Twitter chats for #eventprofs

When I first started using Twitter to engage in dialogue with other event professionals I was hooked! It was great to be able to talk to others, in real-time, exchange information, ask industry related questions and generally just sounding off ideas about the event world. I do however feel though that the nature of the chats has changed and rather than using the allotted hour to exchange information, the platform is used more for self promotion.

Now don’t get me wrong, all social media endeavours are all about self promotion but I am wondering if there is a way to bring them back to grass-roots, to what I think is most beneficial….exchanging information.

The two Twitter chats I regularly engage in are as follows:

#Eventhour

Event Hour is every Wednesday from 9.00 pm to 10.00 pm GMT.  I really get a lot out of it (when I can make it). I have even met up with a couple of the event professionals I have met on Twitter and have definitely broadened my network. I think its very useful for any event professionals or event management student.  You can even keep the conversation going once it is over.  There is a LinkedIn group you can join here which is tied in with the Twitter chat.

 

 

 

#eventhour

image courtesy of Event Industry News

#Bloghour

Blog Hour is my favorite.  It was set up by the UK Blog Awards (you can read about them more here) and is held every Tuesday from 9.00 pm to 10.00 pm GMT. When I can, I am an active participant in #bloghour as I find it ever so useful. Each week, prior to the chat, you can view a list of roughly six questions to which a third-party mediator hosts each chat, taking us all through them.  It is very easy to engage and I have learnt so much from it in terms of making my blog better.  Just last week I learnt how to get free photos for my blog rather than keep paying through istock! result.

Things to remember

If you want to participate in either blog, as far as I can see there are no stipulations.  All you have to do is search for the hashtag and off you go.  I use Hootsuite which makes it so much easier.  All you do is save the search for #eventhour or #bloghour  in one of your streams, you can then view every single tweet using that hashtag.

Capture - bloghour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another thing to remember is that you are there to build networks, share ideas and use the chat to sound of a few ideas.  Try not  to use it just to promote yourself, your blog or your brand!

Lastly, and what a lot of people tend to forget is to always use the chat hashtag.  If I am participating in #bloghour, I will use that hashtag in every piece of dialogue, even when there is a chain of 16 replies!

Happy #tweeting!

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Look how far we’ve come…

I have just found this slideshow presentation from back in 2009.

It’s very well written and a lot of the concepts are still very relevant. It just serves to show just how far we have come in events and social media! It also shows that compared to 2009, just how many new mediums we now have available at our disposal to create even more amazing, interactive events that we can promote long after the last guest has left!

Are you missing a trick?

A few weeks ago I wrote about the need for social media to be 24 hours. I have had some great comments on it and I think people are starting to wake up to the necessity of it. For those businesses whom do have someone monitoring activity on their social media feeds though, some of you are still missing a trick.

I am an event manager, every time I go to a new restaurant, hotel, or pretty much anywhere I will see if that company has any social media presence and if they do, I will send a “looking forward to dinner at x” or similar.

Now me, if I was managing that businesses Twitter account, I would give the restaurant manager a heads up. My picture is on my Twitter, I have told you I am coming in.. what could be easier? You could hazard a guess that I am going to Tweet after I have eaten there, hopefully give your businesses a glaring FREE plug.. so why aren’t businesses using it this way? Why aren’t they monitoring the people using social media coming into their businesses?

Now, in no way I am saying I deserve extra special treatment because of what I do but what I do think is that people like me are marketing your business for free! It is not costing you anything for me to tell my 2000+ followers what an amazing time I have had in your restaurant, and all I need in return is an extra smile!