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Meet Tim Bennett and John Nash, co-hosts of The Focus Group, their weekly broadcast that invites you to share in a friendship spanning 30 plus years, while serving up the savvy side of nine to five. Together Tim and John bring to life the show’s motto of Listen, Laugh and Learn with entertaining banter and unique voices.
02.24.21 | Shop Talk reveals the most unfriendly state in America. Do you agree? Also, check these websites to see if your email address or password has been compromised—Avast’s “Hack Check” site and “Have I Been Pawned.” Jan Koum, Co-Founder of WhatsApp, is our Business Birthday. Caught my eye looks at the expected revenge shopping at the reimagined mall and out-of-date emojis. Tim and John also share a lot of anecdotes and stories in between—as usual.
03.02.21 | Hasbro does the right thing by dropping Mister from its Potato Head toy brand but stubs their toe in explaining why. But first, Mayor Pete—Secretary of Transportation in the Biden Administration—is sampling the bike share program in DC and some are critical. Then, hook-up app Grindr smartly uses PR to let us know that once the event is over it is full steam ahead.
02.23.21 | Tim has a scare while talking with John before the show. A Michigan RV camp only allows men with certain equipment—to foster a like-minded atmosphere. Newsmax hosts label the Biden’s 2 dogs as dirty, disheveled, and unpresidential. Finally, a former Facebook employee confirms that some of their ad metrics were inflated due to duplicate and fake accounts.
02.17.21 | Shop Talk looks at the recent alleged DUI scandal with Bruce Springsteen which had Jeep pulling their recent ad featuring the boss. Then a story from Inc. Mag about a woman whose business was ruined by internet trolls. Guillermo González Camarena, color TV inventor, is our Business Birthday. Caught my eye looks at the dark side of the Chippendales and a man falls asleep and swallows one of his AirPods.
02.16.21 | Words have gotten people in trouble this week. The Director of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games had to resign for making disparaging remarks about women, and an employment ad for a museum in Indianapolis seeks a director who would maintain its core white art audience. When asked to clarify, the museum’s chief executive said the use of “white” was intentional. Find out why and see if you agree. But first, there is a pet food shortage to add to paper towels, toilet paper, and bleach.