10 tips for B2B businesses to increase Twitter reach
Twitter as a marketing tool isn’t just for consumer-facing brands, it’s a powerful way to reach other businesses too. The trick to this is to be consistent, helpful and to find a way to cut through the chatter of all the other B2B businesses on the social network. Here are our top 10 tips.
Images will show in someone’s Twitter feed and will draw their eye, even if it’s a stock photo, to what you have to say. Experiment with graphics that help to illustrate a blog post or statistic as these can say so much more than a text-only tweet.
Use video content
Video content (either uploaded through Twitter or via YouTube) will also show in a user’s news feed. As well as drawing attention to your tweet, video content is a great way to engage with users. It might be a product demonstration, promotional video or something a little more light-hearted but it’s a great way to get around subjects that may appear a little dry when simply written down - as is often the case in so any forms of business.
Show your expertise
Share your expertise on Twitter and establish yourself as a leader in your industry. This branding exercise is not only good for your image but it also builds trust. Once you have the trust of those who follow you, they’ll be more likely to share your content.
Create content people will want to share
Think about the kind of content you like to share and work out a way in which you can emulate this. Graphs and stats are often a good go-to but experiment with video content too.
Use relevant hashtags
Don’t overuse hashtags in a tweet but one or two relevant ones will help people to find your content, even if they don’t already follow you. Use a service like hashtagify.me to look at the popularity of your chosen hashtag and any others that might relate to it. While using popular tags are good, you’d be better off using something niche too so you can really target people who would be interested in the content.
Engage with the people you follow
Twitter is like a busy room; don’t just stand there and chatter away because people probably won’t listen. Actively engage with them and they’ll be more likely to listen in the future.
Use the Twitter search
Search for your brand name, as well as keywords related to your business on a regular basis. You’ll find out what your competitors are up to, may find opportunities for a sale or collaboration, and will find mentions of your brand where your username wasn’t included.
Schedule tweets at the times your customer base is active
If you work internationally with a lot of overseas customers, you need to think about the times they might be awake and looking at Twitter. If you don’t know when the majority of your followers are active, you can use Moz’s Followerwonk tool to analyse your account. As well as a number of other stats, you’ll see a graph that shows you when your followers are at their most active.
Keep an eye on what works
Twitter’s built in analytics is a great way to see what tweets are working and how your reach is improving. Looking at this on a regular basis is a great way to continue the hard work you’ve been doing while cutting down on the activities and content types that haven’t been as successful.
Retweet and like
No one wants to see a timeline full of retweets so use these sparingly. Share content from your partners and trusted sources but think carefully about the content you are sharing so you can be sure it’s relevant to your audience.
Twitter has done away with favourites and you can now like tweets. If there’s something that interests you, or something you’d like to acknowledge, hit that like button. It’s a good way to get your name into that user’s notifications as well as to show you appreciate their content.
Getting the most out of Twitter is all about taking the time to engage with your followers and get to know them. Once you know what they want and are interested in sharing, you can start crafting relevant content and media.
Ultium Cells LLC/Li-Cycle: Sustainable Battery Manufacturing
Ultium Cells LLC - a joint venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solutions - has announced its latest collaboration with Li-Cycle. Joining forces the two have set ambitions to expand recycling in North America, recycling up to 100% of the scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing
What is Ultium Cells LLC?
Announcing their partnership in December 2019, General Motors (GM) and LG Energy Solutions established Ultium Cells LLC with a mission to “ensure excellence of Battery Cell Manufacturing through implementation of best practices from each company to contribute [to the] expansion of a Zero Emission propulsion on a global scale.”
Who is Li-Cycle?
Founded in 2016, Li-Cycle leverages innovative solutions to address emerging and urgent challenges around the world.
As the use of Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries in automotive, industrial energy storage, and consumer electronic applications rises, Li-Cycle believes that “the world needs improved technology and supply chain innovations to better recycle these batteries, while also meeting the rapidly growing demand for critical and scarce battery-grade materials.”
Why are Ultium Cells LLC and Li-Cycle join forces?
By joining forces to expand the recycling of scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing in North America, the new recycling process will allow Ultium Cells LLC to recycle cobalt, nickel, lithium, graphite, copper, manganese and aluminum.
“95% of these materials can be used in the production of new batteries or for adjacent industries,” says GM, who explains that the new hydrometallurgical process emits 30% less greenhouse gases (GHGs) than traditional processes, minimising the environmental impact. Use of this process will begin later in the year (2021).
"Our combined efforts with Ultium Cells will be instrumental in redirecting battery manufacturing scrap from landfills and returning a substantial amount of valuable battery-grade materials back into the battery supply chain. This partnership is a critical step forward in advancing our proven lithium-ion resource recovery technology as a more sustainable alternative to mining, " said Ajay Kochhar, President, CEO and co-founder of Li-Cycle.
"GM's zero-waste initiative aims to divert more than 90% of its manufacturing waste from landfills and incineration globally by 2025. Now, we're going to work closely with Ultium Cells and Li-Cycle to help the industry get even better use out of the materials,” added Ken Morris, Vice President of Electric and Autonomous Vehicles, GM.
Since 2013, GM has recycled or reused 100% of the battery packs it has received from customers, with most current GM EVs repaired with refurbished packs.
"We strive to make more with less waste and energy expended. This is a crucial step in improving the sustainability of our components and manufacturing processes,” concluded Thomas Gallagher, Chief Operating Officer, Ultium Cells LLC.