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      What are Hashtags in Twitter?

      Hey, I am new to Twitter. Someone told me that I can use Twitter to help promote my business, and I keep hearing things about Hashtags and how I can use them in Twitter to help me promote my business. What is he talking about? What are hashtags and how can they be used to promote my business?
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      So the business man you were talking about was absolutely right. Twitter’s use as a business promotion has become a hot topic, particularly in small business circles. There are several things that you can do to promote your business using Twitter’s hashtags, but first let me explain what hashtags and twitter are.

      For those of you who don’t know, Twitter is a relatively new social networking website that allows users to publish short ‘tweets’ or short messages (less than 140 characters). This ‘tweet’ is then broadcast to all the other users on Twitter who are following you (those who chose to get your tweets). It is a relatively simple concept that has taken the US and other countries by storm.

      Hashtags are a part of Twitter that allow users to search through tweets that would be relevant to what they are looking for. Originally, there was no real way to search through tweets or figure out what topic a tweet focused on (other than reading the tweet). Then, users developed a method of doing this. They simply used the hashmark sign “#” and then add the topic or topics that your tweet focuses to the end of a tweet. For example, if your tweet is about a great jazz performance that you saw last night you could add “#jazz” to the end of your tweet. That way, anyone looking for things on Jazz could easily find your tweet.

      Now, how can you use that for your business? Well, first figure out what hashtag Twitter users might be using for things related to your business. Let’s go back to the example that I talked about in the last paragraph. What if you are running an online store that sells used jazz instruments. So, some useful hashtags might be #jazz, #usedinstruments, #music. That kind of thing.

      Once you figure out the hashtags that are related to your industry, you can add those hashtags to the end of your tweets. That way, people who are interested in Jazz will be able to search for your Tweets.

      Of course, you have to make your tweets things related to your business if you want to use this strategy to make money. This can be done in a variety of ways. Say your Used Jazz Instrument online store is going to have a meet up in New York City for people interested in Used Jazz Instruments. Then you can announce this via Twitter, adding the hashtags #jazz, #NYC and #usedinstruments to the end of your tweet. That way people searching for tweets related to jazz and used instruments will immediately find out that you are having a meet up. The use for this in developing your business should be self evident. It can drive people to your business, and, using hashtags, you can connect to people interested in what your business does.

      Now, announcing events on your tweets is only one strategy that can be successful. Maybe you are having a sale at your online store. Announce that, again with the appropriate hashtags, and hopefully lots of people interested in Jazz will now know about your sale.

      Another idea is to announce coupons for your store on your twitter account. I’ve seen that drive a lot of business to my online store, though it is also very successful with brick and mortar operations.

      Does your store have new products? Is your store providing new services? Why not announce it on Twitter, again using the appropriate hashtags. Are there any hot products that people are buying at your store? Why not tweet a link to that? Are there trends going on in your business? Tweet links to articles about those trends. These can really drive a lot of business to you.

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      Hey great advice. I was also trying to get into Twitter and I didn’t understand the whole hashtag thing. I think I get it now. Is there any hashtags that you can recommend that would be good for me to search, as far as my small online business is concerned.

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      Great question! Obviously, depending on the kinds of thing that your online business offers, you will want to vary what you search for. If you sell kitchenware it is going to be different than if you sell clothes.

      However, there are some good hashtags that lots of small businesses like. I would recommend these

      • #smb
      • #smallbusiness
      • #SMBs
      • #ecommerce

      These are some of the hashtags that I would recommend. Anybody else got any that they would recommend?

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      Yea, I think that these are also some decent hashtags to search for, particularly for people with online businesses.

      • #ecommerce
      • #startups

      Those are just two that I like that I wanted to add to your list.

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      Great! Thanks for those additions.

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      Quick question, is there any etiquette for using hashtags on twitter.

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      Yes, in fact there is some etiquette related to hashtags, and, as a business person getting into using Twitter to promote your business, you need to be careful of violating them. If you violate this etiquette, Twitter users may dislike you and ignore your tweets. This means less people seeing your business promotions, so be careful.

      First, and this one is kind of obvious, you want to make sure that your tweets are related to the things that your hashtags say they are related to. Even if you sell used Jazz instruments, you can’t add #jazz to the end of a small business tweet that has little to do with Jazz.

      Second, make sure not to overuse hashtags. Generally, you want to have one to three hashtags in a tweet. Anymore than that generally is frowned upon and is seen by most Twitter users as annoying. Don’t over do it.

      These are the two main rules.

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      Great, thanks for the advice.

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