Episode 287: BL and David discuss the controversy over social media political ads and two of the proposed solutions; The Climate Trail video game that takes place in the climate change apocalypse; Samsung’s selfie satellite fail; Yahoo Groups’ move to email-only; unrest on the Facebook campus; the trend toward video games as spectator sport epitomized with the launch of the Minnesota Vikings’ eSports team; hot dog boy gets a ride in Oscar Mayer’s weinermobile; McDonald’s social media fail; Amazon’s Choice paid reviews; Joe Biden’s domain fiasco; political Twitter; and much, much more.
Episode 284: BL and David discuss American companies that cave to Chinese censorship; a Sesame Street character who addresses addiction; Target’s emphasis on audio branding; Siri comes to Spotify; an adorable MSNBC interruption; an augmented reality opera marketing campaign; whiskey pods; Amazon’s initiative to get voice assistants to work together; top sites that fact check fake news; malicious apps in Google Play; Google crowdsourced shopping ads; Google will soon block mixed content; and much, much more.
Episode 282: BL and David discuss a satirical view of Greta Derangement Syndrome; 15 new Amazon hardware products; Twitter’s #hashtag advice for brands; a new Twitter feature that lets you interact with lists; a powerful school shooting PSA from Sandy Hook Promise; new audio applications; Food Network and Amazon stream cooking classes; Facebook moves closer to your brain; ‘Likes’ and video views go away in Facebook experiment; problems with influencers; extremely cool new tools…and much, much more.
Episode 280: Co-hosts BL Ochman and David Erickson discuss Amazon’s crowdsourcing of responses to Alexa users’ questions; Google’s Recover Together website of resources for addicts; Twitter’s new arrangeable photos feature; Google’s ‘original reporting’ algorithm designed to give more visibility to primary source, trustworthy journalism; WordPress’ purchase of Tumblr; the Zooniverse crowdsourcing network supporting science experiments; an example of a great follow-up PR pitch; the Attorneys General investigating Google; Ledo Pizza’s ill-advised 9/11 tweet; …and much, much more.
Episode 277: BL and David discuss the hacked presidential seal that satirizing 45 as a Russian puppet during a recent speech; a brilliantly creative LinkedIn post that illustrates the power of breaking expectations; OpenAI’s technology that is too dangerous to release; the Washington Post’s securing and publishing of the DEA database that tracks prescription opioid shipments; an AI app that turns your photo into a Renaissance portrait; the emerging career of audio book narration; MailChimp and Vice teaming up on Second Acts; illustrations imagining high tech brands as retro technology; House Wine and Cheez-Its in a box; Influencer scamming; Representative Tulsi Gabbard’s Google Gimmick; and much, much more.
Episode 273: BL and David discuss the Pakistani press conference that was filtered with cat ears; 3D objects and augmented reality in Google search; YouTube’s augmented advertising; Cracker Barrel’s moral stand; a robobullying parody video of Boston Scientific robots; museums installing ‘braille art’ touchable recreations of exhibits; Spotify’s Daily Drive podcast playlist and the company’s new podcast-targeted advertising; the announcement of Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency; an AI-generated Russian spy infiltrates LinkedIn; a deep fake Rasputin sings Beyonce; deep fake videos that are as easy to create as editing text; an algorithm that can generate an accurate portrait of a speaker based only on a sample of that speaker’s voice; Google Photos goes Driveless;…and much, much more.
Episode 272: BL and David discuss Mary Meeker’s 2019 Internet Trends Report; a deep fake of Mark Zuckerberg himself; Radiohead thwarts extortionists; Barney’s department store doubles as your dealer; Google Data Studio 101; VW takes its reputation cleanup seriously; Kraft rebrands ranch dressing as salad frosting; Internet-prompted evolution; thumbdrive hacking; the definition of hate speech; two popups too many;…and much, much more.
Episode 270: BL and David discuss the geo-targeted update of Soul Asylum’s hit song Runaway Train devoted to the discovery of missing kids; IKEA’s recreation of living rooms from The Simpsons, Friends & Stranger Things; Crossfit’s Facebook pause; Google’s Translatotron technology; Tiny replica McDonald’s bee hives; David Gilmour’s podcast series telling the backstory of three of his famous guitars; Guns Down America’s challenge to blacklist the NRA; Jeff Jarvis’ superb essay about our Crisis of Cognition; PR pros need to do the legwork; Antitrust investigations heating up for Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google; Google’s suspicious outage; The North Face’s disastrous black hat SEO tactic; the limitations of social listening;…and much, much more.
Episode 259: BL and David discuss discuss MillerCoors’ #ToastToFarmers response to Bud Light’s Super Bowl ad; Augmented Reality LEGOs; recruiting in virtual reality; Amazon dumps New York; Amazon Moments; LinkedIn Live; U-Haul’s data storytelling earned media; National Geographic’s Valley Of The Boom docuseries about the rise of Silicon Valley; the Bumble dating app; Jimmy Fallon on Amazon Alexa; Nvidia’s nonpeople; the Bratz Doll Challenge;…and much, much more.
Episode 257: BL and David discuss brands’ earned Super Bowl Media; Super Bowl LIII commercials; egregious packaging; Minneapolis’ frozen pants; LinkedIn interest targeting; dearly departed Google services; Apple’s power play against Facebook and Google; Adidas Black History Month all white fail; the invisible generation; super-complicated CAPTCHAs; a Jeep Wave case study…and much, much more.