Twitter Tips for Golf Professionals and Players is what I have chosen to offer all of you on this Thanksgiving Day of 2011. Below I will talk about 5 things you can do to make Twitter a more powerful resource both for learning and growing your business. Admittedly, I have made Twitter a priority in terms of my marketing plans and business model. Some of you may not have the time or desire to approach Twitter the way I do so I thought I would help you with some ideas to speed up the process. Some of these tips will require some time to get the most out of but you won’t have to spend the time trying to figure out what some shortcuts are.
1) Find the Twitter Professionals – Seek out those that are talking through Twitter. Certainly, I would put myself in this category so please use me as a resource. There are so many in this group it would be impossible to list them all. What you want to do first is follow me @johngrahamgolf. I try whenever possible to make my conversations as public as I can to help others find new Twitter users to connect with. If you want to save some time, go to my Twitter Page and feed and look who I am discussing things with. You’ll see some names appear more than a few times. Those are the users you’ll want to start with.
2) Face to Face Interaction – In my opinion, this is the key to building the strong relationships in all parts of life. Just because you are at a computer screen and so are they does not mean you talk or act any differently. I see too many people miss this point. Treat the user as you would if face to face. When you meet someone brand new to follow, say hello. It is usually better to do a little research before making your initial interaction. Go to their website, if they have one or look through their feed and see if there is anything that interests you. Just like in real life, it is usually easier (more comfortable) to say hello when you combine it with, I read your article on “X” and wanted to ask you a few questions. Something in that vein is a great icebreaker. When someone decides to follow you, thank them for the follow. Be Real. This is simple stuff that is often overlooked. People will gather very accurate information about you as a person (in my experience) from how you tweet so be sure to tweet how you want to be perceived.
3) Butt In - Twitter is designed to be engaging so engage. If you see a conversation on a topic that interests you, butt in. That’s the whole idea. Share the opinions and knowledge you have with all of us. Don’t expect it to be universally accepted. Information that is presented in a public forum will always be scrutinized and on Twitter it will certainly be the case. For me, that is a good thing. I like testing information for accuracy and Twitter is a great place for that. If you have questions, ask them. Do not be shy. We are here for the discussion so let’s discuss.
4) Follow All Halves of the Conversation – Here is a little twitter tip to help you follow along with conversations. In order to see the entire conversation, you need to follow the users that are being mentioned. Twitter will send to your feed all tweets from those you follow. If a conversation is taking place between 3 people and you only follow 2 of them you won’t see the conversation. Conversations on Twitter are done with the @ symbol. It directs the tweet to that person’s attention. If you don’t follow everyone that is being @’d you won’t see it. When I was starting, I would go to certain peoples feed to see if I was missing some conversations. Invariably I was and I would find new users to follow. I highly suggest you do this as I mentioned in Tip 1.
5) Google it – Here’s something that I did to find more Golf Professionals to speak with. I used Google to find them. Try typing this into Google and see what comes up. site:twitter.com/* bio+pga Basically, it will search Twitter for users that have PGA in their bio.
I hope you find this helpful and use these ideas to improve your business on Twitter. Please consider sharing this with those that you think might find it helpful by using the social media buttons located at the bottom of this post. Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving and thank for reading.