Twitter Dell Case Study : Dell makes $ 1 million in revenue via Twitter

by ZK on December 26, 2008


While a majority of web business and webmasters are debating whether Twitter is a good place to market their products has announced that it has made its first million via Twitter.

Dell says Twitter has produced $ 1 million over the past year and half through sales alerts. People who sign up to follow Dell receive messages or tweets when discounted products are available at the company’s Dell Home Outlet Store .

I am not surprised at this and you should not be if you know the power of Twitter as a marketing tool. It’s proved that its not only an updating tool but also has the capability to go viral.

Dell start to experiment with Twitter in March 2007, there are now 65 Dell accounts or Dell Twitter Groups on Twitter including Direct2Dell, StudioDell, DigitalNomads, and more with 2,475 followers for the Dell Home Outlet Store

What did Dell do to make it happen, while others are still playing the wait and watch game.

- Fast to adopt :
While its competitors watched how the new entrant to the social media scenario would perform Dell set up its strategy and used Twitter as a channel of distribution to sell their products, taking the leadership stance and approach.

- Segment users :
Dell had a very clear strategy and focus to leverage Twitter, its strategy revolved around studying the model and its users. Dell segmented twitter users demographically by setting up different twitter accounts (ie. They started Dell Twitter for NZ users , Dell Twitter for UK users, Dell Twitter for Canada users ) Each of these twitter accounts spoke to users in a different country with localised product offerings.

- Created special offering for each of its segments :

With the segmentation strategy was adopted for different markets, it backed it up with special offers for each of these segments. Thus adapting the ‘Think Global, Act Local’ approach for their overall Twitter marketing strategy.

- Created a following and build a trust factor :

Companies that have built communities have always been successful in selling their products. Dell leveraged its online brand identity and trust factor to create and build a large community on Twitter. They built a strong and loyal following of more than 2000 users.

- Targeted Sales messages to the community :

Once they had a following they strategically leveraged their offers and promotions in form of Tweets or messages on Twitter to their following.

Dell on Twitter is a good case study for any marketer and business owner skeptical about Twitter as an online distribution channel.


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Jonathan Muller @ How to Blog December 26, 2008 at 3:42 pm

Wow that’s awesome. Now that Dell has succeed in using it, I’m sure that tons of other producers will start doing it. I wonder how many hours it took to produce that first million, like if they got a good enough hourly wage to make it worth it. I think that’s awesome because most offline businessman thing twitter is a toy, and so for somebody to actually make money using it, is really encouraging.

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Tom - December 30, 2008 at 12:05 am

Wow! that is really cool. What I want to know is how Twitter makes money.

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ZK@Internet Marketing blog December 30, 2008 at 2:23 pm

They don’t have any revenue stream as of today…VC backing of about 20-30 million

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rent textbooks online August 19, 2010 at 12:51 pm

What exactly is the return that the VC’s are getting?

Taris Janitens December 26, 2008 at 3:58 pm

Wow!! That is a great return on a free service!! Assuming it is still free for dell to use like that

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ZK@Internet Marketing Blog December 26, 2008 at 8:32 pm

Hi Taris :

Twitter is a free service for everyone, they do not have any fees for anyone including large corporates.

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Dennis Edell December 27, 2008 at 8:32 pm

Not yet. ;)

Tara @ Affiliate Marketing Prodigy December 26, 2008 at 5:36 pm

That goes to show you exactly how powerful Twitter can be with the right audience!

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Blog for Bloggers December 26, 2008 at 8:51 pm

Nice write up.

I’ve been hearing soo much about twitter in the past month and with all these people pulling money and traffic out of twitter I think I need to start using it.

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Ben Pei December 27, 2008 at 11:42 am

Actually thats quite a motivation there huh.. But dell is a big company, can we get this result too?

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ZK@Internet Marketing Blog December 27, 2008 at 8:56 pm

I don’t see why any other online business can’t get results via Twitter, it’s certainly not like pay per click where a large organisation can get traffic and sales by bidding high on keywords.

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Wei Liang | Earn Money Online December 27, 2008 at 8:22 pm

It is really amazing to hear that twitter is helping so much in marketing. Even big companies like Dell is making use of Twitter. Thanks for the share.

Wei Liang

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Dennis Edell December 27, 2008 at 8:33 pm

Definitely not the norm, but something to think on for sure.

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ZK@Internet Marketing Blog December 27, 2008 at 8:57 pm

Success is always in the minority

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Ajith Edassery | DollarShower December 28, 2008 at 3:39 pm

1 million may be peanuts for a company that had 60 billion in revenues last year :) But it still shows (1) the power of twitter to generate leads and/or sales/pre-sales campaigns (2) the innovation of such companies to dig out all possible channels to improve their sales and bottomline. The web itself is diversified into numerous potenial channels to trigger sales and the organizations (even those orgs whose main business is not IT or IT related prods) need to innovate continously to sustain – especially under the current market conditions

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Shirley December 28, 2008 at 10:01 pm

I am happy to know that Dell keeps up with the goings on in the tech world. I know that Dell had been experiencing significant declines in sales, hopefully keeping up with ‘what’s new’ will help it bounce back… Although, $1 mil is just a drop in the bucket compared with its annual revenues…

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Smallblogger December 29, 2008 at 5:33 am

Whoa, dell is the first company to harness the leverage of twitter to increase sales. Increasing your sale just needs you to be innovative. I would be waiting for a success story likes this for a blogger?

André T December 29, 2008 at 8:29 am

Yeah thats pretty nice :)

When I started out people tolf me NOT to sell on Twitter…

André T

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Dennis Edell December 29, 2008 at 1:06 pm

You definite;ly don’t want to overdo it.

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Ben Pei@Make Money Online January 1, 2009 at 4:27 am

Hey I noticed a good growth in your PR there. All the best!

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Sire January 2, 2009 at 6:02 am

The thing is that it works well for them as they have a huge following, which is probably why we should all concentrate on building our own set of followers whether it’s from Twitter, subscribers or from social networking sites.

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Ari Lestariono January 3, 2009 at 10:43 pm

Great blog ZK, I enjoy and learn many things, I am making a new project to know where my blog limits, I want to make 1000 comments to top bloggers, in return I would have a unique backlinks, the time frame set around 2 weeks.Any input’s from your marketing expertise?thx in advance

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ZK January 4, 2009 at 12:44 pm

Depends on your site or blog niche, if its a health based blog or site you may want to comment on health blogs that way you ll get a very targetted audience for your site. You can find the top health blogs or any blog related to your niche on

Darren@Haiku January 4, 2009 at 6:19 am

Impressive. It’s interesting to see how such a large company was able to take a service that’s relatively recent and leverage it in a rather thoughtful way. The options for different, more personalized channels seem pretty well thought out too.

jons Gifts shop March 19, 2009 at 10:35 am

How do you make money from Twitter?Twitter has many appealing opportunities for generating revenue but we are holding off on implementation for now because we don’t want to distract ourselves from the more important work at hand which is to create a compelling service and great user experience for millions of people around the world. While our business model is in a research phase, we spend more money than we make.

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Shanavas@Make Money Online India March 20, 2009 at 3:04 am

I was thinking about how twitter is actually making money. Now I found the way to make sales using twitter.

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Ari Lestariono March 20, 2009 at 3:15 am

Nice, can you share the info with us of using twitter as sales, looking forward to learn from you.

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Used/Refurbished Laptops March 25, 2009 at 4:41 am

Wow that’s awesome. Now that Dell has succeed in using it, I’m sure that tons of other producers will start doing it.

Earn Money Writing April 22, 2009 at 9:17 am

Twitter is great for business.

It is great that many companies are taking advantage of this.

Brian@Medical Monitors June 12, 2009 at 8:06 am

Now with Dell’s success, I fear that Twitter will become a commercial zoo of endless offers. Other businesses will “smell” the money to be made and commercialize Twitter with offers.

I do applaud Dell for being creative and following the “think global and act local” strategy. It worked well for them.

Si@Leadership June 23, 2009 at 3:11 am

I wouldn’t say that just because they’ve made a million, that we can conclude that twitter is something that the business leadership figures should be devoted hefty budgets to. All dell has proven is that it can be used to update people on discounts, – heck, email was good for that.

$1m in sales for dell is a very small amount – considering their huge brand appeal and good value products – I’d be surprised if they couldn’t make $1m simply from using a service that tells people about their products.

Computer Repair Toronto June 29, 2009 at 10:39 pm

Many Computer Companies start doing business on twitter.

Love poems & Love Quotes July 4, 2009 at 1:58 pm

That’s pretty sweet! From what i can understand it’s hard to make any money on Twitter, who knows….that’s super awesome of Dell to make so much on there!

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Web Design Bangladesh July 8, 2009 at 2:41 am

twitter is a very good marketing tool and it is not hard to earn 1 million by that. I think this will increase lots in near future.

PC Repair London July 25, 2009 at 5:50 am

Well considering DELL is one hell of a large company, I’m sure they would be making more. But I wonder how much HP etc are making too.

I personally love Twitter!

Brad@office supplies August 20, 2009 at 9:18 am

Dell is just a small example of of how Fortune 500 companies are now taking advantage of the Twitter phenomenon. Professionals who are really learning the ins and outs of Twitter have a chance to market their services to these companies.

Best site hosting August 23, 2009 at 7:34 pm

I can see I very good use for this business model for almost anyone. Just release special coupons or offers via Twitter. When you see the coupon codes convert you’ll be able to track.
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kitchen taps August 24, 2009 at 5:35 am

Dell is the best comuper comany and twitter is nowadays growing very well as social networking site and micro-blogging services. When two greats meet something what you can find are success and profit.

Jacques @ Web Design September 17, 2009 at 2:11 am

This is a really awesome example of what can be done by leveraging the power of twitter. Dell jumped in long before other corporates were even thinking of getting their feet wet, and their success story should be enough to make people sit up and take serious notice!

oes tsetnoc November 19, 2009 at 7:42 pm

as what they say, early bird catches the worm and Dell just proved that with twitter..
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Ruben@AutoShipping February 7, 2010 at 11:33 pm

damn , 65 accounts !

Abby @ Alice of Wonderland Costume February 10, 2010 at 3:22 am

A company like Dell has so many resources and people it can dedicate to experimenting with systems like Twitter. Im sure they are always investing in experimentation with things such as Web 2…
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Aidan @ Market Samurai Review February 10, 2010 at 3:27 am

I use twitter all the time and find it to be a great tool. Once you get the hang of it there is so much you can put on autopilot that it really becomes quite easy to stay on top of. Twitter is a great way to keep in touch with followers in your particular niche…

helen@XP drivers March 12, 2010 at 7:11 am

what a big tweet!

anyway, I am a believer of tweeter’s power :)
thanks for sharing it :)
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Ben 10 Oyunları March 12, 2010 at 1:50 pm

That goes to show you exactly how powerful Twitter can be with the right audience!

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Dell, has already stabilize its brand/name… Is it possible to get that amount to?
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Laptop Repair Harrow April 10, 2010 at 4:18 am

DELL makes too much money but they have a lot of overheads too. People dont understand the real profit, it’s just a fraction of what you really see.

david May 16, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Thanks for this great article, it really goes to show the great return on investment that social media has to offer for businesses.

Ben from Sell Property Fast August 3, 2010 at 7:01 am

Twitter is definitely a big help in every business I can assure you that. And this post is a testimony that Twitter is a great place to advertise or promote. I can see the effects on my business too, even though I’m a newbie in this Twitter. I must say it’s awesome really!

Tony August 4, 2010 at 9:30 am

Twitter is very powerful. I wasn’t even aware of just how popular it was until recently. I’m thinking about joining forces as well. haha

rent textbooks online August 19, 2010 at 12:50 pm

That is really interesting. I do need to break down and start using twitter.

Free Voip Calls September 29, 2010 at 8:11 am

yup twitter is growing and can be good source for traffic as well…no wonder if dell is making so much money from twitter..

Iphone 4 Jailbreak August 25, 2010 at 7:45 am

dell streak coming soon , hope that makes it money too from social media

Cheap Voip Calls September 8, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Twitter is became of the major current search engines, no wonder dell makes millions. I too get many visitors from twitter not for selling though.

Sydney Painters November 25, 2010 at 2:19 am

I’ve seen so many businesses who engaged themselves into social networking sites. They even encourage their endorsers to help them with their twitter marketing. It help them achieve their increase in sales.

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