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Media Unplugged - Inside the Business of Media - Video / Digital / Audio / Advertising / Culture

From branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey comes Media Unplugged, the podcast that peeks behind the curtain at what's REALLY happening in media today.

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Millennials Say "Out With Blogs, In With Podcasts!"

Millennials say "out with blogs, in with podcasts!" And...Is TV doomed - thanks to ad blockers? Plus, rants and raves about "lit-bait," the 4-year-old with the most-viewed YouTube channel in the world, and the final word on whether or not removing naked ladies was a smart move for Playboy magazine. Brand authority Tom Asacker and Media Strategist Mark Ramsey go inside what's really happening in media.

29mins

23 Sep 2016

Rank #1

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Is Your Media Business Doomed? Maybe Not...

Is your media business DOOMED? And...Saturday Night Live says the future of advertising is NOT ads. Plus, rants and raves about the coming collapse in broadcast TV advertising...despite a record year? And the fuzzy math assumptions about ad spend vs. consumption time. Brand authority Tom Asacker and Media Strategist Mark Ramsey go inside what's really happening in media.

28mins

13 May 2016

Rank #2

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This American Life's "Serial": A "Golden Age" for Podcasts? No. Here's Why...

Does This American Life's "Serial" Podcast signal a new "Golden Age" for Podcasting? Nope. Here's why. Also: Why is Beats crushing Bose - on YouTube? Branding guru Tom Asacker and Media Strategist Mark Ramsey go inside media to reveal the ugly truth in Episode 8 of Media Unplugged.

24mins

25 Nov 2014

Rank #3

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What the Amazing Success of Pokemon Go Means for YOUR Media Brand

What the amazing success of Pokemon Go means for YOUR media brand. And...Amazon wants you to PAY for Podcasts. Plus, rants and raves about the virtual Cheetos museum and how much food gets trashed just because it's "ugly", and what happens when a celebrity with a popular social media identity forgets to edit a sponsored post. Brand authority Tom Asacker and Media Strategist Mark Ramsey go inside what's really happening in media.

23mins

20 Jul 2016

Rank #4

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Inside the Epic Battle for Media's Future

Inside the Epic Battle for Media’s Future. And...How Amazon’s New Convenience Store Changes Everything. Plus, rants and raves on the newest blockchain star, Kodak(?), the "shocking" finding that women over 50 don't believe your ads, and more. Brand Authority Tom Asacker and Media Strategist Mark Ramsey go inside what's really happening in media.Sources: https://www.mediavillage.com/article/the-future-of-media-an-epic-battle/https://www.fastcompany.com/40518124/amazon-go-store-opening

34mins

30 Jan 2018

Rank #5

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Donald Trump's Ten Brand Secrets - Revealed!

Donald Trump's ten brand secrets - revealed! And... From stodgy magazine to multimedia juggernaut - how The New Yorker did it. Plus, rants and raves on the meaninglessness of taglines, the platform that can turn your idea into a book in just 12 hours, and more. Brand authority Tom Asacker and Media Strategist Mark Ramsey go inside what's really happening in media.

26mins

8 Feb 2016

Rank #6

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Will Media Unicorns Go Extinct?

Will media unicorns go extinct? And...Are platform businesses eating the world? Plus, rants and raves on Kanye West, a great X-Files podcast, and the best Super Bowl ad which wasn't even an ad. Brand authority Tom Asacker and Media Strategist Mark Ramsey go inside what's really happening in media.

29mins

20 Feb 2016

Rank #7

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Look Out! The Attention Economy is Collapsing!

Look Out! The Attention Economy is Collapsing! And... ABC Family Channel Rebrands as "Freeform" - and Who Cares? Plus, rants and raves on the legacy of David Bowie and Nielsen's desire to spin TV comments on social media into ratings gold. Brand authority Tom Asacker and Media Strategist Mark Ramsey go inside what's really happening in media.

24mins

25 Jan 2016

Rank #8

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Are Smartphones Killing Websites?

Are smartphones killing websites? And...Facebook is losing its cool among teens. Plus, rants and raves about IHOP (or is it IHOB), the "Truth Initiative," and more. Brand Authority Tom Asacker and Media Strategist Mark Ramsey go inside what's really happening in media.Sources: https://medium.com/bloomberg/smartphones-are-doing-to-websites-what-amazon-did-to-the-mall-d789a6cee119http://adage.com/article/digital/facebook-losing-cool-teens-pick-youtube-snapchat/313707/

36mins

18 Jun 2018

Rank #9

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Dear Advertisers: Our Audience Numbers Are Garbage

Dear advertisers: Our audience numbers are garbage! And...The road to Hell is paved with pageviews. Plus, rants and raves about the iPhone parody gadget which earned one startup 1.5 million visitors a day, the Brangelina wax figure divorce, and more. Brand authority Tom Asacker and Media Strategist Mark Ramsey go inside what's really happening in media. Important listening if you're a media brand perplexed that greater scale only drives down the value of your reach.

30mins

10 Oct 2016

Rank #10

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The Strategy Behind Amazon's Prime Video

The strategy behind Amazon's Prime Video. And...MoviePass and the magic power of data. Plus rants and raves about Jesus Christ Superstar, the Star Wars theme park, and the new book "The Big Picture: The Fight for the Future of Movies." Brand Authority Tom Asacker and Media Strategist Mark Ramsey go inside what's really happening in media.Sources: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-amazon-com-ratings-exclusive/exclusive-amazons-internal-numbers-on-prime-video-revealed-idUSKCN1GR0FXhttps://www.thewrap.com/how-silicon-valley-helps-explain-movie-pass/

31mins

9 Apr 2018

Rank #11

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Do Influencers Really Influence Anything?

Do influencers really influence anything? And...Adidas unfriends Facebook - maybe your brand should, too. Plus, rants and raves about the Earth-shattering consequences of Best Buy's new logo, a newspaper's wet-look ad that looks too real, and Google's new AI that's almost too human. Brand Authority Tom Asacker and Media Strategist Mark Ramsey go inside what's really happening in media.Sources: https://medium.com/21st-century-marketing/its-time-to-address-the-elephant-in-the-room-influencers-don-t-really-influence-anything-or-ee036b4abbbhttps://digiday.com/marketing/sources-say-adidas-paused-ads-facebook-reviews-efficacy/

32mins

15 May 2018

Rank #12

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How to Make News Stories Go Viral

How to make news stories go viral. And...Marriott - it's a hotel chain; no, it's a film studio! And what that means for all brands. Plus, Tom rants about the Punching Pope, and Mark rants about TV's Celebrity Apprentice, and how it's setting back the discipline of marketing by 50 years.

20mins

22 Jan 2015

Rank #13

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Overpriced Shoes? A Hail Mary "Payless"

Overpriced shoes? A Hail Mary "Payless." And... Will malls look more like...towns? Plus, rants and raves on Youtube "Superwoman" Lilly Singh, Capital One Cafe's, and personalized celebrity videos from Cameo.com. Brand Authority Tom Asacker and Media Strategist Mark Ramsey go inside what's really happening in media.Sources: https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/29/business/payless-fake-store/index.htmlhttps://www.axios.com/future-of-malls-retail-columbus-5a46a516-a907-4119-bd97-0d2bd1dab5ae.html

25mins

11 Dec 2018

Rank #14

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Creating Your Own Podcast: A Big Waste of Time?

Creating your own podcast: A big waste of time? And...NBC/Universal cuts primetime ads by 20% - Should you? Plus rants and raves about Tuxe - the fashion company that has turned its products into services - and Ring's impressive acquisition by Amazon after being rejected by the Shark Tank crew. Brand Authority Tom Asacker and Media Strategist Mark Ramsey go inside what's really happening in media.Sources: https://digiday.com/media/entertainment-news-and-now-sports-inside-cbss-efforts-to-go-over-the-top/http://variety.com/2018/tv/news/nbcuniversal-nbc-advertising-cut-primetime-ad-load-1202712956/

39mins

4 Mar 2018

Rank #15

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Ep 3 - So THAT'S how Apple Does It!

A peek behind the curtain of Apple's media mastery - and ABC's Dancing With the Stars finds a new generation of stars...on YouTube. Branding guru Tom Asacker (http://tomasacker.com) and Media strategist Mark Ramsey (http://markramseymedia.com) go behind the media spin.

15mins

22 Sep 2014

Rank #16

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Snapchat goes Big Media and Amazon becomes a Movie Studio

Snapchat introduces Discover and goes from messaging to big media. And Amazon is making their own original movies, and Hollywood will never be the same. Plus, Tom raves about Taylor Swift's frenzy to trademark catchphrases, while Mark rants about the directionless second season of the Serial Podcast and raves about the fact that the most popular Superbowl commercials never aired on the big game.

21mins

4 Feb 2015

Rank #17

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How to Blow Up Podcasting

How to blow up podcasting. And...9 ways to innovate journalism - and media - online. Plus, rants and raves about Oscar's new "Popular Film" category, the niche luxury brand of (wait for it) dental floss, and how 3 minutes of a podcast can generate tons of publicity for all the wrong reasons. Brand Authority Tom Asacker and Media Strategist Mark Ramsey go inside what's really happening in media.Sources: http://www.niemanlab.org/2018/08/podcastings-next-frontier-a-manifesto-for-growth-beyond-the-already-converted/http://www.niemanlab.org/2018/07/54-newsrooms-9-countries-and-9-core-ideas-heres-what-two-researchers-found-in-a-yearlong-quest-for-journalism-innovation/

53mins

12 Aug 2018

Rank #18

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The End of Authenticity

The end of authenticity. And...Will Amazon finally make TV's smart AND friendly? Plus rants and raves about Ford halting production of most sedans, the phenomenon of micromerchandising, and how Sherwin-Williams is using augmented reality. Brand Authority Tom Asacker and Media Strategist Mark Ramsey go inside what's really happening in media.Sources: https://medium.com/s/story/post-authenticity-and-the-real-truths-of-meme-culture-f98b24d645a0https://mondaynote.com/smart-tv-made-real-by-amazon-5b46cd3ac2b6?gi=23707d532aba

36mins

30 Apr 2018

Rank #19

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Ep 2 - TV shrinks ad revenue. And...Should musicians pay to play the Superbowl?

Big media companies are relying less on ad revenue than ever before. Why? And how are they making up the difference? Also, should musicians pay to play the Superbowl. Plus rants and raves. Tom Asacker and Mark Ramsey go behind the spin to reveal what's really happening in media.

18mins

5 Sep 2014

Rank #20