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Welcome to episode eleven!

Run time: 23:32
Community Divas on iTunes

A podcast about communities and social media tools

In this episode:
- Eden interviews Ali de Bold from ChickAdvisor
- We talk about Podcamp Halifax
- Introducing the Twitter Song by Michelle Yogis
- We have an addition to the community calendar

Ali de Bold is a third-generation entrepreneur. In 2006, she and her husband Alex launched ChickAdvisor as a solution for Ali’s constant search for the perfect hair salon. Since then it has become a thriving online community where women share reviews about their favourite stores, products and services.

00:01 Intro by Jay Moonah.
00:09 Eden Spodek and Connie Crosby.
00:15 Summary of this episode.
00:26 Eden introduces Ali de Bold
00:51 Eden welcomes Ali de Bold to Community Divas
01:00 Ali explains what ChickAdvisor is and how it got started
01:45 Ali and her husband Alex de Bold created ChickAdvisor
01:50 Ali explains her role now. Mentioned: ChickChat TV video series, their Product Review Club and local events such as shop crawls and movie nights
03:05 Bridging on-line and off-line communities
03:31 Plans to expland off-line events to places outside of Toronto
04:21 Online community tends to take place in the forums and also the face to face events
04:59 Ali speaks about the geographic location of ChickAdvisor members
05:48 The product review club started when Ali started receiving a lot of products to review
07:02 How the product reviews are conducted
07:36 Eden and Ali discuss how advertisers feel about honest reviews by ChickAdvisor members, and how this builds credibility
08:24 Eden has been part of the product review club
08:44 How is ChickChat TV enhancing ChickAdvisor? Mentioned: Where'd You Get That, Slice, Rogers Media
10:23 Have community members been featured on ChickChat TV?
10:52 Are people watching episodes directly from the website? Mentioned: Rogers Pizza Pizza network; see also press release July 8, 2008
11:19 Has ChickChat TV been driving traffic to the website?
11:39 Eden asks what the relationship is between the blog and the main site
12:41 Recently launched re-design of ChickAdvisor to give it a more sophisticated look to better suit its demographic and make some things more user-friendly
13:24 Thoughts on building a community for women
14:09 How many people are using the site - currently just over 100,000 unique visits a month
14:35 Are site visitors staying loyal?
14:50 Keeping visitors on the site - all about the content Mentioned: Google Analytics
15:38 ChickAdvisor plans for the future - movie night in February to see Shopaholic and shop crawl in April featuring Canadian designers   
16:35 Eden wraps up the interview
16:38 Eden and Connie discuss Podcamp Halifax mentioned: Third Wednesday in Halifax (see also @thirdwednesday on Twitter), Halifax Public Library
17:45 Connie was interested in how the sessions were held in the library
18:38 Michelle Yogis is someone who we met
19:05 The Twitter Song by Michelle Yogis (thanks, Michelle!!)
21:12 Community Calendar - Podcamp London has been added to the list
21:42 Eden wraps us up
22:00 Podcamp Toronto promo by John Meadows

Community Calendar:

  1. Podcamp Toronto  - http://podcamptoronto.org/ - February 21 & 22, 2009
  2. Mesh University (meshu) - http://www.meshu.ca/ April 6, 2009
  3. Mesh conference; - http://www.meshconference.com April 7 & 8, 2009
  4. Podcamp London, London, ON, - http://podcamplondon.com/ April 25, 2009
  5. Podcasters Across Borders - Kingston, ON http://www.podcastersacrossborders.com/ June 19-21, 2009

Our cool theme music “Get Out of My Face” is by Uncle Seth and is from the Podsafe Music Network.

We hope to hear from you! Send your comments to communitydivas@gmail.com or post them on the blog at communitydivas.com. Follow us on Twitter, our Facebook page or our FriendFeed room. Some registration may be required.
Direct download: Episode_11__Ali_de_Bold.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:01 PM

We’re at PodCamp Halifax today. Last night we met Michelle Yogis (aka @myogis) at the pre-PodCamp Halifax Tweet-up. When she mentioned she wrote a song about Twitter we were intrigued. She gave us a copy and we’d like to share it with you.

Cheers from PodCamp Halifax,

Eden and Connie
Direct download: Twitter1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:32 PM

We’re taking a break from podcasting this week to prepare for our visit to PodCamp Halifax next weekend. We hope you can join us and if not, we’ll have at least one episode from PodCamp Halifax when we return.

Cheers,

Connie & Eden
Community Divas
Direct download: podcamphfx.jpg
Category:general -- posted at: 10:19 PM

Happy New Year & welcome to episode ten!
Run time: 24:02
Community Divas on iTunes

A podcast about communities and social media tools

In this episode:
- Connie interviews Dave Brodbeck about his podcasts
- Eden has a question about community builders receiving swag for blogging
- We update the community calendar

We know Dave Brodbeck as a podcaster, but he is also Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Psychology at Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Algoma is considered to be one of Canada's northern universities. Dave podcasts at: www.thunderbirdsix.org, www.brocasarea.ca, people.auc.ca/brodbeck/blog, tangentialconvergence.blogspot.com, and whysciencepodcast.blogspot.com.

00:01 Intro by Jay Moonah.
00:09 Eden Spodek and Connie Crosby.
00:19 Summary of this rockin' episode.
00:45 Connie welcomes Dave Brodbeck to Community Divas.
00:58 Dave talks about his podcasts: Broca's Area which he does with his wife Isabelle (hi, Isabelle!). He also does Tangential Convergence with his buddy, Algoma librarian Ken Hernden. Why is a science podcast for kids. Thunderbird Six is an interview show which he does for the university, and he podcasts his psychology classes at people.auc.ca/brodbeck/blog.
02:31 Dave talks about how he got started podcasting his psych classes, who are listening to his classes, what the university's reaction is to his podcast. He mentions: East Meets West podcast.
06:40 Reaction of his students to having the lectures podcasted.
07:30 Dave talks about his science podcast for kids, Why.  He mentions: K7 numbers, Scholastic Magazine.
10:24 Who have been inspired by Dave's podcasts? He mentions: Podcastra (now defunct), his presentation at Podcasters Across Borders 2008 (a must-listen!)
12:27 Dave riffs on the benefits of the podcaster community. He mentions: Scarborough Dude who does the dicksnjanes podcast, Tom Merritt of CNet, Real Deal podcast.
14:10  Eden has a question about community builders receiving swag for blogging. The question arises following Chris Brogan's recent blogging on Dad-o-matic in which he received money to spend at K-Mart (that blog post is here). Should someone known for community building be accepting gifts for the purposes of blogging? Eden has done similar things to try out products for her personal blog Bargainista.ca. Connie has only received books that people have hoped she would blog about on her law librarian blog http://conniecrosby.blogspot.com. Where is the line? How does one maintain balance? How do you maintain the trust of your readership? Eden and Connie mention: Ford Flex posts, Bargainista post on post on TaB energy drinks, a Molson beer tasting event.  We are interested in your opinion!  See also Chris Brogan's blog post Advertising and Trust.
22:26 Community calendar. Please feel free to send us your events to add to the calendar!
23:10
Eden winds up the episode.

Community calendar:
  1. Podcamp Halifax -  http://podcamphalifax.ca/ - Halifax, NS, January 25, 2009
  2. Podcamp Toronto - http://podcamptoronto.org/ - Toronto, ON, February 21 & 22, 2009
  3. Mesh conference Apr 7 &8  - http://www.meshconference.com - Toronto, ON, April 7 & 8, 2009
  4. Podcasters Across Borders - http://www.podcastersacrossborders.com/ - Kingston, ON, June 19-21, 2009

Our cool theme music “Get Out of My Face” is by Uncle Seth and is from the Podsafe Music Network.

We hope to hear from you! Send your comments to communitydivas@gmail.com or post them on the blog at communitydivas.com. Follow us on Twitter, our Facebook page or our FriendFeed room. Some registration may be required.

Photo credit: Bob Goyetche (made available under Creative Commons).
Direct download: Episode_10__Dave_Brodbeck.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:38 AM