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What If Your Favorite Social Media Site Shuts Down

What If Your Favorite Social Media Site Shuts Down?

Aug 24, 16
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What would happen if your favorite social media site shuts down? What if Facebook decided to charge you to be on their platform? What if Facebook just shut down? I know what you are thinking It will never happen! Well, to put things in perspective, this recently happened to me with the video platform Blab.


For those who don’t know about Blab, it’s similar to video recording platforms like Periscope, Facebook Live and Google Hangout. The cool thing about Blab was four people can get on a live video chat at one time, from all over the globe. After a video recording, Blab would send you the mp4 (video) and mp3 (audio) via email for use.

How cool is that?!

I used Blab to record my Podcasts A Kairos Moment (social media marketing for startup businesses and entrepreneurs) and The Doctor of Love Show (marriage preparation for singles). The system was perfect! Here’s how it worked:

I would find guests for the podcasts (click here to find out how I interviewed more than 100 people and how to find guests) and schedule a certain day of the week to interview my guest. Blab even created a widget and countdown timer you could embed on your website.

-Upload the flyer to Blab so people could subscribe and watch live according to the day scheduled. Those who subscribed to your show would get a notification when you go live.

-I created a custom made flyer for my guests through Canva  (click here to see some of my work). We would share the flyer across social media and the link to subscribe.

-I would record the video live on Blab with my guest, then take the video I received and edit a 3-minute snippet to upload organically to Facebook, take the same video and upload to YouTube.

-Since I’m more of a Podcaster, I took the audio (mp3) and edited through Audacity (with an intro, outro, and commercial slots). When finished I would upload the audio (using Podcasting hosts Spreaker and Libsyn) to all the major Podcasting platforms like iTunes, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, and Google Play.

-I would take the links from the major podcasting platforms and email them to my guests so they can share on their social media platforms, bringing massive exposure for both parties.

That was a smooth system and it worked almost a year. Then it happened. One day I got an inbox from a person I would be interviewing on Blab. She said:

I know you were interviewing me on Blab, but I heard they just shut down.

After receiving the inbox message, I immediately went to Blab to see if it was true. Yep, it happened. Blab was finished. The main platform I used to record Podcasts were shut down. Just like that.

Now what?

I had guests lined up for Blab interviews!  I had to find an alternative quick!

Although I was frustrated there was no time to complain. My Podcasts must go on…even without Blab!

So, what did I do?

I had two choices. Either I could use Skype and a 3rd party app like Pamela (you could record your Skype interview) or use Spreaker recording interface and Skype.

I chose the latter. Why use Spreaker? The interface is easy to use and it gives you a studio-like feel. Using Spreaker gives you the ability to go live and send notifications to your subscribers.

So, if your favorite social media site shuts down, how will you stay in touch with your audience?  Don’t invest all your time and content on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Plus, and Instagram and neglect your website content. The aforementioned social media sites are excellent places to share your message, but social media platforms are equivalent to renting an apartment. Your website is owning a home.

Are you a renter or owner?

How to work with Brands Melany Berger

How to Work With Brands

Mar 25, 16
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How can you get your business to work with big brands? Are you a blogger, podcaster, YouTuber? You don’t want to miss this Blab with branding expert Melany Berger! She’s worked with numerous brands you are familiar with. Subscribe via Blab today!


Watch this video at 18:55 (It’s the second take) 


Melany Berger is a “no-holds-barred” blogger and social media influencer. She is the creator of MelanysGuydlines, which is a lifestyle blog with a snarky twist. She will tell you that snarky is witty but younger and better looking and says what most are thinking but do not say themselves. Think Chelsea Handler with a splash of Perez Hilton. MelanysGuydlines won the Best Dating and Relationship Blog of 2014 and the Shorty Awards Vox Populi 2015 for the most fan nominations in the blogger category.

In addition to writing about relationships, Melany has proven herself as a trusted brand ambassador and social media influencer. She loves to give back to her readers through partnering with brands and offering exclusive opportunities. She works with top tier brands ranging from Microsoft, Lenovo, Murad, Zazzle, Cox Communication, Bud Light Lime, American Express, Disney, Overstock, USA Networks, the NFL and many more.

When Melany is not blogging or representing brands, she can be found engaging with her followers online. She has amassed a large and loyal following of 100,000+ on her social media channels. A professional in the music industry, Melany has worked for major entertainment giants such as MTV, Irving Azoff and William Morris. Knowing the business inside and out, Melany has no shortage of hysterically epic and true tales of what it’s like to be a rock-star or at least party like one! She is an Advisory Board member at the University of Arizona for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and enjoys lecturing and teaching students about the future of social media and how they can turn social media influence into a profession. She is an active member on the Student Engagement and Marketing Committees for the Advisory Board as well as a recurring guest lecturer for eSociety at the University of Arizona.

Melany’s family created two scholarships in her sister’s name at the University of Arizona after her passing in 2010. The two scholarships are awarded to a male and female student and part of the most prestigious at the University. The Brenna Ilana Berger Memorial Scholarship covers in-state tuition, room and board, and books. It honors her sister’s memory as an At-Risk School Counselor in Los Angeles by enabling students who have faced significant obstacles in the pursuit of their college education. Her family is very active in keeping close contact with the scholarship recipients.