Episode 20: Walmart Works Its Vudu

Walmart’s streaming service Vudu (crazy, right? We didn’t know either.) is cracking open the warchest and diving into the content marketing game. It’s even more complicated than it sounds. Plus, #CODNation has Jake and Hunter laughing their heads off at one of the funniest (and cheapest) styles of groundswell marketing in a while.

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Episode 19: The Price of Prime Time And Portals

Facebook’s push to grow wide but not deep continues even as they suffer a horrific data breach. Plus, Jake and Hunter compare the rising cost of creatives with the dropping value of TV ad-buys. Where does that intersection meet and how can marketers set their path forward? All that and more in this week’s episode.

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Episode 18: Roku Revolution

Jake and Hunter dissect what it means for the founders of Instagram to make their exit, and how everything Facebook has been up to lately fits together. Then, if you haven’t heard of Roku by now, you probably will soon; this streaming software is making plans to push into free streaming, and they mean to do it without leaning on ads. How? Listen and find out.

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Episode 15: CBS Shake Up And The Football Frenzy

Les Moonves is out, but Kaepernick is in, depending on who you ask. The metrics seem split, so Jake and Hunter look at a few of the immediate studies that got the most circulation. And then, keeping in the spirit of controversy it's football season! Should ad buyers beware? The value of NFL airtime is up for discussion.

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Episode 14: Kaepernick 2: Colin's Return

What has a million thumbs and all the pies? Find out on this jam-packed episode of the Slate and Main podcast. We talk about Nike's 30th anniversary ad controversy, we revist the Hulu issue, and introduce a new player in the video ad game: Amazon. 

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Episode 13: Infantilizing Marketing Has G2G

The kids are alright, it's the marketers who need help! P&G goes to the Bad Place to find inspiration to market soap to Millennials, so Jake and Hunter riff on why exactly marketers struggle to speak to the younger audiences. And no, "textspeak" was never the answer.

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Episode 12: Netflix Ads and Hulu Adds

Netflix caused quite a stir recently by trying something new, and not in a good way. Meanwhile the video streaming king of ads (Hulu) is bursting out of the seams as it raises it's user base by half. What does it all mean? Plus, Jake and Hunter inspect Fandango's video marketing efforts to see where Slate and Main lines up.

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Episode 11: Nike's Scary Good Soccer Ad


Nike ads can be scary good, and that’s nothing new. They’ve been changing up the game since 1996. In this episode Jake and Hunter talk about Nike’s narrative commercials, as well as dive a little deeper into the cable VS broadband controversy from last week.


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Episode 9: comScore's New Plan & RIP MoviePass

Between the decay of MoviePass and the rise of smart phones, you’d think that the days of the big screen viewing experience were behind us. But no! More people stream on big screens than their phones, across demographics. Now if only we could figure out how many people are in the room?

Comscore claims to have cracked that one too.

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Episode 7: Twitter Bots and Metric Thoughts

Bots are becoming a larger and larger problem in the digital realm. Marketing is a weird and delicate ecosystem, heavily influenced by user feedback. But what if the feedback isn't from a real person? Jake and Hunter break down why some metrics can be a perilous way to track success.

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