Effective Facebook Groups with Bryan Kramer [BlueBird Podcast]

Since I wrote my post The Three Faces of Facebook in 2015 Facebook groups have come a long way. Today we can witness many successful groups that have thousands of members. Facebook groups are great for finding support and finding people that are interested in the same topics. Done right, a group can be an awesome “Alpha Audience” as Mark Schaefer calls it.

I am currently in over 80 Facebook groups and most of them are either dormant or have so little use to me that I turned off all notifications. There are others though that I visit and participate in every day. Two of them are by Bryan Kramer and his team.
In this BlueBird Podcast episode, I talk to Bryan about what makes a Facebook group successful?
I invite you to listen to the end when Bryan makes a very generous offer.

The Magic That Happens When You Truly Serve Every Day

This episode of the BlueBird podcast is the most inspirational one I have recorded so far. What Martin said moved me so much that I am going to take his challenge. But more on that later.

I invite you to listen to this fascinating interview and let me know what you think either in the comments or by sending an email to [email protected]

The Magic of the Daily Email
Martin sends a daily email to his list. His emails are inspirational and helpful; they are never spammy or boring. The focus of his emails is to serve his readers. This is a challenge in itself because you have to earn your readers’ trust every day. If you betray this trust they unsubscribe.

Missinglettr – Amazing Social Media Posts Made For You

Today I am excited to interview the gentlemen behind Missinglettr* A tool that I have discovered recently that automagically creates and schedules Social Media posts, complete with images based on my text.
I invite you to listen to this interesting interview and let me know what you think either in the comments or by sending an email to [email protected]

Fascinating Insights About Conscious Capitalism From Janet Fouts [BlueBird Podcast]

Today I talk with Janet Fouts about “conscious capitalism”. Businesses that are really conscious about how they affect the world around them practice conscious capitalism.

Businesses that are really conscious about how they affect the world around them practice conscious capitalism.

A Fantastic New Video Tool To Easily Promote Your Content [BlueBird Podcast]

My special Guest today is Michael Cheng, co-founder of Lumen5

Lumen5 is a brand new tool that creates short videos from any link. It uses artificial intelligence to analyze the text content and matches it up with images and video clips from royalty free sites to provide a draft slideshow video with text overlays that you can edit or publish directly.
In the interview, Michael and I talk about what prompted the 5 people behind the tool to create it, what it does and what the next features might be. We talk about the fact that Lumen5 is free right now and Michael is very convincing when he says that there will always be a free version.

At the end, we discuss the very interesting principle that customer support is an important part of product development. Michael Cheng strongly believes that customer support should not be outsourced and sees it as a core responsibility of the development team. In my experience with Lumen5 this has proven to be true in the speed and efficiency of the support I received.

I invite you to listen to the podcast and tell me what you think in the comments or by email: [email protected] .

Let’s End Youth Homelessness [BlueBird Podcast Minisode]

Did you know that at any given night over 6000 young Canadians have no place to sleep?
Earlier this year we observed first hand how easily young people can slip into homelessness and how little the Ministry of Children & Families can do to prevent this. We also had the opportunity to witness the wonderful work our local Boys and Girls Club does to fill this gap. I have decided to support this initiative by donating $10 of any consulting hour booked in June to our local Orange Door Project.

Ignite Your Blog Content – Hugh Culver Introduces SOS [BlueBird Podcast EP8]

In this podcast episode, Hugh Introduces “Get SOS” to us. The SOS team reads your blog posts and creates a series of social media updates to promote your blog. It doesn’t replace the need to be active in your social media efforts (otherwise I wouldn’t post this 🙂 ) but it takes care of a lot of the work involved in the content promotion.

Because Hugh and his team are so involved in the blogging world, he also shares helpful blogging tips in general.

Vicki McLeod #Untrending [BlueBird Podcast EP7]

Welcome to Episode 7 of the BlueBird Podcast.
My special Guest today is Vicki McLeod

Vicki and I talk about her recent book #Untrending. It is a small book filled with wisdom. Vicki caused me to think about our obsession of being “always on” and she is challenging the notion that everybody has to hustle more all the time to survive in today’s online world.

“Vicki is a writer, coach consultant, and award-winning entrepreneur. You can find her online at vickimcleod.com and offline in the beautiful Fraser Valley, in pajamas, making something” (From the book cover)

Vicki’s book #Untrending caused me to think about my own FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out). We talk about this as well as the challenge of coaching others to produce an amount of content that is effective without losing their privacy and peacefulness.

I invite you to listen to the podcast and tell me what you think in the comments or by email: [email protected] .

Voices from Social Media Camp 2017 [BlueBird Podcast]

I went to the Social Media Camp conference in Victoria BC last week and I loved the whole experience! This conference has the right mix of being big enough to feature interesting content and small enough so you don’t get lost and you have an opportunity to hang out with the incredible speakers and other professionals.

I was inspired by what I experienced and I am determined to let you take part in this newfound inspiration by creating content around what I learned and the people I met. I am planning to bring you podcast interviews with some of the new and old friends I met at the conference.

But at first, I am taking you with me to Social Media Camp. I managed to capture some soundbites from the conference.

I would love to hear what you think about the podcast or if you have questions about Social Media Camp. please send me an email at [email protected]

Digital Hallway – Teaching Social Media in Schools [BlueBird Podcast]

When Sean Smith realized that businesses were struggling to find employees that were able to handle their Social Media tools he realized that we were dealing with a whole generation that has grown up teaching themselves how to use these new tools but had never been taught. Schools and teachers aren’t equipped to fill this gap yet so Sean started developing the Digital Hallway project, an online resource for parents, teachers, and teens. That is the topic of today’s episode.