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DaveO Share HootStories on Dotto Tech Show

daveo I recently appeared on Steve Dotto’s radio show – Dotto Tech – to talk all things HootSuite.

We riffed about many different topics including: HootSuite’s App Directory; Social Media on an international scale; my experiences at SXSW; and, uses for Google+.

Check out this week’s episode: Dotto Tech 102 – HootSuite and Ebooks.

“Don’t Judge an Investor by His Track Suit” – Talking SxSW in Wall Street Journal

With another action-packed #SXSW come and gone, I’m now back in Vancouver, enjoying a plate of pancakes and an overflowing inbox staring me straight in the eyes.

Upon my arrival, I found myself quoted in the Wall Street Journal, and felt pretty cool.

Here’s an excerpt and one of my top tips year-after-year for SX goers:

One way you may be able to tell apart investors and other bigwigs from the masses at South By Southwest is by zeroing on people’s feet, suggests Dave Olson, vice president of community for HootSuite, a social-media-management platform. While almost everyone wears hoodies, jeans and other casual attire, high fliers tend be the only ones sporting “rare vintage Puma sneakers” or other fancy footwear, he says.

For more tips checkout WSJ Reporter, Sarah E. Needleman’s full article, “Don’t Judge an Investor by His Track Suit.”

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A panel at last year’s South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.

 

Community Management on the Go ~ Video with DaveO

Aboard the beloved SeaBus, I share some handy tips for managing brand communities from wherever you are including insider tips about how i use HootSuite to build HootSuite #meta.

Originally appeared in the HootSource blog.

Talking Social and Music on @RenmanMB with Steve Rennie

I was a guest on the Renman Live show (@RenmanMB), a show about music and business, to discuss social media for bands and labels. It’s a brief segment but one i hope to do more of with them. The Host (Steve Rennie @Renman1)  is very LA and i am very Canadian :) I appeared on video via phone with my pith-helmet-attired pic representing in absentia. Click to watch the video and have some laughs.

DaveO on Renman Live show

In the Suitcase with Dave Olson in @ToqueCanoe

“HootSuite’s hippie artist shares his packing dogma”

Canadian travel blog Toque and Canoe recently profiled me and my packing devices and methods for an article series about how people pack, what’s  in their suitcase etc., ergo: “Olson is an avid traveler apart from work which – aside from the fact that he has the coolest piece of luggage ever – makes him an ideal candidate for our latest In the Suitcase post.”

Me in Toque and Canoe – Suzanne Ahearne took photo

Read the whole article: In the Suitcase with Dave Olson – HootSuite’s hippie artist shares his packing dogma

Shared here for posterity:

Not long ago, we had a chance to meet with a few of the folks at HootSuite’s stylishly hip head offices in Vancouver.

The people behind this cutting edge Canadian company have designed a platform which helps almost six million users effectively manage their social media networks. If you work online, you probably use it.

In fact, HootSuite is growing like crazy around the planet and that growth can be attributed in part to Dave Olson – the company’s VP of Community. He, along with his tribe of community builders, travels the globe connecting with users and potential customers alike.

But Olson is an avid traveler apart from work which – aside from the fact that he has the coolest piece of luggage ever – makes him an ideal candidate for our latest In the Suitcase post.

photo by suzanne ahearne

Q. Tell us, Dave, about your favourite suitcase.

A. I have a tiny old hard shell suitcase with stickers all over it. It was actually made by prison labour on Alcatraz. It’s kind of fallen apart and I have to put a leather belt around it to hold it together. But it fits as a carry-on. And it’s a beauty.

Q. Can you describe your travel essentials?

A. I take the minimal in terms of clothes, thinking of them as a uniform. I always bring along a notebook. I have a pencil case with pencils and watercolours in it and I have an eye mask. I’m a horrible sleeper. All that goes in my backpack. In my suitcase, I take art or presentation supplies – depending on what I’m off to do. I always bring my spork and a little insulated lunch bag so I can buy things at the market. Picnics are what make travel awesome. There’s nothing like going to a French market and buying bread, cheese and wine and sitting in a park with the Tour Eiffel right there. Then you can keep the leftovers for later. Thrifty.

Q. What do you never pack with you?

A. I almost never take a camera because cameras put a barrier between people. People aren’t zoo animals. I do take an audio recorder. I record little sound-scene and audio adventures when I’m traveling. This whole kit packs into the size of a camera. Microphones invite people in. I like to have things with me that start conversations and build relationships.

Q. How would you describe your packing style?

A. Minimalist. Wherever you’re going, they have stuff. So I get to do things like go and find toothpaste in Japan. I pack comically light, renegade-style.

Q. Are you a guy who likes to bring home souvenirs?

A. I keep little ephemeral paper objects. Ticket stubs. Crappy postcards. I’ll take an empty scrap book and make it real time on the trip. Then you return home and BAM, the whole trip is documented and you can share it with your friends. I was on a train in the rain in Spain (ha ha) and had my scrap book with me and I ended up partying with all of these great folks. Great way to bridge those cultural gaps. I also like to bring back coins. Little things. I like tiny things.

Q. What stands out as your most memorable souvenir from travels abroad?

A. The first time I went to Europe as a 20-something-year-old – with $200 and no return ticket – I took a watercolour notebook and watercolour pencils. I made (a dozen or so) little paintings on that trip. To me, they’re more valuable than anything I could have hauled back. I don’t generally buy things and ship them back. But I do have a weakness for funny hats.

Q. Any other must-have travel gear?

A. I take one awesome pair of pants. A piece of rope and a little flashlight. You never know what’s going to happen. You may need a clothesline or you may experience a power outage in a strange country. Keep in mind, I don’t really travel four star. I don’t stay in fancy hotels. I feel out of sorts in those places. I’m much more of an oddball bed and breakfast or end of a dirt road guy. I’m a semi-professional couch surfer as well.

Q. What do you think people’s personal packing style says about them?

A. If you see people lugging around a bunch of stuff, you say ‘Rookie! Rookie! You don’t know what you’re doing!’ People get hung up on the details and expect to take their whole home life with them on the road. They take the same things and expect the same routine. I wonder why it is they’re leaving home at all. Then again, I’m the guy who brings all his art supplies and sits in parks and pretends he’s a painter. So I must live in a strange fantasty land.

Q. What do you think your packing style illustrates about you?

A. That I’m a delusional arts and crafts hippie.

Q. Any more thoughts on your favourite suitcase?

A. Well I have two of the old-time suitcases, and an old picnic basket. They’ve become trademarks when I travel and do my talks and community building efforts. People wonder what’s inside. It’s as if they think a clown is going to pop out and wave his hands! Oh yah, and when you travel with an old beat up suitcase? You’ll get searched by customs. Every. Single. Time.

Bonus: The video interview in which a colleague Marianne read the questions and i answered on camera to hand off: Snippets of daveos thoughts on traveling gears – Google Drive

Oh and it went to print in Calgary anyhow:
Toque and Canoe in Calgary Herald

Steve Dotto’s @DottoTech Podcast ~ Apps, International and more

I was a guest on venerable Canadian tech journo Steve Dotto’s show DottoTechDOTTO TECH 84 – HOOTSUITE, ROAMING AND UPGRADING (note link dead).

We chatted about international growth, apps in the directory, community building and new apps – my part starts at approx 19:20. #enjoy and thanks Steve, let’s do it again.

Listen to Dave and Steve (note: archived link, no longer available at original source)

Blurb: HootSuite is a Vancouver, Canadian and international success story, Dave Olson, VP of Community at HootSuite joins us to chat about the service, how it fits into the online world, and how people can and should engage.

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The show was/is Live – Wednesdays at 6:00pm PST CISL650AM In Vancouver + Streaming & On Demand + follow him on @dottotech.

Sharing Social Marketing Stories for Communities – Community Roundtable, 2010

I share stories about growing Hootsuite on a grassroots level and break down tools and tactics in this “Conversations with Community Managers” audio pod interview from May 27, 2010.

Post: Conversations with Community Managers – Dave Olson (Hootsuite) Episode #9 features Dave Olson, Marketing Director for HootSuite, which helps people and companies track, monitor and manage their Twitter communities.

Audio: Download Community Roundtable Podcast with Dave Olson (17:27, 14MB, .mp3) or listen onboard:

Podcast topics include:

  • How the traditional title of “Marketing Director” translates to online marketing, customer service and social engagement
  • Turning metrics into meaning by realizing the personalities behind the community members
  • Tips on community: making members feel like they belong and are contributing, and that they are being heard and acknowledged
  • Stories about communities in the 1970s, enabled by “ditto machines” and other pre social media technology (the roots of Dave’s current personal projects are found at http://www.uncleweed.com/)
  • An example of a company (SubPop records) that started their community building in the pre-social media era (pre-Internet, even), and evolved it into the age of Twitter
  • Adding value, context and storytelling vs simply “attracting a crowd”

Blurb

The Community Roundtable has partnered with Voce Communications to produce a new podcast series, “Conversations with Community Managers.” In this series, TheCR’s Jim Storer joins forces with Voce’s Doug Haslam to speak with people from a variety of industries about their efforts with community and social media management.

Talking Social Tourism in El Paso at #SoMeT12 – Artifacts

I was recently asked to present at #SoMeT12 – a symposium about Social Media in the Tourism industry  – held in El Paso, Texas.

On November 8, 2012 a day after the US election, plenty of stories and hugs were passed around to the delegates representing many countries, regions, cities and so on. It was great to connect with everyone and talk tourism and social media, plus enjoy some Tex-Mex food and a wee splash of sunshine in a historic park.

SoMeT12 Portraits

Read on for some fun highlights of my visit:

Social Media Tourism Symposium Official Recap

Mikala Taylor wrote a detailed re-cap of my talk – here’s an excerpt to set the stage:

One of these kids was doing his own thing: and at SoMeT12 that kid was HootSuite’s VP of Community, Dave Olson. Dressed in a burgundy jacket and sporting impressive mutton chops, Olson woke the bleary crowd at 8:30am with an energetic talk about sparking conversations, and how to create a social media journey.“I’ve been to destinations”, he joked at the tourism crowd, before reminding everyone that travel really is just about “making friends and sharing stories.” “Five years from now,” he said, “the tools will be totally different…Social media is just a weird term of convenience. It’s just about listening.”

SoMeT12 Portraits

Click here for the full article, HootSuite’s Dave Olson: “Social Media is a weird term of convenience. It’s just about listening”

Slides

Here is the slide deck I used during my talk made up of both personal and professional anecdotes including my experiences hitchhiking around Europe, Japan and elsewhere:

Bonus: Check out more DaveO presentations

Photo Gallery 

With an audience of social media enthusiasts, no doubt the tweets and photos flowed on, catch a few below or more at Clemens Schuster’s Flickr Stream (who travelled all the way from Austria for the event):

Screen Shot 2013-01-22 at 4.19.24 PMPhoto courtesy of SoMeT12

Snapshots

I also took a few snaps while out on a walk around town plus a visit to the Hoppy Monk bar on the Mexican border, out for a few tasty meals, and glances at various pawn shops and parks.

Elvis at Dave's Pawn Shop in El Paso

Dave and Elvis in El Paso

Boxing Hall of Fame in El Paso

En Route to Airport in El Paso

See, my tiny old hard shell suitcase with stickers all over it. I don’t travel without it!

Here’s my suitcase and Owly.

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Photo courtesy of @vlpmeriposa

Check out Toque and Canoe’s feature, In the Suitcase with Dave Olson, for my packing secrets.

Visit my flickr set, El Paso Mission, for more photos.

A couple of highlights I enjoyed most were handing out some mad HootSwag and asking the social media savvy audience to tweet my mom (@manorbrooks) during my presentation.

More tweets & highlights at  HootClub’s #SoMeT12 Storify page

Audio Dispatch

After the conference, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Catherine Heeg (@catherineheeg) of Customized Management Solutions to talk about the #SoMeT12 conference and HootSuite’s new and exciting features (we caught up at the airport of all places, and were briefly interrupted by the PA system as you’ll hear in the interview). Read the interview recap at Catherine’s Customized Management Solutions Blog.

Catch my interview with Catherine Heeg here

Music, Apps, International, Elections – Tonya Hall Radio, 2012

I was a guest on The Tonya Hall Radio Show, which airs in Colorado every weekday, to discuss the HootSuite story as per the tagline “Embracing the power of Social Media.”

Specifically, we chatted about  unique views on the US 2012 election, international growth, new apps and music.

Download Dave Olson on Tonya Hall Radio podcast or listen onboard: (52:00, 25MB, .mp3)

Note: cross-posted here for posterity

HootSuite Tour with Get Connected TV

Get Connected TV came by HootSuite HQ  and i gave them a tour and included a few tips and points for those interested in social media, community building, acquisitions, start-ups, culture, media hacking, etc. Yup, there are some funny bits :).

Videos are below, and the posts on the HootSuite blog can be found here and here.

Get Connected’s blurb:

If you have a number of Social Media accounts to manage, chances are you know about Hootsuite. But how did they become so popular? Tristan visits the Hootsuite HQ to talk to VP Community, Dave Olson to find out more on this successful Canadian start-up.

If you have a number of Social Media accounts to manage, chances are you know about Hootsuite. But how did they become so popular? Tristan visits the Hootsuite HQ to talk to VP Community, Dave Olson to find out more on this successful Canadian start-up.