'Entertainment' Category

Zach Galifianakis Jumps The Fern With President Barack Obama

Posted by David Murdico on March 11th, 2014 at 3:58 pm

I used to love Between Two Ferns... and always looked forward to new episodes... until today. If you haven't seen it yet, Zach Galifianakis interviews President Barack Obama.
Actually, I'm conflicted, because I love comedy, I write comedy and I run an online video and social media marketing agency, so I should love the idea that a web series is featuring the President of The United States.
I should also love that they're doing it for marketing purposes, because that's exactly what I do... make funny videos for brands, businesses and startups for marketing purposes.
What I don't like about the video, is that the President is blatantly schilling the Affordable Health Care Act / www.healthcare.gov (yeah, I'll give it a plug) , and they're blatantly calling attention to the fact that the President is blatantly schilling healthcare.gov, as part of the gag, as if that would somehow make it more watchable... like everyone is in on the joke.
Throw in a joke about Kenya and the President's birth certificate, to make Zach seem confrontational and legit, make the President appear to have a great sense of humor about it, give the President a few scathing lines to throw back  at Zach and everyone will watch... Read more

Social Currency as Catalyst for B2C Communications

Posted by Gerhard Jacobs on March 4th, 2014 at 1:08 am

Social currency runs like a thread throughout all interaction. The more you engage the better you will become at engaging – a common truth, yet one that is seldom revered in business.

Web/Text Messaging Jargon Rules the Biz World

Posted by Neal Leavitt on February 28th, 2014 at 7:02 pm

A client recently emailed me that ‘121 meetings might be the sensible approach’ – we were strategizing about holding a press event in advance of a conference.
SMH (‘Shaking My Head’), I wanted to have a bit of fun so SCNR (‘Sorry, Could Not Resist’), I lobbed back a zinger that we should shoot for 122 meetings, figuring AFAICT (‘As Far As I Can Tell’), the client had inadvertently made a typo.
AWK (‘Awkward’). Brain freeze. He meant ‘1 to 1’.
I thought about adding a smiley along with the reply but TBH (‘To Be Honest’), if I see one more emoticon, FMCDH (‘From My Cold Dead Hands’)…you can fill in the rest here.
All of the aforementioned further elucidates what’s finally happened. Internet/text messaging slang has taken over the business world, for better or worse – so, to quote the Borg from Star Trek, ‘resistance is futile.’
AAR (‘At Any Rate’), I started wondering how certain Internet slang, acronyms and text messaging aphorisms have steadily crept into our daily lives. How did this happen?
AFAICT (‘As Far As I Can Tell’), lots of theories abound but here’s a favorite – Harvard sociology professor Steven Shapin noted a few years ago that... Read more

Radio Continues To Have A "Missing Link" To Listeners

Posted by Mark Edwards on February 24th, 2014 at 5:37 pm

I spend a lot of time listening to the radio. All kinds of radio, from AM and FMstations to Pandora, Stitcher, Beats Audio, and a plethora of other streaming services.  And to be clear, if it's sound coming our of a speaker, it's radio.  Period. After having spent more than three decades programming radio stations, it's hard not to have sound in the background.  I also spend a lot of time on the Internet, sometimes looking at stations' websites and Social Media outposts.  What I see online frightens me because most of the terrestrial radio stations, and even some of the streaming services, have a disconnect between their audio product and their online presence, what I call THE MISSING LINK.
In other words, most audio content providers don't think about how people USE their product, what else they're doing when they're listening, or most importantly, how they can take the product that comes out of the speakers to a computer or smartphone screen.  Because every day there are less audio delivery devices like the one above and more like this.
Of course, there are still a lot of audio delivery devices that aren't smartphones, but mobile is becoming king and smartphones are... Read more

Your Next Chauffeur May Be Your Car

Posted by Neal Leavitt on January 29th, 2014 at 7:34 pm

Wearables, wearables, wearables.
Attendees at CES earlier this month couldn’t avoid them – seemed like every other booth was pitching a smart watch or fitness app.
But the real ‘wow’ factor, in my humble opinion, was all the futuristic car technology on display. Automobiles are quickly evolving into moveable infotainment machines – and many major manufacturers – both foreign and domestic – unveiled prototypes that may be in a showroom near you quicker than you think.
“Cars will become self-aware where they can understand what’s happening inside and outside,” said Thilo Koslowski, an automotive analyst for market research firm Gartner. “We’re going to see a self-aware vehicle that looks out for you, controls the information and focuses on providing the right information at the right times to protect, inform and entertain you.”
Taking this even further, Roger Kay, who heads up market research firm Endpoint Technologies, recently wrote in Forbes that perhaps in less than 20 years, drivers will even have an ‘autopilot’ option, particularly on highways.
Kay said decision-making on a busy freeway is easier for a machine than a person, particularly when the machine can coordinate with other machines on the road.
“Traffic flows are better managed by an omniscient driving algorithm... Read more