Category : Techology

Social Media, Techology, Video

Blabbing About Podcasting: Getting Your Message To The Masses

Back a few months ago, I was talking to Sara Broers who manages our North Iowa Social Media Breakfast Club about how we were going to  round out the year.  What sort of program would we do two days before Christmas in two feet of snow and expect people to show up?  We didn’t expect people to drive in inclement weather, but we wanted to remain consistent as far as our monthly programming went.  I told her I would think of something.

In September I was at the “Social Media Rockstar Event” in Minnesota and I heard Janet Johnson give a presentation on “Blab” and how she uses it for podcasting and my wheels started to spin.  At the same time, Jason Falls had just launched a podcast called “100 Proof: The Badass Radio Show.”  In the meantime I also knew that since there were three open seats on my “Blab” that I could have one more guest and I’d been a fan of Bridget Willard and her “You Too Can Be A Guru” YouTube channel.

I talked to Janet and she said she’d be glad to appear, while Jason said, “Hell, yeah!!” and Bridget said, “That’s 6:45am here in California!! But, I’ll be happy to be on the Blab.”   Naturally, I had talked to Jason and Janet back in September and so after a friendly reminder was sent out, I  officially got them on board for the December 23rd event.

I wanted to feature three different styles of podcast.  Throw a stick and you can come up with MANY topics that everyone is an “expert” at, so I wanted to feature Jason, not because of his digital marketing experience, but for his work in radio and having fun with the podcast.  I wanted to feature Janet, because her co-host of her podcast is in another state and Bridget because hers is a regularly scheduled Blab.

I’m happy to report that the event went off without a hitch and there were a lot of viewers and a lot of interest in the room.  As you can see, many of the people in the crowd (23 men and 7 women) were live tweeting and posting on social media about what the presenters were talking about.   I thought it was probably more important to show the audience, since I was going to turn it over to questions at the end of the event.

By the way, during the show, it was raining and the temperature was 35 degrees.

Here are some of the links to the speakers’ websites and Twitter info!

Jason Falls

Janet Johnson

Bridget Willard

Again, a big thanks to all who came out and to the three guests of the event in Mason City, IA!!   (#SiliconPrairie)

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General, Techology

Thumbtack — A Service Similar To Angie’s List

Thumbtack Best Pro of 2015

Here’s a service that I’m listed with, it is called Thumbtack.  I suppose I signed up several years ago and have done some computer jobs through their services.  It’s a “lead service” type of system where people submit their computer issues and if I think that I want to tackle then, I reply back to them…but, it comes with a hitch.

That hitch is, I pay to write them back.  For the most part, it costs me about $3.50 which, when/if I’m booked, I pass right back onto the customer.  I can tell when my SEO services for The Computer Guy  have slid a bit, because then I get more requests.  If someone Googles, “Computer Repair” along with a community in North Iowa, my site usually pops up as one of the top listings.  However from time to time, Thumbtack will also pop up and people get click-happy and click the first one, which is most often Thumbtack.

Now ThumbTack doesn’t just offer computer repair, they offer many other services.  Lawn mowing, car washing, graphic image services and many more.  Maybe you just want to see what is out there and get a bid for the work you want to get done.  If you provide services that I mentioned above, you may want to become a Thumbtack Pro.

Now, several computer companies are on Thumbtack, however I think out of the bunch, I’m the highest rated because I’ve done the most work for them and have the most reviews.  Once I do work for them via Thumbtack, I just take over as their provider.  There’s no real need for them to go back to Thumbtack, unless they are unhappy with my work.  I’m not saying that they won’t, but from the reviews I get and the return business I get, I’m pretty sure that they do come back to me.

Anyway, for 2015 The Computer Guy is ranked as a Top Performer in the Mason City, Iowa area and I appreciate that!

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Social Media, Techology, Video

Pat’s On Periscope – Show 17

Monday was  a VERY windy day and with that comes the chance to download Weather Apps to your phone.  My favorite is the KIMT-TV Weather App, but many sites have their own.  One key thing to keep in mind is do NOT link your social media account to the app.  There is no reason for that and if they want your personal information, maybe it’s time to look at another app.

We also talk about a topic which was covered on The Dr. Phil Show a few weeks ago and this was keeping kids safe and NOT to talk to strangers on line.  Parents should have access to their child’s Social Media accounts and log into them now and then.  Search the chat areas of the phone and to the other places where photos may have come into the phone.

One guy helped parents wake kids up over this whole issue in this video — You may be shocked!

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North Iowa, Social Media, Techology, Video

Pat’s On Periscope – Show 16

First of all, I can’t believe I’ve done this show for 16 weeks and second of all, I still can’t figure out why I can’t remember where the settings are for getting my stand height to be the same ever week.  Ugh!

Domestic violence affects so many people and in many cases it just cripples a family’s physical and mental health.  I was watching Dr. Phil the other day and he and his wife developed an app for your mobile phone that will text pre-assigned messages to friends and a recorded message to 911.  I thought it was so valuable, I decided to feature it this week in my show.  More information on the “Aspire News” app can be found by watching this video from Dr. Phil and his wife, Robin.

We also discuss the Microsoft call hoax, which I featured here last week and I talk about the Midwest Social Media Summit.  “Summit” is the 2016 buzzword of the year — everything is now a summit, but I know folks will really get a lot out of the event on October 24th at NIACC.


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Social Media, Techology, Video

Blabbing About Periscope!

I sat down with Melody Jones from Colorado and used “Blab” for the first time and discussed the ways I share my Periscope videos to YouTube.  Blab is similar to Google Hangouts, but it seemed to work a bit better.  It’s a Twitter product, or at least you use your Twitter handle to get into it.  We discussed a few tips for Periscope and also how to upload your “Scope” to YouTube for repurposing.  For me, why put the work into something, to not save it and use a few other times in other areas of Social Media??!

A few basic things include: Restart the phone, put your phone on Do Not Disturb, clean the front and back lenses, speak in a steady and confident voice, use #hashtags to get the Periscope noticed in specialized topics and just be yourself with plenty of content!

I did a screen recording of our session, but the original link can be found here:

Melody Jones – Social Media Management Services can be found online here:

Thanks for the Blab, Melody!



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