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FinovateEurope 2017: Tweetspotting

Twitterlogo_lightblueWith more than one wit referring to the new President of the United States as the “Tweeter in Chief,” it is clear that the Age of Trump means one thing if nothing else: time to up your Twitter game.

While the majority of the action at Finovate conferences takes place on stage or in the networking hall, our live Twitter feed @Finovate is often an attraction in and of itself. Curious what the hot trends are in fintech heading into FinovateEurope? Our Twitter audience has you covered. Got a sharp observation or spontaneous insight on a company’s technology midway through its live demonstration? No better place than Twitter to share it. Wondering if startup ABC has an inside track to a Best of Show award? A quick heat check on Twitter can tip you off to likely frontrunners and crowd-favorites.

And, of course, if you can’t be at our conference live and in person, there’s no better way to follow the action than via our @Finovate live Twitter feed. This year’s FinovateEurope tweets are a mix of live and remote viewpoints – including many in languages other than English – all asking questions, praising impressive performances, and encouraging our presenting companies to show us (not tell us) how their solutions will solve some of our most persistent problems when it comes to everything from authentication and e-commerce to payments and wealth management.

This year, our Twitter coverage is complimented by the observations of frequent Finovate sponsor, Hotwire. Felicity Hudson (pictured), Head of Hotwire’s Fintech practice, kept a sharp eye on #Finovate over the two days of the conference and here’s what she saw:

Hotwire_FelicityHudsonGreat. Exciting, Fab, Impressive, Cool, Smart, Delight, Proud … are some of the most popular words to appear in the 4,620 tweets around this year’s event in London. After ‘great’ and ‘#fintech’, the next most talked topic was PSD2, reflecting the amount of debate this upcoming regulation is stirring up. The general consensus from this audience is that this major legislative shift represents an opportunity, rather than a threat for banks.

The top Tweeters over the few days were Global Data Financial and Finovate, followed by brands including EarlyBird, Meniga, Wealthify, and Memento Payments, with the latter going on to win a Best of Show award. The most prolific tweeter was Private Banker reporter John Schaffer, with Robby Hilkowitz taking the investor crown. And the most vocal publication? FinTech Futures.

And with that, let’s take a look at some tweets from the week.

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