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Ian Anderson Gray
Works at Select Performers Internet Solutions | Web Development | SEO | Social Media
Lives in Manchester, United Kingdom
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Last night at #SMMW15  selfie!

Fun times with +Jeff Sieh, +Lilach Bullock, Vincent Ng, +Dorien Morin-van Dam, +Alisa Meredith and +Ashley Faulkes 
   
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Great to meet all of you. Let's do it again, soon!
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Fun at Social Media Marketing World

Having so much fun meeting so many people for the first time in real life.
Kim Black Vij, +Cynthia Sanchez, +Jeff Sieh and +Alisa Meredith  

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Pre-conference selfie at London Heathrow

We are all off to San Diego for Social Media Marketing World. So excited and great to see +Ian Cleary​ again after far too long and to meet Libby Langley and +Lilach Bullock​ for the first time.

Now an 11hr flight!

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How much space do you take up?

Which one would you choose?
A) The Edge?
B) The Comfy Chair? 

#T #TW
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Я как-то об Этом - Не Задумывался, да и зачем?
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Have you discovered the Secret of BADASS?

If you get the chance to read The Content Code by +Mark Schaefer - you will be in for a shock. The secret of the Content Code is totally BADASS!  I don't normally say the phrase "bad ass", because here in the UK an Ass is not a bottom, it's a donkey (some Brits would call the bottom an "arse"- but let's not go there).

This doesn't have anything to do with Mark's Google Pants either (which you will know all about if you listen to the Marketing Companion podcast).

No, BADASS is the secret to anything, and if you want to find out, you'll just have to read the book.

Here was the moment that Timothy and I discovered the secret of the Content Code....

#BadAssSelfie   #ContentMarketing   #SocialMedia   #T  
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Glad you found it funny, that was my intention. Do enjoy the BADASS of +Mark Schaefer - he doesn't disappoint!
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+Ralph M. Rivera love it! There is something really refreshing about a non-edited version (but I do like the professional Web Search Social intro and fade). I look forwards to seeing more of these as well as the Vine and Instagram versions (and Tsu of course) ;-)
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Fun at Social Media Marketing World on a Live Google Hangouts on Air

Yesterday, I had a fun impromptu live Google Hangouts on Air with the wonderful +martin shervington yesterday with +Ronnie Bincer, +Jeff Sieh  and +Wade Harman

Really great fun! I've loved meeting these guys in person and getting to know them better.

Today I had another chat with Martin- he's such a genuine and kind guy- also very deep thinking and very funny. I have to say ‪#‎SMMW15‬ has really blown me away!
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That was a blast +Ian Anderson Gray​
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An amazing photo to get you started today.
What are you up to? Work, fun or a bit of both?
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Perfect
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Really interesting. Meerkat only came up on my radar a few days ago. Not sure how I missed it as I'm usually good at hearing about new stuff. Unfortunately I don't think I will be able to sign up for the time being since it is iOS only. That's a big issue, because it's going to cut out a lot of potential users who don't have an iOS device. I know you say there is an unofficial Android read only app, which I suppose is something, but when you click on a stream Meerkat understandably make no mention of this unofficial app. I do own an iPad so once I manage to grab it from the kids I'll download the app and set up my username.
If you understand the power of live social media events, you're going to love this hot new app! Meerkat allows users to stream live video to Twitter fast and easily.
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Got a bit more from the creator's side of things on andrij.co/blog/meerkat-creator-guide +Randy Milanovic - the instant nature can throw some people off - but there are ways to work around it. Scheduling works great - and opening your camera beforehand to check the shot definitely helps. That way you aren't fumbling around with setup as people come in.

Going to be thinking of ways to explain the full setup process on that post.
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I didn't know +Dustin W. Stout trained as an actor! You learn something every day. 
I totally resonated with the story telling thing. I trained as a singer at a music conservatoire- and I believe singing is all about telling a story- putting your audience through the highs and lows of emotion. There are so many similarities with social media marketing and blogging- again about telling a story and using emotion to do that. 
As for the "just go do it" thing, definitely agree. This is my big problem. As a perfectionist, I end up wanting to learn everything about something and getting it as perfect as possible. That usually ends up meaning I never do it.

Great show, +Jeff Sieh as always!
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Cool, +Dustin W. Stout​! What kind of musical theatre did/do you do? I mainly do classical stuff, but I secretly would love to sing Sweeney in Sondheim's Sweeney Todd! 
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7 Reasons NOT to use Sprout Social

Do you use a Social Media Management Tool?
If so, do you use any of the following?
- +Hootsuite ?
- +Sprout Social ?
- +Oktopost ?
- +MavSocial ?

With so many tools out there, all of which promise to save you time and help you be more productive and efficient, how do you make the right choice?

I've written a couple of reviews on Hootsuite (the why and the why not) and I thought it was about time for me to write a detailed article on the second most famous social media management tool out there- Sprout Social.

In this very detailed article I go into the advantages in using Sprout Social, but mainly on why you might NOT want to use it. I am actually a Sprout Social fan, but it is sometimes easier and more helpful looking at what a tool does not do so you can better make a decision. It might be that you work out the Sprout Social is the best tool for you after reading the article. If so, great!

It is my intention to write another article on Sprout which covers why you might want to use it- to give a more balanced view.
So, let me know what you think. Are you a Sprout Social fan? Do you prefer another tool? Or, do you use a selection of tools do get your tasks done? 

I'd love to know your thoughts- let me know!

http://iag.me/socialmedia/reviews/7-reasons-not-to-use-sprout-social/

#SMMT   #socialmedia  

Oh, and if it's not too rude, I'd love to ping in a few people I respect...
+Mike Allton because I know he's a Hootsuite fan
+Carol Lynn Rivera because I always love what she has to say
+Brooke Ballard because I quoted her in the article and she just lurves Sprout Social!
+Liz Jostes because I also quoted her in the article and she went head to head with +Justyn Howard (CEO of Sprout)
+Mallie Hart because I always value her opinion
+Emeric Ernoult and not because he founded one of the alternative tools I recommended!
+Chris Hodgeman nothing do with +MavSocial (again one of the alternative tools)
+Dustin W. Stout not because he is just too awesome for his own shoes, but because he like me prefers using a variety of tools rather than "One Tool to Rule them All"
+Mark Traphagen because I respect his view on, well just about everything!
+John Dietrich because he has been such a helpful guy, I respect him and would be interested in his thoughts.

Was that rude to ping you all? Hope not- would love to hear your thoughts, but please feel free to move along...! :-)
Social Media Management Tool, Sprout Social, is a powerful and much loved tool. However, no tool is perfect, and we dive deep into the areas that Sprout Social could improve.
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Thanks for the mention +John Dietrich
Great article +Ian Anderson Gray. We are at the start of our journey here at Scredible. Many of the pain points you've outlined are pins on our map, thanks to great feedback from our beta users and articles like yours.
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Social Media Consultant & Trainer, Web Developer & Co-founder of Select Performers Internet Solutions
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I'm co-founder and partner of
Select Performers Internet Solutions.
I'm a social media consultant & trainer and a
web developer specialising in PHP, MYSQL, HTML5 and CSS3 using web standards.

I blog at Seriously Social about social media tools, social media strategy and digital marketing as well as the psychology of social media.

I love converting the technobabble of geek speak to plain English.

I organise a local monthly tech meet up called Cheadle Geeks and a regular co-workers day called Cheadle Jelly.

I'm also a freelance baritone (I studied at the Royal Northern College of Music) as well as a vocal consultant & singing teacher.

I'm a dad, husband and Christian.
I'm interested in technology, social media, music, faith, politics, photography, travel, food and drink and many other wonderful and varied things!

I''m passionate about social media and (in addition to G+) am an avid user of Twitter (@iagdotme @ 
@baritoneuk), Facebook & LinkedIn


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Social Media Consultant & Trainer, Web Developer, co-founder & partner of Select Performers Internet Solutions, Musician, Freelance Baritone, Vocal Consultant, Singing Teacher
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