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Sep 26, 2017

Jason Shemmel is Social Media Manager for HarperCollins Christian Publishing. He's also the host of the Get S*** done Podcast. In addition to these roles, he's also a moderator for Social media Marketing (a group with over 1,600,000 members on LinkedIn) and recently returned from #CMWorld. 

Hear his story on this week's episode. And of course, Why Does He Social?! 

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Interested in being a part of the Why I Social family? Why I Social is currently considering sponsors - inquire at @WhyISocial@gmail.com for additional information. 

 

Sep 25, 2017

On this week's episode, Google makes a (few) appearances prior to its October 4th event. Also, Chris has a new addition to announce! 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Nest’s home security system costs $499 and comes with magnetic door sensors [The Verge]

2. Meet The Really Cheap Google Home Mini and the really expensive Chromebook Pixel 3 [ARS Technica]

3. Bose adds Google Assistant to top noise-canceling headphone [CNet]

4. Apple Watch Series 3 has LTE problems: How to cancel your preorder [VentureBeat]

5. Hot Topic: Why Google is spending $1.1 billion to ‘acqhire’ 2,000 HTC engineers [Recode]

Honorable Mention(s)

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Five Favorites' Tweet(s) of The Week 

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Sep 19, 2017

Jason Eng works at IBM on Developer Communications and Influencer Engagement. He previously worked at Sony for over 10 years. He has clear beliefs in the way he uses social media and is one of the most engaging guests to join the podcast in recent weeks. It also turns out that he met host Chris Barrows - in 2015 - before Chris even knew it! 

Hear his story on this week's episode. And of course, Why Does He Social?! 

Share your thoughts on this week's episode with #WhyISocial
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Interested in being a part of the Why I Social family? Why I Social is currently considering sponsors - inquire at @WhyISocial@gmail.com for additional information. 

 

Sep 18, 2017

On this week's (very special) second episode, we cover all the new announcements from Apple's latest Keynote event including the new Apple X (that's ten, not an X). Don't try to tell someone in an Apple Store otherwise.

This is not your standard episode of Five Favorites! 

Topics Discussed: 

1. New Apple Park HQ

2. Apple Watch 3 Series GPS + Cellular

3. Apple TV 4K

4. Apple iPhone 8 Apple + iPhone 8 Plus

5. Apple iPhone X

6. AirPower Wireless Charging Mat

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). 

Sep 18, 2017

On this week's episode, we are equally amused and disturbed by what people search after viewing the latest Super Mario video game trailer. Also, there's no Apple here - stay tuned later today for a special Five Favorites Apple Keynote episode! 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. GoPro Hero 6 Black leaks again, will shoot 240 fps slow motion at 1080p [The Verge]

2. Google’s Next Pixel Smartphones Arrive October 4th [Engadget]

3. Nike and the NBA unveil connected jerseys… and they’re super cool [TechCrunch]

4. SHOCK DATA: Thousands React to Mario’s Nipples in Super Mario Odyssey Promotion [Brandwatch] (thanks to Five Favorite's listener, Jeff Higgins, for the heads-up) 

5. Hot Topic: Google and Alphabet Poised To Invest $1 Billion In Lyft [Gas2]

Honorable Mention(s)

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Five Favorites' Tweet(s) of The Week 

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Sep 12, 2017

Brett Pucino is a Brand Strategist and Career Brand Consultant at Breakthrough Career Coaching. In addition to his work as career services professional, he also works as a ghostwriter. He has been interested in writing since he was young and has proven to be a skilled one both digitally and in-print (though you may not have even known you've read this work!). 

Hear his story on this week's episode. And of course, Why Does He Social?! 

Share your thoughts on this week's episode with #WhyISocial
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Interested in being a part of the Why I Social family? Why I Social is currently considering sponsors - inquire at @WhyISocial@gmail.com for additional information. 

 

Sep 11, 2017

On this week's episode, your hosts kick-off the new season of Five Favorites! Also, Chris debates whether Apple's new facial unlock will be able to tell if it's him with and without makeup. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. New iPhone names are reportedly iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus [CNet]

2. Settlers of Catan is ready for virtual reality [VentureBeat]

3. Even more US adults now getting news from social media, says Pew [TechCrunch]

4. Drones Play Increasing Role in Harvey Recovery Efforts [Wall Street Journal]

5. Hot Topic: [CNet]

Honorable Mention(s)

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Five Favorites' Tweet(s) of The Week 

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). 

Sep 5, 2017

Jennifer Patel is Senior Director (of Community Development) for Union Health (LLC). With a current professional focus on training and community, I had the pleasure of running into Jenn at Innocon in New York City. In addition to her time in community development, Patel has also worked at St. John's and Hofstra University. 

Hear her story on this week's episode. And of course, Why Does She Social?! 

Share your thoughts on this week's episode with #WhyISocial
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If you know someone who deserves their story told, let me know! Tweet me at @CBarrows or @WhyISocial using #WhyISocialGuest 

Interested in being a part of the Why I Social family? Why I Social is currently considering sponsors - inquire at @WhyISocial@gmail.com for additional information. 

 

Sep 4, 2017

On this week's episode, we celebrate one year of the Five Favorites podcast. Also, Zonozi gets ready to tie the knot! If you aren't driving - bust out a drink for this one - and let's celebrate. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. YouTube gets a new logo, Material Design on desktop, and more mobile app features [VentureBeat]

2. Instagram Posts With Multiple Photos Can now be Portrait or Landscape [AdWeek] 

3. Here’s everything we learned from Uber’s first all-staff meeting with its new CEO today [Recode]

4. Google ARCore Brings Augmented Reality to Android [VRScout] 

5. Hot Topic: Microsoft and Amazon partner to integrate Alexa and Cortana digital assistants [The Verge] 

Honorable Mention(s)

DISHonorable Mention(s)

  • Our favorite picks of the first season

Five Favorites' Tweet(s) of The Week 

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). 

Aug 29, 2017

Jackie Vetrano is the Social Media Coordinator for Skidmore College. In addition to being a member of host Chris Barrows' eduWeb team this year, she has also served as Customer Service Manager (for Merit Inc.) and has worked in social media since 2013.

Hear her story on this week's episode. And of course, Why Does She Social?! 

Share your thoughts on this week's episode with #WhyISocial
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Connect with Jackie on Twitter and LinkedIn

If you know someone who deserves their story told, let me know! Tweet me at @CBarrows or @WhyISocial using #WhyISocialGuest 

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Aug 28, 2017

On this week's episode, we anticipate our one-year anniversary episode next week. Also, we get a bit passionate about the state of influencer marketing. Just a little bit, though (that's what she said). 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. We might know the iPhone 8 keynote date [Cult Of Mac]

2. SNES Classic pre-orders are skipping Toys R Us [SlashGear] 

3. Introducing Linkedin Video [LinkedIn]

4. Android O is now officially Android Oreo [The Verge] 

5. Hot Topic: Samsung Galaxy Note Announces Features, Price and Release Date [The Verge] 

Honorable Mention(s)

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Five Favorites' Tweet(s) of The Week 

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). 

Aug 22, 2017

Cat Trestini is a freelance social media strategist living in the Orlando area. Cat's New Jersey roots remain strong - including her time at Rutgers - and has made a major impact on her career.  She also recently returned from Joel Renner (Episode 29)'s latest Social Roadtrip. 

Hear her story on this week's episode. And of course, Why Does She Social?! 

Share your thoughts on this week's episode with #WhyISocial
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Aug 21, 2017

On this week's episode, Martin Lieberman plays the role of Amir Zonozi for a week. Also, neither one of us has a clue what we're doing for the eclipse. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. New Feature Lets You Make Voice Calls On Your Google Home [Google]

2. Applebee’s tried to be cool, failed, and now it’s moving on with its life [QZ] 

3. NASA will stream 360 degree video of eclipse [Business Insider]

4. Google Brings Q/A to Google Maps [TechCrunch] 

5. Hot Topic: Apple sets $1 billion budget for original TV shows [Engadget] 

Honorable Mention(s)

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Five Favorites' Tweet of The Week

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). 

Aug 15, 2017

Jason Boucher is Senior Manager and Digital Content Strategist at the University of New Hampshire. Boucher served as a track chair for the conference, is a craft beer fan and a collector of vinyl records. 

His episode was recorded live from the eduWeb Digital Summit - which also featured speakers such as alumni Chris Bryant and Katy Spencer Johnson. The conference is also co-chaired by alum Joel Renner. 

But this episode is all about Jason, his story and how he got to where he is today. 

Hear his story on this week's episode. And of course, Why Does He Social?! 

Share your thoughts on this week's episode with #WhyISocial
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Connect with Jason on Twitter and LinkedIn

If you know someone who deserves their story told, let me know! Tweet me at @CBarrows or @WhyISocial using #WhyISocialGuest 

The Why I Social podcast is brought to you by Zoomph. Learn more at Zoomph.com

 

Aug 14, 2017

On this week's episode, Chris has an apology. Also, Snap is in trouble...again. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Yet another video claims to offer a look at the iPhone 8’s design in black [9to5Mac]

2. Facebook’s willingness to copy rivals’ apps seen as hurting innovation [Washington Post] 

3. Another record low for Snap after 14% drop post-earnings [TechCrunch]

4. BuzzFeed is launching a live news show on Twitter [Axios] 

5. SoundCloud Gets 170 Million Lifeline [Arstechnica] 

Honorable Mention(s)

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Five Favorites' Tweet of The Week

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). Tune into Honorable Mentions on WhyISocial.com for all the links we didn't discuss. 

Links not included in show notes - including additional mentions - will be included in the Honorable Mentions blog post. 

Aug 6, 2017

On this week's episode, we gave you access to the episode a day early because we're nice guys (and Chris is busy running eduWeb Digital Summit this week). Also, it's rumored that Google offered 30 billion for Snapchat. Serious cash. We would have taken it. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Hottie with a poddy: VCs give Gimlet the greenlight [The Hustle]

2. Spotify crosses 60M paid subscribers as it prepares to go public later this year [The Verge] 

3. Reddit Raised $200 Million And Is Redesigning to Look More Like Facebook [Gizmodo] 

4. RED’s upcoming $1,200 smartphone is enormous [The Verge] 

5. Hot Topic: Insiders say Google was interested in buying Snap for at least $30 billion last year [Business Insider] 

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Five Favorites' Tweet of The Week

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). Tune into Honorable Mentions on WhyISocial.com for all the links we didn't discuss. 

Links not included in show notes - including additional mentions - will be included in the Honorable Mentions blog post. 

Aug 1, 2017

Maggie Rimnac is a digital marketing specialist at Motivation Excellence. When she isn't taking the lead on all digital marketing properties for Motivation Excellence - you may find her at the gym power-lifting or building and participating communities of women on social media (and beyond).  

Hear her story on this week's episode. And of course, Why Does She Social?! 

Share your thoughts on this week's episode with #WhyISocial
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Connect with Maggie on Twitter and LinkedIn

If you know someone who deserves their story told, let me know! Tweet me at @CBarrows or @WhyISocial using #WhyISocialGuest 

The Why I Social podcast is brought to you by Zoomph.

Zoomph transforms digital marketing with real-times streaming analytics. Our platform provides you with an end-to-end solution to ignite your content, your marketing, and your business from start to finish.

Learn more about Zoomph at http://bit.ly/WhySocialAnalytics

Jul 31, 2017

On this week's episode, we have a lot of fun. Really, it's not an understatement. There's a lot of fun in this episode. Do a shot every time we say fun and you'll realize how much fun we have. Also, we go into Taco Mode at one point. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. The Tesla Model 3 interior doesn't look like any car you've ever seen [The Verge]

2. YouTube’s head of music confirms YouTube Red and Google Play Music will merge to create a new service [The Verge] 

3. UPS Store Stops Printing from URLs and USB Sticks Ahead of Def Con Hacking Convention [The Verge] 

4. So long, Flash: Adobe will kill plug-in by 2020 [CNN - Money] 

5. Hot Topic: Jeff Bezos Briefly Tops Bill Gates as the World's Richest Person [Bloomberg] 

Honorable Mention(s)

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Five Favorites' Tweet of The Week

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). Tune into Honorable Mentions on WhyISocial.com for all the links we didn't discuss. 

Links not included in show notes - including additional mentions - will be included in the Honorable Mentions blog post. 

Jul 25, 2017

Dave Banks is President of Think Tank Marketing and an editor at GeekDad.com. He's also moderated panels at SXSWedu, PAX East and PAX West. He (and his daughter) have also conducted interviews at SDCC. 

Hear his story on this week's episode. And of course, Why Does He Social?! 

Share your thoughts on this week's episode with #WhyISocial
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Follow at @WhyISocial.
Connect with Dave on Twitter

If you know someone who deserves their story told, let me know! Tweet me at @CBarrows or @WhyISocial using #WhyISocialGuest 

The Why I Social podcast is brought to you by Zoomph.

Zoomph transforms digital marketing with real-times streaming analytics. Our platform provides you with an end-to-end solution to ignite your content, your marketing, and your business from start to finish.

Learn more about Zoomph at http://bit.ly/WhySocialAnalytics

Jul 24, 2017

On this week's episode, Amir has strong feelings about Best Buy. Also, Pokemon Go channels it's inner Fyre Festival. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. YouTube is getting rid of its video editor because no one uses it [The Verge]

2. HDMI 2.1 - What You Need To Know [CNet] 

3. Apple Shows Off New Emojis on World Emoji Day [TechCrunch] 

4. Amazon Launches Spark, a shoppable feed of stories and photos [TechCrunch] 

5. Hot Topic: Why The Grim Reaper of Retail Hasn't Come To Claim Best Buy [LATimes] 

Honorable Mention(s)

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Five Favorites' Tweet of The Week

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). Tune into Honorable Mentions on WhyISocial.com for all the links we didn't discuss. 

Links not included in show notes - including additional mentions - will be included in the Honorable Mentions blog post. 

Jul 21, 2017

On this week's episode, Amir is very late. Also, winter would have come - if Amir wasn't late. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Amazon May Give App Developers Access to Alexa Audio Recordings [The Verge]

2. Amazon Sold 3x as many Echo Devices During Prime Day As It Did Last Year [AdWeek] 

3. Facebook Makes Messenger Ads Available Globally [Social Media Today] 

4. Twitter Users Sue President Trump [New York Times] 

5. Hot Topic: We're All Ears - What's Up With Sound Cloud? (multiple sources) 

Honorable Mention(s)

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Five Favorites' Tweet of The Week

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). Tune into Honorable Mentions on WhyISocial.com for all the links we didn't discuss. 

Links not included in show notes - including additional mentions - will be included in the Honorable Mentions blog post. 

Jul 18, 2017

Paul Spratt is a stand-up comedian living in New York City. Originally from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area, Paul moved to NYC (with a bit of advice from comedian Bill Burr...more about that on the podcast) and has been building his career in the city that never sleeps. 

Hear his story on this week's episode. And of course, Why Does He Social?! 

Share your thoughts on this week's episode with #WhyISocial
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Follow at @WhyISocial.
Connect with Paul on Twitter

If you know someone who deserves their story told, let me know! Tweet me at @CBarrows or @WhyISocial using #WhyISocialGuest 

The Why I Social podcast is brought to you by Zoomph.

Zoomph transforms digital marketing with real-times streaming analytics. Our platform provides you with an end-to-end solution to ignite your content, your marketing, and your business from start to finish.

Learn more about Zoomph at http://bit.ly/WhySocialAnalytics

Jul 11, 2017

Patrick Jervis, Jr. is an award-winning social media and brand manager at East Valley Institute of Technology. In addition to his full-time work, he also is the owner of Respectfully Yours Photography and EyePlay Design. I'm grateful to feature Patrick on the show as he has been one of the longest running supporters of the podcast, as well as a great example of social media done right. 

Hear his story on this week's episode. And of course, Why Does He Social?! 

Share your thoughts on this week's episode with #WhyISocial
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Connect with Patrick on Linkedin and Twitter

Stephan was recommended to the podcast by Bostonian and alum, Martin Lieberman. If you know someone who deserves their story told, let me know! Tweet me at @CBarrows or @WhyISocial using #WhyISocialGuest 

The Why I Social podcast is brought to you by Zoomph.

Zoomph transforms digital marketing with real-times streaming analytics. Our platform provides you with an end-to-end solution to ignite your content, your marketing, and your business from start to finish.

Learn more about Zoomph at http://bit.ly/WhySocialAnalytics

Jul 10, 2017

On this week's episode, our hosts get off to a late start thanks to a Balrog. Also, we share helpful hints (completely kidding, kind of) on how to escape jail using a drone. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Uber tipping is rolling out to 121 U.S. and Canadian markets today [TechCrunch)

2. Nielsen: On-demand audio streaming hits record high, is up 62.4% over last year [TechCrunch] 

3. Snapchat lets you add links, voice filters and backdrops to Snaps [TechCrunch]

4. RED is making a $1,200 smartphone with a ‘holographic display’ [The Verge] 

5. Hot Topic: Everything you need to know about Tesla Model 3, which is starting production [The Verge] 

Honorable Mention(s)

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Five Favorites' Tweet of The Week

Use the hashtag #FiveFavorites to share YOUR favorite stories each and every week - and YOU may be included on the show (including our new tweet of the week feature). Tune into Honorable Mentions on WhyISocial.com for all the links we didn't discuss. 

Links not included in show notes - including additional mentions - will be included in the Honorable Mentions blog post. 

Jul 4, 2017

Stephan Hovnanian is Content Solutions Architect at Bambu (by Sprout Social). He previously owned and operate Shovi Websites for over 16 years. In a highlight of this episode, he shares some advice all those looking to begin a new business should listen to before they get started. 

Hear his story on this week's episode. And of course, Why Does He Social?! 

Share your thoughts on this week's episode with #WhyISocial
Subscribe on iTunesStitcher RadioGoogle and Otto Radio
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Connect with Stephan on Linkedin.

Stephan was recommended to the podcast by Bostonian and alum, Martin Lieberman. If you know someone who deserves their story told, let me know! Tweet me at @CBarrows or @WhyISocial using #WhyISocialGuest 

The Why I Social podcast is brought to you by Zoomph.

Zoomph transforms digital marketing with real-times streaming analytics. Our platform provides you with an end-to-end solution to ignite your content, your marketing, and your business from start to finish.

Learn more about Zoomph at http://bit.ly/WhySocialAnalytics

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