Number seventeen of our weekly interviews in which we discover how real businesses are making Social Media work for them. Please meet Duncan Michael-MacGregor from Duck on Water.
Who are you and what do you do?
I run a website design business – Duck on Water. I offer web design (graphical design, user interface) as well as web development (coding, mechanics behind the website). I also offer a WordPress coaching and training service helping people to maintain their WordPress website as well as creating their own WordPress website.
How do you use Social Media?
The main social tool that I use is Twitter, although I am now starting to use LinkedIn as well. I spend on average 15 minutes a day on Twitter developing my reputation as a WordPress specialist. I share and promote all things WordPress as well as silly, fun links and banter with other web designers. I also use this time to keep an eye on what is going on within the web industry as emerging technologies and trends appear quickly.
As well as manual Tweets I use HootSuite to schedule useful links to automatically be shared.
Recently Gail Gibson (Business Coach & Social Media Marketing Trainer) and I, started hosting an open Twitter chat (#eyochat) every Tuesday between 1pm and 2pm. We set this up to get a dialogue going with business owners and online specialists, in order to help them out with Social Media Marketing and WordPress websites. Topics vary from website security, online reputation, how to engage website visitors to name a few.
Can you share a Personal Success Story?
I have had some jobs through Twitter, but the real success I have had from Twitter is the contacts that I have made with specialists that I can use to outsource particular pieces of work to. It has also been excellent for building my reputation as a WordPress expert.
Can you give our readers a top tip?
Be aware of your reputation on Twitter. Don’t get into a heated debate as it could damage your reputation, and stay clear of politics and religion.