20 Terrific Tweet Chat Suggestions
The tweet chat tips in this post are a great way to have awesome Twitter chat and position yourself as a leader in your niche.
Tweet chats are a powerful way to reach your Twitter audience and increase your influence on social media.
Here are some of the benefits of hosting and participating in Tweet chats:
- Position yourself as an authority
- Build more brand awareness
- Build relationships with influencers
- Get More Twitter Followers
- Connect with a wider audience
- Present relevant, helpful and useful content on a topic
- Establish yourself as an expert
What is a tweet chat actually? A tweet chat is a live Twitter event where all questions focus on a common topic.
Sometimes people call tweet chats Twitter chats. These two terms mean the same thing, but I prefer the term tweet chat.
Usually there is a moderator and a host or several co-hosts who run the chat. The moderator asks the questions and the hosts begin the conversation by answering the questions and engaging with the audience.
Official tweet chat hashtags are used to keep the conversation in common threads.
There is also a set time set so that everyone is on the same page when the tweet chat takes place.
Here are twenty of my top tweet chat tips so you can destroy them the next time you attend one of these great Twitter events.
1. Promote your tweet chat in advance
By promoting your tweet chat in the weeks and days leading up to it, you increase your chance that it will be successful.
One way to do this is to create a social tile that you can easily share with your social networks to help spread the word.
Below is an example of a social tile from a tweet chat I recently co-hosted for IBM.
2. Participate before you host
By joining tweet chats before hosting, you will learn firsthand how a tweet chat works.
If your responses stand out, there is a good chance that you will be invited to join or host a chat in the future.
3. Introduce yourself and announce your tweet chat
Delight people with a fun intro tweet and let people know your tweet chat is about to start and how to join in.
4. Choose a custom tweet chat hashtag
By creating a custom tweet chat hashtag, everyone can easily keep track of the conversation.
The potential bonus effect of this is that if enough people are using your hashtag it can lead to your tweet chat trend.
If your tweet chat is trending, it can bring a lot of new people into the conversation and generate a lot of additional exposure to the topics you are dealing with.
5. Create pictures with the tweet chat questions and hashtag
Make it clear who is leading and moderating the conversation with branded graphics with questions about the tweet chat and hashtag.
The following graphic from Hootsuite is a good example of how to properly use images for a tweet chat.
6. Keep your questions short and sweet
As you probably already know, Tweets can only be up to 140 characters long.
Since you want people to engage with your content, make your questions short and straight to the point.
This allows people to reply concisely and still have room to include your tweet chat hashtag.
7. Pre-write your tweet chat responses
Pre-tapping your tweet chat responses will give you more time to think about it and help them research.
That way, you can quickly answer the questions in the tweet chat and then focus on the answers that other people are sharing.
8. Create a Facebook tweet chat event
By creating a Facebook event for a chat, you can invite people you know personally to join your tweet chat.
IBM does this within the futuristic tweet chat community hosted by futurists, and it works quite well.
9. Make chatting more fun with GIFS
According to Tyler Menzel, the editor-in-chief of GIPHY people who use GIFs in messages, they are 30 percent more likely to get a response and more likely to make conversations twice as long.
While I don’t have any GIF reports that are directly related to Twitter, my personal experience has been that tweets that contain GIFs are often more engaging than tweets with plain text. So I definitely recommend using GIFs in tweet chats.
10. Invite influencers to participate
Invite special guests and influencers to participate to maximize the reach and engagement of your tweet chat.
This can lead to a win / win situation where the knowledge of the influential person adds value and more people get involved because the influencer involves their audience.
Tweepsmap, Followerwonk, and Buzzsumo are three cool tools you can use to find influencers.
11. Choose a tweet chat time tactfully
You can use Twitter analytics tools to determine the best time of day to tweet based on your circumstances.
The following graphic was created for me by Tweepsmap based on my Twitter followers and their time zones.
If you schedule a tweet chat so that your tweets have the greatest reach, then you are giving your tweet chat questions the greatest chance of engaging your followers.
12. Add your chat to a Twitter chat directory
The Tweet Reports website has a Twitter chat schedule that you can add your Twitter chat to.
Twubs also has a Twitter chat list where you can promote your tweet chat or find one to join.
13. Connect with people participating in the chat
If you’re active in tweet chats, you’ll find that a lot of people will follow you if they like the replies and content you share
You can amplify this effect and get more Twitter followers by engaging with people in a tweet chat and then connecting with them.
When you connect with people you tweeted chat with, the follow back rate is very high.
14. Reward people for participating
Show appreciation for those who participate by retweeting the valuable insights they share.
The more you can thank attendees, the better your chances of them engaging with you and participating in chats that you host in the future.
Gift certificates, free trials, or exclusive coupons for your product or service are three ways you can reward people for participating in your tweet chat.
15. Use the tweet chat tools
Tweet chat apps can help manage a bit of the chaos of a tweet chat.
The tweet chat tools I recommend for checking out are:
- Tweet chat (to create a pauseable stream to make your tweet chat clearer)
- Twubs (Cool place to register your tweet chat hashtag so it gets more popular)
- Twchat (Another place to register a tweet chat and create a “room”)
Another Twitter tool that is great for tweet chats and more is Hootsuite. Hootsuite allows you to create multiple columns to keep a tweet chat hashtag, your mentions, and more on one screen.
16. Share your mentions with a wider audience
Sometimes in a tweet chat it makes sense that your @mentions are aimed at your entire audience, not just the person you are replying to.
This way, your tweets will have a wider reach, so possibly more people can participate in your tweet chat.
To send a tweet when you mention someone to all of your followers, start your tweet with a period. That way, your tweet goes to all of your followers, not just those who follow you and the person you mention.
Trump shows how it’s done below.
17. Share the story on your blog
After hosting a Twitter chat, I recommend doing a recap on your blog and sharing the best answers and insights.
If you’re using a self-hosted WordPress blog to share tweets like I did in this post, copying in the URLs of the tweets you want to share is as easy as that.
18. Create a TweetChat widget
A Twitter search widget allows you to create an interactive interface so that any website you add it to can be turned into a portal for your tweet chat.
Below is what your Twitter widget might look like if you select the dark color theme.
19. Thank you for participating
A thank you to the people who participated in your chat is a great way to sum things up.
If you really want your thank you note to leave a lasting impression, write it down by hand and mail it to the person you’re thanking.
A little appreciation is often enough.
20. Turn tweet chat replies into evergreen content
By turning the best responses from the tweet chat into graphics, you can create evergreen content that can be used long after the tweet chat is over.
Hopefully you enjoyed these tweet chat tips! If you found this post valuable it would be great if you could share it with your followers on Twitter. ?
Have you participated in or hosted a tweet chat before?
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