Episode 295: BL and David discuss “Cry Me A Cockroach” vindictive Valentines via San Antonio Zoo; social media savvy Astronaut Christina returns to earth; Seventh Generation’s brilliant State of the Union ad; Spotify’s podcast expansion; flirting with Tinder bots; how Netflix gets to the Oscars; Twitter squashes student’s parody, then apologizes; Planters Baby Nut banned; best and worst Super Bowl LIV ads; the Iowa Caucus debacle; hacking Google Maps; world’s worst job ad and world’s funniest resume; Clearview AI slapped with cease-and-decists; Celebrity Cruises’ clueless commercial; 2020 election disinformation wars; Edelman Trust Barometer…and much, much more.
Episode 288: BL and David discuss James Dean stars in a new movie, 64 years after his death; Monica Lewinsky’s brilliant anti-bullying PSA and Twitter bot; how Black Twitter made Popeye’s chicken sandwich go viral; Arm & Hammer helps cats; VR teaching empathy in the office; Twitter adding Topics option; top 10 brands fooled by Instagram bots; new approach suggested for digital political ads; robots who are anything but cute; @ElBloombito returns to Twitter; …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 269: BL and David discuss Coca-Cola bringing back New Coke for season three of Stranger Things and the new Stranger Things-themed Lego set; Vita Coco’s social media pissing match; Amazon’s plans for a voice-activated wearable for healthcare; Spotify’s new podcast production platform; podcasts finally showing up in Google search results; Burger King McDisses Ronald; Salvador Dali comes alive!; Facebook’s Actionable Insights; Apple Podcast’s questionable use of episode landing pages; Hershey’s desperate emoji bars;…and much, much more.
Episode 268: BL and David discuss Facebook’s dubious commitment to user privacy; the increasing importance of sonic branding; Burger King’s mental burgers; Snapchat’s Holocaust survivor Stories; a clever Big Little Lies commercial; Creative Commons’ visual search emerges from Beta; LinkeIn testing a Services Offered section for profiles; Poynter’s indexing of fake news sites; YouTube Music arrives on Google Home and YouTube lands on Amazon Fire TV devices; a mockery of our smart phone addiction; how extremism spreads through alternative influence networks; Chase Bank’s poor-shaming;…and much, much more.
Episode 240: BL and David discuss the NY Public Library’s Alice In Instagramland, spam best practice, Google Shortwave for podcasts, Facebook’s new trust scores; AI word pictures, Patio Pizza chairs, Conference Gifs, Papa John’s weird apology video, MacBook Pro’s terrible keyboard, Creepy 3D Cartoons, how AI could stop Russian interference in US elections…and much, much more.
Episode 236: BL and David discuss the addition of health grades to Yelp restaurant listings; Bonobos’ #EvolveTheDefinition of masculinity campaign; the Terminal 3 virtual border agent art installation; Amazon’s plans to roll out retargeting ads; a superb example of visual journalism that explains blockchain; the bitcoin extortion phishing scam; a PR pitch from hell; Tronc’s massive layoffs at the New York Daily News; Uber drivers fraudulently charging passengers for vomit cleanup; Facebook’s stock freefall; and much, much more.
Episode 231: BL and David discuss Facebook’s new political advertising rules; Philadelphia Eagles’ safety Malcolm Jenkins silent public relations stunt; Bill Gates’ Notes; Stew Leonard’s freedom burgers; search engine optimization audits; Apple’s web developers conference updates; Pod Papers magazines; senior’s bucket lists; personal shopping analytics; Apple’s dubious privacy high road; animal influencers; the imminent robot revolution; International House of Breakfast; and much, much more.
Episode 226: BL and David discuss Google’s new strategy for leveraging the growing library of podcast content; the latest data from Edison Research about the podcast consumer; Amazon’s new Alexa Skill Blueprints feature; Jason Calacanis’ Open Book Challenge race to replace Facebook; SmugMug’s acquistion of Flickr; Burger King’s stealthy campaign to sneak Whoppers into movie theaters; Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes chocolate record; an advocacy campaign that turns victims of gun violence’s handwriting into a tool for change; teaching kids to be polite to machines; and much, much more.
Co-hosts B.L. Ochman & David Erickson discussed the effectiveness of anti-Donald Trump ads run by the Stop Trump PACs and the Hillary Clinton campaign; KFC’s finger-lickin’ good chicken-flavored nail polish; Elizabeth Warren’s Twitter war with Trump; sales email fails; PetSmart’s Cinco de Mayo tweets; the GAP’s 60s-era space shuttle tweets; Windows 10 shenanigans; the CDC’s Clean Hands Count campaign; Facebook mail; the #Oldchella concert; Radiohead erases itself then drops; Zoe for President; Facebook’s politics; the Anne Frank virtual reality film; Amazon Echo’s location services play; the CIA live tweeting the Osama Bin Ladin raid; plus great new apps and important stats and a lot of stuff in between.