Episode 3: Politics and Social Media

In Episode 3 of Don’t Call Me a Guru, we talk year-end social media highlights and look forward to what social media trends or features might become more commonplace in 2017. We also chat with leading, local political blogger Dave Cournoyer of daveberta.ca about a range of social media and politics topics.


Dave is an Edmonton-based political watcher and writer. He is the publisher of daveberta.ca, one of Alberta’s best read political blogs, and he works as a communications advisor with United Nurses of Alberta. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta, where he studied political science and history.


Here’s a sampling of some of Dave’s social media, politics and blogging insights from Episode 3:

    • Don’t give the impression that you’re going to write something every day if you can’t write something every day and don’t be afraid to take a night, a day or week off (when it comes to blogging)
    • Write when you have something to say don’t just write because you have to write, if you’re doing it as a hobby
    • You’re only one tweet away from being fired from your job or thrown out of your party caucus or losing the next election
    • Mute or block the trolls
    • Try to engage in good political discussions. Ask questions. Don’t just accept when a politician tells you something

And here’s some things Tyler and Linda think will take off in 2017:

  • Livestreaming (more video!)
  • Augmented reality
  • Influencer marketing
  • The demise or reinvention of Snapchat? (due to various social media copycats)

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For Episode 4, we dive into how teenagers approach social media and what marketers can learn to most effectively reach this audience.

Let us know what you’d like to hear on our future episodes, and give us feedback on what you thought of this one! What trends do you see taking off in 2017?

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