Microhotels, Holographic Toys & Why CVS Walked Away Fro ...

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The news of this past week was filled with highly anticipated announcements like Oculus Rift finally launching its first consumer VR headset and the expected fanfare surrounding the release of the new Batman vs. Superman movie. Amidst these big moves, the more interesting stories this week came from quiet experiments like Google’s attempts at building its own

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Non-Obvious Insights #3 | Whiny Millennials, Selfie Payments ...

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This past week included the biggest event in mobile tech in Barcelona, the continuing #OscarsSoWhite drama about lack of diversity at the Academy Awards and our long awaited permission from Facebook to have emotions other than “Like” to describe how we feel. Going beyond the obvious is the focus every week in this newsletter, so rather than rehash the biggest

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Non-Obvious Insights #1 | Grammys Get GoPros, Amazon In Reta ...

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This was a big week in marketing, as the Super Bowl shined a spotlight on the best and worst of advertising (read my recap here) and there were big announcements on everything from Diet Coke’s bold reimagining of bottle design, to Amazon’s retail ambitions that are shaking up an entire industry. In this weeks issue

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The Death Of Gender (And What It Means For Marketing)

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There are plenty of signs that the way we have typically described gender may be dying before our very eyes. In Austria last year, the winner of Eurovision’s popular song contest was a 26 year old drag queen with a beard named Conchita Wurst. Earlier this year, Sweden officially became the first country to add

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What Coke Can Teach McDonald’s About Love

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I should have loved McDonald’s ambitious Super Bowl ad promoting the idea that customers could pay with “lovin’” instead of cash. Any marketer should.  It’s bold, innovative, and takes a stand.  McDonald’s believes we should be nicer to each other and have a little more fun. What could be a better brand message than that?

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Batkid, Bollywood and the Rise Of Everyday Stardom

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On the morning of November 15, 2013, most of San Francisco woke up with no idea that their city was about to be saved by a superhero.  The fact that this particular superhero happened to be less than four feet tall and was only five years old were details most of the city would only

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How To Be Kinder To Retail Workers This Holiday Season

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I could tell you that it’s a misconception that marketers spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to sell more stuff to more people every holiday season. Of course, I’d be lying. Every holiday season, brands scramble to find new ways for people to excitedly part with their money is in full

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Rainbow Loom vs. Silly Bandz – Why One Marketing Fad O ...

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The carpet in my living room this weekend was covered with hundreds of tiny rubber bands. The bands are part of an addictive new toy kit called Rainbow Looms that let kids create their own woven bracelets out of these small rubber bands. Invented by a Chinese immigrant dad of two teenage daughters, the product

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What 7 Masters Of Persuasion Can Teach You About Behavioral ...

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This past weekend one of the first ever conferences on consumer psychology and behavior focusing on marketing, sales and business strategy quietly took place in Stamford, Connecticut.  Before the September craziness of business events and corporate summits … Behaviorcon was intentionally different.  Created by best selling author Ramit Sethi and marketing and branding advisor Michael Fishman –

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Get A Free Copy Of My Newest eBook … Always Eat Left H ...

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I want to give you a free copy of my new ebook … but I don’t want you to keep it.* Let me tell you why. On June 18, my newest ebook will be released and I am writing it for an audience that may not include you. Unless of course you happen to be

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