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PMG Staff Picks: The Best in Business

If you haven’t noticed, we really love all things media. And it just so happens that we’re sort of obsessed with the internet. We spend countless hours scouring the web for business apps and marketing news. Along the way, we’ve found some pretty cool stuff– podcasts, apps, content creators, and other inspiring things that we’d like to share.

Some of these recommendations may give you get a fresh perspective on your business. Others are just some of our personal favorites that you might help get you through your daily grind. Of course, our team has curated everything you see here. We hope you enjoy our picks!


OUR NEW FAVORITE PODCAST

Reply All


Reply All describes itself as a “podcast about the internet,” but it’s much more complicated than that. It takes a deep-dive into the weird side of the internet and talks about technology’s influence on actual people. It covers everything—big-time hackers and their prison sentences, progressive business apps, and the kids of YouTube who are raking in millions of dollars in ad revenue. But you don’t have to be internet-savvy to enjoy this podcast. These are human-interest stories that happen to involve technology.


YOUTUBE CHANNELS

Vox

Vox might be the best channel on YouTube. That’s a bold statement, but once you watch a video, you’ll understand. Vox is an online news website, but their accompanying YouTube channel is the thing that shines. Their videos are sort of like viral videos but elevated. They’re informative, entertaining, and cover a vast range of topics. We’re talking about advertising, business, politics, trends, tech, lifestyle, and everything in between.

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Quartz

“We’re news for people who build the world.”

Quartz is your go-to source for alternative business news. They make videos on a full scope of topics, including international trends, economics, and “breaking ideas.” It’s a term that Quartz has coined. Essentially, it’s the conceptual counterpart to breaking news. You won’t find business content like this anywhere else online. Not Forbes, Business Insider, or The New York Times. Even WIRED’s videos look like child’s play compared to Quartz. These are hard-hitting profiles on CEOs, entrepreneurs, freelancers, and life-changing products.

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Great Big Story

Great Big Story is devoted to cinematic storytelling. They create micro-documentaries and short films that spread light to the world’s untold stories. These aren’t clips that you would see in your typical newscast. Actually, you can’t find content like this anywhere else. Their videos primarily showcase artists, eccentric entrepreneurs, people with unusual talents, and those who defy the odds.

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TOP BUSINESS APPS

Layout

This is a must-have app for every Instagram user, especially those who run an account for their business. Layout is Instagram’s official collage maker, so you don’t have to worry about any watermarks as you do with similar apps. You can choose photos from your gallery or take pictures directly in the app. Best of all, it has a drag-and-drop interface that makes it easy to create sleek collages.


Norton Clean for Android

Sorry iPhone users, you’ll have to sit this one out. Everyone accumulates pointless junk on their phone, especially those who use their phone for business. All of this digital clutter takes up a lot of your device’s memory. Norton Clean is an easy-to-use app that allows you to easily manage the files on your phone, including cache, residual files, and bloatware. This means you can optimize your phone’s memory and clean up your phone from one central hub.

INSPIRING INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS

Daily Synopsis

Humor for Graphic Designers

Hubspot

Business Tips and Statistics

The Design Talks

A Collection of Design Work

Graphic Roozane

Design Inspiration and Playful Pieces

MUST-WATCH MOVIES

Her is a 2013 Academy Award-winning film starring Joaquin Phoenix as he navigates through his evolving romantic relationship with his phone. Out of context, this premise sounds absolutely off the wall, but it makes for an insightful, romantic dramedy plot. Theodore is a lonely writer who develops a relationship with Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson), his new phone’s artificial intelligence system. It’s in Samantha’s AI nature to adapt to Theodore’s preferences. He soon finds himself developing feelings for her, even though Samantha isn’t a person. Beyond the fact that this is an excellent film in itself, it brings up valid points on our deepening connections to our devices and reliance on technology.

Side note: This film is rated R, so don’t watch it with the kids.

We saved our most controversial recommendation for last. Terms and Conditions May Apply is a 2013 documentary “that exposes what corporations and governments learn about people through internet and cell phone usage.” Large corporations like Facebook and Google thrive off your data. Whether you like it or not, your data is everywhere. It’s all public, businesses can capitalize on it, and you legally agreed to all of it. Honestly, this documentary will leave you feeling uncomfortable, but you’ll become better informed on the vulnerabilities of using business apps, lifestyle apps, devices, and websites.

Side note: If you’re not already a conspiracy theorist, you will be after watching this film.

MUST-WATCH MOVIES

Her is a 2013 Academy Award-winning film starring Joaquin Phoenix as he navigates through his evolving romantic relationship with his phone. Out of context, this premise sounds absolutely off the wall, but it makes for an insightful, romantic dramedy plot. Theodore is a lonely writer who develops a relationship with Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson), his new phone’s artificial intelligence system. It’s in Samantha’s AI nature to adapt to Theodore’s preferences. He soon finds himself developing feelings for her, even though Samantha isn’t a person. Beyond the fact that this is an excellent film in itself, it brings up valid points on our deepening connections to our devices and reliance on technology.

Side note: This film is rated R, so don’t watch it with the kids.

We saved our most controversial recommendation for last. Terms and Conditions May Apply is a 2013 documentary “that exposes what corporations and governments learn about people through internet and cell phone usage.” Large corporations like Facebook and Google thrive off your data. Whether you like it or not, your data is everywhere. It’s all public, businesses can capitalize on it, and you legally agreed to all of it. Honestly, this documentary will leave you feeling uncomfortable, but you’ll become better informed on the vulnerabilities of using business apps, lifestyle apps, devices, and websites.

Side note: If you’re not already a conspiracy theorist, you will be after watching this film.