#HashtagTuesday: Episode 2

As part of a new series of blog posts, I’m taking a closer look at recently trending hashtags on Twitter in an effort to better understand what goes viral, what it says about the Twitterverse, and how professional communicators can apply what we’ve learned. Continue reading #HashtagTuesday: Episode 2

#HashtagTuesday: Episode 1

I’m going to try something a little different this week and take a closer look at one of Twitter’s most useful and ubiquitous features, the hashtag. Specifically, I’m going to do a deep dive into one of the day’s trending hashtags to gain a better understanding of what goes viral, what it says about Twitter users as a community, and how professional communicators can apply what we’ve learned. Continue reading #HashtagTuesday: Episode 1

5 tips for Twitter chat success

Twitter chats have been around for about as long as Twitter, but there has never been more to gain from sharing your thoughts with an engaged audience. Putting yourself out there is fantastic for your personal brand as it establishes you as a thought leader in your chosen niche, and can raise your status to industry influencer in no time. In the end, you’ll have more followers, more engagement outside the chats, and you’ll find some likeminded, interesting people to fill your feed. Continue reading 5 tips for Twitter chat success

1,000 followers and counting!

It happened! Since the end of May, I have been on a quest to attract 1,000 followers on my Twitter account before the end of the year. Now, I know that is not the loftiest, nor the most valid, goal I could be striving towards, but for someone who is still quite green in this social-media-for-personal-brand experience, it seemed like a good place to start. After all, what good is producing great content if no one is listening? Continue reading 1,000 followers and counting!

In search of the next 250

What a ride! I am now fully three quarters of the way to my target of 1,000 followers on Twitter, and I am happy to report that I am one step above ‘quietly confident’ that I will manage to reach my goal before the end of the year.

With that said, after all that I’ve learned with this experiment, from its humble beginnings, to my midpoint achievement, it seems a bit silly to strive for a specific number of followers on any social media platform. Let alone by a specific end date. Quality must trump quantity, right? Well, that remains to be seen. Continue reading In search of the next 250

3 Twitter experiments to grow your followers

I’ve hit another critical milestone this week, reaching over 500 Twitter followers in just over a month’s time. I’m tracking well ahead of my projected timeline, attempting to reach 1,000 followers by the end of December 2015.

In the beginning, the growth was exponential, and I thought that I might really overachieve on my target, but recently that growth has leveled off a bit. Now is a good time to take stock in my progress and make some revisions for the way forward. When I reached 100 followers I did a quick recap of that experience, and I think another batch of learnings is in order. Continue reading 3 Twitter experiments to grow your followers

The tweet heard around the world

I had an incredible moment the other day. It was a revelation, really. It was all about communication and the idea of convergence that got me all excited. It began on Twitter, led me to a website, came back to the Comm n’ Sense blog, and ended up back on Twitter.

It left me feeling like there was a world of opportunity being left unexplored. It was one that defeated the 140 character limit, defeated the six second video limit, and differentiated a pair of insightful social media and design gurus from a sea of competition. Continue reading The tweet heard around the world