The Importance of Twitter Chats

I recently started getting involved in Twitter chats about a month ago, and I pretty much dived in head first not really knowing what to expect. The first few I remember just sitting back and watching my Twitter feed (under specific chats) just flood in with multiple tweets per second. Didn’t say much but rather watched the process of it all, who was heading it, what kind of responses were coming in and the unique interactions that were taking place. It didn’t take long for me to learn a few of the specifics and eventually start getting invited to other chats taking place throughout the week. I’d still consider myself a newbie as I’m learning something new every chat I “attend” – but for all those others out there who have yet to get involved I’ll start you off with a few beginner tips. If you’re a twitter chat pro please feel free to comment and pass some tips on my way!

1. Use www.TweetChat.com – type in the chat you’re attending at the top, this is a constant feed of tweets from that specific chat only. You don’t even need to add the hashtag at the end of your tweet, it already does it for you!

2. Download the Classic Retweet if you haven’t done so already, makes retweeting a breeze (note: there are different ones for Chrome & Firefox, etc).

3. Follow the people you’re interacting with, a majority of them have great future insight to PR, Social Media and Marketing – things your interested in. And they usually always respond with a mention or a follow back. I gain about 10+ new followers from every chat – you’ll eventually start recognizing their faces from other chats too.

4. After engaging in conversation with these people, send them a personal mention or message outside of the chat asking if they want to connect on LinkedIn. I’ve had multiple people even offer me recommendations or suggestions for places looking to hire. Twitter chats are a GREAT place to connect with people in your area of business.

5. After the chat is complete, send out a Tweet expressing a note of thanks to the person(s) who headed the chat, asked all the questions and provided some great answers. Even a tweet of thanks mentioning 5 or 10 new connections you made always helps to put a smile on their face. People like to be recognized, there’s no doubting that.

6. Each chat is usually only an hour long, with an average of 6 questions – trust me it’s worth your time and the connections made. It’s even possible to participate while having the Bachelor on in the background. 😉

Here’s a list of different chats I’ve taken place in over the past few weeks on a nightly basis that you may be interested in (central time):

Monday: #InternPro at 8:00pm, #JobHuntChat at 9:00pm

Tuesday: #LeadershipChat at 7:00pm, #LinkedInChat at 7:00pm, #GetRealChat at 8:00pm and #SMManners at 9:00pm

Wednesday: #GenYChat at 8:00pm, #ToolsChat at 9:00pm

Thursday: #b2bchat at 7:00pm, #MediaChat at 8:00pm

Sunday: #BlogChat at 8:00pm

What character do you play on Facebook? Twitter? LinkedIn?

The Difference Between the Three 

(From my perspective…)

 

Facebook is for those you personally know, you’ve met at least once face to face (hopefully). You learn (or don’t really learn) and read about things you shouldn’t care about, things that benefit you in no way what so ever. Facebook is where you can still pretend like you’re “young” and in college.

Twitter is for those people you wish you personally knew and could meet face to face. You learn and read articles posted by them about some of the most important things – things that will actually benefit you in your life and career. Twitter is where you act a little more mature and interact with other professionals – it’s not a friend “hangout.”

LinkedIn is for connecting with people you one day would love to do business with – you learn and read about events and companies you could actually see yourself becoming involved with at some point in your career. LinkedIn is where you shouldn’t be able to tell one’s age (besides basing it off the picture and graduation year), you should be nothing but professional on here.

So with that, feel free to add me on Twitter and LinkedIn – preferably not Facebook, since there’s probably a good chance we haven’t met face to face 🙂

Facebook Marketing Strategies

I recently began planning social media strategies for the new Laugh Factory here in Chicago – and we’ve just now created our presence online with the new Facebook and Twitter accounts. I’m constantly on Twitter reading new posts and links that other Social Media “gurus” are posting, trying to gain insight and tips on how to reach specific target markets. Anyways, I came across this little infographic and felt it was important enough to pass on. I chose to throw it in a blog post, figured it be easier for me to go back and look it on here rather than finding in it all my numerous tweets. Enjoy 🙂

While you’re at it, LIKE and FOLLOW the new Laugh Factory Chicago here:

http://www.facebook.com/ChiLaughFactory

http://twitter.com/ChiLaughFactory

A Social Media Obssesion

You know you’re obsessed with social media when the first things you do after your alarm goes off in the morning are… (via my iPhone mind you):

1. Check for any Twitter mentions

2. Read through the emails notifying me of my new Twitter followers

3. Check for any new notifications on Facebook

4. Check Instagram for any new followers or likes

5. Go to my Google+ app to view who’s added me to their circle

6. Check out my Chicago Groupon app to see what deals are popular (especially for dinner that day)

7. Head to my LinkedIn app to view the profile of who wants to connect with me

And then to make matters worse, after I spend 10 minutes doing all this on my iPhone, I head straight to my Mac and do it all over again, just so I can see it on a bigger screen or is it because I’m obsessed? Three other things I do once on my computer – (1) head to my iGoogle homepage where I’ve subscribed to and follow multiple RSS feeds of different blogs… all based around social media – here, I read up on any new interesting articles – which I usually end up Tweeting/Retweeting (2) I do a little stumbling on StumbleUpon to see if there’s anything worth sharing with my Twitter followers and (3) I head to my WordPress Blog account to check out my site stats/views/comments – and sometimes take a few minutes to write a blog post about something that is on my mind.

I think it’s safe to say I’m obsessed. I’m starting to become a real Social Media Enthusiast – and I’m not ashamed 😉