Does Twitter- or any social media for that matter- work for your business? It can, if you are using the tools effectively (and of course, using the media where your customers are at).
This case study is one that hits very close to home. Why? Because I am right in the middle of it.
I first ran into Deskelf.com after they started following me on Twitter. They engaged with me by re-tweeting my content and sending me messages that they thought what I was creating was very valuable.
I noticed them right away (great logo/avatar, interesting name), but it wasn’t until they had engaged with me several times that I was compelled to learn more.
I checked out their Twitter bio first, and then their website (www.DeskElf.com) to learn that they provided outsourced services for business, starting with research and virtual assisting types of tasks on up.
A couple of months later, when my staff was tapped out and I needed some extra assistance on a research project, I contacted them and ultimately hired them. I was pleased with their efficient, accurate and pleasant service.
Well, just a few weeks later I was doing a television segment on solutions for small business, and given my own experience, I plugged DeskElf.com on television (video below).
So, because this company engaged with me, someone who was a “spender” (who would buy their services) and a “sender” (someone who would tell or influence others), they were able to get a new paying client and invaluable television PR.
So, what are the takeaways for your business?
-The Right Location: DeskElf engaged with me on Twitter, an arena where small business owners and experts create, consume and curate content. For other businesses, other social networks may be more appropriate.
-Engage by Giving: DeskElf caught my attention by giving to me first- they spread my message and let me know that they thought my content was valuable.
-No Overnight Expectation: DeskElf was consistent. They stayed engaged for quite some period of time before the results were achieved.
-Walk the Talk: DeskElf delivered. Regardless of the engagement level, if their service would have been poor when I used them, then their efforts would have been wasted.
Carol Roth is a national media personality, ‘recovering’ investment banker, investor, speaker and author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Entrepreneur Equation. She is currently an on-air contributor for the national cable television station CNBC, the pre-eminent name in business news. Previously, Carol was the host and co-producer of The Noon Show, a current events talk show on WGN Radio, one of the top stations in the country, and a frequent guest on Fox News, CNN, Fox Business and other stations. Carol's multimedia commentary covers business and the economy, current events, politics and pop culture topics.
Carol has helped her clients complete more than $2 billion in capital raising and M&A transactions. She is a Top 100 Small Business Influencer (2011, 2012 & 2013) and has her own action figure.