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Twitter Party: The Schedule

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All Times are in Central Time Zone-  please be aware of the time zones. I will leave links to the groups at the end of this document if you’d like to join those groups- you are not obligated to.

All teams have the same rules- 15 tweet PER HOUR max, spaced out 2-4 minutes apart, retweet a minimum of 2 other tweets per your 1 tweet.

Sunday’s Line up

11 am to noon CST #PromoBoostMe

1pm to 2pm CST #CraftShout

3 pm to 4 pm CST #ShoppersHour

7 to 10 pm CST #EpicOnEtsy

11 pm to midnight CST #PromoBoostMe

Monday’s Line up

 

11 am to noon CST #PromoBoostMe

3 to 4 pm CST #ShoppersHour

9 to 10 pm CST #EpicOnEtsy

10 to 11pm CST #CraftShout

11 to midnight CST #PromoBoostMe

Tuesday’s Line up

11am to noon CST #PromoBoostMe

3 to 4 pm CST #ShoppersHour

4 to 5 pm CST #EpicOnEtsy

7 to 8 pm CST #ShoppersHour

8 to 9 pm CST #CraftShout

11 to midnight CST #PromoBoostMe

11pm – #EpicOnEtsy 24 hour twitter party starts

Wednesday’s Line up

ALL DAY- #EpicOnEtsy twitter party

11am to noon CST #PromoBoostMe

3 to 4 pm CST #ShoppersHour

7 to 8 pm CST #CraftShout

11 pm to midnight CST #PromoBoostMe

Thursday’s Line up

2am- #EpicOnEtsy 24hr twitter party ENDS

11 am to noon CST #PromoBoostMe

12 (noon) to 1pm CST #CraftShout

3 to 4 pm CST #ShoppersHour

8 to 9 pm CST #ShoppersHour

10 to 11 pm CST #EpicOnEtsy

11 pm to midnight CST #PromoBoostMe

Friday’s Line up

11 am to noon CST #PromoBoostMe

3 to 4 pm CST #ShoppersHour

7 to 8 pm CST #CraftShout

9 to 10 pm CST #EpicOnEtsy

11 to midnight CST #PromoBoostMe

Saturday’s Line up

11 am to noon CST #PromoBoostMe

3 to 4 pm CST #ShoppersHour

4 to 8 pm CST #EpicOnEtsy

8 to 9 pm CST #ShoppersHour

8 to 9 pm CST #CraftShout

11 pm to midnight CST #PromoBoostMe

THIS LIST IS NOT COMPLETE

Sometimes the twitter party schedules change- please be aware of the times!

last updated 09/26/2015

Twitter Party Groups you can join:

Craftshout: https://www.facebook.com/groups/craftshout/

PromoBoostMe: https://www.facebook.com/groups/promoboostme/

ShoppersHour: https://www.facebook.com/groups/595288003938956/

EpicOnEtsy: https://www.facebook.com/groups/473512072817979/

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Diary of an Etsy Seller: Twitter Parties

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Everything you always wanted to know about Twitter parties, but were too afraid to ask!

In order for twitter parties to work, you MUST retweet others. If you do not retweet you will likely be blocked from the parties and not allowed to attend future parties.

What does @ mean, and what about that # I see everywhere??? What is a Twitter party? How do I participate? How does it help me?

All very good questions, and hopefully I will answer them all in this document. If you still don’t understand something, or just have a question I didn’t cover… please post them below 😀

Before I get into the Twitter party, I’d like to explain the difference between the @ symbol and the # symbol.

The @ symbol is a way for you to tag, or “shout out” to a specific person, or account. Just like on Facebook, when you tag someone in a post… it sends the @user a notification that they have been mentioned in a tweet.

The # symbol (and this is the more important one) is a way to perform a search on Twitter. Think of it like the tags you use in your Etsy listings to be found by people searching for your item. When you use the #craftshout, you are not tagging someone specifically, but rather “tagging” your tweet, so that if anyone searches the team/group hashtag your tweet will show up. This is ESPECIALLY important for the twitter parties.

A Twitter party, is really just a set date and time (usually for an hour), in which random people get together on Twitter and re-tweet each other. That simple.

Ready to Join the Party?  You participate by tweeting your own items, directly from your Etsy store and adding the group/team hashtag to them. You tweet ONLY during that set date and time, and ONLY using that specific #.

Now to the re-tweets… in order for everyone to gain maximum exposure, we re-tweet each other. How does that work? During the set date and time, go to the search in Twitter and type in the team or group hashtag such as #CraftShout or #EpicOnEtsy . You will get a list of every tweet in the twitterverse that is using that hashtag. Once the feed starts coming in (and when we have lots of people, it will move FAST) just randomly start retweeting other people’s items. Remember, 2 re-tweets for every 1 of yours. If you would like to retweet more, feel free to do so, but keep in mind Twitter’s limits. You are allowed 100 tweets/retweets per hour for a grand total of 2400 tweets/retweets per day. If you exceed this number you will not be allowed to tweet or retweet for a few hours (also called “twitter jail”).

Be sure to choose ALL TWEETS when you are searching for team/group hashtag, that way you see everyone who used that tag, and not just the popular ones 😀

  • NOTE... it is MUCH easier to participate if you have an auto post program like around.io (so worth it) You can set your tweets ALL up ahead of time, and then just focus on re-tweeting.  Of course, this is optional as most sites like around.io charge for the service.

In addition,you can favorite tweets, or even reply to them. Just remember, anything you want to be visible to other party members it must have the correct team/group hashtag (check spelling! It matters) or it will NOT show up at the party, and you won’t get retweets.

How does this help me???  I cannot give you a 100% positive answer that it will equal sales. I CAN however tell you it will gain you views, likes and even more Twitter followers. Usually I take a screenshot of my shop views before a party, and then again after. The increase is usually in the 300 views range. That is HUGE for exposure. I do know other people have reported sales as a direct result of participating in these parties. Try it, and see for yourself, it is free and only uses an hour of your time 😀

Please Note: Your twitter account MUST be public- if it isn’t, no one can see your tweets and you will not get retweets. Also note, If your twitter account is new, or you have a very low number of followers, your tweets may not show up in the hashtag search- work on building your twitter following.

For #CraftShout and #EpicOnEtsy Parties: The rules are as follows- you have a max of 15 tweets per hour (If the party is longer, you get 15 tweets per hour- not per the entire party. So if the party lasts 2 hours, you get a total of 30 tweets). Retweet at least 2 other tweets per your 1 tweet. Space your tweets out about every 2-4 minutes. Choose different items for each tweet. If you tweet too fast, or keep tweeting the same item you’re likely to be flagged as a spammer and may not get retweets.

For 24 hour Twitter parties: Please keep in mind for the 24 hour twitter parties, the rules still apply. You still have a max of 15 tweets per hour (spaced out 2-4 minutes apart). Twitter has a max of 100 tweets/retweets PER HOUR limit, and a 2400 tweet/retweet max PER DAY limit. Please keep this in mind during these parties so you don’t get put in twitter jail.

Other VERY IMPORTANT Twitter Information: You always want to be working on building your following on twitter. Not only does this help everyone at the parties by bringing new eyes and new potential customers to our items, but it helps build your own following for your brand.

Twitter Party Groups: 

EpicOnEtsy

ShoppersHour

CraftShout

List of helpful Twitter Apps:

Hootsuite

Roundteam

Tweetdeck

Crowdfireapp

Tweepi

tweetjukebox

(Each of these has a free version, or are free)

Diary of an Etsy Seller: Twitter Parties

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WHAT IS A TWITTER PARTY?
A Twitter Party. You may be asking yourself “What the heck is a twitter party?! Is that some weird theme party?” No, it’s not a weird theme party. A Twitter Party, sometimes called a #hashtag party or #hashtag chat is an online get-together to share or chat about a specific topic using Twitter. The twitter party will have a specific hashtag that you’ll use. They usually only last for about an hour- sometimes 30min, sometimes 2 hours.

During a Twitter party, there is a hosting account, or accounts. You should definitely follow the host. Each twitter party is different. Each one has rules- make sure to follow the rules and READ them. The gist of it is, everyone participating in the twitter party will tweet with a specific hashtag- such as #craftshout #shophandmade #buyhandmade #crafthour etc. After you’ve tweeted your item, you’ll want to search for the hashtag within twitter and retweet others who are participating in the twitter party.

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After you’ve found all the results for your hashtag, make sure to click ALL, not top. This will bring up all the most recent tweets for the party you are participating in.

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When Promo Junkies does twitter parties, we all share our Etsy items- it’s pretty simple. For every 1 item of your own that you tweet, you retweet 2 others. Sometimes there is a max number of items you can share during the party, so be aware of the rules for each twitter party because everyone does them differently!

TWITTER PARTY ETIQUETTE

 First and foremost. Do. Not. Spam. The quickest way to get banned, blocked, hated and not invited back is to spam. Most teams have a “only post 1 item every 3 minutes” rule- stick to that. What you don’t want is to spam your own followers or spam anyone else.

It’s nice to follow your fellow partiers, but usually not required. It’s also good manners to actually TALK to other partiers- even if it’s just a “Hey, I really like this.”

WHY YOU WANT TO PARTY

I can tell you why you’d want to party… on twitter. While it doesn’t guarantee you sales, you gain views to your etsy shop and items, it gets your shop out there, you gain twitter followers, and you create backlinks to your items. Exposure! Along with the exposure- you network. You will meet other people, make connections and make some new friends! Just like other forms of promotions, twitter parties are not for everyone, but before you decide they are not for you, you should try it a few times to make sure!

TL;DR: Tweet an item from your etsy shop with the correct hashtag, at the correct time/day, retweet others who are participating. Don’t spam, don’t be a jerk.