Category Archives: Social Media

How to Create a Facebook Page

One of the best features about being a host on BlogTalkRadio is that you can instantly share your content on Facebook and Twitter with the click of a button.

A Facebook Page is a great way to reach more listeners and let your fans keep up to date with your newest broadcasts. It just takes a few minutes to create your own Facebook Page and here’s how you do it.

You need to have a Facebook account to start a Page so sign up if you don’t have one already. Then, go here to create a page and follow the prompts. You can select “Radio Station” in the Entertainment category or choose from the other categories if those fit your purpose better.

Step 1: Upload an image to represent your show. You can leverage your profile image from your BlogTalkRadio page.

Step 2: On the next page, uncheck the options to share and like this page. This will allow you to make any changes before launching your page to the world. Once your page is all set up, you can go back and change these options.

Step 3: Provide a link to your show page, and use what you’ve written for your profile page to give a description of your show.

Congrats! Your page is now set up.  Check out some of the ideas in Get Started, which is the next page that you are taken to. You can start adding content, promoting your page, and lots more!

If you have question, see Facebook’s Page help section, and ask for advice on our Get Satisfaction page.  And you can also read up on these Facebook tips from a post we did before.  Good luck with your new Facebook Page!

The Stupid Cancer Show is a Winner!

We are happy to announce that our very own The Stupid Cancer Show just won ”Most Innovative Use Of Social Media” at the 3rd Annual CLASSY Awards, the largest philanthropic awards ceremony in the country.  Hosted by young adult survivors Lisa Bernhard and Matthew Zachary, The Stupid Cancer Show is an award-winning talk radio program of The I’m Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation. The mission behind The Stupid Cancer Show is to provide a support network for young adults (15-39) living with cancer.

Over the past four years, the the show has garnered 195 broadcasts and over 1.5M listeners worldwide. The broadcast features celebrity cancer survivors, young adult advocates, notable oncologists, distinguished public-health officials, scientists and nutritionists, along with award-winning filmmakers, authors, actors and musicians – Fran Drescher, Lisa Niemi, wife of the late Patrick Swayze and Doug Ulman, CEO of Lance Armstrong Foundation to name a few.

The Stupid Cancer Show has a very irreverent and edgy tone, which has brought listeners back in droves to their cause.  The show covers a variety of different topics such as politics, health care, civil rights and the environment to social media, entertainment, cancer research and education. Tune into The Stupid Cancer Show every Monday at 8PM EST.

Congrats Matthew and Lisa! 

3 Tips for Managing Your Following List on BlogTalkRadio

We’ve been getting many questions and comments on recent BlogTalkRadio updates pertaining to followers so we wanted to explain why we made the changes and give you some options that will address your concerns.

Over the last few months we’ve been taking steps to transition from a friends to a followers model to make it easier for hosts to communicate with their listeners, and for both listeners and hosts to stay up to date on what’s new on BlogTalkRadio. Many of you voiced concern with the first step of this process, made a few weeks back. You were concerned about losing the friends that you worked so hard to connect with and build. So with the 2nd and final phase of this transition, instead of deleting your friends we transitioned them to followers, making anyone who was your friend a follower of your profile, and you a follower of theirs.

With this most recent update though, we again received feedback that some of you were not happy with the increase in messages you were receiving from shows you are now following so we’d like to offer you these 3 tips for managing your following list:

1. “Reset Accounts I Follow” Link
You can reset your account to the shows you originally selected to follow by clicking a “Reset Accounts I Follow” link that will appear for the next 2 weeks at the top of your My Account page. *Please note though that that this action can’t be reversed and will remove all of your “followers” that were formerly your “friends” on BlogTalkRadio.

2. Curate Your Following List
You can manually manage who you are following from the Shows I Follow page in your account.

3. Edit Your Email Notifications
You can make changes to your email notifications in the Notifications section of your Settings page so you don’t receive notifications to your external email.

We hope you find these options valuable. Again thanks for your feedback. As always, if you have questions or need additional assistance, contact us. We’re happy to help.

BTR’s Female Field Guide Launched An App and Here’s How

Gyasmine George is the host of Female Field Guide, a women’s cheat sheet to sports, entertainment and relationships, which airs on BlogTalkRadio Sunday nights at 8PM PST. She recently unveiled her very own Android app for her show that has helped to boost her listener base. We thought it would be interesting for Gyasmine to share her experiences on BTR and advice for hosts looking to create a listening app for their own shows. We are pleased to introduce you to Gyasmine George.

How long have you been on BTR?
October 30, 2010 was my very first broadcast. Since then I’ve had almost 4,000 listeners!

What’s your angle at Female Field Guide?
Female Field Guide is unique because is it geared towards women who may be sports challenged and want to boost their sports IQ or women sports fans who desire to learn more. The show benefits single gals who may want to add to their stock of sports knowledge as they navigate through the dating scene, girlfriends or wives who desire a closer bond on with the men and sports fans in their lives, or the lady or man who has always wanted to learn more about sports, but just didn’t know where or how to gain the information.

Who would be a dream guest on your show?
I would say Lisa Leslie and Billie Jean King and as for male athletes, Michael Jordan and LeBron James.

Tell us about your Android app. What does it do?
With my app, you can listen to my Blogtalkradio shows live or whenever you want. You can pause, rewind and play back the podcasts. You can watch my interviews via my video feeds and get the latest’s news and updates via my Twitter and Facebook feeds. You can also interact with and share articles, videos, and podcasts via Twitter, Facebook or email all within the app.

Where did you get the idea for the app?
I interviewed Billy Carson, founder of SheCanPlay.org, a women’s basketball website and message board, for a special Father’s Day episode. In conversation with Mr. Carson, I found out he designed an Android and Iphone app for his daughter, April Carson, who is a highly ranked basketball player and gave it to her for her high school graduation.

Why did you decide to design one?
What I do with Female Field Guide is so unique, and since I am striving to blaze new trails, I thought why not an app?

How did you bring the app to life?
After my interview with Mr. Carson, I contacted him regarding advice about a Female Field Guide app and he replied “That’s what we do!” In addition to SheCanPlay.org, Mr. Carson heads up ZenForce Media, a non-profit company dedicated to expanding businesses and individual’s social media networking reach via apps. They were great and designed my app so quickly and efficiently!

Why do you think an app is a good idea for hosts?
I have spoken to so many of my friends and supporters and sometimes it’s difficult for them to get to a computer to listen live or even to the archived episodes. BUT, everyone I know has a cell phone! Since my app dropped on Tuesday, July 12th, my listener numbers have doubled!

Do you have plans for bringing your app to other smart phones?
Oh absolutely! The iPhone app will be dropping in about a week and we are working on a Blackberry version as well.

Do you have any advice for hosts that want to make an app or learnings you can provide from your experience?
My fellow hosts, the time is now! In the past, athletes, entertainers etc. were profiled in magazines, posters, trading cards, but today they are more often featured on blogs, Facebook pages and Twitter feeds. With technology such as Androids, iPhones and iPads making a big difference in everything from education to business, we can certainly expect to see more apps featuring players, entertainers and prominent figures in the future. Also, do your research! Send out emails, surveys and ask around to find out how your target audience wants to listen – whether if it’s straight from BTR, on apps or social networking sites. And lastly, be along for the ride! This last year has been amazing and I am so grateful for Blogtalkradio. Internet radio is the future of radio! If you have any questions or advice, email me at gyasmine@femalefieldguide.com.

We’d like to thank Gyasmine for such a great interview. Please tune into Female Field Guide and visit her app here.

Host Jon Hansen: Master of Social Media Has Tricky Dick’s Kids in His Sights

Jon Hansen’s enthusiasm for BlogTalkRadio is, it seems safe to say, unrivaled among his fellow hosts. After all, he wrote the book (or at least a book) on the platform, titled Your Show Will Go Live in 5 Seconds. When not expounding on social media, the logistics and management guru, who formerly served as President of e-Procure Solutions Corp., can be found at his home in Gatineau, Canada, just across the Ottawa River from Ottawa, hosting PI Window on Business. There, he tackles such timely topics as Can the Health Care Industry Be Trusted? Unfriendly Skies: How Safe Is Air Travel? and Protecting Your Electronic Image. On that note, please welcome this week’s SoundBits subject, aka the hardest working man in north of Buffalo, Mr. Jon Hansen…soundbits-wordpress11Give us a 15-second pitch for your show-why should listeners tune in?

Engaging, thought-provoking, informative and entertaining, we tackle the hottest and most controversial topics of the day, with guests who include bestselling authors, global experts and leading political figures.

Jon:Aspiring to the heights of Cronkite.

Jon: Aspiring to the heights of Walter Cronkite.

What’s the No. 1 reason why you host a BlogTalkRadio show?

As part of an overall social media strategy, BlogTalkRadio is a key medium for The PI Social Media Network, as it enables us to reach an expanded audience with stories that deliver real insights and tangible value to our listeners.

Tell us two things listeners would be surprised to learn about you?

(1) Prior to Blog Talk Radio, the only thing I had ever hosted was the occasional dinner party. (2) I still get butterflies (although good butterflies, mind you) whenever I hear the words “Your Continue reading

Host Esteban Contreras Goes from Bored Business Consultant to Thrilled Social Media Manager (Thanks to BlogTalkRadio)

Our scores of talented, authoritative hosts never cease to amaze us.

Most recent case in point? Esteban Contreras, host of The Social Nerdia Show! the companion to his SocialNerdia blog “about the convergence of technology, marketing, and social media, and the people/sub-cultures that make it possible.”

CAPTION: Esteban: Used his BlogTalkRadio job to land a job-with Samsung!

Esteban: Used BlogTalkRadio to land his dream job—with Samsung!

In a story today headlined “How Latinos Will Use Social Media to Change the World,” Fox News Latino tells how Esteban, who had a job— though not in the industry he wanted—took to BlogTalkRadio to change his fate.

“Contreras was a business consultant who was fascinated by social media. On his own time he learned to use blogging platform WordPress, along with Twitter, and BlogTalkRadio, a service that allowed him to interview experts in various fields, to create an Continue reading

Mark Zuckerberg on the Future of Facebook: ‘There should be programmatic interfaces to access anything that a human can’

If Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg wasn’t already master of the universe, he’s hoping to ingrain the world’s largest social network even deeper into 21st century life.

Interviewed in person at Facebook’s Palo Alto, Calif., headquarters by social-media guru Robert Scoble via Cinch—BlogTalkRadio’s sister platform that makes creating and sharing audio dispatches easy—the 26-year-old billionaire spoke candidly about the company’s future.

CAPTION: "If you look five years out," Mark (above) tells us, "every vertical or industry is going to be rethought in a social way."

"If you look five years out," Mark (above) tells us, "every vertical or industry is going to be rethought in a social way."

“Our view of the world is very much that there should be programmatic interfaces to access anything that a human can. Eventually I think we’ll get there, but probably not for a while,” Mark said during the 35-minute chat.

“If yesterday you thought of Facebook as a mobile application that a lot of people are using, what we’re trying to do in the future is build a platform—it’s not a vertical platform, it’s not iPhone, we’re not trying to sell a phone.

“What we’re trying to do is, no matter where you go and what phone platform you’re using—and probably the most important thing: the web, mobile web—we want to make it so that all those experiences can Continue reading

BlogTalkRadio: Live from BlogWorld & New Media Expo 2010

blogworld2010-main1BlogTalkRadio is rolling into Las Vegas for coverage of BlogWorld & New Media Expo 2010.

Beginning Friday, Oct. 15 at 10:30am PT, we’ll be broadcasting live from the floor of the event, which is being held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

Here are just some of the many social-media thought leaders and other attendees set to chat with us throughout the day on Friday and Saturday:

Reid Wilson: Editor-in-chief of The Hotline, Washington’s premier daily briefing on American politics. Continue reading