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Why Product Managers MUST Emulate Twitter

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Why Product Managers Must Emulate Twitter — Presentation Transcript

from Rule 13: Emulate Twitter

42 Rules of Product Marketing


1. Why Product Managers MUST Emulate Twitter! March 24, 2012 Presentation

Cindy F. Solomon , CPM/CPMM cindy@prodmgmttalk.com @cindyfsolomon

Founder, Global Product Management Talk http://www.prodmgmttalk.com @prodmgmttalk


2. Cindy F. Solomon

• Founded The Global Product Management Talk

• Pioneering Socratic format for Twitter Chats to cultivate globalknowledge communities

• Over 15 years experience in product management and productmarketing management of web, services and software at SiliconValley companies including Apple, Vadem, NetObjects andstartups. Previously with Fortune 500s including AmericanExpress and Radio Shack.• AIPMM Certified Product Manager & Certified ProductMarketing Manager

• Serial entrepreneur, consultant, facilitator, and early adopter

Cindy F. Solomon , CPM/CPMM cindy@prodmgmttalk.com @cindyfsolomon Founder, Global Product Management Talk http://www.prodmgmttalk.com @prodmgmttalk 2


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The product marketing manager serves as the conduit of relevant information for internal and external stakeholders. In an Agile world, product marketers must master the most efficient means available to engage in real time product/market conversations. Twitter is today’s tool.


5. Jonathan Zittrain said… “The qualities that make Twitter seem inane and half-baked are what make it so powerful.”

Jonathan Zittrain, Harvard Law professor, Internet Expert, Author



Develop and share content that is precise, short, laser focused, intentional, informative and interesting.


7. Solomon says…

A tweet is limited to 140 characters.

Be terse.

Develop and share content that is precise, short, laser focused, intentional, informative and interesting.



Twitter is public and archived on the web.

Be open to discovering the value of the product from others’ perspectives.


9. Dick Costello, Twitter CEO, says…

"Pay careful attention to the things that people do with your technology/service/product, because some of them may have discovered a powerful use for it that has completely evaded you."




Twitter works across all platforms, operating systems and devices. Tweets are viewable from Twitter website, mobile apps, SMS/text messages, Facebook and LinkedIn status updates.

Product positioning and messaging should be:

  • Integrated across all media to guarantee consistency and trustworthiness,
  • Optimized to take advantage of the strengths of each platform, and
  •  Targeted to emphasize the unique value for each audience.  



The ability of a system/network/process to grow quickly and/or gracefully accommodate and facilitate spikes in growth. 

  • Create content that easily grows and extends reach:
    • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and glossaries. 
    • Include key words optimized for search engines.
  • Incentivize audience to add content:
    • Forums for customer support and discussions,
    • Forms for customer supplied testimonials and case studies,
    • Wikis and blogs.
  • Crowdsource and bundle content for on-demand reading:
    • Create product related hashtags for twitter chats,
    • Capture audience tweets into transcripts.




12. Listen & Monitor

  • Search Twitter for product related terms, issues and events.
  • Create and follow networks of your target audience and market space.
  • Identify thought leaders, prominent bloggers and competitors to follow and analyze their behavior and connections.
  • Use Twitter lists to categorize tweeters.


13. Create & Broadcast

  • Tweet valuable information worth re-tweeting at optimal times to promote product lines, provide incentives, rewards, invitations, and share industry news. 
  • Format tweets: “Please retweet: [article name] [by @author] [shortened URL] [optional comment] [#hashtag]”
  • Employ URL shorteners to save space, such as bit.ly or tinyurl.com  
  • Attach #hashtags of keywords to increase likelihood of tweet being indexed by Twitter search


14. “Please Retweet: [article name] [by @author] [shortened URL] [optional comment] [#hashtag]”.


15. Analyze & Track

  • Identify tweeting behavior patterns and determine metrics:
  • Study how timing and headlines affect retweets,
  • Label “Favorites” to save highlights and testimonials,
  • Monitor “Follower count” to measure distribution power, 
  • Track number of “@Replies” to measure community engagement, 
  • Utilize URL shorteners that provide additional data. 


16. Engage & Dialogue

  • Develop trust:
  • Be human, consistent, relevant, and unique. 
  • Be generous, attentive and positive with information and feedback.
  • Ask questions, agree, or challenge politely to trigger and extend specific conversations. 
  • Acknowledge and reply (@twittername) back when people tweet you.
  • Retweet (RT) valuable information worth sharing and thank people for retweeting. 
  • Use Direct Message (@DM) to private message a follower. DMs won’t be listed in public twitter stream.
  • Host, sponsor & participate in regular Twitter Chats to extend community vibrancy, increase followers and deepen relationships.


17. Thank you!

Join weekly on Global Product Management Talk



@cindyfsolomon @prodmgmttalk



Please connect with me! http://www.linkedin.com/in/cfsolomon via cfsolomon@gmail.com


Presentation sponsored by The Association of International Product Marketing and Management (AIPMM)



Comments (1)

Cindy F. Solomon said

at 9:34 pm on Mar 27, 2012

Participants asked great questions about tools, best practices, strategies, approaches to using Twitter effectively.

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