Twitter helps marketers reach Super Bowl viewers.

Twitter is one of the fastest growing social media networks around. Recently surpassing 200 million monthly users, the microblogging site has its eyes set on new benchmarks and, with the Super Bowl just around the corner, Promoted Tweets and Topics may give advertisers an edge over the competition.

Promoted Topics studyAccording to Nielsen’s “The Social Media Report,” Americans spent 3.6 billion minutes accessing the Twitter mobile application between July 2011 and July 2012. The real-time social network provides members with a platform on which they can voice their opinions about newsworthy events, ranging from politics to entertainment to sport contests. Recently, Twitter announced that, similar to how broadcast networks up their advertising prices during the Super Bowl, the social network would charge more for Promoted Tweets, according to AYTM. This raises an important question – do Promoted Tweets provide enough ROI to support paying for them during trendy events?

Ask Your Target Market conducted a survey to discover just that and found only 8 percent of Twitter users pay attention to features like trending Topics every day. More, 15 percent said that they follow Twitter’s Trending Topics often, and 33 percent indicated that they sometimes pay attention to the topics. With few members noticing non-paid, organic Trending Topics, how do users engage with Promoted posts? AYTM found that 4 percent of people pay attention to Promoted Trend Topics more than regular ones, and 23 percent indicated that they pay just as much attention to the feature as the free options.

Perhaps most important for brands planning to use Twitter to promote products and services to Super Bowl viewers, AYTM found that 20 percent of those who pay attention to Trending Topics on Twitter will follow the action during major events like the Super Bowl. Therefore, social media marketing efforts that provide Twitter members with tasty nuggets of custom content can become effective lead generation tools, especially if Tweets show the brands’ true colors and touch on the game’s significance.

Ted Karczewski is an Executive Communications Associate at Brafton. He works to develop his own voice and apply his passions to the evolving world of SEO and content marketing, but he doesn't shy away from writing for fun. After graduating from Suffolk University, Ted used his Communications degree to test out Sports Journalism before Marketing at Brafton.