5 Habits of Successful Hunting Business Owners on Twitter

This post is inspired by 5 Habits of Successful Executives on Twitter by Bruce Philp (@brandcowboy) of BrandCowboy.com on Mashable.com (@mashable).

Twitter is about making connections.

Connecting With Twitter

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If you’re the CEO of a hunting business I suggest the article above for reading on how some CEOs successfully use Twitter to make connections with their customers as themselves and on behalf of their businesses.

There is a crucial point in the previous sentence worth repeating:

“…make connections with their customers both as themselves and on behalf businesses.”

Smart CEOs know how to separate themselves from their company. They know when it’s important to be the face of the company and when it’s important to let the employees or the product or the service or in other words the brand be the face of the company.

Twitter is about making connections both as yourself and as the brand of your business.

It’s important to remember that all of your Tweets and actions on Twitter (and anywhere) should be about adding value for your customer.

With that in mind, I thought I would highlight a few of the remarkable hunting business owners who have done a great job using Twitter to make connections and add value with and for their customer.

Also, you can follow me on Twitter @DayneShuda.

1. Highlight other people (including your customers)

One of the best things you can do to add value for your current or potential customers or for your peers in the hunting industry is to highlight them and talk about how great they are.

Your clients will appreciate the kind gesture if you tweet about them. Your followers will see your tweet and possible follow your client. There is also the chance someone may find your client and become their customer.

Your own potential clients will also want to connect with you because you’re the kind of person/business who takes the time to recognize their remarkable clients. (See @RosenhausSports for an example of this).

Here, Sherry does a wonderful job of raving about highlighting Alan Clemons (@BigAlFishes).

Sherry Kerr Outdoor Media Resources

Tweeter: Sherry Kerr (@SherryinAL)

Hunting Business: Outdoor Media Resources

2. People love pictures, images, and video

Whether it’s offline or on the Web, it’s a simple fact that people love pictures, images, and video.

People are visual and adding just a little something more to your tweets can make you and your hunting business stand out.

For any hunting business, visuals and video are great ways to enhance the connections you make with your clients.

Check out the tweet from Mike Bishop of Windy Hill Outfitters.

Mike Bishop Windy Hill Outfitters

Tweeter: Mike Bishop (@WHOutfitters)

Hunting Business: Windy Hill Outfitters

3. You can get personal

As with any aspect of your hunting business, it’s alright to be an actual human being (with feelings, emotions, and regard for your client’s well-being).

People connect with people and your clients and potential clients are looking to connect with you and the other people in your business. This can get tricky since you want to have a nice balance of personal branding while making sure you keep the focus on your business where appropriate.

Kendall Card Camofire

Tweeter: Kendall Card (@CamoFire)

Hunting Business: Camofire.com

4. Respond and answer questions

Interacting with your followers on Twitter is one of the simplest yet most effective ways to make meaningful connections.

When you’re on Twitter, make sure you answer questions (even if not asked of you directly) for others on Twitter. People really respond strongly when someone (especially a business owner) reaches out to help them (with no strings attached).

Andrew Bennet Deneki Outdoors

Tweeter: Andrew Bennett (@deneki)

Hunting Business: Deneki Outdoors

5. Encourage others

Sometimes your customers just need a little encouragement for them to do remarkable things.

If you can offer just a bit of encouragement to others you can change the way they feel about themselves. People like to feel encouraged in life about their ideas and thoughts. When you reassure people and even offer your own advice you can make some valuable connections with hunters.

Take the simple steps to make the day of others while you’re using Twitter (and while interacting anywhere regarding life and business) and you’ll benefit from the valuable connections you’ll make.

Ben Gustafson Ben G Outdoors

Tweeter: Ben Gustafson (@BenGOutdoors)

Hunting Business: Ben G. Outdoors

Bonus – 6. Giveaways never hurt

People love to win stuff.

If your business has the opportunity to offers giveaways you can generate some faithful followers on Twitter.

You can also share the giveaways that other businesses are offering.

While offering giveaways is great for you own business, you will also be seen as a valuable Tweeter if you share valuable information in your Tweets like the giveaways of others.

Businesses love when you share their giveaways also. It’s another great way to make connections with peers in the hunting industry as well as with hunters (and potential clients).

Kevin Paulson of Hunting Life on Twitter

Tweeter: Kevin Paulson (@HuntingLife)

Hunting Business: Hunting Life

Bonus #2 – 7. Excitement and passion are contagious

People love being around people who are passionate about anything, but they especially love being around people who share their same passions.

Don’t afraid to share your excitement and passion on Twitter.

Share your experiences on Twitter and hunters will be drawn to you and want to connect with you and your business.

Jason FLW Magazine

Tweeter: Jason (@FLW_Magazine)

Hunting Business: FLW Outdoors

Summary

It’s often the simplest gestures that make lead to the best connections on the Web. You don’t have to do something complicated to properly use Twitter. Focus on adding value to the lives of others by being meaningful, valuable, simple, and remarkable on Twitter (and other social media) and you’ll have success that may lead to increased business.

Check out previous posts related to Twitter:

What is the Point of Twitter?

Use Twitter to Improve Your Hunting Business

10 People All Hunters Should Follow on Twitter

Related posts on Hunting Business Marketing

5 Examples of Hunting Businesses that Get It

Reviews of Remarkable Hunting Blog Posts

The Top Hunting Blogs: Part 1

Related posts on the Web

10 Twitter Tools to Organize Your Tweeps

Top 5 Twitter Related Trends to Watch

Twitter Spam: 3 Ways Scammers are Filling Twitter With Junk

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8 thoughts on “5 Habits of Successful Hunting Business Owners on Twitter”

  1. Love it – I think the trickiest part of being a good Tweeter is separating business and personal…how personal do you want to be? Sometimes I forget that I’ve got business contacts that read my tweets – and making statements about my wife getting ready to have a baby is one thing…it’s completely another to go off on a tangent about how much I hate my 9-5 job. (yes, those were actual tweets from me!)

    I think people like to connect personally with their business contacts, but they don’t want to be burdened with a whiner or someone that shares too much of their personal life.

    Another way to use twitter – it has replaced my short emails…when I need to set up a meeting, I do it through direct messaging on Twitter. Maybe I’m weird to do it that way, but it works for me.

  2. @Tom – I agree with you about personal/business being the most difficult. Business owners are passionate about both and it’s difficult to know when to separate the two.

    Great point about Twitter replacing email. It’s good that it works for you as a business and personal tool in that way.

    Thanks again Tom.

  3. Tom is right, it’s hard to separate the personal and business sometimes. However, it’s been my experience that if you are yourself “warts and all”, you will attract more business than if you are out there wearing your business hat all the time.

    Twitter has become my best form of advertising.

  4. Thanks for including my tweet as an example. One thing I’ve found about working in the hunting industry is that the lines between business and friendship are easily blurred. Most people in the hunting/outdoors industry are there because of a contagious, shared passion. It’s hard not to share those friendships, successes, and opportunities with others on Twitter, and sometimes, the bonus is that business opportunities arise from it. Like Cory, I’ve found that Twitter has become a great resource — although that wasn’t my purpose in being there and I seldom tweet about my business.

  5. @Sherry, you’re welcome.

    That is interesting about seldom sharing tweets about your business.

    I see you and Cory as hunting business leaders not only on Twitter, but on the Web so this is valuable insight for myself and others.

    Thanks for sharing.

  6. I guess I am doing something right lol :). Thanks for using me as an example Dayne. Being relatively new to the hunting industry I have been trying my best to make as many contacts as possible. Twitter has worked out well along with some other social media networking sites. One thing I would like to add, don’t be afraid to contact any one on twitter. At first I was very hesitant to say much of anything to any one. The worst thing that can happen is someone ignoring your tweet. More often then not every one or some one is going to responed.

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