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Google+ University - A Complete Curriculum for Business

Google+ University - A Complete Curriculum for Business
Everything a business needs to get started on Google+. This free course includes 40+ modules from Google+ 101 to Google+ 601. Get started today!

The 2nd Annual Virtual Bloggers Conference Sessions

The 2nd Annual Virtual Bloggers Conference Sessions

Throughout the weekend of June 27th - 29th, an amazing collection of expert speakers and panelists came together to share their knowledge and wit and wisdom with all of us bloggers. In this, the second annual Virtual Bloggers Conference, Chef Dennis Littley once again assembled an incredible series of sessions, ranging in topics from Google+ to Instagram to SEO and more. 

Should You Plus Your Own Plus Posts?

http://www.thesocialmediahat.com/article/use-amazing-technique-increase-blog-engagement-google

Are people who +1 their own posts on Google+ just being narcissistic? Or is this a brilliant marketing technique that you're going to want to learn more about? (hint, hint)

Mike Allton's OLD COUNTRY ITALIAN MINESTRONE

Mike Allton's OLD COUNTRY ITALIAN MINESTRONE

We take a break from our normal social media and marketing content to bring you this recipe for the best minestrone soup you'll ever try, as prepared by Mike Allton on The Manly Show.

Feature and Share Comments To Build Brand Community

Feature and Share Comments To Build Brand Community
Despite the raging debate on whether to allow comments or not, many of us still do. And for those that do, comments from readers can be used in a couple of ways to build community even further.

5 Reasons Canva Will Rock Your Blog

5 Reasons Canva Will Rock Your Blog

Canva is one of the easiest, most effective tools I've ever used for creating brilliant images that help me communicate my message to my audience.

How To Leverage The Power Of HootSuite For Social Media Success

How To Leverage The Power Of HootSuite For Social Media Success
If all you ever do is use HootSuite to share to Facebook or Twitter, you're missing out. Find out about many of the more powerful aspects of HootSuite that you can leverage for success.

Reading The Unofficial Book On HootSuite Is Like Learning To Ride A Bike

Reading The Unofficial Book On HootSuite Is Like Learning To Ride A Bike

I believe that HootSuite has provided a wonderful tool, one that many businesses can benefit from, and it’s my hope that through this book, I can help you do wonderful things with it.

4 Hollywood Lessons for Social Media Marketing from Gary W. Goldstein

4 Hollywood Lessons for Social Media Marketing from Gary W. Goldstein

Gary W. Goldstein is a Hollywood Producer, among other titles and businesses. While in Hollywood, he produced and was involved in a number of top films, including Pretty Woman and Under Siege.

But that's not what makes Gary so special.

When you listen to Gary talk, he just exudes wisdom and empathy.

The Top Tactics and Goals of Social Media Marketing

Top Tactics and Goals of Social Media Marketing

Software Advice has partnered with Adobe to put together a Social Media Content Optimization Survey. The results are extremely interesting because they represent, not just what companies and social media marketers are doing and having success with, but also a shift in how social media is perceived by businesses.


Mike is a Social Media Consultant and Blog Coach in St. Louis. He has been working with websites and the Internet since the early '90's. He is active on all of the major social networks and enjoys writing and teaching small business owners on how to leverage the Internet to promote and grow their business. Mike provides training and seminars to businesses and individuals on topics like "Content Marketing - Using Blogging + Social Media + SEO to equal Small Business Success" or "Establishing a Brand on Google+" or "How to use HootSuite to Manage Your Social Media Presence."

Mike is the author of, "The Unofficial Book On HootSuite: The #1 Tool for Social Media Management."

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The Unofficial Book On HootSuite: The #1 Tool for Social Media Management