Are You Making These Three Twitter Marketing Mistakes?

Internet marketers have flocked to Twitter in droves. Twitter offers a unique real time platform for Internet marketers, but many find they are getting poor results. Those poor results are usually from one or all of these three Twitter marketing mistakes.

Mistake 1 – Bombarding Twitter followers with nothing but marketing messages.

Twitter is basically a social network. If all you do is sell, sell, sell you’ll likely get poor results. Think of Twitter as a gathering or party. If you’re like that joke we see in the movies all the time, the life insurance salesman selling people right after he shakes hands with them, you are not going to get your marketing messages heard.

Take the time to get to know people. Why? Because people buy from other people they know, like, and trust. That’s an old sales adage from before there even was an Internet. If all you do is sell without getting to know people first you’ll become a Twitter outcast and no one at all will pay any attention to your Tweets.

Mistake 2 – Sending a spammy auto-follow direct message to all who follow you.

The services that have sprung up around Twitter allow you to send an auto-follow direct message, by email, easily. Many people use this function to send people to an offer page they may have. But there is one problem. You don’t know why the person who just followed you did so. It may be because you tweeted about something personal, because they live near you, or they like the same sports team as you. You can’t assume everyone that follows you might be interested in what you are selling. Get to know them first.

Use the direct messages sparingly. Usually an open @ reply inside Twitter will work for most communication. Save the direct messages for things you discover about your followers as you go along, like responses of a personal nature, solutions you can provide to a follower’s specific problems, and the like.

Mistake 3 – Treating your Twitter account like an email list.

You’ll see big marketing gurus who have 60,000 Twitter followers but only follow a handful. That’s OK if you’re Seth Godin, Joel Comm, or some other well known Internet Marketer who can send an email blast and instantly get hundreds or even thousands of followers. If not, you’re going to have to follow some other people with similar interests.

Use the Twitter search to find people with similar interests. Once you’ve followed some of those people, many will have followed you. Follow some of their followers. Many of them will follow you. Just doing this simple thing repeatedly will build up a group of people who just might actually be interested in what you have to say.

So now you know three reasons your Twitter marketing may be failing. If you avoid these three mistakes, and actually get to know your Twitter followers as people instead of dollar signs you’ll be on your way to understanding how best to use Twitter in your internet marketing.