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Episode #9 – Alex Restrepo – Social Media Manager, New Orleans Saints

I’ll admit, I wasn’t sold on Snapchat as a marketing channel for sports, or anyone else, for that matter. But after talking to Alex Restrepo, Social Media Manager for the New Orleans Saints, he may have changed my mind.

If nothing else, it’s probably worth giving a try. We had a long conversation about how the Saints use Snapchat to share content with their fans.

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Episode #8 – Chris Nowinski, Concussion Expert and Retired WWE Wrestler

My most recent podcast is easily the most important episode I’ve done. I talked to Chris Nowinski, a Harvard grad who pursued a dream by becoming a WWE wrestler, only to have his career taken from him because of concussion problems.

After retiring, Nowinski went on a crusade to educate athletes about the dangers of concussions, and has worked to change the culture of denial in the NFL, WWE and other sports. Nowinski’s tireless work continues to this day, and he’s making a real impact on the way concussions are both prevented and dealt with in sports.

If you’ve ever played contact sports at any level, give it a listen. And if you have young children playing football, hockey or other contact sports, you MUST listen to this podcast. It literally could save your child’s life.

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Episode #7 – Amy Martin, CEO, Digital Royalty

Amy Martin from Digital Royalty talks about launching her social media agency in 2009, working with celebrity clients like Shaq and The Rock, and her recent best-selling book, Renegades Write The Rules.

More: Follow Amy Martin on Twitter

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Episode #6 – Bonnie Bernstein, Campus Insiders

This episode was a lot of fun to record, and after we wrapped up on the phone, Bonnie told me “it felt like to friends hanging on the couch talking sports.” That was a really awesome complement to get from Bonnie Bernstein, who’s a real pioneer in sports broadcasting and someone I’ve admired from afar for a long time.

Bonnie was one of the first female sideline reporters to gain national prominence with her work on the NFL on CBS, and now she’s helping to launch a start up digital college sports venture in Chicago called Campus Insiders. Campus Insiders takes you inside college sports by connecting fans to the reporters who cover the teams on a daily basis, and it’s really gaining traction as a digital outlet. Bonnie’s been a driving force behind the network, and she talked to us about what it’s like to work on both sides of the camera as the network continues to build an audience.

She also reflected upon her impressive journalism career, and offered up advice for young reporters looking to make their mark and get their break.

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Episode #5 – Jeramie McPeek, VP Digital, Phoenix Suns

Jeramie McPeek has been with the Phoenix Suns for over two decades, and has seen digital marketing evolve in the sports world basically since the beginning. Now the VP of Digital at the Suns, McPeek has made a point of keeping the Suns on the cutting edge of digital and social media in his time with the team.

McPeek talks to Media Masters about how the Phoenix Suns tackle all things digital, mobile and social media, as well as his thoughts on the launch of the new all-digital WWE Network.

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Episode #4 – Jessica Gioglio, Dunkin Donuts

I recently talked to Jessica Gioglio, Social Media Manager for Dunkin’ Donuts, about Dunkin’ Donuts social media strategy. Jessica also gives us a preview of “The Power of Visual Storytelling” book she co-authored.

Finally, she explains how Dunkin’ handled social media during the Boston Marathon tragedy in 2013.

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Episode #2 – Dan Harbison, Caesars Entertainment, Part 2

In Episode #2, we resume our conversation with Dan Harbison, Global Head of New Media at Caesars Entertainment Corporation, focusing on how Caesars markets to fans on their mobile apps and mobile devices. Dan also gives his thoughts on Facebook’s new Paper app. Also, Peter shares a story about seeing social media guru Gary Vaynerchuk speak at Columbia this week.

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Episode #1 – Dan Harbison, Caesars Entertainment, Part 1

I’m taking up a new hobby in 2014 and launching a podcast. The idea is simple; I’m going to talk to some of the leaders in digital, social and traditional media who I’ve gotten the chance to know (and a few I’ve never met) to learn more about their work and share it with people who may find it interesting and relevant.

My first call was to Dan Harbison (@darbison), who’s currently the Global Head of New Media at Caesars Entertainment Corporation in Las Vegas, NV. I’ve known Dan since about 2005 from his days as the Sr. Director of Digital Marketing and Media at the Portland Trail Blazers, and he’s a guy who I respect tremendously. We talked for over an hour, and probably could have gone on for another hour. We split the conversation into two parts.

The first episode (just over 40 minutes) covers Dan’s outlook on database marketing, the differences between working in the NBA and the gaming/casino industry, what makes a great hashtag, and whose marketing during the Super Bowl actually worked. I really enjoyed our conversation and hopefully a few digital marketing/social media geeks out there will as well.

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