Twitter has just released a new useful guide covering the basics, best practices and case studies for using Twitter for business.
They are trying to stress that Twitter should be viewed as a tool for building relationships rather than a tool for broadcasting announcements, PR, etc. in their words:
“Instead of approaching Twitter as a place to broadcast information about your company, think of it as a place to build relationships.”
It is still a great vehicle to get coupons, deals and specials out, but the long term value will come for said relationships.
Another interesting subject they address is measuring the value of Twitter. 2 things are important in this regard:
- Twitter ( as other social media activities) links should be tagged and reported in web analytics tools using special tags embeded in the tiny URLs so they could be seamlessly rolled up along with all other measured media
- As an engagement tool, it brings to focus the tracking and value placed on brand engagement as part of the value of the web activities and interactions. Think about the value that can be assigned to a user reading branded messages several times a day.
For more information about best practices in using Twitter for business see our previous post on the subject: bulding the collaborative enterprise.