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Jan 2, 2020

Don’t Take Your Eye Off the Ball

How the NCAA Fumbled the Most Important Part of Its Story By Dante Pannell As the chilling laugh which concludes Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” comes crashing through the speakers at the […]

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Dec 10, 2019

King of Burgers, Queen of Pop

By Kenly Craighill In 2008, a doe-eyed, cowboy-boot-clad 18-year-old took to the CMT Music Awards stage. Her unmistakable permed curls, paired with a cutesy-country twang and puppy-love lyrics, made her […]

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Sep 20, 2019

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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Mar 13, 2019

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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Nov 29, 2018

WeWork & Starbucks Agree: Father Knows Best

Arrogance Has Founders Seeing Red (Cups, Meat, and Eyes) By Ed Lynes Of the icons that mark the holiday season, few are more celebrated than the Starbucks Red Cup. Communities […]

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Nov 8, 2018

Google It, Xerox It, FedEx It, Post-It: How Story Can Help Prevent Brand “Genericide”

By Zachary Vickers Barry Manilow is known for chart-topping hits like “Looks Like We Made It,” but few may realize that many brand jingles we still can’t get out of […]

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Oct 29, 2018

What in Palm’s Name?: Aligning Product with Purpose

By Hannah Landers Every action has an equal and opposite reaction — it’s basic science. So it should come as no surprise, then, that our increasingly technology-obsessed and evermore-connected world […]

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Oct 11, 2018

Falling in with the “Bad” Crowd

Don’t Let the Wrong Customers Define Your Brand By Hannah Landers It’s small. It’s sleek. It’s become an emblem for those in the “cool” crowd. Although this might sound like […]

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Sep 19, 2018

You Don’t Have to Race to Zero

By Zach Kliger In countless industries, companies are content to compete on price. Rather than looking for unique ways to differentiate, they are simply content to undercut their competition in […]

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Sep 13, 2018

Decide to Disconnect: Knowing the Limits of Your Brand Story

By Hannah Landers ModCloth, Moosejaw, and Walmart; one of these things just doesn’t belong — or so it would seem initially.   ModCloth peddles well-made women’s clothing that comes in whimsical patterns and vintage silhouettes, while Moosejaw has built its […]

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