Beyond Social Media - US Companies Cave To China, Episode 284

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.

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Beyond Social Media - LEGO Creativity - Episode 281

Episode 281: Co-hosts BL Ochman and David Erickson discuss the creativity of the world’s largest display of LEGO art in New York City as well as LEGO’s new Rebuild The World campaign; the five hundred new words that were added to the dictionary; Google’s new in this video search results; John Batelle’s new Daily Recount summary of the day’s political news; the city of Grand Rapids, Minnesota’s 3D crosswalks; Descript podcasting software that lets you deep fake yourself; fears of Chinese propaganda via TikTok; the pros and cons of Echo Auto; Facebook Watch TV watching you; creating a digital will; political contributions via Amazon Echo; Facebook’s app problem;…and much, much more.

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Episode 279: BL and David discuss the social media generated AlienStock Festival; By All Means podcast sponsorship; podcasts now play in Google search results; moodvertising; Google adds augmented reality (AR) to map directions; Friends is LEGOized; a job for a couch potato; a lawsuit aims to silence a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist; US Soccer Federation demonstrates how not to handle a PR crisis; Facebook unpublishes pages; Samsung’s delete fest; Facebook’s face scamming; eraser ads…and much, much more.

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Beyond Social Media - Artificial Intelligence - Episode 277

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.

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Spotting Fake Videos

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.

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Beyond Social Media - Deep Fakes Edition - Episode 273

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.

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Beyond Social Media - Boston Dynamics Spot - Episode 271

Episode 271; BL and David discuss the NYC subway landshark that went viral; drone deliveries via Amazon Prime Air; Vox Media Union reaches an agreement; Boston Dynamics’ commercial Spotbot; the Obama’s partner with Spotify; Apple Podcasts transcripts; Amazon Echo’s erase feature; Instagram’s influencer ads; Google’s new search results diversity update; Counterfeits on Amazon; fear-based social media sites like Nextdoor, Citizen, and Amazon Ring’s Neighbors; YouTube’s New Hate Speech Policy;…and much, much more.

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Beyond Social Media - Stranger Things New Coke - Episode 269

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.

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Beyond Social Media - Facebook's Fake Privacy - Episode 268

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.

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Beyond Social Media - Twitter Trends - Episode 267

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.

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