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The 4 Billion Dollar Tweet: A Guide For Getting Leaders Off The Social Sidelines by Ryan Holmes

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A serial entrepreneur, Ryan Holmes started his first business in high school and quickly opened a string of ventures, from a pizza restaurant to a digital media agency, before founding Hootsuite in 2008.

As CEO he has helped to grow Hootsuite into the world’s most widely used social relationship platform, with 15-million-plus users in over 175 countries, including more than 800 Fortune 1000 companies.

He is widely recognized as an authority on digital transformation, entrepreneurship and social media. His insights are shared in publications such as Fortune, Fast Company and the Wall Street Journal. He ranks as one of the top 20 global Influencers on LinkedIn and a leading CEO influencer on Facebook and Twitter.

The Host’s Perspective:

The book takes its name from what resulted after President Trump took to Twitter and called out Lockheed Martin for the cost overruns on the F-35 fighter jet.

Lockheed Martin had no response on social media. The silence was deafening. That day, their stock tumbled $4 billion in value.

And yet, when you look at Harvard Business Review’s list of top 20 performing CEO’s, only 20% of them have any social media presence.

Not only are those CEO’s risking being caught flat footed in a crisis and ceding the narrative to their detractors, they are missing out on opportunities to deepen the relationship with the media, their employees and their customers.

This very short book that takes just minutes to read was written to help CEO’s understand the enormous potential available to them by getting started on social media.

The big decision CEO’s now need to wrestle with is no longer is it worth the trouble to be on social media, but is it worth the trouble not to.

The $4 Billion Dollar Tweet will help get CEO’s off the sidelines to begin reaping the rewards of being socially active.

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Show Notes

The 4 Billion Dollar Tweet: A Guide For Getting Leaders Off The Social Sidelines by Ryan Holmes

Harvard Business Review Article, “The 7 Attributes Of CEO’s Who Get Social Media”  (

Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by  Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace

The Long Walk: The True Story Of A Trek To Freedom by Slavomir Rawicz

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight

Cheryl Sandberg Amazon Page (

Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft’s Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone by Satya Nadella, Greg Shaw, and Jill Tracie Nichols

Ryan Holmes Website (

Ryan Holmes Standing Desk (

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