Business Twitter Ideas


I’ve been reading some interesting posts on Twitter tweets with the tag marketing and I have been trying to understand the relationship between the two. Mind you, I loved the posts, just not sure about how some people tag their work. No biggy really, but I wanted to see if I could come up with some examples of how Twitter could be used to create a brand, (personal or corporate), and if not, just have some fun with it.

First let me start by saying the two posts that got me thinking about this topic are Twittiquette by Ron Shevlin and Twitter for Business — What’s Appropriate? by philbernstein

Fun Stuff – BOSS Tweet

This idea, I originally, came up in the 90’s as “BOSS Cam” in which you place a wireless video camera on your boss’ forehead and can see where he is all the time on a PC window. I’ve adapted this concept to Twitter Tweets, but it does require a RFID implementation of sensors throughout your campus and RFID markers in your security cards used to gain access to buildings and rooms.

With this implementation you will get BOSS Tweets when the following happens:

  • Parking Lot Entry – The Boss has arrived – you have about 15 minutes to look busy.
  • Building Entry – You now have about 7 minutes to make your office look like you’re really busy.
  • On the floor – Have your boss’ cup of copy ready in hand and ready to give
  • Movement Tweet – he’s moving about the building and you know where.
  • Mining Tweet Alarm – uncomfortable levels of methane are in his office, STAY AWAY! (methane monitoring equipment sold separately)
  • BOSS BOSS Tweet – your boss just met with his boss, HIDE – WORK IS COMING YOUR WAY!
    • Note: use Movement Tweets to evade your boss for the entire day if necessary.
  • Parking Lot Egress – time to stop hiding from your boss and get some work done real quick and go home.

OK, another example of American ingenuity and exceptionalism in the can!

Branding Exercise – Project Tweet

In this example, your team has landed a new client. You want to impress on them how great your company is, and especially how great they are at projects like the one the just won. You explain to your new client that you will be using Twitter to keep them updated as the project progresses through the different stages of project management.

Some things they can expect to see in the Project Tweet:

  • Meeting Titles – and who attended
  • Meeting action items – post meeting
  • Key milestones or meeting action items delivered
  • Gratuitous comments from the team stating how smart the client was for picking them!
  • Documents updated on the shared project library
  • Lots of positive statements with the client’s staff names included so they are all sitting around waiting for their names to show up on a tweet.
  • “Hey check this out” messages asking them to head to the team web site and review something

I know some of the themes of twitter BLOG posts have been about ‘too much’ tweets, but in this scenario, the more tweets focused on the project, the better you look.

Good Hunting,

See Also

Twitter’s Design Flaw

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  1. #1 by John Darnell on May 30, 2008 - 1:58 pm

    Hey Tim, thanks for visiting!

    I like your example in the post. Twitter is a great application for leveraging permission based communication whether it’s a business model or a church model. It’s especially effective as a means of sharing consistent information over a large scale organization…

  2. #2 by Tim Rueb on May 30, 2008 - 2:21 pm

    Thanks for the comment John. With as many views I’ve got from this post, I’m surprised more haven’t commented either.

  3. #3 by Tim Rueb on August 2, 2008 - 12:10 pm

    I love this post how Congress used Twitter to keep a debate gong.

    http://prairiestate2.com/2008/08/02/yesterdays-revolution-was-not-televised/

  4. #4 by kreuzer33 on October 1, 2008 - 5:23 pm

    There are so many good uses for Twitter but I don’t think that everyone has been able to fully grasp the many uses of it.

    Like you mentioned on my blog http://kreuzer33.wordpress.com/ you’ll find that so many people use it just to say something such as “Hey, I’m going to the bathroom”.

    I’ve used it many times to let people know of a project I’m working on or something I need help with and that has been very useful. Keep up the good work. Love the site! Very informative.

  5. #5 by Tim Rueb on October 1, 2008 - 5:38 pm

    @kreuzer33 – Thanks for checking out the post. Your post caught my eye also. Good work.

    As for the value of micro-blogging tools like Twitter, it is directly proportional to the like-minded people you have in your ‘network’. If you follow and have followers that share your passions, and not necessarily 100% the same passions, the tool becomes an effective way to share and learn.

    Some might argue (I have) that the more followers you have based on your diverse set of passions, the more value your communicating with others produces.

    Good Hunting.

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