This series is a guest post by: @PepiSmartDog
Twitter parties are high octane fun events, usually lasting from a few hours to a full 24 hours of non-stop fun and laughter.
Short parties can be put together without too much fuss. Bigger parties however, do require more planning and a reliable team of “workers.”
Cyber parties need to be fast paced, to hold people’s attention and keep them “mingling” in your audience. Twitter s Anipal #Pawpawty’s (held in animal section of Twitter), are probably the best organized of all the large Twitter parties.
I have successfully held my own Twitter Parties and I ‘Barktend’ at every Twitter #Pawpawty. Occasionally I also DJ. I am the Typist behind @PepiSmartDog.
To get started:
Charity party or non-charity party?
Decide if your party is to raise donations for charity, or if it’s a non-charity party. If it is a charity fund raising party: tell people what your desired goal amount is, so they can be part of “making it happen.”
Decide which audience you want to target:
Research the time, bearing in mind Twitter is used globally and masses of people are in different time zones. Different countries are also on different days: Sunday in the US is already Monday in Australia; this can affect attendance. Choose a time slot for your party.
Before advertising your party time:
Check with your closest friends they will be free to attend, you may need their support. Even for a small party, it is best to have approximately 4 reliable “workers” to help out throughout the party (will explain as we go along.) As Host, you will be very busy during the party itself.
Pick a theme:
Parties work best with a theme. When you are ready to begin advertising, include the theme of your party and encourage guests to change their avatars to match your theme. It adds to the fun.
Workers needed, before advertising begins:
- DJ’s: to keep the dance music pumping out. Use Blip.fm or Grooveshark, so people can follow along in real-time. Change the DJ hourly if possible. Make sure the music stays upbeat; downer music can wreck the mood of your party. Even Memorial events (I’ve been involved in many), need to have positive songs, not on-going overly sad.
- Bartenders: it’s a cyber party but people still want drinks! The idea behind having Bartenders and DJ’s is for people to tip them, and that is how you get donations for your charity. It is part of the DJ and Bartender’s JOB to beg for donations at charity parties. This is an important part of your entire event! Bartenders do not need to actually know how to mix drinks = it’s CYBER, so they can get inventive and make it up as they go. Make it light hearted and humorous. Remember: Bartenders are really there to raise donations or awareness of “your party charity.” Change Bartenders hourly if possible.
- Quiz Masters: people love winning prizes! Hold prize giveaways every half hour. Quiz Masters need to keep reminding guests of the upcoming give-away.
- Host: that will be you! You will be flat out. During the 24 hour parties, don’t expect much sleep, if any.
- Security: for the big #Pawpawty’s, we have “Sekurity Teams” to keep out ‘spammers and bots’. If spammers appear, sekurity alert everyone to immediately “block” them. On smaller parties, this is unlikely to happen. Once blocked, spammers can’t do anything and go away.
Contact people everywhere for prize giveaways. This is another important part of larger parties. Anything will do as a prize: earrings, drink flasks, t-shirts, Portraits, hair decorations, dog bowls, $10 in winner’s name to your charity, etc. Must be shipped out within days of the party ending.
Check back on Friday for more great tips in part two of this series. Find out what happens behind the scenes of a Twitter Party, how to go about Advertising your party, Twitter Jail, and just plain making your party FUN!
Read part two here: How to Host a Successful Twitter Party, Part 2