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Rachel Coker (@rmcoker)
Director of Research Advancement
Binghamton University
How live-tweeting events can
build buzz and...
Today’s agenda
 What is live-tweeting?
 Why would I want to live-tweet an event?
 What tools do I need to do it?
 How ...
What is “live-tweeting,” anyway?
Here’s how Twitter
once defined it:
(v.): to engage on
Twitter for a
continuous period
of...
Why consider live-tweeting?
 Share the excitement with people
who couldn’t attend in person
 Foster community among
part...
A few selfish reasons to live-tweet
 Networking
 Extend your influence (in real life
and by gaining followers)
 Heighte...
What kinds of events would work?
 Homecoming
 Athletic events
 Commencement
 Academic conferences
 Q&A with your pres...
What tools do I need?
 A smart phone, tablet or laptop
 A reliable Internet connection
 Backup power
 A smart phone or...
How do I prepare?
 Seek buy-in from event
organizers
 Create and publicize a hashtag
for the event
 Make a list of the ...
What should I say?
 Start with the basics
 Offer play-by-play
 Add color commentary
 Share photos and videos
 Ask que...
The usual rules apply
 Think before you tweet
 Spelling counts
 Double check that you’re
mentioning the right
accounts
...
Listen, too!
 Remember that social
media is interactive
 Retweets (RT) and
modified tweets (MT)
will help you amplify
ot...
How can I live-tweet more easily?
 Use multiple screens (or a browser with several tabs)
 Set up a Twitter client such a...
How do I measure the results?
 Set goals (for followers, RTs, clicks, etc.) before the event
 Take advantage of Twitter’...
OK. I’m in!
You may find these resources helpful as you get started:
How-tos:
How I Gained 68,000 Followers by Live-Tweeti...
Thank you!
Rachel Coker / @rmcoker
Director of Research Advancement
Binghamton University
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Live-tweeting events brings the excitement and the news to people who can’t attend, builds community among those in the crowd and establishes you or your institution as a source of timely information. If you’re new to Twitter or haven’t used it during events before, you may be reluctant to give it a try. But with a few simple tools and good planning, this can be a fun, low-cost way to gain additional attention for homecoming, athletic events, academic conferences and more. Rachel Coker, social media chair of #CASE2DC and director of research advancement at Binghamton University, shares tips and tricks for live-tweeting from events on campus and beyond.

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Tweet Tweet: How live-tweeting events can build buzz and create community

  1. 1. Rachel Coker (@rmcoker) Director of Research Advancement Binghamton University How live-tweeting events can build buzz and create community Tweet, tweet
  2. 2. Today’s agenda  What is live-tweeting?  Why would I want to live-tweet an event?  What tools do I need to do it?  How can I make it easier and more effective?  How do I measure the results?
  3. 3. What is “live-tweeting,” anyway? Here’s how Twitter once defined it: (v.): to engage on Twitter for a continuous period of time — anywhere from 20 minutes to a few hours — with a sequence of focused tweets. The focus can be a big live event that everybody’s paying attention to (e.g. a TV show or an award show) or it can be an event you create yourself (e.g. a Q&A session with your fans).
  4. 4. Why consider live-tweeting?  Share the excitement with people who couldn’t attend in person  Foster community among participants  Give a look behind the scenes of the event  Attract media attention  Build an audience for your institution  Drive attendance at future events
  5. 5. A few selfish reasons to live-tweet  Networking  Extend your influence (in real life and by gaining followers)  Heighten your attention  Keep a record of great ideas
  6. 6. What kinds of events would work?  Homecoming  Athletic events  Commencement  Academic conferences  Q&A with your president or a famous alumnus
  7. 7. What tools do I need?  A smart phone, tablet or laptop  A reliable Internet connection  Backup power  A smart phone or camera @Nancy_Groves suggests sitting near an outlet!
  8. 8. How do I prepare?  Seek buy-in from event organizers  Create and publicize a hashtag for the event  Make a list of the key players’ Twitter handles  Script some tweets ahead of time  Decide how frequently you’ll tweet  Consider how you’ll respond to complaints/requests for help  Read someone else’s live-tweets to see how things unfolded for them
  9. 9. What should I say?  Start with the basics  Offer play-by-play  Add color commentary  Share photos and videos  Ask questions  Boost value with additional resources  Remember your audience As @Sree says, if you’re good in real life, you can be great on Twitter!
  10. 10. The usual rules apply  Think before you tweet  Spelling counts  Double check that you’re mentioning the right accounts  Be sure you’re tweeting from the right account  Most people will miss most of your posts  Don’t start a tweet with another user’s handle  Shoot for 100-120 characters so other users can easily retweet
  11. 11. Listen, too!  Remember that social media is interactive  Retweets (RT) and modified tweets (MT) will help you amplify others’ good/pithy/funny comments  Reply as appropriate to people with questions or criticism
  12. 12. How can I live-tweet more easily?  Use multiple screens (or a browser with several tabs)  Set up a Twitter client such as HootSuite or TweetDeck  Schedule tweets in advance with a Twitter client or a service like Buffer
  13. 13. How do I measure the results?  Set goals (for followers, RTs, clicks, etc.) before the event  Take advantage of Twitter’s built-in analytics by visiting analytics.twitter.com  Use Bit.ly (or another link-shortening service that tracks clicks)  Check Klout to see if your Twitter handle’s influence is rising or falling  See how your hashtag performed with a service such as Tweetreach
  14. 14. OK. I’m in! You may find these resources helpful as you get started: How-tos: How I Gained 68,000 Followers by Live-Tweeting How to live tweet an event: 7 best practices Mark Luckie’s Top 5 Twitter Tips & Tricks Especially for conference-goers: The Art of Live Tweeting Ten Tips for Tweeting at Conferences For the really ambitious: Live-tweeting my own talk
  15. 15. Thank you! Rachel Coker / @rmcoker Director of Research Advancement Binghamton University

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