If you are a Twitter user, you may know about the tradition of “Follow Friday,” which is when Twitter users recommend some of the people they follow to their network. What’s nice about it is that you can find some great new people to follow, who can enhance the conversation that you’re following on Twitter.
For those that don’t use Twitter, let me explain a bit about how this all works. When you choose to follow someone on Twitter, it’s typically because they regularly “tweet” about things that interest you. They share links to articles that provide you with value, engage you in conversation, or in some other way share thoughts and ideas that benefit you in some way. They typically do not flood Twitter with broadcast messages to try to get you to buy their stuff (or join their team.) Rather, they contribute to a thoughtful discourse that helps you learn and grow. This is the true value of Twitter, and one of the reasons it has such a devoted group of users. You can learn something new every day, if you’re following the right people.
So Follow Friday can be a great way to find other people that will bring you value. This only works, however, if the people recommending explain WHY they think the person is worth following. Then you can decide if the person being recommended will bring you value too.
Some people recommend the people they’re following right within Twitter. But then you only get 140 characters to explain why you think someone should be followed. So there has also been a trend recently where recommendations are being moved to people’s blogs. I thought that today I would follow that trend, and recommend some people on Twitter within the direct selling industry that I think are worth a follow. Keep in mind that this is not a comprehensive list. I do hope that if your favorite direct sales or network marketing Twitter user is not in the list below, you’ll share their Twitter ID in the comments below, and tell us why you enjoy their tweets.
So now, without further ado, here’s a list of some of my favorite direct selling tweeters:
- Brett Duncan (@bdunc1): Brett is the senior director of web marketing for Mannatech. He actively engages in the Twitter conversation, shares great resources, and is someone who “gets” that Twitter is about dialog and conversation, not broadcasting just what you want to say. I had the great pleasure of meeting Brett at the DSA meeting on social media in December, and have a lot of respect for his work.
- Jackie Ulmer (@jackieulmer): Jackie is a leader with a network marketing company that retails candles, and what I love about her is how much information she shares freely about successfully working a direct sales business.
- Julie Anne Jones (@julieannejones): Julie Anne is a party plan trainer who “gets it” when it comes to social media. She was one of the first of the traditional trainers in our industry to embrace social media, and she actively employs a content marketing strategy to provide a TON of value. I’ve had the opportunity to partner with Julie Anne on a few occasions, and know how fabulous her content is.
- Creative Memories (@Creative_Mems): Creative Memories “gets it” when it comes to using a Twitter account to build relationships and provide value, and not just because they’re my client. 🙂 Creative Memories uses their Twitter account to provide lots of project ideas, as well as engaging in regular conversation with their followers.
- Heshie Segal (@HeshieSegal): Heshie is another leader with a network marketing company that focuses on health and wellness. She shares great tips about healthy living, and is excellent at engagement! She’s another great follow.
So that’s my initial list. There are plenty more where that came from, and I’ll share more with you in the future. If you’ve got some great Twitter users from within our industry that you follow, please share them below! Oh, and if you do comment (and use Twitter), please share with us your Twitter ID too. I would love to follow you (if I’m not already)!
And if you’re not yet following me, please join me on Twitter at @JenFongSpeaks.