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Podium-Worthy Social Media Marketing Podcasts

I don’t do click-bait laundry list posts of the top 18, top 46, top 613 or whatever of something. They’re more confusing a.f. then helpful for you. Do you really have time to go through all the options? I know I don’t. Less is more.

Just like gold-silver-bronze or 1st-2nd-3rd place; these are my picks for the top 3 podium-worthy social media marketing podcasts that I listen to at least a couple of episodes each month.


The Science of Social Media podcast

Your weekly sandbox for social media stories, insights, experimentation, and learning

Social media management software company Buffer has a fantastic content marketing program. One of the pillars of it is The Science of Social Media podcast. On the podcast, they discuss ways to implement social media marketing strategies and use social networks across industries. It offers a nice mix of strategic thinking and insights with more tactical tips.

The Science of Social Media podcast is a multi-host discussion and interview format with quick, to the point episodes that run for ~30 minutes.

Most recent episode of The Science of Social Media podcast

Social Media Marketing podcast

You’ll discover success stories and expert interviews from leading social media marketing pros

Social Media Examiner is a multi-platform media brand founded by Michael Stelzner that proclaims to be “the world’s largest social media marketing resource”. I don’t know if it’s THE largest…but it’s pretty darn good. The Social Media Marketing podcast is hosted by Michael Stelzner himself. Similar to The Science of Social Media; on this podcast, they discuss ways to implement social media marketing strategies and use social networks across industries. I find it’s more focused on tactics and tips for how to better use each of the main social networks for marketing.

The Social Media Marketing podcast uses both individual host storytelling and interview formats, with episodes that run for ~45-minutes.

Most recent episode of the Social Media Marketing podcast

Social Pros podcast

You get the inside stories and behind-the-scenes secrets about how companies like Ford, Dell, IBM, ESPN, and dozens more staff, operate, and measure their social media programs

This is part of the Convince & Convert multi-platform media brand founded by Jay Baer. The Social Pros podcast has been recognized as the best podcast at the Content Marketing Awards. They promise a lot of real: real insights from real people doing real work in social media. I like it for the more strategic marketing thought leadership it delivers.

The Social Pros podcast is a multi-host interview format, with episodes that run for ~45-minutes.

Most recent episode of the Social Pros podcast

So there you have it. Those are my top 3 podium-worthy social media marketing podcasts. But they’re not the only podcasts out there. Do you have a #4 to recommend? Or maybe one that’s so good it deserves a place on the podium…and knocks off one of these top 3? Share it and explain why in the comments below or Tweet me @blairaasmith.

Updated June 2021 | Featured Photo by Jonathan Velasquez on Unsplash

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Insights from Big Impact, Small Budget discussion @ Social Media Week

As part of Social Media Week: Toronto (2019), I planned and facilitated the Big Impact, Small Budget: Do More with Less panel discussion that explored how not-for-profit/charity organizations use organic strategies and best practices for social media marketing to raise awareness, generate engagement and drive change–on smaller budgets than most businesses.

I was blown away by the social-savvy marketers on the panel who shared some great insights and practical tips for how their teams of 1-5 people do social media marketing. Our panel members were: Jennifer Whyte @ Oceana Canada, Jonsaba Jabbi @ SKETCH Working Arts, Jason Shim @ Pathways to Education, and David Basco @ Make-A-Wish Canada. This article includes a video of the panel discussion, the highlight moments and hot takes, and one example of a smart, simple social moment @ Ryerson University in downtown Toronto.

Panel discussion @ Social Media Week: Toronto 2019

Highlight Moments

Do not TL;DW this…I encourage you to invest the time to watch the full 40-minute video of the panel discussion. There’s a lot of good learning in it. Here are the questions that fuelled the conversation:

  • 4:55 How is your social media marketing team staffed and organized?
  • 9:30 How do you stay interesting 24/7/365 with content for social media?
  • 14:40 How do you use social media to complement other digital platforms?
  • 18:10 How do you answer when people say “social media is free”?
  • 20:05 How do you complement organic strategies with paid social? (boosting content, paid advertising and/or influencer campaigns)
  • 24:40 What do you do during Giving Season to generate donations?
  • 31:25 Time. Money. People. Which one resource do you want more of? And why?
  • 35:25 Audience question: What’s THE one skill essential for somebody who wants to work in social media marketing?
  • 36:30 Audience question: You’ve done well. With limited resources, how do you decide what’s next?

3 Hot Takes

The conversation featured some hot takes that got people laughing (in a good way) or were really insightful. These are my picks for the top 3 hot takes:

  1. “Social media is free, the same as free kittens are free!” from Jason Shim (at 8:40)
  2. Communication vs. storytelling (or touchpoint vs. moment) using a simple, wonderful example just outside the event venue @ Ryerson University from me (at 36:30)
  3. THE one skill for a social-savvy marketer is…from everybody (at 35:25)

A Smart Simple Social Moment

It could say “Warning: Construction Happening” or “Nothing to See Here” or nothing but coloured construction barrier fabric. It could be a simple communication touchpoint. Which would be fine.

But it spins an arguably bad brand experience into an engaging story about building a photogenic campus. People are encouraged to interact by taking selfies. Somebody or team @ Ryerson University saw the opportunity to design a more positive emotional moment. Which is amazing!

Instagrammable construction barriers at Ryerson University
The difference between communication and storytelling (or creating a moment…out of a shitty experience) @ Ryerson University

My one bit of feedback to really make this a social moment is to include a #hashtag to encourage more social sharing.

As you can see, the panel covered a lot of territory in a 40-minute discussion. We all left gushing to each other how much we each enjoyed it–and would love to do it again. Maybe at Social Media Week: Toronto in 2020? I hope you enjoyed the discussion as much as we did.

Do you have a question you would want to ask the panel? Enter it in the comments below.

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Big Impact, Small Budget @ Social Media Week

During Social Media Week: Toronto (2019), I planned and facilitated the Big Impact, Small Budget: Do More with Less discussion panel which explored how not-for-profit/charity organizations use organic strategies and best practices for social media marketing to raise awareness, generate engagement and drive change–on smaller budgets than most businesses.

I was blown away by the social-savvy marketers on the panel who shared some great insights and practical tips for how their teams of 1-5 people do social media marketing. Our panel members were: Jennifer Whyte @ Oceana Canada, Jonsaba Jabbi @ SKETCH Working Arts, Jason Shim @ Pathways to Education, and David Basco @ Make-A-Wish Canada.

Discussion Panel @ Social Media Week: Toronto 2019

This article includes a full video of our Big Impact, Small Budget: Do More with Less discussion with each question we talked about, my 3 hot takes from the panel, and an example of a simple, smart storytelling moment @ Ryerson University in downtown Toronto.

Questions

Don’t TL;DW the video. I encourage you to invest the time to watch the full 40-minute discussion–there’s a lot of good learning in it. These are the questions that fuelled the conversation with the panelists:

  • How is your social media marketing team staffed and organized? (4:55)
  • How does your organization stay interesting 24/7/365 with content for social media? (9:30)
  • How do you use social media to complement other digital platforms? (14:40)
  • How do you answer when people say “Social media is free”? (18:10)
  • How do you complement organic social marketing strategies with paid social? (boosting content, paid advertising and/or influencer campaigns) (20:05)
  • What do you do during the traditional Giving Season to generate donations? (24:40)
  • Time. Money. People. Which one resource do you want more of? And why? (31:25)

We also had members of the audience ask their question:

  • What’s the one essential skill for somebody who wants to work in social media marketing? (35:25)
  • You’ve done well. With limited resources, how do you decide what’s next? (36:30)

3 Hot Takes

Our conversation had some hot takes that got people laughing (in a good way) or were really insightful. These are my picks for the top 3 hot takes:

  1. “Social media is free, the same as free kittens are free!” was Jason Shim’s answer to people who think that social media is free (at 8:40)
  2. Communication is different than storytelling (or a touchpoint is different than creating a moment) was mine using a perfect example that I experienced that morning heading into the building @ Ryerson University (at 36:30)
  3. THE one essential skill for a social-savvy marketer from everybody on the panel is…(you have to watch the video to find out, start at 35:25)\

Social media is free, the same as free kittens are free!

Jason Shim

A Simple, Smart Storytelling Moment

Instagrammable construction barriers at Ryerson University
The difference between communication vs. storytelling (or creating a moment…out of a shitty experience) @ Ryerson University

The construction barriers could be covered with a plain colour, or the words could say “Warning: Construction Happening” or “Nothing to See Here…Yet”. These barriers could be a functional communication touchpoint. Which would be fine. Nobody would get angry with this. Most likely people would just walk on by.

However, somebody @ Ryerson University seized the opportunity to create a positive moment, out of what’s arguably bad brand experience.

They take an angle on the story about building a photogenic campus. And then create a moment with these witty construction barriers that both highlight the construction happening behind them AND encourage people to interact taking by selfies in front of them.

This is brilliant! It probably didn’t cost any more to do. It’s a perfect example of the difference between communication vs. storytelling (or touchpoint vs. moment).

My one suggestion how to make this a social moment come to life is to include a #hashtag to encourage more social sharing (and make the engagement more trackable).


As you can see, the panel covered a lot of territory in a 40-minute discussion. We all left gushing to each other how much we each enjoyed it–and would love to do it again. Maybe at Social Media Week: Toronto in 2020? I hope you enjoyed the discussion as much as we did. And remember…Social media is free, the same as free kittens are free! (which means it’s not)

Do you have a question you would want to ask a member of the panel? Please ask it in the comments below.