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Shaken—Not Stirred

How alcohol brands grant drinkers permission to lie to themselves. By Dante Pannell “I’ll have a vodka martini. Shaken—not stirred.” For almost 60 years, James Bond has been disarming bad […]

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Caught at a Customer Crossroads

Keeping on a Steady Path Amidst Confounding Customer Demands By Hannah Landers Controversy started with a headline: “TRUMP URGES UNITY VS. RACISM.” In its August 14, 2019 edition, The New York […]

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Picturing Politics

By Kenly Craighill That the American voter is rational—critically evaluating the policies and promises of each candidate—is an idealist’s fantasy. The mass electorate is neither informed nor rational: most voters […]

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Diagnosis: Data Addiction

Data is the most prized asset in business today. Whether it’s Google’s collection of data to optimize advertising algorithms, or how Equifax failed to protect its clients’ identities, information about customers is more integral to success than ever before. Entire businesses and industries have grown with no economic model other than collecting vast hordes of data, and reselling it for use by others.

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Don’t Make Them Search

How to ensure your brand stands out in a sea of sameness By Rachel Fox For children who grew up in the 1980s and 1990s, meticulously combing through dizzying puzzle […]

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Peer Pressure or Pure Profit?

Brand Loyalty Waits on the Other End of a Difficult Decision By Dante Pannell “It is shameful retreat for the company. American businesses should be proud of our country’s history, […]

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Defying Disruption

The Limits of Industries Resistant to Change By Hannah Landers The white dress. The flowers. An inevitable choice between chicken or fish. The months of stressed out planning and coordination. […]

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“How to Marie Kondo Your Brand in 4 Easy Steps!”

How co-opting another’s success can spell disaster for your brand. By Mike Dea “It’s about choosing joy.” Marie Kondo became a titan in the industry of home organization when her […]

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Suffering From Premature Gratification?

Why “Instant” and “Gratification” Don’t Make a Happy Couple By Kenly Craighill Veruca Salt: a timeless image of spoiled, entitled youth. With her fists clenched and lips turned downward into […]

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OK Computer: High-Tech or High Touch?

In an automated world, people still matter By Rachel Fox Running into the store to grab a gallon of milk is not quite as mundane as it used to be. […]

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