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#PRRVACHAT, Richmond PR folks, let’s chat!

January 30, 2012 | by Jon Newman

One of the most underrated ways to take advantage of all Twitter has to offer is through one of its many regular chat sessions.  These are regularly scheduled sessions related to specific topics that are facilitated by using one of Twitter's famous hashtags.Image One of my favorite chats is the regular #PR20CHAT which has PR pros around the country responding to specific questions or trends that are posed by facilitators. So it got me thinking why not try this on a local #RVA level.  We have a great PR community led by our local PRSA chapter and including great agencies, corporate pros, government PR people and solo practitioners.  We also have lots of folks looking to network and break into the business. The national version has allowed me to:

  • Share ideas with PR people from around the country
  • Meet them on Twitter and follow them for future conversations
  • Meet some up and coming PR pros looking to network and break into the business
  • Even find some new business along the way
  • Make some great friends as we talk PR

So I'm proposed a local Richmond version with the hashtag #PRRVACHAT.  The first session will be on Wednesday night, February 8 at 8:00 and go for about an hour.  I will be promoting on Twitter and Facebook so please pass the word, RT the tweets, etc.  I will likely send out some proposed topics, etc. I great way to follow and participate in the conversation is by using a third-party platform like TweetDeck or Hootsuite and use the #PRRVACHAT hashtag or by using a web-based app like and follow the directions. I'm really excited about this because of how much fun I've had on similar chats and I hope you will participate and share your thoughts and ideas.  If you have a suggested topic for questions, etc., please comment below. (Also looking for a co-facilitator to help me with this as well so if you're interested please contact below.)

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Jon Newman

Jon worked on-air and in management at a number of radio and TV news organizations in New Jersey, Tennessee and Virginia before joining The Martin Agency. He parlayed his media background into national media placements for countless clients, and that media relations focus is still a core competency at The Hodges Partnership. As the media landscape has changed, Jon’s focus now also includes social and digital media. Read all posts by Jon Newman »

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By cmiller237 on January 31, 2012

Hey Jon! Thanks so much for posting this yesterday. I shared it at a workshop on social media that I did for Princeton nonprofits. It’s one of the coolest and little known ways of using Twitter.

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