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LinkedIn Top Posts
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + LinkedIn Semi-Enthusiast… On the surface, this sounds good: social media platforms like LinkedIn are now promoting “higher quality” posts and burying junk posts. What’s not to love?Read More
Ignoring The Signs
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Avid Reader; photo by Micaela Parente on Unsplash… In this hive of scum and villainy we call the Internet, you’ve likely met all shades of dubious characters: trolls, stalkers, spies, Republicans. Here’s one group that’s not nearly as harmful but just as annoying…Read More
Podcasting
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango, Long-Time Listener, First-Time Podcaster; Photo by Jonathan Velasquez on Unsplash… So I decided to take the audio plunge and launch my own podcast… Like this website, the Atomic Tango podcast explores marketing, media, and other mischief. This first episode features my thoughts on the infamous Pepsi Kendall Jenner commercial, the trouble with Twitter, and the challenges facing American retailers. So why podcast? Several reasons: Blog readership appears to be declining. I’m experiencing this and am hearing about it from other experienced bloggers. I blame FacebookRead More
2017 Marketing and Media Predictions
by Freddy Tran Nager, Found of Atomic Tango + Amateur Prognosticator… Based on my observations of trends in demographics, business, technology, and politics, I’ve concocted and contrived these predictions for the new year and beyond. Maybe way way WAY beyond. But if 2017 is anywhere near as capricious as 2016, these could all happen. Or the zombie apocalypse will finally arrive. In any case, here are my forecasts in no particular disorder… SIRI-OUSLY NOW: Touch screens are so two years ago. Instead, animated chatbots will take over brick-and-mortar retail toRead More
Twitter Yo-yos
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Social Media Critic… I take Twitter too seriously — especially since I don’t think it will even be around much longer (at least in its current form). No, I still don’t see it as a great place for most brands and non-celebs to do mass marketing. I see it primarily as a place to build a reputation, research various stakeholders, and develop a few relationships. So I follow very few people on Twitter — only 15 at last count. Not becauseRead More
social media is a waste of time
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Marketing Communication Professor… Add another voice to the growing chorus of marketers stating the inconvenient truth — a truth that social media cheerleaders still refuse to acknowledge: When it comes to marketing brands, organic social media is a colossal waste of time.Read More
Mexico Tourism Board Los Cabos #Unstoppable
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + #Strategist… One hashtag, three problems… The other night I asked 50 marketing students what the Twitter hashtag #unstoppable represented. Some guessed it was for a movie. Others thought it was for a car company. None guessed the real source: a Mexican tourism campaign — even the students from Mexico didn’t know about it. After I revealed the connection, the students still didn’t understand it until I explained it was about Los Cabo’s recovery from a hurricane. Finally, a search of #unstoppableRead More
the ultimate social network
by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Member of Too Many Social Networks… Apparently, the leading social networks have given up on innovation. Now they just gaze covetously at each other’s “best practices.”Read More
Megan Fox Twitter Photo
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Certified Non-Celebrity… Why do 60% of Twitter users quit within the first month? You could blame the inane trending topics, like these… #LightSkinGirlsDoStuffLike #ShorterThanBeyoncesHair Miley Cyrus #ThanksMiley #confessyourunpopularopinion Each trend is based on hundreds of tweets. Kind of makes your cerebrum cringe, doesn’t it? That said, lobotomizing trends aren’t the primary reason people become Qwitters — in fact, they’re part of the social network’s attraction. (Tell me again how social media will advance civilization.) No, people quit because they see NORead More
by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango LLC + Car Fanatic… Remember when Honda could do no wrong? Back in the ’90s and the ’00s, it seemed like every other person in L.A. drove a Honda, and they’d never have to take their car in for repairs or recalls. Indeed, my buddy is still driving his Civic nearly 20 years and over 200,000 miles later. What the hell happened?Read More