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Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Twitter Automation Post 31 August 2010

In this note I want to deal with automation and outsourcing of Twitter.
Twitter really does lend itself to automation.In order to generate a lot of traffic quickly on Twitter it is preferable to have a number of accounts.However you will rapidly learn that managing, updating and growing more than one account is no fun whatsoever and is extremely time consuming.
Up to the 31st of August there were lots of extremely good products that either automatically tweeted ( The Excellent FeedMyTweeter a case in point) or automatically managed the following and unfollowing process (Hummingbird2 and TweetAdder, two of many)
However from September 1st Twitter altered the rules and most of these programs became redundant over night.Now any program needs to be fully approved by Twitter or must operate as a person would. The new requirement from Twitter is OAuth security encryption.

Marketmetweet   (now renamed MarketmeSuite)
This excellent software can be used with unlimited accounts across multiple computers, schedules tweets,manages twitter,has location targetting (very useful for local business targeting)allows Facebook and Pingfm integration.It has 2 unique features Brand Management(every tweet you send is branded discreetly with a link back to your website) and BlogMe ( a FREE Premium website)

TweetAdder 3.0
This is also excellent software and can be used with multiple accounts and has automated following and unfollowing, automated tweets etc, It does not run on the Twitter API but posts via the web as though it was human.

Tweet Attacks Pro
This software is interesting as it appears to be a product designed in the Philippines( a foretaste of life to come?) It efficiently does what the other two do at similar cost.like TweetAdder it operates outside the Twitter API.

Currently these are the best out there and I would probably lean towards Market Me Tweet because it looks great on screen and is a joy to use and it has the personal branding feature which in my experience is unique.TweetAdder is the tried and trusted Pro with 5 years experience in the market.

However the newbie Tweet Attacks comes with the most amazing upsell! This upsell called Tweet Attacks AC is an amazing program which generates new Twitter Accounts automatically and when I say automatically I mean automatically.It has, it would appear all angles covered. From either its own list of names or any you choose to put forward, it spins the list to generate as many different account names as you want.It suggests using a new proxy for every 10 accounts per day otherwise Twitter will take you down and also suggests how you can generate an unlimited supply of unique free email addresses that twitter needs for each new account.It even randomises backgrounds and supplies photos.So if it's 10, 100,1000 or 10000 new accounts you want. It supplies at the touch of a button!

I was going to talk about outsourcing but Tweet Attacks outsources the outsourcer. You can also outsource these operations at say $20 per month (to the Philippine, where else? They are the best cultural fit) through someone like elance.

Well that has blown me away! I'm so excited! Ever time I talk about these applications and they are all genuinely good it brings back the rush I experienced when it first dawned on me what Tweet Attacks AC exactly could do.

Posting on Facebook and Twitter

One of the common areas of difficulty in both Twitter and Facebook for those marketing using Social Media is communication. We must never forget that these sites are first and foremost social media sites designed for chatting with friends, finding new friends etc.
It is relatively easy to recruit large numbers of followers on Twitter and friends or fans in Facebook ; it is much more difficult to sell to these lists.
• You must talk to these people as a person and on a wide variety of subjects. You will not make friends by only talking about your niche.
• You must provide consistent high value posts. These may be tips but more likely need to be gifts and quality gifts at that. You must always exceed expectations never disappoint.
• Your generosity is designed not only to gain their trust and look forward to your next post but also to make their friends start following you or ask for your friendship. When you reach this point you know you have it cracked- however it does not come without hard work.
• Instead of just using automatic following software use the search function in either medium. Look for popular strings and pose a question or make a controversial observation. You will immediately get into conversations.
• Post questions – these go to your whole following and someone will respond. On Facebook always respond to any posting on your wall or any comment on your posts. When browsing tweets if you see questions answer them. It may take a little research but it’s worth it.
Taking steps toward Selling.
If possible never sell or post an affiliate link on either Facebook or Twitter. That must be reserved for something really big or urgent. Better to always send people to a FREE gift and opt in page, and on the Thankyou page suggest they may like to consider your promotion before receiving the high value gift.
An alternative is to send them to a review site or better still a video review site where you review the product honestly with clickable links after opt in to the sales page.
Always remember you’re a real person and so are they. Remember that they are on Facebook and Twitter because they want to socialise not to be sold goods. They will however readily accept your advice once they have become your friend and learnt to trust you. You will then become the expert as you are working hard on the subject while it is an interest or hobby to them.
You may well be able to automate the process down the line but certainly during at least a month after people have joined you they need very careful nurturing
In this way you can quickly grow very targeted lists within your Groups and provided they are cared for properly they prove extremely responsive.