How to Use Twitter for Your Online Business: Tips and Tricks to Boost Sales (Part 2)

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Earlier this week we published Part 1 of an article from our partner ecomdash that explains how online businesses can use Twitter as part of their business growth strategy. Part 1 featured the first two recommendations for leveraging Twitter. Check out Part 2 below!

As mentioned in Part 1 of this article, tweets should fall into one of four categories: Everyday, Campaigns, Reactive and Live. Below are the remaining two categories.

3. “Reactive” is your company responding to engagement on Twitter. Did a current customer or prospect tweet you with a question or concern? Eve Mayer, social media expert, suggests being incredibly transparent within these tweets. If your ecommerce business made a mistake, address it, apologize and own it.

Or, maybe your fans tout you on Twitter. Respond! Thank them for reaching out, and let them know you appreciate their loyalty. Try to engage with as many of these tweets as possible. Remember, 40 percent of your tweets should fall under the interactive umbrella.

Example: Taco Bell is fantastic at responding to tweets in order to encourage engagement and further the brand persona. You don’t always have to wait for someone to tweet you though. Purina is a great example of a company that actively seeks ways to engage with consumers. They sought out tweets with photos that anyone – not just their followers – posted of their dogs. Here’s one they found:

How to use Twitter for your online business- Purina tweet engagement example

And here’s the attached photo of her dog:

Dog looking outside window -how to use Twitter for your online - Purina tweet engagement with consumers

Purina saw this, and even though there was no mention of their brand, this is how they responded:

Dog looking outside window -how to use Twitter for your online - Purina tweet engagement example

Awesome, right? Look at how the original tweeter replied:

How to use Twitter for your online - Purina tweet engagement example #Purinadog

Her dog, who had no brand affiliation moments before, is now her #PurinaDog. They were able to get a potential consumer to align with their brand without provocation. That is golden!

4. “Livetweets can be tricky to master. You have to be engaged with what is happening in pop culture and ready to respond at a moment’s notice. Your company doesn’t have to be directly related to the topic, but you must add something to the dialogue, whether it’s humor, a witty observation or otherwise. Most often these are entertainment tweets, but they can be interactive or even calls-to-action, depending on how you frame it.

Example: Oreo was on its “A game” after the 2013 Super Bowl power outage, when it was the first brand to send out a tweet that commented on the blackout in a way that drove traffic back to their business.

Oreo hasn’t lost its charisma, and was able to pull off a similar cheeky tweet a couple days after “The Dress” color debate surfaced in 2015:

How to use Twitter for your online - Oreo tweet engagement example #TheDress

It’s clever, contributes to the conversation, and slips in the brand products in a way that doesn’t feel salesy or promotional. As far as “live” tweets go, it’s perfect.

Now that you have the equation and detailed explanations of each Twitter category, go forth and conquer the Twittersphere.

If you need help with your other social media platforms, read this post on mastering social banter on all your channels. For more ecommerce sales tips, sign up for the ecomdash blog here.




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