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.

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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 - Brand Food Fight - Episode 278

Episode 278: Co-hosts BL Ochman and David Erickson discuss French’s & Oscar Mayer’s ice-cream fight; the Minnesota Vikings ambassador employee; Pixel 4’s gesture control; the Oakland A’s PR investment; the global emoji culture; the great automatic advertizator that may put marketers out of work; what the top 100 Instagram influencers earn; Facebook’s fake 126 million; the great Cambridge Analytica/Facebook election hack is now a Netflix must-watch video; how you can get a Master’s Degree in Cannabis Science; the great Facebook re-naming…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 - State of the Internet - Episode 272

Episode 272: BL and David discuss Mary Meeker’s 2019 Internet Trends Report; a deep fake of Mark Zuckerberg himself; Radiohead thwarts extortionists; Barney’s department store doubles as your dealer; Google Data Studio 101; VW takes its reputation cleanup seriously; Kraft rebrands ranch dressing as salad frosting; Internet-prompted evolution; thumbdrive hacking; the definition of hate speech; two popups too many;…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 - Runaway Trains - Episode 270

Episode 270: BL and David discuss the geo-targeted update of Soul Asylum’s hit song Runaway Train devoted to the discovery of missing kids; IKEA’s recreation of living rooms from The Simpsons, Friends & Stranger Things; Crossfit’s Facebook pause; Google’s Translatotron technology; Tiny replica McDonald’s bee hives; David Gilmour’s podcast series telling the backstory of three of his famous guitars; Guns Down America’s challenge to blacklist the NRA; Jeff Jarvis’ superb essay about our Crisis of Cognition; PR pros need to do the legwork; Antitrust investigations heating up for Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google; Google’s suspicious outage; The North Face’s disastrous black hat SEO tactic; the limitations of social listening;…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 - 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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