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Memorable class clowns in high school. Revolutionary LGBT marketing and advertising executives. Tim Bennett and John Nash, co-hosts of The Focus Group, invites you to share in a friendship spanning 30 plus years, while serving up the savvy side of nine to five. Drawing on their combined corporate and entrepreneurial experience, the conversation ranges from the professional to the personal, and everything in between. Together Tim and John bring to life the show’s motto of Listen, Laugh and Learn with entertaining banter, unique voices and smart content. The marketing and advertising duo turned radio personalities are best known for creating Subaru of America’s award-winning 15-year advertising effort to the LGBT consumer. Their efforts forever changed the way corporate leaders viewed the LGBT market, and ultimately, gay Americans. The Focus Group is a weekly live-to-tape program dedicated to business, career, the consumer culture, and marketing from an LGBT point of view. Popular segments such as Shop Talk, What Caught My Eye, and long form guest interviews will are an important part of the program. The Focus Group with Tim Bennett and John Nash: We’re all business. Except when we’re not.

Memorable class clowns in high school. Revolutionary LGBT marketing and advertising executives. Tim Bennett and John Nash, co-hosts of The Focus Group, invites you to share in a friendship spanning 30 plus years, while serving up the savvy side of nine to five. Drawing on their combined corporate and entrepreneurial experience, the conversation ranges from the professional to the personal, and everything in between. Together Tim and John bring to life the show’s motto of Listen, Laugh and Learn with entertaining banter, unique voices and smart content. The marketing and advertising duo turned radio personalities are best known for creating Subaru of America’s award-winning 15-year advertising effort to the LGBT consumer. Their efforts forever changed the way corporate leaders viewed the LGBT market, and ultimately, gay Americans. The Focus Group is a weekly live-to-tape program dedicated to business, career, the consumer culture, and marketing from an LGBT point of view. Popular segments such as Shop Talk, What Caught My Eye, and long form guest interviews will are an important part of the program. The Focus Group with Tim Bennett and John Nash: We’re all business. Except when we’re not.
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Memorable class clowns in high school. Revolutionary LGBT marketing and advertising executives. Tim Bennett and John Nash, co-hosts of The Focus Group, invites you to share in a friendship spanning 30 plus years, while serving up the savvy side of nine to five. Drawing on their combined corporate and entrepreneurial experience, the conversation ranges from the professional to the personal, and everything in between. Together Tim and John bring to life the show’s motto of Listen, Laugh and Learn with entertaining banter, unique voices and smart content. The marketing and advertising duo turned radio personalities are best known for creating Subaru of America’s award-winning 15-year advertising effort to the LGBT consumer. Their efforts forever changed the way corporate leaders viewed the LGBT market, and ultimately, gay Americans. The Focus Group is a weekly live-to-tape program dedicated to business, career, the consumer culture, and marketing from an LGBT point of view. Popular segments such as Shop Talk, What Caught My Eye, and long form guest interviews will are an important part of the program. The Focus Group with Tim Bennett and John Nash: We’re all business. Except when we’re not.

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Episodes

Would you promote cannabis for $1,200 a month?

11/17/2018
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There’s a good chance those long hold times for customer support have something to do with a rating known as a customer lifetime value, or CLV. That secret number is used by all manner of companies to measure the potential financial value of their customers. Tim and John check-in on their Mack Weldon wardrobe (listen in for a special discount code for Focus Group listeners), while life lessons from The Hardy Boys and Nothing Runs like a Deere caught our eye. We're all business. Except when...

Duration:01:00:33

TFG Unbuttoned: A Florida town is now completely run by LGBTQ people

11/13/2018
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Following the midterm elections, Wilton Manors is now the second city in the United States following Palm Springs to have an all-LGBTQ city council—it also has the second highest percentage of same-sex couples following Provincetown, MA. Senior citizens are replacing teenagers as fast-food workers amid a tight U.S. labor market, and restaurant chains are recruiting at churches, senior centers and the AARP. Scotland will begin incorporating LGBTQ history and issues into a mandatory curriculum...

Duration:00:21:22

Your Aunt Barbara returns!

11/10/2018
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Aunt Barbara makes her triumphant return to The Focus Group just in time for the holidays, gift giving, and all things Tupperware. Tim and John loved the can opener—item # 1291—hint, hint. But first, John shows us his Peter Millar Excursionist blazer and Tim announced that Under Armour stopped strip club expenses. We’re all business. Except when we’re not. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC Spotify: spoti.fi/2pC19B1 iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher: bit.ly/1N97Zqu...

Duration:01:05:17

TFG Unbuttoned: Country over party! GO VOTE!

11/6/2018
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Go VOTE, after you listen to TFG Unbuttoned. Local citizens rallying to help a donut shop owner gives us hope, corporate America once again leads the government in the fight for civil rights, and how much is too much to pay for customer acquisition? If it's Tuesday, it's TFG Unbuttoned from Tim and John of The Focus Group. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC Spotify: spoti.fi/2pC19B1 iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher: bit.ly/1N97Zqu Google Podcasts: bit.ly/1pQTcVW...

Duration:00:23:57

Best and worst Halloween Candy of all time

11/3/2018
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Happy Halloween! Did you have a favorite candy at Halloween? The Focus Group looks at America's best and worst Halloween favorites. The OUT Law segment with Angela Giampolo looks at the importance of a post nuptial, trans rights, and a unique birth. Shoptalk explores career peaks at any age. We're all business. Except when we're not. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC Spotify: spoti.fi/2pC19B1 iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher: bit.ly/1N97Zqu Google Podcasts:...

Duration:01:05:04

TFG Unbuttoned: Offensive remarks are an everyday reality for many LGBTQ people at work

10/30/2018
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Based on a recent study, the Human Right Campaign revealed that 46% of LGBTQ workers are not out at work. The study sites examples of inappropriate questions and fear of exclusion as some of the reason’s LGBT workers are still cautious about bringing their full selves to work. Canada pulls a fast one on the USA by including language to protect workers against discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual orientation and gender identity in the latest North American Trade Agreement. And...

Duration:00:21:25

Do unattractive people make more money?

10/27/2018
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A common belief is that good-looking people also earn more money. But a new study turns this theory on its head. Researchers have found that people who are "very unattractive" may be the biggest earners. Should all meetings, even the in-person ones, be video meetings? A book burner in Iowa targets LGBT children’s titles, and no one knew kangaroo meet was on the menu at a school in Nebraska. We're all business. Except when we're not. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC Spotify: spoti.fi/2pC19B1...

Duration:01:03:56

TFG Unbuttoned: Your brain is wired for pessimism

10/23/2018
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A father stepped up to his son’s bully in an unexpected way: by treating him like a son and showing him a little kindness. According to a new report by GLSEN, a national LGBTQ youth advocacy organization, progress for LGBTQ students has slowed for the first time in a decade, and trans and gender-nonconforming youth face increasingly hostile school climates. And our brains are wired for pessimism—and what you can do to fix it. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC Spotify: spoti.fi/2pC19B1 iHeart...

Duration:00:18:56

The Ten Most Stressed Out States To Live In

10/20/2018
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The top ten most stressed out states to live in might come as a surprise. Six factors were used to compile the list—long commute times, unemployment, hours worked, population density, home price-to-income ratio and the number of uninsured residents in each state. Police are not happy about googly eyes showing up on historic statues, and Tituss Burgess will host a London to New York Virgin Atlantic flight featuring drag queen bingo and live performances for WorldPride in June 2019. We're all...

Duration:01:03:58

TFG Unbuttoned: A couple buys a hotel in Sri Lanka after one rum to many

10/16/2018
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A group of pastors in Texas are suing the city of Austin to overturn an employment nondiscrimination ordinance, saying it doesn’t include an exemption for “employers who hold religious objections” to LGBTQ people. A London couple on honeymoon in Sri Lanka buys the hotel they were staying at after 12 glasses of rum each, and a white couple whose black babysitter was followed by a white woman and questioned by police said they were in disbelief about the incident. Apple Podcasts:...

Duration:00:21:17

Being your own boss is healthy

10/13/2018
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Working for yourself and being your own boss might also lead to better mental and physical health. Switzerland has voted to impose the strictest penalties in the world for trans- and homophobia, putting them on par with racism. Those found guilty of either could face up to three years in prison. A hotel in Brisbane was forced to apologize for a ‘sexist' ad featuring a couple enjoying breakfast in bed, and ‘drunk’ birds are causing havoc in a Minnesota town. We're all business. Except when...

Duration:01:04:12

TFG Unbuttoned: This monthly payment may be killing your wealth

10/9/2018
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The Toys R Us bankruptcy auction was canceled, and the brand may be set for a revival. Your monthly car payment can be a wealth killer by preventing savings, and a landscaper in Georgia won’t work for a gay couple. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC Spotify: spoti.fi/2pC19B1 iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher: bit.ly/1N97Zqu Google Podcasts: bit.ly/1pQTcVW YouTube: bit.ly/1spAF5a Also follow Tim and John on: Facebook: www.facebook.com/focusgroupradio Twitter:...

Duration:00:21:18

Is it time to retire the word diversity in the workplace?

10/6/2018
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While the Out & Equal Workplace Summit takes place in Seattle, The Focus Group traveled to the frontline to speak with two HR professionals regarding diversity, inclusion, and the fast-changing worker/employer landscape. Machelle Williams and David Bruce of Volkswagen serve up the challenges and opportunities facing many companies right now. But first, did Disney “white wash” a Princess, and a bridal parties list of crazy demands. We're all business. Except when we're not. Apple Podcasts:...

Duration:00:59:23

TFG Unbuttoned: Gay penguins 'kidnapped' a chick from its 'neglectful' parents at a zoo in Denmark

10/2/2018
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In an attempt to stop a drag queen story hour event at the Lafayette Public Library in Louisiana, two antigay Christian groups have filed suit against the town, the governor of Louisiana, and the library. Drinking diet soda can lead to metabolic syndrome, a mix of conditions that includes: increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, and weight gain. And drama at the Zoo! A gay penguin couple briefly ‘kidnaps' a chick from neglectful parents. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio:...

Duration:00:22:45

The one question all brands should ask: Do They Care?

9/29/2018
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Douglas Spencer has more than 20 years of experience in nearly every modern marketing discipline. His new book, “Do They Care,” shows executives from marketing to human resources why people want to care about their brands and how to enable them. The New York Yankees are committing to the LGBTQ community by way of a $50K student scholarship to honor the gay rights movement at Stonewall 50 years ago, and a man’s strange behavior in the produce aisle gets him arrested. We're all business....

Duration:00:57:10

TFG Unbuttoned: Two McDonald’s customers pull a prank that nets them $25K each

9/25/2018
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Amazon is placing fake packages on trucks to ensure drivers don’t steal, two McDonald’s customers take advertising matters into their own hands and get $25K each for their efforts, and a Stonewall picture book due in April of 2019 will break down the historic LGBT rights moment for kids. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher: bit.ly/1N97Zqu Google Podcasts: bit.ly/1pQTcVW YouTube: bit.ly/1spAF5a Also follow Tim and John on: Facebook:...

Duration:00:19:45

Where can you live on $37K a year in retirement?

9/22/2018
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OUT Law featuring attorney Angela Giampolo kicks off, with a look at LGBT legal issues from around the country. Tim and John sample new Oreo flavors, Amazon is selling live Christmas trees this year and an English town hears eerie children’s singing only at night. You can retire for $37K a year in these five cities, but there’s a catch. We're all business. Except when we're not. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher: bit.ly/1N97Zqu...

Duration:01:06:00

TFG Unbuttoned: 20% of first-year students at Harvard & Yale don't identify heterosexual

9/18/2018
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Studies by the campus papers at Harvard and Yale indicate that freshmen more readily identify as LGBTQ than as conservative. 1 in 4 Americans really have deleted Facebook's app, and a study claims that attending a concert once every two weeks can add nine years to your life. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher: bit.ly/1N97Zqu Google Podcasts: bit.ly/1pQTcVW YouTube: bit.ly/1spAF5a Also follow Tim and John on: Facebook:...

Duration:00:19:46

Germ Cannons, the Clark Bar returns, and LGBT news from around the country

9/15/2018
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Farrah Fawcett’s son viciously beats a gay man in L.A., a couple is denied a marriage license in New York State, and other LGBT news items are covered in The Random Sample. Bathroom hand dryers are essentially ‘germ cannons,’ and the return of the Clark Bar caught our eye. We're all business. Except when we're not. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher: bit.ly/1N97Zqu Google Podcasts: bit.ly/1pQTcVW YouTube: bit.ly/1spAF5a Also follow...

Duration:01:07:20

TFG Unbuttoned: Three stories that remind us it’s still all about communication

9/11/2018
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A California restaurant doubles down on their "no unruly children" policy, a same-sex couple feels they were not handled properly in the early boarding phase of a recent flight, and a Houston art gallery uses humor to solve a parking issue with a church across the street. We're all business. Except when we're not. Apple Podcasts: apple.co/1WwDBrC iHeart Radio: bit.ly/2n0Z7H1 Tunein: bit.ly/1SE3NMb Stitcher: bit.ly/1N97Zqu Google Podcasts: bit.ly/1pQTcVW YouTube: bit.ly/1spAF5a Also follow...

Duration:00:22:15