Hashtags You Should Know

Did you know that Twitter handles more search queries per month than Yahoo! and Bing combined?

I know many out there have been simply using Twitter as a social tool – chatting with others and  keeping in touch with my wolf pack – and for some reason it doesn’t occur that Twitter is also a powerful research tool.

Well, Twitter: message received.

Don’t just use Twitter to make connections: use it to stay on top of the latest trends in your industry, learn new skills, and become the entrepreneurial rock star you’ve always wanted to be.

Below are 20 hashtags you can use on your quest for total world domination.

#B2B Business to business.
#B2C Business to consumer.
#BizTip Business/entrepreneur tips
#business Business news & resources.
#consumers Discuss buying behaviors.
#DIY Combine with other business hashtags to learn new skills.
#entrepreneurs Meet others launching & running their own businesses.
#HowTo Combine with other business hashtags to learn new strategies.
#innovation Learn about others breaking the mold in their industry.
#marketing #mktg Marketing news, resources and best practices.
#networking Online & offline networking tips and best practices.
#retail Links & resources for the retail industry.
#smallbiz #smallbusiness Tracks conversations & small business resources.
#socialmedia #sm Insights & advice to refine social media strategy.
#startup #startups Startup news, resources and advice.
#tutorial Combine with other business hashtags to find specific tutorials.

No Better Tool

Chances are, as a small business owner, at least some part of your day is spent pondering exactly how to make your business stand head and shoulders above the rest.

It’s an important question and well worth whatever time you devote to answering it. Fortunately there are a few simple things you do right now, using social media, that will likely put you ahead of your competition, or at least on an even footing.

You should have a voice.  One of the most important elements every business needs is a unique voice and personality.  This is especially true online. People want to connect with other people, not nameless, faceless companies. Small businesses can set themselves apart from the pack by standing for something. What separates the companies with fans, from companies that compete on price is that they believe in something bigger than themselves.

One of the best ways to connect with people is to engage them emotionally is by sharing a common bond and rallying against a common threat.  This gets people to “buy in” emotionally and you’ll have a better chance of standing out from everyone else and sticking in their minds.

There’s no better tool for these things than social media!