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Hashtags, tools and Twitter hours

Twitter is a great place to spread the word. If you use it right you can reach an international audience, or you can specifically target people in your area.

Useful tools to lighten the load

A great way to keep track of all that is going on during these UK Hashtag Hours and so you can take part in several at the same time, without going dizzy, you can use a great free tool called TweetDeck.
It was acquired by Twitter in 2011 and makes it remarkably easy to stay on top of anything you want.
You can have as many customisable columns as you want, so you can monitor whether anybody is mentioning your brand, you can watch all the current trending hashtags and you can just enter any hashtags that you might want to be monitoring.

Bit.ly isn’t just a great way to shorten your URLs, which is great if you want some more space in your tweets, but it also has a great Dashboard that allows you to share any tweets via multiple Twitter accounts and lets you monitor how many people have clicked through from the tweet.

One of my personal favourites is buffer. It is an absolutely fantastic tool when it comes to making tweeting easier. When you combine the site with the Firefox or Chrome extension you will save a massive amount of time. It lets you schedule your tweets and it gives you great analytics. The extension allows you to easily tweet interesting pages that you might be visiting, just by pressing the buffer icon in the top right of your browser.

 

Hashtags and how to use them

Hashtags are one of the cleverest things that Twitter could have come up with. Twitter’s hashtag popularity led other platforms, like Facebook, Instagram and Google+, to create their own hashtag system. The Hashtag is used to group together certain topics. It is an easy and simple way to communicate with millions of people all over the world at the same time.

If you click a hashtags in a tweet, you are able to see all the posts that are relevant to that subject. You can stay up to date on current news topics and get first hand information from people that are on the scene.

You can create your own company specific hashtag that you use with every post and soon customers will use it to communicate with or about you. Make sure however that the hashtag isn’t already being used by somebody else, or by something/somebody that you wouldn’t want to be associated with.

 

Important things to bear in mind:

Hashtags don’t support spaces. If you you want to create a Hashtag that is several words long, then you will have to put it all into one word. So Game of Thrones, for example, would become #GameOfThrones or #GoT. Hashtags aren’t case sensitive, but it’s courteous to let the reader know when the beginning of the next word starts by uppercasing the first letter.

Numbers are supported in Hashtags, so you don’t have to worry about using them and the Hashtag not being found or accepted.

Don’t use too many hashtags in a post. It makes it very hard to understand what you are trying to say. It is best to stay somewhere between one and three hashtags per post and try to keep those hashtags relatively short. If what you are trying to say is too long then people have often already found a way to abbreviate and are using that instead.

 

Twitter Hours

Twitter Hour hashtags are for anybody that wants to join in the conversation. It allows your company to get noticed noticed and to target specific people via one of the Twitter Hour hashtags.

If you are using a tool such as TweetDeck, you can set up a few columns that simultaneously monitor all the hashtags that you want to be monitoring at the time. To take part in the conversation you just say what you want to and attach the relevant hashtag at the end, such as #BizHour and your tweet will show up with all the other Tweets that have used the hashtag.

Twitter Hours are a great way to quickly grow a following and to do some networking. Many people will share useful links and are there to help you achieve your goals. So go check it out and see what you can do!

 

Here’s a list of Twitter Hours that will help your business get noticed on Twitter:

Monday Twitter Hours

12noon -1pm #UKBizLunch

2-3pm #BizHour (very busy one)

2-3pm #SouthWestHour

3-4pm #B2BHour

6-7pm #WineOClock

7.30 – 8.30pm #DorsetHour

7-8pm #IlkleyHour

7-8pm #CumbriaHour

8-9pm #BrandYorkshire

8-9pm #HarrogateHour

8-9pm #CheshireHour

8-9pm #NorthEastHour

8-9pm #ConnectingEssex

8-9pm #VintageWedHour

8-9pm #LincsHour

8-9pm #StockportHour

8-9pm #ChristmasGiftsHour

8-9pm #CoachingHour

8-9pm #OurYorkshire

8-9pm #YorkHour

8-9pm #WorcesterHour

8-9pm #BrighouseHour

8-9pm #PrestonHour

8-9pm #Didsburyhour

8-9pm #Gigglethings

8-9pm #Enterprisehour

9-10pm #TwitterBrothers

9-10pm #Venuehour

8.30-9.30pm #MondayMadness

8.30-9.30pm #WightHour

8.30-9.30pm #BuyOnlineHour

 

Tuesday Twitter Hours

12noon -1pm #UKBizLunch

12noon – 1pm #YorkshireJobsHour

12noon – 1pm #AutoHour

2-3pm #NorthEastHour

2-3pm #BizHour (very busy one)

3-4pm #B2BHour

3-4pm #HartlepoolHour

4-5pm #ColchesterHour

4-5pm #TendringHour

4-5pm #MaldonHour

4-5pm #BillericayHour

7-8pm #WhitbyHour

7-8pm #FashionHour

7-8pm #BlkCountryHour

7-8pm #Awardingpeoplehour

8-9pm #CalderdaleHour

8-9pm #DiscoverRipon

8-9pm #WetherbyHour

8-9pm #DoncasterHour

8-9pm #HampshireHour

8-9pm #WestMidsHour

8-9pm #MerseyBiz

8-9pm #UKEtsyHour

8-9pm #ChesterHour

8-9pm #NosCymru

8-9pm #FBLikeHour

8-9pm #KetteringHour

8-9pm #NidderdaleHour

8-9pm #FoodHour

8-9pm #PTSDHour

8-9pm #EYorksHour

8-9pm #MaidstoneHour

8-9pm #FleetHour

8-9pm #BeverleyHour

8.30-9.30pm #SouthEastHour

8.30-9.30 #KentHour

8.30-9.30pm #MallowMummies

8.30-9.30pm #WiltshireHour

9-10pm #SmallBizHour

9-10pm #ChickenHour

9-10pm #BlogHour

9-10pm #4NHour

9-10pm #SkiptonHour

 

Wednesday Twitter Hours

12noon -1pm #UKBizLunch

12noon -1pm #energyhour

1-2pm #LocalLunch

1-2pm #BuyYorkshire

1-2pm #TheLegalHour

2-3pm #BizHour (very busy one)

2-3pm #NewcastleHour

2-3pm #TeesTime

2-3pm #EssexHour

2-3pm #CoDurhamHour

3-4pm #B2BHour

3-4pm #VolunteerHour

4-5pm #BraintreeHour

#WineOClock

7-8pm #LincolnHour

7-8pm #RyedaleHour

7-8pm #HambletonHour

7-8pm #HartlepoolHour

7.30-8.30pm #CornwallHour

7.30 – 9.30pm #HandmadeHour

8-9pm #YorkshireHour

8-9pm #NorthWestHour

8-9pm #EastMidlandsHour

8-9pm #ShropshireHour

8-9pm #CambsHour

8-9pm #OxHour

8-9pm #HorshamHour

8-9pm #MidlandsHour

8-9pm #ColneValleyHour

8-9pm #DevonHour

8-9pm #StaffordshireHour

8-9pm #CardiffHour

8-9pm #WolverhamptonHour

8-9pm #StaffordshireHour

8-9pm #DGHour

8-9pm #SalisburyHour

8-9pm #WebHitsHour

8-9pm #WoofWoofWednesday

8-9pm #SlaithwaiteHour

8-9pm #BramhamHour

8-9pm #YorksBuildersHour

8-9pm #CotswoldsHour

8-9pm #Pontcashour

8.30-9.30pm #BuyBritishBrands

8.30-9.30pm #NorfolkHour

8.30-9.30 #GossipGirls

9-11pm #IrishBizParty

9-10pm #WeddingHour

9-10pm #ScotlandHour

9-10pm #StirlingHour

9-10pm #EventHour

 

Thursday Twitter Hours

12noon -1pm #UKBizLunch

1-2pm #VeggieHour

2-3pm #BizHour (very busy one)

3-4pm #B2BHour

3-4pm #Aycliffehour

6-7pm #WineOClock

7-8pm #OtleyHour

7-8pm #LoveLichfield

7-8pm #LoveSwad

7-8pm #LoveUttox

8-9pm #LeedsHour

8-9pm #BradfordHour

8-9pm #WakefieldHour

8-9pm #SheffieldHour

8-9pm #ManchesterHour

8-9pm #SouthWestHour

8-9pm #SomersetHour

8-9pm #LancashireHour

8-9pm #EastAngliaHour

8-9pm #DerbyshireHour

8-9pm #NottsNatter

8-9pm #SunderlandHour

8-9pm #HullHour

8-9pm #BlackpoolHour

8-9pm #BarnsleyHour

8-9pm #LiverpoolHour

8-9pm #WarringtonHour

8-9pm #ChesterfieldHour

8-9pm #PinHitsHour

8-9pm #LondonHour

8-9pm #CottageHour

8-9pm #LoveBurton

8-9pm #NorthantsHour

8-9pm #UKStartUpHour

8-9pm #HalifaxHour

8-9pm #Shoutlouderhour

8-9pm #Bromleyhour

8.30-9.30pm #SussexHour

8.30-9.30pm #TwitterSisters

8.30-9.30pm #MKHour

9-10pm #MumPrenuerHour

9-10pm #BNIHour

9-10pm #ThirskHour

 

Friday Twitter Hours

10-11am #ClevelandHour

10-11am #ConnectFriday

11am -12noon #NewcastleHour

11am -12noon #LondonHour

11am -12noon #YorkBizHour

11am-12noon #WightHour

12-1pm #UKBizLunch

12-1pm #SkillWillHour

2-3pm #BizHour (very busy one)

3-4pm #B2BHour

4-5pm #GBHour

6-7pm #WineOClock

8-9pm #RetailHourTime

8-9pm #HortHour

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