Lauren Pufpaf

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What Really Matters Day to Day? Re-envisioning work in 2021

Posted by Lauren Pufpaf on Jul 19, 2021 5:28:28 PM


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The last few years have been incredibly tumultuous for all of us and in every area of our lives. From health to education to family to work, the pandemic has left us questioning how we want to live. And, since work is such a major part of our lives, we’re now questioning what matters to us most in a job. In fact, over 40% of respondents to Microsoft’s Work Trend Index are considering finding a new employer this year. 

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Topics: Behind The Scenes

Live Webinar - Feel The Burn Not The Churn: Using Music To Drive Retention in Digital Fitness

Posted by Lauren Pufpaf on Jul 9, 2021 6:43:15 PM

Join us to learn how using music drives retention in your digital fitness apps. Co-hosted by Feed Media Group, COO, Lauren Pufpaf, and Mohammed Iqbal, founder and CEO, SweatWorks. In our webinar we will cover the following topics:

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Topics: Music Solutions for Businesses

The Dawn of a New Era: Embracing the Hybrid Model

Posted by Lauren Pufpaf on Jun 15, 2021 5:00:00 AM

The Dawn of a New Era: Embracing the Hybrid Model

As summer arrives and restrictions continue to loosen, fitness studios and gyms are seeing familiar faces return, tickets to live shows are selling out, and many people who were previously required to work from home (WFH) are resuming their old commutes - at least in part. 

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Topics: Fitness, Business

A Pandemic Year in Musical Review

Posted by Lauren Pufpaf on Apr 19, 2021 7:03:43 PM

Now that we’re seeing some light at the end of this long tunnel, people are starting to reflect on the last year. There were plenty of personal growth opportunities and so many turbulent emotions. The business/work aspect of life has also been a somewhat conflicted experience, with some businesses thriving while others were knocked down hard.

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Topics: Feed.fm Blog, year in review

Helping the Heart Find its Rhythm

Posted by Lauren Pufpaf on Jan 24, 2021 12:48:00 PM

Music can bring about intense, measurable physiological changes. At Feed.fm, we talk a lot about music’s ability to get you through the tough parts of a workout through psychological and physiological stimulation. Because we are often focused on music’s impact on exercise, we tend to gravitate to its profound impact on endurance (music increases by 15%!) and perceived exertion (music decreases by 12%!). But we know that music also has the power to decrease arousal and bring heart rate, blood pressure and even body temperature down. For this post, I’ll be exploring the ability of music to down-regulate key body measurements and how it can help heal.

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Topics: Music therapy, Music for wellness

6 Tactics to Stay Happy in a COVID Winter

Posted by Lauren Pufpaf on Jan 22, 2021 12:46:14 PM

Well, friends, it looks like it’s going to be a long winter. Case counts in my county are up 120% in the last two weeks and we’re back to purple status. As we prepare to hunker down for the next few months, I have realized it will take all the tools in the toolbox to stay sane and maintain some peace of mind this winter. With a demanding job and a demanding (awesome!) 3 year old, it takes more presence and proactive measures to stay balanced than it ever has. I know my colleagues and others around the country are in the same stressful boat.

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Building Fitness Businesses in Times of Uncertainty

Posted by Lauren Pufpaf on Aug 14, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Whether you’re a personal trainer, studio franchisee, content creator, or gym owner (or anything in between), this year has been turbulent to say the least. At Feed.fm, we’ve been rapidly iterating on products to serve more segments of the market and helping businesses with digital strategy every day. We work with partners on all sides of the industry that are 100% focused on driving successful digital businesses. And, we’re excited to learn from our latest collaborator - KK Hart, Certified Business Coach and Consultant. 

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Topics: Fitness, Music Licensing

Music Licensing Simplified

Posted by Lauren Pufpaf on Jul 13, 2020 7:10:24 PM

We hear from businesses every day that music copyright is insanely confusing. We know that clear, succinct resources are few and far between. To that end, we’ve been compiling common questions and answers to help make sense of it all. 

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Topics: Music Licensing

How 3 Months of Lockdown Changed Our Approach to Working Out

Posted by Lauren Pufpaf on Jun 16, 2020 4:32:14 PM

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve seen a number of changes in peoples’ fitness regimens, including some unexpected ones. In order to get first hand accounts of how people are pivoting, we conducted our own survey on a group of 400 men and women in the US, ages 18-54, that have exercised at home or outside in the last 30 days. Despite the media telling you otherwise, it seems as though, from the results of our survey, people have actually improved their fitness throughout this stressful time.

“Quarantine 15”

We’ve heard a lot about people building unhealthy habits during quarantine, but this may not be the case.

-70% of survey respondents said that they are working out more now than ever before.

People are actually using this time to form healthier habits and participate in forms of outdoor exercise. People across all walks of life are walking more, particularly since it was the only safe outlet for outdoor time for many weeks. At Feed.fm, we saw massive usage spikes for all of our at-home fitness app customers throughout April and May. Not only were people working out more frequently, but also working out for longer periods of time.

Gym Versus Home

Obviously, people haven’t had access to gyms and fitness classes as they used to, thus have had to get creative. But people still seem to be enjoying their workouts at home–– maybe even more than they expected. There is the convenience factor to consider, and the time savings realized by walking to the other room vs. driving across town. But, one thing many didn’t consider at the outset - it’s likely you have other people in the room while you’re getting your heart rate up. 43% of exercisers said they are typically in the living room, which is the highest traffic room in the house for many.

-71% of people say that, whether they like it or not, there are others present in the room while they work out.

-18% of those people find it embarrassing to work out in the presence of others.

Contrast this experience with gym workouts, which usually includes others exercising anonymously in the same room. Almost 1/5th of respondents would like that anonymity, but that’s just not happening with kids, spouses or roommates on top of each other in the house!

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Don't Sleep on Wearables...a Primer for Digital Fitness

Posted by Lauren Pufpaf on May 14, 2020 1:17:42 PM

As discussed in our recent whitepaper, Content, Community and Technology: Digital ecosystems for fitness brands, we've found that there are five essential pillars of a unified digital fitness experience. This article follows the first in a series -- Time to Focus on Your App -- to spotlight the second pillar of digital fitness: Your wearables.

Wearables are here to stay

Even before COVID-19, fitness and digital had been on a path of convergence. As remote fitness takes root more deeply, wearables are quickly transforming from basic data capture tools to sophisticated feedback devices that responsively support a broad population...encompassing people with medical conditions to professional athletes and everyone in between.

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Topics: Customer Engagment, Fitness