If you read our articles regularly, you must know how much we talk about Twitter being such an excellent marketing tool for any local business.

If you already have an account on Twitter and are using it but have limited success with it, do not worry, as we will be giving you some practical tips to get started with your Twitter account effectively. We can help you begin making a lot of cash using this wonderful marketing resource.

However, before discussing it, we feel a number of local businesses are still in the dark and do not know what Twitter actually is. They may have used this platform for a while, before giving it up or thinking that it does not work.

Hence, before letting you know how you can get fruitful results from your Tweets, we first aim to assist you in understanding Twitter properly.

Understanding Twitter

This is of utmost importance because Twitter is now included in the mainstream media. Huge numbers of entrepreneurs, brands, celebrities as well as other people use Twitter every day. However, billions of people are still there who have not yet fully grasped what Twitter is, or are weak in using it; this is often a case if they are an entrepreneur, and do not give any importance to Twitter.

We got in touch with a number of local businesses and we were surprised to know that most of them avoid using this effective tool as part of their business marketing campaigns.

Before we could make them understand its usefulness, they had already made up their mind claiming that Twitter is not for them. According to them, they were quite busy and Twitter was simply a waste of time. Some were of the view that they were already present on Facebook and did not even like this platform at all. Some even think that people use Twitter just for fashion.

There were other people, who lost their temper and got angry. They said that nobody cares what a particular celebrity had in breakfast and that they were fed up of listening about Twitter.

Others considered it begrudgingly to open a Twitter account. Some said that they were on Twitter; but in most of the cases, users were active only for a day or two and completely ignore it for the coming few weeks until they got time to use it again.

There were also people, who had actually made the effort, by signing up and trying to throw some Tweets, but nothing had happened and they did not get a huge following.

For such people, what they thought proved right, that is, Twitter is not for them. They had nothing to say, and were so confused and kept asking questions such as infographiczone: ‘How come they are only expected to write Tweets telling what they had for breakfast?’ ‘What is a Hashtag?’ ‘Who should they be following?’

From time to time, we come across businesses that really ‘GET IT”. Although it might have involved their hard work but their determination was well worth it. They continued plugging away, kept asking questions, kept reading and only kept on doing it.

You have to discover it for yourself, and if you do it, you come into a world of several new and exciting information and opportunities at your fingertips.

You might become aware of some of the feelings and comments above. We want to assist you in realizing the importance of using Twitter and letting you know, how effective it is for your business.

Meanwhile, for those of you who have understood Twitter, you will enjoy and love our suggestions and advices to help you start your Twitter campaign.

Whether you aim to gain a lot of followers, or think of tweeting more regularly; getting more re-tweets or getting your different Twitter accounts well organized; no matter what your goals are, we are here to give you tips to help you out.

1. Organizing Your Twitter Profile Info:

When people make an account on Twitter they usually forget to fill out their personal information. They mostly leave it blank or incomplete or they just write a quick statement about how much they love and take care of their dogs and like going for a walk on a Friday night. Remember, that it is important to fill out your Twitter bio properly as it identifies you on Twitter. This is the key to branding as well as raising your Twitter visibility. Your bio should be within 160 characters, so do consider the word count. Your perfectly filled bio makes you more engaged and productive on Twitter, giving you a positive experience. The following are some tips to help you out:

a. Identify your skills and interests

Plan from the very beginning and allow your followers as well as potential followers to know what you are going to be Tweeting about. In this way, you will remain focused and will remember the reason of your presence on Twitter.

b. Make use of Keywords relevant to your business

People usually forget that Twitter also acts as a search tool, therefore think about using keywords when you fill in your bio. This will aid you to attract engaged, loyal followers when you try making yourself identifiable based on specific keywords.

c. Add a link to your Facebook page or Website

It is important for doing good business. Social marketing is there for being social, so when you link your blog, website Facebook or LinkedIn page, you provide an opportunity to your followers to communicate with you across several platforms and not Twitter only.

d. Keep updating regularly

Make sure that your Twitter bio is correct and updated. For instance, if you have changed job posts within your company after you have last updated your Twitter bio, or if your kitten has now grown to a cat, or if you have gained more experience in the field of your business, your bio should reflect these changes in your life. In this way, your profile remains accurate and up-to-date representing yourself as well as your business.

2. Get Visual

Do not just tell it but also show it. Visuals form an important aspect of social media experiences; therefore, you must give your posts a visual form and make it more interesting and engaging. Superb videos and photos make all your marketing campaigns more effective and successful. If you do not have an idea on where to begin the following are two excellent resources that can be used:

http://vimeo.com/channels/staffpicks/videos is an awesome platform for interesting videos. A variety of infographics focusing on several subjects is available at http://visual.ly/. In addition, always remember to use websites like Pinterest for more inspiration.

3. Meet up New People

Being social also means meeting new people. The greatest benefit of being on Twitter is that it provides you the opportunity to connect with a large number of people instantly. Leave your comfort zone to avail this greatest opportunity by connecting and communicating with these people. Make them aware, how you and your business can be helpful to them. This will benefit your business and will strengthen your confidence on Twitter as well.

4. Connect With Your Twitter Followers

You must take out some time from your schedule to get connected with the communities in which you are interested in. Re-tweet their posts or respond to their queries and comments favourably. Your posts should be such that add value to the discussions going on. Such attitude strengthens their trusts and they will listen to you more attentively. If you constantly post a stream of irrelevant messages, you just irritate people and annoy them.

5. Decide the Tweets Timings

You can do an experiment by sending tweets at different times of the day to analyse what is the best time to get good feedback and response from your audience. For instance, according to a report, 1pm is the perfect time to send Tweets as many people are on their lunch break. During this period, they have the time to read and send Tweets. Try discovering for yourself which time is suitable for tweeting by studying your audience within a short period of time. Putting your efforts to determine the best times for sending tweets is as important as the posted content.

6 The One Rule to Remember

What you select to post online is important. Personal confessions, secrets as well as embarrassing comments are posted on a daily basis. You can add your voice easily on social media sites by tweeting or commenting on Facebook, however, one rule should NEVER be forgotten: Everyone everywhere is reading whatever you write and post.
Avoid unprofessional posts or posts that adversely reflect you or your business.
Following these guidelines will help you to gain a lot of benefits from Twitter and other networking sites.