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Memorable class clowns in high school. Revolutionary LGBT marketing and advertising executives.

Tim Bennett and John Nash, co-hosts of The Focus Group, invites you to share in a friendship spanning 30 plus years, while serving up the savvy side of nine to five. Drawing on their combined corporate and entrepreneurial experience, the conversation ranges from the professional to the personal, and everything in between. Together Tim and John bring to life the show’s motto of Listen, Laugh and Learn with entertaining banter, unique voices and smart content.

The marketing and advertising duo turned radio personalities are best known for creating Subaru of America’s award-winning 15-year advertising effort to the LGBT consumer.

Their efforts forever changed the way corporate leaders viewed the LGBT market, and ultimately, gay Americans.

The Focus Group is a weekly live-to-tape program dedicated to business, career, the consumer culture, and marketing from an LGBT point of view. Popular segments such as Shop Talk, What Caught My Eye, and long form guest interviews will are an important part of the program.

The Focus Group with Tim Bennett and John Nash: We’re all business. Except when we’re not.

The Focus Group The Focus Group, Tim Bennett, John Nash

    • Business
    • 4.8 • 157 Ratings

Memorable class clowns in high school. Revolutionary LGBT marketing and advertising executives.

Tim Bennett and John Nash, co-hosts of The Focus Group, invites you to share in a friendship spanning 30 plus years, while serving up the savvy side of nine to five. Drawing on their combined corporate and entrepreneurial experience, the conversation ranges from the professional to the personal, and everything in between. Together Tim and John bring to life the show’s motto of Listen, Laugh and Learn with entertaining banter, unique voices and smart content.

The marketing and advertising duo turned radio personalities are best known for creating Subaru of America’s award-winning 15-year advertising effort to the LGBT consumer.

Their efforts forever changed the way corporate leaders viewed the LGBT market, and ultimately, gay Americans.

The Focus Group is a weekly live-to-tape program dedicated to business, career, the consumer culture, and marketing from an LGBT point of view. Popular segments such as Shop Talk, What Caught My Eye, and long form guest interviews will are an important part of the program.

The Focus Group with Tim Bennett and John Nash: We’re all business. Except when we’re not.

    Amtrak has a friend in The White House

    Amtrak has a friend in The White House

    Shop Talk discusses President Biden’s plans for modernizing Amtrak. Amtrak Joe, as he has been known for years, has advocated for improvements to America’s passenger railway and we could not agree more. First, our Business Birthday celebrates the inventor of the cowboy hat, John B Stetson. Caught My Eye looks at a creepy castle village in Turkey, a no-show employee in Italy, and Tiffany's launch of engagement rings for men. Olympia Dukakis leaves us and Kate Pierson of the B52's turns 72!

    We’re all business. Except when we’re not.

    • 47 min
    TFG Unbuttoned: CEOs Gone Bad

    TFG Unbuttoned: CEOs Gone Bad

    A Tennessee CEO is fired after harassing a young man for wearing a dress to his prom. Sam Johnson, former CEO of VisuWell, said the young man looked like an idiot and things escalated from there. Another CEO, Justin Zhu of Iterable, finds himself out of a job as he was dismissed for micro-dosing LSD. He said he was experimenting in order to boost his focus. A demonic Chihuahua, Prancer, finds his forever home and both dog and human seem to be adjusting well.

    • 21 min
    Freshen Up Down Under

    Freshen Up Down Under

    Shop Talk looks at 19 things rich people rarely do—thanks Readers Digest. But first, our Business Birthday celebrates Italian Industrialist Ferruccio Lamborghini. Caught My Eye from John looks at a transparent plexiglass swimming pool suspended 10 stories above ground in London. Caitlyn Jenner announced plans to run for Governor of California but has yet to announce any policy positions. Manscaped is a new sponsor, just in time for you gentlemen to take care of business down below. Listen up for a special Focus Group offer.

    We’re all business. Except when we’re not.

    • 47 min
    TFG Unbuttoned: Listen

    TFG Unbuttoned: Listen

    Mark Cuban continues to employ one lesson he learned from his mentor decades ago. The first thing he does after he sits down for a meeting is write the word “listen,” on the top of the page. It has done him well all these years later. But first, a Southwest Airlines pilot exposes his g******s in the cockpit, and Kellogg’s launches a gay cereal.

    • 19 min
    Ellen Reveals Which Cartoon Characters are Gay

    Ellen Reveals Which Cartoon Characters are Gay

    Shop Talk shares a riff from Ellen about gay cartoon characters that is spot on. We also look at the cost and waiting lists for backyard pools. But first, our Business Birthday is Ivan Combe of Clearasil and Odor Eaters fame. Caught My Eye looks at how a cell phone repairman handles an odd request and straight women who like gay porn. Tim shares a story with John about a yard sale item that found a good home.
    We’re all business. Except when we’re not.

    • 47 min
    TFG Unbuttoned: Money for nothing, but the chips are free

    TFG Unbuttoned: Money for nothing, but the chips are free

    A New Jersey high school principal and wrestling coach is listed as the head of a company whose stock is trading at levels that give it a valuation of more than $100 million—and all it owns is a single deli in NJ. Something is not adding up. Also, a Bethel, CT coffee shop has its Pride flag stolen, burned, and returned and the town is rallying around the shop owners. Finally, Michael Dubin of Dollar Shave Club fame offers some sage business advice.

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
157 Ratings

157 Ratings

deconstructed ,

Entertaining

I enjoy these guys so much !! Light hearted and informative!! A favorite!

Rfftf ,

Good content but too much back handed politics

Been a listener for years but in recent years too much political with back handed sniping. From fun and interesting articles and topics to several minutes of each show being devoted to political commenting with name calling and vulgarity’s I’m not even a republican and I find the manner of the political talk distasteful.

History Nerd 2015 ,

What a great podcast!

I came across this podcast by chance, and I really liked it. The podcasters are warm, funny, witty, and informative. Listening to episodes feels like you’re amongst friends. This is definitely worth a listen.

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