At Express Writers, we’re thrilled to announce that we’re launching our own Twitter chat this January 2016, #ContentWritingChat. We’re excited to share this opportunity with all of you, and can’t wait to get to work building an awesome community of content writers, business owners, and marketers! Open to all, our first chat is happening Tuesday, January 19, at 10 AM CST / 9 AM EST. Join us and look for the questions to come from our Twitter profile, @ExpWriters, as well as our exclusive Twitter chat handle, @writingchat!
Those of you who have used them know that Twitter Chats are an amazing way to connect and interact with fans and Twitter followers. Available in every type of business niche from marketing to sales, Twitter chats allow people to develop a community, promote a brand, and meet like-minded individuals in their industries.
So, What’s All the Fuss About Twitter Chats? 4 Key Reasons to Regularly Join One (Besides ContentWritingChat)
When you join a Twitter chat, the conversation is focused around a specific hashtag (in our case, # ContentWritingChat). This hashtag allows a wide variety of people to follow and interact with the Twitter chat, which commonly lasts for an hour at a scheduled weekly time. These chats end up creating a lively and varied ongoing conversation around important industry topics.
On average, Express Writers joins 20 Twitter chats in a given week. Some of our top favorites are #CMWorld by Content Marketing Institute, #SEMrushchat by SEMrush (I love this one, strong community and great engagement: I’ve seen over 2,000 tweets fly around inside their scheduled Twitter chat hour!), and #bufferchat by Buffer.
I’d offer these four key benefits as great reasons you should join a Twitter chat:
1. Enhanced social media presence
Social media is everything right now, and Twitter chats are a great way to promote your company’s social media presence. Because Twitter chats are hashtag-centric yet still public, millions of people have access to the conversation. This means that, when you participate actively within the conversation, you have the potential to reach millions of new people all the time.
2. Real-time feedback
Want to start a conversation with your Twitter followers? No better way to do it than a Twitter chat. Twitter chats create a dynamic, real-time conversation that can be hugely beneficial for everyone involved.
If there’s one thing a Twitter chat is great at, it’s fostering community. When people interact in a Twitter chat, they tune in one time each week to interact with everyone else in the group. This creates an environment that’s ripe for connection with like-minded individuals and marketers who can help you become more efficient and knowledgeable.
Trying to learn new things? Want to become a better content writer or marketer? Joining a Twitter chat is a fantastic place to start. You’ll be in the presence of marketers who are in a similar place in their careers and will learn valuable new skills.
Stay Tuned For # ContentWritingChat!
Sold on the idea of Twitter chats? Great. Now, it’s time to talk about how to get involved in ours. The first step is to head to Twitter and to follow @writingchat. This will help you stay updated on our chat itself. You can also follow @ExpWriters, as questions will come from both of these accounts. The next step is actually joining the Twitter chat.
Even if you’ve never done it before, joining a Twitter chat is incredibly simple. You’ll simply need to head to Twitter and join the conversation by searching the hashtag #ContentWritingChat on Tuesday, January 19 at 10 AM CST. This will take you directly to the conversation room and, from there, you’ll simply need to participate by adding your own comments accompanied by the associated hashtag.
5 Key Reminders to Prep For Joining a Twitter Chat
You’ll also need to know how to be a great Twitter chat participant.
To do this, you’ll want to follow these tips:
1. Get ready
You want to be prepared for your first Twitter chat, right? Right. Before you join the conversation, jot down a few thoughts you’re interested in sharing and, if they’ve been made available (as they will be with our chat) you should review the descriptions or the questions that the host provides. This can help you participate actively and get the most from the Twitter chat. Be sure you know your time zone, so you can be there on time (simple tip but hey, I’ve messed up here before!), and the hashtag (#ContentWritingChat, in our case).
2. Send out a high-volume warning to followers
Your followers should know that they can expect to see more tweets than usual from you during the scheduled chat time, so send out a high-volume warning beforehand. This will explain your increased activity and may also draw some of your followers into the chat.
3. Mind Twitter chat etiquette
Just like everything else on the web, a Twitter chat comes with its own set of etiquette rules. We created a guide on this for your reference. In short: always use the Q and A format (answer the questions with A and the number the question is, example: A1 “your answer here” A2 “your answer here”, etc.), and the hashtag for the chat, for your answer to properly count.
4. Follow and engage
Don’t be shy! A Twitter chat is an awesome place to build your community. Like tweets that you learned from, and follow the people you liked. It will mean return followers and engagement for you! Always respond to retweets and likes, as well.
5. Branch out
Branch out to other Twitter chat conversations to build your community. Check out our list of the 25 best Twitter chats every marketer should join.
Sneak Peek: Question 1 From Our First Ever Chat Topic, What Is a Copywriter? # ContentWritingChat
Interested in a super-exclusive sneak-peak of our upcoming Twitter chat?
Check out the first question we’ll be asking our followers during our first ever Twitter chat this Tuesday:
You can expect many other great topics to come, but this is where we plan to get the conversation started, so be prepared to get excited about content writing.
Our Host & Moderator
In terms of hosting, our inaugural Twitter chat will be hosted by me. Since 2011, I’ve built my copywriting agency, Express Writers, from a small team to a leader in the copywriting agency industry with more than 60 advanced copywriters and editors. I’ve also been an online copywriter myself for five years, and write for Search Engine Journal, Content Marketing Institute, Problogger, to name a few places. I’m excited to share some of what I’ve learned about copywriting with you. Be sure to follow me on Twitter.
Our capable Social Media Specialist, Marko, will be moderating the chat. He has a degree in Psychology and is a college student going for his Master’s. He has worked in Internet marketing and social media for several years. Follow Marko on Twitter.
In the future, we will be featuring guest hosts in the realms of SEO, copywriting, and more. So, if you’re a content writing enthusiast with some valuable information to share, you could be one of them!
Are you interested in being on our Twitter chat as a guest host? Email [email protected] directly with your favorite topic(s) to talk about in the areas of marketing, writing, and entrepreneurship, for potential scheduling!
You can also drop us a comment below to let us know of topics you’d love to see addressed by our team.
See you Tuesday @ 10 am CST!