Is Twitter for Trades 9 Mar 2010

March 9, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Posted in Twitter | Leave a comment
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For some reason twitteranalyzer still doesn’t provide any stats for us (would appreciate if anyone has any advice to sort that out).  In the meantime since we started our twitter experiment

  • We now have 205 followers (all natural, no machines or automation involved and spam followers blocked)
  • We are following about 532 local people.
  • We have made some connections with other trades people on twitter so popularity seems to be catching on. 
  • We have found other trades people on twitter and referred work to them.
  • We are getting between 3-13 blog hits per day 

To data we still have not had any actual work from twitter but we have had a few “near misses” so am sure it is only a matter of time until enquiries start happening naturally.  We still maintain that we are doing this for fun in terms of getting our name known locally and are quite laid back about using twitter to generate business.  That’s not the main aim for us. It’s about making connections and getting a reputation known locally.  This is definitely starting to happen as followers have direct messaged us saying they have passed out details onto someone outside of the twitter-sphere. What more could we ask for? That is fine with us.  

The blog hits we get are all good. People are being referred by twitter and we can see searches being performed and other pages being visited so again, this is all good for us as a small local plumbing and plastering business.

We have found it difficult to commit to using twitter properly and we are going to be making an effort to tweet more and blog more.

 One thing that did work well for us was tweeting a link to a youtube video.  To date one of those has had over 300 hits.

 Thanks for following and reading and we will keep letting you all know how our twitter journey goes.  In the meantime, if you have any advice or comments then let’s hear it 🙂 

Regards

Max and Tim

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Is Twitter for Trades? 21 Aug 09

August 22, 2009 at 6:17 pm | Posted in Twitter | 3 Comments
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As a summary for the week I would just start by saying that our blog has been viewed 103 times.

We have not had any enquiries as a direct result of using twitter and the time spent getting used to things and generally tweeting is time that we probably could have used more productively in terms of generating leads and enquiries.

following and followers

Twitter analyzer does not provide stats for us for followers growth rate so here is our own graphs.

 

 

 

 

 Spam followers have been blocked so that for tracking purposes the number of followers closely represents our target audience.  

 We do feel that now that we have invested time initially in getting some local followers, finding twitter applications to help us do what we want to do, and generally getting more organised with using twitter that it should be a lot easier for us to maintain.

tweets and blog hits

 We have put this graph together to track the relationship between number of tweets and blog hits.

Hits do come from other sources but the majority is via twitter.

 

 Due the nature of our plumbing work we do not expect there to be much of an immediate response to any of our tweets. This is in line with the rest of our marketing. People do not think “That blog article looks good, I think I shall have a leaking pipe and flood the bathroom!”

The aim of us using twitter is simply to help us get known locally with an image of professionalism so that we will be remembered for a future need or when a project is being planned for plastering, bathroom refits or garage conversions. 

103 blog hits is a very good achievement for us and we are happy with this and we are enjoying twitter more now that we have settled into using it.

As always, comments, suggestions, advice are all welcome 🙂

Regards

Max & Tim

19 Aug – Is Twitter for Trades?

August 19, 2009 at 1:58 am | Posted in Twitter | 2 Comments
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Well, I am loving this experiment so far and what an interesting day!

Stats: Tweets=19, Following=184, Followers=49, Mentions=8, Reach 474 (Twitter Analyzer showed our Reach yesterday as 3112)  Blog Hits = 30 

Even though I feel like Briget Jones writing these stats every day and that the phone has not yet rung as a direct result of twitter, we are extremely happy with the levels of interaction and communication with our local community. 

Having a direct message today from someone up the road from us saying “Hi Tim and Max. Welcome to twitter. Great to see a trade firm using it.”  is very encouraging and supportive for us.  Thanks also to the people who have tweeted links to our blog.

Huge highlight today is that our blog has been viewed 30 times!  This might be teeny to some of you guys on twitter but for a tradesperson to get that many hits of people viewing info on our company, pictures of our work, services we offer, testimonials from customers,  is great!  Even the most boring page on our blog was viewed (FAQ)

We also had one referral to our blog from dailyrt.com which we didn’t recognise and had to look it up and apparently this is “The most popular tweets on the web”. 

Apart from tweeting a lot today in general chit chat terms, we also sent out a link to our Offer exclusive to Twitter, a link to work done yesterday with pictures, and a twitpic of us working last week on a ceiling.

We have continued to follow other peoples followers, used saved searches, viewed # tags and wefollow.

Thanks everyone and looking forward to tweeting tomorrow.  If you come across anyone in Huntingdon or Cambridgeshire then feel free to tell them our twitter id is @floatld 🙂

In the meantime if you have a leaking loo, or want your ceilings skimmed, or your bathroom refitted, you know where we are 🙂

Regards, Tim and Max

PS – Oh, and since you are reading our blog… you may aswell comment now that you are here 🙂 Any feedback and comments welcome.

17 Aug 2009 – Is Twitter for Trades?

August 16, 2009 at 11:48 pm | Posted in Twitter | Leave a comment
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A little update since yesterday ended seeing as it is early days

Summary

Following = 106  Followers = 20 (inc spam),

Tweets = 7, Reach = 163, RT= 1, Mentions 0

Blog Hits = 16

Thoughts & lessons from today:

  • Tweeted the 2 for 1 Offer which was retweeted once
  • Think that a lot of local people that I am following are either students/teenagers/people who have not tweeted for a long time so I don’t expect a high proportion of those to follow me back
  • Got caught out with someone who seemed to want a twitter debate on a specialist topic (not related to my trade) so will learn to keep mouth shut (or fingers away from the keyboard) as I couldn’t explain what I wanted to say properly in 140 characters or less, and avoid this type of scenario as not useful to image or best use of time 🙂  No hard feelings, just one less follower!
  • Made a mistake with using multiple accounts and one of my tweets was “echoed” meaning it came from both accounts to lesson learned to be careful when using tweetdeck to make sure I am only tweeting from one account at a time! 

That’s it for now.  Just general tweeting tomorrow with no goals or expectations, just going with the flow (flow.. plumber.. get it?) 🙂

Tomorrow we will be doing some work to a chimney breast, knocking parts of it down, then making good and skimming so will make an effort to get some pics to post with an up to date blog article and see if we can get our customer to add a comment to keep our content fresh and up to date.

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