07 May 2011

Build Your Social Credibility on LinkedIn and Twitter

Build your Social Credibility on LinkedIn & Twitter
Invite your connections into Success With Twitter.

I was thinking about how so many people on LinkedIn are just confused about where to start with Twitter.

It is obvious from all of the questions we receive that LinkedIn users are not sure where how to best utilize Twitter, even though its an amazing business tool.

A person’s time on Twitter can be wasted quickly if the strategies are done wrong!

Success With Twitter is the BEST resource to your network on LinkedIn for Twitter.

Please think about sharing our LinkedIn Group with your network. Pick several people or even all of your connections to share with and you will be shocked at the positive response you will receive.

By sharing our group, your network and connections will:

~ Thank you,

~ See you as Caring, Thoughtful & Helpful,

~ Ask you about your Experiences, and

~ Start a dialogue with you.
*(the first step in creating real social success)


Share a twitter group you belong to on linkedin (Twitter Innovators Innovation & Creativity Network of Tweeters) is the largest with your Network:

Option 1 :

You can easily just copy this content below and share with as many of your connections as you think would benefit from it. This very simple process has and continues to bring great new interactions and dialogues with interesting people and prospects. I am certain it will do the same for you.

You can use or change any of this copy as you see appropriate. This is just a suggestion:

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(Subject)
Just a thought...

(Body)
As a personal connection, I want to make sure you are able to stay up to date on some of the best Twitter Strategies I have found.

I recently joined this group and thought you would enjoy it as well as part of my network. There are some amazing articles, advice, support, videos and audios all available for free.

In my opinion, this group is the best way to positively help your business or personal objectives using Twitter.

I would like to personally invite you to join this group with me.

It is called .

To access the articles join the Twitter Innovators Innovation & Creativity Network of Tweeters:
http://bit.ly/17AIvw



I hope this brings you some insight and value.

Best,

~ (your Name) ~





Well, hopefully this will help you add personal credibility and help you to achieve your personal and business objectives on LinkedIn.

Giving value is one of the most important parts.

03 May 2011

Linked In– Is it about Large Networks, Relationships or Both?

I joined LinkedIn back in 2005 not knowing that it would be such a global networking tool.

I heard about LinkedIn through a Yahoo group and decided to join. Many of the Yahoo group members had 500+ LinkedIn connections and I wanted to get to 500 as quickly as possible. I joined all the open networker groups on Yahoo and accepted every invitation sent to me. I reached 500 connections within a few months. I sat proud in my office chair looking at my enormous network and then thought, “now what?”

I was a full-desk recruiter in the Biotech industry and I only had 40 connections within the industry I recruited in! I realized early on that building a large network is important but building a strategic network and developing relationships was the key.

My first “aha” moment was shortly after I returned from a large conference last Spring. I started working as a Talent Sourcer for 7-Eleven, Inc. I changed my title on LinkedIn and received four messages congratulating me. Those messages were from my former boss, a recruiter I networked with and only met once, someone I met at SourceCon, and a connection I had never engaged with.

That really hit home because it was such a personal touch. It was such a small but nice gesture and made me smile. I sat in my office chair and thought how I barely glance at my homepage and status updates. I hardly ever take time to send a quick message when I saw a title change or job promotion from someone in my network.

What really made me evaluate my approach to building valuable relationships on LinkedIn was when I received a message from Margo Rose (AKA @HrMargo). Her message was that she enjoyed meeting me briefly at SourceCon, but wanted to set up a time to talk by phone for 10-15 minutes and get to know each other and how we could professionally help each other out.

I realized that my first-degree network of now 5,000 was just a number and I needed to build relationships with many of my connections that I have met at conferences, within groups, and locally. Here are a few tips I recently implemented in my own network. I have built more relationships over the past five months than I did over a course of five years!
Read your homepage and send out a congrats message to someone in your network who has been promoted or recently changed jobs.
Send a message to a connection you would like to know more about and set up a time to talk 10-15 minutes once a week.
Start answering questions in LinkedIn Answers
Reply to every connection request, thanking them for the invitation.
Offer networking assistance with a short message to your new connection that lets them know if you can be of any professional help to them or their team.
Personalize each Invite or InMail by actually reading their profile prior to sending an invite.
Participate in groups you join by starting a post or replying to a group post.
Send a recommendation to someone in your network that you respect currently or was a wonderful mentor, boss, colleague, etc.
This is what optimizes your social networking and creates quality relationships with real two-way value.

02 May 2011

10 Tips To Getting More Retweets

Have you been ignoring your followers?


Your followers took the time to check out your profile and thought you were cool enough to follow, but how are you treating them in return? Have you allowed your large number of followers cause you to develop Twi-lebrity Syndrome? Suddenly, you’re too good to respond to or retweet anything and you think everyone should stop what they’re doing and retweet your tweets? If so, then you’ve probably begun to notice that for some strange reason the number of your followers are dropping. Why? Because you’ve been ignoring them. Followers are special – they can do more for your business than you could alone, that is if you would do more for them. I admit, when I first joined Twitter, I was totally confused by this new platform of reaching people. I’m sure I’ve offended several people with my random and even borderline spammy tweets. It wasn’t until someone took the time to say hello in a direct message that it finally clicked for me.


When I received that DM, it caused me to notice them…I took a moment to visit their profile and noticed there was some cool stuff there, so I clicked on several links, visited their blog and realized… that person gained more exposure to their blog all because they took a moment to say hello to me. Next thing you know I was retweeting their content and still enjoy interacting with them to this day.


But up to that point, I had been ignoring my followers. I noticed a big difference in the way people respond to my tweets and increased retweets when I changed my methods. This is what I did:


1. Profile Check: Whenever someone became a follower, whether I was already following them or not, I took a moment to check their profile.


2. Sent a Direct Message: I sent a Direct Message, thanking them for following. I took the time to write an authentic message and would comment on something I found on their profile. I’d say something like, “It’s wonderful to have you as a follower! Thanks for stopping by, I love your background by the way.” It’s even okay to post a link to your blog if it appears they might be interested – but don’t over do this one. If you’re posting a link in ever DM you send, you’re probably overdoing it.


3. Followed back: If I found that our interests were similar or if they’d piqued my interest, I’d thank them for following further by following them back.


4. Retweeted a tweet: If while on their profile, I found an interesting tweet – I’d retweet it.


5. Tweeted a blog post: If they had a website or a blog, I’d visit it, and if I found something noteworthy there, I’d tweet it.


6. Follow Friday: On Fridays, I’d take a moment to post a Follow Friday tweet for new and noteworthy Followers.


7. Responded to tweets: If I ran across an interesting tweet or question – I’d take a moment to respond with a reply or answer their question. People like to be heard, they won’t know that you’re hearing them if you don’t respond.


8. Added them to a List: So you can keep better track of followers create a list and make it a point to keep up with each one. You can do this throughout the week. For example, on Mondays, stay up on your “Crafters” list, or Tuesdays, check in on your “Bloggers” list. Whatever lists you’ve created, use them to help you stay in touch with followers.


9.Helped 5 a Day: Everyday I made it a point to visit 5 profiles and retweet 5 tweets; respond to 5; or visit 5 of your followers blogs or websites.


10. Tweet 3-4 of my own original updates: No one will know you’re there if you don’t Say something. Ask a question. Post a blog update. Do something at various times throughout the day. Use Hootsuite.com to schedule tweets if you know you won’t be available later – do what you have to do to remain active.


The point is, if you want your followers to respond to you – you’ve got to respond to them. You get what you give on Twitter. If you ignore people – you’ll be ignored. If you love people, you’ll be loved in return. It’s that simple.