Are you active on Twitter? This may seem an odd question to ask food truck owners, but there are still some hold outs when it comes to this free social media marketing tool.
So let’s start this off for those who are active on Twitter, are you interested in ways to improve the effectiveness of your Tweets? Getting the most out of our Tweets can really improve your food truck’s brand exposure, drive traffic to your truck, website, and show that you are active and engaged with your customer.
But to do this you need to step back and assess where you are today and ask yourself a few questions about your Twitter strategy. For example:
Do you find that you are largely using Twitter to share parking locations for your food truck or events, promotions, new menu items, and so on? This is great, but it’s a one-way dialog and does nothing to invite engagement.
Do you know how to find and communicate with your target audience?
How long are your Tweets? Length can impact the potential reach of your Tweets.
Are you wary of Tweeting the same message too many times at the risk of seeming repetitive?
What do your Twitter analytics say about the time of day that you send your Tweet or whether one message has more resonance than others?
They may seem like obvious questions, but they are easily overlooked in the push to maintain a steady Twitter feed while juggling your other daily tasks. However, making a few simple adjustments to your Twitter strategy can quickly earn you new followers and increase your influence.
Here are a few tips to help you get more out of our food truck Tweets.
Find Your Target Market
Twitter isn’t as completely random in terms of who finds or follows who. There are a number of ways you can hone in on your target market.
One of the easiest ways it to search for keywords and hashtags that people are using in the body of their Tweets using Twitter’s very own search tool. Running a search for keywords that relate to your food truck business specialty will uncover a newsfeed of active Tweets that feature those terms. A quick scan at these will often reveal your target market, i.e., people who are predisposed to like or have interest in what you have to offer—give them a follow! The other great feature of the search tool is that it allows you to narrow your search geographically and pinpoint people within a certain radius of your business.
In addition, if you find some folks who you believe are influencers in your market—take a look at who is following them and extend a follow to those who are a good fit for you. This extends your reach into a potentially lucrative gold mine of brand advocates.
Engage Your Target Market
You don’t have to engage everyone that appears in your Twitter keyword search, but it’s worth investing some time each week to get to know what people are saying about your market, what they like, what they are seeking. When appropriate, simply say “hello” and give them a follow.
From here you can start to build relationships with this willing and targeted body of followers who hopefully have a propensity to read, re-Tweet, and spread the word about your business via Twitter.
The more you Tweet the more you boost your search engine optimization (SEO) and visibility in your follower’s news feeds. How often is often? Anywhere between 5-10 Tweets a day is your target. To make this easier, you can use free Twitter tools like Hootsuite and TweetDeck to schedule your Tweets in advance.
Shake Your Message Up
As every good marketer knows, tone and style are a huge factor in ensuring that your message stands out, resonates, and promotes action. Tweeting is like conversation, putting out static updates or statements will fall on flat ears, but engaging, teasing, querying, and showing interest will promote action. So shake your message up, use the words your audience uses, sprinkle in some hashtags and go on and tease a little. So, instead of saying:
We’re giving away 2 entrees for the price of one at FoodTruckFest on Jan 25, 7-10 PM <LINK>
We know you love them! Get 2 of our entrees for the price of one on 1/25. Find out where <LINK>
Change Your Headlines
If you’ve got a message that you really need to repeat more than once, change your headline each time. This will ensure your Tweet resonates with different people and generates more exposure.
Keep Your Tweets Well Under the 140 Character Count
Lengthy Tweets are a very common problem in the Twitter-sphere. Why? Because a Tweet that is too long requires editing by the person who re-Tweets it. Keep your Tweets as brief as possible and make it easier for your followers to spread the word.
So what tips have worked for you? Please share them in the comment section below.