Happy Labor Day, y’all! Hope you had a great holiday weekend and are as ready for Fall as I am! The weather here has been about 10 degrees cooler than normal for the last couple weeks and looks to continue this for the rest of the month. Bring on Fall!
It’s been fascinating to watch how consumer behavior has changed during 2020 as we are all spending a lot more time at home. This is also altering how we consume content and the types of content we consume. This actually factored heavily into my decision to double-down on blogging, I think you will see more people spending more time reading and consuming blog content for the rest of this year and into 2021.
Another content source that’s thriving in 2020 is video-game streaming platform Twitch.
— eMarketer (@eMarketer) September 4, 2020
On a bit of a surprising note, the amount of time we are spending listening to podcasts is down slightly in 2020:
— Claire Harris (@Claire_Harris82) August 29, 2020
This is actually quite revealing. At first blush, you would think podcast listening would go up as we are spending more time at home. But the fact that it will go down suggests that most of us listen to podcasts while driving to work. The fact that eMarketer is projecting a rebound for podcast listening by 2022 helps support this thought.
What’s the key takeaway? If you are looking to start a podcast, 2021 could be the right to, as more of us return to offices for work, and the daily drive to and from work becomes a thing again.
One of the emerging stories I’ve been following the last couple of years is how the big tech/social media giants are increasingly making questionable moves from a censorship and free speech standpoint. I’ve talked before about how Twitter is confusing many of its users with inconsistent application of content policing, but sites like Facebook and YouTube have made similar moves. The reality is that as long as humans are policing content on social media sites, they need to be able to check their own internal biases toward that content, and apply rules evenly to all users. If they cannot, and a culture of bias is allowed to grow and fester at these companies, that can lead to an environment where users either leave, or worse. I think we will see all big social media sites have few users in 5 years than they do now.
DOJ To File Antitrust Charges Against Google Within Weeks: Report https://t.co/1qDSvruo9V
— zerohedge (@zerohedge) September 3, 2020
I love this. Burger King will be redesigning its restaurants to create more contactless options for food delivery, but also will be moving the kitchen and dining areas OVER the drive thru lanes! I think this is very innovative, Burger King is betting on the fact that people will continue to want contactless options for food payment and delivery after we move past covid, but they are also factoring in that when we do fully reopen, many will want to get out more, and putting the dining area over the drive thru lanes helps create a unique experience for dine-in customers. This will no doubt improve the mood of customers that dine in, which will also improve the mood of the BK workers. I love this and I would be surprised if we didn’t see other fast food chains try to copy this design.
Not a fan of Burger King but dining OVER the drive thru lanes sounds awesome!https://t.co/X4a2QZoiAw
— Mack Collier (@MackCollier) September 3, 2020
Hope everyone has a great Labor Day, see y’all tomorrow!