With more than 330 million global users, Twitter is one of the largest and most popular social networks. More than 69 million people—21% of adults—in the US use Twitter. Users share news, jokes, and pop culture commentary, and amidst that barrage of information, they also share actionable tips that can help you grow your business and succeed as an entrepreneur.
Finding the gems of wisdom in an endless stream of tweets can be difficult, though. Twitter chats can help cut through some of that noise, connect you with the right people, and ensure you don’t miss what’s most relevant to you.
A Twitter chat is an online discussion held on Twitter at a specific date and time. It’s generally led by one or more hosts who post questions or prompts to get the discussion going. Participants can then respond to the hosts or talk to other participants by @ replying or posting using the chat’s designated hashtag. Even if you can’t participate in the chat as it’s happening, it can be useful to scroll back through the posts that have used the hashtag and see what tips participants contributed during the chat.
Here are eight Twitter chats specifically geared towards the needs of small business owners, retailers, and entrepreneurs.
Wednesdays at 8pm EST
Hosted by entrepreneur and New York Times columnist Melinda Emerson of Succeed as Your Own Boss, this chat includes interviews with experts and small business owners across a variety of industries. Topics run the gamut from tax deductions and employee management to branding and networking.
First Monday of each month at 8pm EST
In this chat, life coach and founder of the Ambitionista Success Club Mira Joleigh aims to celebrate and inspire millennial women to be their best selves in business and beyond. The chat tackles topics relevant to ambitious young women, such as goal setting, time management, and “finding your why.”
Tuesdays at 2pm EST
Hosted by Paper_li, this chat covers all aspects of running—and marketing—a modern business. Recent topics have included growing your Twitter community, setting goals, protecting your customers’ online privacy, and best practices for visual marketing.
Mondays at 6am EST
Founded by Brits James Gurd and Dan Barker, this chat focuses on a wide range of ecommerce best practices, from digital marketing tips to advice on improving customer loyalty. You can catch up on previous chats by checking on the recaps on their website.
Thursdays at 10pm EST
Join sales and marketing VP Aaron Kilby to discuss all things marketing and social media, including how to grow your business via a variety of marketing channels such as podcasting, social media, video, and more.
Wednesdays at 8pm ET
Who doesn’t want to be more productive? This chat will help you do just that, with tips on how to manage your to-do list, meet deadlines, and generally get stuff done like a boss.
Thursdays at 1pm ET
Hosted by Twitter marketing pro Madalyn Sklar, this chat covers everything you need to know about using Twitter as a marketing tool, including how to build your community, best practices for content creation, and how to measure success. Madalyn also runs the popular #SocialROI chat held Tuesdays at 5pm ET.
Thursdays at 8pm GMT
Social media platform Hootsuite hosts this weekly chat, which dives deep into the ins and outs of social media across a variety of channels and formats.Topics range from the theoretical (what the future of social media looks like) to the more practical (how you can make your social campaign stand out) and just about everything in between.
Have you participated in a Twitter chat? What are your favorite Twitter chats for entrepreneurs?
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