see their tweets so I know I am missing it. Besides I need to make sure I am efficient with my time on Twitter and my time on my business.”

    That is one of the reasons why @SkeeterHansen and I created http://tweetformula.com for people like you get effective results in the least amount of time.
    You can have a lot of success on Twitter in just minutes a day when you know how (and without getting suspended on Twitter) Many business owners are reporting great results with Tweet Formula, something you may want to checkout…

    Have a great night Michelle~

    @AlFerretti

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