Six Twitter Chats That Will Improve Your Social Media Knowledge

By Cheval John

Photo courtesy of stock images

Photo courtesy of stock images

When I first started using Twitter in 2011, I had went in with the wrong mindset of only sharing my work on the social media platform.

I knew that the platform was a great way for anyone to grow their blogs, businesses and personal brands.

I thought that if I followed people, I would get back a follow.

However, I did not get back a follow from the masses.

The only ones who had followed me were the people I had knew personally during my time as an undergraduate student.

I had continued to operate with the mentality of a taker for over a year on Twitter until October of 2012.

At that time, I had moved my website from the WordPress.com to a self-hosted site using the WordPress.org software.

In that moment, it hit me that if I wanted to gain new followers, I had to engage with the people.

So I started engaging with people on Twitter and sharing quality content that I believed would make people’s lives better.

Then last year, I heard about Twitter chats and decided to check them out.

Since then, I have been participating in so many Twitter chats and learning new concepts regarding social media, job hunting, the best blogs, etc.

Also, you will see the same people in so many of the chats that you will establish strong friendships that can allow you to be more successful at the next level.

This is something that many businesses are missing out on because “it is a focus group” that will cost them nothing.

Now that you know about Twitter chats, the question is, “Which of the chats are the right fit for me?

Though there are many Twitter chats out there, here are six chats that will be worth your time:

1. #BlogChat
Hosted by Mack Collier, this chat showcases the different trends that is going on in the blogosphere. Occassionally, they will be guest who share their blogging expertise.
The chat happens every Sunday night at 9 p.m. eastern, 8 p.m. central.

2. #BizHeroes
Hosted by Kelly Hungerford (ambassador) and Magda A. Torres of Paper.Li, the chat discusses topics about connecting with your audience and the different trends in social media. It is on Tuesday afternoons at 2 p.m. eastern, 1 p.m. central.

3. #MillennialTalk
Hosted by Chelsea Krost, Millennial Talk highlights topics that has an impact on the Millennial generation. Chelsea has guests on the chat and it happens every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. eastern, 7 p.m. central.

4. #sbizhour
Hosted by Brian Fanzo and Rachel Miller, #sbizhour chats about how brands can build a loyal following through authenticity and trust. They have guests ranging from CEOs to community managers who have succeeded in building their audience. The unique thing is people can watch the chat live on Google Hangout. The chat is every Monday at 4 p.m. eastern, 3 p.m. central.

5. #cmgr
The #cmgr chat is in the same category as #sbizhour because it is a Google Hangout in addition to be a Twitter chat. It is hosted by “MY Community Manager Team.” and every week, they have a different panel of guests who are community managers themselves. The chat is on Fridays at 2 p.m. eastern, 1 p.m. central.

6. #jobhuntchat
If you are looking for a job because you were laid off or a recent college graduate, you should participate in #jobhuntchat. The chat talks about different ways to stand out from your “competition.” The best part is that you can build friendships with people who are human resource professionals because they are in the chat. The chat is every Monday night at 10 p.m. eastern, 9 p.m. central.

What are your favorite Twitter chats and did I leave out any chats from this list? You can leave your comment below.

About Cheval John

Cheval John is the Founder and CEO of Vallano Media, LLC, a marketing agency that helps businesses to use social media correctly to build a loyal following. Cheval is also the host of an online radio show/podcast called, "What's The Word?" He is the author of two books including the Amazon Best-Seller, "8 Lessons Every Podcaster Needs To Learn." Cheval has been featured in media outlets like Ebony Magazine and was named a Houston Top 25 Social Media Power Influencer in 2016.

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