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Want to Blog Consistently?
Hint: it's the secret sauce to growing your audience!

Whenever +Michael Hyatt speaks on growing your platform and your blog, I pay close attention. His talk here was incredible! 

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Michael Hyatt's Talk at SMMW15
How to Blog with Consistency: Strategies & Workflow

+Michael Hyatt is the reason I began taking my blogging seriously in 2009. His advice and leadership on building a platform online. 

Read my full notes here:

I only got to step into his session for 30min but I was able to get a significant amount of notes in that timeframe. Michael has a way of laying things out tactically so that you can put them to action immediately! 

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Michael Hyatt has been a long time inspiration to hundreds of thousands of people. His blog is among the top in the world. In fact, if it weren’t for Micha
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You're welcome +Jeffrey Perry +Heather Kraafter and +Theresa Wolmart! I hope it helps! In case you missed it, this might help you out:

Apply that same thing to your blogging and you will have a recipe for killer blogging consistency. I'm actually writing a post soon about consistent blogging using +CoSchedule. Stay tuned! 
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It's a beautiful autumn day here in New Zealand...  Heading down to the TEDx event to prep a bit! #TEDxQueenstown #TEDxCreate #Queenstown 
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A Shift In Hangouts On Air Mentality
Going from Hoarding to Honing 

I think what my buddy +Wade Harman is getting at here is this idea of hoarding viewers who may not actually care about what you have to say versus honing in on viewers who are actively engaged. 

The problem with the invite circles and methodologies that are quite common in the Hangouts On Air space is tricky. A lot of times they're based on this mentality that we need to capture every last person and add them to a notification list because if we don't, they wont find us again.

But what happens when those people no longer want to have your notifications pushed on them? They have almost no control.

You then force them to openly confront you and say "please stop notifying me of your events."

Alternate Ideas
Why not make more temporary notification circles that are only specific for one event? Instead of building (hoarding) into one notification circle time after time and potentially collecting a bunch of people who are burnt out on your notifications, only create notification circles for each upcoming event. 

That way people are opting in each time and don't have to worry about being bombarded for the rest of their life on Google+. Also, it much easier to spot your real fans because they'll be showing themselves time and again.

Plan Ahead, Make the Next Event the Opt-In
How about instead of going through all the notification circle management hassle, you just plan ahead and have the next event scheduled so people can opt-in right away?

Instead of a call-to-action for being added to a list to be notified about an event, just let the call-to-action be "here's the next event, RSVP now!"

When someone is RSVP'd "Yes" they will get the notifications and it will already be added to their calendar. 

Last Thing
There are all sorts of techniques, ideologies and methods to becoming successful at doing your own Hangout On Air. Ultimately you need to care your own path. 

My best piece of advice though would be to never act based on fear, only act based on intentional, thoughtful consideration.

#hangoutsonair   #googleplustips  
There is one thing that Google Hangouts and hosts have yet to figure out. When they do, it will immortalize their show on social and help their brand.
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+Keith Bloemendaal that is a great way of doing it! I've seen +Christine DeGraff (she was the first I saw I think) doing that an I think it's brilliant! 
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This will be a great course! Heck, even I might take it! +Andrea Beltrami knows her stuff! 

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{Free Mini Course} How To Create Branded Blog Images

Because of the fast paced, visual driven online world we live in these days having top notch branded blog images is no longer a 'that might be nice to have' kinda thing. You've got to step up your game and bring badass branding to the table if you want to get noticed and stand out online. It's just a fact! 

The good news is the playing field is evening out for solopreneurs and newbies, with image creation tools like +Canva and +PicMonkey. You just need to understand the basics of image branding and put a system in place and you too can have badass blog images that stand out in the sea of bright lights on social media and across the web. 

Which is exactly what I'm tackling in this mini course! 

What you can expect from this mini course:

➽The 9 most effective styles of branded blog images
➽How to tackle the pre-design phase and save a TON of time
➽The simple 5 step design process
➽Sales pitch free

PLUS a downloadable resource guide and checklist to get you off and running right away.

Course will be held LIVE on April 29th!

Register for this free mini course here:

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12 Most Savvy Ways to Use YouTube in Your Marketing Campaign
With such a solid integration between Google+ and YouTube, creating a solid plan for your YouTube channel is smart marketing.

"There is no doubt that social media interaction can help vastly improve the marketing campaign of a business. Using YouTube efficiently can be one of those additions that could help increase revenue and client interaction while providing a secondary basis for income, as well as other opportunities."

What ways can you utilize video content in order to maximize the potential of the YouTube?

1. Your shtick
While it may be difficult to come up with a unique perspective to produce engaging videos, it would be in your best interest to develop that one-in-a-million platform. You want to be informative but entertaining. Try to develop a unique take on the product or service you’re marketing. Adding entertainment value to your video could lead to potential leads and sales as well.

2. Branding your channel
Branding your YouTube channel ads a layer of customization that can be attractive to future subscribers. The system provides several methods in which you can create a completely unique look and feel for your material. Although YouTube has changed over the years, it’s still possible to provide a unique look to the channel’s interface.

3. Descriptions count
Not only is the description important for search terms, but it can provide information for your business. A simple 100 to 200 word description of the video can be engaging and gives you a platform for adding links to business resources. This information helps in search ranking on Google as well.

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Oh man! #StarWars  fans jump for joy! 

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We're just going to leave this here.... #StarWars   #StarWarsTheForceAwakens  
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Oh hells yeah, +Dr Tammy Cashion !!  I'm over the moon just like +Dustin W. Stout !
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Supercharge SEO With These 6 Wordpress Plugins

You don't have to be an expert in SEO to use these 6 plugins and boost your #WordPress powered site! That's a big relief for most of us. 

Some of our favorite plugins included in the article are:
- W3 Total Cache
- Ewww Image Optimizer
- WordPress SEO by Yoast (our SEO plugin of choice)

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We are just a tad bummed out that we didn't get a mention over the social sharing plugin that was mentioned... but that just means we need to work a little harder at getting the word out I guess. ;)
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I'm using your sharing plugin and loving it, however, I've had few glitches with it.
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Don't Let Your Fear...
Keep You from Anything!

It's funny I was just talking about this early this morning on my daily #Coffee  & #SocialMedia  Periscope/Meerkat broadcast. This concept of not letting fear stop you from doing something. 

I was specifically talking about this fear that someone else has already said it. Because that's a lie. Sure, maybe they've written about a particular topic that you want to cover, but nobody can write about it with your perspective. Because nobody has your combination of experiences and life lessons. 

So go publish. Create something. Fear nothing. 

Thanks +Chase Reeves and +Fizzle for the reminder! 

HT +Brent Robison 

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+Nancy A. Locke exactly! :D
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Danny DeVito as the Next Wolverine

Well he's a lot closer to the height of the comic books version of Wolverine. I think he could pull it off. 

So Hugh Jackman has announced Wolverine 3 will be his last time on film as the ol' Canucklehead. Jackman was a good Wolverine, I'll admit, but there's one guy I've been waiting to be the real, more accurate Wolverine.

And I've seen far too many lists filled with pretty boy replacements.

For you see, in the comics, Wolverine is 5'3" and 195 lbs, and much more unkempt than the posh Jackman. Danny DeVito, therefore, is the right choice. His height and width match the real Wolverine much better, and his beer-swilling, stogie-smoking tendencies and foul mouth would do the real Wolvie proud.

Demand it with me, Internet!

#wolverine #hughjackman #xmen #dannydevito #alwayssunny #wolverine3  
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Your Secret Sauce Is Killing Your Content Marketing
Oh, and it's not as 'secret' or special as you think...

This post from +Jay Baer really resonates with something I've been rolling around in my head for a while. It kills me to see organizations make decisions to not share great insight for fear that it would be stolen and ripped off. 

Read +Jay Baer's full thoughts here:

This is a real struggle though for some agencies and firms because here's what can happen:

1. You land a big client and they want to know what you can do for them.
2. You pitch them your best stuff
3. They listen, take notes, then go to another firm and ask them if they can do the same thing for cheaper. 

Bummer right? And after that, why would you ever blog to the open public about your strategies, techniques and insights? 

No, not a bummer. You just saved yourself from a bad professional relationship. And if you hide your secret sauce from the world, they'll never know how good you are. 

Bottom line for me is this-- if you're freely giving away your best stuff, being genuine and committing to your own standards it will show. 

If a potential client can settle for a cheap knock-off, then they're not the client you want. 

Don't let fear limit your growth.

How do you approach giving out your "secret sauce"?

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How to Kickstart a Social Media Strategy on Today’s Top Networks
As a business owner or entrepreneur, using social media to connect and appeal to consumers isn’t always as easy as it seems.

Simply posting or tweeting a random thought without a strategy behind it is a recipe for disaster.

Not to mention — a complete waste of time.

In order to make an impact, you must be willing to commit to a long-term strategy.

This includes a daily content and social media plan, as well as an effective means for management and monitoring.

Keep your company ahead of the competition and in front of potential clients and recruits by creating and encouraging conversation, no matter the social network!

Read today's post with tips to kickstart your social media strategy across 7 of today's top social networks!

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Social. Web. Strategy. Design.
Currently the Chief Marketing Officer of Weal Media. I am a web designer, branding enthusiastblogger and social media junkie. Creativity is my fuel, social media is my game, and Jesus is my homie.

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"Crafting creative ideas and turning them into visual and verbal brilliance. I help individuals and brands excel online through design and social media integration, strategy, and execution."

For consulting, contact me here.

I mainly post about Social Media, Creativity, Design, and Branding. I've also been dubbed a Google+ Scholar (whatever that means). So if you're having trouble getting the most out of Google+ then feel free to ask me questions! I may not have all the answers, but odds are I at least know someone who does!

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Survived an encounter with Chuck Norris. Was on Google+ before the masses.
Digital Marketing Consultant, Designer, Blogger
Design, Branding, Social Media, WordPress, Blogging, Google+, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Modeling, Acting, Dialects/Accents, Public speaking, double-jointed
  • Weal Media
    Chief Marketing Officer, 2014 - present
    Responsible for overseeing marketing initiatives, branding and corporate messaging. Developing areas such as brand development, sales management, product development, distribution channel management, marketing communications, including advertising and promotions, pricing, market research, and customer service.
  • Warfare Plugins
    Co-founder, 2014 - present
    Branding, front-end product design, marketing, blogging, new product development and customer relationship development.
    Founder, Creative Architect, 2010 - 2014
    Helping individuals and brands excel online through social media and design. Cultivating creative ideas and turning them into visual and literal brilliance.
    Co-founder, Lead Editor, Web Designer, 2010 - 2013
    Helping you get the most out of Google+ through tips, tricks and tutorials.
  • Impact Shirts
    Designer, Digital Strategist, 2011 - 2014
    Designing custom screen-printed apparel, designing online web properties, managing digital presence on Google+, email newsletter development/implementation/deployment.
  • Shepherd of the Hills Church
    Director of Student Ministries, 2008 - 2011
    Youth and student ministries oversight, planning, teaching and program development. Also handled organization-wide graphics work and social media.
  • Steady Demand
    Social Media Specialist, 2014 - 2014
    Strategic management of client Google+ pages including: - Content creation - Circle management - Community development - Content curation - Graphic design
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