ryan holmes

  • The Social Media Survival Guide Your Boss Needs

    This post was originally published on Medium. Quick poll: How many people do you know who aren’t on LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook? With social networks closing in on 3 billion users, social media has become a daily habit for almost everyone. Except, of course, for CEOs—61 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs have no social media presence whatsoever.

    Hootsuitein Social- 21 readers -
  • Why Snapchat is a Powerful Business Tool

    This post was originally published on LinkedIn. Recently, I broke some major company news… on Snapchat. Using a special lens that made me look like a bunny rabbit and talk in a high-pitched voice, I announced that my company had acquired a tool for tracking social media analytics on Snapchat. The update was a bit silly, but I wanted to prove a point. Snapchat isn’t just for the kids anymore.

    Hootsuitein Social Mobile- 19 readers -
  • How Companies Will Use Social Media In 2017

    Let’s travel back to a simpler time, shall we? It’s November 6, 2007, and Facebook has just launched something called Pages. Now, companies can have an official presence on the network, just like real people! The first day, 100,000 Pages launch, with brands from Coca-Cola to Verizon to Blockbuster getting onboard.

    Hootsuitein Social- 26 readers -
  • What an $85 Watermelon Taught Me About Building a Billion-Dollar Business

    This post was originally published on Observer. This story sounds like a tall tale from Canada’s Far North, but it’s completely true. It involves a watermelon, some frustrated locals and one stubborn grocery store. And it reveals a few universal—but all-too-often overlooked—business truths. Years ago, a friend of a friend of mine was living in the Yukon.

    Hootsuitein Social- 23 readers -
  • Hootsuite Introduces New, Simpler Plans for Customers

    As the CEO of Hootsuite, I love seeing all the innovative ways that our customers have embraced social media. From huge enterprises doing business around the world to craft breweries around the corner from our Vancouver office, organizations are using social to transform their relationships with their customers.

    Hootsuite- 17 readers -
  • 10 Unexpected Books to Inspire Your Career

    This post was originally published on LinkedIn. I admit it. I’m an online ‘snack’ addict. After all, with the digital era has come an endless selection of cheap, easy and addictive pieces of online content for us to readily consume: tantalizing Buzzfeed-y headlines, irresistible top-10 lists, teaser photos of your friend’s latest tropical vacation album on Facebook, etc.

    Hootsuite- 16 readers -
  • How to Create an Unfair Advantage For Yourself… By (Barely) Breaking the Rules

    This post was originally published on LinkedIn. Out of shape, overweight, burnt out. That was my friend Phil over 20 years ago—a young but disillusioned Wall Street investment banker. Fast forward to today: Phil is now an ultra-fit, energetic and charismatic entrepreneur and professional speaker who gives TED talks and offers one-on-one advice to Fortune 500 leaders.

    Hootsuitein How To's- 14 readers -
  • The Problem with Fast Decisions: Why You Should ‘Sleep On It’

    This post was originally published on LinkedIn. President Obama prefers to keep his work outfits limited to two color choices: gray or blue. He says it’s a deliberate tactic to reduce the number of decisions he has to make in a day. This way Obama can divert that extra mental energy towards the many other important decisions he needs to tackle on the job.

    Hootsuite- 11 readers -