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Terrific Tips for the Twitter Timid at TBEX Ireland

Now That’s a Title I’ll Regret.

Once I am not asked to start calling out that blog title at an after party at #TBEXIreland I think I will be ok.

This blog post is aimed at those who might not be used to Twitter and want those last minute tips that might help them through #TBEXIreland. More details for the event are available here:


Don’t let that scare you though, there might be the world largest content creators and social media professionals but they are just humans at the end of the day. With the right information, you will be able to tweet away with the best of them. I hope that these few tips will help you along the way and something that you can bring to every conference that you go to. So here we go:


Tip No. 1  – Don’t hash up the hashtags

Of course one of the most obvious pieces of advice I would give is to use the hashtag. This might seem like common sense to the experienced but I know from talking to Twitter beginners that they are wary of when is the right time to use a hashtag. Well, at events and conferences, it’s easy – you can use the hashtag at every opportunity.

Sometimes when you are listening to a speaker and you want to tweet as quickly as possible you can make a mistake with spelling or tag the wrong person. What I like to do at the start of the day is copy the hashtag so that all I have to do later is paste it.

Top Tip: copy & paste the hashtag

For the record, the hashtag for the conference is #TBEXIreland but you could also use #TBEX , maybe copying and pasting both would be a great way to start.


Tip No. 2 – Be Sound

For the tourists being ‘sound’ in Ireland is the local lingo for being nice or helpful.

What I mean by that is if you have local knowledge of great places to pick up a coffee or if you know a super secret place that the our guests should go, you should let them know. Keep a look out for #TBEX attendees asking questions and help them out. Also, just help them out – don’t pop in a little ad for your product and service. Your good intentions will be noticed and appreciated.



Tip No.3 – Don’t link your Facebook to Twitter

Linking Facebook to Twitter

My primary school teacher told me that there was no such thing as a short cut and she was right, I still can’t figure out how she knew about Twitter in the 80’s.  But, it definitely applies to Twitter anyway and if you automatically link your Twitter and Facebook you will dramatically decrease your chances of engagement on your Twitter platform.

You can see from the image attached what it look like when you link your facebook and your twitter posts have Facebook links on them. Regular Twitter users will never click those links as they will only pull them from one platform to another. Also, you will notice that they are just lines of text and with no images, this rarely entices people to click the links.


Tip No. 4 – Get A Good Seat

At this point you are shouting at the screen saying “lay off the obvious” but you would be so surprised how many people pay good money to go to a conference only to potter in late to a speaker and miss out on a great seat and an opportunity to get a great photo. THAT is why you need to get good seat because when you have the best opportunity to take a picture of the speaker and a good photo of the speaker along with one of their quotes are generally one of the most retweeted things at conferences and events.

Top Tip: remember that you can tag up to 10 people on a Twitter photo, this is a great opportunity to connect with people that you meet at the event.


Tip No. 5 – Video Killed The Radio Star – But the Twitter Star Survived

“Alrigh Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my closeup”

This tip is normally the one that makes people cringe because they hate to make a video of themselves (myself included) but it’s just one of those things that you have to do. I wouldn’t necessarily say that this is good for your engagement but it will certainly help you to build relationships. It will make you a lot more approachable for other people who are keeping an eye on the hashtag and you will feel 10 times better after doing it.


Tip No. 6 – Ask Questions

There’s no such thing as a stupid question.



That phrase is repeated for a reason. You are going to #TBEX for a reason too and that is to learn from the best in the business. Asking a question on social media is a fantastic way to boost engagement AND get answers to questions that were bothering you. This is a complete win win, so if you have questions about certain parts of blogging/social media, why not make a note of them and check out the speakers and what times they are on and in what venues and be ready to live tweet your questions so that you can get your information and engage with the conference in real time.




Tip No.7 – Understand Your Audience

I guess that this tip is one that you can think about every time that you go to create a tweet, whether you are at a conference or not. For now though, I will keep it specific to the #TBEX as that is what I sat down to do.

It is important to understand that there will be different types of people looking at your tweets; your followers, people who might only be following the hashtag #TBEXIreland, and maybe people that you have met throughout the conference who are stalking you (you might want to watch out for those).

For the people who are also at the conference and live tweeting like you, it is great to be able to connect with them and converse about how you both are enjoying the experience.  This brings me to a very important audience that you need to think of and it is the poor unlucky sods who didn’t manage to get a ticket. You are their eyes and ears and it is vital that you can give them the best representation of what is happening.



So, there you have it.

Thanks for taking the time to read it and I hope that it gives a little insight into what you need to do for the #TBEXIreland when it comes to twitter. You can follow us here and if you would like some one on one tips, just tweet me and we will see if we can meet up through #TBEX .

We will be there with some camera’s on hand so if you’d feel like having a little chat, that would be great too.

Also , I would like to give a shoutout to Brainless Tales who have some awesome artwork as you can see throughout the blog and if you check out their Brainless Tales you can even buy some merch.


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