TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew’s recent testimony before a bipartisan committee has ignited a global conversation about the app’s alleged ties to the Chinese Communist Party. Is TikTok a threat to data privacy? Will Congress be satisfied with Project Texas? Join Austin Staton, Thomas Baen, and Kim Davis as they unpack this controversy and explore the larger implications for other social media platforms.
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What Can Starbucks Learn from Texas BBQ?
Axios reported last week that “Starbucks committed ‘egregious and widespread misconduct’ while trying to stop labor union campaigns.” How did one of the most-admired corporations in the world get to this point? Austin and Thomas dive into the ramifications of what this means for employee communications, and how Starbucks can learn lessons from Walmart and Texas BBQ joints.
The Sudden Silence of Business Leaders; 2023 Comms Predictions
Business leaders have historically played a significant role in using their platform and influence to speak out on pressing issues such as social justice, equality, and sustainability. However, in recent months, companies and organizations that had previously pledged to “create more inclusive cultures” have recently provided a “no comment” when asked to speak on hot-button issues. Why are leaders communicating less during heightened moments of crisis? The podcast breaks down why “authenticity” is paramount when corporate executives engage in civil discourse.
How Kim Davis Cuts Through The Noise and Builds Trust
Communication provides a myriad of opportunities to connect with our audience. However, without the ability to cut through the noise with transparency and clarity, much of the messaging continues to be a struggle. And if you were to ask Kim Davis, President and Chief Strategist of The KD Company, we have a communication problem, and it stems from a lack of trust.
Does Wealth Equate Happiness?
Depending on who we ask or what we consume in the media, the psychology of wealth for many individuals can be viewed as a more subjective term. As a culture that mostly views ‘chasing paper’ to accumulate visible assets, are we doing all that we can to ensure that our abundance is creating a legacy for our families, and impacting in our communities?
Why Brands Must Lead With Purpose; Saudi-backed LIV Golf takes on the PGA Tour
Diane Primo is on a mission to help businesses find their purpose and live it out every day. As the CEO of Chicago-based Purpose Brand Agency, she joins The Business Communicators to share her thoughts on why brands must be relevant, purpose-driven, and committed to consumers to be successful – and why representation matters.
To close the show, Thomas and Austin discuss the upstart LIV Golf Tour, which is financed by the Saudi Public Investment Fund, and has poached several high-profile golfers away from the PGA Tour. Is this a money grab, a reputation campaign, or bad PR?
The Accidental Brand Strategist with Kate DiLeo
Kate DiLeo is an “accidental brand strategist” who has worked with more than 200 brands across 20 sectors. As a sought-after branding expert, Kate joins The Business Communicators to the power of branding, how businesses have the potential for growth within their own organizations, and why it’s important to stop telling stories and start having conversations.
Making the Brand: Creative Uses Rap to Build Big Business
Houston-based rapper Michael Burton, aka Keybeaux, lives and breathes music. A graduate of the University of Houston, Burton leverages his communications degree and works with major brands and small businesses offering his rapping services on Fiverr where his bars and rhymes have generated more than $400,000 in revenue. He joins The Business Communicators to share insights on entrepreneurship, his creative process, and how digital media has transformed the music industry.
Trailblazing an Internal Comms Path in 2022
Internal Communications expert Mike Klein joins The Business Communicators in his second appearance for a follow-up discussion on the evolution of internal communications following the COVID-19 pandemic, how the comms landscape has simultaneously changed while remaining the same, and his #WeLeadComms platform that is taking LinkedIn by storm by celebrating leadership, initiative, and courage across communication disciplines, borders and boundaries.
Netflix, CNN+, and Streaming Saturation; Elon’s Twitter Quest
Netflix reported its biggest one-day drop in shareholder value since 2004, and CNN announced the collapse of its CNN+ streaming service. With the tumultuous news last week from both streaming platforms, it begs the question: Have we finally reached streaming saturation? The Businesses Communicators break it all down plus offer their takes on Elon Musk and his quest to purchase Twitter.