**Special note: Don’t miss our #peepchat this Thursday at 11am PDT / 2pm EDT with Nicole Miller of Buffer discussing how to build a powerhouse community of loyal customers.**

Twitter chats are all the rage among online community builders today, and rightfully so. If you’re not already familiar, a Twitter chat is a recurring online discussion on Twitter around a particular topic, usually held weekly.

Some chats are branded around a specific company or organization, such as #bufferchat. Others are named after the topic they cover — i.e. #contentchat or #CMGRHangout.

If you have the time and resources, hosting your own chat is an effective way to increase brand awareness and grow and engage your community. Just ensure you’re prepared for what goes into execution: planning out topics, recruiting guests, promoting them to build a steady following and creating recaps using Storify and maybe even longer form blog posts.

Another option is to simply participate in them. You’ll capture almost as much of the brand awareness as you would have as a host, you’ll engage with a broader network of people you might not already know and you’ll even learn a thing or two from your new friends.

If you’re looking to build a stronger community around social media, branding, community, marketing, or really anything community-related, check out the top Twitter chats below.

If you don’t have the time to host or participate in Twitter Chats, consider recruiting someone who can both represent your brand and provide you with a recap, such as a Peep. Check out our awesome community of Peeps who are ready to help you increase your awareness.

1) #CMGRHangout

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When: 2pm-3pm EST every Friday

Who: Hosted by My Community Manager, for anyone interested in all things community.

What: This weekly Google+ Hangout accompanied by a Twitter chat is all about community building and management — everything from tips and tactics to diving down into the psychology behind community management. Check out the recaps of past hangouts.

2) #BufferChat

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When: 12pm-1pm EST every Wednesday

Who: Hosted by Buffer for anyone interested in a variety of topics around communicating online, including community management, brand building, content marketing and more.

What: This chat has had a variety of top-notch guests covering an array of topics around digital marketing. They even had one where the bufferchat community themselves ran the chat! Buffer recently celebrated the one year anniversary of the chat and reaching nearly 50 million people — KISSmetrics shares how.

3) #peepchat

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When: 2pm EDT every Thursday

Who: CloudPeeps — you didn’t think we’d leave our own chat out of this list, did you? 😉

What: Every week our community comes to together to join a special guest in conversation on a topic related to being a better freelancer. We cover everything from remote work to personal branding; from setting up a business to work-life balance, and beyond.

4) #CoChat

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When: 4pm EST every Thursday

Who: Hosted by CoSchedule, for anyone interested in content marketing and blogging.

What: From the team behind CoSchedule, the WordPress plugin that makes keeping an editorial calendar simple, this chat covers anything from content ideation to creation to distribution and beyond.

5) #CMWorld

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When: 12pm – 1pm EST every Tuesday

Who: Hosted by Content Marketing Institute, these chats are kind of like the Twitter chat version of their annual conference, Content Marketing World.

What: Discussions around content marketing topics featuring top experts. Check out upcoming topics here.

6) #InsiderChat

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When: 1pm – 2pm EST the last Wednesday of every month

Who: Hosted by our friend and content marketing wizard, Brian Honigman.

What: InsiderChat features a variety of industry leading guests and covers all things business, branding and marketing.

7) #Sbizhour

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When: 4pm – 5pm EST every Monday

Who: Hosted by Brian Fanzo and Rachel Miller, #SSHour stands for social selling (or social business) hour.

What: This chat is where folks go to discuss leveraging social media to drive conversions.

8) #AtomicChat

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When: 9pm – 10pm EST every Monday

Who: Hosted by Atomic Reach, this chat is for anyone interested in content and community.

What: A new branded chat focused on content marketing and community building. See a recap of the first chat on how to brainstorm blog topics here.

9) #BrandChat

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When: 11am – 12pm EST every Wednesday

Who: Hosted by Maria Elena Duron and David Sandusky.

What: A discussion between experts, strategists and those interested in learning more about personal branding and managing brands. Here’s a recap of the last one!

10) #BizHeros

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When: 2pm – 3pm EST every Tuesday

Who: Features the Paper.li community and hosted by Kelly Hungerford and Magda Torres.

What: A weekly chat with industry experts covering topics to help small business owners.

11) #SEMrushChat

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When: 11am – 12pm EST every Wednesday

Who: Hosted by Olga Andrienko and the SEMrush team.

What: A branded chat with special guests covering all things SEO and conversions.

There’s a ton of Twitter chats out there for nearly any topic you can imagine. These are just the top ones we think any business, marketing or startup person will find valuable. You can find a complete list and schedule of all Twitter chats here.

Use the handy Google calendar Jacob Warwick created to add these top 10 chats to your calendar!

Do you know of a chat that you think should have made it onto our short list? Share it in the comments below! 

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Shannon Byrne

Shannon Byrne

Content Chief at CloudPeeps
As CloudPeeps' content lead, Shannon crafts words, creates strategies and engages our audience through content contributions, newsletters and more.
  • Great list, Shannon! I’m a big fan of #bufferchat, it’s probably my favourite one out there. Even though it’s relatively new, #hootchat (which takes place Thursdays at 3 pm EST) has had some great insights and hosts.

    • Oh, cool! We’ll definitely have to check out #hootchat — sounds right up our alley. Thanks Liz!

  • Thanks. Do I just type using that hashtag? Won’t the rest of the feed get in the way of the Twitter chat discussion? I liked on StumbleUpon.

    • Hmm, not sure exactly what you mean, Janice. Generally, you should only use these hashtags when participating in the Twitter chats. Is that helpful?

  • Kelly Hungerford

    Shannon, what an awesome way to start my day!

    Thank you so much for including #BizHeroes. That community rocks! This is so cool and not only because I host the chat but because I’m also a CloudPeep. I’m so pumped! Thanks for the Chat and #peeplove!

    • Anytime, Kelly! Thanks so much for being an awesome part of the community and for leading the #bizheroes chat!

  • Shelley Webb

    Great post, Shannon! I loved the Google calendar link too!

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  • Nicolina Wroblewski

    Hi Shannon! So many great chats out there now in which to participate, yay! I reg show up for #BufferChat and I’m on the prod team for #SocialHangout Friday shows which is also a Google Hangout 😀

  • Thanks for this list, Shannon! We’ve been actively participating in awesome #twitterchat communities and the latest one we joined in is #PinChat (today) – the conversation was about using Pinterest & Instagram together. A fun, friendly community. #smallbizchat is also pretty cool. Excited to attend those you listed out that we haven’t checked in to. Sharing your post across my company’s social channels. 🙂