The Focus Group

The Focus Group

32 Episodes

Bennett and Nash are well-respected niche marketers, both having played formative roles in defining and building the field of gay and lesbian marketing. Regularly cited in stories by both the gay and mainstream press, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Advertising Age and Brandweek, among others. They also appear as featured speakers and panelists for numerous niche marketing events and conferences.

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The Focus Group
  • "Launch of The Focus Group"

    Episode 1

    The Focus Group | 04-28-16 | Meet Tim Bennett and John Nash, co-hosts of The Focus Group, their weekly broadcast that invites you to share in a friendship spanning 30 plus years, while serving up the savvy side of nine to five. Together Tim and John bring to life the show’s motto of Listen, Laug...

  • "We're Back & Everywhere!"

    Episode 2

    The Focus Group | 04-30-16 | Tim and John are back and letting you know what they have been up to the last few weeks. Filled Cupcake Oreo Cookies get a thumbs up, the founder of Stetson Hats is remembered, and starting a new career after you've been fired are just some of the wide ranging busines...

  • "Author Erin McHugh"

    Episode 3

    The Focus Group | 05-07-16 | Author Erin McHugh shares some sordid tales from her latest book, "Political Suicide." "Make Way for Ducklings" caught John's eye, it's not too late to fulfill some yearly resolutions, and Tim shares one of his worst days at the office. But first, The Focus Group is h...

  • "The $2 Bill & Gay Wine Weekend"

    Episode 4

    The Focus Group | 05-14-16 | Yes, the $2 bill is legal tender in the USA. Tim and John discuss a potential campaign to get noticed by using two's. Shop Talk covers a favorite topic that everyone should master, but doesn't. In the article, Seeking VP of Anything, the author advocates for everyo...

  • "Scott Seitz - Founder of Dot Gay"

    Episode 5

    The Focus Group | 05-21-16 | Scott Seitz, Founder and CEO of SPI Marketing and Founder of Dot Gay joins The Focus Group to discuss the state of LGBT Marketing in today's world of digital, apps, and assimilation.

    If you have ever heard of Absolut Vodka then you know Scott. He is one of the p...

  • "Billy Kolber from Man About World"

    Episode 6

    The Focus Group | 05-28-16 | Billy Kolber, Man About World Founder and Travel Expert, joins us this week and reveals his picks for summer travel to Europe- now that the dollar is so strong against the Euro. Monaco anyone?
    Billy also shares with The Focus Group the first LGBT Guide to Business ...

  • "Flashback - Charles Duhigg"

    Episode 7

    The Focus Group | 05-31-16 | Every Wednesday, Tim and John flashback to some of their favorite moments in Focus Group Radio history. On today's flashback, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New York Times Charles Duhigg talks to Tim and John about his book, "The Power of Habit" which explore...

  • "Chris Frederick, Managing Director of NYC Pride"

    Episode 8

    The Focus Group | 06-04-16 | Every Wednesday, Tim and John flashback to some of their favorite moments in Focus Group Radio history. June is 'Pride Month' and on this Focus Group Flashback we replay our interview with the cabaret legend, Marilyn Maye. At the age of 88, Marilyn holds the record fo...

  • "Flashback - Marilyn Maye"

    Episode 9

    The Focus Group | 06-08-16 | Every Wednesday, Tim and John flashback to some of their favorite moments in Focus Group Radio history. June is 'Pride Month' and on this Focus Group Flashback we replay our interview with the cabaret legend, Marilyn Maye. At the age of 88, Marilyn holds the record fo...

  • "John Lake, Wells Fargo"

    Episode 10

    The Focus Group | 06-11-16 | John Lake, Vice President and LGBT Segment Manager for Wells Fargo Enterprise Marketing, joins us right in the middle of Pride to remind all of us of Wells Fargo's almost 30 Year commitment to the LGBT consumer. Tim and John try the latest Oreo flavor-Fruity Crisp-apr...

  • "Flashback - Michelangelo Signorile"

    Episode 11

    The Focus Group | 06-15-16 | Every Wednesday, Tim and John flashback to some of their favorite moments in Focus Group Radio history. Friend of the show, Michelangelo Signorile was on last year talking about his latest book "It's Not Over: Getting Beyond Tolerance, Defeating Homophobia, and Winnin...

  • "Pride Con 2016: Thai Pham"

    Episode 12

    The Focus Group | 06-18-16 | Thai Pham, CEO and Co-Founder of Pride Con, joins Tim and John to discuss this new venture of all things pop culture, comics, anime, and cosplay with an LGBT focus. Tim and John ponder making omelettes at Julia Child's French get-away. John introduces virtual goggles ...

  • "Joe Putignano"

    Episode 13

    The Focus Group | 06-25-16 | Former Olympic Gymnast hopeful, Joe Putignano, joins The Focus Group and explores his harrowing journey from the US Olympic Training Center to homeless shelters to shooting heroin on the job to being declared dead. His memoir, Acrobaddict delves into addiction, triump...

  • "Out In The Vineyard"

    Episode 14

    The Focus Group | 06-29-16 | In this Focus Group Special, Tim and John recap their trip to Sonoma for Gay Wine Weekend. This was the biggest event yet with people representing 16 US States, the UK, Canada, and Australia to drink some wine, meet new friends, and have a great weekend in one of Amer...

  • "Eugene Cornelius Jr - Small Business Administration"

    Episode 15

    The Focus Group | 07-02-16 | Eugene Cornelius Jr., Deputy Associate Administrator for Field Operations for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), joins us this weekend. Eugene is the architect of LGBT inclusion in the Federal Government providing equal access to all entrepreneurs. Find out...

  • "Flashback - Jay Samit"

    Episode 16

    The Focus Group | 07-05-16 | In this Focus Group Radio flashback we are replaying our conversation with internet pioneer and entrepenuer Jay Samit about his book "Disrupt You!". In the book, Jay shares strategies that help companies flourish and that can be applied at an individual level to help ...

  • "Mike Wilke - Founder, AdRespect.org"

    Episode 17

    The Focus Group | 07-09-16 | Mike Wilke, LGBT Advertising Expert, founder of The Commercial Closet and AdRespect joins The Focus Group as we explore the evolution of LGBT marketing.

    Kellogg’s opens an all day Cereal Restaurant, Kim Jong-Un is stress eating, and Tim and John sample Oreo’s f...

  • "Tim and John visit Jelly Belly"

    Episode 18

    The Focus Group | 07-13-16 | Jelly Belly Special with Jana Sanders Perry and John Jamison. In this Focus Group Special, Tim and John recap their trip to the Jelly Belly Candy Factory and Tour in Fairfield, California. Jana tells us how long it takes to make a Jelly Belly Bean…and it’s longer ...

  • "Nathan Richardson - Trading Ticket Inc."

    Episode 19

    The Focus Group | 07-16-16 | Nathan Richardson, Co-Founder of Trading Ticket, Inc. joins The Focus Group this week to talk about Trade It, new mobile technology, and its importance to the financial market. Tim advises John to be careful if he travels to Machu Picchu and John shares some new ways ...

  • "Flashback - 10 Lessons Learned from Americas Favorite Shows"

    Episode 20

    The Focus Group | 07-21-16 | On today's Focus Group flashback, Tim and John replay their interview with author Sheri Staak about her book “Tune In to Wow Leadership: 10 Lessons Learned from America’s Favorite Shows”. Staak analyzes our America's favorite television characters, and explains their ...

  • "Merryn Johns - Editor-in-Chief, Curve Magazine"

    Episode 21

    The Focus Group | 07-23-16 | Merryn Johns, Editor in Chief of Curve Magazine, joins The Focus Group to discuss a wide range of topics related to the importance of print media and what she sees as issues currently confronting women and lesbians in this election season.

    But first, Tim ponders th...

  • "Flashback - Charles MacPherson"

    Episode 22

    The Focus Group | 07-28-16 | In this flashback, Tim and John replay their interview with Charles MacPherson, author of "The Butler Speaks", and "The Pocket Butler." In this conversation Charles talks about what makes a great butler, and what everyone can learn from being a butler.

  • "LGBT Buying Power & Oreo Taste Test"

    Episode 23

    The Focus Group | 07-30-16 | Bob Witeck, President of D.C.–based Witeck Communications, Inc., joins Tim and John to discuss the importance of corporations recognizing their LGBT customers with a consistent full year marketing effort beyond June Pride. Bob also shares the just released study, "Ame...

  • "Doug Kalish, Creator of Doug's Guides"

    Episode 24

    The Focus Group | 08-04-16 | Doug Kalish of DougsGuides.com joins The Focus Group to share several useful tips for people entering the job market, changing careers, and the importance of networking. Lucille Ball is one of the Business Birthday honorees and Tim and John both share five companies t...