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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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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Beyond Social Media - Mythic Dinosaurs - Episode 322

Episode 322: BL and David discuss a Facebook Group battle over a dinosaur at McDonald’s; Alexa for Residential; Ron Charles acting out book reviews; PDFs are not fit for human consumption; the Wired 25 virtual conference; new LinkedIn Page features; Salem Ilese is Mad At Disney; the JabberMask; Google to limit paid keyword data; the drone delivery race heats up; your smartphone knows when you’re drunk…and much, much more.

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Beyond Social Media - Twitter Hack - Episode 315

Episode 315: BL and David discuss the massive Twitter hack and Bitcoin scam directed at high-profile accounts; the Minnesota Twins broadcast a scrimmage with a crowdtrack; free Grow With Google courses; long-term care seniors pose for iconic classic rock album cover recreations; Michelle Obama’s new podcast on Spotify; Hulu rolls out self-serve advertising; an ad agency goes fully remote; Target joins the growing list of retailers mandating masks for customers; Chris Cuomo calls out Trump over Goyagate; Instagram to clone TikTok; Hong Kong’s protest movement keeps getting stymied by Apple;..and much, much more.

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Beyond Social Media - Video Conferencing Revolution - Episode 314

Episode 314: BL and David discuss the amazing Mmhmm video conferencing app; the tech pushback against Chinese data requests; new evidence for Subscription Twitter; pinnable Instagram comments; Google acquires an augmented reality glasses company; Google Assistant Continuous Mode; the FaceApp #WhatItWouldBeLike campaign; YouTube’s new affinity metrics; a Google Project Loon update; Jimmy Johns employees post racist video; Mark Zuckerberg fails to impress civil rights leaders; the Ayn Rand Institute grabs PPP money; Anti-mask masks for sale; another PR pitch from hell;..and much, much more.

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Beyond Social Media - New Twitter Features - Episode 307

Episode 307: BL and David discuss Twitter’s new moderation tool and potential new features for business profiles; Google’s podcast analytics; Google’s Web Vitals metrics; Facebook’s oversight board; Ryan Reynold’s Mint Mobile commercial; Wendy’s online scavenger hunt; Progressive Insurance works from home; Amazon’s new show, Upload; augmented reality that copy and pastes from real life; Google Lens’ new copy to desktop feature; Jimmy Kimmel’s screw up; 28,000 GoDaddy hosting accounts compromised;..and much, much more.

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Beyond Social Media - Coronavirus Visuals - Episode 305

Episode 305: BL and David discuss Twitter’s new COVID-19 misinformation protection measures; free Google Shopping Listings; Google’s new identity verification requirements for advertisers; a clever tactic for retaining unsubscribing customers; an app that will broadcast family videos for tech-averse elders; COVID Nursery Rhymes; alternatives to “unprecedented”; free resources for marketers; vintage pandemic posters; TV show posters reimagined for COVID-19; a Coronavirus Rhapsody; MinneAnalytics Monday; two-faced Facebook; mobile voting efforts; dangerous Amazon working conditions; the public companies taking small business loans;…and much, much more.

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Beyond Social Media - COVID-19 Commerce - Episode 302

Episode 302: BL and David discuss COVID-19 commerce changes; Facebook’s COVID-19 Community launch with a film; Google’s free ads for SMBs; Freelancers Union’s Freelance Relief Fund; Medtronic’s DIY ventilator specs; Mark Cuban’s 3M snark; USAA’s compassionate ad; coronavirus dating by drone; Twitter’s calendar of Tweets for businesses; planting Victory Gardens; companies that laid off employees via Zoom; Adobe’s online summit points the way to post pandemic future; CuriosityStream lowers price to $1 a month; MailChimp presents films from cancelled SXSW; “Selling a President 2020” posts episode 2; Joe Biden’s “Here’s the Deal” podcast debuts; WFH is bad news for some podcasts; and much, much more.

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Beyond Social Media - Coronavirus Brand Heros - Episode 301

Episode 301: BL and David discuss brands that are doing good in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic; Rotterdam Philharmonic Zoom Concert from musicians’ homes; Product Hunt’s Makers Festival work from home edition; a SuperCalaFragilisticExpialaDocious song about COVID-19; Mucinex fights fake news with “Spread Facts, Not Fear,”campaign; Yelp allows donations to small businesses; COVIDnearyou tracks the spread of the pandemic; work from home resources; a lame Coronavirus PSA by the Ad Council; bad sound and video in local and even national news coverage as reporters and guests work from home; SXSW refusal to give refunds; trump’s Cease & Desist on Democratic ad backfires; why Bill Gates want to lock the whole country down; cool tools to get you through the quarantine; astounding ad spending declines..and much, much more.

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Beyond Social Media - Coronavirus Crisis - Episode 300

Episode 300: Co-hosts B.L. Ochman and David Erickson discussed the coronavirus crisis, including: The contrast in leadership between governors Andrew Cuomo and Tim Walz and Trump; Siri’s response to Do I Have The Coronavirus?; Smart thermometers that may be able to identify local outbreaks; Covid 19 pandemic maps; Twitter helping brands communicate during the crisis; a New York-based Chinese immigrant stepping up to manufacture personal protective equipment for health care workers; the responsibility of the media in broadcasting the White House coronavirus “briefings” live; Moe Williams’ daily doodles; Willie’s American Guitars offer two-minute guitar lessons on Facebook; Amazon limits non-essential shipments; the ENKI Brewing Company taproom goes curbside; coronavirus resources and free entertainment; pandemic gallows humor; Google’s California-only Covid 19 triage website; the two faces of Fox News; the Army’s social media manager gets canned; idiots that will cost lives; TV commercials that have not aged well in the coronavirus era; live webcams broadcasting deserted public spaces; the Department Of Justice wanting to suspend costitutional rights; …and much, much more.

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