Tag Archives: SXSW

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Affordable and Reliable Trips to The moon and Mars?

by Virtually Speaking Science in SCIENCE

NBC.com’s science editor, Alan Boyle, talks with Doug Griffith and Taber MacCallum about achieving affordable, reliable and frequent human expeditions to the moon as well as Mars.

Is Oz the great and powerful a must-see?

by RU Instant Reaction Review in MOVIES

BFCA film critic Marc Eastman and co-host Shane Leonard review Oz the Great and Powerful as well as Jack the Giant Slayer.

Campaigning to Be ABC’s FIRST Black Bachelorette

by Your15Minutes Radio Network in TELEVISION

Fans of ABC’s The Bachelorette, tune in to one woman’s quest to become ABC’s first black Bachelorette. Dr. Misee Harris chats about her goal and what it would mean to her.

Bo and Luke duke plan Dukes of Hazzard christmas cd

by Milling About in MUSIC

At 61, Tom Wopat, Luke Duke in the original Dukes of Hazzard, still sings like a bird. He’s got a new CD of standards out, and a Christmas CD with DOH co-star John Schneider planned.

escape to ireland to Find your celtic roots

by Travel Brigade in TRAVEL

2013 is the Year of The Gathering in Ireland, and many Americans and Canadians have Irish roots. Travel Brigade gives you the best tips on tracing your family history.

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The World According to Guy: Stop Pimping and Start Growing Your G+ Circles

Best-selling author Guy Kawasaki believes Google+ will ultimately win the social networking game. “This is Google, after all,” he said on BlogTalkRadio University earlier this week, noting that we shouldn’t underestimate the power of the No. 1 search engine.

Guy shared ready-to-apply tips from his book with the BTR community. Select the image above to listen to the podcast.

Guy’s chat with us was not only informative — he answered a bunch of BTR listener and host questions — but also super entertaining. At one point, he likened himself to the Pope! Listen to the full interview for a fun breakdown of this important social networking tool.


Besides buying his new book (on Amazon as both softcover and ebook versions, in the iBooks store, at Barnes & Noble as both Nook and softcover versions), we asked Guy the best way our BTR community can get started on G+.

Q: Should our hosts create a personal page or a branded page?

Guy: Branded pages have limitations because the person has to follow you before you can follow that person back. Your hosts are people first, brands second. If you’re representing Boeing or Porsche or Procter & Gamble, then yes, create a brand page. But for most solo practitioners, create a personal page.

Q: What sets Google+ apart from Twitter and Facebook?

Guy: Twitter is about gaining perspective, such as how long the line is at Starbucks, there’s an earthquake in Peru, etc. And Facebook is for pre-existing friends — people you know enough to care about their baby, their cat rolling over, etc. — you’re connected by blood or history. Google+ is about passions. For instance, very few of my Facebook friends share my passion for photography, so I can share those posts on Google+, which is for finding people you don’t know yet who share a common interest with you.

Listen to Google+ Expert Guy Kawasaki Share Google Plus Tips on BlogTalkRadio




Q: Can you talk about the power of Google behind G+?

Guy: No one knows search like Google. Let’s say you’re interested in SXSW but can’t go this year, so during it, you want to know what’s happening. If type SXSW into Google, you’ll see standard coverage by the New York Times, Mashable, CNet, etc. All the journalistic entities. But if you type the same keyword into Google+, you’ll see posts by people you know — insider posts that are remarkably different from, say, the Christian Science Monitor‘s posts on it. Google+ gives you more personalized results.

Q: Since many of our BTR hosts have shows on topics they’re passionate about, what’s the simplest way to grow their audience on G+?

[Guy’s answer to this one was short and smart. Listen to the interview online to find out this simple-yet-powerful tip.]

Google+ is one of the most powerful ways BTR hosts can grow their listening audience.

Q: What’s the best way to use G+ for self-promotion?

Guy: I use what I call The NPR Model: NPR provides good content 365 days a year. Every so often, they run the telethons to fundraise. We tolerate them because we feel a sense of obligation. So what you should do is become a sector expert and promote good content all the time, so that when you want to promote your stuff, people won’t be offended. The community doesn’t tolerate pimping all the time.

[Listen to the full interview for a real-life example on how to market your local business.]

Q: How often should we post?

Guy: I post 10 times a day, 365 days a year. But that’s what works for me. 10 times a day is only too much if you post crap. I don’t post crap. I post between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. PT, the prime time for posting. I use tools for scheduling posts. [To find out which ones, listen in.]

Q: Should we make all our posts public?

Guy: 100% of my posts are completely public. I understand the utility of posting to a specific circle, but I’m trying to post to my followers. Every post goes to my closest 2.8 million friends.

Listen to Google+ Expert Guy Kawasaki Share Tips on BlogTalkRadio

Installing Guy-approved tools will optimize your G+ experience. Listen to our interview to find out which ones.


There are 3 tools Guy considers indispensable for optimizing your G+ experience. Listen to the complete interview to find out which ones are Guy-approved.


Are you on Google+? If so, comment below with your profile so we can add you to our Circles!

And feel free to share some of your favorite G+ tips!

Visit Guy’s G+ profile and add him to your Circles.


BlogTalkRadio’s Where Is My Guru at SXSW

We were so happy to see BlogTalkRadio hosts Jessica Durivage and Diane Ferraro on a panel at SXSW this year.  They host and run Where Is My Guru, a weekly radio show and social media hub committed to making positive social change through the lens of yoga, community, leadership and service.

Their panel entitled “Radio Free Yoga: Self-Realize x Social Enterprise” featured some outstanding guests in the world of yoga, film and spirituality including Seane Corn, Vikram Gandhi and Waylon Lewis. The discussion explored how the worlds of social media and spirituality can intersect to affect personal growth and philanthropic progress.

We were lucky enough to attend the panel and get this shot of it in action!

It was a fascinating discussion and kudos to the girls on getting their panel into SXSW this year! Don’t forget to tune in to their show live this Friday at 11AM EST for a recap on their SXSW experiences and an interview with Sue Jones, yoga rebel and founder of yogaHOPE.

Programming Highlights; March 13, 2010

Tune in to some great content from today on BlogTalkRadio.
*Please note that all show times are listed in EST time.
Today’s Programming Highlights:

swxsw-for-christieAt 1230 PM Join The PulpLizard Show‘s second annual live coverage of the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas with film reviews, exclusive interviews, and guest hosts from the event.



sara-hazel-for-christieAt 230 PM Indie Lady A welcomes singing sensation Sara Haze, who has been belting out songs since the age of five, to talk about her big break, and her latest musical projects.



politician-for-christieAt 6 PM Special guests include Todd Lally who’s running against incumbent Democrat John Yarmuth in Kentucky’s 3rd Congressional District and Keith Messina who’s vying to unseat incumbent Democrat Barney Frank in Massachusetts’ 4th Congressional District on the Conservative Republican Forum.



debbie-d-for-christieAt 8 PM Flashback with Carey Fisher welcomes actress, singer and model Debbie D to discuss her film and modeling career as well as her love and involvement with the horror film genre.



annie-burl-for-christieAt 10 PM Annie and Burl once again tackle the serious topic of driving under the influence as they host the 2nd Annual ABL Drunk Show, with breathalyzer tests, drinking facts, and when to know how much is too much.



sports-talk-for-christie1At 11 PM SportsTalkSoup reviews the NCAA Tourney with Eric Angevine, the managing editor for Storming the Floor, who gives his early predictions for who will win it all, as well as the teams that could pull off an upset.



Thousands of live radio shows broadcast live everyday on BlogTalkRadio. Find out what’s on live now.

BlogTalkRadio is Back From SXSW!


by Deb Ng

I just had the most amazing few days. I spent some time in the beautiful city of Austin, TX at the South by Southwest Interactive festival. To say the experience was a positive one is an understatement. I, along with BlogTalkRadio’s John Havens and Chris Hogan, spent time talking with some of the greatest folks on earth.

I wish to personally thank all of our hosts and listeners who stopped by the BlogTalkRadio pod at the Pepsico Podcasting Playground to tell us how much they enjoy what we do. Your support means so much to us. Meeting you face to face means even more.

I would also like to take this time to say “welcome aboard” to our new hosts, especially those of you who signed up after talking with us at SXSW.

A special shoutout to the folks at PepsiCo who provided us a unique place to interact with the community and broadcast live, and also to WalMart’s 11Moms.  You may know some of the 11Moms as BlogTalkRadio hosts. In person they are smart, savvy and delightful, and I enjoyed all the time I spent with them. I look forward to seeing you all again!  Another shout out to Chris Brogan for becoming a part of the BlogTalkRadio team for the weekend. It’s always a pleasure chatting with you.

I met community management folks from brands such as Best Buy Remix and we’re already brainstorming ways to bring our communities together. I was also able to pick the brains of the best minds in social media. I learned so much, I’m ready to burst.

Thank you South by Southwest, thank you Austin, thank you to the BlogTalkRadio community and a very special thank you to BlogTalkRadio for allowing me to attend this extraordinary event.

Check Out BlogTalkRadio’s Podcasting Pod at SXSWi!

by Deb

As we mentioned earlier on this blog, BlogTalkRadio and PepsiCo have teamed up to broadcast live for most of SXSWi at the PepsiCo Podcasting Playground. Located on the first floor of the Austin Convention Center, the Playground features four quiet podcasting pods and refreshment area. To get the PepsiCo Podcast Playground, make a right upon entering the Convention Center’s main doors and follow to the end. Make a left and keep going (and I mean keep going!) until you find us!

As first on the scene from BlogTalkRadio, I took a look around to give you a first peek, check out the BlogTalkRadio Podcasting Pod:

I see we’re expecting company:


Here’s another look:


To listen live, beginning this evening, and all through the weekend, bookmark BlogTalkRadio and PepsiCo’s Digital Speakeasy. Plus I’ll be adding video and images to this blog throughout the weekend.

Cinch and the schwag people want

A flickr user, choiceshirts, favorited one of the four Cinch designs today. Thank you!

sxsw cinch shirt schwag

At SXSW in Austin, TX a couple weeks ago the BlogTalkRadio team was there to represent and produce shows for our hosts like DoC and Wiley. We handed out hundreds of BlogTalkRadio stickers (made by the great Sticker Giant) and over 130 original Cinch t-shirts to attendees.

The shirts turned out to be an unexpected hit. Sure, we thought we could give out quite a few but we expected to have many left for other events – not the case. It made traveling home easy!

The takeaway from this post should be that if you are designing promotional products make schwag that doesn’t look like schwag and that your conference team will get behind with a passion. Get feedback from your co-workers about designs and ask them if they would wear or use the item you are creating while not in the presence of your CEO. And, lastly, know your intended audience.

Here’s a look at we made:

Cinch Shirt

Cinch Shirt 2

Cinch Shirt 3

Cinch Shirt 4