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Tweet the Emmys

There was an unusual eddy of TV and Social Media synergy swirling at this year’s Emmy Awards.   During a segment spotlighting the Beatles’ appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show 50 years ago, former American Idol winner Carrie Underwood stepped out on stage to sing the Beatles’ “Yesterday” and became the most socially-buzzed about topic of

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The Mourning Show: TV’s Social Connection

When Glee star Cory Monteith passed earlier this summer, news of his passing immediately started trending everywhere. There were over 10 million Google searches. There were tribute GIFs set up on Tumblr. There was a rush of celebrity tweets in addition to the countless Gleek tweets and tribute pages. Young celebrity death has always managed

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Tweeting the Shark?

There was a full-blown feeding frenzy recently on Twitter. Chances are pretty good you saw the Tweets (or stories about them), but not the TV movie that inspired them. As a television event, SyFy’s “Sharknado” was great social media. And a great example of what the Twitter Effect can have on programmers and the television

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Let’s Get Local, Local…

Navigating local platforms – particularly hyper-local – can be daunting to a marketer with no natural roots in a community. Fortunately we’re long past the days of having to rely upon newspapers, Yellow Pages, and direct mail to deliver extremely local targeting. Today, local television broadcasters are much more than a single voice speaking to

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Television Cameras Don’t Shut Off Once Elections Are Over

“The highest calling of broadcasting is to keep the keystone of freedom securely in place – the freedom of speech and of the press. Abraham Lincoln once said, ‘Let the people know the facts and the country will be safe.’ Whether it is about a local election, providing critical information during a storm, or uncovering

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Hold Your App-pause – Twitter “Friends” the DVR

There comes a time in every great society to take a moment, take a breath, and wait for those who have fallen behind to get a chance to catch up. This generally allows for great societal changes to take root and become mainstream, for technological innovations to gain critical mass, and now, to avoid social

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Now Even the Watercooler is Watching Television

It seems that “America’s Watercooler” – Twitter – has decided to put its money where its tweets are. The social media giant has purchased Bluefin Labs, a company that measures and analyzes social media mentions of television. That’s right – the watercooler is watching us. Television has always been a social experience, long before social

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Marking TV’s “Cuban” Influence

Talk is cheap. Television networks are not. Mark Cuban, billionaire, is one of the rare few that can afford both. And he’s proven his affinity for each by recently speaking at NATPE, about many topics, among them his AXS TV network and his belief in the power of television in our society. At first blush,

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As the Ad Industry Envisions All That Is Bright and Shiny, Local TV Broadcasters Are Lighting the Way

Advertising Week is overflowing with energy and passion as thought leaders and their followers, from every corner of the ad industry, have filled the venues with their imagination and passion. The sheer number of ‘shiny new things’ and ideas are not only staggering, but simply remarkable…and somewhat overwhelming. Sitting atop the AWE exhibit space, where

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Customers “Like” Spot TV Digital Content

Let’s paint a scenario for you. Imagine you wake up on January 21st of next year, and it’s snowing outside. (For this particular exercise, you do happen to live where this is not out of the question, so stay with me. By the way, you also have kids.) One of the first orders of business

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