When will you take tweeting seriously?

When will you take tweeting seriously?

About once a week, my daughter Grace will wake up early in the morning and “help Dad drink coffee”. I love these mornings when the house is quiet and it is still a little dark out.

One morning I did the “parent thing” and decided that I needed to take some pictures of her because she was growing so fast.

So I took out the camera, kneeled down to capture my memory…

“No Dad! No Pictures”, she ran off.

I was determined not to lose my Kodak moment so I went over her to and tried to explain, the best I could why I wanted her to smile and take a picture.

* For the memories
* To show mommy
* It would make me happy
* She will be glad some day

All of the reasons that made sense to me, but obviously means nothing to a little girl whose biggest concern is when Diego is coming on TV and if she can sneak a “jump, jump on couch”.

Finally, I asked her if she would like to take a picture of me.

Her eyes lit up, she grabbed the camera and did her best to take a picture. She giggled with excitement as she told me to smile and “took my picture”.

Then, she handed me the camera and told me to take her picture. We had a great time while she smiled and ran around the house posing with her toys.

Now she loves taking pictures and this has become a game we play and a way Grace and I connect. Oh yeah… and I get to have pictures like these for my old days…

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It is funny how our friends, our families and our mentors can “tell us” over and over again what is good for us, but we don’t really grasp onto that until we are ready in our way.

My friends, Jit Uppal and James Rivers have been trying to get me on Twitter for months now.

They have laid out all of the benefits and even shown me proof of how it is working for them, but…

I never cared.

I even signed up one day just so they would stop bothering me about it.

That sounds bad I know, but like you I have a million other things I am working on in my business and Twitter just seemed silly and a waste of time.

Just over a week ago, Jason Fladlien and I interviewed Jit on his use of Twitter.

During the call, I had an “a-ha” moment and I sat and implemented all of the tips that Jason was sucking out of Jit, since then I have spent about 5 minutes a day on Twitter and am building a list I can not believe!

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I am going to be honest with now. I was the biggest Twitter skeptic there was. I couldn’t believe that anyone really cared about 140 character messages or that they would help with my business.

If they did, they certainly wouldn’t see them in the mess of Tweets that are posted.

I signed up for a link shortening and tracking service called Cli.gs. This is a free real-time service that tells you how often your tweets are clicked on. I was shocked when I sent out a test to my small Twitter list of Followers and got the following results.

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Who would complain with that amount of traffic from such a small amount of time and work investment? Lots of traffic streams is the goal right?

I was definitely starting to realize the power of twitter so I thought I would try one more experiment just to make sure.

This time I used a script called MyFreeViralTweets and sent an email to small portion of my list telling them that I had a free gift for them. I do this occasionally for my list so I knew I would get some decent traffic. Only this time I added MyFreeViralTweets to the page “just to see”

I was shocked. I generated a bunch of traffic from other people Tweeting about it!

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Now imagine the amount of traffic that you can generate from Twitter if you build a decent sized list. I have been at it for less than a month now!

My advice is to start slow and small. Don’t get overwhelmed. Just sign up and spend a few minutes each day watching the conversation and getting used to it.

Who knows, it may even become one of things you wished you had started doing earlier! Just Get Started.

So what is holding you up with Twitter? Am I totally crazy and wasting my time? Are you building a Twitter list? Leave your comment below and don’t forget to tell your Tweeps about this post!


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Comments (19)

  • Jeff Bode Reply

    Yes, I agree I thought twitter was stupid at first too.
    I joined to “see what happens” just because everyone else thought it was so great.
    The truth is twitter has been one the easiest ways I’ve ever found to effortlessly get partnerships, friends even sales.
    Now I have several twitter accounts. My advice listen to Lance and join twitter.

    Jeff Bode’s last blog post..“Curiosity” A Powerful Motivator?

    March 13, 2009 at 2:47 pm
  • Michelle_Onn Reply

    thanks for the info. Will take tweeting seriously.

    March 13, 2009 at 2:52 pm
  • Lance Tamashiro Reply

    @Jeff

    I agree. I have found building a twitter list to be extremely easy. You don’t need anything, no sales page, so squeeze page, etc…

    You hint a real big twitter tip. I have gotten to know a lot of people that would have never answered my emails (I know I have tried) because of twitter.

    Lance

    March 13, 2009 at 2:53 pm
  • Lance Tamashiro Reply

    @Michelle, good.. come back and tell us what you sign up as so we can follow you. 🙂

    March 13, 2009 at 2:55 pm
  • Keries Reply

    Hi Lance

    I joined Twitter back when it was in prelauch form memory but thought it was another one day wonder so didn’t do anything about it until about a month ago when I decided to have play with it to see what the fuss was all about.

    My chart looks nearly identical to yours with similar statistics. It’s just so easy adn probably the only way these days to be able to connect with a lot of people you nealry wouldn’t be able to connect with.

    Keries

    http://twitter.com/keries

    March 13, 2009 at 8:21 pm
  • Jeff Reply

    Lance,

    I have to 100% agree with you. When I first encountered Twitter, my attitude was “what the heck do I need this for”. I thought it was just a giant Global chat room. I finally decided to sign up after everybody seemed to be talking about it.

    Since signing up, what I have seen as a huge benefit, as a previous poster mentioned, is the ability to network with people you wouldn’t be able to contact any other wasy, such as Frank Kern, Rich Schefren, etc. I signed up to follow Frank, and within 2 days had several people that I consider to be major marketers following me.

    In retrospect, Twitter is a very cool concept. It is somewhat hard to explain to somebody who doesn’t get it or use it. I tried to explain it to my wife the other night. She looked at me like I was speaking some obscure Chinese dialect. Oh well, as long as it continues to work for me, she doesn’t have to get it.

    Adorable pictures by the way.

    Thanks for all your wisdom

    Jeff

    March 13, 2009 at 8:22 pm
  • Lance Tamashiro Reply

    Keries and Jeff.

    It is incredible. What a powerful tool when you can ask experts in your fields questions in a public forum like this.

    The other aspect that I am enjoying about Twitter (and my blog for that matter) is getting away from wearing the marketer hat and letting people see a little bit more of me.

    It is nice to have a place to meet and discuss ideas without the “hard sell”.

    @jeff – thanks.. I love that little girl!

    Lance

    March 13, 2009 at 9:43 pm
  • Kevin Puls Reply

    I didn’t think much of Twitter either, but when I post a comment on someone’s blog, it’s amazing how I gain followers.

    In fact, I had a “big wig” follow me- that day I must have gotten 10-15 new followers.

    It’s so big in fact that NY Times best selling author and fellow internet marketer Joel Comm had a 12 hour Tweet-a-Thom featuring the likes of Perry Belcher, and MC Hammer!

    There was even a time when they were without a guest and he asked little old me to join in on the fun! But, alas, I didn’t have Skype so I could not participate.

    Speaking of Joel, her recently released a book that everyone should check out, it’s called- “Twitter Power…”

    Best,

    -K

    Oh, and to check out some of the video replays for the Tweet-a-Thon, visit http://tinyurl.com/dyb8kl

    Kevin Puls’s last blog post..Kevin Bacon plays Lt. Col. Michael Strobl in tonight’s HBO movie, “Taking Chance”

    March 15, 2009 at 9:35 am
  • J. M. Strother Reply

    You have a very cute daughter, Lance. Keep taking lots of pictures. They grow up all too fast.

    Good article with lots of useful tips. However, the Cli log-in at the bottom of the post put me off. I think I understand it, but at first glance it almost looks like you are harvesting Twitter user names and passwords. I’m not sure it has the effect you are looking for. Might just be me.

    Thanks for the tips.
    ~jon

    March 19, 2009 at 4:49 pm
    • Lance Tamashiro Reply

      @jon – Thanks, I just got a new camera, so I am snapping pictures like crazy. Plus she likes it now. 🙂

      Thanks for the comments on the article. That code does not store the password at all, it simply uses the information one time to make an API call to Twitter.

      But your right, it definitely is not the effect I am looking for. 🙂

      Lance

      March 19, 2009 at 4:53 pm
  • J. M. Strother Reply

    Yeah, I didn’t think you were harvesting. But it can give the impression.

    Assume it’s a digital camera. Nice thing about digital is you never run out of film. Batteries now, are a different matter. 😉
    ~jon

    March 19, 2009 at 8:49 pm
  • Amin Reply

    Lance, just had to have a look at your blog after you (jokingly) accused me of spamming Robert’s blog!

    I’m interested in your results because I’ve just started using Twitter more seriously, although I’m still not convinced about the viral tweeting. I have an awful feeling it will get misused by others fairly fast and that will spoilt it for everyone.

    Your daughter’s a cutie and it looks like she’s the boss! My daughter’s almost 12 and she’s definitely the boss!

    Amin

    Amin’s last blog post..Butterfly Marketing Campaign

    March 20, 2009 at 1:08 pm
  • Lance Tamashiro Reply

    @Amin thanks for stopping by. I hope you don’t plan on continuing your spam here. lol

    As you can see, there are differing opinions on the use of this script. I guess it comes down to trust right? If you don’t trust that I am not stealing your Twitter password then you probably aren’t going to buy from either! 🙂

    It does generate a lot of traffic.

    Like anything else it is just a tool. How it is used in the hands of the person… well.. 🙂

    I also just released a product this morning on this..

    http://5minutetwittersuccess.com/

    Thanks for stopping by!
    Lance

    March 20, 2009 at 1:15 pm
  • teevee Reply

    Your daughter is beautiful.

    Isn’t it odd how our children can teach us. I have said that my daughters have taught me more than I have taught them.

    Great post. Consider yourself followed and respected.

    May 10, 2009 at 9:11 pm
  • Alisa Rose Seidlitz Reply

    Hi Lance !

    Thanks so much for reaching out to me on twitter!
    Your daughter is a adorable, and your blog is great!

    Alisa Rose

    Alisa Rose Seidlitz, CGBP, GLC, MG
    @AmbianceEco
    http://www.greenfengshuimakeover.com

    January 17, 2010 at 7:03 pm
  • sunrise62 Reply

    yeah, you get a lot of people following you, but is anyone making any money because of it?

    February 10, 2010 at 7:31 am
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    Wow, regards a bunch m8

    March 10, 2010 at 3:29 am
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