Life as an Independent Consultant

Pondering the idea of becoming an independent consultant? Apiary consultants Rachel Factor, Connor Witt, Morgan Mischler, and Josh Chang join us on this episode of The Hive Is Alive to share their experiences. Many consultants balance their work with another passion. Our guests fill us in on how they started consulting, and what they balance their worklife with, such as travelling full-time as a digital nomad, going back to school, family life, and a second career. We hear how each consultant structures their day and manages clients to get the most out of their day–while still having a personal life.

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Chatbots for Businesses with Miguel Bravo

Interested in using a chatbot, but not sure where to get started? Listen to our conversation with Apiary consultant and social content expert Miguel Bravo. Miguel shares his personal experiences creating and using chatbots, starting back in the days of AIM up to Facebook Messenger chatbots today. Hear Miguel’s thoughts on best practices, things to consider when developing a chatbot marketing strategy, guidelines for branded chatbots on Facebook, as well as how to get your own chatbot up and running.

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How to Give a Great Talk at an Industry Conference: Part 2 of a Discussion with Michelle Robbins of Third Door Media

In Part 2 of our conversation with Michelle Robbins of Third Door Media, we get a behind-the-scenes look at how her team plans for industry conferences such as SMX West and MarTech Today. Learn how Third Door Media approaches presenting interesting and cutting-edge thought leadership on marketing through conferences. Michelle, an experienced speaker and moderator, shares insights into what makes a great talk for listeners interested in being a speaker at an industry conference.

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Conferences & Content, Working with Remote Teams: Part 1 of a Discussion with Michelle Robbins

In Part 1 of our interview with Senior Vice President of Third Door Media, Michelle Robbins, we hear her insights on the challenges and best practices of working with remote teams, based on her experience using this model. We also discuss how Michelle and her team approach industry conferences and the holistic relationship between conferences and editorial content. Michelle serves as Editor-in-Chief across digital properties Search Engine Land, Marketing Land, and MarTech, working with remote team members to create cohesive content. Michelle discusses how her team manages communication and collaboration while working remotely. Take a listen to Apiary Founder, Karen Amudnson, and host, Tess Barry, in conversation with Michelle Robbins.

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Cambridge Analytica: What It Means for Facebook Advertisers

The press has been covering the developing story of consulting firm, Cambridge Analytica using the Facebook data of 50 million users to build psychographic profiles and target potential voters with content aimed at influencing elections. In this episode, we speak with Apiary Founder and CEO Karen Amundson, and Apiary lead analytics consultant Rachel Factor to discuss how this news relates to, and impacts brand advertising on platforms. We discuss how Cambridge Analytica gained access to data, and how users are responding. Looking at the long-term effects of this flashpoint in digital advertising, we discuss the reactions of users and the call for data transparency. Listen in to learn how marketers can work with brands and platforms to emphasize data transparency and user privacy while still driving business goals.

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