The plan was to focus on a particular topic each week during the month of December and find savvy entrepreneurs who are using social media to market their wares. Promoting other people and businesses is a huge passion, especially if individuals and shop owners are really taking risks, burning the candle at both ends and trying their best to expose their brand in the competitive market.
Original intent was to tweet out calls for recommendations from followers and anyone else who chose to chime in on their favorites. So in being fair, those that were recommended were included in the compilation below. The greatest disappointment was that there were very few “recommendations” from Twitter followers–just confirming suspicions that a large majority of Twitter users are in transmit mode only!
The following synopsis of four weeks of examining Tweets, Blogs, and crawling the web resulted in the following:
First week’s focus was Chefs, Cooks, Bakers:
@merita_bread http://www.meritabreads.com/ very simple, nice website (could stand to make known their Twitter presence on their main website…at least under the contact us page.)
@steamykitchen Jaden is a classy conversational social media maven of morsels to make your mouth water http://steamykitchen.com/ Check out her website for recipes, contests, tips & tricks, and her TV cooking show. Her website takes full advantage of all forms of outreach to customers via all forms of social media. She will reply if you send her a Tweet!
For those wanting to keep close tabs on the calories they consume, you’ll find this link helpful: http://nutritiondata.self.com/
To find more people on Twitter who are passionate about cooking try: http://twitter.com/#!/search/users/cooking
Second week’s focus was Artists in demonstrating their skills in any medium:
Really enjoyed doing searches on art (http://twitter.com/#!/search/%23art) and discovering a wide variety of people who qualify as master craftspeople down to those who really appreciate great art work!
@Lyne_Robichaud does some nice art work http://www.culturemauricie.ca/membres/view/479 handbags, topiary, jewelry.
@hildaneilypaint does some excellent Impressionistic Landscapes that you can view at http://hildaneilygallery.com/
@CrochetLibFront An exciting group of men and women who are crazy about crochetting! http://www.crochetliberationfront.com/
Third week was focused on Authors/Writers:
This week of exploration into passionately verbose people centered primarily around writers that wrote about a variety of topics but were incredibly engaging and funny people! This group of people were by far the most engaging, responsive, and conversational of all those I found on Twitter!
At the top of the list are two of Twitter’s favorite authors @ceebee308 (View Claude’s website here: http://bigceebee.webs.com/) and @LukeRomyn (view Luke’s website here: http://www.lukeromyn.com/ really comedians in disguise as suspense/mystery writers. Twitter followers have been signing this petition http://act.ly/2i7 to get Ellen Degeneres to host them on her show!
You can find a lot of other aspiring writers by checking out this Twitter search (http://twitter.com/#!/search/users/author)
Fourth week was retail sales:
This week of research was interesting following the Christmas rush and seeing what kind of bargains/sales were being discussed. I’ll list those who I found had the greatest number of users tweeting about the sales they found:
What’s most interesting about this week of observations is that there are seriously very few in the retail industry who have really captured an understanding of how to best use social media as part of their regular marketing and advertising campaign strategy. There are still several National chain stores and establishments that do not take advantage of this media platform to expand their markets and infect potential customers with their brands.