What's the most interesting Twitter strategy that you've seen a startup use?


It seems like most startups on Twitter use one of two strategies:

1) Broadcast links & information about the company.

2) Broadcast links & information about the industry related to the company.

Or a combination of both, in many cases.

I'm interested to hear if anyone knows of unique strategies that you've seen startups -- or even just businesses in general -- use on Twitter.

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asked Dec 12 '09 at 16:50
Aaron Q
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I think using the word "broadcast" is not the best Twitter strategy.

A good strategy uses Twitter to connect to customers and potential customers. Of course you'll broadcast things like interesting links, but what about RT'ing things your customers or followers say which are interesting to others, thus connecting people to each other and rewarding them for talking with you?

Best is if you empower people with new ideas, tools, techniques, and connections.

If you think of Twitter (or a blog) as a way to establish expertise and create a group of people who trust you and to some extent each other, that creates the "valuable thing" which then leads them to your product or service.

answered Dec 13 '09 at 03:42
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  • I agree. I guess I kind of took the interaction with other Twitter users as a given on the platform, but there are certainly companies who don't engage. I should have been more clear and I should have used a different word than broadcast. I definitely think what you're talking about is the smart way to go, but I'm interested to see if they are companies using Twitter in a way that people would find surprising or out-of-the-ordinary. – Aaron Q 14 years ago
  • Right. Dell comes to mind -- they're successful but they just broadcast coupons. That's fine for them but not what you're asking about of course. In my experience the companies who are successful are actually individuals who are successful, and who work at a company. :-) – Jason 14 years ago


I know this guy who was making twitter backgrounds for celebrities (for free) to initiate a conversation and then politely asking them to take a few snapshots of celebrities endorsing his products. The guy then plans to use those images to boost his marketing efforts.

answered Dec 12 '09 at 17:34
Arpit Tambi
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  • That's pretty clever. Thanks for the response! – Aaron Q 14 years ago
  • Very interesting. Did this work for him? – Josh Sam Bob 14 years ago
  • You can follow him here - http://twitter.com/scopialArpit Tambi 14 years ago
  • Nice, Jim Carrey is in ;) – Arpit Tambi 14 years ago


I found this one interesting: http://bit.ly/5mqylr Basically the strategy is to tweet when you are in a venue and show that to the waiter and get free stuff. The venue spends little -maybe a coffee or beer-, and gets publicity in exchange. Don't know if this ultimately works, and it probably is difficult to measure conversion rates, but it's definitely creative.

answered Jan 13 '10 at 12:21
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I've seen some companies run contests /give-aways that required participants to either follow or retweet them. If the price is worth it, it can create a huge viral loop.

For instance, SitePoint gave away a free eBook for following them on Twitter.

answered Dec 12 '09 at 17:21
Olivier Lalonde
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answered Dec 15 '09 at 19:44
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Interesting people, with something interesting to say in an interesting way. No one wants to hear from a company. It's like getting a form letter in the mail.

answered Jun 26 '10 at 10:42
Jeff O
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