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Why I Social brings brings you candid conversations with folks who truly get social media - from average joe to CEO. Each podcast invites you to get to know social media professionals beyond their social media handle. Go beyond the handle with Why I Social.
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May 23, 2017

Jason Falls is a leading digital strategist, author, speaker and thinker in the digital and social media marketing industry. An innovator in conversation research, Falls leads the Conversation Research Institute, a think-tank and consultancy focused on mining online conversations for consumer insight and market research.

Hear his story on this week's episode. 

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

Do you have someone you'd like to see on the show? 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

May 22, 2017

On this week's episode, Amir's lungs battle a smart bottle. Also, we talk about some of (not all, because that would take forever) the announcements from Google IO. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Apple Plans Laptop Upgrades to Take On Microsoft (Bloomberg) 

2. Facebook Lands Deal to Stream 20 MLB Games Live (Business Insider)

3. Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram Notifications - In One Space (TechCrunch)

4. Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone is Returning To The Company (TechCrunch)

5. All IO17 Announcements (Google) 

Honorable Mention(s)

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Tweet/Post 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. 

May 16, 2017

Ted is a freelance writer, editor, and marketer. His passion for writing is clear from the moment you meet him and he has embraced social media as an opportunity to meet new people both digitally and in-person.

Hear his story on this week's episode. 

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

Do you have someone you'd like to see on the show? 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

May 15, 2017

On this week's episode, we show appreciation to Moms...and Derek Jeter.. Also, you're right, we forgot to use the womp womp womp sound for dishonorable. We're sorry. We promise it will be back next week. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Apple Sends Out Press Invites WWDC Keynotes on June 5th (Mac Rumors) 

2. Facebook's Rolling Out Group Membership Questions to Improve Filtering Process (Social Media Today) 

3. Snap Stock Tanks After IPO Expenses Run Up A $2.2 Billion Loss for the First Quarter (CNBC)

4. YouTube Is Pouring Millions Into Content Creation and Shows (WERSM)

5. Hot Topic: Amazon Unveils the $230 Echo Show, with a screen for calls, shipping June 28th (TechCrunch)

Honorable Mention(s):

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Tweet/Post 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. 

May 9, 2017

Jeremiah Barba is a digital marketing manager at Up&Up. He received both his bachelor and master degrees from Bob Jones University. Jeremiah is an experienced speaker/presenter who recently presented at CASE SMC in Los Angelos. He will also be one-half of an upcoming workshop at the eduWeb Digital Summit this August. 

Hear his story on this week's episode. 

This Week on Why I Social, Jeremiah and I discuss:

  • How the arts led him to the marketing profession 
  • How he ended up living in Hawaii for a year
  • Why listening is so important to him

And of course, Why Does He Social?! 

Share your thoughts on this week's episode with #WhyISocial
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Connect with Jeremiah on Linkedin.

Do you have someone you'd like to see on the show? 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

May 8, 2017

On this week's episode, Amir and Chris have strong feelings about Hulu's new redesign. They also strongly consider following Nicki Minaj on Twitter. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Apple's Siri Speaker Could Be Announced at WWDC In June (The Verge) 

2. The $999 Surface Laptop is Microsoft's Expensive Answer to Chromebooks (TechCrunch)

3. Domino's Taps IFTTT to Deactivate Your Garden Sprinkler Automatically In Time for Your Pizza Delivery (The Verge) 

4. Watch How Elon Musk's Boring Company Tunnels Will Move Cars Faster (TechCrunch)

5. (Hot Topic) Hands-On With Hulu's New Live TV Service (TechCrunch)

Honorable Mention(s):

DISHonorable Mention(s)

  • The Google Doc Email Heard Round The World including
    • The person who thought starting with the fake email as HHHHH was a good idea
    • Anyone who clicked it (but seriously, we love you) 

Tweet/Post 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. 

May 2, 2017

This week on Why I Social, we go back in time to some of the inspirational stories and moments that provide insights into how we can change our own lives. The episodes were pick based on feedback I've heard over the years but are far from the only moments worth going back to. 

Featured in this collection of great advice and motivational moments is:

  • Ahna Hendrix (Episode 58) on the importance of doing other things outside of your business as an entrepreneur, as well as the importance of putting your health and wellness first. 

  • Zoomph CEO Ali Reza Manouchehri (Episode 47) on focus, self-reflection and avoiding YES men.
  • Danny Vecchiarelli (Episode 109) on discovering what he wanted to do and his path to owning a barbershop.

  • Tracy Soren and Jesse Jolles (Episode 70) discuss how getting out of one's comfort zone helped them meet one another and form a professional partnership. 

  • Tim Smyth (Episode 89) on how he brought his passion, comic books, into the classroom. 

Share your thoughts on this week's episode with #WhyISocial
Subscribe on iTunesStitcher RadioGoogle and Otto Radio
Follow at @WhyISocial.

Do you have someone you'd like to see on the show? 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

 

May 1, 2017

On this week's episode, Amir and Chris have squad goals. Also, if you want to play a drinking game, take a shot every time Amir says Yaaaas. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Amazon’s Echo Look is a voice assistant with a camera, because that’s not creepy (VentureBeat)

2. 700 Million Monthly Active Users and Counting for Instagram (AdWeek)

3.. 800 Hours of Live Premium Video was Viewed by 45 million viewers in Q1 2017, up 31% + Emoji Search (VentureBeat) 

4. Yik Yak Is Closing (Yik Yak) 

5. Hot Topic: “Rich Kids of Instagram Meets Hunger Games” #FyreFestival (Telegraph)

Honorable Mention(s):

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Tweet/Post of the Week 

  • Lena Schurmann (via Facebook Comment) 

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. 

Apr 27, 2017

Welcome to the seventh episode of Why I Social Sessions - where we bring you short discussions focused on one singular topic. This is not your standard Why I Social episode where we learn about a guest - but instead - we focus on important topics impacting the social media space today.

Today, on Why I Social Sessions, #FiveFavorites co-host Amir Zonozi joins me to talk about the pros and cons of a Twitter button. We also discuss if we think we'll ever get a Twitter edit button. 

On Episode 7 

1. What are the pros of an edit button?

2. What are the cons of an edit button?

3. Do we believe that an edit button is in Twitter's future? 

Following the conversation:

I'd encourage you to use the hashtag #WISSessions to share your thoughts on Twitter and Facebook. 

This Week's Question(s): 

  • Do you think Twitter needs an edit button? 

Music for Why I Social Sessions is "Voice Over Under" by Kevin McCleod 

"Voice Over Under"
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Apr 25, 2017

Ijeoma Nwatu Enemanna is a self-employed freelance consultant in the Washington DC metro area. She joins the show following a recommendation from #FiveFavorites co-host Amir Zonozi. She has a BS from George Mason University and (officially) began her professional career in 2009. 

Hear her story on this week's episode. 

This Week on Why I Social, Ijeoma and I discuss:

  • The path that led her to freelance full-time
  • How she motivates herself personally and professionally 
  • What it was like to land that first client

And of course, Why Does She Social?! 

Share your thoughts on this week's episode with #WhyISocial
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Connect with Ijeoma on Linkedin.

Do you have someone you'd like to see on the show? 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

Apr 24, 2017

On this week's episode, Amir and Chris avoid all things in the PR Disaster category - as best as they can at least. Also, a lot of people (still) copy Snapchat. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. The Samsung Galaxy S8 (Video)

2. The FTC Has A Reminder for Brands and Influencers (FTC)

3. Netflix Says It's Competing With Sleep, Not Amazon or Hulu (Fox News)

4. Snapchat Drops to One-Star On App Store (The Hindu) 

5. Hot Topic: Facebook's F8 Conference 

Honorable Mention(s): 

DISHonorable Mention(s)

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 in to Honorable Mentions on WhyISocial.com for all the links we didn't discuss. 

Apr 18, 2017

JMatt is a DJ at . In addition to his work at the station as a weekend DJ, he's also a social media marketer who has a passion for social media. 

Hear his story on this week's episode. 

This Week on Why I Social, JMatt and I discuss:

  • How to break into the radio business 
  • The importance of mental health
  • His dream job 

And of course, Why Does He Social?! 

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

Do you have someone you'd like to see on the show? 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

Apr 17, 2017

On this week's episode, Amir and Chris can't avoid making United jokes. Also, Amir broke his drone (again). 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Apple Rebrands iTunes Podcasts as Apple Podcasts (9to5Mac)

2. Multi-user Support Coming to Google Home (Business Insider)

3. Burger King's New Ad Will Hijack Your Voice-Activated Speaker (Buzzfeed)

4. Instagram Updates - New Stickers and More (Instagram Blog)

5. Hot Topic: United Airlines

  1. Spice/Pepsi/United Joke (original tweet by @LanceBradley) 
  2. Scorpion Stings Man On United Flight (NBC LA)

Honorable Mention(s): 

DISHonorable Mention(s)

  • Too many to pick this week - tune in to hear! 

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). 

Apr 11, 2017

This week's episode was recorded at the Kurogo Mobile Conference in Orlando Florida and features Damond Nollan. Damond is IT Director for Web Services at North Carolina Central University. He's also a (proud) father of three. 

Hear his story on this week's episode. 

This Week on Why I Social, Damond and I discuss:

  • How he ended up working in IT Services 
  • His role and methodologies as a manager
  • His takeaways from the Kurogo Mobile Conference

And of course, Why Does He Social?! 

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

Do you have someone you'd like to see on the show? 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

Apr 10, 2017

On this week's episode, Amir and Chris debate the value of a recent fortune cookie. Also, the importance of the Walking Dead to OTT is confirmed. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. The Mac Pro Lives (Daring Fireball) 

2. YouTubers Will Need At Least 10,000 Views To Make Ad Money (Engadget) 

3. Twitter unveils a new API platform, roadmap and vision for its developer community (TechCrunch) 

4. YouTube TV Launches in 5 Cities, Inks Deal with AMC (Variety) 

5. Hot Topic: Pepsi Pulls Ad Accused of Trivializing Black Lives Matter (New York Times) 

Honorable Mention(s): 

DISHonorable Mention(s)

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). 

Apr 4, 2017

Chris Bryant is Creative Director at Empire Studios (formally, Bryant Productions). He is also one of the first persons to support the podcast and has been an ambassador for the show since it's inception. 

Hear his story on this week's episode. 

This Week on Why I Social, Chris and I discuss:

  • Life working as a home theater designer 
  • The start and evolution of Bryant Productions
  • His process of working/choosing clients 

And of course, Why Does He Social?! 

Share your thoughts on this week's episode with #WhyISocial
Subscribe on iTunesStitcher RadioSoundcloudGoogle and Otto Radio
Follow at @WhyISocial.
Connect with Thomas on Linkedin.

Do you have someone you'd like to see on the show? 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

Apr 3, 2017

On this week's episode, the jokes are everywhere (because it's April Fools day). Also, leggings. Are they pants? Aren't they? You decide. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Amazon quietly launches it's own social media influencer program (TechCrunch)

2. Google Pixel 3 is Coming Next Year (BGR)

3. SpaceX has proven it can reuse rockets - now what? (Popular Science) 

4. A Social Update

5. Hot Topic: April Fools 

Honorable Mention(s): 

  • Delta Tweet  (in relation to DISHonorable mention) (People)

DISHonorable Mention(s)

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). 

Mar 28, 2017

Thomas Mathew is Chief Product Officer at Zoomph. Thomas holds an MS in computational linguistics from Georgetown University and a BTech in electronics engineering from Cochin University.

Hear his story on this week's episode. 

This Week on Why I Social, Thomas and I discuss:

  • His journey to Zoomph
  • How he became interested in computational linguistics
  • The difference between working with start-ups and corporations

And of course, Why Does He Social?! 

Share your thoughts on this week's episode with #WhyISocial
Subscribe on iTunesStitcher RadioSoundcloudGoogle and Otto Radio
Follow at @WhyISocial.
Connect with Thomas on Linkedin.

Do you have someone you'd like to see on the show? 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

Mar 27, 2017

On this week's episode, our co-hosts abide and make Brad's Wife the show's hot topic. Also, Chris can't read his own notes. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Amazon's Ambitions Unboxed (New York Times)

2. Instagram Updates

3. Analyst says iPhone 8 will cause a ‘paradigm shift’ because of Apple’s lead in AR tech (9to5mac.com) 

4. Congress Moves To Strike Internet Privacy Rules from Obama Era (New York Times)

5. Hot Topic: Brad's Wife Got Fired From Cracker Barrel (Bored Panda)

  • Note: Not #FiveFavorites superfan Brad Parler ;) 

Honorable Mention(s): 

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Tweet of the Week (new)

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). 

Mar 21, 2017

In a break from the usual Why I Social format - I recorded live at CASE SMC (Social Media and Community) in Los Angeles. My guests this week are two persons whom are some of my (I admit my bias here) favorite people in higher education - but also two of the most accomplished. 

This Week on Why I Social meet: 

And of course, Why Does He Social?! 

Share your thoughts on this week's episode with #WhyISocial
Subscribe on iTunesStitcher RadioSoundcloudGoogle and Otto Radio
Follow at @WhyISocial.

Do you have someone you'd like to see on the show? 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

Mar 20, 2017

On this week's episode, our hosts debate whether or not they'd rather face an army of terminators or zombies (there's really no debate). Also, we discuss the value of jpegs being 35% smaller. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. ‘iPad mini Pro’ is reportedly one of the four new iPad Pros launching soon (BGR)

2. Google’s new encoder makes JPEGs up to 35 percent smaller (The Verge)

3. Kurzweil Claims That the Singularity Will Happen by 2045 (Futurism.com)

4. Twitter got hacked — even a BBC account. Do this one thing to protect yourself (USA Today) 

5. Hot Topic: Amazon Puts Alexa In It's Main iPhone App (VentureBeat) 

Honorable Mention(s): 

DISHonorable Mention(s)

Tweet of the Week (new)

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). 

Mar 14, 2017

Elliot Volkman is a digital marketing manager at Blue Acorn. He also reports on technology for Tech.Co. In addition, he enjoys running and shares his story about running a half-marathon. 

Hear his story on this week's episode. 

This Week on Why I Social, Elliot and I discuss:

  • How he decided to study journalism
  • Why he enjoys covering technology news
  • Why running is a big part of his life 

And of course, Why Does He Social?! 

Share your thoughts on this week's episode with #WhyISocial
Subscribe on iTunesStitcher RadioSoundcloudGoogle and Otto Radio
Follow at @WhyISocial.

Do you have someone you'd like to see on the show? 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

Mar 13, 2017

On this week's episode, Amir and Chris opt to find an alternative to drinking water during the show. Also, Pornhub makes it's first appearance on the show (don't worry, it's safe to listen to). 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. Pinterest Acquires Jelly (Jelly Blog via Medium)

2. Diehard Coders Saved NASA's Earth Science Data (Wired)

3. Trump Related Videos Have Grown SNL's YouTube Channel by 48% (Marketing Hub)

4. Snap's Stock Stumble (VentureBeat) 

5. Hot Topic: A WHOLE Lotta Facebook 

Honorable Mention(s): 

Honorable But Still Somewhat DIS Honorable Mention(s) - Not A Typo: 

Tweet of the Week (new)

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). 

Mar 7, 2017

Bryan Mapes is the winner of the XFinity Dream Job and the current Xfinity Sports Guy (tweeting from the Xfinity Sports account). His journey to a career in social media isn't what you likely expected. 

Hear his story on this week's episode. 

This Week on Why I Social, Bryan and I discuss:

  • Where did Bryan work before his time in sports?
  • What was it like participating in the MLB Fan Cave tryouts?
  • How did he land his job with XFinity?  

And of course, Why Does He Social?! 

Share your thoughts on this week's episode with #WhyISocial
Subscribe on iTunesStitcher RadioSoundcloudGoogle and Otto Radio
Follow at @WhyISocial.

Do you have someone you'd like to see on the show? 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

Mar 6, 2017

On this week's episode, Amir and Chris literally cheat the system to get in more than 5 stories. Also, Chris recaps his Social Media Week NYC experience while Zonozi gets featured on the BHPhoto Podcast. 

This week's Five Favorites: 

1. How A Typo Took Down S3 - The Backbone of the Internet (The Verge)

2. Nintendo Switch Users Face Hardware Issues (Polygon) 

3. Social Platform News

4. Phone News

5. Hot Topic: Meet YouTubeTV

Honorable Mention(s): 

DISHonorable Mention(s):

Tweet of the Week (new)

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). 

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