Game of Thrones Fights Piracy, Why Writing Skills Matter, an ...

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I am sitting in an airport lounge in Zurich and putting the final touches on my selections for the most under appreciated stories of this week navigating through stories about perhaps the greatest underdog sports story in soccer history, YouTube’s ongoing plans to kill the cable television industry and Budweiser’s slightly desperate attempt at relevance

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Why Ugly People Make Less, Emoji Sculptures, CBS Bets On Sta ...

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I have been on the road again this week, first in Miami speaking to a smart group of senior marketers at The Marketing Forum – and then in Atlanta for a private event with the Coca-Cola team behind the pioneering Journey digital magazine. The experience reminds me again how lucky I am to get the

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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 #6 | Why Instagram Reinvented Its Newsf ...

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Want these insights before anyone else? Join my email list to receive a curated list of top non-obvious stories of the week and useful insights like these every Thursday – a full 24 hours before they are published on this blog!  Click here to subscribe >> For the past week, you’ve likely heard all about SXSW

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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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How Amazon Might Accidentally Kill Creativity

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I rely on books. As an author of five books, I believe in the power of them and as a trend curator and University Professor I consume many of them. I buy several new non-fiction books a week and often invest my time and attention in reading them and learning from them. What I don’t

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Is Your Consumer Experience Is Full Of Jitneys?

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Imagine you are on your way to JFK airport in New York to take a short flight from NY to Chicago. Once you make it through security, you walk to the end and encounter a sign inviting you to take something called a “JFK Jitney” to your gate. At the bottom of the escalator, you discover that this

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The One CES 2015 Trend Marketers Should Care About

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If there is one thing that is dramatically clear from this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, it is that the future is definitely not about mobile. Or smart televisions. Or super slim digital cameras. Instead of these mainstream consumer gadgets, the products getting attention this week are wildly diverse … from wifi enabled

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Black Friday And The Rise Of Retail Prostitution

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Imagine we lived in a world where love didn’t exist. Every day would be filled with people moving from interaction to interaction – only investing in each one out of convenience or necessity. In this lonely existence, any relationship would be a short term diversion. People would detach themselves and their emotions from one another.

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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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