To Be Or Not To Be: A Business With A Personality on Twitter?November 23rd, 2009 | KikScore & KikReport,Online & Small Business Resources,Small Business,Small Business Tips,Social Media | 5 Comments »
Should your business have a personality on Twitter and other social media channels? Businesses are asking that question. Heck, we at KikScore are asking that question. By way of example, I was tweeting on our KikScore Twitter account this weekend, and I got caught up in the excitement of the Ohio State victory over our arch rival University of Michigan and I retweeted:
“makes me happy thinking of all the 6 year-olds in Ohio that are undefeated in LIFE against Michigan =D (via @Sweet_UpAndDown) great thought!”
After I tweeted this from our KikScore account I had a thought that passed through my head that said, “Should I have just done that? Is that really appropriate for Twitter and our company brand?” Now there are lots of sites out there that have Twitter Rules including a good one from Chris Brogan. Not many give guidance on whether your Twitter business account should convey a personality and talk about non-company related topics like football etc.
Our Guidance – Personality Wanted
Here is where we at KikScore come down on this questions. You can always just tweet about your company, your industry, your products etc. That generally is the traditional approach to business on Twitter.
We say, be different. Have a personality on Twitter. Actually have a remarkable personality on Twitter and that can even help your brand and sales. Yes, you should try to follow as many Twitter rules as possible – don’t be annoying by being spammy, don’t tweet about the bagel you are eating after your conversation with Joe from Marketing etc but be unique. Being remarkable and unique with your tweets will help you stand out from all of the other businesses on Twitter.
The best example that I think small businesses should try to use is Zappos. Employees at Zappos help bring the personality of the company to life on Twitter and that is just one way Zappos has such a unique brand and they are recognized for that by many.
So here are some tips to bring out the personality of your business on Twitter:
1. Tweet about items that employees are passionate about – charities, sports, events, accomplishments etc.
2. Tweet about positive customer experiences or if employees are doing something special like having a volunteer day.
3. Even if someone is criticizing your company on Twitter, you can always respond and tell them that you are sorry that they feel that way. That allows even the angry tweeps out there to know that you are listening.
4. Share funny stories or funny occurrences that happen in your business. If you come across a funny pet tricks video, share it. Now do not be that person that solely tweets out forwarded messages. That could be annoying.
5. Be sensitive and remember generally do not tweet on controversial subjects from your business Twitter accounts. These subjects can include politics, religion, gender etc. Your rule should be do not tweet about something that you would not want your mom/dad to see that you wrote and was then was posted on the cover of a major national newspaper.
We think having a personality on Twitter and other social media sites can be fun, rewarding and also help you interact with your community of followers at a deeper level. That interaction can then turn into a more committed and loyal community for your business which is a good thing!
So when you are hanging out on Twitter this holiday season trying to get sales using the tips we covered previously, show the world that you are a little different. Let us know how you are remarkably unique on Twitter.