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 276: BL and David discuss Bud Light’s offer to aliens escaping Area 51 of a specialty brew; NASA’s release of a video recreating the moon landing; Oscar Meyer Air BnB-rentable Weinermobile; The VOID’s immersive movie experiences; Twitter’s desktop redesign; Pampers smart diapers; lifestyle content on LinkedIn; Amazon pays users for their data; browser extensions leaking personal data; the Russian FaceApp; newsletter signup clutter; the Spearphone attack; copy and paste websites; and much, much more.
Episode 274: BL and David discuss Taylor Swift headlining a Prime Video live streaming concert teasing Amazon Prime Day; the Apollo 11 Augmented Reality app; a historic account of brand tweets; the periodic table of SEO success factors; Twitter and reddit’s crackdown on social media abuse; LinkedIn’s engagement algorithm update; VW’s user generated content commercial; B.L.’s viral tweets; Google’s voice strategy; a voice technology project that respects your privacy; cops commenting racial slurs; Wayfair’s employee walkout; the Google Phishing expedition; blasting emails;…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 267: BL and David discuss SEMRush’s 2019 Twitter marketing trends study; Luminary’s launch; Google’s Avengers: Endgame Easter egg; a solar-powered music festival; how Earth Day got its name; Twitter’s false flag Flag; the Russians are still trolling; Jane Goodall’s take on the viral chimpstagram; Facebook’s racially-insensitive algorithm problem;…and much, much more.
Episode 266: BL and David discuss the Atlanta Falcons, OREOs, and Fender Guitars culturejacking the last season of Game of Thrones; a 5 year-old’s podcast; Search Metrics’ industry-specific search ranking factors; the IRL trolling of Twitter’s Jack Dorsey; the New York Times’ brilliant use of the Hero space for storytelling; Apple’s Earth Day video; LinkedIn’s new reactions; Marketoonist’s take on smart speakers; travelling podcast studios; Helvetica Now; All In The Family live; Twitter author labels; Notre Dame fire misinformation; Facebook grabbing contact list emails; Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sort of quitting social media…and much, much more.
Episode263: BL and David discuss discuss role social media played in the Christchurch terror attack and the deliberate marketing plan the terrorist put in place to spread hate; Google Arts & Culture’s Once Upon a Try online exhibition; Beto O’Rourke’s hacker credentials; Twitter’s new prototype app, twttr; Twitter’s new podcast, Character Count; how high school kids are using Google Docs to chat with one another; the marketing flywheel; Google’s abuse-filtering Chrome extension, Tune; facial recognition training data sets; YouTube’s new augmented reality Stories; an ill-advised jaguar selfie; Reddit’s Chinese trolls;…and much, much more.
Episode 261: BL and David discuss discuss Martha Stewart joining cannabis company Canopy Growth; Neuroscientist Uri Hasson’s research demonstrating humans are hardwired for stories; the New York Times’ new In Her Words newsletter; Twitter’s new hashtag data; Farmers Insurance’s Dr. Seuss campaign; LinkedIn’s new features for job seekers; Alexandria Ocasio Cortez as a comic book super hero; a data visualization of brand value; small businesses without websites; airline seat cameras; influencers and their discontents;…and much, much more.
Episode 260: BL and David discuss discuss Nike’s absolutely, really, really bad and horrible week with twin sneaker public relations disasters; mighty and tiny local journalist Hilde Kate Lysiak; Twitter considering tweet annotations; the Kennebec Valley Humane Society’s Jack & Diane dog wedding; 2019 video trends; the Anty McAntface naming contest; the Color Our Collections coloring books produced by museums and libraries; Burberry’s inexplicable noose sweatshirt; YouTube’s advertising exodus; Google’s Nest Guard hidden microphone; …and much, much more.