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When it comes to social media, would you believe me if I said YouTube was king? With many social media users flocking to popular platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Periscope, to name a few, it’s hard to believe video-sharing website YouTube is as popular but it makes perfect business sense.
A recent Business Insider article discussing the success of “The Wendy Williams Show” points out why the daytime TV show is dominating YouTube. “Wendy” is second in YouTube views and subscribers to another popular TV show, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” The success of the“ Wendy” YouTube channel can be attributed to its free, shareable videos, the reality TV show vibe and ability to reach new audiences from across the globe. YouTube’s partner program allows for “Wendy” to also generate a profit, which “impacts the show’s bottom line.”
A report released last year by AOL Platforms revealed YouTube is more effective at introducing new products to consumers and converting them to purchase. For those investing in paid advertising, YouTube trumps Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.
Brands and businesses have found success in growing their audience on this social media network, both through organic and paid means. YouTube has more than a billion active users to date with the number of hours people are watching on YouTube each month going up 50 percent year over year.
It’s crucial for brands to know what makes return users and loyal subscribers click on a video, as well as what would make someone subscribe to one’s channel. One thing that “Wendy” has undoubtedly done is tap into what’s already working for her. She and her team know her audience is looking for one thing, and one thing only, more Williams. It’s why the after-show is a hit and “Hot Topics,” which is the show’s most popular segment, keeps her audience, new and old, engaged with her YouTube presence.
“It’s not scripted, it’s just me talking,” Williams said about the after-show. “I’m very comfortable with myself.”
Tristan Zimmerman, the show’s senior digital producer, knows this. It’s why he and Associate Web Producer Jessica Bell have mastered a strategy of giving viewers more “Wendy.”
Each video gets around 50,000 views or more within a day or two, with some getting closer to 100,000 views, reports Business Insider.
“The after-show came out of that need [to connect with fans on social media],” said Zimmerman. “She’s open to having that sort of conversation and connection with her audience, but she’s not going to be sitting on her phone tweeting in 140 characters.”
As they say, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. And with “Wendy” mastering a social media strategy that proves successful (sans the latest platforms), it’ll be a great case study as the social media landscape evolves.
Do you have a YouTube channel for your brand? Tell us how you attract your following in the comments section below.
We often hear fables, myths and gossip about women who sleep with married men. Let’s be real, some of us even know these women personally. They’re our wayward friends, the person our cousin used to be back in the day. Some of us have been that woman ourselves.
But rarely do these women present themselves, boldly and proudly to the public.
Well, one such woman stepped forward yesterday on “The Wendy Williams Show” of all places. And as you might imagine, it didn’t go over too well.
During the “Ask Wendy” segment, this woman stood up and said,
“There’s a gentleman that I met a couple weeks ago at an event. He is so hot. And speaking with him for about two minutes or so, the attraction grew. So the problem is, he’s married. The problem is he’s married and I really don’t care.”
Perhaps homegirl didn’t realize that not only is Wendy married, she and her husband Kevin had their own challenges with infidelity in the past. So she was not trying to hear this at all.
And she checked this woman properly.
Check out Wendy’s response in the video below.
We’re all gearing up for the season 3 premiere of “Orange Is The New Black,” tomorrow and while we don’t know whether or not Lorraine Toussaint’s character Vee is going to return this season, we were happy to see she swung by the purple couch on “The Wendy Williams” show to discuss the Netflix hit dramedy as well as other projects she has in the works.
Read what she had to say about her character Vee, that topless scene and how fans of the show react to her on the street.
On her character Vee
Listen, I’m scared of Vee. I’ve never even seen Vee because I’m just scared to watch her. You know, it’s a weird thing. I don’t even know how I got into the character. I looked up what a clinical psychopath actually was because I found out what that was about a half hour before I started shooting. And I just…I flipped a switch in my brain. We all have a Vee inside. We all have that crazy, psychopathic mama that will throw down for their kids. We all have that crazy person inside. So I just let that crazy person drive my car for six months.
On Vee’s death
She had to. No, really she had to. We did a lot of bad things.
Is she coming back for the Season 3?
Hmmm? It drops on Friday.
Do people approach you as if you are Vee?
Yeah they do. A lot of people do. There are quite normal people who love the work and recognize it as the work. I did have an incident in Atlanta where someone walked up to my table at an outdoor cafe and said, ‘I am going to kill you. I’m going to kill you.’ And they were joking but my ten-year-old was sitting with me at lunch and I just had to say, ‘Hi, I’m Lorraine. This is my 10-year-old.”
Wendy: …because you’re a woman of a particular age…
…I’m 55. After 50, you really don’t care.
Wendy: Had you ever gone topless before?
Oh hell no!
Wendy: How do you prepare for that?
You show your tits to as many people as will take a look. Your friends, really good friends. Who will tell you the honest to God truth. And then you show the girls to just one or two of your gay, male friends because they will definitely tell you if the girls are worthy.
Wendy: Would you do that for other roles?
No. It’s really scary. You’re so vulnerable. Once I was on the set with the young man–I won’t spoil it in case– but he also was butt naked. So we also had a camaraderie. He was just as nervous as I was so we said, ‘You show me yours and I’ll show you mine.’ It’s scary, you’re really vulnerable but after about 10 minutes you kind of forget that you’re topless. After you’ve shown it all, there’s really nothing to hide.
Watch the full interview in the video below.
Wendy Williams is featured in the next issue of Ebony magazine and her cover shot is giving me so much life. The talk show host and media maven has been looking great lately, but I would have to say that this is probably the best that I’ve ever seen her look!
Inside, she opens up about her marriage and business relationship with husband Kevin Hunter. She also dished on preferring to spend time at home with her family and wondering if her homebody ways will be something she looks back to regret.
“Sometimes I feel a little guilty, like there is going to come a time when all of this isn’t going on and I’m going to regret not lunching at Michael’s with the celebrity girls. But right now, this feels great,” she told the magazine.
I think it will be interesting to read more about how Wendy and Kevin are able to manage their business affairs while still trying to maintain a healthy marriage, especially considering how much shade is constantly hurled at their relationship.
The May issue hits stands Friday, April 24 and will also feature a “grown man’s” guide to grooming and tips on how to actually let go when ending a relationship.
Just last week, Keke Palmer appeared on “The Wendy Williams” show to promote her latest film Brotherly Love. And of course Wendy had to ask her about the rumors that she was trying to push up on Tia Mowry’s man Cory Hardrict.
Keke laughed it off and explained that it was all a misunderstanding blown up by the blogs.
Today, in promotion for the same film, Cory Hardrict and Eric Hill Jr. sat down with Wendy and she wanted to get his side of the story as well.
We have to clear this up from your side…
Alright. Please do.
What went on that got your wife so upset? That your wife was grabbing her wrist…Did Keke try to hit on you?
No! Eric was there. I was right there. They were talking about a book deal. Tia just got a book deal, right there. Naw. It wasn’t none of that. We all cool. Keke like a sister to me. I love my wife to death. I’d never jeopardize that. It was funny. We laughed about it. I was like ‘Oh, that’s crazy.’ I don’t respond to nonsense.
I just wish Wendy would have asked him what that tweet was about…now I’m starting to wonder if it was someone else.
TV maven Wendy Williams has absolutely no cut cards. She’s known for her shade and ability to call people out and act like she did nothing wrong. However, her latest bit of shading throwing has us wondering if she’s right.
Yesterday afternoon, Wendy discussed why she didn’t approve of Ms. Vivica Fox joining the reality series, Hollywood Divas.
Vivica Fox, I love you, but I hate this idea. You are above this. For goodness sake, you were in Pulp Fiction! What are you doing joining the cast of Hollywood Divas?
Now, there’s nothing wrong with Hollywood Divas and shows like that….but they are for a certain echelon of people. When I think of Vivica A. Fox, I’m not comparing her to Golden Brooks, from Girlfriends.
Golden Brooks was on Girlfriends; respectable career, but where has she been? She’s not supposed to be in the same room, on the same cast as Vivica A. Fox. That’s all I’m saying.
It would be like if Mary J. Blige joined the cast of ‘R&B Divas’….Yeah, she was on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’, but that’s the higher tier of reality TV. But what I’m trying to do is show more respect for her to be a real diva of Hollywood…
Vivica for God’s sake, you were just signed for Independence Day part 2. Vivica you can do better, this is a low move for your career.
Now personally, I 100% agree with Wendy. Vivica is like the beloved crazy Aunty that you used to watch in all your favorite movies. She’s been in literally all of the classics, no Viv no. Lawd! She was on the Fresh Prince.
What do you guys think? Is that a good luck for her?
By Alissa Henry
Should women – who want to have a successful career and family – wait until they’re 30 to think about meeting a guy? Wendy Williams certainly thinks so.
This week, the talk show host made headlines for an interview she did with Moira Forbes for Forbes Lifestyle saying that women shouldn’t get married in their twenties because marriage and kids stunt a woman’s career growth. She said she always advises women to “use your entire twenties working your behind off in your career and get some ground footing, then think about meeting that guy.”
There is more to life than work, and there are a whole host of things that can derail your career whether you are married or not. But – for the sake of discussing this topic – let’s pretend that a dream job is everything and that your career success hinges totally on whether or not you are married in your twenties.
The first issue with Wendy’s advice is that it suggests thirty is a magic age. If you’re twenty-seven or twenty-nine then having a career and family is an impossibility, but on your thirtieth birthday suddenly you can have it all?
The second issue with this advice is that it’s conflates being married with having kids. There are married couples who do not have kids and there are women who have kids and are not married. Is it the combination of marriage and children that stunts career growth? Is it one or the other? What are you really saying?
I can’t speak on what having children does to your career prospects because I don’t have any, but I know for a fact marriage can certainly help a career.
Three months ago, I was in a car accident with a semi-truck and seriously injured my right foot. I didn’t want to stay home alone collecting short-term disability checks, so my husband drove me to work every day (including early Sunday mornings!) for three months. When I was offered my first job in television a few years ago, it was a part-time gig. I couldn’t afford to work a part time job if it weren’t for my husband picking up the financial slack. When that job turned into a full-time position, he taught me how to edit my stories, videotaped several of my interviews, and serves as a general sounding board and built-in support system. Good days and bad days, he is always on my side. Being married to him has made me even more successful at work then I could have imagined.
So, I don’t think the answer is to not get married at all. Better advice is – whether you tie that knot at twenty-five, thirty-five or forty-five – marry someone supportive.
In her book, Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg noted that “the single most important career decision that a woman makes is whether she will have a life partner and who that partner is. I don’t know of a single woman in a leadership position whose life partner is not fully—and I mean fully—supportive of her career.”
Like Sheryl, I believe that marrying a supportive man whom you’ve been honest with about your career goals is one of the most important decisions you can make.
If you follow Wendy’s advice but then pick the wrong guy, you run the risk of “using your entire twenties working your behind off in your career” only to have serious marriage problems when you finally do decide to get married.
Besides, building a life with someone seems much better than building a life by yourself and later trying to fit someone else in.
What do you think? Is it a bad idea to find time for love while you’re still in your twenties?
Tia Mowry and her husband Cory Hardrict have a relatively private marriage. Even when the couple would appear on their reality show together, we never really knew much about their romantic relationship. But recently, we got an unexpected peek.
As you know Brotherly Love stars Hardrict and our girl Keke Palmer. The film premiered in LA on Monday and naturally Tia was there to support her man. Keke Palmer, who is also in the film, was on the red carpet doing interviews.
Early on April 15, two days after the premiere, Tia tweeted something interesting and quickly deleted it. TheShadeRoom saw the tweet and captured it with a screenshot.
Immediately people began wondering who she could have been talking about. It wasn’t long before the internets surmised that it was Cory’s co-star, Keke Palmer. We were all wondering what did she say? Was it really inappropriate? Was Tia really in her feelings? What the hell happened?
Well, in one of the most timely interviews ever, KeKe Palmer appeared on the Wendy Williams show. And Wendy, with the tea, asked Palmer what happened.
Wendy:They were intimating that you were crushing on her husband Cory and then later on Tia Mowry addressed it by tweeting, so what’s going?
I’m sorry to be laughing at this but it is very funny to me because it’s all so twisted. Everything got misconstrued. What happened was, I’ve known Cory since I was 10-years-old. He auditioned for ‘Akeelah and The Bee’ to play my big brother in the film. And in the interview I was talking about how the whole ‘Brotherly Love’ cast, we kind of grew up together. I’ve known Quincy since I was 14. I’ve known most of the cast since I was very young, including Cory. And I was like ‘I’ve known Cory since I was 10 and I was like I’m going to marry this man,’ as a 10-year-old. It was me quoting how I was as a kid.
That’s not my style. But I do love Cory. I do love Cory and Tia.
Wendy: Tia, settle down.
Now all of you trolls out there can stop calling KeKe a hoe/thot or whatever other derogatory name you’re hurling this week.
While Keke cleared her name from this controversy, it still doesn’t really explain why Tia felt the need to tweet about Keke talking about her husband. Maybe there’s more to the story that we don’t know. But from the looks of things it would seem that Tia had a moment of insecurity…or something.
This whole story made me wonder how other women would react in similar situations. Until you get the full details, on the surface this does seem a little sticky.
So I want to ask you, if your husband’s coworker, (past or present), said, openly, that she had/has a crush on him, how would you respond?
Personally, I would skip Twitter, I wouldn’t speak to the woman and I would tell my husband, my man, to keep his eyes peeled. You know men can be oblivious to the subtle flirting signs. I would let him know that she might be plotting and he should keep his antennas up and don’t be caught slipping. Some things you should just keep in house so your marriage doesn’t look fragile and another woman is not needlessly dragged into something messy.
What do you think about this situation with Keke, Tia and Cory and what would you do in a similar situation?
She revealed she is no longer interested in being friends or having the glamorous lifestyle many of the celebrities she interviews adhere to. Williams also shared how important it is for her to maintain normalcy in her day-to-day life. For example, after airing her talk show, Williams says she does her own grocery shopping and supports her teenage son Kevin at his track practices.
After sharing her career journey, Williams gave some debatable advice on what women should expect in marriage and parenthood in her Forbes interview. She told interviewer Moira Forbes that marriage and children stunt a woman’s career development and women lose out in marriage. After noting she, herself, has been married for 17 years, Williams said:
“We can debate this all day. Every woman has a different view and there are some women who have an opinion and are scared to voice it. But I’m not afraid to voice mine— don’t throw tomatoes! I do feel it is difficult for men to accept really successful career women. Whether it be that we out-earn them or on the marquee, our names are brighter than their own. I also feel like marriage and babies stunt a woman’s growth career wise and people don’t understand once you get married and once you have kids, you cannot do all the things that you used to do while maintaining this important precious thing you’ve built as a family. So my suggestion to women, always, is to use your entire twenties working your behind off in your career and get some ground footing, then think about meeting that guy. Even if you’ve met him at twenty-seven, don’t get engaged and don’t move to where he lives. This is about you and your career. Because we are the ones that lose in marriage. Not men!”
Do you agree with Williams’ career and dating advice?
To say Wendy Williams is winning is an understatement. The household name media mogul was recently nominated for a Daytime Emmy award and Investigation Discovery just signed Williams to host and executive produce their new network show, Death By Gossip. The Hollywood Reporter says the show will be based on how places such as the gym, office or neighborhood store are great settings for the rumor mill… until there’s a murder.
While Williams has built an empire by being in the know in Hollywood, fans also know her for wearing her staple wrap dresses and pencil skirts, giving her the opportunity to share her closet with the world. By partnering with the Home Shopping Network (HSN), Williams debuted a line of dresses, pants, sweaters and skirts fit for the everyday woman. Proclaiming that fashion should not be complicated during our interview, Williams also shared why launching this line was so important to her. Check it out below!
MadameNoire: Why did you wait to launch a clothing line?
Wendy Williams: I didn’t want to put the cart before the horse. You cannot launch a clothing line six months into starting your talk show. You have to gain accessibility in the households of your viewers. Now my talk show is in 54 countries; it was really hard trying to crack the Midwest demographic! Especially when you’re a city slicker. When you live on the East Coast, you have an entirely different mind-frame than conservative women in the Midwest and the majority of the country is that woman. So after six seasons in and our ratings are better than ever, now was the time to focus on inviting myself into your closets.
MN: Can you tell us about the process you had creating a line with HSN?
WW: The process occurred in New York because that is where my manufacturer was based. I spent a lot time crossing town to work on the clothing line after my daily talk show would air. I spent my time feeling a variety of fabrics and buttons. Or the manufacturer would send things to my office to see what could and could not work. It was so important for me to see real-life women wear my clothes that we would have fashion shows at the manufacturer’s office. I loved every second of it but it was quite the process. I feel as though I’ve given birth!
MN: How will your Home Shopping Network clothing line stand out to your fans?
WW: I decided to not look at the other clothing lines that have been produced by the Home Shopping Network. My style is my style and I don’t know what other celebrities do when they put their names on things. But I know I believe in truthful advertising from saying it how I mean it on my talk show to saying that I love wrap dresses and actually seeing me wear one. My line is 100 percent stuff that I would actually wear especially since I have found my fashion voice. I believe my line has good solid pieces that every woman needs in her wardrobe.
MN: What were the challenges you faced while creating your line?
WW: The biggest challenge was designing for women who are a size extra-small to 3X. One great thing that HSN does is make fashion forward clothing for plus-size women. Those particular women only have a few stores and I wanted to make them feel confident because sometimes plus-size women wear the same outfits because of the limited variety.
As a designer and manufacturer, you do not want to throw away the plus-size consumer because of their size. You want to respect their bodies and figures just like you would respect the average woman’s body size. I think my HSN line has truly captured that. My skirts are tasteful in length, even though I have been known to enjoy a shorter length [laughs]. The colors are vibrant and gorgeous. I know for sure my clothing line will make any woman feel feminine. The fabrics are terrific because there is nothing worse than getting something you paid for and it not be up to par.
MN: What advice do you have for women who want to be like you, “The Jill of All Trades?”
WW: Number one: Not everything that glitters is gold! Be you! One thing I would also pass along to women is have tenacity! Be true to your word because people spot a phony a mile away. You can only fake it but so far before you have a chance to change into a genuine person.