Make Your Brand a Part of The Moments That Matter

Meet the gamechangers

From beauty and gaming to TV fandom and women in sports, people on Twitter ignite the conversations that shape what’s happening.

They’re trend starters who overflow with creativity and role breakers who change the way we see things. They’re esports grandmasters claiming their ‎#chickendinner and music stans driving conversations that pick the ‎#songofthesummer. They’re fans whose love of the game is so powerful that it shapes how we experience it. They’re trailblazers who are changing the status quo for the next generation.

They’re people like Nancy Baker (‎@NanceBaker), the rock star leading a movement about gender equality in soccer and challenging tired stereotypes about ‎#womeninsports. As a development coach for the sport, Nancy volunteers her time coaching teens in London and around the world. She’s using her voice to get more girls out on the pitch playing and cheering each other on and challenging the idea that women can’t fill stadiums.

The world listens when people like Baker use Twitter to lead conversations that defy convention and change the way we see ourselves.

Take Salem Mitchell (‎@salemmitchell), who faced criticism for posting pictures of her nontraditional beauty. Instead of getting mad she used Twitter to clap back, posting a picture of herself holding a bruised banana with similar freckles. People on Twitter went nuts for her banana freckles and bold stand. They told her she was stunning and overwhelmed her with compliments: “Bananas with freckles also happen to be the most nutritious,” wrote one fan.

Advocates like Salem ignited a conversation that helped change how we think about beauty, ourselves and the world. That exchange attracted the attention of fashion magazines and modeling agencies.

Influence Matters

This level of engagement translates into influence that defines what people are talking about. In fact, two-thirds of people on Twitter influence purchases of friends and family, according to GlobalWebIndex.  And people on Twitter are 15 percent more likely to regularly inform friends and family about new products and services than non-Twitter users.

Twitter is where people are hungry to discover something new. They seek out cultural moments, experience them together and share them with each other. When the first image ever of a black hole dropped, it was one of the most awe-inspiring cultural moments of our time.

Black holes are the most fearsome forces in the universe, but they existed only in physicists’ equations and our imaginations. No one knew what a black hole looked like. Yet on Twitter, it took only moments for one of the greatest scientific breakthroughs to spread around the globe like wildfire.

Some celebrated a young female computer scientist who helped build the algorithm that created the image, rallying around her to fangirl women in science.

And then there were those who saw everything from Firefox logos to the pupil of Sauron.

In a matter of hours the images sparked thousands of memes, and brands jumped in too, using the black hole as a cheeky sales tactic for doughnuts, tech companies and upcoming sci-fi movies.

Here for it

Audiences on Twitter were all in—they had come to Twitter intending to seek out cultural moments and share them with others.

That means they’re not only more willing to hear from brands, they’re more likely to remember what they hear. People spend 26 percent more time viewing ads on Twitter compared to ads on other leading social media platforms, and those ads are 31 percent more emotionally stimulating, according to research from Neuro-Insight commissioned by Twitter.

People on Twitter are the platform’s superpower. They start the conversations that change how we see the world and, sometimes, how we live in it.

So how do you find the people who truly get you? Start with the grandmasters who are leading the next wave of esports. Start with the ‎#stans in the front row. Start with the trailblazers and the rule breakers who are changing the world, one conversation at a time. Start with the ones who are driving culture forward and shaping what’s happening. Start by connecting to the audience that’s here for it, ready to learn, willing to listen and open to new ideas. ‎#StartWithThem.

E.J. Samson is the lead content strategy manager for Twitter’s Global Business Marketing team. Follow him on Twitter @ejsamson.