It’s not that we signed an open letter, or that Twitter & Google showed support, or the multitude of brands that are posting on social. If we want to remove the logjams holding us back as a community we must focus on understanding. For with it we have a platform to make the change we need.
This Dave Chappelle story told by Kenny Deforest is spot on, Dave is doing a show, riffing off headlines and police brutality is shouted out by someone in the audience. He dives in, give it a read.
Notable stories this week
- Apple has hired Amazon Exec Jim Delorenzo to head up sports for its Apple TV unit.
- Medium launches Medium Newsletters.
- How Channel 4 is tackling social branded content.
- DTC brand Prose is paying out of work stylists for their content. Neat.
- Microsoft News makes cutbacks as it moves towards more AI-generated content.
- The Bundesliga offers sponsors and broadcasters a sanitized glimpse as to how sports will restart.
- Influencer posts dominate online complaints to UK watchdog.
- The rise of virtual events for subscribers.
- A sneak peek at Sabrina, Google's upcoming streaming device.
- Criteo discloses May was not as bad as they had anticipated.
- [Long read] How influencers are driving the crypto industry.
- Berkshire Hathaway grew its stake in SiriusXM.
Campaign of the week
- Veolia on NYT share a new vision for plastic.
- Piaget on FT with stories from extraordinary women. Women that are combatting old-fashioned attitudes in order to break through the glass ceilings and become successes in their chosen fields.
- Esports Federation on WSJ with Gaming for the World. By joining Gamers Without Borders, the world’s best esports players raise funds for major charities supporting the global Covid-19 effort.
- Submit your own and view the best campaigns of 2020.
- “Nobody was imagining we would have to be replanning for these sorts of circumstances yet again” –Barry Lowenthal, CEO, The Media Kitchen
Datapoints of note
See all our Covid-19 data here.
- The FT found that subscribers who had been to physical events were more engaged online — they read more articles and visited more regularly — in the 4 months post-event than pre-event, and they remained higher.
- Stitcher analyzed 10 years of podcast data and found Washington DC ranks #4 in listening hours for podcasts despite being the 13th biggest population in the US. Listening hours is on average 25 hours/month.
- From the same study, the average podcast length has shortened by 2.4 minutes since 2013. Gen X makes up the biggest chunk of listeners.
- 2.2m people are using Playstation Now vs Xbox Game Pass has 10m users. Quite the difference given Xbox has sold half as many Playstations. As both vie for the ‘Netflix of games’.
- Sparrow Advisers has a good list of upcoming events, give it a bookmark.
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