Blois Olson Interview

Beyond Social Media - Blois Olson Interview - Episode 349

David Erickson interviews Blois Olson, founder of Fluence Media, publisher of seven popular newsletters and a Minnesota politics-focused podcast, and political commentator at WCCO radio.

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Disaster Girl Cashes In

Beyond Social Media - Disaster Girl - Episode 348

BL and David discuss Disaster Girl’s big payday; Nerf’s new chief TikTok officer; Clubhouse’s NFL draft partnership; Clubmarket’s Clubhouse influencer exchange; digital product placement; Spotify’s paid podcast subscriptions; Flipboard flips to sponsored newsletters; vaccination public service tweets; Punch Pizza’s recruiting marketing email; a clever social media and visual communication tactic; Facebook’s failure; slander for profit; Basecamp’s ban; Apple’s privacy sanctimony exposed;…and much, much more.

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Clubhouse Competition

Beyond Social Media - Clubhouse Competition - Episode 344

BL and David discuss LinkedIn and Spotify going after Clubhouse and a Clubhouse tutorial; a mafioso whose YouTube channel gave him away; new stoner emoji coming for Apple’s iOS; an AI-powered service that animates still headshots; the forthcoming Brave privacy-focused search engine; NFT brand stunts generating publicity; Facebook is removing analytics; Lil Nas X’s satanic shoes; Volkswagen’s April Fools prank backlash; a massive Facebook user data leak; Krispy Kreme’s anti-vaxxer Mondays; Mars candy’s pesterbot;…and much, much more.

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Twitter Spaces & IKEA Audio Catalog

Beyond Social Media - Twitter Spaces - Episode 342

BL and David discuss the launch of Twitter Spaces; IKEA’s audiobook catalog; a sweet wine-tasting gig; a tour of American dialects; instant holograms; Taco Bell’s 404 error page; an Ad Council COVID vaccine campaign; Facebook’s newsletter publishing platform; Mark Cuban’s Clubhouse competitor, Firesidechat app; Google’s Key Moments in YouTube videos; LinkedIn throwing shade TikTok’s way; an inclusion video oversight…and much, much more.

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New Social Media Features

Beyond Social Media - New Social Media Features - Episode 340

BL and David discuss how Amazon Prime and Netflix are grokking TikTok; the TikTok trend of creating fake album covers out of random camera roll photos; potential new Twitter features could include super followers, an undo button, and shoppable tweets; LinkedIn’s new freelancer marketplace, Stories for Pages, and Swipe-ups; LinkedIn recommending newsletter subscriptions; YouTube Shorts; Taco Bell To Go concept restaurants; Microsoft’s hacked email servers; …and much, much more.

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White House Valentines Display

Beyond Social Media - Presidential Valentines Display - Episode 338

BL and David discuss Dr. Jill Biden’s White House Valentines display; stellar Thank You page examples; the American Shame Card collection of gun-control advocacy postcards; fact checker bylines; the explosive growth of social audio; Microsoft’s AI voices; Lincoln TV; Duolingo’s singable commercial; Super Bowl Social Media; conference sounds for livestreaming waiting room; Twitter gets into the newsletter game; Google News analytics courtesy of Google Search Console; Norton’s prying eyes and listening ears commercial…and much, much more.

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Snapchat Millionaires

Beyond Social Media - Snapchat Millionaires - Episode 334

BL and David discuss how Snapchat is shelling out one million dollars a day to get users to adopt its TikTok clone, Spotlight; Match.com’s match made in hell; Barbie’s new role as a digital influencer; Taco Bell’s potato CEO; Ben & Jerry’s new doggie desserts; NFL quarterbacks Aaron Rogers, Patrick Mahomes, and Baker Mayfield as spokesmen; Phishing’s Explosive Growth; the 2021 Edelman Trust Barometer; Apple Siri; Voice Recognition; Calendly; and much, much more.

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Augmented Reality 2.0

Beyond Social Media - Augmented Reality 2.0 - Episode 332

Episode 332: BL and David discuss how Apple’s iPhone lidar technology is shaping the future of augmented reality; the wide release of Amazon’s Echo Frames; Twitter’s disappearing Fleets and potential audio chat; Midwest governors mask up for a pandemic PSA; AI software that stymies facial recognition technology; Apple Podcasts gets an embeddable player; LinkedIn’s top influencers for 2020; Frito-Lay sets up a holiday-themed merch shop; Pepsi makes an apple pie cola; Arby’s sells deep fried turkey pillows; Fake People are everywhere online; holiday eCommerce sales projections;…and much, much more.

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Lightspeed Internet

Beyond Social Media - Lightspeed Internet - Episode 331

Episode 331: BL and David discuss Google’s infrared Internet project; sequential video storytelling; the Biden Harris transition website; Spotify buys Megaphone audio hosting provider; Four Seasons Total Landscaping’s VR furries; YouTube Rewind cancelled this year; MmHmm video conferencing addon comes out of beta; customizable Oreo cookies; Ticketmaster’s fan safety app; our post-literate society; law firms undermining democracy; support for pot legalization;…and much, much more.

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The Facebook Oversight Board

Beyond Social Media - Facebook Oversight Board - Episode 324

Episode 324: BL and David discuss ‘The Real Facebook Oversight Board’ comprised of industry experts that will try to hold the social network accountable; SEMrush acquires a earned media public relations tool; entertaining B2B advertising; MailChimp evolves into a full-fledged marketing platform; Casey Newton joining the Substack journalism revolution; LinkedIn Stories arrive; TikTok bans fasting app advertising; Google Maps shows COVID 19 hot spots; Hillary Clinton launches a podcast; Proud Boys lose their shirts; cancel culture is the new crisis PR; Google taketh Meet; racial justice and brand trust; …and much, much more.

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