Twitter isn’t just a fun way to keep in touch with friends and follow your favorite celebrities; it’s also an incredibly valuable tool for marketing, branding, customer service, and business education. These days, few big businesses operate without a Twitter presence, and more and more business gurus, CEOs, and teachers are flocking to the site to share their expertise and inspiration with young professionals like yourself. One of the best ways to connect with these experts and other businesspeople is through Twitter chats, which are often held weekly and cover a wide range of topics.
Whether you’re new to Twitter chats or just want to expand your horizons, here are some of the best business-related Twitter chats in which you can participate. (Note: all times Eastern.)
Find great advice and inspiration in these business chats.
This chat is a great way to keep up with issues pertinent to the business world today, with a new trending topic featured each week. Simply sign on to Twitter at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays to take part.
This chat touches on a wide range of topics, including social media, marketing, advertising, technology, and PR. As such, it’s a great starting place for learning about these topics and others, and because it’s an ongoing chat you can chime in at any time.
Need a little guidance when it comes to managing your finances? This chat covers both personal and business finance issues, helping you start off your career on the right foot.
Called Women Grow Business, this chat is a great place for young female businesspeople to learn more about the skills and knowledge they’ll need to get ahead.
Here you’ll find a chat that focuses on small businesses, aiming to help them get more exposure, save money, and use smarter internet marketing.
The Empire Avenue chat touches on topics like finance, investment, social media, online influence, and much more.
Small Business Buzz chats are held on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. and feature discussions between small business owners, social media experts, and other business professionals.
Need to learn more about running a small business? This chat, and the daily posts to this hashtag, can be a big help in answering some of your biggest questions.
If you’re hoping to be your own boss someday, it’s never too soon to start learning about issues that impact small businesses. Held on Wednesdays, this chat will help you learn the ins and outs of everything from marketing to money management.
Get links to great articles, talk with other business professionals, and learn more about the real world of business in this popular chat.
Tuesdays at 9 p.m., business students should head to Twitter to take part in this chat focusing on customer service and experience. After all, customers are what will ultimately make any business venture successful, so learning to manage their needs is key.
Head to Twitter on Mondays at noon to learn more about treating your future (or current) customers right.
Need to learn about web marketing or online job hunting? These chats may be a big help.
These days, every business needs a blog. Take part in this chat, held Sundays at 9 p.m. to learn some blogging fundamentals.
Hosted by @JasonBreed and @marc_meyer, this noontime chat on Tuesdays is the perfect place to learn about being a leader in using social media. Don’t have time to meet up? Check out their huge archive of chats.
Innovation is at the heart of business, so it can do you some good to learn more about ideas related to the topic. Join in every Thursday at noon!
Mondays at 9 p.m., this chat meets to talk about all things social media.
Use this chat to learn how to employ social media best practices and keep up with the latest trends in social media marketing.
How much do you know about increasing influence on the web? If the answer is not much, join in on this chat every Tuesday to learn more.
LinkedIn can be a great resource for finding work and growing a business, but you may not know how to take advantage of all the features it has to offer. Take part in this chat to get in the know about all the best LinkedIn tips and tricks.
Educate yourself on social influence and the way Klout works to measure it through this monthly chat.
QR codes have been all over the place lately, especially in marketing campaigns. Join in this chat on Sunday nights so you can learn more about all things QR.
Those who want to learn more about just what search engineer optimization is and how they can use it should take part in this weekly chat.
This chat brings together professionals from journalism, blogging, and PR to talk about a wide range of issues. It has the cool distinction of being one of the first Twitter chats ever, so it’s a must for those just getting into using Twitter to chat.
Marketing and PR
Learn how to promote your business, ideas, or even yourself through these helpful weekly chats.
Moderated by CEO and founder of Dempsey Marketing, this chat is a great place to talk about a wide range of marketing issues, including social media, SEO, and more.
Get helpful advice on marketing through social media and other outlets through the Marketer Monday chats, held at 8 p.m. every Monday.
Through this Tuesday evening chat, budding marketers, PR professionals, and social media managers can share information and insights.
The name might be deceiving, but this chat isn’t just for PR studs. It was actually created to bring together students in PR and features great advice for those still in school and new grads alike.
Every other Tuesday at 3 p.m. you can take part in this chat just for PR professionals or anyone who’s interested in learning more about the field.
This global chat takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays (UK time) and is an excellent source of information on all things communications.
It never hurts to learn more about branding, so take advantage of this Wednesday morning chat to improve your knowledge.
Meet up with PR consultants, social media experts, and marketers in this great chat.
#getrealchatThis super popular chat on Twitter held by Pam Moore often has Fortune 500 companies participating in it, so it’s a must for any young professional trying to learn more about marketing.
#b2bchatThose interested in starting a business-to-business venture should make a note to join in this weekly chat (Thursdays at 8 p.m.) that discusses effective marketing practices.
These chats are perfect for young business professionals looking to connect with others just starting out.
This chat is called Hire Friday and is a great place to meet up with those looking to hire as well as other job seekers, perfect for new grads!
Are you under 30? Are you a professional (or soon to be)? Then this chat is for you. Hosted by @DavidSpinks, @CubanaLAF, and @sjhalestorm this chat offers some helpful info on breaking into the professional world.
Gen Y has been largely misunderstood, but in this chat you’ll meet others who share your needs, wants, and concerns in their career, with input from Gen X and Baby Boomers as well.
In the same vein as GenYchat, MillennialChat brings together those in the Millennial generation to talk about, well, everything on Tuesdays at 3:30.
Whether you’re looking for an internship or in the market for advice on how to get the most out of one you already have, head to this chat on Tuesday nights.
Gen Y professionals can head to this chat on Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. to talk about all things career, from starting out to moving up and more.
Management and Leadership
Get great advice on being a better leader when you take part in these chats.
Even the best leaders always have room for improvement, and that’s part of what makes this Tuesday night chat so great. Follow along to learn lessons from business professionals, community leaders, or even Army Rangers.
Focusing on talent and culture, this chat will help you to refine a wide range of professional areas, from recruiting to leadership development, with a little social media and career coaching thrown in for good measure.
If you want to manage or run a company, you’re going to have to do some public speaking. Get some advice on improving your speaking skills through this Monday night chat.
Put participating in the community manager chat on your to-do list to learn more about community management and to read feedback from dozens of professionals in management throughout the week.
Those hoping to go solo after graduation should take part in these entrepreneurship chats.
This chat meets on the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. and offers up some great tips for entrepreneurs and small businesses that are just starting out.
Interested in using your small business for good? This chat will help you learn more about social entrepreneurship and what it can mean for you.
Get a chance to network and talk with some inspirational entrepreneurs as well as finding more information about working as a business owner when you take part in this chat.
The Young Female Entrepreneurs chat is perfect for any young businesswomen looking for guidance in starting or growing a small business.
As an entrepreneur, you’ll need to have organizational, time management, and productivity skills in spades. Every fourth Wednesday, this chat offers up tips and tools for better managing your business and your life.
Young entrepreneurs should check out this weekly Friday chat. They can hear from marketing professors on a wide range of issues and, even better, head to conferences, seminars, and events through the hosts as well.
This article was first posted in BestCollegesOnline.com.