Beyond Social Media - Walmart Drive-Ins - Episode 318

BL and David discuss the Walmart’s new parking lot drive-in movie theaters; giving credit to creators; why Microsoft wants TikTok; the pros and cons of WordPress’ auto-updates; Roger Federer’s rooftop tennis appearance; Google’s messy take on the customer journey; advertising agencies disclosing diversity data; Google News providing ‘for context’ links; Zoombombers hack the Twitter hacking trial; brands mistranslation misadventure; Trump’s ‘clean’ Internet; B2B salesperson traits;…and much, much more.

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Beyond Social Media - Careful With That Tweet - Episode 311

Episode 311: BL and David discuss Twitter’s plans to prompt you to give a second thought to that link you’re about to share; Twitter spruces up its lists; Google’s financial commitment to help news organizations devastated by the pandemic; Campaign Monitor’s email engagement survey; adopting dogs via Zoom; insane LEGO contraptions; KSTP TV’s new long-form newscasts; Proctor & Gamble’s active anti-racism PSA; Jason Calacanis’ call to fund a Facebook alternative; Google scrolling your website; Twitter’s Fail on Trump tweets; Google’s cheapskate ad credits;..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 - Online Political Ads - Episode 287

Episode 287: BL and David discuss the controversy over social media political ads and two of the proposed solutions; The Climate Trail video game that takes place in the climate change apocalypse; Samsung’s selfie satellite fail; Yahoo Groups’ move to email-only; unrest on the Facebook campus; the trend toward video games as spectator sport epitomized with the launch of the Minnesota Vikings’ eSports team; hot dog boy gets a ride in Oscar Mayer’s weinermobile; McDonald’s social media fail; Amazon’s Choice paid reviews; Joe Biden’s domain fiasco; political Twitter; and much, much more.

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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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Beyond Social Media - Online Outrage - Episode 256

Episode 256: BL and David discuss the self-fueling bonfire that is online outrage; WordPress’ new NewsPack platform; The Atlantic’s video in honor of International Holocaust Day of Remembrance; the Tree VR installation at Davos that allows you to experience what it’s like to be a tree in a rainforest; Kia’s Super Bowl scholarship; Aspiration Bank’s hyper-focused Millennial messaging; YouTube’s crackdown on pranks and challenges; a comedian’s daily joke-writing tips; Twitter’s new marketing calendar; stupid dad jokes; …and much, much more.

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Beyond Social Media - New Prince Music Video - Episode 241

Episode 241: BL and David discuss Prince’s new music video that pays tribute to the scores of teens and children affected by gun-related violence every year; the Twitterification of Twitter; the crumbling of the college degree barrier; the National Voter Registration Day media takeover; Coca-Cola’s interest in the marijuana industry; dancing lessons for NFL players; the opening of Bud Light’s Victory Fridges; an update to the Social Media Guru list; augmented reality applied below ground; Arby’s tattoos the meats; the hacking of our website; who is getting raises and who is not; the New York Times’ video case study of the Tylenol poisoning; and much, much more.

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Beyond Social Media - Black Panther Autocomplete - Episode 218

Episode 218: BL and David discuss an autocomplete Black Panther interview; Twitter amping up the news while Facebook flounders; the Amazon Pollycast; Bloomberg’s Twitter TicToc; the lonely dog that went viral; Lucky Charms gets mythical; Watson gets embedded in virtual and augmented reality; the Marketoonist; the coming artificial reality apocalypse; the next chapter in Net Neutrality repeal; a clumsy, milky metaphor; Gmail gets AMPed; concussion spotting technology; and much, much more.

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Beyond Social Media - Google Pixel 2 Announcement - Episode 204

Episode 204: Co-hosts B.L. Ochman and David Erickson discussed Google’s Pixel 2 announcement and its battle against Apple; five ex-Presidents rocking for hurricane relief; the Obama’s 25th wedding anniversary; National Public Radio’s errant Facebook post that went viral; BuzzFeed’s public service fake news feed; IRS’ baffling announcement of its deal with Equifax; the amazing absence of a social media pause button; the client you’ll never want to have; plus great new apps and stats you should know…and much, much more.

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