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The Limitation of Imitation

By Kenly Craighill Adolescence: the age of bad acting. In this graceless phase of acne and braces, teenagers strategically morph into anything resembling some abstract idea of “cool.” The teenage […]

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“Do Not Pass Go”

“Conformity is…the enemy of growth.”

President John F. Kennedy wasn’t addressing business when he spoke these words, but they have more weight in today’s economy than ever. It’s been reported that America is currently undergoing a “Competition Crisis” — one that has made the economy less dynamic thanks to the dominance of major corporations. Monopolies are on the rise as mergers are happening more and more frequently, and that consolidation makes it increasingly difficult for smaller and younger firms to survive.

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Won’t You Be My … Customer?

Lessons on authenticity and connection from Mr. Rogers By Rachel Fox “It’s through relationships that we learn best and grow best.” Some lessons are evergreen. In the aftermath of the […]

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Don’t Mail It In: Find Your Brand’s Perfect Partner

By Hannah Landers Well-read environmentalists can now wear their passion on their sleeves—literally. In a partnership with environmentally conscious retail brand Everlane, The New York Times has released an assortment […]

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Customers Don’t Give a Duck

In a Post Marketing Era—Experience is All That Matters. By Dante Pannell “For almost 100 years the Ducks did almost nothing but lose.” When it comes to the University of […]

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Foosball isn’t a Culture

Imitating Google’s Employee Perks are No Substitute for Purpose By Mike Dea Millennial employees: they’re killing industries by the dozens. But at least they’re getting some pretty great work perks […]

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On Beat, or Off Brand?

By Kenly Craighill If digitized America was still warming up in 1995, Microsoft’s Windows ‘95 was the airhorn setting the country into a full-blown technological sprint. Windows ‘95 was one […]

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Hitting the Sweet Spot: When to Get Your Story Straight

By Hannah Landers At the height of the early 2000s American cupcake craze, Crumbs Bake Shop appeared poised to take the cake. What began in 2003 as a joint venture […]

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Ignore the Outrage-ous Outsiders

By Dante Pannell “Thanks for nothing, AOC!” The Job Creators Network plastered that exclamation on a billboard immediately after Amazon cancelled their plans to build a second headquarters (HQ2) in […]

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Transparency Makes a Brand Sustainable

Greenwashing and the Pollution of a Brand By Kenly Craighill   “I’m smart, you’re dumb. I’m big, you’re small. I’m right, you’re wrong. And there’s nothing you can do about […]

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