Twitter and SMBs: Yes We Can!

Picture 3As I wrote over at LMS, Twitter is seeing increasing, spontaneous adoption by small businesses using it as a marketing tool:

At the EconSM show last week, Kevin Thau of Twitter was anecdotally reporting on how SMBs/local businesses are increasingly adopting Twitter as a marketing vehicle — asking people to follow them on Twitter. He gave a number of concrete examples.

This is happening organically, it’s self service and has enormous potential as a viral marketing and CRM tool for local businesses. We wrote about some of this in our most recent Advisory: The ‘Twitterization’ of (Local) Online Marketing.

Regarding self-service and conventional online marketing (e.g., search), my outlook is relatively bearish for self-service penetrating the market beyond 10%-15%. But because of its simplicity, Twitter has much greater potential as a self-service marketing tool.

AdAdge discusses Twitter and SMB marketing (with a focus on Naked Pizza, Will Scott’s new favorite pizza place).

7 Responses to “Twitter and SMBs: Yes We Can!”

  1. Chrissy Says:

    What do businesses Twitter about…..and who follows them??

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  4. Tom Troughton Says:

    As a small business i use Twitter all the time. I tweet about information that my clients find useful. It is a great way to build relationships with them.
    follow me! http://twitter.com/TomTroughton

  5. Aly Says:

    I love to twitter, especially the challenge of getting my message in so few words. Very effective tool. Aly

  6. emailorganizer Says:

    Hello. Thank you for helping to bring awareness to this issue. e-mail is a recognized means of communication. I work with Outlook as my email client and with the help of Email Sorter Wizard, an Outlook add-in, I file all my e-mail with ease. I’m sure people will get great information from your blog.

  7. Mick Cullen Says:

    “Chrissy Says:
    May 19, 2009 at 8:31 am | Reply
    What do businesses Twitter about…..and who follows them??”

    The local community news.
    Talking with customers.
    Announcing specials.
    Industry relevant articles.
    …..
    Lots of things

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