Novel Idea- Pick Up The Phone And Call Your Twitter Followers

by Chris Spoerl · 11 comments

Call Your Twitter Followers
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This is a guest post courtesy of my buddy and biz associate, who is one of the most sincere and genuine folks I’ve had the pleasure of making friends with via social media. 

Of course he’s the polar opposite of moi, because he actually LIKES talking to folks on the phone and meeting people on the realz. hehe

Not to say I hate meeting new people, I am just the type who tends to get a little anxious in social settings (I know, color you shocked right?) and so like many tend to do, I avoid things that make me uncomfy until I can’t anymore.

Phone calls and meet and greets included!

And I’ll be blunt.

While I admit meet and greets can be fun and have their uses, avoiding the phone isn’t just about anxiety for me, it’s about saving time. Phone calls just aren’t that fun when I consider them from that perspective.

I only have so many hours in a day to achieve what I want to achieve, so giving up that time to chit chat on the phone tends to be something I avoid like the plague. It’s much easier to practice brevity in an email than a phone call, without being construed as being rude or like I am rushing someone to hurry and hang up.

Don’t lie, you know this is true!

That said, Chris is right. There is a connection that happens when you actually speak to someone or meet them face to face, that for some folks just can’t happen via digital methods. I don’t count myself among those obviously but hey… everyone does what works for them.

The beauty of being self-employed is you can make those choices. Ha.  (Shhh! I know, I’m stubborn.)

Meet Chris

My name is Christian Spoerl with Call The Marketing Guy.Com.

I work in Digital Advertising, but at the end of the day I am a salesman, not a blog writer. (That’s Cori’s job.)

I know a lot of people think it’s a drag to pickup the phone and call people, (Cori included) but I think it’s the best way to build relationships.

It’s the best way to sell yourself and your personality.

The funny thing is that I would have never gotten to know Cori if I didn’t follow her on Twitter.

I thought she was an awesome blog writer and seemed like a good person.   So one day, after following the bread crumbs which led me to her website, I actually called her. (BGB note- he was lucky I picked up the phone! hehe)

We hit it off well, then started connecting more on Facebook and other Social Platforms.

The Bottom Line

Today, I consider Cori a great business partner and a personal friend.

I only associate myself with awesome people, and she is the queen of awesome.  God Bless. (BGB note- Ditto that Chris!)

What good is 100,000 Twitter followers or 5,000 Facebook Friends  if you don’t actually know them as a people ?

Unless we are Cylons, we are still human!

Things get lost in translation digitally, so it can’t hurt to pick up the phone and call people.

Social Is The Handshake Of Our Generation via @TedRubin talks about this.

Pony Up People

Now I understand that many people weren’t born with the gift of a gab like yours truly, and  that’s OK.

I guarantee you most people are just like you, and would NEVER expect someone from Social Media to reach out and contact them. It’s what makes this principle so powerful.

Regardless of whether or not you choose to do this yourself, I can tell you that I have met some great people from Twitter just by calling them.

@BigGirlBranding, @GailyW,  @TheNameIsCasie@OrlDivaRealtor, @RobinKarleskint just to name a few.

So.

Why not start a trend – #CallYourTwitterFollowers?

You may be surprised with the results.

Over to You

Do you ever pick up the phone and call the people you associate with on social media just for the heck of it? To make a real connection? What happened when you did? Please feel free to share in the comments below.

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Christian Spoerl April 18, 2013 at 7:34 AM

Thank you for the guest blog post Cori. I called yesterday, and I got your voicemail. Guess what? – I still LOVE YOU! Lesson learned is that we all have our strengths, and we need to focus on the things that work best for ourselves.
Christian Spoerl recently posted..Coffee With The South Tampa Neighbors On Social MediaMy Profile

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Cori April 22, 2013 at 7:49 AM

Hehe. Indeed m’dear. ;) Thanks for contributing. #followingmystrengthslikeamadwoman

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Alan Oliver April 23, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Interesting idea.
I must admit to having phone anxiety myself. Not sure I would use this technique myself but its great to get a new perspective on different ways to use social media to connect.

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Cori April 26, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Hey Alan! You’re in good company then. hehe ;) #anxietyriddenunited

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Shelley April 25, 2013 at 7:39 AM

I have started making connections with potential clients over the phone. I have not called any of my Twitter followers and would have never thought to contact them any way other than on Twitter. This post was great because it makes you think outside of the box. Great article!

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Cori April 26, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Hey Shelley! Glad Chris could give you a little eye-opener. He’s great at that. :) Do you find communicating with clients over the phone works better for you? I usually have kids underfoot all the time, so scheduling calls is sometimes difficult for me.

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Everett May 8, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Nice thorough information, thank you for this blog post! This should help those who also are having a hard time gaining more twitter followers for their presence!

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Cori May 11, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Thanks Everett, glad you enjoyed the read. :)

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Esther Paul June 1, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Interesting article… I was not aware of it at all.

I do interact with our Twitter Followers but haven’t called any of them directly.

Thanks for sharing Cori

Good Luck
Esther

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Tim April 5, 2014 at 5:47 PM

I guess with social media we have lots of ‘friends’ but the way we interact is changing. Picking up the phone or face to face is still the best way to interact.

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Cori Padgett-Bukowski April 9, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Hey Tim… yep, it’s definitely a new landscape these days. But I have to admit there’s a lot to be said for looking someone in the eye before working with them. While I’m a fan of our digital era, picking up the phone or meeting with someone personally does have it’s place and benefits.
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