But if you are there only to market your wares, you’ll miss out on a lot of good stuff. In addition to the obvious networking and marketing aspects, it’s also been a great place for for a daily dose of inspiration, information, and social engagement.
I have always felt that Twitter was like a global Chamber Mixer, only better. I don’t have to put on a suit, and I am able to network with people who have an interest in what I bring to the table.
I can also connect with people who provide services that I need. Hey I even found my fabulous web designer on Twitter.
Each day I have a chance to proactively find my audience rather than wait for them to come to me. “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” ~ Unknown Author
Speaking of finding your audience, in many cases there are no gatekeepers, so if I want to meet someone, all I have to do is send them a tweet.
One last little networking note, as active as I am in the community, I have met local people who would not have heard of me had it not been for Twitter.
If I need help on any subject, I’ll pose a question in the tweet stream and I’ll get lots of advice. Some good answers arrive, some not so good, but it’s so worth sifting through the responses. Most people really want to help. Tweeting is also great for fast tech support issues.
News, news, news! Twitter also helps me stay on top of my industry trends. The pulse of the tweet stream really keeps me current.
I also have to admit I am getting a good chunk of my news via Twitter too. If a subject captures my attention, I’ll explore it further elsewhere.
Twitter is a good muse! Whether it’s a quote, blog, tweet, art, or music, there are a lot of people tweeting beautiful things. There is something on Twitter every day that touches my soul. Tweeps have even inspired and influenced my art and music.
Twitter is a very cost effective sales tool. I use Twitter to quickly get the word out regarding my new products, and services. I have received painting commissions, licensing deals, and merchandise sales as a result of my time there.
Last but not least, Twitter is a social network! It helps me engage directly with my customers.
And I’ve made some wonderful virtual friends. I have formed some strong bonds with people I may never meet.
Tweeting does not have to take a lot of time. I don’t tweet via my phone. I tweet via my desktop. I spend 10 minutes in the morning and about 15 minutes at night. Twenty-five minutes a day is a small price to pay for all that I have been given.
Hope to see you in the tweet stream. Follow me on twitter!
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