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  • 1.14 tips for Twitter contests that build followers and brand visibility | Social SignalPage 1 of 4 Featured case study Social media that comes alive. HomeBlog Dear SoSiServices About case study more casesHomeBlogsAlexandra Samuel's blog14 tips for Twitter contests that build followers and brand visibilityHow much social media can $200 buy? 14 tips for Twitter contests that build followers and brand visibility 3 APRIL, 2009 2 COMMENTSBY ALEXANDRA SAMUELsearchToday, we're launching Social Signal's first Twitter contest, inspired by another great contest that ran today on Twitter. Twitscoop is a service that tracks the hottest topics on Twitter. This morning, one topic jumped out as the super- hot discussion of the morning: 200k. It turns out that hipster T-shirt company threadless had made the About Alexandra following offer:Samuel Social Signal CEO, @threadless In celebration of passing 200k followers, we're giving away $200 in GC today! RT this to be Harvard Ph.D. and eligible to win 1 of 8 $25 GCs compulsive adopterLet me translate: of online task management and @threadless [the Threadless company's Twitter account] now has 200,000 "followers" on Twitter (people collaboration tools. who get their Twitter updates). To celebrate, they are offering $200 in gift cards. To enter a contest to win one of eight $25 gift cards, you must "retweet" the offer. That means you copy & paste the threadless message into your Twitter update field, and click "update" (or more likely, hit the "retweet" button in a Twitter client like TweetDeck). by Alexandra SamuelWhen I first pulled up the collection of ensuing tweets, it had been an hour since threadless posted this Using social media to drive business offer; in that hour, about 950 people had retweeted the message. In the time it's taken me to write thisinnovation: insights from Guy blog post and eat breakfast (roughly two hours) another 500 people have twittered it. When did YOU last Kawasaki and Target's Michael get 1500 of your customers all shilling for you on a single morning, at a cost of $200? Axelin 3 steps to jumpstart your corporate Threadless has some particular strengths that positioned it to do this kind of marketing. But those Twitter account by moving friends strengths are within your reach, and so are the benefits of this kind of promotion. Here's how you canand followers from other accounts learn from Threadless' example. 3 tips to make better use of the Firefox browser 1. Participatory brand/site + Twitter contest = Tweet-o-rama. Part of the reason that threadless wasable to get this kind of uptake -- and get 200,000 followers in the first place -- is that it is anintrinsically participatory brand. Threadless is a t-shirt company that invites user-submitteddesigns, and then sells the most popular designs online. It invites high-intensity, expressiveparticipation with tangible rewards (submitting t-shirt designs in return for exposure and theprospect of winning $2,500) and low-intensity, still expressive participation (scoring and optionallycommenting on designs). That participatory edge makes it a darling of the Twitterati, and gives itreal credibility when it invites customers to engage in another form of participation (likeretweeting).2. Chicken/egg? Big contests << >> more followers. Part of the reason this got so big, so fast is thatthreadless is building on a base of 200,000 Twitter followers. That's a lot of people receiving theiroffer. It's a great example of why it pays to build your Twitter audience: many follower >> bigimpact from online promotions >> more followers.3. For Twitter juice, frequent $100 prizes beats one $500 prize. Unlike a blog post, a tweet isevanescent. If I happen to be on Twitter when you post your update, I'll see it; otherwise it'sunlikely I'll hear about your contest. Threadless is able to get around that because its high volume Find related resourcesof followers translates into a high enough surge of tweets that it shows up in Twitscoop; but the under these questions: How can Twitter fuel our http://www.socialsignal.com/blog/alexandra-samuel/14-tips-twitter-contests-build-followers... 4/6/2009
  • 2. 14 tips for Twitter contests that build followers and brand visibility | Social Signal Page 2 of 4best way to build up to that base of followers is by offering contests, discounts or limited-time- only stock on a regular (even daily) basis. That said, $25 is a bit low -- you'll probably get more action in the $50-100 zone.marketing and growth?4. Great contest + short deadline = Twitscoop love. The threadless contest unfolded over just a few How can we use social media to hours. That encourages a high density of participation in a short time, which is what pushed it to increase our sales and revenue? the top of Twitscoop, making the threadless account visible to far more people.more Q&A5. Unique phrase + retweeting contest = Twitscoop visibility. Make sure there's a unique phrase you're asking people to retweet, so that it can emerge as a Twitscoop trend. Home6. Intriguing context SoSi Blog Dear + retweeting contest = mentions = visibility. The key metric you're after is Services About Twitter "mentions": people posting updates on their account that reference your account name. Ideally, it will be in an intriguing context that makes their followers curious about who this @account belongs to, and they'll click through to find you. 7. Twitter contest + boring Twitter account = wasted effort. For a contest or promotion to pay off,From SocialSignal.com you want to capture new followers. If someone sees a contest-related tweet and clicks through to your Twitter feed, you need to grab their attention. A list of your latest blog post URLs won't do it. Using online contests as aSo make sure you have some funny, intriguing or informative tweets, and possibly other recentmarketing tooloffers that make you worth following.3 steps to jumpstart yourcorporate Twitter account by8. Twitter contest + 1-click participation = big results. It takes literally a single mouseclick (on themoving friends and followers from "RT" button) to participate in this offer and forward threadless' mention. With such a low other accounts participation threshold, it's easy to get big numbers. 6 essential social media tools for 9. Twitter contest + your product as prize = great showcase. The threadless prize is threadless your business or organizationproduct; not only does it save them a hard cost on prizing, but it showcases their product as aFrom del.icio.us desirable incentive.Ten Twitter tricks I've learned10.Short tweet + retweeting contest = room to spread retweets. Make sure your offer or promotionwithout even directly touching the doesn't take all 140 characters of your Twitter update. When people retweet, the "RT Twitter API - Chad @accountname" will be counted against their 140-character count, and your offer will get cut off.IT Conversations | Jon Udell's 11.Retweetable offer + reason to retweet = viral. Each person who tweets the threadless offer Interviews with Innovators |"spread" it to their friends, who were likewise motivated to retweet it. This has exponential growth Martin Murray (Free Podcast)potential, particularly given the low barrier to participation.Yes We Can Twitter: BarackAnd three guidelines that threadless didn't follow:Obama Supporters Use SocialMedia to Show Their Support |12.Retweeting contest + actual content in tweet = retweets with value. If you're asking people to Own Page One: Search Engine retweet something, give those retweets some value. Twitter is going to suck big if it gets cluttered Visibility Blog - Online Marketing up with a thousand people retweeting contest offers every hour. (If your Twitter feed is full of RTs Strategy and Tips of this morning's threadless offer, you know what I'm talking about!) So think of a way for those retweets to offer something more: a smile, an insight, a user-contributed tidbit.From the webNo related items were found.13.Contest + request for follows = more followers. Until you get to at least your first 10,000 followers, you need people to follow you as much as (or more than) you need to Twitter you. So don't just ask for retweets, ask for follows. 14.Sucky Twitter feed + relaunch + contest = redemption. If your site, brand or Twitter feed fall short on any of the criteria above, successful contests are still within your grasp. Use a contest toYour vision starts here » turn lemons into proverbial lemonade: announce a (re)launch of your Twitter presence with a great contest that speaks to your new, compelling Twitter strategy. That's what we're doing today. In February, we created a new feature on Social Signal as part of our site relaunch. Dear SoSi offers answers to the questions you're asking about social media: As of today, we're renaming our Twitter feed from Social Signal to Dear SoSi. Follow it to get the practical, strategic and funny tips we offer in our Dear SoSi Q&As, condensed to a magical 140 characters. You'll also hear about the most useful social media advice we've found online, the latest DearSoSi resources, and of course, you'll be the first to know about our great Twitter promotions. So here's our very first Twitter contest:The Concept Jam finds the social media Retweet one of these tips on Twitter promotions, and you'll be entered to win a Flip MinoHDconcept that creates value for your team Camcorder, pre-loaded with Rob's Teh Funny keynote at Northern Voice -- in which Rob and audience. Learn more! became the first standup to heckle himself on Twitter. Follow DearSoSi on Twitter to get these tips in 140-character, retweetable form.Name: * http://www.socialsignal.com/blog/alexandra-samuel/14-tips-twitter-contests-build-followers... 4/6/2009
  • 3. 14 tips for Twitter contests that build followers and brand visibility | Social Signal Page 3 of 4 TA G SCONTESTSPR O M O T I O N S TW I T T E R ALEXANDRA SAMUEL'S BLOG E M A I L T H IS P A G EEmail: *Leave a commentUnsubscribe Comments SoSiHomeBlog Dear Services AboutTzaddi says APRIL 3, 2009 - 10:41PMThese are great ideas. It certainly got me to retweet! I wish you much success with the contest. Later in the day I saw a mention of this article in my twitter stream: Social networking isn't for spamming. I'm curious what your thoughts are on this? I've been thinking I should look into twitter clients that let me filter my feed. Not for "spamming" but for livetweets of events I'm not interested in. When there's a few folks live tweeting something you're not into it can get pretty annoying. REPLY Rachel W. says APRIL 6, 2009 - 6:26AMWhile these are great and helpful ideas, I'm frequently astounded at how little people do to protect themselves and their brands when running contests. I'm not talking about individuals who may not have a clue, but corporations who leave themselves open to potentially nasty lawsuits by failing to include any kind of language or disclaimers protecting themselves when they run contests- tweeted or otherwise. Rachel REPLY Leave a comment Your name: AnonymousE-mail:The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Homepage: Comment: * StylesPath: Disable rich-text Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <p> <b> <i> http://www.socialsignal.com/blog/alexandra-samuel/14-tips-twitter-contests-build-followers... 4/6/2009
  • 4. 14 tips for Twitter contests that build followers and brand visibility | Social SignalPage 4 of 4<br> <blockquote> <img> <object> <embed> <iframe> <h2> <h3> <h4> <h5> <style> <br> <table> <td> <tr> <xmp> Lines and paragraphs break automatically. Save PreviewHome BlogDear SoSiServices AboutBLOGDEAR SOSI SERVICESABOUTIdeas and insightsQuestions and answers Strategy and solutionsPeople and process Greatest hits Leaders Concept Jam Team Alex's postsMarketers & Communicators Engagement AuditClients Rob's posts Community ManagersStrategic Roadmap Case Studies Podcast Community Members Community Builder Research Cartoon Friends Presentations and Workshops Work with us News ContactThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Social Signal, 680 Citadel Parade, Vancouver, BC V6B 1W8 Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.5 Canada License.Phone 604-568-8787 - info@socialsignal.com http://www.socialsignal.com/blog/alexandra-samuel/14-tips-twitter-contests-build-followers... 4/6/2009
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