Set that hashtag on fire! Join us while we show how your own hashtags, and sharing, can give an event or announcement a big boost, maybe even help it go viral! Effective hashtag use can help you promote a sponsored post, or share your experience and excitement of an event worldwide. Relevant hashtags can also give your own online presence a boost. 

Hashtags on Fire

Why share an event hashtag? 

We were lucky to be able to attend the BlogPaws® conference in 2016. Previously, we relied on the Twitter, Facebook and Instagram shares of our friends and colleagues lucky enough to be there.

The difference their sharing made to us cannot be underestimated – we felt included and involved, especially when a sharer responded directly to us either then, or later (when they had time!)  This year we repaid the generosity of conference buddies by sharing on our own social media channels. 

People can’t attend events for lots of reasons; work commitments, lack of funds, emergencies, or simply a fear of flying, and they appreciate the insights, news and information attendees at an event share. Those of you ‘on the ground’ can share a speaker or sponsor’s special announcements, and your tweet or share could be the one to take the news to thousands around the world.

Other Reasons Hashtags Matter

  • “Hashtags are really effective for shared interests, and incredibly important in the work with lost & found pets across all social media. They enable us to tap into audiences in specific locations, and conversations about events taking place near where a pet was last seen. These special interest groups are always keen to help a lost, stolen, found or adoptable pet in their community.” quote from @WherePetsAreFound.

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Hashtag of Fire! Isn’t it ‘showing off’…..?

Showing off? Heck no. Followers are excited when bloggers take time to share their images, videos and live video from events. From social media focused BlogPaws, to Harry Potter fandom event #LeakyCon, or technology focused South by Southwest® #SXSW, actually seeing the sponsors stands in the exhibition halls, images of a speaker in action, or reading nuggets of their inspiring wisdom is exciting! Not only may your tweet go around the world, your online friends and colleagues will remember you as a generous sharer.

TIP:- If you are on Twitter make sure to complete your important ‘bio’. Need help? Check here.

Hashtag on Fire! Tips to help you go Viral

  • Is there a specific event hashtag, find it and use it. An example is the BlogPaws event – the hashtag is #BlogPaws
  • Make your image a thrilling, or exciting one. No, this doesn’t mean perfection or focus – capturing a magical moment and sharing # matters.
  • Remember your focus audience if you blog. #Catlovers? #Doglovers? #ComputerGeeks?
  • Don’t overdo hashtags. We recommend a three tag limit on Twitter, and more for Instagram.
  • On Twitter? Keep a column open specifically for the hashtag so you don’t miss exciting news, and so you can respond.
  • Use Bitly to shrink a long link. Chck out How to use Bitly, and Customising Bitly
  • Respect a speakers copyright when taking a picture of a slideshow. As a personal reminder it’s awesome but – don’t share without permission.

Hashtag on Fire

If you attended a cool event like #BlogPaws, Global Pet Expo, or Barkworld; please share the fun, the news and your discoveries. Remember that on the other side of the world, a blogger dreams of standing beside you one day, and, until their dreams come true, your shares will inspire them.

Silver Kitten
Tech Editor and Hashtags on Fire Reporter
Dash Kitten Silver Kitten the Business Cat

 

 

 

 

 

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39 Comments

  1. Cathy Armato

    April 25, 2017 at 4:05 am

    I rely very heavily on Twitter and Instagram hashtags, I’m always seeking out new ones. This is great advice!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

    Reply

  2. Heather

    April 25, 2017 at 1:14 am

    Sad you will be unable to attend BlogPaws this year but I’ll be sure to use hashtags to keep you in the loop!

    Reply

  3. Bryn Nowell

    November 9, 2016 at 8:36 am

    Great post. There are sites that actually list trending hashtags if you want to get in on a subject that is getting a lot of traction at that particular moment. I hope folks who are just delving into the world of social media and blogging find this informative post!

    Reply

  4. Jenna Hughson

    November 8, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    This was great! I love hashtags!

    Reply

  5. Sweet Purrfections

    November 8, 2016 at 4:54 am

    Great tips! I just recently began understanding hashtags

    Reply

  6. Malaika Fernandes

    November 7, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    Thank you for this post i was clueless about the use of hashtags where twitter is concerned be and what would be safe number of tags to use

    Reply

  7. Tonya Wilhelm

    November 7, 2016 at 8:46 am

    Thanks for this post. I’m still trying to wrap my head around #hashtags and how to use them properly. This helps.

    Reply

  8. Robin

    November 7, 2016 at 7:39 am

    Great lesson! After these last few years of blogging, I’m finally starting to understand hashtags. I’m a little slow on the uptake sometimes. LOL This gives me some ideas for making my use of hashtags even more strategic. 🙂

    Reply

  9. Sadie

    November 7, 2016 at 7:19 am

    Thank you for this great reminder and tips!

    Reply

  10. Jana Rade

    November 7, 2016 at 3:25 am

    I so need to get better using hashtags. I hardly ever remember.

    Reply

    • Dash Kitten

      November 7, 2016 at 7:38 pm

      Jana, it took us ages to remember. You just need to incorporate one or two – Mum adds a Post-It note to her computer 😉

      Reply

  11. Pawesome Cats

    November 6, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    Hashtags definitely make a difference – good post!

    Reply

  12. Beth Patterson

    November 6, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    I didn’t go to the BlogPaws conference but I was able to follow a little bit thanks to the hashtag. It was fun!

    Reply

  13. Jasmine Bachrach

    November 6, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    Great post! Hashtags do matter and it’s great to see all of your tips here. I created this TinyUrl address for an article on hashtags that I really like: http://tinyurl.com/HashtagsHelp

    Reply

  14. Ruth Epstein

    November 6, 2016 at 7:09 am

    Was thinking today about the Hashtag story so thanks for this info

    Reply

  15. Tenacious Little Terrier

    November 5, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    I feel like I didn’t share nearly enough while I was there but I had some technology issues. Next time!

    Reply

  16. Cathy Armato

    November 5, 2016 at 11:56 am

    This is helpful! I often wonder if I’ve shared too much about a conference and whether or not people are really interested in seeing pics of exhibitors.
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

    Reply

  17. Katie

    November 5, 2016 at 10:45 am

    Thanks for the tips! I help create events and do digital marketing for the pet store company I work for. We will need to create a hashtag for our next event!

    Reply

  18. Lola The Rescued Cat

    November 5, 2016 at 4:20 am

    Thanks for the tips. We really need to get better at using hashtags.

    Reply

  19. Hindy Pearson

    November 5, 2016 at 1:51 am

    Love this article thanks for sharing! I do always use hashtags, but after reading this I feel like I’m being a bit robotic about it, rather than taking my time in selecting the best ones. I will definitely pay closer attention. Thanks!!

    Reply

  20. Rebecca at MattieDog

    November 5, 2016 at 12:19 am

    Hashtags are very effective at helping to tag and share mutually interesting content! When used properly you’ll often find people who you have a lot in common with as well!

    Reply

  21. Sarcastic Dog

    May 30, 2016 at 10:34 am

    I’m so excited to attending my first BlogPaws conference this year and I look forward to tearing it up on social media 😉 These are great tips!

    Reply

  22. Beth Patterson

    May 25, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    I won’t be attending, but I’ll be following #BlogPaws. Thanks for the tip and have a great time!

    Reply

  23. Rosa @ Cat Lady Confidential

    May 25, 2016 at 2:50 am

    This is great information! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Reply

  24. Faith Ellerbe

    May 24, 2016 at 5:16 am

    These are great tips! I try to use hashtags in all of my social posts. Not just any hashtag but those that are trending and have the top or highest amount of posts. Wish I was able to make it to Blog Paws this year to join you. Have fun! It is a great conference with amazing pet loving people!

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  25. Nerissa's Life

    May 23, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Very useful info, especially as I’m not good with hashtags. Thanks! purrs

    Purrs,
    Seville

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    • Dash Kitten

      May 23, 2016 at 12:59 pm

      We need to do a How to Hastag post – Look out for it next week-end!

      Reply

  26. Erin the Cat Princess

    May 23, 2016 at 1:49 am

    ALLWAYS and ONLY the BEST advice from you. Thanks for helping… purrs ERin

    Reply

  27. Savannah's Paw Tracks

    May 22, 2016 at 11:36 am

    #ultimatecollaborator you are spot on Silver and your Mum is rocking #BlogPaws for #internationalcatbloggers. *proud ears*

    Reply

  28. Sweet Purrfections

    May 20, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    Great information. We’re still pretty new at communicating in Twitter, so this is a big help.

    Reply

  29. Summer

    May 20, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    #GreatAdvice! 😉

    Reply

  30. meowmeowmans

    May 20, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    That was such an awesome and really informative post, Silver. #ThanksSilver 🙂

    Reply

  31. Christine Caplan

    May 20, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Oh what great reminders before we all head off to Blog Paws! This is fantastic and now I’m getting super excited and better get my social plan in place for the event.

    Reply

  32. The Island Cats

    May 20, 2016 at 11:27 am

    Great tips! We like using hashtags.

    Reply

  33. Sometimes Cats Herd You

    May 20, 2016 at 9:56 am

    These are great reminders! We’re looking forward to keeping up with what is happening at BlogPaws through everyone posting with the conference hashtag since the head peep can’t attend this year.

    Reply

  34. Colby

    May 20, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Those are some great tips! I don’t know if I’ll be at BlogPaws this year, but if I am I’ll be sure to share my experiences through social media. By the way, which social media channel(s) do you recommend for a conference like BlogPaws if I only want to post to 1 or 2 different channels.

    Reply

  35. Three Chatty Cats

    May 20, 2016 at 7:03 am

    Great info, thank you. I’m still learning the ropes of social media and need to up my hashtag game!

    Reply

  36. da tabbies o trout towne

    May 20, 2016 at 1:48 am

    silver….we look for werd to reedin all bout what ewe & mum see at blogpaws !! we noe it will be an awesum time 🙂

    insert heartz XXX

    Reply

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