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How to be Famous on Twitter by Deborah Lee at WiRE Lincoln

I have recently started doing more in person networking and on Monday went to my second WiRE Lincoln networking meeting at the Epic Centre at the Lincolnshire Showground.  I made the effort to go even though I had lots on that day, as Deborah Lee  was talking about Twitter, 3 steps to Social Media Fame.

Deborah Lee

Deborah Lee

I have been following @debsylee about as long as I have been on Twitter with my first account @GreenAspiration mainly due to the fact she was based in Lincolnshire and looked to be using Twitter regularly.  She kindly followed me back, which when you are starting out on Twitter means a lot.  At present Deborah has 140,000 Followers and earlier this year was included in the Forbes Top 20 Women Social Media Influencer List 2013 followed by the Forbes Top 50 Social Media Influencers 2013 (men and women).  Deborah started out on Twitter in May 2009 and attributes her success on Twitter to being consistent, authentic, helpful, generous and positive, and focusing on quality engagement. In Deborah’s opinion numbers do matter and believes she would not have been in the Forbes list if she had only 4,000 followers, however you also need quality engagement and to communicate with other Twitter users.  I also believe you have to share quality content, which Deborah does in her Tweets and on her blog.  Some more of Deborah’s tips include:

  • Know why you are on Twitter and in Deborah’s opinion that should be to achieve fame in your field of expertise, so show that you are knowledgeable and good at what you do.
  • Allocate time to Twitter every day and be consistent with when you are on Twitter, same time everyday.
  • Do not expect overnight success
  • Focus on the connections that you make
  • Profiles are everything so put effort into writing yours and have a professional photo taken
  • Never get drawn into online arguments
  • Aim high – don’t limit yourself
  • Be sassy
  • Follow back, unless the account looks like a spammer, you never know who is going to want to work with you or who will retweet you.

Find out more information about Deborah Lee on her blog and website. – blog – online training

There were other fantastic business women at the networking meeting including:

  • Sarah Ray, who is Listers new Fleet Manager
  • Naomi Jane Johnson, who runs Purrfectly Social and is a Wikaniko consultant
  • Mel Downing who is a homeopath and helps dogs with behavioural problems
  • Julie Bailey from Andrew & Co Solicitors, who is head of the Family Team
  • Lorraine Bellis of Bellis Perennis, who trains people how to grow their own veg
  • Sandra Bird of An Shen Acupuncture helping people to feel better
  • Rebecca Smith from Working Links who helps people get into work.
  • Zoe of Epix Media Ltd for business videos especially timelapse
  • Emma McDaid- Smith of My Live Well World who offers flexible working opportunities based around selling Aloe vera and bee hive products
  • Rachel Linstead of Firecracker, a business improvement specialist and nutritional therapist.
  • And me Jackie Elton of Social Media Lincs and Green Aspirations selling environmental and ethical gifts.

I love networking, especially as you can get to know people and their businesses.  Do you prefer to network in person or online?

If you like to network in person and live in Lincolnshire why not come to the next WiRE Lincoln meeting on Monday 19th August 10am – 12pm at the Epic Centre on the Lincolnshire Showground nr Lincoln.



Twitter Basics Part 1 – Profile

Benefits to a complete Twitter Profile


Twitter is a great way to network and promote your business, however to do this efficiently and effectively you need to know certain Twitter hints and tips.  Lots of businesses start out on Twitter, some get Twitter and take to it like a duck to water.  Other businesses don’t get it and give up, because they don’t get any interaction and can’t see the point.  I want to help more businesses understand how Twitter works, so today I will explain why you need to complete your Twitter Profile.

Your Twitter Profile and your tweets are what people see and what helps them to decide whether to follow you or not.  Your profile consists of your profile picture, a header image and your bio.  If you don’t upload a profile picture, your avatar will be an egg, most people don’t follow users with an egg as their profile image.  Your profile picture should be the same across all your social media sites and should not change.  Some people use their logo and some people use a picture of themselves.  The other part to your profile is your Bio which is a maximum of 160 characters, don’t waste characters putting a website as you can add that separately.

Here is my bio from my Social Media Lincs account.

Social Media Lincs Twitter Profile

In my bio I mention what I do and how I can help you.  I use keywords that people might search for, as another reason to complete your profile is that Twitter uses the words in your bio in it’s search facility.

Here is a made up example of a bio that wouldn’t be great for helping your business to be found.

“We have been selling top quality, affordable homeware since 1990. Please follow us to find out about our new products & events.”

The above bio wouldn’t get me following you and it isn’t great for being found in search.  A better bio would include names of brands you sell or the products you sell.

In this video I show you how to edit your Twitter profile and why it is important to have a good bio on Twitter


If you have found this useful please share it with your friends and followers.

This post was updated on 13th May 2015.

To learn how to use Twitter to promote your business, join my 30 days to Twitter Success course.

Easter Social Media Offer

As my way of saying Happy Easter to 10 lovely people I am offering a never to be repeated special Easter Social Media Offer.

1hr of Social Media advice from me for just £10

That is way better than half price as I usually charge £25 per hour when working 1 to 1 with someone.  So for £10 you get me for an hour discussing whatever you want about social media via a landline number or Skype.  So if you are great on Facebook but want to learn more about Twitter then that is what we can talk about.  However, if you are doing brilliantly on Facebook and Twitter but want to know about Google + or Pinterest then we can talk about that instead.

So how can you be one of the lovely 10 people that work with me for just £10?

Firstly sign up for my newsletter using the box at the top of this page, then send me an email at with your twitter id, facebook page link, what you would like to talk about and some times that would be good for the call. Then I will email you with details of how to pay and when I will call you, if you are one of the lucky 10 people.

To be eligible for this offer you need to either follow me on twitter @GreenAspirations or have liked my Business Mums Lincs page on facebook.

So sign up for my newsletter now to get an hours Social Media advice for just £10. I can’t wait to get to know you and work with you to make your social media shine!

Offer ends 9pm on Easter Monday.


One of last years chicks



5 things to tweet about!

When you are starting out on Twitter one of the most common questions that people ask is, “What should I tweet about?” To start with you wonder whether anyone will be interested in what you have to say. These ideas can be used for Twitter but can also be used for updating your status on Facebook and Google +.

Firstly ask yourself why you are using Twitter? The answer should be, to create relationships with business contacts or customers. Keep this in mind when you are tweeting. You also want to be interesting, informative or helpful so that people follow you.

Top 5 things to tweet about?

1)     Say a friendly hello

If you have followed someone and you want to start interacting with them, send them a friendly hello tweet.

2)      An interesting blog post

If you have a blog then you can promote your own posts. Or you can share blog posts or other links that you have found informative or useful.

3)      A link to a video

This could be a How to Tutorial, a music video, a video you have done or a funny video you have found on YouTube.

4)      Retweet a tweet

If someone has written a tweet you like or agree with Retweet it. Or if someone has mentioned you in a tweet saying how great you are, then Retweet it.

5)      Thank you for the follow

If you want to interact with someone, thank them for following you.

What do you tweet about?