More and more analyst relations (AR) professionals are joining Twitter and following analysts. In fact, there are over 315 entries in the AR Twitter Directory with more being added every week. Here are some quick tips for AR professionals new to Twitter.
- Unprotect your updates so that people can easily follow you (Settings/Account/checkbox “Protect my updates”)
- Upload an avatar. 48×48 pixels. It can be photo, logo, cartoon, etc. (Settings/Picture)
- Put something in your One Line Bio. 160 characters. Include your company name and job, e.g., analyst relations (Settings/Account/data entry box “One Line Bio:”)
- Cross check your Tier 1 and 2 analysts against the Analyst TwitterDirectory and be sure you follow relevant analysts
- Review the AR TwitterDirectory for peers to follow
- Download Tweetdeck, a Twitter desktop client, and set up a group for the analysts you are following
- Go to Twitter Search, put in a search term (e.g., your company name) and bookmark it
- Add starting up Tweetdeck and Twitter Search to your regular routine when you turn on your PC
- Add your Twitter handle to your email signature block
- Cross-link your social media identify by adding your Twitter handle to LinkedIn profile (click to see step-by-step instructions)
- Set up alerts using Twitter Search‘s RSS feed feature
All together, these ten simple steps should only take you 30 minutes.
Bottom Line: Twitter is transitioning from a fun fad to a regular business tool. IT industry analysts are expressing more and more opinions via Twitter, opinions that can impact vendors’ market perception and sales deals. In addition, analysts often tweet about what they working on and other valuable pieces of AR intelligence. AR professionals that are not on Twitter will find themselves at a competitive disadvantage.
Question: If you are not on Twitter yet, why not?
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Carter, great suggestions I am finding more and more valuable info via Twitter as analysts share ideas, new research, inquiries, and even personal info about themselves (after all, it is “Relations”). And starting to see AR managers and other vendor execs using Twitter to pose questions to the analysts (as well as sharing info about their company and producsts).
I will take a second look at TweetDeck and TwitterSearch. I switched from TweetDeck to Twhirl since TD seemed a bit clumsy and Twhirl takes up less real estate. But groupings do seem to make sense. I currently use Collecta as a Twitter search tool since its easy to use, works in the background, allows multiple real-time searches, and searches Twitter and blogs.
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