#Digiblogchat July 5, 2022 How to Set Boundaries While WFH with @maricarjagger

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The topic for Tuesday, July 5, 2022 is How to set boundaries while working from home ~ with special guest @maricarjagger! Join us on Twitter each Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. PDT for #DigiBlogChat. My partner for these chats is @LazBlazter. If you need to know how to participate, click here: How to Join #DigiBlogChat.

Here are the questions:

Q1. Do you think you have a good work life balance right now?

Q2. Have you ever experienced burnout? 

Q3. What are the signs of burnout? 

Q4. What are the advantages of having work boundaries? 

Q5. How do you set your priorities? 

Q6. Why is it good to say no? 

Q7. Can you delegate some of your tasks to someone else? 

Q8. Do you have dedicated office hours? 

Q9. Do you skip meals to meet your target? 

Q10. Do you have enough sleep?

#DigiBlogChat June 21, 2022: Scheduling Tools with Tweepsmap ~ with @JonWesselink

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The topic for Tuesday, June 21, 2022 is Scheduling Tools with Tweepsmap ~ with special guest @JonWesselink! Join us on Twitter each Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. PDT for #DigiBlogChat. My partner for these chats is @LazBlazter. If you need to know how to participate, click here: How to Join #DigiBlogChat.

Here are the questions:

  1. How often do you post on Twitter?
  2. At what time do you usually post on Twitter?  
  3. When’s the last time you tagged someone in a photo or video?  
  4. How often do you schedule polls? What do you usually poll about?
  5. If you could automate any content scheduling task, what would help the most?
  6. Where are your followers from? Do you schedule content with locations in mind?  
  7. What kinds of content do you post? Do you have a posting schedule for them?
  8. How often do you schedule threads?  
  9. How do you get ideas for content to schedule?
  10. What do you want most out of a Twitter scheduling tool?

 

#Digiblogchat Questions April 14, 2020

 

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The topic for April 14, 2020 is Mental health and well-being during difficult times! 

Q1. How do you think an extended quarantine will affect your mental health? 

Q2. Does having the data and facts about #Covid19 make you feel calmer?  How so? 

Q3. How does self-care change your psychological outlook?  

Q4. How does a feeling of gratitude change your outlook? 

Q5.  What effect does exercise have on your mental health? 

Q6. How do you feel about virtual mental health care?  

Q7. Has listening to the news about #Covid19 changed your sleep habits, and if so how? 

Q8. What are you looking for in other people’s behavior? Are you observing and reaching out to others? 

Q9. How has the stress of sharing your personal space affected you?   

Q10. What suggestions do you have for someone who just found out about #Covid19? 

 

#Digiblogchat Questions March 24, 2020

 

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On March 24th at 1:00 p.m. pdt, our topic for #Digiblogchat will be Coronavirus–how to help your community! With questions by @LazBlazter  #digiblogchat

Please add the #digiblogchat hashtag so everyone can find you and your tweets! 

Q1. What’s happening in your community right now in terms of #Covid19? 

Q2. How can people help each other with #Covid19 support? 

Q3.  Who is your priority in terms of #Covid19 support and why? 

Q4.  How are your families coping with digital apps across the generations? #Covid19 

Q5. What apps are you sharing and recommending to cover work and social needs? #Covid19 

Q6. Anyone using @carehood or @neighbourhood to coordinate support for each other? #Covid19 

Q7. What impact is this having on you, employees and business relations? #Covid19 #digiblogchat

Q8. Are you now learning digital skills from youngsters around you? #Covid19

Q9. How can we help businesses under pressure? #Covid19

Q10. How can we help our Doctors, Nurses and volunteers during this medical pandemic? #Covid19 

Bonus:

Q11. Who wants to do the first  #DigiBlogChat video chat this weekend? ( using Zoom or Happychat)

 

#Digiblogchat Questions March 17, 2020

On Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 1:00 pm pdt, our topic is: Is automated content generation a good or bad thing? with Randy Clark!

  1. How familiar are you with automated content generation?
  2. How much of what we read do you think is written by robots?
  3. Would you consider using AI for content generation, editing, or publishing?
  4. If you used AI for content generation what type of content would you turn over to robots?
  5. How can you tell if something you’re reading was written by a bot?
  6. How could AI content development help writers?
  7. Did you know there are books written and edited by robots?
  8. What are the possible pitfalls of automated content development?
  9. What are the potential benefits of automated content development?
  10. Are you ready to share your office with a bot?

#Digiblogchat Questions March 3, 2020

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This week, we’re excited to welcome Hila Shitrit Nissim (@Hila_Shitrit), VP of Communications at @Promodotcom  talking about Video Marketing and Small Business Growth.
Here are this week’s questions!

 

Q1. Why do you think video is so popular as a marketing method for SMBs?  

Q2. What are the things that consumers appreciate in video content that help resonate better? 

Q3. What are some things consumers do not want to see in video content? 

Q4. How do you think video marketing has changed recently? 

Q5. What are some features you think video marketing tools should all have? 

Q6. What are your favorite resources/tools for creating online content? 

Q7. Which social networking channels seem to be the most effective for video marketing? 

Q8. What are your tips for creating the most effective videos for online marketing? 

Q9. What’s your biggest challenge when it comes to creating videos? 

Q10. What type of video ad do you prefer to watch? 

  1. testimonial/review on a business
  2. Funny video (using humor)
  3. Factual sales video/explainer video
  4. Inspirational video 

Digiblogchat Questions December 10

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December 10 at #DigiBlogChat — Holiday Food and Drink

A chat about your favorite foods and beverages for the holidays. Bring your pictures and recipes!

Through a series of ten questions, we’ll be exploring your favorites during this fast-paced, friendly hour. Join us to learn about your friends’ favorites, share your own recipes and don’t forget to invite a friend!

Tuesday, December 10th at 1:00 p.m. pst.

Our #DigiBlogChat questions:

  1. What are your ideas for fabulous holiday starters or appetizers?
  2. Do you have a favorite holiday coffee drink? Do tell!
  3. What is your simplest go-to recipe during this busy time of year?
  4. Do you have a grocery store “cheat” recipe that you can share?
  5. What goes into your favorite cookie or sweet?
  6. Have any favorite vegetarian recipes?
  7. Tell us about your best drinks, bubbly or otherwise!
  8. Any secret family favorites that you’d like to share?
  9. What is a meaty dish that you and your friends adore?
  10. Could you share a favorite cheese dish or recipe?

Join this Twitter conversation on December 10th at 1:00 p.m. pst by going on Twitter and don’t forget to add #digiblogchat to your tweet! 

What’s the Best Social Media Site for Connecting with People?

What's the Best Social Media Site for Connecting with People?

What’s the Best Social Media Site for Connecting with People?

What’s the Best Social Media Site for Connecting with People?

Twitter Is Terrific for Connecting with People

Twitter is a wonderful place for connecting with people, but it isn’t the only site that’s good for connecting. LinkedIn and Facebook also allow you to connect and engage with people. You can also use Twitter to build relationships, check the weather, do research, search for content, as well as engage in chats! For more about Twitter chats, check out Twitter Chats: 101 Tips for Success. And if you haven’t checked out #DigiBlogChat, do come visit us on Twitter. Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. PDT.

Whatever You Really Use Tends to Work

Recently, I wrote about my brother and how he used Yelp! for his business, and how successful he was. You don’t have to do whatever the latest guru is saying to do. Like my brother, you can find your own way, and rocket to success. Of course, you’re also going to have to do the hard work to get there. You can choose to go deep on one platform and really learn it inside and out, or you can go light. Or, of course, you could hire someone to take over for you.

Romantic Connections

Instagram is certainly filled with lots of romantic destination, as well as adorable babies, but what about romance? Recently I was a guest on a Zoom webinar, and we discussed Instagram as a way to meet people romantically. And a recent New York Times article seems to indicate that Instagram, played correctly, can be a good place to find love: Instagram is Now a Dating Platform, Too: Here’s How it Works. So if you’re looking for romance, Instagram might be the place to go.

Backyard Barbeque

To quote the incredibly talented, yet humble Carol Stephen (a personal friend), in her soon-to-be translated into 5200 languages including Klingon and Esperanto “Twitter is the friendliest place to engage. To me it’s like a backyard barbeque, or an informal party, where you’re likely to meet all sorts of people, at every hour of the day, from all over the world.” By the way, her book 21 Ways to Total Social Media Engagement That Will Make You Look Like a Pro is for sale on Amazon.

Do You Have a Favorite Site?

Where have you met the most people? Leave me a comment! And thank you.

 

 

Twitter Chats: 101 Tips for Success

 

Tweet Chats: 101 Tips for Success

Tweet Chats: 101 Tips for Success

I’ve been hosting #DigiBlogChat (a Twitter chat) since August 5, 2015. Besides this chat, I’ve hosted other chats for years for various brands. So I’ve learned a few things. This is for those of you who want to host your own chat. If you want to participate, you might want to read my post: TweetChats: How to Participate.

What is a Tweet Chat?

A twitter chat is a live event on Twitter, organized around a hashtag. It can be a one-time-only event, or an ongoing event.

1. Participate first before hosting your own chat. Get on a chat or two. Or four.

2. Cohost a chat to see how much work it is. You’ll probably need at least two hours per week to host.

3. Before you jump in, ask someone else how much work is involved.

An Occasional Cartoon Can Help When Your Chat Lags

An Occasional Cartoon Can Help When Your Chat Lags

4. Research your hashtag. Search for 2-3 best hashtags, the shorter the better.

5. Register your hashtag. While no one “owns” a hashtag, registering one gives you legitimacy. You can register on Twubs.

6. Register your tweet chat (also on Twubs).

7. Upload a header for your chat.

8. Send reminders to the people on your list.

9. Use a scheduler for reminders. Send them (at 7:00 am or earlier) a day or two before the chat.

10. Schedule reminders for the following week right after a chat. It saves time.

11. Group people on reminders,

Keep a Tickler File so You Don't Have to Consult Your Magic 8Ball

Keep a Tickler File so You Don’t Have to Consult Your Magic 8Ball

12. Keep a tickler list of topics and cohosts.

13. Flesh out your topics. Create 8-9 questions.

14. Stay open during the chat for an additional sub-question.

15. Save off-topic questions for another chat.

16. Don’t be afraid to repeat topics and tweak questions a little.

17. Involve participants.

18. Have a good, engaging topic to attract new participants and keep everyone interested.

19. Send more than one reminder, especially if you’re just starting out.

20. Remind people about the chat on Facebook.

Have a promo image for your Twitter Chat

Have a promo image for your Twitter Chat

21. Create a promo image with the time, hashtag, etc.

22. Change your promo image for each chat if you’re super-ambitious!

23. Promote your chat on Pinterest on your “events” board.

24. Delete and repin your promo on Pinterest before each chat.

25. Ask others to promote for you.

26. Get on the chat at least 15 minutes early.

27. Clear all your notifications and reply to people before you start your chat.

28. Use TweetChat or Twubs.

29. Keep both TweetChat and Twubs open; use whichever is most reliable that day.

30. Keep your questions nearby.

31. Cut and paste your questions into the chat.

32. Welcome everyone.

33. Encourage newbies.

34. Encourage a friendly atmosphere.

35. Get help to welcome people.

The Co-Host for #DigiBlogChat is Larry Mount

The Co-Host for #DigiBlogChat is Larry Mount

 

36. Have a co-host for help with topics, promotion, and for more reach, too.

37. Have sponsors create topics and questions.

38. Get a sub if you go on vacation.

39. Create a tweet or two for the sub to explain that you’re on vacation.

40. Remind everyone of the chat’s format.

41. Favorite tweets for inclusion in a post later.

42. Tell people you’re favoriting tweets for a curated blog post.

43. Halfway through send a “stretch” reminder. Hat tip to Bridget Willard of You Too Can Be a Guru for this one.

44. Check TweetReach for a free “slice” of your chat.

45. For complete analytics, use Tweetreach ($20).

46. Send a tweet with the Tweetreach stats.

47. Keep the Tweetreach window/tab open.

48. After the chat, do a screenshot, go to Facebook, and post the screenshot, along with a link to the Tweetreach stats.

49. After the chat, update your Twitter profile to the next chat’s date.

Change Your Profile to Show the Next Chat

Change Your Profile to Show the Next Chat

50. Update your Twitter list with the new people.

51. Schedule reminders. Keep a Google list. Schedule those reminders right away.

52. Prepare eight or nine questions for the next week.

53. Space your questions, starting at about 1:03 and then every 7-8 minutes.

54. Still reading? Holy cow. You should get a prize.

55. Side conversations are a good thing.

56. Friendships will develop. Also a good thing.

57. Don’t worry about spam. The community will probably block the spammer themselves.

58. Nip bullying in the bud. Prepare a statement to discourage it.

Holy Cow! Are You Still Reading?

Holy Cow! Are You Still Reading?

59. Decide upon your ultimate goal. To create a community? Gain followers?

60. Use a simple way to measure your goal. Number of tweets or reach, for instance.

61. Set interim goals, as well as long-range ones.

62. Use tools to extend the life of your chat. Storify is excellent.

63. Edit your Storify to 3-4 tweets per question.

64. Create a blog post from your chat.

65. Add images to your blog post.

66. Tweet the blog post.

67. Tag people from the chat who are mentioned in your post.

68. Research your topic if it’s one you don’t already know thoroughly.

69. Create Tweets from the research, such as links about articles.

70. Tweet images, such as cartoons.

71. Invite more people to the chat.

72. Invite people who might be interested in a particular chat topic.

73. If your invited guests join the chat, add them to the list.

74. Rinse and repeat.

75. Remove people from your list if they don’t attend.

Try to Keep the Chat on Topic Because Squirrel!

Try to Keep the Chat on Topic Because Squirrel!

76. If people get goofy and go wayyyy off topic, rope it back in. Or not.

77. Decide if you want to tweet about religion, politics, or sex.

Don't Worry Too Much About Low Attendance

Don’t Worry Too Much About Low Attendance

78. Despite low attendance, as long as your attendance trends upwards, it’s all good.

79. Set up HootSuite or Tweetchat with a column for your chat’s hashtag in between chats.

80. Avoid selling your own product.

81. Ask for topic suggestions and co-hosts.

82. Consider the time zones of your target audience. For instance, my friends in England stay up late to attend.

83. Have special guests to create excitement and extend your own knowledge base.

84. Offer the occasional prize or gift. For instance, for an anniversary or special event.

85. Track the number of tweets, impressions, and contributors.

Get Your Chat Listed

Get Your Chat Listed

86. Make sure you’re listed in chat directories, such as Kneaver.

Don't Believe Everything Your Friends Say

87. If your friend Adam tells you that making a list of 100 items for a blog post is easy, don’t believe him. It’s harder than making pie. People say pie is easy, too.

88. Use your desktop for the most control. Do not attempt to host a chat on mobile. That way madness lies.

89. Search for other chats in your industry on Google by “keyword + twitter chat” before you pick a time/day for your own.

90. Join other chats to search out new topics for your own.

91. Don’t choose a time that clashes with other chats in your industry.

92. Your chat name doesn’t have to end with chat (although most do). You could end with talk, for instance.

93. Send questions to guests (or publish them) ahead of time. Some people like to prepare beforehand.

94. Schedule at least two tweets the day of the chat and one the day before to promote.

95. Reward your best contributors. Give them a shoutout after the chat to say thanks.

96. If you have a guest answering questions for the brand, you can have them live on the phone during the chat.

97. Use your email list to promote and grow your chat even more.

98. Follow all the newbies on your chat–unless they’re spammy.

Publicize Your Twitter List After the Chat

Publicize Your Twitter List After the Chat

99. Publicize your Twitter list after the chat. Ask people to subscribe as a service.

100. If newbies forget etiquette during the chat, remind them (e.g., don’t forget the hashtag!).

101. Above all, be a good host. Like a party, a Twitter chat needs structure and planning to operate smoothly.

What Advice Do You Have?

If you have any advice, let me know in the comments! Thanks.

Three Favorite Tools to Manage Twitter Chats

Three Favorite Tools to Manage Twitter Chats

Three Favorite Tools to Manage Twitter Chats

If you’ve been tweeting for awhile, you are already familiar with some of the more common tools out there. However, you may not know about which tools you can use to help you with Twitter Chats. Many people use the Twitter app on their smartphone to tweet, or manage their accounts with Tweetdeck or Hootsuite. For a chat, it’s much easier if you use the desktop–there’s so much going on and so quickly.

You can use Tweetdeck/Hootsuite with specific columns for your chat’s hashtag and mentions, but specialized tools are much more helpful. What other tools are available to help you manage your chat and keep your sanity? Here are three of my favorites.

TweetChat is a Favorite Tool to Manage Twitter Chats

TweetChat is a Favorite Tool to Manage Twitter Chats

TweetChat

TweetChat is an interface that allows you to run and attend Twitter chats. Enter your hashtag to start, and login through your Twitter account. As moderator, your questions will be highlighted and more visible to others in the chat. You can slow down the stream, which is handy if you’re on a busy chat. TweetChat automagically adds the hashtag to your tweet, too.

TweetChat Automagically Adds the Hashtag to Your Tweets During a Chat

TweetChat Automagically Adds the Hashtag to Your Tweets During a Chat

 

The screenshot above shows you the TweetChat interface during an actual chat (#DigiBlogChat is on Tuesdays at 1 pm Pacific time, run by myself and @LazBlazter). Note the green “Pause Stream” button–very handy sometimes! I also like the “active rooms” feature, where you can see which chats are active.

Twubs is a free and easy-to-use tool to help you manage your Twitter chat

Twubs is a free and easy-to-use tool to help you manage your Twitter chat

Twubs

This free and easy-to-use tool helps you manage your Twitter chat. Simply enter your hashtag and sign in through Twitter. Like TweetChat, Twubs adds the hashtag for you, and lets you isolate tweets from the chat. There’s also a handy list of chats if you get on Twitter and feel like chatting (tweetchats are an excellent way to get high-quality followers), but don’t have a chat in mind.

On Twubs, people can join as contributors or members of a chat

On Twubs, people can join as contributors or members of a chat

Another nifty feature of Twubs is the ability to register your hashtag. Keep in mind, though, that no one “owns” a hashtag. And people can join as contributors or members if they are regulars to your chat. On a busy chat, you could easily miss someone’s tweet, so seeing contributors is a handy feature–though this is a partial list of total contributors.

TweetReach analyzes the reach of your Twitter Chat

TweetReach analyzes the reach of your Twitter Chat

TweetReach

TweetReach analyzes the reach of your Twitter Chat. Also use it to see how far a url or phrase has traveled (could be a handy way to see who has retweeted your blog posts, for instance). If you use it halfway through the chat you can get an idea of how well your chat as a whole is doing. You could also pay the $20 to get the full-fledged report with all the analytics. If you like data, you’re likely to be in Nirvana if you see the full report!

Have a Favorite Twitter Chat Tool?

Leave me a comment, below. I’m always fascinated by the tools that people use to help manage their Twitter chats. And thank you for reading!

 

 

 

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