One of the things I love about Twitter is its ability to connect you with people you may not encounter otherwise. Hashtags, those little links that help categorize tweets by topic, are very useful in connecting you to specific audiences. Here are 10 hashtags that you’ll find useful if you’re running a chamber of commerce’s twitter account. Most of these are pretty self-explanatory, but I’ve added longer clarification for those that are a little less obvious.
1. #bham–Birmingham, AL
This is the city I tweet about! It’s a fantastic place, and this hashtag helps me keep up with what’s going on here as well as connect with other people who live, work and play in Birmingham. Your city/state/regional hashtag is the most obvious connector.
2. #blueprintbham Blueprint Birmingham
Blueprint Birmingham is the strategic plan for the 7-county metro region. It’s essentially our signature campaign. If you’ve got a similar signature campaign or theme, you should create a hashtag for it.
3. #alpolitics Alabama Politics
This hashtag keeps me abreast of political news in Alabama. It’s also come in handy when we’ve hosted candidate forums for various political campaigns.
News for new businesses; also helps budding business owners find you.
Connect with people who specialize in economic growth.
Helps you get opportunities to the jobseekers who are looking to work in your region.
7. #yp (Young Professionals)
Let young professionals know when something you’re doing is of particular interest to their demographic.
8. #greenbiz (Green Business)
One of the most dynamic business sectors out there; every chamber should keep its eye on Green Business.
9. #smallbiz (Small Business)
Seminars, articles, resources–the list goes on and on with small business. This tag can really help you become a resource.
Appropriately, one of the business incubators in our city is called Innovation Depot. A lot of cool, cutting edge information is attached to this tag.
Become a resource for and connect with entrepreneurs.
Have you found any of these tags to be useful? What other hashtags are you using, chambers?