Using Twitter For Business: Why You Should Be Limited to Five Tweets a Day

I’ve found that most people using Twitter for business purposes fall into three categories:

1. They hate it
2. They love it
3. They understand that it has value, but can’t figure it out

While you may fall into one of those categories, I’ve quickly found that a lot of people that “love it” are using it for the wrong reasons. On the surface, using Twitter for business reasons does seem like a great idea. You can easily get thousands (sometimes even tens of thousands) of followers very easily, and blast short little promotion messages for your businesses or product.

The problem is, a lot of these little tweets are lost in the shuffle of everyone else mass posting their messages. Everyone is taking advantage of the ability to spam their brand out there, making it hard for anyone’s message to be heard.

In the last two minutes (since I started this article) there are about 30 new tweets in my newsfeed. I would literally have to be on Twitter all day in order for me to get through all of the tweets, and even then it would be a challenge (with clicking on links, reading the articles, etc). My personal research confirms the fact that tweets are often lost in the shuffle.

I’ve been burned by social networking websites in the past, so I spend a lot of time trying out different methods to figure out how a website actually works. I carefully track my inbound website traffic and link clicking, trying to find out what is working and what isn’t working (or if this is even a website that can benefit me). I found out right away that mass tweeting didn’t increase me inbound traffic at all. I tested all the way from once an hour, to once a day, and my good traffic (people who stayed on my website more than 1-10 seconds) didn’t increase at all.

This is where the five tweets a day idea comes along. I quickly found out that more than 90% of my inbound website links (good ones that is) came after I used direct messages and @ tagging to connect with people. As I began to talk to people (and show and interest in THEIR company or being) my website traffic began to grow. People made a point of checking back on my tweets, and it wasn’t a gamble on whether or not a tweet would be read.

I know that I might get hate mail from John Mayer or Lady GaGa, but I truly believe that limiting users to five tweets a day will stop a lot of the massive spam on Twitter, and force people to focus on connecting with their followers. Tweets will start to be read more often, and you’ll see a lot of the invaluable followers disappear. Even though it is a micro blogging website, Twitter is still a social networking site. Meaning, that even though you’re using twitter for business reasons, you still need to be social out there, and not just load up tons of tweets to unleash on the unsuspecting world.

Home Business Success – Valuable Advice for New Home Business Owners

Many People Dream about Running a Business of Their Own.

There are many benefits, including more flexibility in your life. Eliminating commute hassle, as well as expense, will give you more time with your family. You have the choice of the type of business you wish to engage in and, if successful, financial freedom. If you have an idea for a home business, and want some advice on how to build it into success, here are some useful tips for you.

Before starting a business, you must have a business plan. This plan details your type of business and what your objectives are. How you will promote it, and where you plan to find a market. You are advised to get specialist help to write up the financial aspect. You will need estimates based on your own research, like how much it will cost to run it on a daily basis, including any rents and utilities. Your buying and selling prices, and where will you source your products. These figures will need to support your estimate of your overall profit margin target. You will need information on shipping, insurance and any specialised storage for vulnerable goods, if applicable. You need to illustrate clear goals of what you want your business to accomplish, in the short and long term. You will also need legal advice, on everything from labour laws, to licensing and permits.

This plan will be your blueprint to success. After you have written your business plan, show it to someone who has experience with creating news businesses. Your bank will probably have an advisory section for small business, as will your local Chamber of Commerce, and possibly your local authority or council.

Running a home business naturally means that you will be spending more time at home. This brings big changes to you, and to your family’s routines. Sit down with your family, and spell out what changes will be coming. These changes will affect them as much as they will affect you. Make it clear that, just because they see you at home, does not mean that you are free to spend time with them, during the working hours that you set. You must have a dedicated time schedule for work, which you must teach your family to respect.

You must stress your need for a quiet work environment with minimal disruptions.This means that they will need to respect your work space, and not encroach upon it. Make this an open discussion, to give your family a chance to voice their opinions, about the upcoming changes. This is a difficult one especially if there is a young family involved. Fortunately you are now able to spend your break times with them every day. In fact, your working hours should be effectively shorter because of the time saved by having no daily commute, so allowing you more family time.

Take advantage of any course in home business laws if available at your local community college, or adult education centre. As a business owner, you should keep up to date on any business laws that can impact your business. As a business owner you will also have both liabilities, that you need to understand, as well as rights that you should be aware of.

Create a professional home office environment that is both comfortable and inviting. To enable you to work productively, it should be clutter and stress-free. Keep your paperwork organized to save time and frustration while shuffling papers about to find what you need. Keep your desk clear of unused stationery items. Be sure that your office equipment is positioned properly for easy access. Invest in a good quality ergonomic chair. You will be sitting at your desk sometimes for extended periods, and you would want your back to feel supported and comfortable. In short replicate the sort of office you will find in any well run business.

There is much to be learned in running a successful home business. It takes knowledge, and experience, to do it well. Monitor your goals, as scheduled in your business plan. Apply what you have learned here. As your business grows and your experience develops, you will be rewarded with a successful business that you can be proud of.

The Beauty of My iPod Shuffle

There are many iPod mechanisms that millions of people like. But when you think about what you really like you find one that works for you and your stick to it. For many people it is the iPod that also plays videos (I have that one too) because it can do so many things and if you are a traveler like I am you can use it while on the plane to entertain yourself. But for me, for my everyday use, I LOVE the iPod Shuffle.

This tiny little device (no bigger than a matchbook and really light) holds between 250 to 500 songs depending on gigabytes that the device has. I have the 2 GB one so I have a lot of songs on mine. It has this little clip (like one of those big black work paper clips) that you can use to clip the device right on to your cloths and then g about your business. For me I clip it on, put in my ear buds and go jogging. It is the best.

Music is an important part of my workout, I love listening to the playlist that I put together just for the purpose of jogging and they all fit on my tiny iPod shuffle. This little baby comes in a multitude of colors although I prefer the pink one that I have. But if you like blue, silver, green, purple or ice blue you can find one that you will like. And if size is what you are looking for you will absolutely love this one.

Now granted, the only thing that the IPod Shuffle is good for is playing music and has a great size but if you want more functionality than that you need to move up to another device. I like the classic iPod because I can also record on it and listen to video on it. But for everyday bopping around and having some musical company, I will always choose my shuffle.