Are you Engaging or Spamming?

Are you Engaging or Spamming?

engage on twitter

Engage on Twitter: 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 is recognizing that even in a group setting, it’s best to relate to people one on one.

Focus on the quality of engaging by 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. :-)

To engage successfully remember to keep conversations focused on “safe” topics and away from taboo subjects such as religion, sex, race, and politics.

Here are four proven methods to engage using the simple acronym F.O.R.M.

The “F” is for Family-Friends
(Tweet about their family members, their background, etc)

The “O’ is for Occupation
(Tweet about their business, their profession, organizations they belong to, etc)

The “R” is for Recreation:
(Tweet about their hobbies, what they like to do for fun, online presence, favorite sports team, blogging, etc)

The “M” is for Message:
(Tweet about what is important to that person, what does that person stand for, what are that person’s values, etc)

When engaging with “F.O.R.M.”; it helps you to learn more about that person, its shows sincere interest and opens the door to providing a solution for that persons needs.
When you show that you care and there is a need, a person is more receptive to hearing about your company, products, service and/or opportunity.

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13 Responses to “Are you Engaging or Spamming?”

  • I am actually conducting The Experiment, which I have alluded to in the past both here, and elsewhere. Those that have figured out what it is, have become my closest online friends.

  • avatar Chuck says:

    I agree 100%. And if you want more info on how I agree, visit http://www.who-cares., just kidding. I get so tired of people (and not sure if they’re people or an auto-reply program someone put in place) tweeting to buy this, buy that, check out my affiliate link, etc. It’s more annoying than the IVRU’s. “Your call is very important to us”. Sure it is! NOT! These Tweeters can’t even take the time to put a picture up. Then you get the people who don’t have a name. Here’s a tweet from gimmeyourmoneynow. It’s like the guy who shows up at a party, gives everyone there his business card, utters two words, “Call me”, and leaves. Either that, or he pulls out an easel and starts drawing circles while doing an old shampoo commercial, (If you tell 10 friends, and they tell 10 friends, and so on, and so on). So, next time, stop by, say hi, let us know how you’re doing, ask us how we’re doing, tell us a great movie or TV show you just watched, MENTION if something interesting happened at work, and we’ll get along fine. BTW, I realize this is over 140 characters. So, what are YOU doing?
    Take care,

  • avatar Steve SEO UK says:

    Another great post guys.
    I do spend time looking down the list of tweets searching for the non-sales pitch ones. When I find one, I do try to engage in conversation by hitting reply. It does work and I have kept certain conversations going for long periods of time.
    It also works the other way. The other day I was waiting to receive my car insurance renewal via post. It didn’t turn up on that particular day and I happened to tweet a message about my disappointment of not receiving it. Straight away I had two replies from REAL people. The back and forth replies lasted a good couple of days on the subject. And yes, those REAL friendships have continued. It’s a good feeling.
    Anyway, back to twitter – speak to you later,

  • avatar Al Ferretti says:

    Twitter Success=Engaging, Building Relationships and Providing Value (lets not forget having FUN too!)


  • avatar Al Ferretti says:

    Hi Chuck,

    We call those spammers….. amateurs.

    Amateurs rarely make much money in any line of business.

    We must turn Professional, that’s what Tiger Woods did one year and he want on to make an estimated 18 million plus his first year.
    Sure that example may seem extreme, but the truth is, one must turn professional to be successful with and in any business.
    Amateur like activities like spamming
    only indicate that the spammer needs to fire the person that taught or trained them, recognize its a big mistake, then turn professional…


  • avatar Al Ferretti says:

    Hi Steve,

    Referring to your comment about waiting to receive your car insurance renewal via post and then what transpired-“real people”.

    Congrats and thanks for sharing that~. That is what its all about…

    -Your Pal Al

  • avatar Lori says:

    Hi Guys–

    Thanks for your great tips…but an example of spam for the “amateurs” would be really helpful…sometimes we (a big collective we) think we are being super clear when we tell people to connect and make relationships, but obviously we (or at least some of us) are not!

    So here’s an example

    I just became a fan of _____(fill in the blank) You should join too. @alferretti @skeeterhansen @joeblow

    To me it doesn’t matter if you are selling something for money or encouraging an action…this kind of tweet is Spam and does not build a relationship or start a conversation.

    Other tweets that are in response to a direct tweet that I made, even if they are selling something, I would not consider Spam–although I would consider it rude if the first time you attempt to connect with me you are trying to get me to buy.

  • avatar Al Ferretti says:

    Hi Lori~

    Thanks for the comment, you make good points.

    We are currently in the final stages of completing a one year twitter project called. Tweet Formula.
    Tweet Formula will teach and train you step by step how to successfully monetize your business on Twitter.
    What you asked will be included in that…. more to come on TwitterWatchDog too


  • avatar Maeva says:

    Hello Al,
    Thank you for this great post. At Market Your Startup we agree with you on the importance to tweet about other people but ourselves! In a our post What should businesses tweet about, we underline the importance for businesses to tweet about others in the same industry to underline their interest and to keep followers interested as well.
    Thanks again for your post.

  • avatar Al Ferretti says:

    You’re very welcome~

    What are people saying about your post?
    RE”what should businesses tweet about”


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