Pinterest, the photo sharing site that allows you to ‘pin’ images to virtual boards, recently announced it has hit 150 million monthly users. That’s an impressive 50% more than last year and what’s more, 40% of these new users are men — quite a big deal for the platform, which is known to be heavily female-based. In addition, Pinterest noted that over 50% of millennials are now on the platform. What’s drawing in a majority of these users is not only the social aspect of following and sharing ideas with friends, but also the ability to discover products from various brands and even buy them. The incredibly effective “buy pins” Pinterest announced in 2015 have users purchasing items they find left and right.
What are chatbots and what is AI?
A chatbot is a chat service that is powered by certain rules. The technology is nothing new and stems all the way back from the 1960s. I remember as a child in Sweden during the 1990s, we had a chatbot doctor program on our computer at school which was meant to educate us on different diseases. You could ask questions giving your symptoms and it would come back with various answers. Safe to say that it wasn’t used for its educational purposes by 10-year old kids.
Hey Freeloaders, welcome to our weekly catch-up where dreams come true with streams for you. This week, we’ll tap into some oldies-inspired sounds, some music to set the mood and lastly, a little history lesson. Let’s have a look!
Born from one of NYC’s finest funk labels Truth & Soul, Big Crown Records knows exactly how to hit your groovy bone. The label produces solid gold only, and their latest release comes from rock and roll outfit Paul & The Tall Trees. The band’s new album Our Love In The Light is a fresh take on a 60s sound built on influences from bands like The Stones and Bowie. Blanketed in the warm tones of analog production and pushed hard by the strong vocal work of Paul Schalda, Paul & The Tall Trees are perfect for anyone that takes to acts like Foxygen and MGMT. It’s good “driving home from work on a Friday” music, give it a stream!
As part of my longstanding relationship with African music, I’ve covered topics such as consumer issues and solutions, the monetization of music in Africa and the scope of the country’s influence on music. I have always been lucky enough to mix business and pleasure and since these previous pieces, the interest I have for sourcing great African music has reached another level. I am now exploring cultures across the continent, from the musical access point on the West Atlantic Coast to the bustling cities of Cape Verde, Senegal and Benin.
The Orchard is excited to share that we have partnered with Play MPE, one of the leading players in promotional digital music delivery. Through this relationship, clients of The Orchard will enjoy preferential pricing to service their music through Play MPE. With over 80,000 industry contacts in radio and press, Play MPE has been working closely with industry influencers since it was founded back in 2003. We all know relationships are everything in the biz, so we’re confident our clients will see new doors open up to them through the service.