Live Tweeting is a term that you may have heard of, and it is an art that, when used well, can be very powerful.
All of the major television events and conferences now use Live Tweeting to get their messages out to the widest audience possible, so what is it?
What is Live Tweeting?
At every event there are pinnacle moments that leave you breathless, or catch the audience’s attention. Those are moments that can easily be captured in a few words or a photo, then shared through Twitter to give the world a glimpse of what it’s like to be there.
That’s the primary goal of Live Tweeting – reading a few words or viewing a Twitter picture is nothing like actually being there, but it gives you a glimpse and makes the readers with that they had attended. By using a few key techniques, you can maximize your event’s impact and make sure that everyone is clamouring to attend your next one.
There’s nothing wrong with taking a bit of credit for the stellar job that you’re about to do: if you’re an event planner, feel free to use your business’ account. If you’re a gown boutique hosting a show, then by all means you should use your account to Live Tweet the event.
If the event is big enough it should have its own account, but that requires another level of commitment.
A hashtag is a # followed by a word or phrase on Twitter that identifies a tweet as it relates to a topic. For example, if you want to know everything that’s happening in and around New York Fashion Week, you’ll search #NYFW on Twitter. The result will be a stream of everyone who’s talking about the designers, parties and styles at the shows.
Although your event my not be the same calibre as the Manhattan runways, you can use the same tool to get people talking about, and more importantly listening to, what’s happening.
Choose something that is no more than 10 characters long, clearly identifies your event, and is unique enough to stand out from the crowd. Example: for a bridal show in Yaletown the hashtag #BridalShow is far too general and will get lost in the clutter. However #YTBrides conveys the general elements of the show while identifying itself apart from the crowd.
Think of the tweets that you’re sending out like texts to a friend who wishes that she could be attending your event. Send out one-liners, elements of the decor that stand out, and photos from the crowd.
The messages that get the most exposure are the ones that make people feel an emotion even though they’re not there. Quote touching words fromt the mic, or an incredible fact that someone in attendance shared with you.
Events that use hashtags well can quickly become widespread points of discussion online, and get people talking about them who may never have known about their existence otherwise.
When the topic shows up on people’s screen a few times, inevitably they’ll search for the source of the discussion and possibly want to get involved themselves.
One thing that you can do to help out the success of your own hashtag is let everyone in your network know beforehand what you will be using and when. Send emails, update your Facebook Page and tell the people you see face to face. That way, when the event starts and the Tweets start coming in, you’ll have friendly faces leading the charge.