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Catherine J. Heeg
Customized Management Solutions
Phone: 403 726 0171 Fax: 403 726 0371
Catherine.heeg@cmsspeaking.com
www...
Catherine J. Heeg
Customized Management Solutions
Phone: 403 726 0171 Fax: 403 726 0371
Catherine.heeg@cmsspeaking.com
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Tips to Create a Twitter Chat

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Travel & Tourism pros are embracing the power of Twitter Chats. Here are tips to participate, moderate and start your own Twitter Chat.

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Tips to Create a Twitter Chat

  1. 1. Catherine J. Heeg Customized Management Solutions Phone: 403 726 0171 Fax: 403 726 0371 Catherine.heeg@cmsspeaking.com www.cmsspeaking.com Tips to Create Twitter Chats What’s this? Twitter Chats are a way to engage in a written conversation using Twitter and connecting with people from around the world. Wouldn’t you love to connect with clients and potential clients creatively and effectively? Successful Twitter chat Checklist  As Moderator o Set a theme for your ongoing chats o Determine the length and day of your ongoing chat o Set a start and stop time o Create a title for each of your chat sessions o Create a unique # that’s easy to type and related to your theme  Keep the same # for the ongoing series of chats o As the moderator you may want to start a separate twitter account so that other moderators can take control over time. o Compose a series of questions to stimulate conversation  You may wish to start with an introduction and then ask people to introduce themselves.  Prepare questions and relevant links in advance  For a 1 hour chat about 10 questions works great. o Begin each question with Q (for question) and then question number. For example, Q1 for your first question, Q2 for the second question o Advise participants to answer using A1 for their answer to the first question, etc. o Market the chat  Directly invite people to join  Market thru your other social sites  Set up a new Facebook page and create events for each Twitter chat o Maintain a fun conversational style that encourages sharing and conversation in 140 characters o As the moderator, sometimes called the bot, try to remain neutral.  You may want to participate on your personal twitter feed.
  2. 2. Catherine J. Heeg Customized Management Solutions Phone: 403 726 0171 Fax: 403 726 0371 Catherine.heeg@cmsspeaking.com www.cmsspeaking.com  As a participant o Sign in to your Twitter account and search the # for the chat  Use the Twitter search bar and type in the # provided by the moderator o If you’re new to the chat you may want to include this info in your introduction o Watch for the questions from the moderator  Remember there is no audio o Answer using A1 for your answer to the first question o Provide links to material to support your answers o Keep in mind that your answers, including any links, must be 140 characters or less o Follow other chat participants if you’d like o Keep conversations to the moderated questions.  Side conversations can be distracting and may be better in a direct message o Re-tweet or favorite tweets that you find remarkable o If you participate in numerous chats, you may want to warn your followers so that they’re not overwhelmed with your twitter stream. o If you believe your followers would be interested in the twitter chat content you may want to invite them to join. o Remember all tweets are public, unless you direct message someone. Here are a few chats that may be of interest: o #smbiz: A chat where small business owners can get answers from experts and other SMB owners. Takes place every Tuesday from 8 to 9pm. o #blogchat: Offers advice on how to better your blog. Takes place on Sunday nights from 8 to 9pm CT. o http://tweetreports.com/twitter-chat-schedule/ provides a list of chats by topic. o Check out these industry related chats. http://thetravelbite.com/travelchatsontwitter/

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