Twitter chats. What are they?
A Twitter chat is, first and foremost, exactly what it sounds like: a chat that takes place on Twitter. It’s created and engaged with via the use of an exclusive hashtag, so if you want to get involved, you simply tweet your message with that hashtag while it’s happening. You can also engage with what other people are saying by clicking on the hashtag and sorting your tweets by “Latest” to see what’s being discussed.
Most Twitter chats have a host and their own rules. Usually they last for an hour with a specific start/end time (which you can usually discover via the host’s bio). They can also be structured, where the host asks questions for you to answer or poses certain topics of discussion.
Not all chats are organised, however. Others have a very laissez-faire approach: taking course over an entire day, for instance, or remaining “topic-less” so you can tweet about whatever you want (so long as it suits the chat’s purpose, that is!).
Trust us – they’re worth your time
There are plenty of perks to getting chatty! For one thing, Twitter chats are always tailored to a specific audience – so if you find one (or several) that are relevant to you, getting involved is a great way to put your brand in the spotlight. You can also learn from thought leaders in your field and strike valuable connections that could prove useful to your brand later down the line.
A list of Twitter chats by industry
Here are the best active, UK-based Twitter chats for three major industries (including a list of miscellaneous Twitter chats other industries might find appealing):
Food and Drink
#UKFoodHour hosted by @UKFoodHour, Tuesdays 14:00 – 16:00
Quite simply, this chat discusses all things food and drink (yum!). The perfect digital stomping ground for every type of food brand.
#VeganHour hosted by @VeganHour, Tuesday 19:00 – 20:00
Passionate about veganism? This Twitter chat focuses on a variety of vegan subjects, and can expose you to an audience of over 30,000 followers (as of January 2019).
#EthicalHour hosted by @EthicalHour, Mondays 20:00 – ongoing
If your brand is passionate about ethical practice, this chat is for you. Share your tips, learn from others and promote your brand to the biggest changemakers out there.
#CakeClubHour hosted by @CakeClubHour, Friday 15:00 – ongoing
Pretty much says it all on the delicious, sugary tin. Here you can talk about cake to your heart’s content with hundreds of baking aficionados: and better yet, this chat explicitly welcomes businesses, too (yay!).
#CreamTeaHour hosted by @CreamTeaHour, Thursday 20:00 – ongoing
These chats can be awfully specific, can’t they? If you sell tea, cake, sandwiches or other relevant products, take a dive into #CreamTeaHour to engage with an ultra-appropriate audience.
#TeaHour hosted by @TeaHour_UK, Tuesday 19:00 – ongoing
“Promoting businesses and people associated with tea and coffee”, according to their bio. Sounds good to us.
#WineWednesday, no host, Wednesday all day
Vino lovers flock to engage with their favourite brands on #WineWednesday, looking for new products, competitions and more. Make sure you think of something good to say!
#LuxTravelChat hosted by @luxtravelchat, Thursday 17:30
Fancy yourself a bit of a luxe brand? Show off your fancy side and get involved with the most glamorous of nomads here.
#TravChat hosted by @travchat, Wednesday 10:30
Popular weekly travel chat which focuses around specific topics. A good place to expose your brand to a variety of travellers.
#FunTravelChat hosted by @funtravelchat, Monday all day
Show your brand’s fun side and connect to your audience in a genuine way with this down-to-earth, no-frills chat.
#TravelTuesday, no host, Tuesday all day
Whatever you want to say about your travel brand, feel free to do it during this chat. This no-rules, day-long event allows you to speak about whatever you want to a huge audience – and a very active one, too. This popular chat often trends.
If you miss Tuesday, however…
#WanderlustWednesday, no host, Wednesday all day
… you have Wednesday to catch up!
Health and Fitness
#UKRunChat hosted by @UKRunChat, Wednesday and Sunday 20:00 – 21:00
Are you a runner? This chat covers all-things running including the best gear and running products, tips and more.
#UKCycleChat hosted by @UKCycleChat, Tuesday 20:00 – 21:00
Wheel your way into a world of engagement with this Twitter chat, that’ll put you in front of over 13,000 dedicated cyclists (as of January 2019).
#UKTriChat hosted by @UKTriChat, Monday 20:00 – 21:00
Are you a personal trainer or representing a gym? We all know that the best clients are the ones who return again and again – and athletes who are preparing for a triathlon fit that bill perfectly. Show them how you can help them get ready for the rigorous race.
#BoardGameHour hosted by @BoardGameHour, 19:00 – ongoing
Love to roll the dice? This chat will connect you to over 10,000 people in the board games community (as of January 2019). Though the host doesn’t seem to have been active for a while, the chat very much is, so feel free to hop in.
#WeddingHour, hosted by @WeddingHour, Wednesday 21:00 – 22:00
Does your product fit the wedding industry? Put your brand in front of brides and grooms to show them why you deserve to be a part of their dream day.
#EquineHour hosted by @EquineHour, Sunday 20:00 – 21:00
Yep, you have to give up a little of your Sunday night – but if you’re a horse brand, the effort will be worth it. Horse lovers are an incredibly passionate community, and you’re sure to turn some heads if you get involved in this chat.
#HorseHour hosted by @HorseHour, Monday 20:00 – 21:00
Much the same as above, #HorseHour is an often unstructured chat that’s perfect for pushing your equine brand.
#CharityHour hosted by @CharityHourUK, Wednesday 20:00 – 21:00
Promote your cause and engage with some of the most giving people in the community during #CharityHour. This chat is often hosted by exciting thought leaders in the industry, so if you’re a new charity trying to gain exposure, here’s a great place to start.
Don’t see your industry on the list? Why not try and create a popular Twitter chat of your own? Contact us today to find out how we can help.