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Podcast Movement 2014!

There is a brand new conference for podcasters and if you have not heard about Podcast Movement, I’m not sure what rock you’ve been under, and you’re going to want to get on board. Podcast Movement 2014 is taking place August 16th and 17th in Dallas, Texas. Podcast Movement was […]


Chicago Cityscapes And City Views

Getty Allows Free Use of Images for Bloggers and Podcasters

One difficult thing for bloggers and podcasters is to find good images for their blog posts and show notes.  We all know that images are powerful and very important in social media.  In addition to making a blog post or show notes visually enticing and appealing, images also help convey […]

5 Tips for Being Better at Twitter

Whether you are new to Twitter or if you’ve been onboard since the social network was started eight years ago, there’s a lot of opportunity for us to improve our efforts.  Through these five tips, you will get ideas on how to better communicate, better connect with your followers and […]



Use Twitter to Get a Job 1

In my role as a Transition Specialist, I often present to high school students how to use Twitter to get a job.  Businesses at the corporate level have seen the value of social media, and now businesses at the local level are starting to become aware of the power of […]

Streamline Podcasting by Recording Live-To-Hard-Drive

When you hit “publish” on that podcast episode post, you feel a sense of accomplishment.  After hours of preparing for the episode, recording the episode, writing show notes and editing the episode, this audio file contains your blood, sweat, and tears.  There is something you can do to speed this […]

Streamline your podcasting by recording live-to-hard-drive

Tawny Fineran of Mommy's Cocktail Hour interviews Ray Ortega of Podcasters' Studio and Podcasters' Roundtable on the expo floor at New Media Expo 2014

You Just Got Home from New Media Expo, Now What? 3

I am putting this post together 37,000 feet in the air, returning home from New Media Expo 2014. After spending four or five days in Las Vegas, gathering information and networking, you are now home and faced with the task of organizing your thoughts and materials. Relax You’ve been away […]

Create Engaging Images Without Photoshop

“A picture is worth a thousand words.”  This statement is even more true in the world of social media.   Images are easily consumed, liked, and shared on Facebook.  One important statistic shared at the Social Fresh Conference is that in 2012, photos on Facebook generated 53% more likes than the average posts. […]

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Use Twitter To Enhance Your Conference Experience

As podcasters and bloggers from around the world prepare to descend on Las Vegas for New Media Expo 2014, here are five tips on how you can use Twitter to enhance your conference experience.  Networking is a large part of industry conferences.  Social networking, like Twitter, is what can help […]

Grow Your Business With Podcasting 2

  One of the fastest growing areas of new media is podcasting.  Whether you are in a non-profit, an internet-based business, or a brick and mortar store-front, podcasting can help you grow your business and establish you as a leader in your industry. Podcasting vs. Blogging Over the last five […]


Mommy's Cocktail Hour recording a podcast episode at Handmade City's 2013 Holiday event in Davenport, IA.

8 Tips For a Successful Public Podcast Recording

As a podcaster, your community and your connection with your listeners is the most important aspect of your brand. Not coincidentally, it’s usually the most rewarding aspect. One of the best ways to solidify that connection with your listeners is to do a live recording in public. The idea of […]