Day 2: Twitter & Social Media Marketing

Before I get started on my next set of notes, I need to know if the new Amazon links have annoyed everyone else or is it just how my system is set up? Right now, everytime I come to my site I have to click on a popup window six times before it will let me do anything. I’ve noticed a drop in comments since I tried using the links and if the links are why there’s a drop, they’re not worth it!

This was a talk given by Janet Lane who is definitely more Twitter-savvy than I. Almost everyone is. LOL. That said, she gave us a two-page HANDOUT of Applications  and ideas for marking Twitter work for you. I haven’t had time to implement any of them, but I will. I promise! Applications she mentioned:

  • Twitpic.com Lets you share photos on Twitter.
  • Tweetdeck.com is a realtime application that allows users to monitor information from several social media into one concise view. (Sounds like heaven, doesn’t it?)
  • Digsby.com is a social networking tool that alerts you to events like new messages and gives you a live Newsfeed of what your friends are up to.
  • Twittercounter.com is like the CPA of Twitterworld, where you can glean such stats as the top ten followed Twitter users, who has the most followers, friends and tweets. In every time zone.
  • Twitterfeed.com allows you to feed your blog into Twitter. You provide the URL of a blog’s RSS feed and how often you want to post to Twitter. Twitterfeed does the rest. Halleluiah.
  • Twitterholic.com will help you find out who the most popular twitter users are.
  • Twhirl.com connects Twitter and other social media sites, notifies you of new messages, cross-posts and shortens long URLS.
  • Twitturly.com tracks and ranks what URLs people are talking about on Twitter.
  • Twtpoll.com is a feedback tool that helps you to create and distribute polls on Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites.

That’s part one of my Twitter-repeat performance of Janet’s talk. I’ll do the rest in a few days. Final notes and suggestions include: Save social media networking for your end-of-day activites (assuming you write in the mornings). Fix your wallpaper on Twitter so that it mimics what you’ve got on your blog. You do have a blog, right? Retweet when you have nothing to say. If you don’t, you’re not doing your followers any favors and they can stop following you because you’re such a lump. (Ok, the lump part is what I wrote in my notes, and not what Janet said!) To look up topics within Twitter, do a search for your topic like this: #literary agent.

Anyone else have awesome Twitter suggestions? It might take me awhile to get the hang of Twitter, but I will try. 🙂

12 Responses to “Day 2: Twitter & Social Media Marketing”

  1. Lydia Kang says:

    This is so helpful, but I'm not a Twitterer yet! When I do, I'll take another look at this. In the meantime, I'm bookmarking it!

  2. Janet Johnson says:

    Lots of great suggestions. Maybe someday I'll get to that. Keeping up with a blog is about all I can do these days.

    Oh, and I don't know what Amazon links you're referring to.

  3. TK Richardson says:

    I'm so glad you posted this! I was at a loss on what all these different sites were, which was best, etc. And lately I am a #twitterfail. I just haven't had the time. And don't get me started on facebook! Ugh. So much to do! But thanks for this info – I needed it. 🙂

  4. Victoria Dixon says:

    Thanks for coming by, Lydia! I'm honestly not much of a Twitterer myself. I understand how it could be useful, but I'm just a lousy user. LOL. I'm hoping once I can get some of these applications up I'll do better because I'll be automated. LOL

  5. Victoria Dixon says:

    Janet, I'm the same way. (See above statement. I'm doing good to GET automated these days. When am I supposed to WRITE?) The Amazon links aren't always apparent but I tried to monetize this site because of all the books I review. I know I've actually sold a few, so I thought monetizing COULD be worth it. So far, the links seems to cause a feedback loop for me and I get the same message six times before it lets me log in or do anything on the site. WAY too irritating. Of course, I haven't taken the time to find out if there's a cure….

  6. Victoria Dixon says:

    Thanks for stopping by, TK! I admit, I'm more active on FB than on Twitter. There's something offensive to my sensibilities about anything called "Twitter." I think I FEEL like a birdbrain when I use it. LOL But it has value. It does. Grits her teeth…. LOL

    On a side note, how are sales on your book?

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    ——————-
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    or

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  8. Medeia Sharif says:

    My advice is to use hashtags and participate in chats that are followed by them. I notice a spike in followers with this method.

  9. Rahma Krambo says:

    I'm a brand new Twitterer myself. I tried to think how I would use it and decided that it would feature mostly 'chirps' like favorite quotes, and links to interesting articles I find online, specifically about writing and libraries.
    I discovered that folks in the publishing industry are Twitter fanatics!

    You can find me at: http://twitter.com/rahmama

  10. Victoria Dixon says:

    ARGH! I've been blog spammed. Have to find out how to delete those.

    Medeia, thanks for mentioning the hashmarks! I've tried figuring that out, but still feel inept. I may have follow your hashes around and see what you're doing. I'd like to do the #askagent thing, but I'm still closer to @Twitterfailure than anything else.

    Thanks for the twitter address, Rahma. I'll go find you. ;D And yes, I'm astonished how many agents love to Twitter. Blogging seems so much more of a fit, I have trouble getting into Twitter, but I think I'm in the minority!

  11. catwoods says:

    Ugh. I'm such a bad tweeter I don't know why I have an account. I see some pretty busy writers there, but I just don't have the time or energy to pop by more than a few times a month.

    When I'm ready to jump in, I'll stop back here for your notes.

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