Jennifer Jones, who hosts one of the top ongoing social media marketing podcasts, interviews Emmanuel Brown of Nike Jordan. I saw Emmanuel at the last Marketing Forum in L.A. he told us that employees are encouraged to work out a couple of hours every day. Actually, it’s more than encouraged, it’s mandatory. He discusses their Breakfast Club interactive program, which helps customers track and improve their daily sports routine, and recently won a Groundswell award for their efforts.
I was lucky to be at the very first BlogHaus at SXSW in Jan 2007, and was really pleased to return to yet another version at SXSW this week. Stephanie Agresta interviewed me, and we talked about SXSW, and what I’m watching as an important technology.
Jennifer Jones the host of Marketing Voices continues to improve in quality, with her strong background in broadcast TV, she continues to bring professionalism by interviewing the top leaders in the marketing industry.
Her latest guest, who needs no introduction is famed Guy Kawasaki. Featuring his latest project Alltop a preset bookmarking service organized by verticals.
Every day, I’m seeing new companies that are pushing technology to meet business needs, and in my honest review, I gave Guy a great review on the marketing of his services, but a less than steller review on innovation.
Initially, when I did that review, there were only a few sites available (egos, sports, etc) recently, he’s launched one that may have more value to my focus area called social media. I’m taking the ‘Kellogg’ challenge and am starting each day with this site, to see if it can enhance my information collecting, so far, so good.
In a fun and metaphorical way, Guy gives me a real good lesson that I’m going to take to heart, and positions me as the young, naive samurai.
Jason Lopez, former colleague/friend/journalist from PodTech’s newsroom interviews me on the phenomenon we know as Facebook, I also discuss how the web will be distributed, move offsite, and ‘fly’ around the web. I hope you find this insightful.
I had a chance to connect with Jennifer Jones, the hostess and MC of Marketing Voices Podcast yesterday. She’s one of my former colleagues and will be a long time friend. I learned that her podcast, which helps marketing leaders understand social media is continuing to take off. Although I made a list of the many marketing podcasts, as I understand it, the listernership is up to 100,000 downloads in the last month, that blows away almost any other podcast that I know of. Apparently some big name brands have noticed too, she’s now sponsored by Webex AND Intel, both companies want to reach marketers and the social sphere, respectively. Her show is also syndicated by MarketingProfs, one of the top communities on the web, and of course on PodTech.
Here’s why Marketing Voices is getting traction:
1) She gets top name guests: many authors, speakers, thought leaders, and most importantly, practitioners that have done it in the workplace.
2) Expectations: She’s consistent with her weekly release, format, questions, and length, she screens the guests, preps them with questions. Her background in TV broadcasting and as a PR executive helps her all around the show.
3) Brevity: The shows (mainly audio and sometimes video) are short and concise, she’s respecting media snackers. Most are 10-15 minutes, each very ‘tight’ in content.
4) Her passion: She’s truly very, very fascinated by the social media world, as a “digital immigrant” she wants to explore how these tools change the world, we’ve had many, many conversations.
5) Shelf Life: It’s not a show on ‘what’s hip’ but really on strategy and many leaders share case studies and examples, you can go back into the archives to listen and learn.
To be fair, I can’t just throw roses, but gave her a few suggestions to improve the show, all minor: 1) set the audio levels so the speaker and host are always at the same level 2) Just once, the show was duplicated twice on iTunes, but a very minor nitpick. If you’re a listener, I’m sure she’d be curious to hear your feedback.
So if you’re a marketing executive, (or work for one) and you need to know how social media impacts your world, I recommend you subscribe to MarketingVoices on iTunes (will prompt iTunes), or check out the website, while you’re reclaiming time in the car or on a jog, stay learning with high quality content.
I’ve been gone from PodTech for nearly a month, and can really be objective in remembering the experience.
You never realize how much something matters to you until you move away from it. Sadly, John Furrier has moved away from PodTech yesterday, and steps onward. John, who I often refer to as a visionary, recently had dinner in Palo Alto, I told him I was thankful that he hired me, and I would have done it all over again.
Aside from the many friends I still have at PodTech, I learned some really important skills. I got an informal dose of media training as I learned from some of the great producers, editors, stars, and creators. I became more confident on camera, and as I learned from Rocky, who gave me lots of pointers, and showed me his vision for what shows could be like. Darold taught me how to be strategic in client relations, and Jennifer shared her wisdom when it comes to PR, and strategic marketing. Jason Lopez and his team are master story tellers, and Steve Gillmor’s meta views, and pushed me to another level of thinking. I observed Robert, a true trail blazer, as he quickly adopted and discarded tools, and his amazing ability to consume information on a daily basis. There were a lot of influential forces that shaped me, it was amazing.
I wasn’t able to attend Dave McClure’s Facebook conference, but am enjoying the different opinions from the A-List crowd, they never fail to entertain. Fellow panelists Robert Scoble, Rodney Rumford, and Dave McClure had to fight their way into the conversation. Thanks Tom for the video.
Be sure to watch the final minutes where you hear Dave rant about open vs closed, and finally Calacanis rip on some poor soul, be nice guys. By the way, does anybody know if Mark Zuckerberg showed up to the conference?
I had the opportunity to interview Joseph Loong of AOL’s Community Connection (which has blogs, forums, photo galleries, social network features) at Miami’s WeMedia conference at the University of Miami. He’s one of the community folks at AOL Blogs and helps the community become more efficient bloggers and communicators and shares with us the challenges to big media corporations like AOL and what the future holds.
I’m so honored and pleased to have met Jennifer Jones, my former colleague at PodTech. We’ve become fast friends over the past year, I remember when we first met in person during my interview, we hit it off immediately! Jennifer draws from great experience crafting the first PR industry, and has worked with many of the greats, including CEOs of companies we all know in Silicon Valley. She’s well connected to the VC industry, and I continue to learn a lot from her insight and experience. Yes, she’s been a major influencer on me to understand and appreciate better the PR industry and strategic marketing.