5 Ways to Use #Hashtags on Twitter
Hashtags allow marketers to engage with users they otherwise wouldn’t be able to reach, build branded campaigns, and sleekly measure the results. You can use hashtags in a variety of ways.
We’ve broken down the five key ways here, but for more insight into hashtags on Twitter, download our newest ebook The Complete Guide to Twitter Measurement.
Use hashtags to spread the word on a campaign in a way that’s clearly associated with your brand. Get creative and monitor your unique hashtag to gauge the level of activity and interest simmering around you, benchmark against other campaigns, and organize fan content to immerse your audience in the experience. This works especially well for campaigns based around events, like Marc Jacobs’ show during #NYFW:
Hashtags for specific topics are often searched and monitored by marketers to find users with specific interests and customer potential.
For example, if Simply Measured tweeted out a link to our Twitter guide with the hashtags #SocialMedia and #Twitter, we would increase the chance of reaching social media marketers who are interested in learning more and actively searching for content of this type.
There are countless regular “Twitter Chats” that use hashtags to allow users to organize conversations. For example, if we hosted a regular conversation or Q&A session about social media measurement, we might choose the hashtag #MeasureChat. This allows us to promote a searchable term so that users can view and interact with anyone involved.
When doing research, search relevant hashtags to discover interests, sentiment, attitudes, and demographics around those hashtags. This is a smart way to plan future Twitter campaigns.
Different hashtags can be measured and compared to identify trends, growth, and disparities. This is important for recurring or cyclical campaigns and competitive analysis.
For instance, if I am a food delivery service and/or app, I might track the trajectory of this promoted ad’s hashtag:
Why are hashtags meaningful to you on Twitter?
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I’m the Head of Marketing Communications here at Simply Measured, where I'm responsible for our content program, social media marketing, PR, and comarketing ventures. I love yoga, The X-Files, peaty scotch, hiking, and poetry. If I were a social media channel, I’d want to be Instagram, but I think I’m Twitter.