Clubhouse Competition

Clubhouse Gets Competition

Episode 344 – April 3, 2021


  • The Big Guns Are Aiming At Clubhouse
  • iOS’ New Emoji
  • YouTube Snares A Mafioso
  • Deep Nostalgia Animates Great Grandma
  • Brave To Launch Private Search
  • NFT PR Stunts
  • Facebook Analytics Going Away
  • Lil Nas X’s Satanic Shoes
  • Krispy Kreme’s Anti-Vaxxer Mondays
  • Voltswagen
  • Mars’ Pesterbot
  • Massive Facebook Leak
  • Email Benchmark Data

During episode 344, BL and David discuss LinkedIn and Spotify going after Clubhouse and a Clubhouse tutorial; a mafioso whose YouTube channel gave him away; new stoner emoji coming for Apple’s iOS; an AI-powered service that animates still headshots; the forthcoming Brave privacy-focused search engine; NFT brand stunts generating publicity; Facebook is removing analytics; Lil Nas X’s satanic shoes; Volkswagen’s April Fools prank backlash; a massive Facebook user data leak; Krispy Kreme’s anti-vaxxer Mondays; Mars candy’s pesterbot;…and much, much more.

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Best Practices

YouTube Snags Mafioso

Stanley Tucci isn’t the only one who loves Italian cooking.

— INTERPOL (@INTERPOL_HQ) March 30, 2021

New Apple Emoji

New emoji are coming to your iPhone soon.

Clubhouse Competition

Twitter, Facebook, Mark Cuban, and now LinkedIn and Spotify are gunning for Clubhouse.

Deep Nostalgia

It seems like a nice idea in theory but it’s a tiny bit creepy as well.

— Flint Dibble 🍖🏺📖 (@FlintDibble) February 28, 2021

Brave Searching

Unlike Google, Brave Search won’t track or profile people who use it.

Worst Practices

Non-Fungible Token PR Stunts

Pizza Hut Canada recently sold…Non-Fungible Pizza.

Buh-Bye, Facebook Analytics

The social network pointed users to Ads Manager, Events Manager, Facebook Business Suite.

Satan’s Shoes

Pegged to the release of rapper Lil Nas X’s new single, “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” the Nike shoes are adorned with a pentagram and the number 666, the sneakers’ soles supposedly contained: a drop of human blood.

Anti-Vaxxer Mondays

Krispy Kreme recently said that if you show your COVID vaccine card and you can get a free plain glazed doughnut every day through the rest of 2021.


Volkswagen’s prank renaming of its brand to Voltswagen ending up pissing off reporters far and wide.

— Bloomberg Opinion (@bopinion) April 1, 2021


Mars Wrigley has created an autonomous robot that roams stores and tempts shoppers long before they reach the point of sale.

Massive Facebook Data Leak

The personal data of over 500 million Facebook users has been posted online in a low-level hacking forum.

— Alon Gal (Under the Breach) (@UnderTheBreach) April 3, 2021


B.L.’s Finds

8 year-old cancer survivor, Lilly Bumpus sold 32,484 boxes of Girl Scout cookies, mostly via her Facebook page.

Shiny New Stuff

David’s Finds

Join John Lee as he discusses marketing through brand experiences in 2021 at Minnesota Search Engine Marketing Association’s (MnSearch) event on March 24, 2021.

— David Erickson #BLM (@derickson) April 1, 2021


Brands vs. Voter Suppression

The floodgates are open.

— Steve Simon (@MNSteveSimon) April 2, 2021

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