Twitter chats are a great way to connect with your audience in a meaningful way. They give people a way to reach you and communicate with you. I personally run two weekly Twitter chats, #TheSMGirl and #MRCap. I love everything about them!
How to host a Twitter chat:
1. Decide on a hashtag
This is a very important part, because the hashtag you choose will stick with you the entire duration of your Twitter chat life (for that chat). Keep the hashtag short and sweet. Remember that people will be typing that hashtag over and over again during the chat and if it's long it can be misspelled or take up too many characters for them to give a full response. Also check that the hashtag isn't too popular or used often. If you choose something that is used often, then chat participants won't be able to find the conversation among all of the other tweets.
Today will be the first time that I have ever allowed a guest to run my twitter chat, #TheSMGirl.
We have decided that it will be run by having him use his own Twitter handle, @vincenzolandino . After he sends the Tweets, I will RT them and comment, share as usually along with him. This is an experiment and I will update this blog post once we know the results and it's effectiveness!
Now, a bit about my guest host...Vincenzo Landino is the Global Community Manager at @GetSocialEdge. He has been a regular on #TheSMGirl Twitter chat and is very knowledgable in networking on social media, community building and marketing. His guest chat will be on the topic of "LinkedIn Showcase Pages".
Here are the questions that he will be discussing:
We both hope you join in on the chat and help us build #TheSMGirl chat to be an even greater community than it is now!
Yes, I got The Los Angeles Dodgers to follow me on Twitter. They currently have 487,000 followers and are only following 2,645. I am now included on that list of 2,645 people followed by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
How did I get them to follow me?
I offered up a deal. Yes, I struck up a deal with the Dodgers during a game at Dodger Stadium. I attended the game with a group of Philadelphia Phillies fans and needed help countering their anti-Dodgers comments. I took to Twitter to combat them and began asking people "why are the Dodgers better than the Phillies?"
As the answers came rushing in, I was mentioned in a tweet that the Dodgers retweeted.
First things first, we have to set up a Gmail account. If you have already done this, please skip down to section 2 for more information on how to setup a Google Plus page.
1. Setting up a Gmail Account
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